Ramblin' Rhodes: Country's musical circle remains unbroken
The evolution of country music will be evident Wednesday in separate milestones involving Roy ''Pop'' Lewis and Billy Gilman.

Sesame Street live makes it's way to Augusta
For more than 30 years, Sesame Street has been educating unsuspecting children with an enticing mix of music, comedy and the inexplicable charisma of the Muppets.

Mayfest will rock the park
The Mayfest celebration Saturday is a party in the park. Presented by the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department and Davis Broadcasting, the event features hip-hop and soul acts Marc Nelson, F.A.T.E., Trina, Sam Salter, Rah Digga and Miracle, among others.

Sesame Street live makes it's way to Augusta

Garden City Folk Festival
Folk is a funny word, conjuring up a variety of images. For some it means socially-conscious acoustic balladry, for others an aesthetic nod toward Americana.

Augusta produces a hip-hop Miracle

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country's musical circle remains unbroken

Mayfest will rock the park

Augusta produces a hip-hop Miracle
Recent Billboard magazine Rap Charts have prominently listed an artist from an unexpected source.

Furcal scores winning run for Braves

Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs in SEC tourney

Wrigley turns into Unfriendly Confines

Braves notebook: Jordan's home runs save ankle

Braves hold on to beat Giants

Ford comes through for Jackets

Gamecocks stay alive with win

GreenJackets top Shorebirds

Reds top Pirates in 10 innings

Braves notess: Rocker's struggles could bring changes

Religion with a hint of country

Aiken County OKs cable pact
The Aiken County Council approved a franchise application for Knology Inc. on Tuesday, giving the West Point, Ga.-based communications company the ability to offer telephone and cable TV services in the Aiken-North Augusta market.

Business briefs: Stocks fall as rate increase sinks in
NEW YORK - Investors sent stocks sharply lower Wednesday as they decided the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase Tuesday might indeed threaten stock prices.

Business briefs: Stocks fall as rate increase sinks in

Boy Scouts board balks at industrial land offer

Monsanto opens facility

Phar-Mor to close store

City gets positive economic review
ATLANTA - Augusta's economy continues to strengthen, according to noted economist Donald Ratajczak, who said some slowing is ahead but no recession.

Phar-Mor to close store
Phar-Mor, a national discount store and pharmacy, will close its doors on Wrightsboro Road - possibly as early as July, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Business briefs: Markets end mixed; Dow rises slightly
NEW YORK - Stocks meandered to a mixed finish Thursday as the Dow Jones industrial average rose 7.54 to close at 10,777.28.

Business briefs: Markets end mixed; Dow rises slightly

Monsanto opens facility
Monsanto Co.'s agriculture division President Cheryl Morley ended the company's dedication ceremony held Thursday under a big white tent off Columbia Nitrogen Road with a toast.

Airline garners reaction

Rate increase may affect auto sales
AIKEN - The Federal Reserve's interest rate increase will cause a decrease in car sales, especially on lower-end vehicles, a top Honda sales executive said Thursday.

Rate increase may affect auto sales

Airline garners reaction
Having absorbed the initial shock of Delta Air Lines' decision to leave Augusta, many airport officials and community leaders have started to ask themselves one question: What do we do now?

Boy Scouts board balks at industrial land offer
Local Boy Scouts of America board members have rejected economic development officials' offer to purchase Scout property inside boundaries of the county's future industrial park.

Raze crack house

Gun-controllers missed opportunities

Pill-popping kids

Harbin, Williams deserve to lose

Harbin champions public schools

Mom rips Columbia Co. bus plan

Augusta race tension story not news

Religious rights can be protected

Warns of dangers of 'Big Brother'

Urges ouster of mayor, utilities director

Priority: Clip south Augusta 'stigma'

Create a park, name it after Ike

NAACP is acting like a spoiled kid

'Little old ladies' are here to stay

Are Chronicle editorials too P.C.?

Water lines would relieve crisis

Sports dept. asleep on girl's soccer

More water woes

In the know
BEST TRESSED: The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center will be the site of a multicultural hair and fashion trade show from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tomato plant virus is carried by insects
There seems to be an increase in a virus affecting tomato plants. Tomato spotted wilt virus appears to be worsening each year. This virus is affecting tomato plants across the state but is at its worst in south Georgia.

