Expectations grow for Chipper

Gamecocks end season with win

Gamecocks to host regional

Braves pound Phillies, win series

McGwire passing some big names

Tigers sweep past Yankees

Bonds to miss Braves series

Big Mac ties Mantle with 536th homer

Jackets ride homers to win

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

NCAA likely to reward Gamecocks

Braves notes: Rookie delivers in pinch

Nostalgia for 1980s resurfaces

Company prepares to merge

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HOUSTON - After leading a round of air fare increases during the weekend, Continental Airlines Inc. surprisingly rescinded its decision Monday.

Business briefs: Carrier reverses air fare increases

Players welcome news Knight's stay

Pet Adoptathon declared a success

Marcie Wilhelmi touted for congress

Jackpot payout was predictable

Flog thyself

Taming a Tiger

Columbia Co. GOP ballot defended

Notes Disney chief's high salary

Chronicle, other papers 'stir manure'

Save our rowing status

Honor student trips over grammar

Igniting tragedy

Service of late civic leader cited

Warren Co. Demo chief mistaken

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.

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.

Hurst gets Mother's Day gift: an LPGA title

Parnevik wins a real Texas shootout

CBS goes with higher authority

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

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.

Flag backers plan campaign

Four wounded in morning shooting

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.

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.

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

Land values jump in growing county

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.

Report raises questions about inmate's death

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.

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.

Growing county seeks sense of community

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Convicted killer back in court

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.

Friends from war reunite

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.

Scientists work to catch, catalog creature

Meeting sets path to hope

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.

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.

Correction

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.

Justices consider appeal

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.

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

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.

Shooting suspect arrested

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.

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.

Road construction designs prompt comments

Journalist views news at ringside

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

Defense sets up Stallions victory

City officials offer plan for water woes

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.

Seizure sparks eviction debate

Holiday evokes memories

Knicks 'Ward' off Heat

Jazz stay alive with win

Sixers avoid elimination

Linebacker's murder trial set for today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Merritt Lindsey
BLYTHE - Mr. Merritt Ellison Lindsey, 77, died Sunday, May 14, 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. James Johnson
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. James Plemon Johnson, 99, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Provident Health Care.

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. Ethel Reneau
Mrs. Ethel Batchelor Reneau, 80, of Fenwick Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent 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. Aubrey Bohler
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Aubrey Bohler, 85, of Danburg Road, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center, Washington.

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.

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Susie Wiggins

Mrs. Madge Cannady

Mr. James Johnson

Mr. Arles Wiggins

Mrs. Frances Urdzela

Mr. Charles Parker

Mr. David Franklin

Mr. Jesse Moyer

Mrs. Margaret Odum

Mrs. Annie Sims

Mrs. Ethel Reneau

Mr. Clarence Fleming

Mr. Joseph Pollard

Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.

Mr. Albert Bartley

Mrs. Ellen Padgett

Mrs. April Warne

Mr. Nathan Matherson Sr.

Mr. O. Lester Greenway

Mrs. Martha Foskey

Mr. Merritt Lindsey

Dr. Abner Witham

Mrs. Effie Lewis

Mr. Johnny Quarles

Mr. Clarence Coleman

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Mr. Aubrey Bohler

Mr. Richard Soule Jr.

Mrs. Alloney Clark

Mr. Elmer Pickett

Johnny Coggins III

Mrs. Thelma Isdell

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Olympic notes: Local rowers likely to make team

Local standouts awarded at celebration

Competition heats up for U.S. women

Overtime: Georgia's Kelly resigns as golf coach

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Xtreme advice: Trust has to be given in any relationship

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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

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

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Student places second in short video contest

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

Graduate gifts

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

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

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

Leaders joining forces to fight Internet attacks

Blasting away barriers

World's coral reefs improving

Survey disputes notion that Internet encourages isolation

Tobacco industry to fight against punishing verdict for smokers

Software combats gunfire

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior

E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior

New site targets schools