McGwire passing some big names

Tigers sweep past Yankees

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

Gamecocks to host regional

Expectations grow for Chipper

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

NCAA likely to reward Gamecocks

Gamecocks end season with win

Big Mac ties Mantle with 536th homer

Bonds to miss Braves series

Braves pound Phillies, win series

Jackets ride homers to win

Nostalgia for 1980s resurfaces

Company prepares to merge

Business briefs: Carrier reverses air fare increases
HOUSTON - After leading a round of air fare increases during the weekend, Continental Airlines Inc. surprisingly rescinded its decision Monday.

Company prepares to merge
Apple Homes Corp.'s board of directors plans to take the Augusta-based, publicly held company private through a complex merger with two unnamed North Carolina-based Internet companies.

Business briefs: Carrier reverses air fare increases

Players welcome news Knight's stay

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended

Service of late civic leader cited

Jackpot payout was predictable

Honor student trips over grammar

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'

Warren Co. Demo chief mistaken

Notes Disney chief's high salary

Pet Adoptathon declared a success

Taming a Tiger

Igniting tragedy

Save our rowing status

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress

Flog thyself

In the know
THE PERFECT MEAL: Brides-to-be can enter a national contest to determine their ``Creative RQ'' or ``Romance Quotient'' by describing in 200 words or less the perfect meal for their prospective spouse.

Reading the label
George Ball is a success story in progress. The Weight Loss 2000 participant has lost more than 45 pounds in less than 10 weeks and is still going strong.

Parnevik wins a real Texas shootout

CBS goes with higher authority

Hurst gets Mother's Day gift: an LPGA title

Improved security for Game 2 of Devils-Flyers

Nostalgia for 1980s resurfaces
When Michael Douglas' character proclaimed that line in the 1987 movie Wall Street, many began to refer to it as the defining motto of the 1980s.

Reading the label

Holiday evokes memories
For Mother's Day, 79-year-old Mary Hammond was ordered to leave her home.

Shooting suspect arrested
The man wanted in connection with the shooting of four people at a talent audition in Augusta was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

Seizure sparks eviction debate

Across the area: Gas leak reroutes highway traffic
A gas leak Monday on U.S. Highway 1 caused police to reroute traffic for more than an hour, South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Bell said.

Four wounded in morning shooting
Police issued an arrest warrant Sunday for an Augusta man in an early morning shooting that wounded four people - one critically - at a talent audition sponsored by a local radio station.

Journalist views news at ringside

Parties see redistricting as helpful

Meeting sets path to hope
AIKEN - By the time she was 15, Diane Valentine was living on the edge. Now, at 39, she's on a mission to keep others from taking the same path she took as a child of the streets of Yemassee.

Flag backers plan campaign

City officials offer plan for water woes
After a less than cordial welcome more than a week ago from south Augusta residents over the city's proposed master water plan, Utilities Director Max Hicks took a one-on-one approach with residents Monday to convince them that water would flow through their pipes.

Across the area: Officers find man's body in rock quarry

Residents suggest education changes
Columbia County's Ailene Candy says she's against Gov. Roy Barnes' Education Reform Bill but she's thought of some possible solutions that may make the new law work.

Across the area: Officers find man's body in rock quarry
Columbia County authorities recovered the body of a man Sunday who apparently drowned in a rock quarry outside Grovetown.

Senator spends night in hospital
Strom Thurmond, the eight-term Republican senator from South Carolina, was released Monday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an overnight stay for a stomachache and fatigue.

Growing county seeks sense of community
When Ellen Hill moved to Columbia County 30 years ago from Augusta, she wanted a nice home in a quiet environment.

Friends from war reunite

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature

Convicted killer back in court
For the third time, a Richmond County jury will decide whether convicted cop killer William ``Kenny'' Stephens lives or dies.

Holiday evokes memories

Correction
Because of erroneous information given to The Augusta Chronicle, the wrong time was listed in Sunday's editions for a public forum about the Statewide Transportation Program. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Augusta Technical Institute.