On the range
Cowboys held a special place in Michael Searles' heart when he was a little boy, but years passed before he learned some were black like him.

Garden is couple's dream come true
Russell and Dorothy Moores have a Moorish garden. That's Moorish as in a traditional Spanish-style garden, replete with reflecting pond, bog, waterfall, stone terraces, irrigation system, low-level lighting and plenty of lush plantings.

Cook takes Colonial lead with late eagle

Religion with a hint of country
With the weekend upon us, Beverly in Martinez passes along these signs so you'll know if you're attending a country church:

Flag ordeal not over
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's House and Senate, unable to agree today on how high a flagpole should be, left open the possibility that a measure to lower the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome could die. The House rejected Senate changes to the bill by a 111-2 vote. The Senate quickly met and insisted on its version, which throws the bill to a six-member conference committee. If the committee cannot agree on a final version, the bill would die when the Legislature adjourns June 1. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Employee arrested for arson
The head of security for James Brown Enterprises was arrested Tuesday and charged with starting the April 28 fire that destroyed the singer's west Augusta business office. Maj. Ken Autry of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department said Richard Glenn, 39, started the fire to destroy documents that connected him to a forged $75,000 check he had stolen from Mr. Brown. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Garden is couple's dream come true

Tomato plant virus is carried by insects

On the range

Lieutenant governor will have challenger

Summer sun endangers health
To Donna Reeves, it looked like a birthmark on her back. To Pam Rosema, it was just a black dot on her ankle that appeared one day. In both cases, it was cancer.

South Carolina considers controls on 'date rape' drug
COLUMBIA - A House committee has approved a Senate-passed bill that would make what is commonly called the ``date rape'' drug a controlled substance.

S.C. strikes flag deal
COLUMBIA - The defiant red flag that Confederate troops fol-lowed into some of history's blood-iest battles is leaving the South Carolina Statehouse dome July 1 to fly near a monument to soldiers who fought under its starry cross.

Landowners propose areas for development

College recruits teachers
AIKEN - At first glance, the long list of potential instructor jobs at Aiken Technical College has the earmarks of the same kind of teacher shortage that exists statewide in elementary and high schools.

Across the area: Local man charged in area burglaries
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Wednesday they say they believe is responsible for several area burglaries.

Soldier at Ft, Gordon arrested in N.C. slaying
A Fort Gordon soldier is facing murder charges in the shooting death of a North Carolina man last month.

Arthritis sufferers under 55
ATLANTA - More than half the state's arthritis sufferers are younger than 55 and most lack a formal diagnosis, according to a groundbreaking report on the disease released Thursday.

Panel recommends regulating poultry farms by size
ATLANTA - State environmental regulators should tailor the requirements of poultry farmers to suit the size of their operations, a Georgia Board of Natural Resources committee recommended Thursday.

Anderson a playmaker for Stallions

S.C. strikes flag deal

Employee arrested for arson

Jurors deadlock on sentence

Jurors deadlock on sentence
One juror's vote spared William Kenny Stephens from a third death sentence Thursday.

Tax for judicial center divides citizens group

Monsanto to open new plant
About 500 Monsanto Co. employees plan to raise glasses of milk today to toast the opening of a $100 million Posilac facility in Augusta. It's the only such facility in the United States and the largest in the world.

Ship gives urgency to dock work

Alley oop
Rob Gantt of Aiken gave his son Chayson, 3, a boost to the net in hopes of making a basket Wednesday afternoon at Virginia Acres, but the ball fell instead on Chayson's head.

Exercise targets training

Commissioners unhappy with contracts
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Liberty County no longer has employees who scrape dirt roads, review engineering plans of construction projects or collect misdemeanor fines.

U.S. fans are out of control

Across the area: Police hunt man in bank robbery
Columbia County police searched Thursday for a man who robbed the First Union Bank branch on Washington Road in Martinez.

Flag ordeal not over

Barnes wants pupils to take uniform tests

arenafootball2 notes: Defensive specialist playing full time

Residents take part in poverty forum
Ideas and opinions exchanged at an Augusta forum Thursday ultimately will reach national policy makers.

Confederate banner to fly near soldiers monument

College recruits teachers

Across the area: Police hunt man in bank robbery

Region seeks drought relief

Commissioners unhappy with contracts

Tank drainage heightens water concerns
Water tanks in the south Augusta area were recovering slowly Wednesday after four of the district's reservoirs ran dry from heavy usage Tuesday night.

