Giants top Marlins in 12

Glavine carries Braves

Toronto needs only three runs to support Wells

Braves win 9th straight vs. Dodgers

Braves notes: Chipper expects stats to improve

Greenbrier wins region title

Cardinals set HR mark with 50th of April

All-Star voting begins

Twins beat Yankees again

Ga. Tech silences Bulldogs' bats

Braves notes: Furcal at ease as lefty

Mets rally, defeat Reds

Ryan could leave hospital soon

Expos stop Rockies

Dye blasts two more homers

Four Marlins skip game in protest

Padres' Al Martin is wary upon return to Pittsburgh

Jackets top Tourists; win first series

Business briefs: Interest-rate jitters slam stock prices
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Wednesday after the latest sign of economic growth brought interest-rate worries to the foreground for the first time this week.

County seeks industrial park land
The Columbia County Development Authority is advertising to find property owners willing to work with it to develop an industrial park.

Business briefs: Interest-rate jitters slam stock prices

Military may bolster economy

Winn-Dixie will close store
Winn-Dixie is closing its newest grocery store in Augusta, the company confirmed Wednesday. The move is part of a major initiative to restructure and improve efficiency.

International bids for rival

Military may bolster economy
ATLANTA - The state is preparing an initiative to tap the resources of its military installations in hopes of accelerating Georgia's high-tech economy.

County seeks industrial park land

Business briefs: Bargain hunters, reports boost stocks
NEW YORK -- Bargain-hunting investors pounced on the technology sector Tuesday, helping the Nasdaq composite index and the Dow Jones industrial average gain more than 200 points apiece.

Business briefs: Bargain hunters, reports boost stocks

Winn-Dixie will close store

International bids for rival
International Paper Co. is offering $6.2 billion to buy rival paper-maker Champion International Corp. The deal, if approved, would scuttle a competing and friendly bid from Finnish paper company UPM-Kymmene.

Praises Reno's decision

Hastert not 'caretaker' House speaker

Urges office complex on Belair Road

Slam Midland Valley cartoon

Raps poor coverage of winning Lynx

Says 'hypocrites' cheer Janet Reno

Puzzles over defense of ex-manager
I have been following the on-going saga of the Bush Field Airport commission and former manager Al McDill. It has become very apparent the most vocal proponents of Mr. McDill has been The Chronicle General Manager Julian Miller, who serves on the airport advisory task force and former Chronicle General Manager EdwardSkinner, who is the chairman of the Augusta Aviation Commission. L.D. Smith, Augusta

Praises editor for diverse forum

Points out how precious freedom is

Calls cartoon 'over the edge'

Praises Wilhelmi

Calls for lawmakers to take stand

Asks where is agony over POWMIAs?

Wonders what favors lawmakers got

More Reno antics

Paybacks, at a price

Applauds government's action

Blasts Clinton's militia tactics

Notes tragedies of Gonzalez case

Is reminded of Hitler's raid tactics

Supports government action in Miami

Protests arrogant display of power

Sludge: how perilous?

Says 'servant' rocked 'good ol' boys'
When publisher William S. Morris III announced the appointment of the new editor of the editorial page of The Chronicle, Suzanne Downing was described as a woman of experience and judgment, possessing a good heart andthick skin, and a tradition of community leadership.Roy and Susan Schepens, Augusta

Raid support troubling

Bristles at lack of compassion

Hits federal raid on home

Resent 'criticism' of Midland Valley

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Small portions
Those of you looking forward to Georgia's sweet Vidalia onions may be left with a bitter taste when you see higher prices. They may be up about 10 cents a pound because farmers are peeling back production. `

Simply elegant
Good recipes are like good friends. You turn to them time and time again. This week's recipe comes from my friend Susan Crocker. Last week Susan served this delicious chicken and rice salad at a ladies luncheon. She not only sent me home with the recipe, but also a plate of the salad to use for my photo shoot that afternoon.

