Riccobono outduels Ashville ace Tsao

Yankees pair make history

South Aiken lifted by consistant play

Ryan undergoes bypass surgery

Braves notebook: Sanders in search of stroke

Chen lowers ERA to 1.29

Mets' streak reaches seven

Dodgers' bats clobber Reds

Braves top Pirates

McGlinchy's injury helps Chen

Greenbrier advances as Key hurls gem

Jackets fall to Asheville

Devil Rays outscore Angels in 10 innings

Jackets fall to Asheville

Braves notes: Burkett unlikely to miss next start

Braves notes: Burkett unlikely to miss next start

Find your traits, fate in foliage

On the move
Jim Couture has recently been appointed to the direct account executive position at Southern LINC.

Pocket change
CHECK FRAUD: This is all it takes to steal large amounts of money from you: a color printer, a laptop and a scanner. The ability to alter, forge and replicate authentic-looking checks is easier than ever because of technological advances.

Pocket change

Banks vie for estate accounts
Financial institutions have fought to get our checking accounts, our loans and even our investment dollars. The next big battle will be over what's left when we die.

Accept the 'Challenge'

Feels Elian's well-being is forgotten

Pegs cartoon with poor taste

Recounts nightmare at air show

Says cartoon demeans deaths

A good sign ordinance

Offended by cartoon

Reminds readers of Renaissance deal

Captions need to be changed

That judicial center

Says cartoon should not have been printed

Commends Harbin for leadership

Speak out on editorial cartoon

Notes that prom gowns look 'slutty'

Enforce 'Truth' rule

Invitation for help with gift is tacky
Dear Carson: The following invitation was sent to people in our gated community of very affluent residents.

Imperial Theatre campaign to solicit memories as well as money
Ask Greg Goodwin, executive director of the Imperial Theatre, what the seating capacity is in the historic downtown venue and he'll probably tell you it varies.

Sexton's custom guitars
In a small workshop behind his Barnwell, S.C. home, Brent Sexton carefully presses hard, black ebony to the grinding wheel, sending a plume of volcanic ash-black dust into the air.

In the know
A GIFT FOR MOM: Hey kids, Mother's Day is just three weeks away. Do you know what you're getting for your mom? If the piggy bank is empty, consider entering our Mom for a Day contest.

Comet craters spark Carolina investigation
Explorers pushing into the Carolina back country in Colonial times were intrigued by the thousands of strange, oval-shaped depressions in the landscape, ranging in size from a few feet across to almost two miles in diameter.

Twinkie tradition
It has delighted children of all ages, been a staple in lunchboxes and been hawked by superheroes. Its name has been appropriated as a description for gorgeous airheads and reclaimed by some fans of the boy-band Hanson who call themselves Twinkies, perhaps based on the band's love of the snack cake.

Tour features homes of Augusta architect
When Marian and Stephen Conger removed a 19th-century piece of black Wedgwood from its frame and mounted the ceramic plaque on the fireplace in their Walton Way home, they knew they had found the place for it.

Traveling in Yemen is worth the hazards
MARIB, Yemen -- Yemenis say the Louvre Museum in Paris is OK, but they don't consider its cold relics a match for the vibrant, living museum that is their country.

Nelson uses late surge to take Vegas crown

Sutton remains leader in Greensboro

Fleisher, Nelson share Las Vegas lead

Sutton closes strong, wins Greensboro title

Sutton wins second event in month

`Killer' and `Creamy Jr.' beat 17 million-to-one odds

Lynx's power play crucial in run

Neilson and Clarke to talk Monday

Lynx-Grrowl rivalry resumes in playoffs

Lynx Ledger: ECHL Southern Conference quarterfinals

Devils wait for winner of Ottawa-Toronto Series.

Find your traits, fate in foliage
Suspicious of astrology? Well, maybe you've been barking up the wrong branch of mankind's long attempt to determine human predictability.

Twinkie tradition

Tour features homes of Augusta architect

Imperial Theatre campaign to solicit memories as well as money

In the know

Sexton's custom guitars

Invitation for help with gift is tacky

Comet craters spark Carolina investigation

Bill signing boosts Democrats' image
ATLANTA -- It's bill-signing season for Gov. Roy Barnes.