Man gets 20-year sentence

Delta jets to depart from area
Delta Air Lines is pulling its jet service out of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Panel recommends regulating poultry farms by size

New party organizes convention
AIKEN - A new political party that advocates secession will hold its first national convention June 30 and July 1 in Charleston, site of the 1860 convention that made South Carolina the first state to secede from the Union.

Department postpones Ossabaw Island decision

Officials seek cuts to budget requests
Columbia County commissioners are asking constitutional officers and department heads to cut their requests in half for new equipment and employees, to help balance the coming fiscal year's budget.

Jury considers death penalty
William Kenny Stephens is going back to prison for murder, but a jury's verdict today determines whether he returns to death row or a regular prison cell.

SRS scientists mark 50th anniversary
Programs billed Wednesday's event at University of South Carolina Aiken as a ``technical symposium.'' But for the generations of Savannah River Site scientists who attended, it was just as much a reunion.

Alley oop

Exercise targets training
As she lay on the scorching hot pavement, Sgt. Denise Haughton moaned, pleading for help.

Summer sun endangers health

Company bills man for blocking state road project
A Madison County man who held up road widening construction on Georgia Highway 72 last week is now being asked to pay the price for his actions.

Across the area: Local man charged in area burglaries

Augustan gets death sentence

Barnes wants pupils to take uniform tests
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' idea to create a single assessment test measuring the performance of pupils in many different states met some skepticism Wednesday at a small meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Security chief faces charges in office fire

Lieutenant governor will have challenger
ATLANTA - With this year's state elections still nearly six months away, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor already has drawn a Republican opponent to his anticipated re-election bid in 2002.

South Carolina considers controls on 'date rape' drug

Department postpones Ossabaw Island decision
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is going back to the drawing board with its management plan for Ossabaw Island after a storm of criticism of the proposal during recent public hearings.

New party organizes convention

Region seeks drought relief
CLAXTON, Ga. - Two dozen sun-beaten faces looked toward the stained-glass kaleidoscope of Jesus Christ at the front of the Claxton First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

SRS scientists mark 50th anniversary

Man gets 20-year sentence
A former child psychologist was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for sexually exploiting children in hundreds of photographs he snapped.

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Sheila Kitchens was a former friend who was trying to help Mark Lorenzo Squires when he shot her and two others in Augusta in 1995. Also, all three victims survived the shootings.

Monsanto to open new plant

Augustan gets death sentence
A former Augusta resident responsible for violent shootings and killings in three states has been sentenced to death in North Carolina for a double homicide in 1997.

Delta jets to depart from area

Landowners propose areas for development
Four landowners have thrown their property into the ring for consideration as a future industrial park.

Confederate banner to fly near soldiers monument
COLUMBIA - The defiant red flag that Confederate troops followed into some of history's bloodiest battles is leaving the South Carolina Statehouse dome July 1 to fly near a monument to soldiers who fought under its starry cross.

Airline garners reaction
Having absorbed the initial shock of Delta Air Lines' decision to leave Augusta, many airport officials and community leaders have started to ask themselves one question: What do we do now?

Airline garners reaction

Company bills man for blocking state road project

Students chart new course
AIKEN - When school starts this fall, students at Aiken High School will be the first in the area to begin a new, multicultural curriculum.

Commissioner warns of drought's effects
Georgia will request federal disaster relief for its farmers within six weeks if drought conditions don't improve, state Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Thursday.

Jury considers death penalty

Tax for judicial center divides citizens group
The citizens committee on the penny sales tax extension wrapped up its work Thursday, but some members left concerned about one item on their final list.

Tank drainage heightens water concerns

Residents take part in poverty forum

Correction

Arthritis sufferers under 55

Security chief faces charges in office fire
The head of security for James Brown Enterprises has been charged with starting the April 28 fire that destroyed the soul singer's west Augusta offices.

Ship gives urgency to dock work
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Last week's announcement that a New Orleans cruise ship will visit up to 30 times a year has given urgency to repairs on the city's dock.

