Folk singer's musical roots in country

Hot or not?

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.

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

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.

Musical mayhem rampant in 'Clue'

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.

Balloon gives lift to 'ventarist'

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.

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.

Braves notes: Chipper to play tonight

D-Rays release Gooden, Stocker

Braves fall to Astros

Losses don't bother Gamecocks

Tech to play for better memories

Jackets pounded by Bats

Braves notebook: First look at new ballpark

Tigers shut out Raiders

Jackets, Gnats are rained out

Braves win stadium finale

Ga. Tech rallies after shaky start

Ex-Tiger's gift to renovate stadium

Postcard season is upon us

Business briefs

Textron merges car, turf-care divisions

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks ended a quiet, fitful session with narrow losses Friday as investors, unconsoled by new signs of a slowing economy, focused instead on the prospect of higher interest rates.

Unemployment at new low
The Georgia Labor Department reported record low unemployment rates for Augusta and the state Thursday. South Carolina reported its unemployment rate was down, too.

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

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.

Unemployment at new low

Textron merges car, turf-care divisions
E-Z-GO's parent company, Textron Inc., announced Thursday it will merge the Augusta-based golf car company with its commercial turf-care division.

Business briefs: Investors' fears pushbig-name stock down

SUV rating gets a star

Fix scary tap water

Comments on water, other topics

Christians may find worship illegal

Harbin helps kids 'hablan Espanol'

'Dirty Harry' & ADA

Time for NAACP wisdom, end boycott

Backs HOPE awards for home-schooled

ACLU's effectiveness questioned

Departing stores irk south Augustan

Faith digest
The Augusta chapter of Project Linus is collecting blankets for its outreach ministry. Blankets must be washable and in child-friendly colors, crocheted, knitted or quilted.

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

Church celebrates anniversary, growth
Southside Baptist Church's 3-month-old campus on Mike Padgett Highway fits its 271-member congregation like last year's jeans on a growing teen.

Changed lives seen
A year after the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., one Columbine dad has a message for adults - quit playing games and look at what adults have taken away from young people.

The rap on God
The way Sean Wilson figures it, if rap works for Sprite, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King, it will work for Jesus.

The fish can be a distraction to preachers
About the time the bass bed down in the shallows around Thurmond Lake each year, fliers for the Chapel Under the Pines appear at campsites and bulletin boards in nearby towns.

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.

Devils complete comeback

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

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day. 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

Water found safe
Tests of drinking water from a south Richmond County well and homes along Bennock Mill Road yielded no traces of dangerous chemicals, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Samples were taken from the Kimberly Clark well and residential taps after homeowners complained of odor and discoloration, said Onder Serefli, manager of EPD's Drinking Water Permitting and Engineering Program. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

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

Ga. Games return in 2002
It's not official yet, but it appears Augusta will once again host the Georgia Games in 2002. At a news conference Friday from his local office, state Sen. Charles Walker presented a letter from Abit Massey, chairman of the Georgia State Games Commission, that said he will recommend Augusta be the host for the 2002 games. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

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

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

Teen gets life in prison
Days shy of the first anniversary of a double homicide, the teen-age gunman learned Friday he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Judson Harden, who turned 16 years old awaiting trial on murder charges, was convicted last month in Richmond County Superior Court of murdering James and Lisa Stone, an Edgefield, S.C., couple who crossed the river in the early morning hours of June 11 looking to buy crack cocaine.Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Faith digest

Church celebrates anniversary, growth

The rap on God

Changed lives seen

Creativity needed during dry season

The fish can be a distraction to preachers

Beer useful for keeping slugs away from plants in gardens

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.

Children get voice in divorce battles

Chief stays silent on decision
An offer is on the table from Washington, but Chief Ronnie Few said he has made no decision and is still primarily concerned with his job as head of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

City plan gets rave review

Teen gets life in prison

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.

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.

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.

Students excel at special school
Eight weeks ago, the last place Jennifer Powell wanted to go was alternative school.

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.

Donation helps mom get to work

Veterans honor flag tradition

Race case ineligible for status

Across the area: Police: Gear change caused crushing

State funds school nurses
For seven years, Deborah Alford has carried a responsibility that at times has filled her with fear.

Local hospitals renovate rooms

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

Veterans honor flag tradition
Maybe he can't march in parades anymore to show his patriotism, but 73-year-old K.C. Koon is committed to honoring his deceased comrades in another way.

DNR removes alligator from Riverwalk

Project's plants wither in drought
The bushes and trees along Epps Bridge Parkway that have succumbed to continuing dry weather will be replaced, but not until at least October, according to an official with the contracting company that built the route.

Former senator appeals

ANIC, local leaders meet to discuss rebuilding area

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.