Happy Easter

Abandoned site will get cleanup
CLEARWATER -- The long-abandoned Clearwater Finishing Plant on U.S. Highway 1 is about to take on new life.

State Republicans portray Democrats as obstacles to change

Candidates gear up for sheriff's race
The would-be successors to Sheriff Charlie Webster officially step forward this week as qualifying for the November Richmond County sheriff's election begins today and runs until Friday.

Tax office to levy on unpaid accounts

Candidates gear up for sheriff's race

Tax system still not working

Abandoned site will get cleanup

Visitors swamp Phinizy park

Early Easter
Dashawn Benjamin, 2, reaches for a candy egg during Saturday's Easter egg hunt at Lake Olmstead Park in Augusta.

Across the area

State Republicans portray Democrats as obstacles to change
ATLANTA -- For General Assembly Democrats and some Republicans, the mantra on the campaign trail this year will be education reform.

Bill signing boosts Democrats' image

Early Easter

Augusta hero fights for life in final battle
He has nightmares. In them, he is back in Vietnam, serving as a bomb disposal man with the 173rd Airborne Brigade near Bong Son, crawling through mine fields and watching people get killed just yards away.

Dawn service is a tradition for families

Knowing rules of arena football key to success

Tax office to levy on unpaid accounts
After letting delinquent taxpayers slide for two years, Richmond County tax collectors are moving to sell several pieces of property -- including Regency Mall -- on the courthouse steps in June.

Augusta hero fights for life in final battle

Across the area: Legislator fights contribution return

Doctor leaves show thousands richer

Honoring the dead

Across the area
Authorities suspect that a man accused of running over his niece in her driveway, then leaving the scene, might have been intoxicated at the time.

Interstate ramps will close for paving work

Dawn service is a tradition for families
About 250 people shivered early Sunday under the arms of a 10-foot concrete cross standing on a cemetery hillside in Westover Memorial Park.

The best things in life are free

Tax system still not working
After three years, countless overtime hours and more than $1.3 million of taxpayers' money, the city of Augusta still does not have a tax record system that works.

Week gives glimpse of HUD help

Democratic Party decides delegates
Saturday was a family event and a lesson in the democratic process for Asher Rivner. The political science junior from University of Georgia was elected by fellow Democrats as an alternate to go to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August.

Honoring the dead
Cary Jones (from left), Nick De Laigle and Clifford Thomas marched down Broad Street to Magnolia Cemetery with about 20 others Saturday in observance of Confederate Memorial Day.

Interstate ramps will close for paving work
Entering and exiting Bobby Jones Expressway should be a smoother ride in coming weeks as the state Department of Transportation completes paving work on 11 of the highway's on- and off-ramps.

Easter festival gives children colorful holiday

Across the area: Legislator fights contribution return
COLUMBIA -- Rep. Margaret Gamble, who switched last month from Republican to Democrat, has refused to return a $5,000 campaign contribution to the GOP.

Easter festival gives children colorful holiday
Andres Rodriguez and his son Andres Jr. were running errands Saturday when they passed the H. Odell Weeks soccer field. A few minutes later, father and son were walking hand in hand toward an Easter egg hunt and fair rides.

Doctor leaves show thousands richer
AIKEN -- Steve Clark will never forget that the United States beat Finland in ice hockey to win the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics.

Visitors swamp Phinizy park
Anita Wylds helps Garrett Vaughan with a dip net as they collect aquatic insects during Saturday's Earth Day activities at the park.

Week gives glimpse of HUD help
The Augusta-Richmond County Housing and Neighborhood Development Department will hold a weeklong program, starting Monday, to inform the public how tax dollars for community projects are spent.

Happy Easter
Madeline Rivers makes adjustments to the display of Easter lillies in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta.

Hometown heroes Brandon, Stoudamire square off

Spurs must go without Duncan in Game 2

Lakers down Kings

Knicks top Raptors

Portland tops T'Wolves

Zo, Heat defense big problem for Pistons

Iverson storm blows over

Suns top Spurs

Malone unstoppable as Jazz beat Seattle

Malone ready to forget 50 and move on

Mr. Ned Usry
THOMSON - Mr. Ned Usry, 81, of Wire Road, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Thomson Manor.