Candy can be a work relief
One cold day, in an office not unlike your own, we found that our snowperson-shaped candy jar was empty. So was its top half. So was its neighbor, the bevel-cut candy dish.

Capsules
Indigent people living in Georgia who have undergone a solid-organ transplant can get help obtaining prescription medications at little or no cost through a new service offered by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

Age old question: Love, friendship have no age
Q: I'm a 65-year-old widow. Is it too late to start dating? -- E.S., Bath

Islanders bought by computer execs

Berard plans to attend Game 2

Devils have tightened up defense under

Lynx fall to 2-0 in series

Grrrowl present Lynx's biggest challenge

Sharks boot Blues from playoffs

Wings and Avs resume fierce rivalry

Neilson fires verbal shots

Lindros cleared to skate

Man arrested after series of robberies
AIKEN -- A Wagener man was arrested Tuesday in a string of early-morning convenience store robberies, according to police officials. Troy Randall Kooy, 35, of 514 Shadow Lane Road, was charged with three counts of strong-arm robbery by the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Police said the spree began at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Starvin Marvin Food Store, 1100 York St., when he asked the clerk to give him two dimes and a nickel in exchange for a quarter. The employee said the cash drawer couldn't be opened unless a purchase was made, said Capt. Tom Galardi of the public safety department.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Barnes signs reform bill
Surrounded by a group of eighth-graders at Burke County Middle School, Gov. Roy Barnes took what he called the first step on the long road of education reform in Georgia.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Candy can be a work relief

Capsules

Small portions

Age old question: Love, friendship have no age

In the know

Group wants to rebuild depot

Across the area: Wagener festival to begin Thursday
WAGENER -- The 32nd annual Wagons to Wagener begins this week with camper registration at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wagon House in downtown Wagener and continues through Saturday with a gala street dance.

Pond's fishing areas at center of debate

Across the area: Wagener festival to begin Thursday

Man arrested after series of robberies

Across the area: Utility work to cut subdivision's water

Steady Control

Murder trial begins for youth
James and Lisa Stone were so desperate for crack cocaine that they haunted the public housing streets in the predawn hours of June 11, a prosecutor told a jury Wednesday.

River Watch plan angers residents

Group seeks way to inspire voting
ATLANTA -- Competitions between rival colleges. Putting ``get out to vote'' ads on Coca-Cola cans. Even tying eligibility for HOPE scholarships to registering to vote.

Decision from jury expected

Repairs to canal extended
The Augusta Canal, drained in early March for cleaning and maintenance, will remain dry an additional 14 days instead of being refilled this weekend.

School officers equipped with guns
It's been seven years since Buddy Hendry has worn a gun belt on a regular basis.

Barnes tours area schools
Surrounded by a group of eighth-graders at Burke County Middle School, Gov. Roy Barnes took what he called the first step on the long road of education reform in Georgia.

Lawsuit position argued
COLUMBIA -- A federal judge will rule within a month on whether to grant class-action status to a racial discrimination lawsuit against four Savannah River Site contractors.

Steady Control
With the winds just right for going airborne, M.J. Weaver, 2, of Aiken, keeps a steady eye on his kite as it catches a breeze outside H. Odell Weeks Activity center in Aiken. M.J. enjoyed flying kites Tuesday with his sister Anessia Harris, 4, and his dad, Mark.

Candidate to focus on safety questions
Increased crime prevention education and a larger police presence in neighborhoods are two areas Leon Garvin would focus on if elected sheriff of Richmond County, he said Wednesday.

Event inspires senior competitors in Augusta

Across the area: Utility work to cut subdivision's water
The Augusta-Richmond County Utilities Department has announced that water will be shut off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the entire Sandridge subdivision. The work being performed is in connection with the installation of the new 20-inch water line. For more information, call Brian Richards at 796-5010.

Lawsuit position argued

Brush to face GOP opponent

Group seeks way to inspire voting

Barnes tours area schools

Bus schedule could lower paychecks

Support for Walker adds fuel to industry feud

Engineer challenges incumbent
ATLANTA -- Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin's decision to side with Gov. Roy Barnes on education reform has helped spur a Republican primary challenge to the Columbia County lawmaker's re-election bid.

