Singer pushes boundaries with new CD
With her former band, Soul Miner's Daughter, Southern chanteuse Jennifer Nettles scaled the heights of the regional music scene with a distinctive sound that combined elements of folk, soul and rock.

Hot or not?
Since Jaws swam into audiences hearts in 1975, summer has been the season for movie studios to roll out their big guns and unleash on the world their latest extravaganzas.

Singer pushes boundaries with new CD

Balloon gives lift to 'ventarist'

Musical mayhem rampant in 'Clue'
Some stage musicals start life as a novel. Others are adapted from movies, songs, other plays or even poems. But so far, only one can boast a previous incarnation as a board game.

Audiences choose 'Curse' over Shakespeare
When James Worth, the Augusta Theatre Company's managing director, allowed audiences to select which of two plays the troupe would perform for its season finale, he harbored few illusions as to which would win.

Hot or not?

Folk singer's musical roots in country

Musical mayhem rampant in 'Clue'

Balloon gives lift to 'ventarist'
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - When Rusty Lindberg set out to build his theater, he didn't fashion it out of hand-hewn wood and stone, as he had with his restaurant, La Cantina.

Folk singer's musical roots in country
Many fans of Joan Baez believe her best albums were the four she recorded in Nashville in the late 1960s and early '70s, which may be why she returned to Music City U.S.A. to record her current album.

Jackets pounded by Bats

Losses don't bother Gamecocks

Ex-Tiger's gift to renovate stadium

Braves win stadium finale

Maddux gets insurance from Braves' bats

D-Rays release Gooden, Stocker

Tech to play for better memories

Astros struggling in last place

19 Dodgers disciplined after brawl

Braves notes: Reliever seeking answers

Braves notes: Chipper to play tonight

Jackets' streak ends

Postcard season is upon us

Daily watering permitted

Business briefs: Indexes recover from early declines
NEW YORK - Buyers returned to the stock market Wednesday, helping the Nasdaq composite index snap a five-day losing streak.

Business briefs: Investors' fears pushbig-name stock down
NEW YORK - Nervous investors turned against the financial sector Thursday, sending shares in Wall Street's largest investment firms sharply lower.

Studies boost arthritis drug's claims

Daily watering permitted
Steve Foushee was worried some of his newly planted red maple trees might wither under the city's current watering restrictions.

United, US Airways OK merger

Business briefs: Investors' fears pushbig-name stock down

United, US Airways OK merger
The world's biggest airline may get even bigger.

Studies boost arthritis drug's claims
Pharmacia Corp. and Merck & Co. now may have the evidence they need to boast their medicines are safer than other products used to treat arthritis.

Business briefs: Indexes recover from early declines

ACLU's effectiveness questioned

'Dirty Harry' & ADA

Harbin's record misrepresented

Dr. Craft's sentence was Draconian

Water shortage is 20 years old

Departing stores irk south Augustan

Editor plays God, will pay dearly

Schools snub Asian American month

Harbin honest

Slave descendants well fed, wealthy

Harbin helps kids 'hablan Espanol'

Taxpayers pay tab

Christians may find worship illegal

Backs HOPE awards for home-schooled

Fix scary tap water

One day at a time
Less than three months after she lay comatose as a result of a near-fatal car accident, 13-year-old Lacie Lotspeich is rediscovering the simple pleasures of life.

Creativity needed during dry season
Mary Alice Mathis wants to come clean about her secret for nurturing a lawn in a summer of drought.

In the know
TV TONIGHT: Fox airs the Essence Awards from 8 to 10 on WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Keysville, Ga., Mayor Emma Gresham was among the honorees at the event held April 14 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Beer useful for keeping slugs away from plants in gardens
Q: Last year I had trouble with slugs eating my vinca. I tried placing some beer in saucers around the area, and they were definitely attracted to the beer. I also bought some brown granules for slugs (I can't remember the name) and placed it around the flowers.

Postcard season is upon us
The Memorial Day weekend is here, and so is the time for summer vacation travels.

