MLB notebook

Seattle stadium will be blown to Kingdome come

Vaughn takes verbal jab at McKeon, Bowden

Wood's velocity right where Cubs want it

Royals beat up on Braves

Yankees find comfort zone with starting rotation

Chen hit hard by Royals

Chen again not part of rotation

Yankees, Marlins get into midseason form

Spring training roundup

Braves notebook: More trades possible

Lofton making speedy recovery for Indians

Hall of Fame to honor Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz

Remember to cheque the spelling

Business briefs
The Wal-Mart Foundation has awarded the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce a $3,900 grant for economic development. The funds, presented by local Sam's Club officials, will be used to market the Augusta area to new business and industry. The grant was the chamber's first, but it will be eligible for more, company officials said.

Phone loss has high price
Cellular telephone owners take note: If your phone is stolen, be sure to report it to the phone company right away. If you do, it might help the police catch the thief. If you don't, you might be stuck with the bill -- a big one, at that.

Help for new firms planned by center
The University of Georgia's Business Outreach Services office in Augusta will offer a series of courses this month to help aspiring entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

Help for new firms planned by center

Pocket change

Pocket change
Blockbuster, in its latest move to serve customer convenience cravings, has formed a partnership with Food.com to provide home delivery of videos and games.

Business briefs

On the move
Samuel D. Hardy III has joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as a staff financial adviser of investments.

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Slackening demand for airplanes and industrial machinery helped send orders for big-ticket goods plunging in February, prompting economists to wonder whether the economy finally is beginning to slow.

Phone loss has high price

Weekly gas price survey

On the move

Weekly gas price survey
Weekly survey of area gas stations.

South notebook

Florida knocks out Duke

Spartans defense key to victory

Wisconsin outlasts Purdue

Landers likes Georgia's Final Four `hiding place'

Spartans rally to move on

It's veterans vs. the press

Metro St. takes Div. II title

UNC seeking to add to program's lore

East notebook

Oklahoma seeks another attention-getting victory

Big Ten rematch should be slow-down slugfest

Women's roundup

Remembers `real' liberal leaders

Calls truck debate 'petty' issue

Supports chief deputy for sheriff

Foster S.C. charter schools

Slams inaccuracies on quiz shows

Criticizes `bad words' in show
My mom and I recently saw the David Copperfield show. We were very impressed with the magic tricks, but we were disappointed with the bad words, including``s---.''Morgan Carter, Augusta

Backs `Lakeside untucked' class shirts

Blasts anti-gun administration
After the death of a child by accidental or deliberate action, President Bill Clinton uses the opportunity to further his goals and those of his supporters, mostly left-wing socialist Democrats, to disarm American citizens. In fact, the United Nations cited the ownership of small arms by citizens tobe one of the leading causes of ``governmental instability'' throughout the world. Of course, government corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations, waste and fraud on an unprecedented scale don't matter. Guns are the problem, according to the U.N. and Clinton.Floyd Brown, Evans

Lauds cartoon, criticizes census

Meet the challenge and fly
It's the old chicken-and-egg dilemma: Augusta needs better air service to stimulate the economy, but that won't happen until the demand exists. The demand won't exist, however, until air service is improved and made more affordable.

Calls headline wrong, insulting

Blasts irreverent new TV program

Describes parties

Mexican's blunt talk

Urges conservation to meet oil crisis

Atlanta production brings the Passion to life
Joe Scott knows somebody will be at the Atlanta Passion Play waving tickets for sale April 8, but he won't chance it.

Islam is growing faith among college campuses
For Shaheed Carter, a senior at Howard University, every day begins with Salat-ul-Fair -- the morning prayer for Muslims.

Faith digest
Four Baptist leaders have taken the first legal step toward a new denomination to rival the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest U.S. Protestant body.

Program takes a look at history of Augusta
Georgia Public Television presents a look at Augusta that doesn't deal in fairways and tee shots when Augusta Remembers airs at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Telecast full of surprises
Tonight, when stars with their eyes on the Oscar prize stroll the red carpet in front of the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, millions of viewers around the world will, in their mind's eye, walk with them.

