Lofton likely will be in center field

Braves face battle in quest for 9th division title in row

Joyner is adjusting to role as a reserve

Mays honored by new park

Greenbrier routs Dublin, wins title

North Augusta wins in rout

GreenJackets have new look

Braves blank Orioles

Additions, recoveries lift Braves

Padres to honor military with uniform change

Augusta Christian stymied by Brentwood

Braves keep Furcal, release Guillen

Braves face battle for 9th straight division title

Braves notes: Hunter sent to AAA

Braves keep Furcal, release Guillen

Foursome introduced city to golf

Needless technologies
The great thinkers of our time have some high-minded ideas about what we can do with technology. They dream about how it can improve mankind -- how it can help us live healthier, happier lives.

Business briefs: Investors put focus on proven stocks

HDTV arrives in town

Business briefs: Investors put focus on proven stocks
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks came back from the brink Friday, pulling the Nasdaq composite index higher for the first time this week. But investors turned toward well-established computer makers and networking companies and shunned Internet businesses now seen as risky investments.

Synalloy will close facility

HDTV arrives in town
Ed Chandler usually goes to the Augusta National Golf Club to watch the masters of golf tee off. This year, he plans to stay home and see the tournament on his 73-inch high-definition television.

Synalloy will close facility
A Spartanburg, S.C.-based company announced Friday it will close its Augusta chemical plant by year's end.

Needless technologies

Gas prices
Weekly look at area gasoline prices.

Gas prices

Forte key to Tar Heels' offense

Gators trounce Tarheels

Whoop it up at NCAA Hoop City

Florida presents Carolina with a pressing problem

Regionals may be revamped

Power of personality helps Donovan succeed

Michigan St. advances to final

UConn tops Penn St.

Coaches see defining moment in title game

Izzo's magic formula works for Spartans

A look at each of the Final Four teams

Near-record low scoring for NCAA semifinal

NCAA betting still heavy

Tenn., UConn also go head to head in recruiting

Derides writer's golf preferences

Questions writer's 'heritage' facts

A child murder plot; a pivotal S.C. primary

Criticizes Butler on flag position

Wants more civil discourse

Debate candidates in S.C. race

Praises retiring Tomberlin for service

Denies politics motivates animal lovers
I want to correct the misinformation contained in some recent letters to the editor. For those who don't know, my wife, Linda, and I served as consecutive presidents of the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society for four years. Frank Schrenko, Grovetown

Notes good wrought by fatal accident

Doubts 2000 census will be accurate

Insists air show accident 'improbable'

Rips intrusive Census Bureau form

Free speech threat

Backs candidates' law-and-order stand

Supports candidate with integrity

Backs truckers in furor over parking

Support civic leader for Dist. 83 race
I will support Arthur Shealy for the South Carolina House District 83 seat because he is arespected attorney and civic leader. His work in the community provides the experience needed to represent our area's interest in the Statehouse.Jerrie Weibel, North Augusta

Scandals won't quit

Schrenko's early agenda

Endorses experience in Dist. 83 race

Staying on course
Steve Jones and five hunting buddies chased turkeys up and down the Georgia hills near Greensboro recently to relax before Thursday's first round of the BellSouth Atlanta Classic.

Scriptures illustrate power of the Word
In this age of accelerating technology, we are sometimes compelled to learn new meanings for old, familiar words, even to use strange or humorous symbolic language.

Bride out of line on rehearsal dinner
Dear Carson: Our son is getting married in May. As the groom's parents, we intend to pay for the rehearsal dinner in a nice Italian restaurant.

Caine award spells contest win
Only Lisa Thomason of Evans correctly named the Academy Award winners in the top six categories. Twenty-six readers tied arts and entertainment writer Steven Uhles by picking five out of six Oscar winners.

Barbershop ministry provides grooming with the gospel
A combo of a free haircut, Bible study and lunch has grown from one Saturday a month to every Saturday at Trinity Outreach Mission.

History: All floors in house have slant
A former home of George Walton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the expansive white clapboard house on the 2100 block of Wrightsboro Road was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Cry rooms becoming rare in area churches
Beulah Grove Baptist Church has one of the newest in the Augusta area. The church provided a cry room -- a glassed-in box where parents with fussy babies can see and hear but not be heard -- when it built its sanctuary three years ago.

Conflicting theories abound about Roswell
On July 9, 1947, an article appeared on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record claiming that a local rancher had found the remains of an alien spacecraft that had supposedly crashed in the desert a few days earlier.