Bus drivers told to get on board
Like a child called to the principal's office, a group of Columbia County school bus drivers critical of a new bus-route plan were summoned to meet with Superintendent Tommy Price on Thursday. The series of meetings followed Tuesday's school board meeting and the board's approval of new school start times, which will result in middle and high school students riding the same buses on some routes. Some bus drivers have opposed putting the different age groups on the same buses, citing discipline problems that could arise. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

400-pound alligator caught in river
A 400-pound alligator was hoisted from the Savannah River near downtown Augusta shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday by state wildlife authorities who trucked the 10-foot, 8-inch creature to a new home. - Full story

Deliberations begin in child death case
An Aiken County jury began deliberating the fate of Michael Smith on Thursday afternoon asked to decide whether circumstantial evidence proves the defendant struck the fatal blow that killed his girlfriend's 15-month-old daughter. - Full story

Commission looks to future
They did not pass any resolutions, nor did they make any decisions that will have an immediate impact on service at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field. But the Augusta Aviation Commission, the Air Service Task Force and several key members of the community did meet Thursday morning and they did talk, something many in attendance said is important if any of their common goals are to be accomplished. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

One day at a time

In the know

Beer useful for keeping slugs away from plants in gardens

Creativity needed during dry season

Children get voice in divorce battles
The scene is all too often repeated. A husband and wife, locked in a bitter divorce or custody battle, each try to outdo and hurt the other.

Meeting facilities examined

Diving team finds corpse in quarry

Officials identify woman's body
GREENWOOD -- The skeleton found tethered to the bottom of a deep rock quarry in Edgefield County was identified Thursday as the remains of a Greenwood woman who disappeared Nov. 3, leaving her toddler alone at home.

Former senator appeals
ATLANTA - Former state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson is trying a Hail Mary strategy in her appeal to the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

School budget funds fall short
Richmond County School Board members would like to hire more art and music teachers, buy additional public safety cars and give raises to attract additional special education teachers.

Drivers summoned to office
Like children called to the principal's office, a group of Columbia County school bus drivers critical of a new bus-route plan were summoned to meet with Superintendent Tommy Price on Thursday.

Hunt for prisoner continues
Prison trusty turned prison escapee Samuel Clyde Prince III again slipped past authorities Thursday, this time sneaking out of a secluded North Augusta home moments before officers surrounded it.

Teen-agers will stay in custody

Local hospitals renovate rooms

ANIC, local leaders meet to discuss rebuilding area
Business owners, community leaders and a few residents got the chance Thursday to offer their insight and opinion into just how the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. should go about revitalizing the Laney-Walker neighborhood.

Local leaders discuss airline service goals

Commission looks to future

DNR removes alligator from Riverwalk

Sentence imposed for attack
An Augusta woman who horribly burned herself when she attacked a man with an acid solution received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday.

Former senator appeals

Man leads agencies on chase

Clarke County deputy dies in wreck

Back-flow water valve requirement proposed

arenafootball2 notes: Stallions add another Eagle

Father's gifts land student in trouble

Children get voice in divorce battles

Across the area: Police: Gear change caused crushing

Judge grants man mistrial

Pilot whale rescue proves futile

ANIC, local leaders meet to discuss rebuilding area

Pupils have last laugh with program

Group considered for pharmacy plan
ATLANTA - A St. Louis-based company with experience managing large public-sector pharmacy-benefit plans could go to work for Georgia in that capacity as early as August.

Across the area: Police: Gear change caused crushing
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police said Thursday that a North Augusta woman crushed to death at the Riverbanks Zoo earlier this month might have inadvertently put her car into gear while reaching in to turn on the air conditioner.

Teen-agers will stay in custody
AIKEN - Two boys accused of telling classmates they would blow up their school appeared Wednesday for a third time in Aiken County Family Court, where a judge again ruled they are too dangerous to go home.

Sheriff candidate faces theft, bribery charges
A Bryan County man wants voters to pick him as sheriff, but first he hopes a jury clears him of bribery and theft charges.

Meeting facilities examined
The heads of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and the Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau met Wednesday morning to discuss a sudden lack of open dates for bookings at the arena.

Baldcypress wins garden club honor
Ask Roy Simkins about trees. He will tell you he loves them all.

Police put churches on patrols
Police say Columbia County church members should take notice.

Sporting awareness

Back-flow water valve requirement proposed
More than 56,000 Augusta households likely will be asked to follow industries and apartment complexes in adding water pollution prevention devices to their taps.