Report says Jarvis offered Wizards' job

Key threes lift Miami

Mrs. Mattie Awbrey
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Mattie Lou Hall Awbrey, 86, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Chaney Wilson
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Chaney Wilson, 83, of Lawton Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Bessie Mulligan
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Overstreet Mulligan, 77, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mr. Bobby Evans
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Evans, 59, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000.

Mr. Phillip Daniels
FREDRICKSBURG, Va. - Mr. Phillip Lee Daniels, 46, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond.

Mr. Henry Jones Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Henry Jones Jr., of Tindal Road, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. Clarence Wright
Mr. Clarence Elmer Wright, 78, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Ruffin, S.C.

Mrs. Marilyn Camp
Mrs. Marilyn Y. Camp, 64, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joel Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Joel ``Joey'' Martin, 55, of Crestview Drive, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.

Ty Suchnick Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Darrin Tyrone ``Ty'' Suchnick Jr., 3, of Allen Road, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Raulerson
HARLEM - Mrs. Mary Lynn Williams Raulerson, 53, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Larry Howard
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. Larry Howard, 40, of Mobley Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000.

Mr. James Davis
Mr. James Monroe Davis, 66, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Ethel Wilson
ANDERSON, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Finley Wilson, 79, of Rhodehaven Drive, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mr. Robert Mitchell
JEWELL, Ga. - Mr. Robert Ray Mitchell, 79, of Macon Highway, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Barbara Boatright
Mrs. Barbara Boatright, 66, of Barrow Drive, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Pirus
BLYTHE - Mrs. Mary L. Pirus, 68, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Carl Charter
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Carl J. Charter, of Spanish Trace Drive, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. John Zeigler
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. John Edward ``Ed'' Zeigler, 61, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Ms. Etsuko Raspberry
Ms. Etsuko K. Raspberry, 65, of San Sebastain Ct., died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Evans Nobles
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Evans Jefferson Nobles, 76, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000.

Mr. George Harris
LAKELAND, Fla. - Mr. George Harris, 73, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Vencor Hospital, Tampa.

Mr. James Hill
KITE, Ga. - Mr. James Bernice Hill, 90, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Oconee Health Center, Oconee.

Mr. James Butler Jr.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mr. James Ira Butler Jr., 72, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

Mr. L.D. Smith
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. L.D. Smith, 84, of Veazey Road, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Ms. Joann Thomas
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Joann Thomas, 50, of Harper Street, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000.

Ms. Peggy Stevens,
100, Army veteran

Mr. Joel Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Joel ``Joey'' Martin, 55, of Crestview Drive, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Myrtie Callaway
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtie Ogletree Callaway, 90, of Greensboro Road, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Thomson.

Mr. Jerry Danner
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Jerry Danner, 52, of Jones Martin Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Florence Baxley
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Florence Eurline Dennis Baxley, 74, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Otis Copeland Jr.
Mr. Otis B. Copeland Jr., of Grand Boulevard, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Robert Moore
SHARON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Edward Moore, 85, of Barnett Street Southeast, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ellis Mobley
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Ellis Mobley, of Eighth Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Facility.

Mr. Robert Garrett
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert O. ``Bob'' Garrett, 63, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

Mrs. Lenora Howard
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Lenora Little Howard, 80, of Hanover Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Joanna Lehman
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Joanna Lehman, 65, of Chum Court, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Guy Causey
DILLON, S.C. - Mr. Guy Garland Causey, 80, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Albert Hopkins
Mr. Albert Blane Hopkins, 92, of Greene Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at St. Johns Towers.

Ms. Mary J. Frazier
MIAMI - Ms. Mary Jane Frazier died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Franco Nursing Center, Opa-Locka. She was 104.

Mrs. Eloise Pendarvis
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eloise Key Pendarvis, of Euclid Avenue, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Audrey Macafee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Audrey Fay Macafee, 67, of Curtis Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James Holley Jr.
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mr. James ``Jimmie'' Holley Jr., 71, of Georgia Highway 221 North, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.

Richard Washington
Richard Elliott Washington, 2, of Gibraltar Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000.

Mr. L.L. Lango Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. L.L. ``Bang'' Lango Sr., 62, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Romie Forrest
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Harry Jerome ``Romie'' Forrest, 86, of Bonham Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Hazel Brown
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Hazel Shinholster Brown, 83, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Martin
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Hiers Martin, 66, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Carolinas Hospital Systems, Florence.

Mr. George Hawes
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. George Hawes, of Moss Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000.

