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

Augusta produces a hip-hop Miracle

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.

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.

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

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.

Seminoles win keeps hopes alive

Alabama ousts Georgia

Furcal scores winning run for Braves

Gamecocks stay alive with win

Reds top Pirates in 10 innings

Jackets continue to surge

Padres end Braves win streak

Clemson blasts three homers in victory

Braves notebook: Jordan's home runs save ankle

Braves notebook: Smoltz joins broadcast team

GreenJackets top Shorebirds

Georgia Southern in SoCon title game

Ga. Tech rallies to beat Tigers

Jackets continue to surge

Religion with a hint of country

Georgia economist to retire

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices fell broadly Friday as investors resolutely refused to buy into a market facing rising interest rates.

Rate increase may affect auto sales

Business briefs: Markets end mixed; Dow rises slightly

Augusta to hold first hair, beauty show

Airline garners reaction

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.

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?

Augusta to hold first hair, beauty show
A hair show at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Sunday is designed not only to let local stylists show off their talent, but also will allow them to continue their education, increase their financial savvy, and network with other beauty industry professionals, organizers say.

Georgia economist to retire
ATLANTA - When Donald Ratajczak delivered his last economic forecast Thursday, it was considerably more optimistic than his first, presented 27 years ago.

Boy Scouts board balks at industrial land offer

Demand rises for Cruiser
Waiting lists for the retro-designed Chrysler PT Cruiser are continuing to grow at local dealerships.

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.

Monsanto opens facility

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.

Demand rises for Cruiser

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.

Barnes touts role of small businesses
Gov. Roy Barnes underscored the importance of small and minority businesses to Georgia's economy Friday at the Regional Small Business Conference held by Augusta Technical Institute.

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.

Pill-popping kids

Hostettler's gun lock

'Oil & water'

Warns of dangers of 'Big Brother'

Harbin champions public schools

Create a park, name it after Ike

Priority: Clip south Augusta 'stigma'

More water woes

Fan proud to wear Rocker jersey

Urges ouster of mayor, utilities director

Who slaughtered the Caucasoids?

'Little old ladies' are here to stay

Crack houses aren't the real problems

Water lines would relieve crisis

Gun-controllers missed opportunities

Interfaith workers to serve
Three congregations will lock arms Sunday to serve the Augusta-area community for the second annual Interfaith Mitzvah Day.

Christians must exercise faith to make it stronger
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. However, James 2:17 states, ``Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead, being alone.'' Therefore, to offer God a pleasing, living sacrifice is to offer him a working faith.

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.

Faith digest
The first eight teams to sign up will get in on the second annual Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church basketball tournament July 7-8.

Sign language
When Sandra Hughes goes to work at If It's Paper on Washington Road, she always checks out the sign next door at Abilene Baptist Church.

Marchman on a roll

Cook takes Colonial lead with late eagle

Roy, Avalanche shut out Stars

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:

Fires break out near Aiken
AIKEN - Drought and breezy conditions Friday turned a small brush fire into nearly 30 acres of charred brush and trees between Hillman Road and Legion Road. Jody Rowland, Chief Deputy of Aiken County Sheriff Office, said the fire began as a small trickle but whipped out of control in a matter of seconds. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

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

Faith digest

Sign language

Interfaith workers to serve

Tomato plant virus is carried by insects

Garden is couple's dream come true

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.

'King' prepares for farewell

Museum seeks funds to upgrade collection
The Augusta Museum of History is trying to raise $1.8 million to upgrade the museum's permanent collection.

Across the area

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.

Fires break out near Aiken

Tax for judicial center divides citizens group

Test keeps seniors from diplomas

Charter schools lag in diversity
ATLANTA - Georgia's charter schools have more white and wealthy students than similar schools in other Southern states, according to recent research.

Relay likely will be last for woman

State extradites soldier

State GOP convention opens

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.

Science stumps students

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.

Opponent shows little offense

SRS construction crew noted for safety
Savannah River Site construction workers haven't had many excuses to miss work lately.

'Deadbeat drivers' targeted

State GOP convention opens
SAVANNAH - Georgia school Superintendent Linda Schrenko assaulted Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform plan Friday, mocking his approach as ``Roy-form'' and predicting voters will punish Democratic lawmakers for passing the bill.

College recruits teachers

Survivors take victory lap
Cancer was something that happened to other people - until a routine mammogram revealed it in Pam Anderson.

Man gets 20-year sentence

Airline garners reaction

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

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?

Arthritis sufferers under 55

Officers confess drug deal
COLUMBIA - Two former employees of Allendale Correctional Institution pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to smuggling marijuana into the prison for inmates.

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.