Event inspires senior competitors in Augusta
It takes more than six heart by-pass surgeries and a bout of can-cer to slow Bill Johnson.

Candidate to focus on safety questions

Summary judgment sought in admission case

Summary judgment sought in admission case
ATHENS -- Both sides in a lawsuit challenging the use of race and gender in admissions decisions at the University of Georgia have asked a federal judge to rule in their favor without further court proceedings.

Man held in 3 store robberies

Jury finds defendant guilty of murder
The prosecution and defense already had agreed that Michael S. Sapp shot to death a complete stranger May 21. On Wednesday, a jury decided that Mr. Sapp's actions amounted to murder.

Florida seeks bill similar to Georgia's
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers want to give desperate mothers who are going to abandon their newborn babies an option that could save the infant's life and protect the woman from criminal prosecution.

River Watch plan angers residents
A few years ago, Robert Williams was hoping to save his Jamaica Court neighborhood from destruction in the path of a River Watch Parkway extension.

Man held in 3 store robberies
AIKEN -- A Wagener man was arrested Tuesday and charged in a string of convenience store robberies, according to police.

Florida seeks bill similar to Georgia's

Firm seeks big names for arena
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center might be getting some big-name entertainers in the coming years.

Physical training required

Support for Walker adds fuel to industry feud
ATLANTA -- An upcoming fund-raiser for Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has re-ignited a feud between the state's cemetery and funeral-home industries that erupted during the recent legislative session.

Relationship prompts firing of deputy
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A Beaufort County sheriff's deputy accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl was fired Monday after investigations by two police agencies.

Gold Kist might face hefty fines
ATHENS, Ga. - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed levying a $117,000 fine against Gold Kist Inc. for safety violations at the company's Athens poultry-processing plant.

Coroner supports baby bill
Coroner Sue Townsend has bad memories of the newborn babies who were dumped in the woods, hidden under mattresses and suffocated inside trash bags.

Decision from jury expected
By all accounts Tuesday, Frank Grant was innocently walking down Sixth Street one spring night last year when one man cursed him and another shot him.

Group wants to rebuild depot
AIKEN -- Using a tiny paint brush and a keen eye, artist Gail Dedmon replicated the old Aiken Passenger Depot on canvas to help a local group bring it back to life.

Pond's fishing areas at center of debate
A popular public fishing area off Lock and Dam Road is becom-ing a little too popular for the operators of nearby Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

Woman's plea cuts sentence
AIKEN -- A murder case that has collected four years of dust at the Aiken County Solicitor's Office ended Wednesday shortly after it started when a circuit judge suggested that the accused killer plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Juvenile suspects face bias
Minority youths are more likely to be arrested and incarcerated in state juvenile facilities than their white counterparts, according to a national study released Tuesday.

Son awaits identification
Chris Rich's only memory of his father is a picture in his mind of a brief moment before the U.S. Navy commander left for Vietnam.

Brush to face GOP opponent
ATLANTA -- Veteran Columbia County state Sen. Joey Brush will face a challenge this summer from within his own party.

Jury finds defendant guilty of murder

Bus schedule could lower paychecks
If Columbia County revises school bus scheduling, it could save the school system roughly $1 million, officials said Tuesday.

Murder trial begins for youth

Repairs to canal extended

Juvenile suspects face bias

T'wolves say gloves are off for Game 2

Mashburn hits winner for Heat

Pacers seek third weapon to use against Milwaukee

Van Gundy not pleased after practice

Spread-out playoffs diminish intensity

Wauters, Mills top WNBA picks

Portland takes 2-0 series lead

Karl still teaching Bucks during playoffs

Knicks edge Raptors

Mr. Pruitt Brantley
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Pruitt Brantley, 46, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Williams
ST. ALBANS, N.Y. - Mr. Thomas Williams died Friday, April 21, 2000.

