Homer lead Deacons over Clemson

USC Aiken shuts out Columbus State

Ripken shares moment with family, friends

Jackets win home opener

Rodriguez goes deep three times

Braves notebook

Mulholland wins pitchers' duel

Prep notebook: Beale gets 350th win

Braves fall to Brewers

Home Run Derby goes crazy

Ripken gets hit No. 3000

Errors plague Jackets in loss

Errors plague Jackets in loss

Discretion necessary in driving

Due date

Due date
If you still need to file your federal tax return, there isn't much time. The deadline is Monday. But this year, the government's more customer-friendly Internal Revenue Service says you shouldn't get worked up about it.

Pocket change
You'd better think twice before hitting the Send button on your work e-mail program. That off-color joke, sexy image or snide comment about the boss's IQ could be hazardous to your professional health.

Business briefs
The United Defense Aiken Facility completed 7 million hours without a lost-time accident. Last month, the facility reached its 11th consecutive year without a lost-time accident.

Business briefs

On the move

On the move
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc. has announced the following appointments in conjunction with the acquisition of Prime Lending Corp.; Thomas M. Bird has been named executive vice president; Hugh Hollar and David Holloway have each been named senior vice president; and Lynn Holley has been named vice president.<

Pocket change

Gamecock set to play for Jets

Projected to go in first round, White falls to third

Grant relieved when call came

Gamecocks enjoy win when they can

Tigers' Schell game works

Local college roundup

Pass 'passenger rights'

Roadside hunting ban?

Ga. rural hospital crisis

Discusses numbers in abortion issue

Thanks McDill, others for show

Backs Norwood's military health bill

Praises article on retiring milkman

Bashes councilman in zoning flap

Wants solution on Rebel flag

Opposes proposed church parking lot

Says crime up after guns surrendered

Urges support for health care bill
On April 11 The Chronicle ran an editorial about the Norwood (H.R. 3573) and Coverdell (S. 2003) bills that would keep America's broken promise that in exchange for 20 or more years of honorable military service to the United States, retirees and their families would receive adequate health care for life.Dick Manion, Appling

We feel your pain

Hits leadership in Augusta

Rips attorney general's actions

Lock & Dam progress

Sharks can be friendly animals
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- With a gentle stroke of his hand, Perry Johnson hypnotized the 8-foot Caribbean reef shark and then carefully lifted it off the sandy ocean bottom while about 30 of its brethren circled overhead.

Clothing should be corrected in private
Dear Carson: Last week I saw a woman in the middle of the street pulling up her pantyhose.

Playing with predators provides new perspective
For most people who don't dive -- and a fair number of those who do -- sharks evoke images of indiscriminate killing machines; swimming psychopaths with razor-sharp teeth that attack without warning.

Spring fling
Put away your unisex, cargo and utility gear and spring forward in soft, flirty blouses, skirts and dresses. Femininity is back in style.

Strange occurrences haunt Scottish castle
Vampires, witches, monsters and a fearsome collection of ghosts supposedly stalk Scotland's Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother.

Japanese anime finds American fan base
Dragonball Z is one of the most popular anime titles at local video stores. The show airs at 10 a.m. Saturdays on Cartoon Network.

In the know
BIG BABY: A female giraffe born at Riverbanks Zoo on April 3 weighed in at 137 pounds. The giraffe, which was 5 feet 6' inches tall, joins a 2-year-old male sibling in the Africa exhibit, as well as a baby black rhino born in February.

Eclectic style
Looking at the outside of Ann and Larry Fetters' three-story Williamsburg home, one might assume it's as traditional inside as it is outside.

Els takes lead at MCI Classic

New course an enjoyable play

Cink pulls off surprise victory at MCI Classic

Tewell leads senior tournament

Duke captures ACC women's golf championship

Sabres fans still mad about call

Flyers take 3-0 lead vs. Buffalo

Colorado looking for sweep

Maple Leafs blast Senators

Dumont hopes to end slump

Sharks even series with Blues

Avalanche take control of series

Daneyko questionable for Game 2

Capitals: Not desperation time yet

Lynx notebook: Lambert's pads disappear

Penguins win in OT

Red Wings win shootout

Lynx blow lead, lose game

Discretion necessary in driving
The writer Peter Benchley was fond of describing his experiences in Hollywood.

Sharks can be friendly animals

Strange occurrences haunt Scottish castle

Clothing should be corrected in private

Eclectic style

In the know

Japanese anime finds American fan base

Spring fling

Playing with predators provides new perspective

Drugs invade local night life
``GHB-heads'' nearly ran Time PieceZ owner Jamie Long out of business, he said.

