Braves notes: Unlikely reliever called up

Braves beat Cubs

Trip gets extended by 1 day

Jackets hold on to beat Bombers

Investment to expand Powertel

Monsanto sells NutraSweet
J.W. Childs Equity Partners II LP purchased NutraSweet Co. from Monsanto Co. - now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pharmacia Corp. - for $440 million Thursday. Company officials made the announcement Tuesday.

Avondale Mills plans $115 million initiative

Nations debate ban

Cumulus denies sale report

Business briefs: General Motors gets new top executive

Business briefs: Contact lens maker reveals buyout deal

Business briefs: General Motors gets new top executive
DETROIT - For the first time in about a decade, General Motors Corp. will enjoy a peaceful transfer of power between top executives today.

Local man to head Topeka newspaper
John Fish, assistant general manager of The Augusta Chronicle, will leave the newspaper after 12 years to become publisher of The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Avondale Mills plans $115 million initiative
Avondale Mills announced Tuesday a $115 million plant modernization plan that will pump about $21 million into its South Carolina facilities.

Business briefs: Contact lens maker reveals buyout deal
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Bausch & Lomb Inc. abandoned its pursuit of Wesley Jessen VisionCare Inc. on Tuesday after the Des Plaines, Ill.-based cosmetic contact lens maker revealed it had accepted a $785 million buyout offer from CIBA Vision.

Monsanto sells NutraSweet

Nations debate ban
ATLANTA - Georgia's hopes of increasing farm exports to the 15 European Union countries could benefit from an announcement made during President Clinton's summit in Portugal on Wednesday.

Cumulus denies sale report
Cumulus Media Inc., a Milwaukee-based broadcast company with nine radio stations in the Augusta area, recently denied industry reports that some of its assets are for sale.

Investment to expand Powertel
Sonera Corp., a Finnish telecommunications company, said Wednesday it is investing $125 million in Westpoint, Ga.-based Powertel Inc. to help it expand into new markets.

Local man to head Topeka newspaper

Complaints about Williams unfounded

Cheeks disappoints

Smog ruling a breather

Make child abusers pay the price

`Hybrid' a good step

NAACP called economic terrorists

Give Citrus Road back to the public

Oops!

Proposes flying flag carrying swastika

Building program a good foundation

Keep ages separated on school buses

Rodger Giles lauded for airport work

Post your own Ten Commandments

James Brown already has a street

Cultural change no excuse for `error'

Plenty of room for all at tourneys

The story behind the title, `Mr. Bass'

In the know
DOWN AND FEATHER: Calvin Klein might have a way with slick fashion. But he has a more domestic side too, and his new spring bed and bath line reflects it.

Small portions
The Vidalia onion's mellow flavor is the result of the mild climate and unique soil combination found in a small region of Georgia, which designated the Vidalia the state vegetable in 1990.

Perfect for a picnic
Summer is here, and with it come picnics at the lake and backyard cookouts.

Digital music-makers
The digital revolution is in your back yard. If you think the battle lines between the record industry and online music are being drawn in places like California or New York - or if you didn't even know there was a battle going on - get ready. Some of the shock troops are producing music out of the bedrooms and basements of Augusta.

Capsules
Think the government is right in saying that drug expenditures are rising at double-digit rates? Well, such statistics don't show the half of it, says a study sponsored by a new advocacy group, RxHealthValue.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Howell shares third in NCAA championships

Stewart's wife releases biography

Westin: Cup event returns to Jones Creek

Players chasing the elusive Cup

Devils trounce Dallas; take 1-0 lead

Flyers plan to keep Lindros

Digital music-makers

Capsules

Perfect for a picnic

In the know

Small portions

New law prohibits van use

Group visits in support of Elian

Officials predict high hurricane activity
Above average. Active. Dangerous.

Conference focuses on higher education needs

Conference addresses higher education need
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's colleges and universities must begin treating themselves like companies - constantly evaluating services and programs - if they want to succeed in a competitive market driven by accountability standards, the state's former governor said.

On the move

Foundation honors schools for successes
ATLANTA - Barrow Elementary School pupils aren't allowed to make excuses for poor academic performance. They can't blame poverty, parents or uncaring teachers.