Wearing the green
Admit it. You've dreamed about winning Augusta National's legendary green jacket. You've imagined yourself slipping into that championship coat and giving the cameras a big smile. Well, now you can.

Azaleas in bloom means catfish are biting

Hatchery a lab for hybrid bass

Rookies' practice zeal can be costly

Cleveland Golf Classic begins today

Jags take 3-shot tourney lead

Waiting for the green light

Thrilling to earn return trip

Gary Nicklaus has share of lead

Sindelar unlikely leader of BellSouth

Lynx nail playoff berth

A season of highs and lows for Lynx

Blues, Wings skate to tie

Lynx close in on playoff slot

NHL reaching playoff pitch

Lynx close in on playoff slot

Bruins, Rangers tie

Final report card for Augusta Lynx

Penguins lose in Jagr's return

Devils beat Thrashers, snap skid

Foursome introduced city to golf
This time each year the Masters Tournament attracts thousands to this part of the world.

Staying on course

History: All floors in house have slant

Bride out of line on rehearsal dinner

Cry rooms becoming rare in area churches

Scriptures illustrate power of the Word

Caine award spells contest win

Conflicting theories abound about Roswell

Inspector safeguards county's restaurants

Residents oppose facility

Savannah targets problem areas
In 1990, the Savannah Police Department used Project Shield to help rid the Garden Homes community of drugs and street-level violence.

Runner's high
Alexis Hollar, 8, gets a victory hug from her father, Rodney Hollar, after winning first place in the third-grade girls category of Friday's Fun Run at Bel Air Elementary School.

Traffic plagues first day
Nearly a month ago, Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field Director Al McDill said a larger than expected crowd at Skyfest 2000 would be a welcome problem.

Horse racing wins over vet
AIKEN -- A New York veterinarian who began harness racing at state fairs 40 years ago will compete in five of eight races today during the third and final leg of the Aiken Triple Crown.

High gas prices fail to slow SUV sales

Democrats choose delegates
AIKEN -- Pumped up by prospects of regaining their strongest foothold in years, Aiken County Democrats named 44 delegates to the state convention in May.

Report: New rules help gas customers

Census Day is not deadline for sending form
It's not too late.

Across the area: First lady recovering after break
After breaking her ankle in three spots in a parachuting accident Friday, Gwen Fulcher Young is recovering at University Hospital and is ``in great spirits,'' said Mark Gibbons, administrative assistant to Mayor Bob Young.

Computer glitches cause inaccurate notices
Data entry oversights at the Georgia Department of Human Resources have erroneously canceled federal assistance waivers for disabled children statewide, including some in the Augusta area, department officials said.

Columbia County restaurant ratings
Here is a list of Columbia County restaurants, addresses, dates and scores of their most recent routine, surprise health department inspections for the period that ended Friday. The list is not complete, and restaurants that were not inspected last quarter or whose scores were not available are not included:

Pilot urges audience to succeed
LANGLEY -- Students at Midland Valley High School have one of their own to thank for an unprecedented visit Friday from the Blue Angels.

Masters week brings change

Plane jump injures mayor's wife
Gwen Fulcher Young made history Friday with the Army Golden Knights parachute team, but not the kind she wanted.

Indian burial area found
Utility workers have stumbled across what may be the latest evidence of a Native American village on an Ogeechee River peninsula. The crew was digging a hole for a utility pole last month when they uncovered a skull plate, teeth, and arm and knee bones that state officials say are those of a Guale Indian.

Residents oppose facility
County commissioners Richard Colclough and Andy Cheek urged a roomful of constituents Friday to lobby other board members to rebuff plans for a 200-bed halfway house on Phinizy Road.

Indian burial area found

Census Day is not deadline for sending form

Savannah targets problem areas

Runner's high

Slaying suspect out on bond

Across the area: Senate passes bill prompted by attack
ATLANTA -- The Senate has passed a bill named on behalf of an Augusta teacher who was attacked by one of her pupils, a second bill triggered by her attack.

Inspector safeguards county's restaurants
Since January, Michael Allison has visited all of the nearly 130 restaurants along Washington Road, on Walton Way and in Surrey Center.

Milkman drives last route
Tommy Lazenby awoke at 3 a.m. Friday and lay there thinking about ending a way of life he had known for 41 years, of saying goodbye to his other family.

Activities keep spectators grounded during air show
The air show at Skyfest 2000 may have been the headliner Saturday at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, but Jackie Thurmon could not have cared less.