Across the area: Police relieve jailer after recent escape

Special education bolster discussed
To attract more special education teachers to Richmond County schools, officials say they may need to boost teachers' salary.

Linemen responsible for Stallions' success

Sweating could be dangerous
Sweat beads on Nita Peterson's forehead as she pedals on the virtual reality bike exerciser at Health Central. Some people might be surprised by what she is losing in that sweat - calcium.

Group considered for pharmacy plan

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears
Fifty-four days- that's how long members of Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce have before they find out whether voters are ``penny wise'' - that is, whether they support passage of the next special purpose local-option sales tax.

Sweating could be dangerous

Pilot whale rescue proves futile
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Volunteers and state wildlife specialists worked for hours Tuesday to prevent a sick whale from beaching itself on rocks.

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears

Governor asks Amtrak for help

Correction

Special education bolster discussed

Smith free after mistrial

Across the area: Police relieve jailer after recent escape
The Richmond County jail employee who was responsible for the inmate who escaped last Sunday has been relieved of duty without pay.

Mother tells jury her side in abuse trial

Father's gifts land student in trouble
SAVANNAH - Brian Agnew is a Jenkins High School junior, Eagle Scout and honors student. And his parents couldn't be more proud.

400-pound alligator caught in river

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the new hours for Columbia County middle and high schools next year will be from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and elementary school times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Clarke County deputy dies in wreck
Members of the law enforcement community in Clarke County were stunned Wednesday by the death of a longtime sheriff's deputy in a Putnam County traffic accident.

Mother tells jury her side in abuse trial
AIKEN - Rebecca Christine Cowart blamed her former boyfriend for the fatal blow that killed her daughter, telling jurors Wednesday in teary-eyed testimony that Michael Smith was an abusive boyfriend who turned his anger toward the toddler.

City rethinks law department

Anticipation grows as tax vote nears
Fifty-four days- that's how long members of Columbia County's Chamber of Commerce have before they find out whether voters are ``penny wise'' - that is, whether they support passage of the next special purpose local-option sales tax.

Officials identify woman's body

Diving team finds corpse in quarry
EDGEFIELD - Divers found a badly decomposed body anchored to the bottom of an Edgefield County rock quarry Wednesday.

Pupils have last laugh with program
BATH - Principal LaWana McKenzie was the joke of the day Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School.

Sporting awareness
Jean Daniel (left) and Tammy Stout, of the Greater Augusta Sports Council, unveiled a T-shirt Wednesday promoting SportsJam 2000. SportsJam 2000 is a two-part sports and fitness awareness campaign that includes a June 17 health fair.

Judge grants man mistrial
AIKEN - Michael Smith took off his tie and walked out of an Aiken County courtroom free on bond Thursday evening after a judge declared a mistrial in his homicide by child abuse case.

Local hospitals renovate rooms
Even though she had given birth to her second child just an hour before, Leslie Stringfield noticed the difference as she was wheeled into a patient room at University Hospital.

Smith free after mistrial
AIKEN - Michael Smith took off his tie and walked out of an Aiken County courtroom free on bond Thursday evening after a judge declared a mistrial in his homicide by child abuse case.

City rethinks law department
The Augusta Commission committee studying the creation of an in-house law department adopted the concept of a ``hybrid'' legal department Thursday.

Local leaders discuss airline service goals
They did not pass any resolutions, nor did they make any decisions that will have immediate impact on service at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Man leads agencies on chase
A man who authorities say was smoking marijuana and speeding led police on a five-hour manhunt through rural Burke and Jenkins counties Wednesday.

DNR removes alligator from Riverwalk
If you haven't seen the big alligator that's been luring tourists to Riverwalk Augusta, don't waste your time.

Educational programs OK'd
ATLANTA - Georgia's attorney general told the state school superintendent Wednesday not to fret over the legality of educational programs operated by other state agencies.

Governor asks Amtrak for help
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes asked directors of the nation's passenger-rail carrier Wednesday to help underwrite Georgia's ambitious $1.5 billion plan to run a network of rail lines across the state.