D.C. fire chief position holds challenges

Athens remembers life of jurist
ATHENS, Ga. - Judge James Barrow, the jurist who guided Athens through the turbulent civil rights era with a firm grasp of the law and a gentle demeanor, was mourned Tuesday as an American hero and a ``shining knight'' who was an underdog in the legal process during the past six decades.

Competition challenges pupils' spelling skills

Educators enrich low-income pupils

Ceaser prefers both sides of ball

Court shoots down ex-assessor's appeal

Conference addresses higher education need

State group eyes Chinese markets
ATLANTA - On the heels of House passage of the U.S.-China trade bill, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin plans to promote the state's agricultural products during a trade mission scheduled for June.

Report: Teachers underpaid

Demotion, suspension approved

Across the area: School dedicates garden for teacher

Court shoots down ex-assessor's appeal
Aiken County Administrator Bill Shepherd was justified in firing the county tax assessor for insubordination in 1996, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled.

Athens remembers life of jurist

Conference focuses on higher education needs
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's colleges and universities must begin treating themselves like companies - constantly evaluating services and programs - if they want to succeed in a competitive market driven by accountability standards, the state's former governor said.

Preliminary budget set at $100 million

Officials field calls on dirty water

State defines green-space rules

New law prohibits van use
Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law Tuesday a bill that will prohibit private schools and child care centers from using 15-passenger vans to carry children.

Panel distributes block grant funds

Officials predict high hurricane activity

Shortages threaten science fair

Officials encourage pool care

Firm: Greene Street best for justice center
The Maryland consulting firm updating the city's master plan for Augusta Tomorrow has chosen the 600 block of Greene Street as the best place in downtown Augusta to build a new judicial center.

Judge dismisses ineligibility petition
Georgia Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, was cleared Tuesday of an accusation that he should be ineligible to seek a fourth term in District 119 because he allegedly doesn't live in the House district he represents.

Demotion, suspension approved
The Augusta Personnel Board on Wednesday upheld the suspension and demotion of a fire department lieutenant accused of sleeping on duty.

Educators enrich low-income pupils
ATLANTA - Approximately 58 percent of the nation's low-income fourth-graders can't read, and 67 percent of impoverished eighth-graders can't perform basic math calculations, according to education watchdogs.

Across the area: School dedicates garden for teacher
Pupils and teachers at Murphey Middle School honored Linda Gail Hendrick on Wednesday by planting a garden and bestowing a plaque as a tribute to the injured teacher.

Officials encourage pool care
ATHENS, Ga. - Although summer may not have officially arrived yet, summertime temperatures certainly have. And, as a result, pool lovers everywhere are making a splash.

State group eyes Chinese markets

Harlem approves plans to update water system
HARLEM - Harlem officials approved several measures Tuesday designed to upgrade the city's water system.

Across the area: Police seek area teen-ager's shooter

Across the area: Police seek area teen-ager's shooter
WAGENER - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office continues to look for the person who shot a 15-year-old boy in the back during the weekend, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.

Officials field calls on dirty water
Dirty water coming from faucets in downtown Augusta triggered a rash of calls to the city's utilities department Tuesday but posed no hazard to public health, Utilities Director Max Hicks said.

Native design
Aiken architect Martin Buckley designed a bent palmetto tree for a public art display on Columbia's city streets. Mr. Buckley's tree is one of 89 steel palmettos decorated by South Carolina artists.

D.C. fire chief position holds challenges
If Ronnie Few accepts the job as fire chief of Washington, he'll have more manpower and money in his budget than fire departments in most U.S. cites.

State defines green-space rules
ATLANTA - Soccer fields and golf courses don't count as green space under Gov. Roy Barnes' plan to safeguard from development 20 percent of Georgia's fastest growing counties, the program's director said Wednesday.

Fire officials gather in Augusta
Fire officials from 10 states descended on Augusta on Wednesday for the four-day Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference.

Center gives safe haven

Panel distributes block grant funds
Nearly a dozen public service agencies and public facilities put a hand out when they heard the city's Housing & Neighborhood Development Department had to use or lose about $1 million in Community Development Block Grant money.

