Braves notebook: First look at new ballpark

Braves notebook: Rocker struggles with control

Auburn tops Ga. Southern

Baseball rewards fans' loyalty

Jackets, Gnats are rained out

Braves edge Astros

Braves fall to Astros

Gamecocks regain winning form

Tigers shut out Raiders

Yellow Jackets rout Stetson, 24-1

Minor League notebook: Garcia still out

Ga. Tech rallies after shaky start

Tigers surge late to win

Holiday celebrates all veterans

Quick Tips
You can save hundreds of dollars a year by imple menting some simple energy-saving measures at home.

On the move

Business briefs

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.

Pocket change

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.

Pocket change
The weather's wonderful; the garden looks terrific - it's a perfect time to sell your house.

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.

Textron merges car, turf-care divisions

Measure will limit dumping
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Legislature will close the state's low-level nuclear waste dump to most states after years of wrangling over the landfill's future as a national burial ground.

Measure will limit dumping

Taking the reins
Hendrik A. Verfaillie doesn't mind posing for a picture with Prilly, one of the dairy cows on hand for his company's recent celebration. As a photographer snaps away, he leans on a metal fence and smiles.

Doctor launches venture

Doctor launches venture
A local physician who patented a new class of medication for arterial diseases is starting a pharmaceutical company in Augusta.

Quick Tips

On the move
Sofia Sowinski Verney-Carron has joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as a financial adviser.

Business briefs
R.W. Allen & Associates Inc. has received a Public Safety Award and Employee Safety Award from Bituminous Insurance Companies for an excellent loss record achieved for insurance coverage last year.

Taking the reins

Rips Columbia County mud-slinging

Ritalin sends kids wrong message

The late cardinal's virtues were confusing to some

Saddened to see flag desecration

Bush stands up

No way to get to transit meeting

SUV rating gets a star

Proposed new magnet elementary school backed

Time for NAACP wisdom, end boycott

Air merger? Just say 'No'

Editorial on exercise benefits receives praise

Comments on water, other topics

Tropical Alps
BELLINZONA, Switzerland - Italian charm meets Swiss order. Palm trees puncture the Alpine panorama. Historic villages tumble down to crystal lakes.

In the know
WEDDINGS: Beginning Sunday, June 4, The Augusta Chronicle will change the format of its wedding announcements.

Discovering sound
Bill Harley is trying to lighten the gloom in the fifth-floor room at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

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.

Wildness attracts visitors
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. - Atop a grassy plateau, a herd of 24 buffaloes peers down a wind-sculpted butte at approaching hikers.

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.

Girlfriend finds habit especially repulsive
Dear Carson: I have been dating a lovely man for more than a year. Recently he has started picking his nose in my presence, especially when he is driving.

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.

Hill home holds framed memories
Her mother's framed needlework hangs alongside photos of Prioleau Jackson Murray's children and grandchildren - so close together only a little of her creamy white wall is visible.

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.

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.

Southern states looked to skies in fall '73
It was a night of inky calm in the fall of 1973, a perfect night for flying.

Stars hold on to win series

Devils complete comeback

Holiday celebrates all veterans
Most of the people celebrating this Memorial Day weekend will do so without realizing that it was only recently that the national holiday gained status in this part of the country.

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

Man dies in one-car accident
Neighbors on Brown Road north of Hephzibah heard a loud crash at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday but didn't discover until after daybreak that a motorist was lying dead in the woods, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. A handful of residents in the 1400 block of Brown Road went outside after hearing the noise. One man even drove a car up and down the street looking for signs of trouble but in the dark was unable to see the mangled, dark-blue Ford Mustang deep in the pine trees, authorities said. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

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

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

Tropical Alps

Hill home holds framed memories

Changed lives seen

In the know

Discovering sound

Faith digest

Southern states looked to skies in fall '73

The rap on God

Church celebrates anniversary, growth

Girlfriend finds habit especially repulsive

The fish can be a distraction to preachers

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.

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

Task force aims to curb suicide
AIKEN - Barbie Church sat alone outside a psychologist's office at an Aiken County school. The counselor had diagnosed her with depression and was telling her parents about the treatment required.

Suspect asserts innocence

Senator's conduct questioned
A Wheeler Road property owner has accused state Sen. Don Cheeks of using his position as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for personal gain.

Stallions surge late for win

ANIC gets lessons in city service

Veterans hold annual rallies

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.

Water found safe

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.