Mrs. Geneva Maze
Mrs. Geneva Barrs Maze, 72, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. W. Harvey Kemp
METTER, Ga. - Mr. W. Harvey Kemp, 84, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.

Mrs. Janice Jones
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Janice Elaine Jones, 43, of Harper Street, died Friday, April 21, 2000.

Mr. Oliver Hobbs
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mr. Oliver Hobbs, 90, of Kelly Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Emma Hodges
NEW YORK - Mrs. Emma Hodges, 86, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Monterfiore Medical Center.

Mr. James Isaac
AIKEN - Mr. James Al Isaac, 68, of Lincoln Avenue, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Richard Lindsay Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Richard James ``Jim'' Lindsay Sr., 70, of Campbellton Drive, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Avant
LEESBURG, Ga. - Mr. James J. Avant, 79, of Paloma Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Cochran.

Mr. Robert Rabitsch
LOGANVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert A. Rabitsch, 72, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Snellville.

Mr. Roy Hamilton
AIKEN - Mr. Roy Hamilton, 49, of DeSota Drive, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Edgar Lee
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Edgar Peterman ``E.P.'' Lee, 87, of Sparta Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Philbeck Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Thomas Edward Philbeck Sr., 86, of Whitehall Place, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Rhodes Sr.
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. James Herman Rhodes Sr., 53, of Bethany Church Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mr. Saul Rothchild
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. Saul Lee ``Rocky'' Rothchild, 68, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Mrs. Doris Raye
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Doris Franklin Raye, 70, of Baxter Street, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Geneva Avant
LEESBURG, Ga. - Mrs. Geneva H. Avant, 66, of Paloma Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000.

Mr. Robert Davis Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert E. Davis Jr., 65, of Warthen Street, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Alton Scott
FAULKVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alton Scott, 85, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Effingham County Hospital, Springfield.

Mrs. Mary Chalker
GRAY, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Bea Chalker, 83, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Lynnhaven Nursing Home.

Rev. Reed Griffis
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Rev. Reed H. Griffis, 66, of Pleasant Lane, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Lexington.

Mrs. Emma Fintch
AIKEN - Mrs. Emma Fintch, 74, of Colleton Avenue Southeast, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Lynn Holliman
DEARING - Mr. Lynn J. Holliman, 63, of Neals Mill Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Weigle Jr.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Charles H. ``Charlie'' Weigle Jr., 73, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.

Mrs. Catherine Moore
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine Watson Moore, 67, of Timmerman Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Annie Williams
Ms. Annie Ruth Williams, of Amsterdam Drive, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Anthony Gay
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Anthony Joel Gay, 33, died Monday, April 24, 2000.

Mrs. Myrtle Ard
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Mrs. Myrtle Sanders Ard, 87, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.

Mr. Clyde Sanders
Mr. Clyde Sanders, of Forsythe Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas McMillan
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Mr. Thomas McMillan, 67, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. W. Albert Cheatham
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. W. Albert Cheatham, 67, of Lanham Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in Augusta.

Mr. Woodrow Paige
AIKEN - Mr. Woodrow H. Paige, 78, of Jehossee Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Gaines
ELBERTON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Patterson Gaines, 85, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mrs. Katherine Diestelhorst
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Katherine Diestelhorst, 73, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Susie Sims
Mrs. Susie Sims, 92, of Scott Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing and Rehab Center of Augusta.

Mr. Oliver Hobbs

Mrs. Katherine Diestelhorst

Mr. Saul Rothchild

Rev. Reed Griffis

Mrs. Catherine Moore

Mrs. Louise Gaines

Mr. Clyde Sanders

Mr. James Avant

Mr. Thomas Philbeck Sr.