Judge dismisses ineligibility petition

Report: Teachers underpaid
AIKEN - South Carolina's teachers didn't need a voluminous report to tell them they are underpaid.

Edgefield County welcomes new plant

Preliminary budget set at $100 million
There's still some final tinkering left to do, but Columbia County Commissioners have a balanced $100 million budget for the coming fiscal year.

Group visits in support of Elian
An organization that focuses on fighting the spread of Communism made a brief stop in Augusta to rally support for Elian Gonzalez to remain in the United States.

Educator's leadership tenure ends
Andy Baumgartner says he's gained 30 pounds in the past two years traveling from state to state, banquet to banquet talking about education issues.

Competition challenges pupils' spelling skills
WASHINGTON - Packing a cherished Bible verse in his pocket and thousands of words he knows by heart, Lincoln County teen Andrew Brown was victorious through the third round of the 2000 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.

Center gives safe haven
AIKEN - The threat of domestic violence is very real in some Aiken households, but speakers at a mini-workshop called ``Just So You Know'' agreed that the greatest threat to the safety of women and children, and some men, is ignorance.

Native design

Good rating earns Wackenhut bonus
Savannah River Site's security firm will receive a bonus of more than $1 million for its recent performance.

Agencies prepare to battle fires

On the move
Air Force Airman 1st Class Colin Crandall (left) and Staff Sgt. John D. Williams read traveling material while waiting at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field inside the hull of a C-130 Hercules cargo plane that will fly them to Haiti, where they will complete medical and engineer support projects.

Schrenko examines platforms

Shortages threaten science fair
The chance for pupils across the area to win blue ribbons for exploding volcanoes may be gone when they return to school next fall because funding and volunteers are missing at the nonprofit organization that oversees science fairs.

Foundation honors schools for successes

Agencies prepare to battle fires
During a normal year, Richmond County's Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Jesse Townsend should be taking it easy.

Educator's leadership tenure ends

Schrenko examines platforms
State Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko said her support for state House candidate Ron Beul won't be automatic. She'll have to study his platform before deciding to back him.

Edgefield County welcomes new plant
TRENTON, S.C. - A New York-based manufacturing company announced Tuesday that it will bring 175 jobs to the area - five more than were created in all of Edgefield County last year.

Firm: Greene Street best for justice center

Pacers come back to beat Knicks

Pippen catalyst of Portland's survival in West

Blazers stay alive with win

Pacers will buy tickets to keep Knicks fans out

Emanuel Washington Sr.,
101, construction worker

Mr. Sam Wilson Jr.
Mr. Sam Wilson Jr., of Strother Drive, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Harold Fordham
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Harold Eugene Fordham, 73, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Shamrock Nursing Home.

Mr. James Oxford
GRACEWOOD, Ga. - Mr. James Allen ``Al'' Oxford, 49, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elsie Siegert
Mrs. Elsie V. Siegert, 82, of West Lake Drive, Evans, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Graham Barclay
Mrs. Graham Hinson Barclay, 83, of Owens Road, Evans, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. George Coakley Sr.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Mr. George Edward Coakley Sr., 82, of Woodland Way, died Monday, May 29, 2000.

Mr. William Sheppard
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. William ``Shep'' Sheppard, 81, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Beverly Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Harriet Shultzaberger
Mrs. Harriet Francis Shultzaberger, 71, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Leola Derolf
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Leola Beard Derolf, 86, of Pine Street, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Genevieve Howard
Mrs. Genevieve Elam Howard, 75, of Anthony Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Rev. J. Aaron Sellers
CLEVELAND, Ga. - The Rev. J. Aaron Sellers, 76, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Elsie Siegert
Mrs. Elsie V. Siegert, 82, of West Lake Drive, Evans, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jack Hall Jr.
Mr. Jack Hall Jr., 83, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Pearl Williams
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Pearl S. Williams, 73, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home, Statesboro.

Mr. Mike Hale
THOMSON - Mr. Mike Hale, 83, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Sarah Clifton
NEWNAN, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Clifton, 78, died Monday, May 29, 2000, in Augusta.

Mr. Richard Price
HAMPTON, S.C. - Mr. Richard Sylvester Price, 79, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort.