Veterans hold annual rallies

400-pound alligator caught in river

County coroner orders autopsy on wreck victim

Smith free after mistrial

Project's plants wither in drought

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.

Officials identify woman's body

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.

Jurors convict man of assault, battery

Pupils have last laugh with program

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

Clarke County deputy dies in wreck

Area had few holiday accidents
Memorial Day weekend drivers proved to be the safest on Richmond County roads last May.

Across the area

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day.

Falling limb strikes car
Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy James Paugh talks with a motorist whose car was struck by a falling oak limb late Friday in Olde Town. Deputy Paugh said the driver and three passengers were heading west on Broad Street at about 10:30 p.m. in an Oldsmobile Delta 88 when the limb fell near the Fourth Street intersection. The driver sustained minor injuries.

Across the area
A friend of the Richmond County Jail escapee still on the run late Friday was arrested in his eluding authorities.

Swings and kisses
Ten-month-old La'Daija Wright got a kiss from her dad, Cornelius, on Friday while at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Tests find no toxins in water
Tests of drinking water from a south Richmond County well and homes along Bennock Mill Road found no traces of dangerous chemicals, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Board OKs incumbent's council run
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Despite the fact that Danny Bishop hasn't laid his head on a pillow in Edgefield County for three years, a board voted Friday that the incumbent is eligible to run again for county council.

Teen gets two life sentences
Days shy of the first anniversary of a double homicide, the teen-age gunman learned Friday he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

City plan gets rave review
AIKEN - Two years ago, the city bought the old Parker Auto Body Shop in the heart of Aiken and began making plans to turn the eyesore into a functional area again.

Judge grants man mistrial

County coroner orders autopsy on wreck victim
AIKEN - Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend has ordered an autopsy on the body of an Aiken man whose pickup veered off a secondary road and crashed into a telephone pole Friday morning.

Suspect asserts innocence

Race case ineligible for status
A federal judge has denied class-action status for a racial discrimination case against Savannah River Site contractors.

Stallions surge late for win

Swings and kisses

Water found safe

Holiday closings

Chief stays silent on decision

Veterans hold annual rallies
Determined to make the holiday weekend mean more than grilling parties and a federally approved day off, Augusta's veterans will rally today, hoping to bring the shortcomings of government veterans services to the forefront.

State funds school nurses

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.

Georgia Games could return
It's not official yet, but it appears Augusta will be host of the Georgia Games in 2002.

Suspect asserts innocence
The man facing a second trial in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend's daughter predicts he won't be convicted next month.

City rethinks law department

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.

Commission looks to future

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.

Area had few holiday accidents

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

Tests find no toxins in water

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.

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.

Board OKs incumbent's council run

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.

Jurors convict man of assault, battery
Carl Sloan beat several criminal charges and won an appeal that freed him from a 20-year prison sentence. But Friday, Mr. Sloan was convicted of crimes that could send him to prison for decades.

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.

Donation helps mom get to work
About four miles lay between Charlotte English and the answer to her dreams. So she closed the distance the only way she knew how.

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.

arenafootball2 notes: Stallions add another Eagle

Holiday closings

Lakers steal win in Portland

Pacers launch late comeback, beat Knicks

Kaitlyn Rehby
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Kaitlyn Naree Rehby, infant daughter of Joseph and Tracey Rehby, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

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

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

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

Mrs. Johnnie Harling
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Johnnie Mae Peterson Harling, 77, of Mims Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

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

Mr. Herman Sanders Sr.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. Herman S. Sanders Sr., 88, formerly of Ulmer, S.C., died Friday, May 19, 2000.

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

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

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

Mr. Billy Casey
DEARING - Mr. Billy Wayne ``Bill'' Casey, 39, of Dearing Acres Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Roy Jackson
Mr. Roy Lester Jackson, 73, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Gerald Webb
CONYERS, Ga. - Mr. Gerald Kitchens ``Jerry'' Webb, 66, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Oconee Memorial Hospital, Milledgeville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas Barber
Mr. Thomas Hillman Barber, 75, of Broad Street, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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.

Ms. Mary Allen
Columbia, S.C. - Ms. Mary Elizabeth Allen, 89, died Friday, May 26, 2000.

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

Mrs. Joan Croft
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Joan Mathias Croft, 66, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Mary Preston
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Anna Stewart Preston, 83, died Thursday, may 25, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital, Millen.

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

Miss Bertha Carswell
Miss Bertha Carswell died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Darryl Carpenter
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Darryl Carpenter, 40, of Eden Drive, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Pollie Williams
Mrs. Pollie Williams, of White Road, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 100.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Laverne Bowman-Dobson
BRUNSON, S.C. - Mrs. Laverne Bowman-Dobson died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, in Bamberg.

