Auburn tops Ga. Southern

Braves fall to Astros

Braves notebook: First look at new ballpark

Braves edge Astros

Tigers surge late to win

Gamecocks regain winning form

Yellow Jackets rout Stetson, 24-1

Ga. Tech rallies after shaky start

Tigers shut out Raiders

Jackets, Gnats are rained out

Baseball rewards fans' loyalty

Braves notebook: Rocker struggles with control

Minor League notebook: Garcia still out

Holiday celebrates all veterans

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

On the move

Business briefs

Doctor launches venture

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.

Taking the reins

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.

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.

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.

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

Textron merges car, turf-care divisions

Quick Tips

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.

Pocket change

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

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

Unemployment at new low

Rips Columbia County mud-slinging

Ritalin sends kids wrong message

Time for NAACP wisdom, end boycott

Saddened to see flag desecration

No way to get to transit meeting

Bush stands up

Comments on water, other topics

Proposed new magnet elementary school backed

The late cardinal's virtues were confusing to some

Air merger? Just say 'No'

Editorial on exercise benefits receives praise

SUV rating gets a star

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Tropical Alps

Girlfriend finds habit especially repulsive

Changed lives seen

In the know

Discovering sound

The rap on God

Southern states looked to skies in fall '73

Faith digest

Hill home holds framed memories

Church celebrates anniversary, growth

The fish can be a distraction to preachers

Water found safe

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.

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 life in prison

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.

Across the area

Making tracks

Chief stays silent on decision

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

Veterans hold annual rallies

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

County coroner orders autopsy on wreck victim

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.

State funds school nurses

Across the area

Race case ineligible for status

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.

Holiday closings

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.

Project's plants wither in drought

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

Suspect asserts innocence

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Man remains tangled in case

Swings and kisses

ANIC gets lessons in city service

Tests find no toxins in water

Holiday festival draws crowd

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.

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.

Senator's conduct questioned

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.

Families compete at sporting event

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.

Holiday closings

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

Veterans rally calls for help

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.

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.

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.

Board OKs incumbent's council run

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

Coach expected Sparrow's success

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.

Holiday closings

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

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

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.

Donation helps mom get to work

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.

Jurors convict man of assault, battery

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

Stallions surge late for win

Task force aims to curb suicide

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.

Veterans honor flag tradition

Housing boom heads for bust

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

Lakers steal win in Portland

Knicks top Pacers in game 3

Size matters little to Kitchings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Bruce Buffington
GROVETOWN - Mr. Bruce Buffington died Saturday, May 27, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Jackson
AIKEN - Mr. Robert A. Jackson, 84, of Laurens Street Northwest, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Joanne Tiller
Mrs. Joanne J. Tiller, 65, of Appling, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Doctors 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. Barry Winn
Mr. Barry E. Winn, of Rachel Drive, Evans, died Friday, May 26, 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Mr. Billy Smith

Mr. George Fuller

Mr. Stanley Chaney

Mr. William Knight Jr.

Mrs. Lucyle Short

Mrs. Laverne Bowman-Dobson

Ms. Mary Allen

Mrs. Pollie Williams

Mr. Barry Winn

Mrs. Flora McCloud

Mr. Billy Casey

Mrs. Juanita Barnes

Mrs. Lila Alvanos

Mrs. Joanne Tiller

Mr. Luther Moody Sr.

Mrs. Josephine Caldwell

Mrs. Iva Reynolds

Mr. Leonard Delles

Mrs. Mary Beauford

Mr. James Daniel Jr.

Mrs. Pearl Varner

Mrs. Mary Preston

Mr. Robert Jackson

Mr. Roy Jackson

Mr. Albert Walker Sr.

Mr. Thomas Barber

Mrs. Lucie Rodems

Mr. Herman Sanders Sr.

Mr. John Miles Jr.

Mr. Darryl Carpenter

Mrs. Claire Dimond

Mrs. Johnnie Harling

Kaitlyn Rehby

Mrs. Jean Dowd

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

Overtime: Stevens, Hill meet tonight in Games bout

Prep notebook

Drivers plan full speed assault

Ga. players, coaches of the year

Racing notebook: Burton dominates

S.C. players, coaches of the year

Future bright for young team

NASCAR notebook

Witness: Lewis kicked man

Final Ga. poll

Ga. all-area baseball

Overtime: Red Bullet's Belmont status still unknown

NRA moms offer a different view

Boating laws more complex

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