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

ANIC gets lessons in city service
Perhaps, as Monty Osteen said a few months ago, the perceived problems with the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. are simply a case of growing pains.

Teen gets life in prison

Veterans honor flag tradition

Across the area

Holiday festival draws crowd

Chief stays silent on decision

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donation helps mom get to work

Veterans rally calls for help
About 30 veterans gathered at a makeshift rally outside the lobby of the downtown Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday to say the nation is neglecting its duty to them.

City plan gets rave review

Housing boom heads for bust
Developers with Nordahl Homes say the houses they're building in south Richmond County are being snatched up almost as quickly as they can be completed.

Board OKs incumbent's council run

Man remains tangled in case

Holiday closings

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.

Swings and kisses

Veterans rally calls for help

Coach expected Sparrow's success

Making tracks

Housing boom heads for bust

Across the area

Senator's conduct questioned

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.

Families compete at sporting event

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

Holiday closings

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

Holiday closings

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.

Tests find no toxins in water

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

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

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.

Area had few holiday accidents

Holiday festival draws crowd
AIKEN - The Aiken Public Safety Department had the most popular site Saturday at Aiken's Memorial Day Festival. At least with the children.

Project's plants wither in drought

Across the area
Residents on Brown Road north of Hephzibah heard a loud crash at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday but didn't discover until after daybreak that a motorist was lying dead in the woods, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

Jurors convict man of assault, battery

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in The Chronicle.

County coroner orders autopsy on wreck victim

Families compete at sporting event
The one-mile lake swim race began, and the 30 or more swimmers, all neck and neck, looked like a school of piranha moving in for a distant kill.

Race case ineligible for status

Man remains tangled in case
James S. Faller II says he has been knocked down by a judicial nightmare but refuses to fall.

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.

Task force aims to curb suicide

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.

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.

State funds school nurses

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

Knicks top Pacers in game 3

Lakers steal win in Portland

Size matters little to Kitchings

Mrs. Lucille Gregory
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Lucille Land Gregory, 95, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Lucie Rodems
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mrs. Lucie Mae Gray Rodems, 87, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in Charleston.

Mrs. Sallie Stanley
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Sallie Inez Lundy Stanley, 90, of Richland Avenue, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Boswell Parker Nursing Center.

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

Mr. Barry Winn
Mr. Barry E. Winn, of Rachel Drive, Evans, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mr. James Daniel Jr.
DEARING - Mr. James Nesbert ``J.N.'' Daniel Jr., 60, of George McDuffie Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

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

Mrs. Joanne Tiller
Mrs. Joanne J. Tiller, 65, of Appling, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Josephine Caldwell
Mrs. Josephine Clark Caldwell, 83, of Hemlock Hill Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Claire Dimond
Mrs. Claire M. Dimond, 71, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Flora McCloud
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Flora B. ``Doll'' McCloud, 94, of Route 1, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mr. Robert Jackson
AIKEN - Mr. Robert A. Jackson, 84, of Laurens Street Northwest, 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.

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

Mr. Leonard Delles
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. Leonard Earl Delles, 74, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

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

Mrs. Reba Bumgardner
PORTAL, Ga. - Mrs. Reba Bryant Bumgardner, 77, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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. Pearl Varner
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Pearl Carroll Varner, 78, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Barnwell.

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

Mr. Billy Smith
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Billy Sam Smith, 76, of Gilwood Street, died Friday, May 26, 2000.

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

Mr. Bruce Buffington
GROVETOWN - Mr. Bruce Buffington died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Barbara Moye
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Carol Lewis Moye, 64, of Hickory Drive, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn Corriher
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. - Mrs. Evelyn Marie Wyrick Corriher, 74, of Kimbrough Drive, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital, Greensboro.

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. Mary Beauford
LYONS, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Harden Rolison Beauford, 75, of Raymond Rolison Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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

Mr. George Fuller
Mr. George Stanley Fuller, 48, of Martinez, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in Evans.

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

Mrs. Lila Alvanos
AIKEN - Mrs. Lila Mae Jackson Alvanos, 80, of Vaucluse Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Juanita Barnes
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita E. Barnes, 60, of Skull Shoal Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000.

Mr. Albert Walker Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Albert Fred Walker Sr., 49, of Edgefield Highway, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Stanley Chaney
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Stanley Chaney, 45, of Crook Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Emory Healthcare, Decatur.

Mr. William Price
AIKEN - Mr. William Albert Price, 49, of Snipes Pond Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Aiken.

Mr. James Daniel Jr.