Mrs. Mattlean Brown
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Mattlean Brown, 92, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Jones
EASLEY, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Louise Bauknight Jones, 61, of Dacusville Highway, died Saturday, April 22, 2000.

Mrs. Annie Horton
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Mae Kelly Horton, 83, of 12th Street, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Old Capital Inn Convalescent and Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mr. Leo Oscar
Mr. Leo Oscar, 84, of The Pass, Martinez, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Tyler Smith
Tyler Jacob Smith, infant son of Jimmy and Alicia Smith, of Augusta, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Denzil Gilpin
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Mr. Denzil Furman Gilpin, of Fourth Street Southwest, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Curtis Peel
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Curtis Randolph Peel, 63, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home, Statesboro.

Mr. John Gattis
Mr. John Emmett Gattis, 82, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Alene Yeagle
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Alene Baldwin Yeagle, 79, died Friday, April 21, 2000.

Mr. Carl Kent
GROVETOWN - Mr. Carl O. Kent, 65, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. LeVaughn Jenkins Jr.
READING, Pa. - Mr. LeVaughn Jenkins Jr., 25, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Reading Hospital.

Mr. Wattie Branch
Mr. Wattie C. Branch, 72, of Goldfinch Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Leo Oscar
Mr. Leo Oscar, 84, of The Pass, Martinez, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Herbert Johnson
JACKSON - Mr. Herbert F. Johnson, 84, of Atomic Road, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Eden Gardens, Aiken.

Mr. Wattie Branch
Mr. Wattie C. Branch, 72, of Goldfinch Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Andrew Harley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Andrew Walden Harley, 87, of East Avenue, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Andrew Harley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Andrew Walden Harley, 87, of East Avenue, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Earl Collins
Mr. Earl R. Collins, 74, of Martinez, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Miss Cora Jordan
LAKE CITY, Fla. - Miss Cora Beatrice Jordan died Friday, April 21, 2000, at National Health Care Center. Miss Jordan, a former resident of Tennille, Ga., was 106.

Mrs. Hazel Brantley
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Hazel Lucille Brantley, 81, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Doris Brodie
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Doris Brunson Brodie, 74, of Jefferson Drive, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Fox
HARLEM - Mr. George Fox, 78, of Fox Road, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Frazier
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Thomas William ``Bubba'' Frazier, 78, of Plank Road, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Eustace Walters
Mr. Eustace A. Walters, of East Bulla Street, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Everton Chambers
ATHENS, Ga. - Mr. Everton Chambers, 42, of Willow Street, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.

Mr. Robert Toves Sr.
Mr. Robert Toves Sr., 55, died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Mrs. Wilma Etterle
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Wilma Dee Etterle, 62, of Story Mill Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Nettie Smith
Mrs. Nettie M. Smith, of Bellemeade Drive, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Motlena Harmon
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Motlena Padgett Harmon, 53, of North Main Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mr. James Anderson
INDIANAPOLIS - Mr. James William Anderson, 47, died Friday, April 21, 2000.

Mr. Algier Elkins
AIKEN - Mr. Algier W. ``Bill'' Elkins, 79, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Jennings
Mr. James Tillman Jennings, 99, of Scott Road, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Barefield
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth O'Kelley ``Betty'' Barefield, 85, of Academy Avenue, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Edwin Roberts
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Edwin L. Roberts, 79, of Cedar Valley Farm, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong
DORAVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy H. Armstrong, 76, of Gladney Drive, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home, Evans.

Mrs. Sharon Noegel
Mrs. Sharon T. Noegel, 50, of Appling, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Viola Evans
THOMSON - Mrs. Viola Bouttry Evans, 90, of Willow Street, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. John Davis
THOMSON - Mr. John Robert Davis, 85, of Davis Circle Southeast, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ned Usry

Mr. George Fox

Mr. Edwin Roberts

Mr. Wattie Branch

Mr. Andrew Harley

Mrs. Doris Brodie

Mr. Leo Oscar

Mr. Earl Collins

Mrs. Sharon Noegel

Mr. Robert Toves Sr.