Slaying suspect out on bond
Capital murder suspect Etheridge Kneece has bonded out of the Benton County jail and will likely return to South Carolina before going to live with family in California.

Stunt duo wows fans at Skyfest
They can't walk on water, but they perform a feat that's nearly as impressive.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Stunt duo wows fans at Skyfest

Farmers confront bad year

Activities keep spectators grounded during air show

Computer glitches cause inaccurate notices

Blue Angels draw crowd to airport

Milkman drives last route

Across the area: First lady recovering after break

Plane jump injures mayor's wife

Farmers confront bad year
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rains in the past two weeks of March fell far short of ending the three-year drought plaguing Georgia farmers, who now have a lot more to worry about than rainfall deficits.

Former city worker pleads guilty to theft

Report: New rules help gas customers
ATLANTA -- An economist concluded Georgia consumers have benefited from natural gas deregulation, but the hundreds of customers complaining of being ``slammed'' may not feel so blessed.

Study: Games curb illegal bets

Pilot urges audience to succeed

Skyfest 2000 prepares for launch
After a year's worth of planning that was frantically done in 90 days, Skyfest 2000 is ready to take off today at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Horse racing wins over vet

Police seize boy's computer, notes
Police seized several notebooks, computer disks and a computer during a Wednesday night search of the home of one of the three Martinez boys suspected of plotting to kill their parents.

Evidence may lead to killer

Additions, recoveries lift Braves

Blue Angels draw crowd to airport
Although the activity on the ground wasn't perfect, Skyfest 2000 attendees weren't disappointed with the aerial displays, exhibits and activities at the show.

Columbia County restaurant ratings

Garden dedicated in student's memory
Drew Goldsmith came from the University of Georgia to speak at his old high school Saturday.

Traffic plagues first day

Study: Games curb illegal bets
ATLANTA -- The increasing availability of legalized gambling in recent years has greatly reduced illegal betting, according to a report released Friday by a study commission made up primarily of state government officials.

Representative to run again; clerk to retire
State Rep. Bill Jackson ended months of quiet speculation this week: He is running for re-election one more time.

High gas prices fail to slow SUV sales
For better or for worse, sport utility vehicle owners are not ready to trade in their tanks for more fuel-efficient models, although gas prices continue to climb, local automobile dealers say.

Sexual assault on child leads to 5-year sentence
An Augusta man who admitted guilt Friday in his second child sexual assault case received a five-year prison sentence.

Across the area: Senate passes bill prompted by attack

Former city worker pleads guilty to theft
One of three former Augusta city government employees accused of profiting from the sale of handicapped-parking signs pleaded guilty Friday.

Skyfest 2000 prepares for launch

Bond granted in stabbing case
A judge granted a $50,000 bond Friday to a pregnant Augusta woman accused of stabbing a young man to death three weeks ago.

Richmond County restaurant ratings
Here is a list of Richmond County restaurants, addresses, dates and scores of their most recent routine, surprise health department inspections for the period that ended Friday. The list is not complete, and restaurants that were not inspected last quarter or whose scores were not available are not included:

Evidence may lead to killer
AIKEN -- The agency won't say what, but the Aiken County Sheriff's Office says it has new physical evidence in the death of Tiffaney Wilson that could help solve the case.

Hippity-hop
Brittany Reid holds on to her rabbit ears as she leads pupils from her first-grade class in the Bunny Hop at Martinez Elementary School. The children were demonstrating different dances from around the world during Friday's activity.

Masters week brings change
Devotees of the game of golf are flocking to Augusta.

Wizards edge Celtics

Atlanta coach wants to stay

Indiana outpaces T'wolves

Former Detroit coach a winner in debut with Globetrotters

NBA gives Avery a new look at life

Year as backup frustrates Moore

Kickoff nears for Stallions

Mr. Richard Jones
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Richard I. Jones, 74, of Hoffmann Lane, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Josie Savage
MONTEZUMA, Ga. - Mrs. Josie Bodeker Shea Savage, of South Dooly Street, died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Nene Yniguez
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Nene Yniguez, 83, of Cold Spring Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Brown
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Frances Marie Brown, 72, of Dodge Lane, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Martha Brown
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Jane Turner Brown, 82, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Hancock County Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Mock
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Mary Louise Dowd Mock, 77, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Mrs. Judy Guinn
AIKEN - Mrs. Judy White Guinn, 51, of Heather Way, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Frances Brown
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Frances Marie Brown, 72, of Dodge Lane, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Elton Marchant
Mr. Elton W. ``Junior'' Marchant, 71, of Martinez, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Elton Marchant
Mr. Elton W. ``Junior'' Marchant, 71, of Martinez, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Perry Coleman
Mr. Perry Coleman, 63, of Earl Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Josie Savage
MONTEZUMA, Ga. - Mrs. Josie Bodeker Shea Savage, of South Dooly Street, died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Minnie Marchant
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Minnie Eubanks Marchant, 88, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Martha Brown
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha Jane Turner Brown, 82, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Hancock County Hospital.