'Deadbeat drivers' targeted
NORTH AUGUSTA - Adults who disregard the law and drive with unbuckled children are being given fair warning by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety: Buckle up or get a ticket.

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

Panel recommends regulating poultry farms by size

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.

Residents take part in poverty forum

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.

Correction

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.

Company bills man for blocking state road project

Jurors deadlock on sentence

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.

Aiken honors safety workers
AIKEN - The police detective responsible for investigating homicides and unusual deaths in Aiken for the past six years has been named the city's top cop.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man accidentally was hit by a car Friday morning and dragged several feet after walking in front of the vehicle in the drive-through of Wise Recycling.

Drought fuels Aiken brush fire
LANGLEY - Drought and breezy conditions Friday aided a small brush fire - which authorities say they fear might have been set deliberately - to char nearly 30 acres of brush and trees.

Lake levels drop with drought
Thurmond Lake, already three feet below normal, is likely to drop 7 more feet by September if current drought conditions persist, according to projections by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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.

Suspects fail to get bonds set
Attorneys for two people recently arrested on unrelated murder charges were unable to persuade a judge to set bond Friday.

Car pool
Aiken County EMS Tony Fulmer checks on Helen Armour as her husband, Charles Armour, looks at his Cadillac sitting in his backyard pool off Valley Road. Mrs. Armour lost control of the vehicle and backed it into the pool. The only injury was a blow to Mrs. Armour's pride.

Science stumps students
Science continues to be the thorn in the sides of students in Richmond and Columbia counties who take the state-required exit exam for the first time.

Relay likely will be last for woman
ATHENS, Ga. - Diane Burdette and her daughter, recent University of Georgia graduate Jennifer Young, were looking forward to a lap around the university track at Friday night's Relay For Life.

School founder to retire

Aiken honors safety workers

Drought fuels Aiken brush fire

Across the area: Police hunt man in bank robbery

Survivors take victory lap

Confederate banner to fly near soldiers monument

Car pool

Flag ordeal not over

S.C. strikes flag deal

Exercise targets training

Commissioners unhappy with contracts

State extradites soldier
A Fort Gordon soldier has returned to North Carolina to face murder charges in the death of a Gastonia, N.C., man last month.

School founder to retire
Beverly Barnhart is convinced that God gives us all a talent. ``If you don't develop your talent, then you lose it,'' she says.

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.

arenafootball2 notes: Defensive specialist playing full time

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.

U.S. fans are out of control

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

Ship gives urgency to dock work

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.

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.

Test keeps seniors from diplomas
More than 200 area seniors will not receive diplomas this year when they walk with their classmates during graduation ceremonies.

Pacers eliminate 76ers

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

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

Mrs. Ouida Bickell
Mrs. Ouida Mae Pate Bickell, 96, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Argo Personal Care Home.

Mr. Herman Harris
SANDERSVILLE, Ga - Mr. Herman Harris, 35, of Cooper Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Wilkes Memorial Hospital, Washington.

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. Robert Welcher
Mr. Robert E. Welcher, 82, died Friday, May 19, 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.

Ms. Lamchuan Lyles
Ms. Lamchuan Lyles died Friday, May 19, 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. Nettie Jefferson
Mrs. Nettie Lou Jefferson, 71, of Camille Street, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Wilbur Redd
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. Wilbur R. Redd, 64, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Ellen Rooks
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Ellen Hadden Rooks, 69, of Braswell Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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.

Madison Franklin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Madison Leigh Franklin, infant daughter of Jamie and Shannon Franklin, of Ashton Pointe Drive, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Eddie Bryan Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Eddie G. ``Doodle'' Bryan Sr., 77, of Miller Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000.

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

Mr. Joseph Duguay
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph D. Duguay, 69, of Smith Lane, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. George Kelly Sr.
Mr. George Dewitt Kelly Sr. died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Patricia Harley
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Patricia Faye ``Patsy'' Harley, 61, of Chestnut Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at West Lake Nursing Center, Augusta.

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

Mr. John Thorne Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Edward Thorne Jr., of Ninth Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Patricia Hodges
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia Arlene Hodges, 58, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mallie Mitchum
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Mallie Eletha Hines Mitchum, 90, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ellen Rooks

Mr. Bobby Evans

Mr. Joel Martin

Mr. Guy Causey

Mrs. Patricia Harley

Mr. George Kelly Sr.

Ms. Joann Thomas

Mrs. Nettie Jefferson

Mrs. Marilyn Camp

Mr. Robert Welcher

Mr. Eddie Bryan Sr.

Madison Franklin

Mrs. Patricia Hodges

Mrs. Susie Holland

Mr. Carl Charter

Mr. James Butler Jr.

Mr. Ellis Mobley

Miss Michelle Moore

Mr. Henry Jones Jr.

Mr. Otis Copeland Jr.

Mr. L.L. Lango Sr.

Mr. Larry Howard

Mr. John Thorne Jr.

Mrs. Ethel Wilson

Mrs. Marilyn Camp

Ms. Etsuko Raspberry

Mr. Wilbur Redd

Mr. George Hawes

Mrs. Ouida Bickell

Mr. Charlie Hall

Mr. George Harris

Ms. Lamchuan Lyles

Sisler: Who does Hollywood say Jesus is?
``I DON'T KNOW if you know this or not, but on television you don't use the name `Jesus.'`God' you can use. If you notice Touched by an Angel, they never refer to Jesus, only God.

'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

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.

Who slaughtered the Caucasoids?
A letter, April 30, by Sara Lieb, an apparent ombudswoman for American Indians, seemed disgruntled over all the publicity that the flag flap was receiving. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah

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

Sisler: Who does Hollywood say Jesus is?
``I DON'T KNOW if you know this or not, but on television you don't use the name `Jesus.'`God' you can use. If you notice Touched by an Angel, they never refer to Jesus, only God.

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

Crack houses aren't the real problems
Houses are inanimate objects. A house has never lit a crack pipe, smoked crack, or sold crack. Ross S. Snellings, Augusta

Critiques of march distress writer
It distressed and saddened me to see the recent attacks in The Chronicle on the Million MomMarch. The Sunday editorial not only accused the march of politicizing Mother's Day, but also misrepresented the legislation supported by the march. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

Repeal phone tax
The federal excise charge on telephone service is a perfect example of the adage that Congress will never repeal a tax. The ``temporary'' three percent levy, on both local and long distance calls, was passed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American war.

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

Hostettler's gun lock
The Clinton administration won't let up in its efforts to take guns away from citizens. Recently, the administration blackmailed Smith & Wesson Corp. into installing trigger locks on its guns and taking other measures to restrict gun sales.

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

'Oil & water'
''Public employment is a place of public trust where union collective bargaining and strikes have no place. Labor unions and public employees do not go together any more than oil mixes with water.''

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

Corps fishing boosts area marinas
Here we go again with the Army Corps of Engineers making another uninformed decision that the Fort Gordon Recreation Facility is in permit violation by allowing fishing tournaments to be held out of the facility and that this constitutes unfair competition with private business. Jerry Barber, Jackson

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.

Fan proud to wear Rocker jersey
There has been enough of the John Rocker controversy. The media keeps churning out negative remarks. I am a Rocker fan, not a member of the lynch mob. Mildred W. McNair, Aiken

Bush Social Security plan a bad idea
The May 13 editorial favored Gov. George W. Bush's plan to put a small portion of Social Security into the stock market. I am confident that had it been Vice President Al Gore's plan, The Chronicle would have been opposed to it. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

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

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

Giuliani made right choice
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani made the right decision yesterday to drop out of the U.S. Senate race. His continued candidacy would have hurt the Republican Party's chance to beat first lady Hillary Clinton in the race to succeed longtime Democrat Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who's retiring.

Winston Cup notebook

Overtime: Injury forces Davenport out of Open

Elliott takes all-star pole

Counties will battle for bragging rights

U.S. fans are out of control

'King' prepares for farewell

Munson sets meet record

Overtime: Regatta begins Saturday

Red Bullet favorite in battle for second

Schooling hybrid bass showing up

New cell transplant offers promise
WASHINGTON - Eight adults with severe diabetes were able to quit their insulin shots after Canadian scientists tried a new technique in transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells.

Student's cancer diagnosed after she studied cadaver
DETROIT - Years ago, Rachael Rivers noticed a mole on her back. A doctor told her not to worry about, so she didn't.

Web also revolutionizing ID fakery
The Maine Republican's countenance appears on a Connecticut driver's license that displays a birth date making her 22 years old - even though she really is 47.

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.

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.

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.

New computer virus crops up
NEW YORK - A computer virus using the same mechanism as the ''Love Bug'' has started spreading and is much more destructive than its predecessor, experts said Thursday.

Seven astronauts en route to space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After a month's delay, space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts rocketed away Friday on a mission to fix the international space station, in orbit for just 1 years but already wearing out and losing altitude.

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.

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.''

Web also revolutionizing ID fakery

New cell transplant offers promise

Seven astronauts en route to space station

Chernobyl officials say reactor normal

Respected journal says conflicts compromising science

Space station needs Atlantis more than ever

New computer virus crops up

Government rejects Microsoft's proposed sanctions