Miss Cora Jordan

Mr. James Jennings

Mr. John Gattis

Mr. Curtis Peel

Mrs. Viola Evans

Mr. John Davis

Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong

Mr. Andrew Harley

Mr. Everton Chambers

Mrs. Wilma Etterle

Mr. Denzil Gilpin

Mr. Wattie Branch

Mrs. Hazel Brantley

Mr. Leo Oscar

Mr. Carl Kent

Mr. Thomas Frazier

Mrs. Motlena Harmon

Mrs. Annie Horton

Mrs. Alene Yeagle

Mr. LeVaughn Jenkins Jr.

Kent: Political horse races; memo to a friend
THE OFFICIAL primary candidate qualifying period is a rite of spring in Georgia. It starts tomorrow, and the horses are beginning to line up at the starting gate.

Flag amendment would erode our freedom
``ETERNAL VIGILANCE,'' we were taught during the Cold War, ``is the price of freedom.''

Blasts cartoon
Man, your cartoonist is some kind of sick, twisted freak who needs help. Timmy Turner, Langley

Supports law enforcement officers
I'm writing in response to two letters I've seen in The Chronicle this week. One in Rants and Raves and the other a letter, April 16, by Kory W. Edwards. Suzanne Scott, Augusta

Pegs cartoon with poor taste
Unbelievable, offensive, evil and ignorance are words that come to mind to describe The Augusta Chronicle and editorial page cartoonist Rick McKee in publishing the editorial cartoon on Thursday. Rick K. Napier, Aiken

That judicial center
The Augusta Commission's 8-2 vote last week to build a new judicial center downtown and to renovate the Municipal Building for administrative offices is perhaps the most important, and best, decision it has made since the city and county consolidated in 1996.

Enforce 'Truth' rule
The GOP-controlled House got a lot of deservedly favorable publicity in 1997 when it passed the "Truth in Testimony" rule -- requiring witnesses to disclose how much federal money they receive.

Calls lock and dam progress 'pork'
According to Sunday's editorial, we are making ``progress'' on the Savannah River Lock and Dam. Judy Gordon, Evans

Offended by cartoon
After viewing the opinion cartoon displayed in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle, I found myself reflecting back to an earlier time in history. Mary Ann Wilson, Langley

Recounts nightmare at air show
In response to the April 12 letter sent by Donna Nail, ``Blasts closed gate during emergency,'' I also experienced the same type of emergency with my 8-year-old son. He wanted to leave the Skyfest 2000 air show shortly after it started because he said he was tired. Nancy Hart, Aiken

Captions need to be changed
The caption of and the labels in the Thursday editorial cartoon should be changed. J. Lockwood McCraney, Augusta

Notes that prom gowns look 'slutty'
I just wish to comment about the gowns I saw modeled in the April paper for the prom. Erline LaGrone, North Augusta

A hopeful message
Most Americans profess a strong belief in God, and the majority of us call ourselves Christians. For followers of Christ, Easter is the most important spiritual observance of all.

Reminds readers of Renaissance deal
Am I the only one who remembers the Renaissance scandal in Columbia County? Bonnie Jordan, Martinez

A good sign ordinance
Augusta's sign provisions have been falling into patchwork of disarray for the past few years and it shows on our streets, with visual clutter making some areas look downright tacky. Signs of all types and sizes are plastered every-which-way on some establishments, which leads to visual blight.

Tired of bad attitude from Big Apple
I was appalled when I read that the New York fans were planning to throw batteries at John Rocker when he pitches there. Arlene Candy, Augusta

Feels Elian's well-being is forgotten
Over the course of this gruesome battle concerning the fate of little Elian, I have followed with disgust the arguments and politics presented by each side of the issue. Moniqua Acosta, Augusta

Reiterates why gun rights still matter
I am glad the Second Amendment amuses Michael Ledo, (letter, April 18). He does not realize the importance of our right to bear arms and obviously does not know his history very well. Doug Hemingway, Augusta

Speak out on editorial cartoon
Rick McKee's cartoon is utterly disgusting and he should be looking for another job if he does not have a better mind than that. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

Chides Democrats for Cuba policies
It doesn't surprise me that Communist sympathizers like President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Janet Reno and Vice President Al Gore would want Elian to go back to Cuba. Wayne Roberts, North Augusta

Says cartoon demeans deaths
The cartoon pictured in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle is a travesty. You have managed to demean the deaths of the Columbine students. Ann Gordon, Graniteville

Commends Harbin for leadership
I want to commend State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, for the leadership he has shown in bringing a technical college to Columbia County. Jim Finger, Evans

Says cartoon should not have been printed
The drawing -- one cannot call it a cartoon -- Thursday's editorial page was in very bad taste. Pam Mance, Augusta

Flag amendment would erode our freedom
``ETERNAL VIGILANCE,'' we were taught during the Cold War, ``is the price of freedom.''

