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

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country's musical circle remains unbroken

Augusta produces a hip-hop Miracle

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.

Sesame Street live makes it's way to Augusta

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.

Mayfest will rock the park

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.

Ford comes through for Jackets

Braves notebook: Jordan's home runs save ankle

Braves notess: Rocker's struggles could bring changes

Braves hold on to beat Giants

Furcal scores winning run for Braves

GreenJackets top Shorebirds

Wrigley turns into Unfriendly Confines

Gamecocks stay alive with win

Reds top Pirates in 10 innings

Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs in SEC tourney

Religion with a hint of country

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Rate increase may affect auto sales

Airline garners reaction

Monsanto opens facility

Business briefs: Markets end mixed; Dow rises slightly

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.

Boy Scouts board balks at industrial land offer

Business briefs: Stocks fall as rate increase sinks in

Priority: Clip south Augusta 'stigma'

Harbin, Williams deserve to lose

Religious rights can be protected

Harbin champions public schools

NAACP is acting like a spoiled kid

Urges ouster of mayor, utilities director

Water lines would relieve crisis

More water woes

Mom rips Columbia Co. bus plan

Gun-controllers missed opportunities

Raze crack house

Create a park, name it after Ike

Augusta race tension story not news

Warns of dangers of 'Big Brother'

Pill-popping kids

Sports dept. asleep on girl's soccer

Are Chronicle editorials too P.C.?

'Little old ladies' are here to stay

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.

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.

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.

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

Tomato plant virus is carried by insects

Garden is couple's dream come true

On the range

Alley oop

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.

Barnes wants pupils to take uniform tests

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.

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.

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.

Augustan gets death sentence

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.

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

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.

Tax for judicial center divides citizens group

Confederate banner to fly near soldiers monument

Ship gives urgency to dock work

Anderson a playmaker for Stallions

Exercise targets training

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

U.S. fans are out of control

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.

Flag ordeal not over

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.

Across the area: Police hunt man in bank robbery

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.

Commissioners unhappy with contracts

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.

Man gets 20-year 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.

Panel recommends regulating poultry farms by size

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.

S.C. strikes flag deal

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.

College recruits teachers

Security chief faces charges in office fire

Airline garners reaction

Monsanto to open new plant

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.

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.

SRS scientists mark 50th anniversary

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.

New party organizes convention

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.

South Carolina considers controls on 'date rape' drug

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Company bills man for blocking state road project

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.

Residents take part in poverty forum

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

Lieutenant governor will have challenger

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.

Employee arrested for arson

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

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.

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.

Correction

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.

Arthritis sufferers under 55

arenafootball2 notes: Defensive specialist playing full time

Tank drainage heightens water concerns

Across the area: Local man charged in area burglaries

Delta jets to depart from area

Summer sun endangers health

Region seeks drought relief

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

Department postpones Ossabaw Island decision

Jury considers death penalty

Landowners propose areas for development

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.

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.

Jurors deadlock on sentence

Report says Jarvis offered Wizards' job

Key threes lift Miami

Ms. Peggy Stevens,
100, Army veteran

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Michelle Moore

Mrs. Eloise Pendarvis

Mr. Carl Charter

Mr. Bobby Evans

Mr. Clarence Wright

Mr. Robert Mitchell

Ms. Etsuko Raspberry

Mr. Henry Jones Jr.

Mr. Romie Forrest

Mrs. Mattie Awbrey

Mrs. Bessie Mulligan

Mr. Robert Garrett

Mr. John Zeigler

Mr. Joel Martin

Mr. Larry Howard

Mrs. Susie Holland

Mr. Charlie Hall

Mr. Guy Causey

Mr. Joel Martin

Mr. Ellis Mobley

Mr. James Hill

Mrs. Marilyn Camp

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. L.L. Lango Sr.

Mrs. Mary Pirus

Mrs. Audrey Macafee

Mrs. Florence Baxley

Mr. Albert Hopkins

Mr. James Butler Jr.

Ms. Peggy Stevens,

Mr. Otis Copeland Jr.

Mr. L.D. Smith

Mrs. Ethel Wilson

Mr. Phillip Daniels

Mr. George Hawes

Mrs. Myrtie Callaway

Mr. George Harris

Mrs. Mary Raulerson

Ms. Joann Thomas

Mr. James Davis

Mrs. Joanna Lehman

Mrs. Chaney Wilson

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

'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

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

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

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

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

Fatalities haunt racing history

Red Bullet favorite in battle for second

U.S. fans are out of control

Rules make for intense racing at The Winston

Fusaichi Pegasus favored for Preakness

Recruiting Fair brings notice to area prep football players

Overtime: Softball king makes final Augusta stop

Overtime: Injury forces Davenport out of Open

Racing facts: The Winston all-star race

Schooling hybrid bass showing up

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Government rejects Microsoft's proposed sanctions

EPA draft report cites cancer risks from dioxin

Scientists block key proteins to stall cancer's spread

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

Space station needs Atlantis more than ever

Investigators hit snag in building case

Respected journal says conflicts compromising science

Chernobyl officials say reactor normal