Mr. George Fuller

Mr. Stanley Chaney

Mr. William Knight Jr.

Mr. Albert Walker Sr.

Mrs. Laverne Bowman-Dobson

Mrs. Jean Dowd

Mrs. Pollie Williams

Mrs. Lucie Rodems

Mr. Billy Smith

Mr. Billy Casey

Mrs. Josephine Caldwell

Mrs. Lila Alvanos

Mr. Barry Winn

Mr. Luther Moody Sr.

Mr. Leonard Delles

Mrs. Juanita Barnes

Mrs. Mary Preston

Mrs. Mary Beauford

Mr. Roy Jackson

Mrs. Pearl Varner

Mr. Thomas Barber

Mr. Robert Jackson

Mr. Herman Sanders Sr.

Mr. John Miles Jr.

Mr. Darryl Carpenter

Mrs. Flora McCloud

Mrs. Johnnie Harling

Mrs. Lucyle Short

Kaitlyn Rehby

Mrs. Claire Dimond

Ms. Mary Allen

Mrs. Iva Reynolds

Mrs. Joanne Tiller

Kent: Columbia Co. rebels; court oversight
NOW THAT PRIMARY season is heating up, some new Columbia County residents have been asking ``What is CPAC?''

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.

The late cardinal's virtues were confusing to some
Re John Cardinal O'Connor's funeral as reported: When his friend and cardinal colleague gave his sermon, he spoke of the virtues of Cardinal O'Connor - his devout morals, righteousness, truthfulness, honesty and his strong stance on pro life. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

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

Boycott of east, west Augusta urged
When I purchased my home in south Augusta in 1995, I complained to the water authority that the hydrant in my next door neighbor's yard was buried so deep it could not be reached in the event of fire. Alan D. Horner, Augusta

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?

Air merger? Just say 'No'
No one knows what it would mean to Augusta Regional Airport if United Airlines' $11.6 billion acquisition of US Airways is approved by shareholders and regulators. This is because no one can understand what the impact would be anywhere.

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.

No way to get to transit meeting
Recently an ad appeared in The Chronicle announcing a meeting for May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. It was to be held at Augusta Tech and conducted by Department of Transportation officials. Jack Eckert, Augusta

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.

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.

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

How safe is safe?
The 56,000 or so Augusta households that will have to cough up about $100 each to add water pollution prevention devices to their taps can't be too happy. Don't they pay taxes for things like this?

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

Kent: Columbia Co. rebels; court oversight
NOW THAT PRIMARY season is heating up, some new Columbia County residents have been asking ``What is CPAC?''

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

Proposed new magnet elementary school backed
Kudos to Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. On May 20, Dr. Larke announced a K-5 fine arts magnet school will be built in downtown Augusta. Laurie Easterlin, Augusta

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

Rips Columbia County mud-slinging
OK, Columbia County politicos, what's up with the mud-slinging? I guess I'm naive. I assumed that issues played a significant role in campaigns. Christopher Noah, Evans

Ritalin sends kids wrong message
Thank you for the strong editorial on May 19 concerning the overuse of Ritalin and similar drugs. As you state, ``there are children who truly benefit from Ritalin ... but doctors and parents should proceed carefully.'' Clare Bryan, Evans

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

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

Editorial on exercise benefits receives praise
You described well the benefits, both for health and for family fun of regular walking and running, and the price is right. The bully pulpit of The Chronicle's editorial page is a powerful voice to proclaim a needed message. John C. Bell Jr., Augusta

Bush stands up
For a while, citizens wondered: Will the real George W. Bush please stand up? The Republican presidential candidate is standing up and letting the country know what he stands for.

Saddened to see flag desecration
As I sadly reflected on the photo of the burning of a Confederate battle flag on the cover of the May 11 Chronicle, I wondered what it meant for the future of the South and our nation. Greg Bernard, Augusta

Racing notebook: Burton dominates

Ga. players, coaches of the year

Witness: Lewis kicked man

Drivers plan full speed assault

Prep notebook

S.C. players, coaches of the year

Overtime: Red Bullet's Belmont status still unknown

Future bright for young team

Overtime: Stevens, Hill meet tonight in Games bout

NASCAR notebook

Final Ga. poll

Ga. all-area baseball

Boating laws more complex

NRA moms offer a different view

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.

FBI hunts for cause of virus
WASHINGTON (AP) - Computer experts and the FBI pursued yet another e-mail virus Saturday, this one using a guise of a woman's work resume to threaten the world's computers.

Astronauts revive space station

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