Accept the 'Challenge'
The Youth Challenge Academy that the Georgia National Guard is proposing for Fort Gordon deserves all the encouragement it can get.

Supports operation of lock and dam
I am thrilled by the April 12 announcement that South Carolina government and industries are willing to step forward and take responsibility for the long-term continued operation of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam facility. Rose Abee, Jackson

Kent: Political horse races; memo to a friend
THE OFFICIAL primary candidate qualifying period is a rite of spring in Georgia. It starts tomorrow, and the horses are beginning to line up at the starting gate.

Hoffa's standards higher than merely getting a win

Georgia Southern blanks Blues

Pierce wins Family Circle Cup

Holiday prompts memories

Young driver attracts attention

Earning NASCAR ride takes more than ability

The best things in life are free

Francis Marion sweeps Jags

Overtime: Tigers, Dogs win league golf titles

Endangered birds call Fort Gordon home

Fish-killing virus spreads to area

Fish-killing virus spreads to area

Endangered birds call Fort Gordon home

Holiday prompts memories

Switch to bottled water makes fluoride an issue again
For Chris Bearg and Sharon Alberg, their infant son Jack's two new teeth were a time to reflect on yet another childhood milestone.

A computer notebook dilemma
I'm in the midst of a dilemma. Is it better to have used a notebook computer as a desktop replacement than to never have used a computer at all?

Come into my web, said the scientist to the bee
In his laboratory at Ohio State University, Todd Blackledge has a coterie of trained honeybees. No insect circus here; these bees are serving science.

Elf Lore Family realizes eco-friendly dream in Lothlorein woods
NEEDMORE, Ind. -- It was the early 1980s and Terry Kok's thoughts were clouded: What should I do next? What was I put here for?

A mother opts for pre-birth surgery
PHILADELPHIA -- Giovanna Capuano's child was one of about 2,000 infants born with spina bifida in the United States each year.

Web sites gamble on giveaways
Forget e-mail, online bookselling and digital pornography. For the next big thing to attract customers, the Internet's entrepreneurs have turned the clock back to one of the oldest tricks in the book: sweepstakes.

Plotting Lewis and Clark's trail with old journals, high-tech equipment
BOISE, Idaho -- For 15 summers, Steve Russell has scrambled along the same forest deadfall and rocky hillsides that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's Corps of Discovery encountered in Idaho's mountains two centuries ago.

New cockpit gives astronauts safety edge
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The eight-minute climb to orbit will be as tense and dangerous as always. But this time, the seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis have a technological edge.

Less free care by doctors who work in managed care
In this era of managed care and bottom-line, for-profit medicine, there's growing concern that the medical profession is walking away from a time-honored ethical principle: Providing free or discounted care for people unable to pay.

Search for life in outer space gets boost
LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- With a whir of electric motors, seven satellite dishes swung as one Wednesday, pointing blindly into space in the first demonstration of technology scientists hope will let them eavesdrop on intelligent civilizations thousands of light-years in space.

Filters help keep junk mail out of e-mail systems
There's spam and there's real spam: Unwanted e-mail that comes from bulk mailers who send out tens of thousands of solicitations to any e-mail address they can find.

Switch to bottled water makes fluoride an issue again

Search for life in outer space gets boost

Plotting Lewis and Clark's trail with old journals, high-tech equipment

A computer notebook dilemma

Less free care by doctors who work in managed care

Come into my web, said the scientist to the bee

Filters help keep junk mail out of e-mail systems

Web sites gamble on giveaways

A mother opts for pre-birth surgery

Elf Lore Family realizes eco-friendly dream in Lothlorein woods