Mrs. Susie Holland
AIKEN - Mrs. Susie Holland, 97, of Richland Avenue, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Miss Michelle Moore
Miss Michelle LaVonne Moore, 33, of Fairhope Street, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Alvin Hartzog
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Alvin Hartzog, 73, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

Mr. Charlie Hall
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Charlie ``C.W.'' Hall, 78, of Dove Street, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Chaney Wilson

Mrs. Mary Raulerson

Mr. Charlie Hall

Mrs. Mattie Awbrey

Mr. James Hill

Mr. Robert Garrett

Miss Michelle Moore

Mr. Joel Martin

Mr. Larry Howard

Mr. L.D. Smith

Mrs. Joanna Lehman

Mr. L.L. Lango Sr.

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. Henry Jones Jr.

Mrs. Susie Holland

Mr. Joel Martin

Mrs. Marilyn Camp

Mr. Ellis Mobley

Mrs. Ethel Wilson

Ms. Joann Thomas

Mrs. Myrtie Callaway

Mr. Carl Charter

Mr. Robert Mitchell

Mr. Guy Causey

Mr. Romie Forrest

Mr. George Harris

Mrs. Eloise Pendarvis

Mrs. Audrey Macafee

Mrs. Mary Pirus

Mr. Albert Hopkins

Mr. John Zeigler

Ms. Peggy Stevens,

Mr. James Butler Jr.

Mr. Phillip Daniels

Mr. George Hawes

Mr. James Davis

Mr. Bobby Evans

Mrs. Bessie Mulligan

Ms. Etsuko Raspberry

Mr. Clarence Wright

Mr. Otis Copeland Jr.

Mrs. Florence Baxley

Are Chronicle editorials too P.C.?
I am aware of the editorial page's reshuffling of certain staff members and I have been quite disappointed by the new editorial regime's efforts. Frank Murphy, Aiken

Clarification
In Wednesday's editorial regarding the Augusta official city seal, which depicts the Ten Commandments on tablets, The Chronicle failed to mention ...

Raze crack house
What's wrong with this picture? An aging landlord once owned what narcotics investigators describe as one of Augusta's filthiest crack houses - typified by violence and prostitution.

Create a park, name it after Ike
On May 12, Bill Kirby's column proposed to name a street as a lasting tribute in honor of our late Dr. Ike Washington. Rev. J. C. Phinizy, Augusta

NAACP is acting like a spoiled kid
Please tell me I misunderstood the article in the May 12 The Chronicle. It says that, even though we have agreed to take down our beloved battle flag and place it on a Confederate monument, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is still going to boycott our state. L. Fox Jr., Belvedere

Harbin champions public schools
As a parent of children in the Columbia County School system, I would like to thank Georgia state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, for all he has accomplished for our schools. Trish Allen, Evans

Love water curbs or go to Mexico
People are beginning to complain about the water restrictions in Richmond and Columbia counties. Perhaps they should visit the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. There are very few (if any) water delivery systems there. Richard A. Hood, Augusta

'Little old ladies' are here to stay
Concerning the May 13 article about turn lanes coming to Wrightsboro Road, the writer blew it when she chose to quote garbage from Nita Grinder. For a newcomer of only nine months in the area, Ms. Grinder has come in like a roaring lion. M. M. Johnson, Augusta

More water woes
``Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.'' An exaggeration, but certainly not one that many Augustans, fed up with dry water pipes, empty water tanks, broken promises and erratic water restrictions, would argue with.

Water lines would relieve crisis
I hear there is a water shortage. Fire the mayor, fire the commissioners, fire everybody involved in Columbia County, too. While you are at it, fire God. Harvey H. Anderson, Grovetown

Religious rights can be protected
Television news just reported that a judge ordered a private organization to build a fence around a religious statue. Charles F. Hafey, Augusta

Priority: Clip south Augusta 'stigma'
The Garden City is truly a beautiful, friendly place to live. However, the southern section of Augusta has such a bad reputation that it's difficult to draw big business or even get infrastructure improvements that are drastically needed. Lorna Barrett, Augusta

Mom rips Columbia Co. bus plan
As a Columbia County resident and mother of two public school children, I think it's absurd that the school board wants to bus middle and high school kids together. Donna Walker, Harlem