Mr. Thomas Williams

Mrs. Myrtle Ard

Mr. Alton Scott

Mr. Anthony Gay

Mrs. Susie Sims

Mrs. Janice Jones

Mr. Lynn Holliman

Mrs. Geneva Maze

Mr. Pruitt Brantley

Mrs. Doris Raye

Ms. Annie Williams

Mr. Thomas McMillan

Mr. James Isaac

Mrs. Mary Chalker

Mr. Woodrow Paige

Mr. Richard Lindsay Sr.

Mrs. Emma Hodges

Mr. Robert Rabitsch

Attacks Clinton, Reno decision
I served my country for 22 years. Until now, I have always thought that we have the best system -- flawed as it may be -- in the world.t Francine Trujillo, Augusta

Hastert not 'caretaker' House speaker
IF THE QUESTION on a TV quiz show is ``Who is Dennis Hastert?'' would you know ``the final answer''?

Praises true, timely message
I find it utterly disheartening that so many people completely miss the point of a message. Rick McKee's cartoon was a very true and timely statement: The marriage of ignorance and evil produces violence. Elizabeth Boyette, Jackson

Calls cartoon 'over the edge'
Your editorial cartoonist has gone over the edge of good taste again with his April 20 cartoon. L.M. Garrison, Johnston

Says hype perpetuated hysteria
Re your cartoon concerning the events that occurred last week at Midland Valley High School: Dwayne Derrick, Aiken

'Sour grape' Democrat
Just as there is honor among thieves, so there is among politicians: They may break a promise to their constituents, but never to each other.

Blasts Clinton's militia tactics
As I watched ``Comrade'' Clinton's armed thugs break into the home of Elian Gonzalez's relatives and take the child away at machine-gun point, I wondered how many of my fellow citizens finally realize how far this government has gone. Patricia VanHooser, North Augusta

Raid support troubling
Early poll results concerning the federal government's role in using pre-dawn storm-trooper tactics to grab Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives' home are disturbing.

Sludge: how perilous?
The Environmental Protection Agency makes up more rules than it can enforce, as evidenced by its inability to manage sludge disposal.

More Reno antics
Coincidence or collusion? The day before the Bill Clinton-Janet Reno Justice Department raided the Miami home of Elian Gonzalez' relatives, Reno's department leaked to the media this item.

Urges office complex on Belair Road
Columbia County, in the area along Belair and Stevens Creek roads, has been growing at a very rapid speed. A lot of residential construction is going on there. While the increase in housing is a healthy sign of growth and prosperity, it also means there will be more traffic ... Iqbal Khan, Martinez

Praises editor for diverse forum
Kudos to the newspaper's new editorial page editor and shame on The Augusta Chronicle's management. What a nice company welcome; here only a few weeks and already Suzanne Downing is set adrift. D. K. Wharff, Augusta

Slams anti-Confederate flag groups
The completeness of history can be surprising, shocking and sometimes shattering. Even so, people must continue to eradicate the myth and expose the truth. Donald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

Says cartoon had desired effect
By reading the online letters to the editor concerning The Chronicle's April 20 editorial cartoon, which mentioned Midland Valley High School, I feel that it has had the desired effect. Alan Horner, Augusta

Calls for lawmakers to take stand
After more than 20 years of service in the Marines, today I raised the flag on my house upside down. Robert Phelps, Martinez

Bristles at lack of compassion
Shame on you, Rick McKee. Have you not thought of how this cartoon would affect people not only in this area, but also family members of the victims in Columbine? Krystle Bradley, North Augusta

Is reminded of Hitler's raid tactics
Our country has become a police state, reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s when Germany's Adolf Hitler and Russia's Josef Stalin had their police raid homes in the dark of night to carry off people at gunpoint. Pat O'Rourk, Martinez

Says 'hypocrites' cheer Janet Reno
Only a rich, cold-hearted Democrat could enjoy the scene in ``The Wizard of Oz'' when Elvira Gulch arrives to take Toto away from Dorothy ``to have him destroyed.'' Keith Shafer, Augusta

Supports government action in Miami
Elian Gonzalez belongs with his father, his sole surviving parent. This is true for any child, unless the parent is clearly unfit. Politics has no place in this basic human value. William G. Collins Jr., Aiken

Says 'servant' rocked 'good ol' boys'
When publisher William S. Morris III announced the appointment of the new editor of the editorial page of The Chronicle, Suzanne Downing was described as a woman of experience and judgment, possessing a good heart andthick skin, and a tradition of community leadership. Roy and Susan Schepens, Augusta

Paybacks, at a price
There's nothing illegal about it, but you wouldn't know it from the insinuations: State Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, bent over backward to help the cemetery industry whittle away at a law backed by the funeral industry.