Mrs. Sara Garner
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Rainwater Garner, 90, of Ridgeland Drive, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Christopher Miles
DEARING -- Christopher Julian Miles, 18-month-old son of Christopher and Katherine S. Miles, of Randall Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Gracie Samuel
MIAMI - Mrs. Gracie Lee Samuel, 62, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Cedars Medical Center.

Mrs. Dixie Porter
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Dixie Boylston Porter, 98, of Springfield Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.

Ms. Cara Reid
Ms. Cara Yvette Reid, 34, of Macon Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Dixie Porter
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Dixie Boylston Porter, 98, of Springfield Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ola Smith
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Ola Mae Smith, 74, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Lee Davis
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Davis, 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mrs. Marie Craig
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Marie C. Craig, 81, of School Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Nellie Parrish
DEARING -- Mrs. Nellie Parrish, 85, of Luckeys Bridge Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Brege
Mr. Robert Harry Brege, 72, of Martinez, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Eugenia Hardin
APPLING - Mrs. Eugenia L. Hardin, 94, of Ray Owens Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital, Thomson.

Mr. Nathan Arvin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Nathan Eli Arvin, 48, of Johnson Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jose Serrano Sr.
Mr. Jose Antonio Serrano Sr., 72, of Lumpkin Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Jennings Nursing Home.

Mr. Albert Strickland
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Albert Courtney Strickland, 78, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Lizzie Baxley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lizzie Mae Bragg Baxley, 82, of Baduly Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Mary McKay
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Mary Margaret McKay, 78, died Saturday, April 1, 2000.

Christopher Miles
DEARING -- Christopher Julian Miles, 18-month-old son of Christopher and Katherine S. Miles, of Randall Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nellie Parrish
DEARING -- Mrs. Nellie Parrish, 85, of Luckeys Bridge Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lee Davis
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Davis, 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. George Nix
WHITEVILLE, N.C. - Mr. George Nix, 72, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Columbus County Hospital.

Mrs. Edith Cheek
APPLING -- Mrs. Edith Louise Cheek, 78, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Julian Drake
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Julian Ronnie Drake, 55, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Edith Cheek
APPLING -- Mrs. Edith Louise Cheek, 78, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.

Mr. Lofton Brown
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Lofton Brown, 73, died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Mock
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Mary Louise Dowd Mock, 77, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Christopher Miles

Mrs. Frances Brown

Mrs. Lizzie Baxley

Mr. Robert Brege

Mr. Lee Davis

Mrs. Edith Cheek

Mr. George Nix

Mr. Julian Drake

Mrs. Sara Garner

Mrs. Gracie Samuel

Mrs. Martha Brown

Mrs. Marie Craig

Mrs. Mary Mock

Mr. Jose Serrano Sr.

Mrs. Ola Smith

Mrs. Eugenia Hardin

Mr. Lofton Brown

Mrs. Nene Yniguez

Mr. Elton Marchant

Mrs. Judy Guinn

Mr. Lee Davis

Mr. Richard Jones

Mrs. Edith Cheek

Mrs. Nellie Parrish

Mrs. Frances Brown

Mrs. Josie Savage

Christopher Miles

Ms. Cara Reid

Mrs. Josie Savage

Mrs. Mary McKay

Mrs. Mary Mock

Mr. Albert Strickland

Sisler: Never be the first one to stop clapping
IN 1971 Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn went into exile from his native Russia. Among other works, his The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation earned him disgrace at home and high praise abroad.

Endorses experience in Dist. 83 race
All are honorable and well-intentioned members of the North Augusta community. All in their own way have served this community and the people living here. Kirk E. Baxley, North Augusta

Scandals won't quit
The Clinton-Gore administration's delight that the Independent Counsel Office, after four years of investigation, gave high White House officials a clean bill of health in the ``Filegate'' scandal didn't last long. Within a few days two major embarrassments hit the president and vice president.