Justices consider appeal
ATLANTA - Four convicted murderers serving life sentences didn't exactly get a ringing defense Monday before the Georgia Supreme Court when the attorney for one admitted they belong behind bars.

City officials offer plan for water woes

Convicted killer back in court

Report raises questions about inmate's death

Four wounded in morning shooting

Report raises questions about inmate's death
AIKEN - An inmate who died inside the Aiken County Detention Center last year had suffered for days from pneumonia and wasn't diagnosed because a doctor was ``too busy,'' according to a coroner's report released Monday.

Land values jump in growing county

Road construction designs prompt comments
A draft map displayed at the annual Transportation Improvement Program public information meeting held Monday encompassed road projects throughout Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Defense sets up Stallions victory

Meeting sets path to hope

Flag backers plan campaign
AIKEN - The League of the South and other groups that wanted South Carolina to keep a Confederate flag on its Statehouse dome are expected to campaign ``tooth and nail'' against lawmakers who voted to take it down this session.

Justices consider appeal

Friends from war reunite
They shook hands 55 years ago near the town of Bastogne in Belgium, after the Battle of the Bulge and hadn't seen each other again until April 30. But this time, when they met at the Augusta bus station, they didn't shake hands but embraced as tears rolled down their cheeks.

Across the area: Gas leak reroutes highway traffic

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature
Two hours after the last glimmer of sunset has faded to darkness, Travis Glenn is sprawled on his belly at the bow of an air boat.

Initiative promotes sobriety

Journalist views news at ringside
CNN anchorwoman Judy Woodruff smiles when she says her role as a journalist has allowed her to witness history unfold. Her time in front of the camera has given her the best perspective to judge what it all means, and she is grateful.

Shooting suspect arrested

Land values jump in growing county
When Vince and Rachael Robertson bought 3-1/2 acres on Washington Road in Evans, they didn't know they were buying a winning lottery ticket.

Road construction designs prompt comments

Growing county seeks sense of community

Initiative promotes sobriety
AIKEN - Marvin Seigler still sees the car that nearly killed him. He still feels the throbbing in his right leg, where his foot was nearly rippled from his ankle.

Parties see redistricting as helpful
ATLANTA - For Republicans, next weekend's state convention in Savannah offers the first and best opportunity to show off the 2000 crop of legislative candidates, as the party launches its biennial quest to capture control of the General Assembly.

Richmond County faces lawsuit over court seal
ATLANTA - A nearly 2-year-old dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and Richmond County has erupted into a lawsuit.

Seizure sparks eviction debate
The plight of an elderly man losing his home could serve as a warning to Augusta's inner-city landlords.

Correction

Sixers avoid elimination

Knicks 'Ward' off Heat

Jazz stay alive with win

Linebacker's murder trial set for today

Mr. O. Lester Greenway
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. O. Lester Greenway died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at South West Christian Hospice, Douglasville.

Johnny Coggins III
McCORMICK, S.C. - Johnny Marion Coggins III, 15, of Airport Road, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, in Greenwood.

Mrs. Ethel Herrington
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel Haeseler Herrington, 98, of Burke Street, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Annie Sims
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Mae Sims, 96, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Ellen Padgett
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Ellen Berry Padgett, 96, died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Winnsboro.

Dr. Abner Witham
AIKEN - Dr. Abner Calhoun Witham, 79, of Colleton Avenue, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. James Johnson
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. James Plemon Johnson, 99, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Provident Health Care.

Mr. Clarence Fleming
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Clarence G. Fleming, 73, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Frances Urdzela
HOLYOKE, Mass. - Mrs. Frances C. ``Cookie'' Skodinska Urdzela, 87, died Saturday, May 13, 2000.