Hits federal raid on home
The raid on the home of Elian Gonzalez' great uncle Lazaro Gonzales should remove all doubt of the dangers of giving up our guns as desired by the Clintons and the rest of the gun control lobby. Steven Lemon, Augusta

Critiques Rants & Raves remarks
I read the Rants & Raves. Some of the comments are so-so, but some are not. Nellie M. Pierce, Augusta

Slam Midland Valley cartoon
Re the April 20 editorial cartoon concerning the anniversary of the Columbine shooting ``celebrated'' at Midland Valley. Kelly Coyle, Gloverville

Wonders what favors lawmakers got
It's my understanding that state Reps. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, Bill Jackson, R-Appling, and Robin Williams, R-Augusta, voted for S.R. 411, a bill that would allow the governor to appoint a replacement for any sitting legislator who might be convicted of a crime. Carl Mixon, Martinez

Resent 'criticism' of Midland Valley
As a graduate of Midland Valley High School and a parent, I am outraged at The Chronicle for its insensitive and demeaning editorial cartoon which appeared April 20. Tiffany Johnson Coleman, Graniteville

Puzzles over defense of ex-manager
I have been following the on-going saga of the Bush Field Airport commission and former manager Al McDill. It has become very apparent the most vocal proponents of Mr. McDill has been The Chronicle General Manager Julian Miller, who serves on the airport advisory task force and former Chronicle General Manager EdwardSkinner, who is the chairman of the Augusta Aviation Commission. L.D. Smith, Augusta

Raps poor coverage of winning Lynx
Our Augusta Lynx are enjoying their most successful season by advancing to the third round of the playoffs. Your coverage of their greatest achievement was totally lacking. Dave Johnson, Aiken

Points out how precious freedom is
Why is my stomach churning? It isn't the coffee -- I haven't had any. It is the Elian Gonzalez thing. I cannot stop thinking about it. Devon Hope, Evans

Praises Reno's decision
I applaud the Justice Department for its belated action on the Elian Gonzalez case. The overwhelming show of force was absolutely necessary to convince those self-serving media manipulators to give up the boy. Frank Albert, Grovetown

Applauds government's action
I applaud the actions of the U.S. Justice Department in returning Elian Gonzalez to his father. The government had no choice but to take that action. John Hopkins, North Augusta

Prompts her to join NRA
Well, President ``Fidel'' Clinton appears to have finally found his legacy -- this one in black and white on every front page of every newspaper across America and around the world ... Mary Ann Oliphant Baggs, Augusta

Notes tragedies of Gonzalez case
I think the Elian Gonzalez situation has had a tragic beginning and ending. I sympathize with the Miami family. However, I think it is outrageous how the Cuban-American people are dealing with the situation. Kristin Trimble, Jackson

Describes shameful scene
Lower the flag to half staff, dim the flame in liberty's lamp, play taps over the Bill of Rights and let's all bid farewell to the America we thought we knew! Merle Temple, Evans

Protests arrogant display of power
I strongly protest the actions taken by the Justice Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in seizing Elian Gonzalez. This violent and arrogant display of government power was totally unwarranted in any legal way. Soren McMillan, Augusta

Learns a lot from Elian episode
I have learned some things as I watch the unfolding drama of the plight of Elian Gonzalez. I have learned that: Don Touchton, Martinez

Wonders if mom chose right country
Little Elian Gonzalez' mother gave her life trying to get her young son to a country where a corrupt government's jack-booted thugs would not come in the night and take him away to serve the political needs of the state. Dale W.Hemman, Evans