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

Mr. Luther Moody Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Luther ``Luke'' Moody Sr., 82, of Allendale Avenue, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital, Bamberg.

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

Mrs. Iva Reynolds
Mrs. Iva B. Reynolds, 70, of Martinez, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at her residence.

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. William Knight Jr.
JACKSON Township, N.J. - Mr. William Knight Jr. died Thursday, May 18, 2000.

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

Mrs. Ellie Andrews

Mr. Henry LaFontaine

Mrs. Pollie Williams

Dr. Merton Beckwith

Mrs. Myrtle Boswell

Mrs. Jean Dowd

Mr. Thomas Barber

Mrs. Iva Reynolds

Mr. Billy Casey

Ms. Mary Allen

Mrs. Henrietta Weston

Kaitlyn Rehby

Mr. Bennie Willis

Mrs. Johnnie Harling

Mrs. Lucyle Short

Mrs. Laverne Bowman-Dobson

Mr. William Knight Jr.

Mrs. Alberta Neeley

Mrs. Vivian Saxon

Mr. Eugene Danford

Mr. Willie Russell Jr.

Dr. Marion Hurt

Mr. John Miles Jr.

Mr. Samuel Streeter Jr.

Mr. Eddie Morgan

Mrs. Rosie Emory

Mrs. Elsie Oellerich

Mr. Jerry Robinson

Mrs. Ethel Johnson

Mrs. Jean Dowd

Mrs. Annie McBride

Mr. James Williams

Mrs. Mary Preston

Mr. Thomas Armour

Mr. Herman Sanders Sr.

Mr. John Foreman

Mr. Darryl Carpenter

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Mr. Luther Moody Sr.

Mr. Rufus Akins

Mr. James Lyons

Mrs. Inez Hughes

Mr. Roy Jackson

Mr. David Finch

Mr. John Miles Jr.

Sales mask meaning of Memorial Day
QUESTION: what does a furniture sale have to do with Memorial Day? Answer: abso-blooming-lutely nothing! Nothing but one more holiday converted into one more excuse for merchandising.

Rocker editorial unfair, biased
I read your May 6 ``Foot-in-mouth disease'' editorial with great interest until it came to me that some of the story was missing. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah

Why Orioles are losers
We never thought we'd live to see the day when an American employer would adopt a policy of not hiring someone who had fled Communist tyranny.

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

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

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

Sales mask meaning of Memorial Day
QUESTION: what does a furniture sale have to do with Memorial Day? Answer: abso-blooming-lutely nothing! Nothing but one more holiday converted into one more excuse for merchandising.

Supports Ron Beul for Dist. 113 seat
Jim Finger's April 23 letter that praised Rep. Ben Harbin for bringing a satellite activity of Augusta Technical Institute to Columbia County leaves a great deal out of the equation. Here's my perspective. Richard J. Killien, Evans

'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.

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

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

The escape problem
Richmond County Sheriff Charlie Webster says he's meeting with his top deputies and jail-keepers to look for ways to tighten security in the wake of Samuel Clyde Prince III's escape Sunday from the 401 Walton Way County Jail.

Comments on water, other topics
We pay a premium price for pure clean water and at the price we pay, we have a right to a nice lawn and garden - get it? Jim Galvin, Augusta

Agrees Baptist proposal a step back
Thank you for your forthright and insightful May 23 editorial about the Southern Baptist Convention's proposed modification to the Baptist Faith and Message Statement. Fred W. Andrea III, Aiken

Lakeside caring evident at concert
As a grandmother I see less sharing, caring, helping and concern for others in our lives today. Dee Jarrell, Augusta

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

Time for NAACP wisdom, end boycott
The Confederate flag has been one of those ``reap what you sow'' issues that have come home to haunt South Carolina. We are divinely guaranteed to reap what we sow. Rev. Lester A. Smalls, Aiken

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

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

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

SUV rating gets a star
How safe is that sport utility vehicle you've been thinking about buying as protection against all the other SUVs on the roads?

Ancestors paid price for freedom
The Confederate flag compromise wasn't good enough for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I thought we elected representatives to make decisions for us and I don't remember seeing the NAACP on my ballot when I voted. Terry Smith, North Augusta

Overtime: Walkway was contaminated with chloride

Witness: Lewis kicked man

Overtime: Stevens, Hill meet tonight in Games bout

Driver: Planning essential

NASCAR notebook

Future bright for young team

Now fish know time to stop biting

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.

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.

Astronauts revive space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts closed up the international space station Friday for an evening departure after fixing it inside and out.

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.

Town changes its dot-com name

Are three Microsofts better than two?

Astronauts revive space station

Astronauts wrap up space station work

Research drug shows promise