Growing dead zone poses threat to gulf
It is called the Dead Zone -- a 7,000-mile-wide wall of oxygen-depleted water stretching across the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana's Mississippi Delta to the Texas border.

Rabbi recalls story involving young pope
JERUSALEM -- In Pope John Paul II's first Christmas sermon, he shared his dream of making a pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and the painful patchwork of land in between.

Woman is urged to look for new church
Dear Carson: My heart goes out to the woman who wrote about the categorizing of single mothers that goes on in churches. When I divorced my abusive husband, who wouldn't let me attend church when we were married, I was excited about returning to church.

In Jesus' footsteps
KORAZIM, Israel - Stepping into the pages of the New Testament, Pope John Paul II sat Friday on a lush, rock-strewn hillside near where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount and asked young believers from across the globe to spread Christian teachings of selfless love and forgiveness.

Southwest charm
A visitor enters the historic Little Church of La Villita near the River Walk in San Antonio. The church is located in Old Villita, a historic riverside plaza that is home to artisans and small shops.

Weight loss 2000
Cathe Beebe never thought she was bikini material and she never really expected to be a super model.

Ready for the Oscar race
When I was young, I watched very little football and, much to my father's dismay, usually found the third inning of a baseball game to be an excellent time to take a nap. Calculating batting averages or yards passed or points per game held little interest for me.

Two homes become one
At far left, the loft area of the Garretts' home is used as a library and study area. At left, Cody, the family cat, has lunch in his usual eating spot - a baby highchair close to the kitchen and living room.

God calls all of his children to church
If you plan to visit Hilton Head, S.C., stop at Christ Lutheran Church to see the cross suspended above the altar.

In the know
AVOIDING HEART SURGERY: About 14 million Americans suffer from coronary artery disease, which can transform routine daily activities into gasp-for-breath tasks. But many of them are poor candidates for the most commonly performed repairs.

Making peace with God at heart of Lent
The Rev. Cesar Brooks clicked open his e-mail one day to find an unexpected message - his first and only electronic confession.

TPC gaining favor among players

First Tee golf course takes shape

Thai teen makes noise -- and cut -- in Nabisco

Jag golfers go for another title

Webb leads by eight shots

Golf notebook: Expensive putter helps Allem to lucrative day

Harrington leads in Rio

Sutton, Lehman rise to the occasion at TPC

Morgan leads in Emerald Coast

Sutton's lead sinks off No. 17

Georgia Boys all-area team

Leadership earns awards

Georgia Girls all-area team

Coaches earns top honors

MVPs have different styles

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

Lynx ledger

Devils still retooling

Tkachuk suspended two games for high sticking

Lynx ledger

NHL roundup

ECHL notebook: Tie with New Jersey appears set

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

Lynx shut out Checkers

Lynx ledger

Remember to cheque the spelling
My comments on the difficulties of spelling did not go unnoticed. Barbara Crout wrote:

Another sewage leak found
Augusta officials are working to correct yet another cross connection that has allowed raw sewage to bypass the city's treatment system and enter the Savannah River. Assistant Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said the leak was discovered this week when a black liquid was seen emptying into the river through a storm drain near 10th Street. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Two homes become one

Telecast full of surprises

Southwest charm

Making peace with God at heart of Lent

Ready for the Oscar race

Faith digest

Rabbi recalls story involving young pope

Atlanta production brings the Passion to life

Growing dead zone poses threat to gulf

In Jesus' footsteps

Weight loss 2000

God calls all of his children to church

In the know

Woman is urged to look for new church

Episcopal school dedicates rooms

Race lures talented horses

Two sentenced in savings theft
Michael D. Dempsey, left, and George A. Hall each received 10-year prison sentences Friday.

Councilman will not seek another term
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Sam Speight thinks it's about time he relieves his wife of taxi duties.

Corrections

Two die in area shooting
Billy Davis was in the family room Saturday night watching the NCAA Final Four playoffs when cries for help and gunshots pierced the peaceful silence of the south Augusta subdivision.

Safety chief announces retirement
He'll miss most the call of the road and the excitement it brought him for more than 45 years.