Praises Wilhelmi
I agree with David Hogan's thoughtful letter to the editor concerning Marcie Wilhelmi. She should, indeed, ``be recognized as the community treasure she is.'' Thank you, Ms. Wilhelmi, for all that you do for our Augusta community. Pat Knox, Augusta

Asks where is agony over POWMIAs?
I'm easily confused. Everyday, news commentators and politicians are on our television screens agonizing over a 6-year-old Cuban boy being repatriated. John E. Rhoades, Augusta

Slams Janet Reno's rescue tactics
After watching Janet Reno's storm troopers grab Elian in Miami Saturday, it occurs to me she does not belong in this country, much less as the U.S. attorney general. She would do well in Communist Cuba. Ron Chapin, Augusta

Overtime: Howell sets records to win Big 12 title

Overtime: Rivers voted coach of year

Lakeside advances to state quarterfinals

NASCAR still letting cheaters win

Court is asked to deny Carruth visits with son

Toole leads Lady Hornets

Expanded schedule increases demands

Elway: group fell behind on bid for teams

Tejeda's victory sends Wolfpack to AAA quarters

Racing facts: NAPA Auto Parts 500

Simpkins leads S. Aiken in quest for first region title

Testimony of $100,000 payoff for Foreman-Schulz

Heritage eliminates Greenbrier's girls

Chairman says system based on payoffs

Holiday prompts memories

Endangered birds call Fort Gordon home

Glavine carries Braves

Fish-killing virus spreads to area

Jackets top Tourists; win first series

Report warns of high cost of national missile defense
WASHINGTON -- A national missile shield that would offer limited protection from attack by smaller, newly armed countries would cost almost $60 billion through 2015, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says.

EPA refuses to regulate coal waste
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency late Tuesday decided against regulating tons of ash and sludge from coal-burning power plants as toxic hazardous waste, a victory for utilities and a setback for environmental groups who have argued the waste is contaminating water supplies.

Study says depression-fighting is a key
DALLAS -- Heart patients with chronic depression are three times more likely to suffer a second heart attack within a year of their first one, a study found.

United States defends itself against demands
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States is defending its record in reducing its nuclear arsenal against criticism that the world's nuclear powers aren't doing enough to rid the world of the deadly weapons.

New and stronger infectious diseases a growing global threat
Four reported outbreaks of unusual infections around the world have illustrated the surprising potential of new microbes to emerge and old ones to return with a vengeance.

High wind keeps Atlantis grounded -- again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, stiff wind prevented space shuttle Atlantis from lifting off Tuesday on a mission to fix the international space station.

Strong winds ground Atlantis -- again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, stiff wind prevented space shuttle Atlantis from lifting off Tuesday on a mission to fix the international space station.

College ranks 13th in wired poll
Professor Tom Smyth teaches a paperless class at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The syl-labus, all assignments and course-work, and even some class discussions are done over the Internet.

Government weighs breakup, other options against Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- Justice Department antitrust lawyers were summoned to the White House today to brief President Clinton's legal and economic advisers about a range of options for dealing with Microsoft Corp., including splitting up the software giant.

Tibetan exiles complain of Chinese care of their homeland
NEW DELHI, India -- The Dalai Lama's supporters are charging that China has damaged Tibet's environment through careless exploitation of oil, water and timber resources.

IBM shareholders reject employee-backed effort
CLEVELAND -- IBM Corp. shareholders rejected today an employee-driven effort to force the company to offer its traditional pension plan to all workers who want it.

IBM shareholders reject employee-backed effort

Study says depression-fighting is a key

Tibetan exiles complain of Chinese care of their homeland

EPA refuses to regulate coal waste

High wind keeps Atlantis grounded -- again

United States defends itself against demands

New and stronger infectious diseases a growing global threat

Strong winds ground Atlantis -- again

Report warns of high cost of national missile defense