Mr. Robert Allen
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Allen, 57, of Ward Street, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Douglas Greene
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. Douglas Henderson Greene, 80, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Thelma Miller
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Thelma Hutchings Miller, 82, of Springfield Road, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center.

Mrs. Margaret Padgett
BATESBURG, S.C. - Mrs. Margaret Lorick Padgett, 80, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000.

Mr. Darwin Peters
Mr. Darwin C. Peters, 80, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Jack Bell
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Jack Bell, 57, of Keith Drive, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Mrs. Lisa Kloiber
Mrs. Lisa M. Kloiber, 33, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Daisy Daughtery
Mrs. Daisy E. Daughtery, 95, of Kevin Drive, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mrs. Lois Dixon
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Sterling Dixon, 78, died Monday, May 29, 2000.

Mrs. Bettye Hunt
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mrs. Bettye Jean Hunt, 58, of Brittany Street, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes
RUSKIN, Fla. - Mrs. Elizabeth M. Dykes, 73, died Monday, May 29, 2000.

Mr. Raymond Holder
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Raymond G. Holder, 67, of Lloyds Lane, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. James Pitts
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mr. James Hamilton ``Jim'' Pitts, 30, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Emma Joyner
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Joyce Joyner, 63, of Airport Road, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Sheppard
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. William ``Shep'' Sheppard, 81, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Beverly Health Care Center, Aiken.

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

Mr. Robert Wright Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee ``Rob'' Wright Sr., 51, of Corker Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Benson Teasley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Amicus Benson Teasley, 79, of Bethany Church Road, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Walter Parkman Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Walter Parkman Sr., 80, of Bradleyville Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Timothy Powell
HARLEM - Timothy Robert ``Trip'' Powell, infant son of Timothy and Christie Powell of North Bell Street, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Jeannette Burnette
LANGLEY - Mrs. Jeannette McGraw Burnette, 73, of Dunbar Street, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Daniel Williams
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Daniel ``Boon'' Williams, 8, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Hollywood Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Charleen Brega
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Charleen Steinmetz Brega, 69, died at her residence.

Samuel Miller
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Samuel Logsdon ``Sam'' Miller, 3, died Monday, May 29, 2000.

Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes
RUSKIN, Fla. - Mrs. Elizabeth M. Dykes, 73, died Monday, May 29, 2000.

Mr. Benson Teasley

Mrs. Elsie Siegert

Mr. William Sheppard

Mr. Darwin Peters

Samuel Miller

Emanuel Washington Sr.,

Rev. J. Aaron Sellers

Mr. Robert Wright Sr.

Mr. Richard Price

Mr. Harold Fordham

Mr. James Pitts

Mrs. Genevieve Howard

Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes

Mrs. Jeannette Burnette

Mr. Jack Bell

Mrs. Graham Barclay

Mrs. Leola Derolf

Mr. Robert Allen

Timothy Powell

Mr. Douglas Greene

Mr. William Sheppard

Mrs. Elsie Siegert

Mrs. Lois Dixon

Mrs. Bettye Hunt

Mr. Walter Parkman Sr.

Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes

Mrs. Pearl Williams

Mrs. Daisy Daughtery

Daniel Williams

Mrs. Thelma Miller

Mr. Sam Wilson Jr.

Oops!
Due to a typographical error, the last line of two editorials in last Saturday's edition were dropped.

James Brown already has a street
With absolutely no disrespect intended to either Mayor Bob Young or to lovers of soul music, I would simply ask three critical questions before renaming Augusta-Richmond County Arena as the ``James Brown Arena,'' a tribute to local musician James Brown, the ``Godfather of Soul.'' John Sisson, Evans

Officials' water story contradicted
I was interested in the May 24 Page 1 article, ``Water colors.'' In the article, the cause of the water discoloration problem in south Richmond County was attributed to ``a high iron content,'' which local health officials then claimed to be fully ``correctable,'' posing ``no health risk'' to county residents. Jack Sisson, Evans

Building program a good foundation
In reply to the May 24 article ``Inmates construct new office'' in The Chronicle, all good construction requires a competent foundation. How refreshing to read the good news of the seven inmates of the Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution who were of service to the Edgefield County Board of Education. Gerald A. Lee, Evans