Skyfest draws world's top air teams

Making of the Angels

Pioneer pilot recalls dangerous days

Deadline hovers over US Airways

TPC gaining favor among players

Safety chief announces retirement

Local men find success in polo

Officer is accused of crime

Across the area: Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in

Payment offered for dam
The Army Corps of Engineers has sweetened the pot -- to the tune of $2.6 million -- in its efforts to find a new owner for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Future shows up in the air

Firefighters honored for helping

Problems hurt Bush Field

Solutions 2000 aims at problems, progress

Two die in area shooting

Horse race draws record crowd

Ticket information

Payment offered for dam

Firefighters honored for helping
A teen-ager who rescued a pregnant woman from a kitchen fire and a firefighter who tried furiously to save a strangled 7-year-old girl received top honors from University Hospital's burn center at a banquet Friday.

Across the area

Firefighters honored for helping
A teen-ager who rescued a pregnant woman from a kitchen fire and a firefighter who tried furiously to save a strangled 7-year-old girl received top honors from University Hospital's burn center at a banquet Friday.

Firefighters honored for helping

Across the area: Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in
A man accused of running down a 7-year-old boy with a motorbike, then fleeing on foot, surrendered Friday, Grovetown police said.

Augusta projects fluctuate
The first $10 million installment of the state's three-year, $30 million economic development package for Augusta is expected to arrive in late June or early July.

Truckers, residents square off
Neighborhood disputes about parking commercial trucks in residential areas are not new.

Race lures talented horses
AIKEN -- Jack Flash is tired of running for the roses. He's a jumper now. In today's Aiken Steeplechase, the '97 Kentucky Derby contender makes his second start over timbers, but he isn't a home-grown. Few jumpers school in Aiken anymore. And most of the great trainers live in Maryland, Pennsylvania and even Camden, a little closer to home.

Raceway gets back on track
``OK, race fans, are you ready?'' the announcer said over the racetrack speakers as the crowd of more than 3,000 responded with applause.

More raw sewage discovered in river
Augusta officials are working to correct another cross connection that has allowed raw sewage to bypass the city's treatment system and enter the Savannah River.

Blaze consumes Pollard woodpile
Firefighters from four Columbia County fire departments spent most of Saturday battling a lumber fire covering more than half an acre at Pollard Lumber Co.

Judge adds time to murderer's sentence
The Augusta man who murdered a police officer in July 1997 received an additional seven-year prison sentence Friday.

Local men find success in polo
AIKEN -- As children, Tiger Kneece and Tommy Biddle Jr. acquired a love for what most Aiken youngsters only wear on their shirts.

Corrections
An article in Friday's Applause! section on country signer Heather Myles included the wrong telephone number to call to hear part of a song. To hear part of Miss Myles' You're Going To Love Me One Day, call Infoline at 442-4444 and press 8100.

Problems hurt Bush Field
If there is a worse way for an airline to make an impression on a region than leaving 50 of its business owners and community leaders stranded at an airport in the middle of the night, Jim West doesn't know what it is.

Air show safety concerns covered by planners, FAA

Augusta projects fluctuate

Army parachute group takes aim at Augusta

Horse race draws record crowd
AIKEN -- Eleven-year-old Tony Perkins had no particular method for picking the winner in Saturday's feature race at the Aiken Steeplechase.

Truckers, residents square off

Solutions 2000 aims at problems, progress
Today The Augusta Chronicle kicks off Solutions 2000, a project that really gets to the heart of what newspapers are all about.

Deadline hovers over US Airways
Negotiators for US Airways and its flight attendants union worked against a midnight deadline Friday to avert a strike that would cause the nation's sixth-largest airline to cease operations.

List set for Solutions 2000
In January, Leadership Augusta and The Augusta Chronicle announced the creation of Solutions 2000, a joint project aimed at helping the city address some of its biggest problems.

Volunteers clean area roads
Jacqueline Mendes, Ronda Newman and Patrick Hill gave up their Saturday morning for trash.

Raceway gets back on track

Across the area
A 9-year-old girl has confessed to making up a story about a neighborhood boy pointing a gun at her this week, Aiken authorities said Friday.

