Braves notebook: More trades possible

MLB notebook

Hall of Fame to honor Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz

Lofton making speedy recovery for Indians

Yankees, Marlins get into midseason form

Royals beat up on Braves

Yankees find comfort zone with starting rotation

Chen hit hard by Royals

Chen again not part of rotation

Wood's velocity right where Cubs want it

Vaughn takes verbal jab at McKeon, Bowden

Spring training roundup

Seattle stadium will be blown to Kingdome come

Remember to cheque the spelling

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

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.

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

Business briefs

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

Pocket change

On the move

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.

Business briefs

Weekly gas price survey

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.

Weekly gas price survey
Weekly survey of area gas stations.

Spartans rally to move on

East notebook

It's veterans vs. the press

Landers likes Georgia's Final Four `hiding place'

Wisconsin outlasts Purdue

Oklahoma seeks another attention-getting victory

Spartans defense key to victory

Big Ten rematch should be slow-down slugfest

South notebook

Florida knocks out Duke

Metro St. takes Div. II title

UNC seeking to add to program's lore

Women's roundup

Calls headline wrong, insulting

Urges conservation to meet oil crisis

Calls truck debate 'petty' issue

Remembers `real' liberal leaders

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

Supports chief deputy for sheriff

Blasts irreverent new TV program

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

Lauds cartoon, criticizes census

Mexican's blunt talk

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.

Backs `Lakeside untucked' class shirts

Foster S.C. charter schools

Describes parties

Slams inaccuracies on quiz shows

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Webb leads by eight shots

Golf notebook: Expensive putter helps Allem to lucrative day

First Tee golf course takes shape

Sutton, Lehman rise to the occasion at TPC

Sutton's lead sinks off No. 17

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

Jag golfers go for another title

Morgan leads in Emerald Coast

Harrington leads in Rio

TPC gaining favor among players

Leadership earns awards

Georgia Girls all-area team

Georgia Boys all-area team

Coaches earns top honors

MVPs have different styles

ECHL notebook: Tie with New Jersey appears set

Lynx ledger

Lynx ledger

Lynx ledger

Lynx shut out Checkers

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

NHL roundup

Pee Dee hands Lynx another loss

Devils still retooling

Tkachuk suspended two games for high sticking

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

Ready for the Oscar race

Weight loss 2000

Growing dead zone poses threat to gulf

Making peace with God at heart of Lent

In Jesus' footsteps

Woman is urged to look for new church

In the know

Telecast full of surprises

Two homes become one

Faith digest

Southwest charm

Atlanta production brings the Passion to life

God calls all of his children to church

Rabbi recalls story involving young pope

Payment offered for dam

Two die in area shooting

Horse race draws record crowd

Episcopal school dedicates rooms

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

Firefighters honored for helping

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

Safety chief announces retirement

Truckers, residents square off

Augusta projects fluctuate

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.

Another sewage leak found

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.

Race lures talented horses

Firefighters honored for helping

Officer is accused of crime

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.

Across the area

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

Corrections

Skyfest draws world's top air teams

Deadline hovers over US Airways

Local men find success in polo

Raceway gets back on track

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.

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.

Problems hurt Bush Field

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Future shows up in the air

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

Air show safety concerns covered by planners, FAA

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.

Making of the Angels

Army parachute group takes aim at Augusta

TPC gaining favor among players

Pioneer pilot recalls dangerous days

Solutions 2000 aims at problems, progress

Ticket information

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Hornets rout Hawks

Suns put Kidd on injured list

76ers coach signs multiyear contract

Heat tops Bucks

Rodman settles lawsuit with cocktail waitress

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. Ernestine Walton
Mrs. Ernestine Rentz Walton, 92, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James Tillman Jr.
Mr. James Tillman Jr., 62, of Brookshire Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at University 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. Eloise Hattman
Mrs. Eloise Hattman, 76, of Laurel Lane, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis Miller, 77, of Walton Way Extension, died Wednesday, March 22, 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.

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

Mrs. Bertie McCravy

Mrs. Selma Broome

Mr. Marion Holmes

Mr. Richard Botham

Mrs. Wenona Averette

Mrs. Magnolia Harris

Mr. Ben Young Sr.

Mr. Raymond DeJong

Mrs. Elizabeth Miller

Mr. James Tillman Jr.

Mr. Ben Young Sr.

Mrs. Mamie Harrison

Katelyn Madden

Mrs. Virginia Wright

Mr. Robert Thomas Sr.

Mr. John Copelan

Mr. Robert Albertin

Mrs. Beatrice Hardy

Mr. Claude Holloway

Mr. Justin Cavender

Mr. Theodore Widener

Mr. William Fields Sr.

Mrs. Pearlean Banks

Mr. Eron Birt

Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien

Mrs. Mary Montgomery

Mrs. Helen Stevens

Mr. Harry Patterson

Mr. Raymond DeJong

Mrs. Eloise Hattman

Mrs. Zira Richardson

Mr. Orin Wilcox Sr.

Mrs. Ernestine Walton

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Olympic hopefuls work out on Langley Pond

Overtime: Georgia leads Schenkel by 15 shots

Teammates are friends and rivals

Henderson hits $28 million lottery jackpot

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

Feisty crustaceans are good bate

Prep baseball results

Norfleet ready for truck series debut

Lakeside blanks Evans

Georgia raises deer limit to eight

Park takes pole position at Food City 500

Sampras leads star parade at Ericsson

Surprising Kanaan overcomes crash to lead CART practice

Wallace ready for Bristol race

Outdoor briefs

Time to renew fishing license

Featured race goes to the wire

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ticket information
Information about ticket prices and parking information.

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.

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.

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.

Violent video games brainwashing youth, panel told

Huge chunk of ice breaks off from Antarctica ice sheet

Fuel's journey adds to cost

Biotech firms turning mice into drug making factories

Committee approves new antibiotic

Another way to clean your teeth

Filling a car with teen-agers is asking for trouble

Cloning pigs may be the easy part

Implanted computer chip helps paralyzed man take steps