Derides writer's golf preferences
If Rick Dorsey is so fond of Sawgrass and the Tournament Players Championship, I'm sure there are a lot of folks in Augusta who would buy him a one-way ticket to Jacksonville. Don Bell, Augusta

A child murder plot; a pivotal S.C. primary
THERE'S LOCAL and even national soul-searching after the arrest of three Martinez boys -- two 11-year-olds and a 13-year-old -- for an elaborate plan to take two parents hostage and kill them.

Insists air show accident 'improbable'
I would like to respond to the March 25 letter from Debbie Casalie that derided air shows for their ``high probability'' of danger. While an accident is certainly possible, the probability is very low. Ed Johnson, North Augusta

Debate candidates in S.C. race
Don Smith is our choice for the South Carolina District 83 House Seat. Mr. Smith, now retired, would be able to serve full-time as our representative in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Shirley & E.J. Holgate, North Augusta

Defends legislator's hometown 'pork'
We all hate pork, of course. We are scandalized when some government grant goes to some distant community for some seemingly obscure purpose. Bill Moore, Aiken

Notes good wrought by fatal accident
I would like to say thank you to a wonderful person and his store. Out of a tragic accident came a deed of kindness that will undoubtedly save lives. Thank you Ed Luckey from Luck-Es Board Shop on Broad Street. Susan W. Turner, Jackson

Sisler: Never be the first one to stop clapping
IN 1971 Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn went into exile from his native Russia. Among other works, his The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation earned him disgrace at home and high praise abroad.

Supports tax opponent in S.C. race
District 83 South Carolina House candidate Arthur Shealy is right when he advocates eliminating car taxes. These taxes not only penalize the ownership of private property, but they also feed the bureaucracies in Columbia. Fay Cupstid, North Augusta

It's a magic week
The world's media spotlight turns again, for the 64th year, on the Masters Tournament held on what the late Augusta National designer Bobby Jones dreamed would be the perfect golf course.

Questions writer's 'heritage' facts
Many thanks to Mark Gelbart for his March 18 letter decrying the lies that appear daily on The Chronicle editorial page. John Woodson, McCormick

Support civic leader for Dist. 83 race
I will support Arthur Shealy for the South Carolina House District 83 seat because he is arespected attorney and civic leader. His work in the community provides the experience needed to represent our area's interest in the Statehouse. Jerrie Weibel, North Augusta

Supports candidate with integrity
I would like to voice my support for Don Smith for South Carolina House of Representatives District 83. Donald M. Grogan, North Augusta

Backs candidates' law-and-order stand
Arthur Shealy, candidate for the South Carolina House District 83 seat, is on target when he says jails should be made more unpleasant for convicted criminals. I. H. McKnight, North Augusta

Backs Dist. 83 candidate with 'vision'
On April 4, the voters of House District 83 in the North Augusta area will have the opportunity to choose their next representative. I am writing this letter in support of Eddie Butler. Rick Osbon, Aiken

Doubts 2000 census will be accurate
I received a telephone call from the Census Bureau asking if I had completed my census form and mailed it in. When I responded ``no,'' the caller asked me why not. Geraldine Connally, Mitchell

Criticizes Butler on flag position
There are three candidates running in the April 4 Republican primary for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 83 seat, which encompasses the North AugustaBelvedere area. Frank E. Odom, North Augusta

Backs truckers in furor over parking
First, I'd like to address a statement in the March 26 edition. ``Supporters of Augusta's ordinance say public parking spaces are readily available locally and drivers should utilize them. Michele Hemingway, Augusta

Praises retiring Tomberlin for service
I would like to compliment Chief John Tomberlin, director of Public Safety for Grovetown, for his exemplary and outstanding service to our community. David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown

Denies politics motivates animal lovers
I want to correct the misinformation contained in some recent letters to the editor. For those who don't know, my wife, Linda, and I served as consecutive presidents of the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society for four years. Frank Schrenko, Grovetown

Offers neighbor's mess for trucks
This letter is to those that have a complaint about a road tractor parked in their neighborhood. I will swap you for one neighbor who has two to three cars that don't run in the driveway and in the backyard (the one in the backyard was hanging from a chain horse from two boards nailed to a pine tree). Jim Stringer, Martinez

Wants more civil discourse
Hoyt Goodson's suggestion (letter, March 26) to take columnist David Sisler off the editorial page because he uses religion to support his opinions could lead to a significant reduction in printable letters. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Rips intrusive Census Bureau form
I am writing to protest the U.S. Census. I received Form D-2. I do not know how many people got this form. Those who did need to think hard about answering all these intrusive questions. Theresa L. McTier, Augusta

Free speech threat
In the never-ending defense of free speech, ABC-TV reporter John Stossel delivered a sobering assessment on March 23. Reflect on his examples where government, plaintiff's attorneys, political activists and college administrators work to subvert the First Amendment:

Gore takes false credit
Al Gore can't seem to help but take credit for programs that aren't his. This time, however, the vice president has stepped on the toes of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga, and the good senator is not going to let him get away with it.