Officer is accused of crime
A Richmond County deputy is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on charges that he intimidated a possible rape victim into performing a sex act on him.

Episcopal school dedicates rooms
Happy, noisy children had the best seats in the house as they filled the balcony surrounding the Episcopal Day School courtyard Friday to watch the outdoor dedication of their school's $3 million renovation project.

Another sewage leak found

Rodman settles lawsuit with cocktail waitress

Heat tops Bucks

Suns put Kidd on injured list

76ers coach signs multiyear contract

Hornets rout Hawks

Mr. Marion Holmes
NEW YORK - Mr. Marion Holmes, 57, of Seventh Avenue, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Mrs. Mary Montgomery
FORT WORTH, Texas - Mrs. Mary Paulk Montgomery, 78, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.

Mrs. Billie Cox
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Billie Durham Cox, 72, of Lake Avenue, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Claude Holloway
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Claude Holloway, 47, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, in Greenwood.

Mr. Raymond DeJong
LANGLEY - Mr. Raymond E. DeJong, 56, of Piney Heights Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Brookings Hospital, Brookings, S.D.

Katelyn Madden
Katelyn Paige Madden, infant daughter of Jason Madden and Kacey Rhodes, of Old Waynesboro Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at the residence.

Mr. Robert Albertin
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert H. ``Bob'' Albertin, 77, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Ogeechee Area Hospice.

Mrs. Selma Broome
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Selma Graves Broome, 93, of South Alexander Avenue, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Wright
Mrs. Virginia Clyatt Wright, 82, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Theodore Widener
WAGENER - Mr. Theodore Widener, 77, of Holiness Church Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing & Rehab Center of Augusta.

Mrs. Sarah Looney
JACKSON - Mrs. Sarah Sue Wilkinson Looney, 65, of Pauline Street, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ernestine Walton
Mrs. Ernestine Rentz Walton, 92, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Richard Botham
EASLEY, S.C. - Mr. Richard Henry ``Dick'' Botham, 71, of Haywood Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Cannon Memorial Hospital, Pickens.

Mrs. Pearlean Banks
VOORHEES, N.J. - Mrs. Pearlean S. Banks, 69, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Justin Cavender
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. Justin Paul Cavender, 18, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Atlanta.

Mr. John Copelan
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mr. John Hamilton ``Hamp'' Copelan, 82, of Dolvin Avenue, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Wenona Averette
Mrs. Wenona Rhodes Averette, 89, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis Miller, 77, of Walton Way Extension, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Eron Birt
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Eron Franklin Birt, 24, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Ms. Johnnie Gresham
Ms. Johnnie Gresham, 64, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James Tillman Jr.
Mr. James Tillman Jr., 62, of Brookshire Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Ben Young Sr.
Mr. Ben O. Young Sr., 58, of Evans, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Orin Wilcox Sr.
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Orin Wilcox Sr., 65, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lou Johnson, 72, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Fields Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. William Larry Fields Sr., 74, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mamie Harrison
Mrs. Mamie Joe Williams Harrison, of Mercier Street, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Beatrice Hardy
RAYLE, Ga. - Mrs. Beatrice Colbert Scoggings Hardy, 82, of Philmath Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center, Washington.

Mr. Harry Patterson
THOMSON - Mr. Harry N. Patterson of Edgemore Drive, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Magnolia Harris
Mrs. Magnolia Harris, of Helsinki Drive, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Eloise Hattman
Mrs. Eloise Hattman, 76, of Laurel Lane, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Robert Thomas Sr.
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. Robert ``Harry'' Thomas Sr., 82, of Pecan Grove Road, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Martha Jones
AIKEN - Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Jones, 81, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Anna Marie Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, North Augusta.

Mrs. Zira Richardson
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Zira Richardson, 91, of Berkshire Drive, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Raymond DeJong
LANGLEY - Mr. Raymond E. DeJong, 56, of Piney Heights Road, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Brookings Hospital, Brookings, S.D.

Mrs. Ruby Fears
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Ethelene Thurmond Fears, 82, of Main Street, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien
Mrs. Alfaratta Marie Tebo O'Brien, 74, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Stevens
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Stevens, 90, of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Ben Young Sr.
Mr. Ben O. Young Sr., 58, of Evans, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Bertie McCravy
BATH - Mrs. Bertie Curtis McCravy, of Minter Street, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the residence.