Battle for reform continues

City holds memorial for child
NORTH AUGUSTA -- On special days, Nina O'Mailia still sets a place at the table for her son Keenan, just as she did a year ago today when he didn't come home for dinner.

Drugs invade local night life

Politics familiar to board

Across the area

Across the area
NEW YORK -- Famous faces crowded into Radio City Music Hall on Friday to wish Essence magazine a happy 30th birthday. One was a famous face in Georgia, Emma Gresham, the mayor of Keysville.

Trunk draws $6,600
A trunk once owned by Augusta native Archibald Butt sold for $6,600 at an auction in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday.

Politics familiar to board
By the time Thursday's meeting of the Augusta Aviation Commission ended, Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field Director Al McDill had lost his job, Chairman Ed Skinner had lost the confidence of his peers and many board members conveniently had lost their tongues. A political volcano had erupted.

GHB may offset narcolepsy
Eva Bonner doesn't know the meaning of the word cataplexy, but she can describe what it's like.

Across the area: Augusta woman reports carjacking
Stopping at a red light led to a terrifying ordeal for a 36-year-old Augusta woman, who told police she was carjacked by a man who had walked in front of her vehicle in the 1700 block of Old Savannah Road at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Across the area: Weeklong initiative aims at diversity

Safety of new battery plant questioned
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Jerry Long is proud of the growth and prosperity that have brought jobs and factories to Burke County in recent decades.

Photo captures Aiken 2000

Doctors, activists battle over GHB

Trunk draws $6,600

Descendants rethink flag stance

Show stages anti-drug theme

Descendants rethink flag stance
BEAUFORT -- Deep Confederate roots on hundreds of family trees in South Carolina are not producing predictable blooms this spring as lawmakers, pressured by an economic boycott of the state, debate whether to remove a rebel flag from the Capitol.

Officials ends talks with team

More airlines doubtful

Safety of new battery plant questioned

City holds memorial for child

Walker considers run for statewide office
ATLANTA -- There was a time when Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker of Augusta let concerns of voter prejudice temper his ambition to make a bid for statewide office.

Show stages anti-drug theme
AIKEN -- Schoolchildren from more than 12 Aiken County ele-mentary, middle and high schools, along with their families, crowded the entrance of J.C. Penney at Ai-ken Mall on Saturday. It wasn't a sale they were waiting for; it was a stage.

Local GOP chooses delegates
Political insiders have said that traditional party-building tactics such as rallies, door-to-door campaigning and conventions are slowly giving way to high-priced television ads to get the party message across.

Student achieves perfection
AIKEN -- Joshua Johnson, a junior at South Aiken High School, has achieved perfection. At least on the American College Test.

Doctors, activists battle over GHB
It's a simple carbohydrate molecule called gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB for short.

GHB may offset narcolepsy

Officials ends talks with team
After a year of talks, Columbia County officials have abandoned efforts to negotiate a contract with the volunteer rescue team.

Across the area: Augusta woman reports carjacking

Photo captures Aiken 2000
AIKEN -- Smiling from ear to ear, Pearl Mathis posed for a pic-ture Sunday that she hopes will be seen one day by her 9-year-old granddaughter's grandchildren.

Walker considers run for statewide office

More airlines doubtful
The right combination of tax incentives, cheap fuel, free advertising and better marketing just might help increase airline service and reduce airfares at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, aviation experts say.

Student achieves perfection

Across the area: Weeklong initiative aims at diversity
The American Society of Newspaper Editors kicks off its second annual Timeout for Diversity Initiative today.

Battle for reform continues
ATLANTA -- It used to be that Gerald Boyd was baffled by the education bureaucrats in Atlanta who write the often convoluted, frequently rigid and always confusing rules that govern what principals and administrators can do.