Gun-controllers missed opportunities
The pro gun-control marchers missed the opportunity to extol: Getting more fathers to participate in the lives of their children. Removing the gun ``mystique'' through gun safety courses. Floyd Brown, Evans

Sports dept. asleep on girl's soccer
I'm sending this letter because I believe The Chronicle's sports department is asleep. Steve Thompson, Augusta

Augusta Canal is not a dog toilet
There is little doubt that the Augusta Canal is an extremely historic place of immense natural beauty. Bikers, walkers, canoe and kayak enthusiasts, and others enjoy this place as a true getaway from urban life and stress. Michael White, Augusta

Augusta race tension story not news
The reason for the May 7 Chronicle news story on racial tensions is difficult to understand. To suggest that such tensions endure is not news, as these seem universal in time and place. Joseph B. Harris, Washington

Warns of dangers of 'Big Brother'
Whether or not the Confederate banner comes down or stays flying is really immaterial. The real problem is: Who is to say how we are to be governed, by the voice of the people or by small-minded, self-appointed, self-serving interest groups? James Sherrill, Evans

Reel in fishing dispute
It's inescapable that Fort Gordon has been abusing its federal permit in operating the Corps of Engineers-owned Thurmond Lake recreation area.

Urges ouster of mayor, utilities director
I think it's time for a change. We need to get rid of Augusta-Richmond County Utilities Director Max Hicks and Mayor Bob Young. I am not impressed with the way either of them have handled the water problem. Gloria Crittenden, Augusta

Pill-popping kids
Parents should think long and hard before allowing doctors to prescribe mood-altering drugs like Ritalin or Prozac to their children.

Harbin, Williams deserve to lose
The so-called progressive leaders, state Reps. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, and Ben Harbin, R-Evans, must go. If there ever was a reason for calling for term limits, the voting record of these two are reason enough. Floyd E. Felts, Evans

Fusaichi Pegasus favored for Preakness

Rules make for intense racing at The Winston

Overtime: Softball king makes final Augusta stop

Red Bullet favorite in battle for second

Recruiting Fair brings notice to area prep football players

U.S. fans are out of control

Fatalities haunt racing history

Racing facts: The Winston all-star race

Overtime: Injury forces Davenport out of Open

Schooling hybrid bass showing up

Space station needs Atlantis more than ever
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The international space station needs space shuttle Atlantis and its repair crew more than ever as more parts break and it slips lower and lower in orbit.

Chernobyl officials say reactor normal
KIEV, Ukraine - Officials at the Chernobyl nuclear plant said Wednesday its only operating reactor was working normally after a malfunction in a turbo generator forced them to halve power.

Respected journal says conflicts compromising science
The editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is calling for stronger restrictions on stock ownership and other financial incentives for researchers, saying growing conflicts of interest are tainting science.

Scientists block key proteins to stall cancer's spread
Cancer scientists working with mice have identified a way of blocking a chemical pathway that tumor cells use to spread to surrounding tissues and organs.

Government rejects Microsoft's proposed sanctions
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department ardently stood behind its proposed breakup of Microsoft, saying in a court filing Wednesday that the government's plan would ``undo the harm to competition caused by Microsoft's illegal conduct.''

Laughing gas may help smokers kick habit
CHICAGO (AP) - Can laughing gas help smokers kick the habit? Scientists have a whiff of evidence that it might.

Antidepressant can boost flagging sex drive
CHICAGO - Some women with troublingly low sex drive gained help from an antidepressant even though they weren't depressed, a study found.

Investigators hit snag in building case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A senior Department of Justice official has ruled that a law investigators hoped to use against suspects in the ``Love Bug'' computer virus case does not apply to computer crimes.

EPA draft report cites cancer risks from dioxin
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency in a draft report concludes that the cancer risk from exposure to dioxins is significantly greater than previously estimated, agency sources said late Tuesday.

U.S. contemplated detonating an atom bomb on the moon
The United States considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon during the late 1950s as a demonstration of the nation's Cold War might, a Chicago physicist says.

Chernobyl officials say reactor normal

EPA draft report cites cancer risks from dioxin

Government rejects Microsoft's proposed sanctions

Space station needs Atlantis more than ever

U.S. contemplated detonating an atom bomb on the moon

Investigators hit snag in building case

Respected journal says conflicts compromising science

Scientists block key proteins to stall cancer's spread