Mr. Richard Soule Jr.
Mr. Richard Dale Soule Jr., 50, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Tom Waters
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Tom Waters, 77, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Arles Wiggins
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Arles Virgil Wiggins, 80, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Effie Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Effie Bell Lewis died Friday, May 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Parker
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charles David ``Ramp'' Parker, 68, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Washington County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Clarence Coleman
GULFPORT, Miss. - Mr. Clarence Coleman, 64, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000.

Mr. Elmer Pickett
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Elmer Lawrence Pickett, 68, of Fox Chase Circle, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mrs. April Warne
Mrs. April F. Warne, 66, of Bellevue Avenue, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Albert Bartley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Albert D. Bartley, 89, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, in Anderson.

Mrs. Susie Wiggins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Susie Hendrix Wiggins, 85, of Kirby Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mr. Jesse Moyer
AIKEN - Mr. Jesse Alan Moyer, 43, of Silver Bluff Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Boyd Dewey Randall Jr., 78, of Monarch Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Thelma Isdell
Mrs. Thelma Carpenter Isdell, of Higdon Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Martha Foskey
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Foskey, 61, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Mrs. Louise Dennis
Mrs. Louise W. Dennis, 86, of Evans, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. George Crawford Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. George E. ``Booster'' Crawford Sr., 62, of Dallas Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Nathan Matherson Sr.
HAMLET, N.C. - Mr. Nathan Russell Matherson Sr., 63, of Curtis Circle, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Richmond Memorial Hospital, Rockingham.

Mr. Johnny Quarles
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Johnny Wayne Quarles, 52, died Sunday, May 14, 2000.

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Boyd Dewey Randall Jr., 78, of Monarch Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Alloney Clark
Mrs. Alloney Guin Clark, 93, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.

Mr. James Harper
Mr. James Walker Harper, 83, of Owens Road, Evans, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Blandford
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Joseph Rowlands Blandford, 81, of Fourth Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Merritt Lindsey
BLYTHE - Mr. Merritt Ellison Lindsey, 77, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ethel Reneau
Mrs. Ethel Batchelor Reneau, 80, of Fenwick Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mr. Joseph Pollard
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mr. Joseph Bryant ``Joey'' Pollard, 35, of Beattie Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Crouse Hospital.

Mr. Henry Raiford Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. Henry Lewis Raiford Sr., 63, of Gordon Highway, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. David Franklin
Mr. David F. Franklin, 82, of Trafalgar Lane, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Madge Cannady
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mrs. Madge Johnson Cannady, 85, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Alloney Clark
Mrs. Alloney Guin Clark, 93, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.

Mrs. Margaret Odum
Mrs. Margaret O'Byrne Odum, 75, of Sherwood Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Aubrey Bohler
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Aubrey Bohler, 85, of Danburg Road, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center, Washington.

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Mr. Aubrey Bohler

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Dr. Abner Witham

Mr. Albert Bartley

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.

Mr. Merritt Lindsey

Mr. Clarence Fleming

Mrs. Frances Urdzela

Mr. Arles Wiggins

Mrs. Thelma Isdell

Mr. Jesse Moyer

Mr. Elmer Pickett

Mrs. Annie Sims

Mrs. Margaret Odum

Mr. Charles Parker

Mrs. Madge Cannady

Mrs. Ellen Padgett

Mr. Clarence Coleman

Mr. Nathan Matherson Sr.

Mrs. Martha Foskey

Mr. Johnny Quarles

Mr. Joseph Pollard

Mr. David Franklin

Mrs. Susie Wiggins

Mrs. April Warne

Johnny Coggins III

Mr. James Johnson

Mr. Richard Soule Jr.