Heat beat Magic; win 4th division title

Blazers top Kings

Heat slump as playoffs approach

Stockton still going strong

Hawks top Cavs; snap skid

Fourth quarter surge lifts Raptors

Draft analysis

Hamilton seventh-round pick by Bucs

Carolina addresses defensive needs

Draft analysis

NFL team-by-team draft

Falcons take OL Claridge

Stallions, WRDW reach deal

A real character in a character draft

Stallions record inaugural win

NFL team-by-team draft

Mr. Bruce Pierce
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Bruce G. Pierce, 50, of Fairwood Avenue, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Mrs. Florence Kennedy
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Florence A. Kennedy, of Georgia Highway 80 East, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Richard Middleton
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mr. Richard Middleton, 53, of County Route 1, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Grady Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Grady H. Martin, 84, of Holiday Drive, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Helen Walker
AIKEN -- Mrs. Helen Walker, 63, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Johnnie Harling
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Ms. Johnnie Mae Peterson Harling, 77, of Mims Street, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Alice McNair
THOMSON - Mrs. Alice Mae McNair, 82, of Dixie Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Ms. Celia Holton
SCOTT, Ga. -- Ms. Celia Holton, 86, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. John Hudson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Wesley Hudson, 59, of McGarrh Mill Pond Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Irene McKie
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Irene Key McKie, of Carolina Springs Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Rosemont, Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mr. Troy Bolander
THOMSON - Mr. Troy Eugene Bolander, 19, of Clark Reese Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marie Droze
DEARING -- Mrs. Marie Black Droze, 88, of Iron Hill Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Essie Shelton
Mrs. Essie Shelton, of Cumming Road, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Sherman Dietterle
Mr. Sherman Lloyd Dietterle, 83, of Evans, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Brandon Wilde.

Mr. Sidney Rouse
Mr. Sidney Rouse of Walton Way died Saturday, 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Crawford Sr.
Mr. William Penn Crawford Sr., 73, of Cunningham Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Bruce Pierce
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Bruce G. Pierce, 50, of Fairwood Avenue, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Clary
THOMSON -- Mr. John Bussey Clary, 80, of Pine Lane Drive, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Lyman Robertson
Mr. Lyman Hall Robertson, 85, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Rosie Bryant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mrs. Rosie Parker Bryant, 78, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at University of Alabama Hospital.

Mrs. Virginia Norris
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Virginia Harris Norris, 95, of Cason Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Edgar Reynolds
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Edgar Winston Reynolds, 90, of Broad Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Childs
Mr. Joseph W. Childs, 49, of Holiday Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Nathaniel Robinson Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Nathaniel Robinson Sr., 74, of Thorpe Lane, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Eudora Markham
WINNSBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Eudora Dover Markham, 89, died Saturday, April 15, 2000.

Ms. Celia Holton

Mr. Bruce Pierce

Mr. William Crawford Sr.

Mr. Troy Bolander

Mr. Edgar Reynolds

Mrs. Alice McNair

Mr. John Clary

Mrs. Florence Kennedy

Mr. Richard Middleton

Mrs. Virginia Norris

Mr. Nathaniel Robinson Sr.

Mr. Sidney Rouse

Mr. Grady Martin

Kent: Augusta Tomorrow blackballers; 2002 race?
AUGUSTA TOMORROW is a 13-member public-private business consortium that, since 1982, has been a hard-working catalyst for several downtown revitalization and riverfront development projects. The Chronicle is a proud founding participant.

Hits leadership in Augusta
I think that Bush Field Airport Manager Al McDill and the Augusta commissioners need to accept blame for the problems of Skyfest 2000. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Thanks McDill, others for show
Like thousands of others I spent two and a half hours in my car attempting to see Skyfest 2000. Although we never did see the event, rather than complain I want to thank recently-removed Bush Field Director Al McDill, all the volunteers and others who worked hard to bring Skyfest to Augusta. Hugh Hamilton, Augusta

Pass 'passenger rights'
Promises commercial airlines made last year to improve service to the beleaguered flying public are failing as miserably as a deceitful politician's campaign vows.

Opposes proposed church parking lot
I have lived on Arnlee Way in Woodside Terrace subdivision for 32 years, and oppose the petition of Aldersgate United Methodist Church to rezone and demolish two houses on the corner of Wheeler Road and Arnlee Way to construct a parking lot. Jack M. Ginsburg, Augusta

Urges support for health care bill
On April 11 The Chronicle ran an editorial about the Norwood (H.R. 3573) and Coverdell (S. 2003) bills that would keep America's broken promise that in exchange for 20 or more years of honorable military service to the United States, retirees and their families would receive adequate health care for life. Dick Manion, Appling

Praises article on retiring milkman
The April 1 article, ``Milkman drives last route,'' was a wonderful, heartwarming story, one of the most enjoyable human interest pieces I've read in a long time. Betty Croy, North Augusta

Blasts 'inept' 911 emergency service
In response to recent negative publicity directed against the personnel of the 911 emergency service of Augusta-Richmond County, I, unlike many others, was willing to give this organization the benefit of the doubt. Fay H. Gilchrist, Augusta

Bashes councilman in zoning flap
Did you know that Edgefield County Councilman Danny Bishop, ... the councilman who initiated the zoning proposal and campaigned so feverishly for the need to protect Merriwether through zoning, is exempt from it? Isn't that ironic? Bernadette Hudson, North Augusta

We feel your pain
Ouch! We feel your pain. Those taxes can be a world of hurt. And we don't just mean the paying of them either.