Cultural change no excuse for `error'
``That was then, this is now'' is perhaps the most common excuse given by those in the religious community for the errors that continue to be introduced into the ``Christian'' churches, reference your May 23 editorial, ``Backward Baptists.'' It may come as a surprise to some, but God was not ignorant of the cultural and social mores of the 20th and 21st centuries when he instructed the Apostle Paul to write the words of 1 Timothy 2:8-14. Southern Baptist churches that ordain women as pastors are acting contrary to the clear, and still valid, instructions of God and are, therefore, in error. Hubert Baker, Aiken

Keep ages separated on school buses
As a mother of three young Columbia County students I am extremely thankful for Mrs. Williams, our school bus driver. I have not been able to drive my children to school much this year, so having a safe, reliable and friendly person that I can trust my children's lives with means a lot. Bethann Folland, Grovetown

Make child abusers pay the price
I read the May 24 article about Rebecca Cowart and the beating death of her 15-month-old daughter. If the evidence presented in the courtroom proves Ms. Cowart guilty, the death penalty should be considered. Carolyn Johnson, Augusta

Plenty of room for all at tourneys
This is regarding Robert Pavey's May 13 news story about Fort Gordon and fishing tournaments. Ellyn Stein, McCormick

NAACP called economic terrorists
I am a 32-year-old white male, fourth-generation carpenter and a lifelong resident of South Carolina. Andrew L. Pridgen, Burnettown

Scouts are not God's chosen people
I would like to respond to the letter saying homosexuals should not be leading Boy Scout troops. First, the Boy Scouts, as an organization, are not God's chosen people. Kevin A. Palmer, Augusta

Proposes flying flag carrying swastika
I am certain this will not serve to lessen any of the controversy about the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina Statehouse capital or on the grounds; however, I would like to add my opinion to the long list of opinions. Henry Scott, Hephzibah

Smog ruling a breather
When the U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will decide whether the government must take the cost of compliance into account when setting air pollution standards, it was a timely announcement for Augusta.

`Hybrid' a good step
The Augusta Commission took positive action recently regarding the role of the city attorney.

Water relief?
Mayor Bob Young brings good news for Augustans sick of water shortages and problems: Coming weeks will provide some relief.

Complaints about Williams unfounded
A recent letter writer from Columbia County complained about the state representatives from the 113th and 114th districts and their performances. K.G. Watson, Augusta

Give Citrus Road back to the public
I hate to say I told them so, but I told them so. Doug Evans, Trenton

The story behind the title, `Mr. Bass'
My letter is in reference to the baffled local bass fisherman, Nick Faulkner (letter, May 22), who is snagged on how catching the state and world record blue catfish qualifies one to be touted ``Mr. Bass.'' Enon Hopkins, Augusta

Rodger Giles lauded for airport work
We would like to extend our thanks to Augusta Aviation Commissioner Rodger Giles for his significant contribution to our community. Earnest Smith, Joe Scott, Jimmy Drew, Marcie Wilhelmi, Cedric Johnson, Jim Wilson, Ed Skinner, Ed McIntyre, Augusta

Post your own Ten Commandments
The Chronicle covered the American Civil Liberties Union and its attacks on smaller governmental organizations for ``separation of church and state'' very well. Gene England, Aiken

Cheeks disappoints
Georgians who expect ethics in government will be disappointed again, this time with the latest accusation that state Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, used his position as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for personal gain.

Overtime: Hawks plan to drop prices on some tickets

Stewart in hot water for words

Racing facts: MBNA Platinum 400

Overtime: Young's fate to be decided in near future

Norman out to prove himself

Hoffa looking to prove himself at meet

Speedway rescue work evaluated

Quick-growth plants created
Genetic researchers have accelerated a plant's growth by making its cells split faster - a technique that could someday lead to heartier crops, shorter growing seasons and less use of herbicides.

Scientists pinpoint cause of lupus
German scientists have provided the first direct evidence that a key enzyme's failure to mop up dying cells contributes to lupus, a potentially fatal immune disorder.

Scientists pinpoint cause of lupus