Schrenko's early agenda
Even though the 2000 Georgia General Assembly is history, and even though Gov. Roy Barnes dominated its education initiatives, State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko wasted no time in unveiling her 2001 legislative agenda. Why so early?

Overtime: Davenport regains No. 1 ranking

Busy day set on football fields

Larente comes away with two harness victories

Overtime: Davenport regains tennis' No. 1 ranking

Mark Martin has knack for rain-delay victories

Labonte quite at home in Texas

Kwan rallies to win third world title

Akers needs surgery; out three months

S.Williams will likely skip Hilton Head tourney

Gordon sets bar for Adam Petty

Aquinas, Athens deadlock

Texas track is special to Bobby Labonte too

Internet worries parents
Mary Ellen Price isn't willing to accept the good with the bad. She's had a computer in her Martinez home for more than a year, but she refuses to have it connected to the Internet.

Iraq launches vaccination campaign against polio
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign Tuesday, struggling to combat the re-emergence of a disease it had conquered before the Persian Gulf war and sanctions undermined its medical and sanitation systems.

California faces big clean-air decision
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The future of electric cars in the United States could well be determined when California decides whether to pursue -- or to back away from -- a requirement for pollution-free vehicles.

Small radio station makes waves online
WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- An esoteric little radio station with no play lists and the weakest signal in its market is topping online radio charts as people around the world discover its irreverent delights.

Internet entrepreneur spirit takes hold a la francaise
PARIS -- The line winds around the renovated former wine warehouse in a newly chic neighborhood of Paris.

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Charles Barkley, out of basketball since a career-ending knee injury in December, has a new forum from which to spout his outrageous views: an Internet-only talk show.

China plans drive to bring nation online
BEIJING -- China plans a campaign to bring industries, government offices and households online as part of a national strategy to make the Internet a more powerful engine for economic growth.

Chicken pox vaccine seems able to create own booster
WASHINGTON -- The widely used chicken-pox vaccine seems to reactivate itself when an individual's immunity lessens, possibly creating its own booster mechanism, researchers have discovered.

Anti-depressant may also help with hot flashes
Taking an anti-depressant dramatically reduced hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and might be an option for women who don't want to take estrogen for menopause symptoms, new research shows.

Boss may be sneaking up on you in cyberspace
At CoManage Corp., a computer software company in Pine, Pa., where the employees play Foosball and race remote-control cars when they feel like it, the boss doesn't read anyone's e-mail or worry whether someone is wasting time surfing the Web on a notebook computer.

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web
Miles of Singapore is a citizen of Augusta. So is Alan of England and Marie-Christelle of Quebec, although Alan is the only one of the three who has actually visited this city in person.

First state bans computer monitor dumping
BOSTON -- Electronics lovers on an endless search for a sharper picture will find it harder to get rid of the relics of their quest in Massachusetts, which begins the first state ban on dumping video monitors Saturday.

Scientists use atoms to test standard model of physics
SAN FRANCISCO -- Like pool sharks, scientists are using lasers to nudge ``clouds'' of atoms into tiny ``traps'' where the particles' properties can be studied.

Type A or typo? E-mail writers delete the rules of spelling
chicago (ap) -- if you've recieved an e-mail that loks like this ... you'r NOT alone !!!!!!!!! :)

International competition squeezing German e-commerce startups
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Joerg Rheinboldt is a new breed of entrepreneur in a country where tightfisted investors usually steer clear of Internet startups and young business leaders seek shelter in well-established blue chip companies.

Augusta gets cyber alter ego on the Web

Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show

Small radio station makes waves online

California faces big clean-air decision

Anti-depressant may also help with hot flashes

China plans drive to bring nation online

International competition squeezing German e-commerce startups

First state bans computer monitor dumping

Chicken pox vaccine seems able to create own booster

Boss may be sneaking up on you in cyberspace

Scientists use atoms to test standard model of physics

Internet worries parents

Type A or typo? E-mail writers delete the rules of spelling

Internet entrepreneur spirit takes hold a la francaise

Iraq launches vaccination campaign against polio