Says crime up after guns surrendered
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million. And now the results are in: Roger P. Nelms, Aiken

Roadside hunting ban?
Progress often comes in baby steps, and that seems to be the case with State Rep. Charles Sharpe's nearly decade-long campaign to ban roadside hunting in South Carolina.

Lock & Dam progress
Our two-state area's huge headache brought on by the threat of decommissioning the New Savannah Bluff Rock and Dam has gotten some much-needed relief, thanks in large part to the efforts U.S. Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Kent: Augusta Tomorrow blackballers; 2002 race?
AUGUSTA TOMORROW is a 13-member public-private business consortium that, since 1982, has been a hard-working catalyst for several downtown revitalization and riverfront development projects. The Chronicle is a proud founding participant.

Discusses numbers in abortion issue
In her March 8 letter, Belle LeRoy asked about abortion statistics and the pro-life movement. This letter should answer her questions. Michele Wells, North Augusta

Rips attorney general's actions
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is determined to use the law to send Elian Gonzalez back to Communist Cuba. It has been reported what he must go through when he returns to Castro's Cuba. H. Clifton Johnson, Edgefield

Wants solution on Rebel flag
The Confederate flag issue has been reiterated from local writers to state representatives. I think the issue is a verbal civil war in itself. Henry Hogan, Augusta

Backs Norwood's military health bill
I fully concur with Boyd W. Simmons' March 24 letter. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., has a cosponsor for a Senate bill he plans to introduce that would require military retirees to pay a minimum for health care at a military base. Earl E. Bunch, Augusta

Cites 'backward' law enforcement
The people of Richmond County deserve better than the backward and poor quality of law enforcementprotection they receive. To illustrate I will share three incidents I have witnessed. Kory W. Edwards, Hephzibah

Ga. rural hospital crisis
Tatnall County Hospital is the third rural Georgia hospital to close its doors during the past six months. It is an ominous trend.

Bass tourney begins today on Thurmond

Nemechek wins Touchstone Energy

Outdoor notebook

Nascar notebook: Labonte wishes for another run

Gamecocks enjoy win when they can

Gordon breaks losing streak at DieHard 500

Butler boys dominate event

Supplemental feeding debated

Talladega gives drivers reason to be nervous

Tigers' Schell game works

Overtime: S.I.S.C. Spring Championship

Talladega notebook

No action for organ transplant bill
WASHINGTON -- Backers of compromise legislation setting rules for the nation's transplant system failed to move their bill through the Senate before Congress left town for spring break.

Report: Global environmental health under seige
WASHINGTON -- Despite greater environmental awareness, growing demand for resources is threatening the world's environmental health more than ever, a United Nations-sponsored report said Sunday. In the long term, it said, humans will pay the price.

Software error wrecks some returns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An error in an electronic tax-filing program that misread intervals of $1,000 as intervals of $1 has left some H&R Block customers owing money to the Internal Revenue Service.

Woman who profited from cancer scare avoids jail time
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two years ago, Charlene Zimmerman told her husband and three children she was dying of cancer. The story circulated quickly around their suburb of Waukee and people all over Des Moines rushed to help.

Web sites face new privacy restrictions for children online
NEW YORK -- Several Web sites are starting to revamp the way they do business with youngsters as they prepare for a new federal privacy law aimed at protecting children online.\r

The original digital divide
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Mike Baker steps around mud puddles as he steers clear of a forklift, walks past a 20-foot-tall jumble of car axles and takes proud stock of his junkyard.

Destruction of chemical weapons to continue
WASHINGON -- A federal judge has cleared the way for continued destruction of chemical weapons at a government incinerator in Utah, concluding there is no risk to human health or the environment, the Justice Department said Friday.

Web sites face new privacy restrictions for children online
NEW YORK -- Several Web sites are starting to revamp the way they do business with youngsters as they prepare for a new federal privacy law aimed at protecting children online.

Doctors, activists battle over GHB
It's a simple carbohydrate molecule called gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB for short.

Research helps save dying dogwood trees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The delicate dogwood tree, under attack in recent years from disease and mildew, has a heartier future -- thanks to research that has developed tougher strains of the blossoming tree.

FDA issues warning on dialysis product
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration issued an urgent warning Friday that an unapproved product being used to keep lines open in some dialysis units can be deadly if infused into patients.

No action for organ transplant bill

Research helps save dying dogwood trees

Report: Global environmental health under seige

Software error wrecks some returns

Doctors, activists battle over GHB

FDA issues warning on dialysis product

The original digital divide

Woman who profited from cancer scare avoids jail time

Destruction of chemical weapons to continue