Mr. O. Lester Greenway

Mrs. Ethel Reneau

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Kent 'diatribe' a 'sickening thing'
Now that the political season has opened, a number of sickening things are happening again. Columnist Phil Kent with his ``Kent as Usual'' Sunday diatribe has started his war of name-calling (``malcontent,'' ``maverick,'' etc.) and a campaign of personal destruction against those who oppose his anointed trio of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, and Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta. Keith L. Dykes, Martinez

Pet Adoptathon declared a success
I was indirectly involved in this weekend's Adoptathon 2000 at the Richmond County Animal Control Center. After all the recent negative publicity surrounding the operation of this shelter, I felt compelled to share some positive thoughts with the public about the recent activities. Lisa M. Raeuber, Augusta

Flog thyself
McDuffie County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Grisham contacted The Chronicle the other day to report on school system accountability after the embarrassing condemnation of a hazardous waste-filled school maintenance building and the dangerous spraying of poisons around student playgrounds.

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress
I dare say that you and others like you who do not know Augusta Aviation Commissioner Marcie Wilhelmi personally are at a great disadvantage and misinformed. E. Kay Ingalsbe, Martinez

Warren Co. Demo chief mistaken
Re ``Sheriff candidate fails qualification,'' news report, May 4 Chronicle. Lucy J. Bryant, Warrenton

Prosecutor 'wrong' on his thief remark
Re Chronicle's May 7 news report, ``Victim links burglary incidents,'' I came across the words of Danny Craig, our prosecutor, who was quoted as saying ``once a thief, always a thief.'' I take issue with such a comment and every informed voter should as well Keith Cross, Thomson

S.C. eyes 'Exile'
Project Exile has been so successful in Virginia that we're surprised more states haven't followed suit. Well, South Carolina will - if state Attorney General Charlie Condon has his way.

Honor student trips over grammar
Re report in The Chronicle's May 1 Carolina section about the students at University of South Carolina-Aiken who were graduating with 4.0 scholastic averages. Ronny B. Bolton, Aiken

Igniting tragedy
In wake of the fires burning up huge chunks of New Mexico, environmentalists and forestry experts are scrambling to explain to a skeptical public why it makes sense for the government to set ``prescribed fires'' or ``controlled fires'' - a euphemism for igniting forest fires.

Jackpot payout was predictable
As I remember about two or three days ago the female who runs the Georgia lottery said in so many words that there was going to be a winner. At that time I predicted to my buddies that it was all over and the jackpot would be paid out on Tuesday night. James R. Waid, Leah

Notes Disney chief's high salary
Some interesting dollar amounts appeared in The Chronicle's May 8 issue. An editorial, (``AIDS & U.S. security'') says ``... the administration (wants) more AIDS relief for Africa - to $354 million, double what we're spending now.'' I have no quarrel with that. William Shackelford, North Augusta

Ex-gym teacher backs Strength's bid
Here's why I support Ronnie Strength for Augusta sheriff: He moved to McDowell Street when he was a little boy and his father was a police sergeant with the city police department. It was detected early that he was very responsible and dedicated to any task given him. H.J. Hogan Jr., Augusta

Horseshoe Road water called 'awful'
We need help. Our water on Horseshoe Road is awful and nobody seems to want to give us any insight into what is happening out here. We had this same problem last year. Deborah Diles, Augusta

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended
The Chronicle editorial, May 3, in which the Columbia County Republican chairman was referred to as a ``maverick'' was certainly a judgment error on the part of editorial page editor Suzanne Downing. George Shearer, Martinez

Taming a Tiger
In your promos for the Masters Tournament on vending boxes, you asked, ``How can you tame a Tiger?'' William Barkley, Augusta

Floyd's lessons learned
South Carolina lawmakers are dealing with the aftermath of last year's impact of Hurricane Floyd.

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'
Regardless of how much ink newspaper people may have, they may not be doing anything but feeding the ego of this baseball personality, John Rocker. Bill Adams, North Augusta

Service of late civic leader cited
It was my pleasure to serve with Dr. Ike Washington on the board of trustees of the Augusta-Richmond County Museum. Dr. Washington served several terms on the board and wisely guided the museum in its move from Telfair Street to its present location. Raymond T. Rufo, Augusta

Paul Cook, 'dreg' of the Democrats
An April 29 letter by Paul Cook proves his penchant for effrontery and thereby makes him a candidate for my special brand of the perfect squelch. H. Earl Thompson, Augusta

Aiken Co. leadership
The Aiken County Council is showing leadership in passing a resolution this month to put a one-cent local option sales tax referendum on November's ballot.