Pacers launch late comeback, beat Knicks

Report: Kruger discusses Hawks' job

Man claims he watched Lewis fight

Mrs. Mary Gooding
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Smiley ``Chic'' Gooding, 69, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Mrs. Elsie Oellerich
Mrs. Elsie Oellerich, 80, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Myrtle Boswell
Mrs. Myrtle Spivey Boswell, 81, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Annie McBride
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Elizabeth McBride, 76, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Douglas Watson
Mr. Douglas S. Watson, 82, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ethel Johnson
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ethel Clyde Johnson, 90, of West Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mrs. Vivian Saxon
Mrs. Vivian Fay Saxon, 84, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Inez Hughes
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Inez Abrams Hughes died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Randy Zanders
Mr. Randy Leon Zanders, 41, of Taylor Circle, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. David Finch
FORT WORTH, Texas - Mr. David Anthony Finch, 18, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at HEB Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Bennefield
Mrs. Mattie J. Bennefield, 87, of Providence Drive, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Willie Russell Jr.
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Willie ``Bill'' Russell Jr., 32, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Harold Ross
BELVEDERE - Mr. Harold C. Ross, 87, of Hampton Circle, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at his residence.

Mrs. Lucyle Short
RAYLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lucyle Boatwright Short, 91, of Lexington Road, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Thomas Kelleher Jr.
Mr. Thomas F. Kelleher Jr., retired assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, retired vice president of MasterCard and adjunct professor at George Washington University, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Kelleher was 71.

Mr. Howell Marchant Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Howell W. ``Jimmy'' Marchant Jr., 66, of Elizabeth Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Louis Butler
AIKEN - Mr. Louis M. Butler, 64, of Eastwood Court, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Sarah Crawford
Mrs. Sarah Dyches Crawford, 81, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Countryside Manor.

Dr. Merton Beckwith
Dr. Merton Beckwith, 65, of Evans, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Vada Trotter
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Vada Mae Trotter, 81, of Baldwin Street, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at National Health Care, Laurens.

Mr. John Miles Jr.
Aiken - Mr. John Miles Jr., 68, of Burlington Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lurlean Daniel
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Lurlean Kent Daniel, 89, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mrs. Zenovia Johnson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Zenovia Hunter Johnson, 81, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ellie Andrews
Mrs. Ellie Hunter Andrews, 90, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith
BRADENTON, Fla. - Mrs. Elizabeth Moore ``Sister'' Smith, 58, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Mariner Health of Palmetto, Palmetto.

Mr. Eddie Morgan
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Eddie Morgan, of Plum Branch Road, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. James Williams
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. James ``Slim'' Williams, 78, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

Mrs. Carol Burroughs
Mrs. Carol Burroughs, 82, of Sibley Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Dr. Marion Hurt
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Dr. Marion West Hurt, 84, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Tennille Assisted Living, Tennille.

Mrs. Margaret Dion
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Howie Dion, 77, of West 10th Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mr. Bennie Willis
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Bennie Willis, 78, of Davenport Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care, Union Point.

Mr. Lewis Stanley
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Lewis Travis ``Jake'' Stanley, 78, of Waynesboro Highway, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Jean Dowd
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Jean Thompson Dowd, 69, of Flintlock Drive, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Earl Yon
NEW HOLLAND - Mr. Earl Yon, 76, of Poplar Springs Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. John Foreman
FLORAL PARK, N.Y. - Mr. John Foreman, 62, of 74th Avenue, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at St. Vincent Hospital, New York.

Mr. Donnie Dent
Mr. Donnie Carmen Dent, 53, of Elizabeth Drive, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.

Mrs. Henrietta Weston
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Henrietta Weston, of Chalk Bed Road, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lawrence Brown
HODGES, S.C. - Mr. Lawrence Dayton ``L.D.'' Brown, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jerry Robinson
BATH - Mr. Jerry Wayne Robinson, 55, of Pine Grove Road, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Margaret Clements
Mrs. Margaret Louise Clements died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Rosie Emory
HARLEM - Mrs. Rosie Mae Moore Emory, 74, of Zebra Drive, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Forrest Lake Health Center, Martinez.

Lavaciette Houston
Lavaciette Tirnice Houston, of McElmurray Drive, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Alberta Neeley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Alberta Mills Neeley, 85, of Holiday Drive, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Theodore Sanders
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Theodore F. ``Buster'' Sanders, 88, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

Mr. Eugene Danford
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Eugene Danford, 65, of Butts Street, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Christine Crump
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Christine Weaver Crump, 68, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center, Anderson.

Mr. James Lyons
Mr. James Dewitt Lyons, 80, of Wilder Street, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Myrtle Boswell
Mrs. Myrtle Spivey Boswell, 81, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Henry LaFontaine
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Henry E. ``Fonzie'' LaFontaine, 55, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Samuel Streeter Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Samuel Streeter Jr., 81, of West Smith Street, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Thomas Armour
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Watson Armour, 89, of Greensboro Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Caswa Chatman
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Caswa Moneik Chatman, 22, died Sunday, May 21, 2000 at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Nancy Wende
WILMINGTON, Del. - Mrs. Nancy Mitchell Wende died Tuesday, December 21, 1999.

Mr. Rufus Akins
DENMARK, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Lee Akins, 86, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Vivian Saxon

Dr. Marion Hurt

Mr. Eddie Morgan

Mr. Thomas Armour

Mr. Henry LaFontaine

Mrs. Ellie Andrews

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Margaret Dion

Mr. James Williams

Mrs. Carol Burroughs

Mr. Rufus Akins

Mr. Harold Ross

Mr. Jerry Robinson

Mr. Donnie Dent

Mrs. Annie McBride

Lavaciette Houston

Mr. David Finch

Mrs. Christine Crump

Mr. Bennie Willis

Mrs. Nancy Wende

Dr. Merton Beckwith

Mr. Earl Yon

Mr. Samuel Streeter Jr.

Mr. Theodore Sanders

Mr. Willie Russell Jr.

Mrs. Mary Gooding

Mrs. Henrietta Weston

Mrs. Alberta Neeley

Mrs. Myrtle Boswell

Mrs. Ethel Johnson

Mr. Eugene Danford

Mr. James Lyons

Mr. John Foreman

Mrs. Margaret Clements

Mrs. Inez Hughes

Mr. Randy Zanders

Mr. John Miles Jr.

Mr. Douglas Watson

Mrs. Rosie Emory

Mr. Lewis Stanley

Mrs. Jean Dowd

Mr. Caswa Chatman

Mrs. Vada Trotter

Mrs. Elsie Oellerich

Taiwan's new president begins new chapter for sovereign state
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hotel employee clarifies the present reality of two Chinas: ''I want independence, but independence would bring disaster.''

Departing stores irk south Augustan
I've lived in south Augusta since 1960. It's very frustrating to see one shopping center after another being built here only to close within one year of opening. Tina Cloer, Augusta

Harbin's record misrepresented
State Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, has excellently represented the needs and issues facing Columbia County residents. Bob Hust, Evans

Child care providers congratulated
May 11 was Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. I want to applaud all the child care providers in the Central Savannah River Area who provide quality child care. God bless all the children these providers serve. Deena J. Youngblood, Grovetown

Augusta strip joints bad for area
I was surprised to learn Augusta Mayor Bob Young had only received one letter complaining of the strip clubs after The Chronicle's April 30 report, but I feel there are reasons for such a poor response. Robert C. Franklin, Martinez

Pump-and-run thieves hurt others
My letter is regarding pre-pay at the gas pumps. After the Big Game lottery was over, a lot of gas stations are still experiencing drive-offs. Robyn Logan, Augusta

Editor plays God, will pay dearly
I am responding to the editorial on May 23, titled, ``Backward Baptists?'' It displayed a socialist indoctrination and promoted a feminazi logic. Who are you to judge the Bible and its creator? R.E. Sutherland, Aiken

Harbin helps kids 'hablan Espanol'
As a parent of two children at Stevens Creek Elementary School, I was excited to learn that state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, secured a $75,000 state grant to extend and expand the school's successful Spanish program next year. Tina Plowman, Martinez

Harbin honest
I am so disgusted reading all the negative comments on Georgia state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans. I know him personally and he is an honest, caring man. Wyoma L. Allen, North Augusta

Backs HOPE awards for home-schooled
As the parent of children who are home-schooled, I must respond to Floyd Felts' May 18 letter that criticizes Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, for voting to allow convicted criminals to receive the HOPE scholarship. Barbara Gay, Augusta

ACLU's effectiveness questioned
Regarding Robert Tsai's May 23 letter, has he got a clue? Has he not seen the violence in schools across the United States (or was that First Amendment protected, too)? Scot Simpson, Grovetown

'Dirty Harry' & ADA
''Dirty Harry'' is taking dead aim at predatory lawyers. Tough-guy movie star Clint Eastwood's testimony before Congress last week shows how celebrities can highlight issues that otherwise might fall through the cracks, providing they know what they're talking about.

Dr. Craft's sentence was Draconian
At his sentencing hearing, Dr. Robert Bruce Craft was given 20 years in prison and another 20 years on parole on charges of child molestation and exploitation. (Augusta Chronicle, May 19). Geoff King, Langley

Fix scary tap water
People in hell want ice water. People in south Augusta would be content simply with drinkable tap water.

Taiwan's new president begins new chapter for sovereign state
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hotel employee clarifies the present reality of two Chinas: ''I want independence, but independence would bring disaster.''

Taxpayers pay tab
In the May 17 news story, ``School board reviews the budget,'' the writer says that ``Taxpayers pay 30.2 percent of the budget.'' Bill Lee, Augusta

Educator, visionary
The miracle of the John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is that it exists at all. That existence can be traced to the efforts of its founder and principal, Beverly Barnhart, who, by all accounts, is a miracle worker.

Water shortage is 20 years old
My parents have lived at the corner of Brown Road and Old Waynesboro Road for more than 20 years. Ever since I can remember there have been problems with them not having enough water. Laura Efird, Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Christians may find worship illegal
I find it really irritating that these lawyers can gum up the works anytime they feel the need to enlarge their egos. Barbara Mohler, Augusta

Slave descendants well fed, wealthy
It's interesting that the African-Americans (as in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in this country who are descendants of slaves have become multi-millionaires, millions have homes, nice cars and are well-fed. James V. Parker, North Augusta

Schools snub Asian American month
President Clinton has proclaimed May as Asian Pacific American Heritage month. This follows the trend to set up specific months to honor and educate Americans on the ethnic heritage of its diverse people. Richard Hudson, Augusta

New faces are everywhere at Thurmond

Racing facts: Indianapolis 500

Overtime: Golden Bear is honored by the Memorial

Petty name will survive, family says

Races different as night and day

Overtime: Walkway was contaminated with chloride

Little Al makes comeback

Driver: Planning essential

Now fish know time to stop biting

Coalition urges warnings on Internet medical treatment
NEW YORK -- As more doctors and therapists go online, a health-care coalition is urging them to warn patients about the limits of getting help on the Internet.

Research drug shows promise
NEW ORLEANS - Drugs designed to stop tumors by cutting off their blood supply have shown modest benefit in tests against three kinds of cancer but have also raised concerns about possible dangerous side effects.

Are three Microsofts better than two?
WASHINGTON - A suggestion by a pair of anti-Microsoft industry groups to divide the company into three parts may have changed the dynamic of the drawn-out legal battle over the government's attempt to break up the software giant.

Gates e-mails once again turn up in court
WASHINGTON - While arguing Wednesday for their proposal to break up Microsoft Corp., attorneys for the Justice Department revealed two new e-mails by company chairman Bill Gates which, they contend, show Microsoft's continuing efforts to dominate the software market.

Turtles mandate changes
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Shrimp trawlers operating along the southeast Atlantic Coast from New Hanover County to Georgia will have to use giant escape hatches in their nets through June 2 to accommodate leatherback sea turtles migrating north.

Town changes its dot-com name
HALFWAY, Ore. - When residents of this tiny Western town agreed to unofficially change Halfway's name to one with a high-tech ring, it seemed like an answer to their prayers.

Astronauts wrap up space station work
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts wrapped up their maintenance work inside the international space station Thursday and got ready to seal the complex back up for the next visitors.

Air good aboard space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts assured everyone back home Wednesday that they are breathing easy aboard the international space station, thanks to improved ventilation and small fans.

Gates e-mails once again turn up in court

Turtles mandate changes

Are three Microsofts better than two?

Air good aboard space station

Town changes its dot-com name

Research drug shows promise

Astronauts wrap up space station work