Mrs. Virginia Wright

Katelyn Madden

Mrs. Wenona Averette

Mrs. Mary Montgomery

Mr. Eron Birt

Mrs. Mamie Harrison

Mr. Claude Holloway

Mr. Harry Patterson

Mr. Ben Young Sr.

Mrs. Eloise Hattman

Mr. Theodore Widener

Mr. Richard Botham

Mrs. Zira Richardson

Mrs. Magnolia Harris

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller

Mr. Raymond DeJong

Mrs. Beatrice Hardy

Mr. Ben Young Sr.

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien

Mr. Robert Albertin

Mrs. Pearlean Banks

Mr. Marion Holmes

Mrs. Ernestine Walton

Mr. James Tillman Jr.

Mrs. Helen Stevens

Mrs. Bertie McCravy

Mr. Orin Wilcox Sr.

Mr. Raymond DeJong

Mr. William Fields Sr.

Mrs. Selma Broome

Mr. John Copelan

Mr. Justin Cavender

Mr. Robert Thomas Sr.

Kent: Ga. legislature notes; a parking question
GEORGIA'S GENERAL Assembly session concluded Wednesday. Some observations on three key issues:

Sisler: Yellow pages reveal more than numbers
DRIVING BACK from Atlanta a few weeks ago with my son, Matthew, I happened to notice some new construction. An incredible building was going up off to our right. I nudged Matt and said, ``Look over there. Someone is building a beautiful church.'' Matt stretched the comfortable stretch of a 6-foot- something who would still rather be dozing and said, ``They are building a building. It remains to be seen if they are building a church,'' and promptly napped off.

Supports chief deputy for sheriff
The Richmond County sheriff's race is at hand. I have to admire incumbent Charlie Webster's genius in running the department in a manner that only improved Augusta and the security of families. Even though he will be sadly missed by many, the time has come that he has chosen to leave office and retire. L. Wooten, Waynesboro

Backs `Lakeside untucked' class shirts
Re the March 12 Chronicle letter written by James Walden: I think it was utterly ridiculous -- obviously written by a person who has little or no connection to the public school system. Jessica Garner, Augusta

Mexican's blunt talk
The Institutional Revolutionary Party -- the PRI -- has ruled Mexico for 71 years. While it has slowly permitted more freedom and somewhat more clean elections over the past decade, the PRI is perhaps best known for institutional corruption. Not many people of prominence are willing to say that openly in our south-of-the border neighbor. Until now.

Criticizes `bad words' in show
My mom and I recently saw the David Copperfield show. We were very impressed with the magic tricks, but we were disappointed with the bad words, including``s---.'' Morgan Carter, Augusta

Calls truck debate 'petty' issue
I have lived in the Fairington subdivision for over 19 years. I have also known Raymond Dick, president of Fairington/Town & Country Subdivision Neighborhood Association, for several years, but I believe he has gone overboard in the last several months. Mr. Dick said in a news article on March 18 that trucks (parking in the subdivision) were an eyesore. I live right across the street from one and it has never bothered me. It looks much better than many beat-up cars and pick-ups that are parked in the neighborhood. Wayne A. Gossage Jr., Hephzibah

Wants `dangerous' air show canceled
Did Augusta really need another reminder that air shows are dangerous? The recent crash in Texas is one of many that I can recall in my lifetime. Debbie J. Casalie, Hephzibah

Flower power
Let there be azaleas. Augustans can thank Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, for taking heat over a budget item that will help replace some of the city's flowering shrubs lost last year during the drought. A $25,000 state grant to Augusta will get some of those plants replaced. Far more than $25,000 worth of azaleas were lost during the dry summer.

Slams inaccuracies on quiz shows
This is in response to Eva-Marie Proudfits' March 15 letter to the editor. Bob Shealy, Martinez

Blasts irreverent new TV program
It is not enough that the humanistsocialists removed God and prayer from our public schools. For some time now, they have been conditioning us through the medium of television to accept all aspects of immorality, especially homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle. Their latest attempt at imposing their amoral lifestyle on us is a NBC program called God, the Devil, and Bob. This is no more than a subtle attempt to belittle, ridicule and make a mockery out of Christianity. Andy Windham, Wagener

Describes parties
The Republicans could not stand giving the working poor a minimum wage increase without tacking on another tax cut for the rich. Truly the Republicans are the party for the greedy and the Democrats the party for the needy. Willie B. McKelton, Keysville

Calls headline wrong, insulting
The Chronicle's March 20 headline (Woman grabs chief role) regarding the March 23 swearing in of Jean Hoefer Toal as South Carolina's first female chief justice, is not only insulting, but also inaccurate. Justice Toal was, after all, elected, first to the state Supreme Court and then to head the court. Leslie C. Lambert, Augusta

Offers new editor some suggestions
I welcome to the Central Savannah River Area new Editorial Page Editor Suzanne Downing. I wish Phil Kent the best, but he was too far to the right for my taste. If he or talk show host Austin Rhodes offer Ms. Downing any advice analyze it carefully; it may have a Pat Buchanan-Rush Limbaugh slant to it. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

Remembers `real' liberal leaders
For too many years, the word liberal has been so loosely defined that an alarming number of brain-washed citizens apparently don't know its true meaning. Archie Field, Augusta

Seeks return of Bible, prayer to schools
David Sisler's March 4 column suggests that since the Bible might not be taught correctly, we should outlaw prayer and the Bible in public schools. But that same Bible cries out in Psalms 9:17, ``the wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.'' Ben Brush, Appling

Kent: Ga. legislature notes; a parking question
GEORGIA'S GENERAL Assembly session concluded Wednesday. Some observations on three key issues:

Believes fuel prices will go down
How many business people do not realize that any commodity is priced by and supply and demand? The smaller the supply the bigger the price. The supply grows and the price goes down. Ann Haslinger, Aiken

Foster S.C. charter schools
If charter schools are to work, then South Carolinians may want to urge legislators to reject the kinds of obstacles most members of the Aiken County School Board want to put up.

Blasts anti-gun administration
After the death of a child by accidental or deliberate action, President Bill Clinton uses the opportunity to further his goals and those of his supporters, mostly left-wing socialist Democrats, to disarm American citizens. In fact, the United Nations cited the ownership of small arms by citizens tobe one of the leading causes of ``governmental instability'' throughout the world. Of course, government corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations, waste and fraud on an unprecedented scale don't matter. Guns are the problem, according to the U.N. and Clinton. Floyd Brown, Evans

Meet the challenge and fly
It's the old chicken-and-egg dilemma: Augusta needs better air service to stimulate the economy, but that won't happen until the demand exists. The demand won't exist, however, until air service is improved and made more affordable.

Lauds cartoon, criticizes census
The March 15 Rick McKee editorial cartoon on the intrusive census couldn't be more accurate. I'd not really read or heard much about the actual forms, but like most people I know, intended to return it promptly. Estella Hernandez, Martinez

SkyFest fun
Look! Up in the sky. It's ... SkyFest 2000. For the first time ever and the only time this year, the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels will wing in to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field for what promises to be a memorable April 1-2 event.

Chastises school dress code critic
It's apparent in Lisa Suppa's March 15 letter that she has missed the point of Columbia County schools' dress code. Michele D. Gaston, Martinez

Urges conservation to meet oil crisis
Nearly everyone is aware the price of gasoline has risen dramatically and further increases are expected. I have listened to the opinions of government leaders, economists, ``experts in the field'' and disgruntled citizens. Opinions on how to deal with this crisis have included lowering the gas tax, reducing or canceling aid to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, government subsidies to reopen old domestic oil fields, putting some of our national oil reserves on the market and freezing the price of gasoline. J.E. Clark, Augusta

Sisler: Yellow pages reveal more than numbers
DRIVING BACK from Atlanta a few weeks ago with my son, Matthew, I happened to notice some new construction. An incredible building was going up off to our right. I nudged Matt and said, ``Look over there. Someone is building a beautiful church.'' Matt stretched the comfortable stretch of a 6-foot- something who would still rather be dozing and said, ``They are building a building. It remains to be seen if they are building a church,'' and promptly napped off.

Georgia raises deer limit to eight

Time to renew fishing license

Featured race goes to the wire

Prep baseball results

Henderson hits $28 million lottery jackpot

Norfleet ready for truck series debut

Feisty crustaceans are good bate

Park takes pole position at Food City 500

Wallace ready for Bristol race

Surprising Kanaan overcomes crash to lead CART practice

Sampras leads star parade at Ericsson

Overtime: Georgia leads Schenkel by 15 shots

`Golden twilight' for Courier, who struggles to 1st-round win at Ericsson

Outdoor briefs

Teammates are friends and rivals

Olympic hopefuls work out on Langley Pond

Lakeside blanks Evans

Army parachute group takes aim at Augusta
Imagine being a parachuter and having this on your resume: Landing at President Bush's 1989 inauguration. Landing on numerous NFL fields during halftime shows. Performing in hundreds of air shows every year in front of an estimated annual audience of 12 million people.

Making of the Angels
Those who catch a glimpse of the dark, Navy-blue streaks racing across the heavens at Skyfest 2000 will be seeing a lot more than a few ace pilots showing off the tricks of the trade. They'll be witnessing a part of American military aviation history.

Ticket information
Information about ticket prices and parking information.

Future shows up in the air
It's the Blue Angels this year. Could it be the Thunderbirds next year? The number of people who turn out for Skyfest 2000 could have an impact on the future of air shows at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Pioneer pilot recalls dangerous days
What Bill Sisterhen will see in the sky next weekend over Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field leads him to memories of a forgotten chapter of history in stunt flying.

Skyfest draws world's top air teams
With all the aviation talent in place and show logistics in place, Skyfest 2000 is set to make history at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field next weekend.

Air show safety concerns covered by planners, FAA
While plane crashes at air shows are high-profile disasters and receive lots of media attention, they are extremely rare.

Filling a car with teen-agers is asking for trouble
CHICAGO -- The more young people you pack into a car with a teen-ager behind the wheel, the more likely the driver will die in a crash, a study found.

Fuel's journey adds to cost
The oil industry, like any free-market business driven by supply and demand, has winners and losers

Cloning pigs may be the easy part
The announcement last week that scientists had created the world's first litter of cloned pigs marked a milestone in the century-long quest to use animals as a source of organs for transplantation into humans.

Report compares health behavior in U.S., Puerto Rico
ATLANTA -- Mississippians battle the bulge with less success than the rest of us -- 22 percent of them are obese -- while nearly 25 percent of Texans have no health insurance, and more than half of North Dakotans say they don't always wear a seat belt.

Violent video games brainwashing youth, panel told
WASHINGTON -- American youths are being brainwashed by ``ultraviolent'' video games installed in pizza parlor back rooms and arcades, according to experts and a crusading 12-year-old.

Huge chunk of ice breaks off from Antarctica ice sheet
WASHINGTON -- An iceberg about twice the size of Delaware has broken off from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and could drift into shipping lanes around the South Polar region.

Another way to clean your teeth
Before fluoride, before electric toothbrushes, even before dentists, humans have been swabbing their teeth with sticks gnawed into homemade brushes.

Biotech firms turning mice into drug making factories
NEW YORK -- They look like mice. They sound like mice. They scurry around their cages like mice. But they're more like people than you might think.

Implanted computer chip helps paralyzed man take steps
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Ten years after a car crash paralyzed him from the waist down, an implanted computer chip is helping Marc Merger regain the ability to walk.

Committee approves new antibiotic
WASHINGTON -- A government advisory committee recommended approval of an important new type of antibiotic Friday for battling drug-resistant bacteria.

Cloning pigs may be the easy part

Violent video games brainwashing youth, panel told

Committee approves new antibiotic

Implanted computer chip helps paralyzed man take steps

Filling a car with teen-agers is asking for trouble

Huge chunk of ice breaks off from Antarctica ice sheet

Fuel's journey adds to cost

Biotech firms turning mice into drug making factories

Another way to clean your teeth