Save our rowing status
Augusta business leaders are great when it comes to promoting our community and talking about enhancing its quality of life. Now they need to do something concrete: Step forward and offer jobs with flexible hours to local rowers so our city doesn't lose its prestigious U.S. Olympic training center designation.

Overtime: South Aiken's Cantey wins S.C. crown

Olympic notes: Local rowers likely to make team

Competition heats up for U.S. women

Local standouts awarded at celebration

Overtime: Georgia's Kelly resigns as golf coach

Metals company aims to save rusty bridges with zinc 'jackets'
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis metals company is turning the destructive power of saltwater into an environmentally friendly way to protect bridges in the Alaskan wilderness.

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Drew Harris answered the call of MotherNature.com when the online retail company offered $20 off and free shipping for any purchase.

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation
NEW YORK -- Contrary to suspicions that the Internet creates antisocial hermits, a study released Wednesday reports that friends and relatives actually communicate more frequently because of the Internet.

New site targets schools
Parent-teacher conferences may now be held in cyberspace. Two local businessmen have built a new e-commerce company that will allow pupils, teachers and parents to communicate with the click of a mouse.

Blasting away barriers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In another symbolic farewell to the Cold War, the rocket that served as America's first intercontinental ballistic missile and carried John Glenn into orbit is set to lift off with an engine from the former foe.

Software combats gunfire
AIKEN - Tony Bradshaw reaches across the country to save California families from stray bullets.

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Drew Harris answered the call of MotherNature.com when the online retail company offered $20 off and free shipping for any purchase.

Leaders joining forces to fight Internet attacks
The Love Bug virus has given a new sense of urgency to the world's leaders as they gathered today to brainstorm about combating cybercrime, a transgression that knows no boundaries.

World's coral reefs improving
LOS ANGELES -- The world's coral reefs made a partial recovery last year after a dismal 1998 but remain threatened by overfishing and climate changes, scientists say. One marine biologist was concerned for Hawaii's reefs, which he said were being manhandled and trampled by tourists

More North Dakotans embracing wind energy
MERCER, N.D. -- As a stiff breeze stirs the grass and turns the wind turbines on Russell Makeeff's farm, he stops for a moment to marvel at how attitudes toward wind power have changed.

Tobacco industry to fight against punishing verdict for smokers
MIAMI (AP) - A Florida jury that already found tobacco companies conspired to sell a dangerous product will begin this week to consider a possible punitive penalty. Anti-smoking activists are looking for a day of reckoning for an industry that has yet to pay a penny to smokers who went to trial.

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Kim Maddox, 16, a junior at Evans High School.

Student places second in short video contest

Prom pics

Graduate gifts

Graduate gifts
Seniors preparing to pick up their diplomas and turn their tassels are in store for gifts celebrating their accomplishment.

Xtreme style

Xtreme advice: Trust has to be given in any relationship

Prom pics
Prom season is in full swing! As a special feature, Xtreme will run photos taken at YOUR prom over the next month.

Audio visual

Audio visual
The 17-year-old senior at Davidson Fine Arts High School is finishing a short film for his senior project.

Student places second in short video contest
Three years of learning the basics of camera shots, editing and scriptwriting paid off for Judson Tucker.

Xtreme advice: Trust has to be given in any relationship
''I have a boyfriend who used to mess around with a lot of girls. Now he claims he isn't cheating on me. I have a daughter by him, and I want to believe him. But every time he goes somewhere I feel like he's with other girls. What should I do? Should I believe him?'' - 18-year-old Augusta girl

New site targets schools

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation

World's coral reefs improving

Software combats gunfire

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior

Tobacco industry to fight against punishing verdict for smokers

Blasting away barriers

Leaders joining forces to fight Internet attacks

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior