Need for speed
GROVETOWN - The quiet songs of crickets from nearby woods are audible, their chirping interrupted only occasionally by the experimental revving of a racing engine.

Indian musician finds her calling as teacher
Sitting comfortably on the floor of a large, sunny room off the back of her Columbia County home, Geetanjali Talukdar props the neck of her tanpura, a traditional Indian stringed instrument, against her left shoulder.

Spacey adventure
When Michael Hennessy premieres his science-fiction comedy, The Astrobots, at the Warehouse on Broad Street tonight, he will be realizing a long-held ambition.

CD captures Athens' diverse rock styles

CD captures Athens' diverse rock styles
It's been nearly 15 years since Athens, Ga., won international kudos as a hotbed of American music. Fifteen years since R.E.M.'s then-new sound landed the group's smiling faces on a thousand magazine covers.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Folk singer's coy about day on farm

Spacey adventure

Indian musician finds her calling as teacher

Need for speed

Ramblin' Rhodes: Folk singer's coy about day on farm
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez was evasive when I asked her recently about the secret lover she wrote about in her 1970 song Outside the Nashville City Limits and in her 1987 autobiography And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir.

Trip gets extended by 1 day

Braves notes: Champs visit Atlanta

Batters can't hit these Killer B's

Richardson enjoyed College World Series games

Jackets hold on to beat Bombers

Jackets have five All Stars

Jackets defeat Bombers

Cubs rock Glavine

Richardson stresses need for education

Children reinterpret Scripture

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.

Business briefs: General Motors gets new top executive

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.

Business briefs
Quiet inflation level helps stock increaseNEW YORK - Stocks rallied Thursday as investors took heart in the latest signs that rising interest rates are successfully keeping inflation at bay.

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.

Marks & Morgan Jewelers sold
Susan Morgan agreed to end 91-years of family ownership Wednesday by signing a contract to sell Marks & Morgan Jewelers - a privately-held company headquartered in Augusta - to Signet Group PLC, the largest specialty retail jeweler in the world.

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.

Cumulus denies sale report

Investment to expand Powertel

Nations debate ban

Club Car expands to build sales
Club Car Inc. recently acquired California golf cart manufacturer Dash Golf Cars to gain a stronger foothold in the retail business and to boost profits.

Crude comedian

Rodger Giles lauded for airport work

Give Citrus Road back to the public

Smog ruling a breather

Concentrates on better schools

Proposal to rename center 'shocking'

Keep ages separated on school buses

Williams often sides with Democrats

Plenty of room for all at tourneys

Pro-family leader Dobson defended

South Augusta image needs boost

Protect I-net privacy

Backs hard-worker for Ga. District 24

Building program a good foundation

Check for early signs of chinch-bug infestation
Like last year, chinch-bug damage is showing up early because we had a mild winter. If your St. Augustine grass is showing signs of yellowing and looks like it needs water, you'd better check it out.

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
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.

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.

The plot thickens
Bill Jones has been growing vegetables on the same plot of land on Heath Drive for more than 50 years.

Augustan shares NCAA lead

Howell shares third in NCAA championships

Williamson, Lowery share Kemper lead

Flyers plan to keep Lindros

Islanders get first pick in NHL draft

Children reinterpret Scripture
The season for vacation Bible schools is almost upon us. It is a special time for many when they learn the books of the Old and New Testaments (in order), a time when they construct complicated crafts with a spiritual theme.

Pregnant woman identified
A pregnant woman who died from a gunshot to the abdomen late Thursday has been identified as Shanta D. White, 22. She was eight months pregnant with the child, who also could not be saved.

Digital music-makers

The plot thickens

Capsules

Check for early signs of chinch-bug infestation

On the move

State moves closer to roadway funding

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.

Augusta man foils robbery attempt

Across the area: School dedicates garden for teacher

Company confirms expansion

Summer Fun

Pupils receive Hendrick awards

Man gets 20 years for abuse
An Augusta man convicted of crimes in the near-fatal abuse of his then-month-old daughter received a maximum 20-year prison sentence Thursday.

D.C. chooses Augusta fire chief

State defines green-space rules

Children reinterpret Scripture

Demotion, suspension approved

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.

Educator's leadership tenure ends

Pregnant woman identified

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.

The Lady Chablis to appear at Aiken nightclub

Pupils receive Hendrick awards
Two Murphey Middle School pupils were awarded scholarships Thursday honoring their teacher, who was attacked by one of her former pupils.

Committee presents revitalization plan

Summer Fun
Louis Williams, 11, tries for the perfect form as he takes a dive into the swimming pool at the Aiken County Recreation Center.

Spelling Bee champ says God gave him help toward win

Pregnant woman found shot in car

City, trash haulers discuss rules

Athens remembers life of jurist

Stallions' mascot will make public appearance

D.C. chooses Augusta fire chief
Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few will be named head of the Washington fire department today in the nation's capital, according to a source within the department.

Across the area: Graduation comes to area schools

D.C. fire chief position holds challenges

Barnes will aid airport
He didn't promise anything, but Gov. Roy Barnes did say Thursday he will see if there are any financial incentives the state can use to increase and improve air service in Augusta, Albany and Columbus.

Conference addresses higher education need

Group visits in support of Elian

Competition challenges pupils' spelling skills

Augusta bans all outdoor watering

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.

Pregnant woman found shot in car
A woman who was eight months pregnant died late Thursday after being shot in the abdomen outside her home in Forest Acres subdivision.

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.

Augusta man foils robbery attempt
When a gun-wielding, stocking-headed bandit shoved a pistolinto Theodore Gillyard's chest early Thursday, the Augusta man had one thing on his mind.

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.

Court decision on candidacy may set new state precedent
A forthcoming decision on Woodrow Fryer's candidacy for Richmond County sheriff might set a new precedent when it comes to election qualifying.

Across the area: Graduation comes to area schools
Seniors at Wagener Salley, Ridge Spring-Monetta and Silver Bluff high schools celebrated graduation Thursday evening.

Hunting ban bill delayed
COLUMBIA - A prolonged fight over a hunting bill has put two local lawmakers at odds, but they hope to settle their argument in conference committee.

State moves closer to roadway funding
AIKEN - South Carolina lawmakers agreed Thursday to force the state Infrastructure Bank to accept applications for funds, including one to extend Bobby Jones Expressway across the Savannah River and into Aiken County.

Children reinterpret Scripture
The season for vacation Bible schools is almost upon us. It is a special time for many when they learn the books of the Old and New Testaments (in order), a time when they construct complicated crafts with a spiritual theme.

Spelling Bee champ says God gave him help toward win
WASHINGTON - A home-schooled veteran of academic contests won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday after, he said, he heard a message in his head from God.

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.

Man charged in church thefts

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.

Firm: Greene Street best for justice center

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.

Preliminary budget set at $100 million

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.

Company confirms expansion
Kimberly-Clark Corp. is spending $80 million to build a new facility next to its Beech Island tissue mill, company officials confirmed Thursday.

Committee presents revitalization plan
Augusta's intersections and major thoroughfares may soon have more magnolia trees, azalea bushes and signs to greet visitors if a new county revitalization plan is implemented.

City, trash haulers discuss rules
Steve Smith admitted at a meeting with commercial trash haulers Thursday that he doesn't completely understand the new vehicle inspection ordinance that starts affecting haulers in July.

City calls on Corps to fund ramp repair
Augusta wants the Army Corps of Engineers to fund repairs to the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam boat ramp damaged during the Jan. 17 drawdown of the Savannah River.

Man charged in church thefts
A man being held for carjacking and armed robbery in Charleston, S.C., was charged Thursday in connection with a string of Columbia County church burglaries.

Augusta bans all outdoor watering
After losing power late Thursday at the city's main water pumping station, county officials issued a total outdoor watering ban for all Augusta residents.

Center gives safe haven

The Lady Chablis to appear at Aiken nightclub
AIKEN - The last time The Lady Chablis was in Aiken, he wore shackles and no makeup on the way to jail for a slew of unpaid traffic fines.

Report: Teachers underpaid

Horse patrol rides city streets
AIKEN - Months after stopping the part-time mounted patrol, the Aiken Department of Public Safety is saddling up again with two full-time officers to patrol shopping centers and neighborhoods on horseback.

Conference focuses on higher education needs

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.

Ceaser prefers both sides of ball

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

Panel distributes block grant funds

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.

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

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.

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.

Barnes will aid airport

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.

Horse patrol rides city streets

Richardson enjoyed College World Series games

Hunting ban bill delayed

Pacers again are one victory away

Bryant's status still in question

Pacers come back to beat Knicks

Pippen catalyst of Portland's survival in West

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

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

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. Agnes Tarpley
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Agnes Herrington Tarpley, 74, of Eastview Circle, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

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

Mrs. Hattie Hillary
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Hattie ``Brown'' Hillary, 71, of Casalina Drive, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mrs. Chloe Cullum
MONETTA, S.C. - Mrs. Chloe Rhoden Cullum, 93, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000.

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

Mr. William Cobb
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. William W. ``Bill'' Cobb, 75, of Kilpatrick Street, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

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

Mrs. Addie Smith
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Addie Boatright Blocker Smith, 93, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care Center.

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

Mrs. Pinkie Hunt
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Pinkie Lou Hunt, 59, of McElreath Street, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000.

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

Ms. Serena Thomas
SPARTA, Ga. - Ms. Serena Thomas, 91, of Lakeview Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at her residence.

Takira King
Takira NeTanya King, infant daughter of Gemell Bonner and Robin King, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley Neal
THOMSON - Mrs. Shirley Temple Neal, 47, of Pitt Street, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Adother Johnson
ATLANTA - Mr. Adother Johnson, 67, died Sunday, May 28, 2000.

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

Mr. O'Neal Harsey
GASTON, S.C. - Mr. O'Neal ``Pete'' Harsey, 64, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Columbia.

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

Mr. Julian Martin
Mr. Julian Charles Martin, 34, of Joseph Street, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mrs. Burnelle Luckey
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Burnelle Randall Yaun Luckey, 83, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mr. Sam Green Jr.
COCO, Fla. - Mr. Sam Green Jr., 65, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Melbourne Florida Hospital, Melbourne.

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.

Mr. T.J. Abrams
Mr. T.J. ``Sandy'' Abrams, 83, of Picquet Avenue, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Anderson Johnson
Mr. Anderson Johnson, of Kent Street, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Wayne Fulcher
Mr. Wayne Devon Fulcher, 42, of Estroff Court, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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. H.T. Bodie Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. H.T. ``Nub'' Bodie Jr., 83, of Yardley Drive, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Currie Spivey
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Mr. Currie Byrd Spivey, 91, of New Garden Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Wesley Long Hospital.

Ms. Nora Randolph
CINCINNATI - Mrs. Nora Belle Randolph, 80, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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

Mrs. Carrie Ellis
AUGUSTA - Mrs. Carrie Bell Ellis, of D`Antignac Street, died Sunday, May 28, 2000 at University Hospital.

Mr. Currie Spivey

Timothy Powell

Mrs. Pinkie Hunt

Mr. Richard Price

Mrs. Elsie Siegert

Daniel Williams

Ms. Nora Randolph

Mr. William Cobb

Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes

Mr. Adother Johnson

Mrs. Leola Derolf

Mr. H.T. Bodie Jr.

Mr. Douglas Greene

Mrs. Addie Smith

Mr. T.J. Abrams

Mr. Sam Green Jr.

Mrs. Carrie Ellis

Takira King

Mr. Anderson Johnson

Mr. Mike Hale

Mrs. Bettye Hunt

Mr. Julian Martin

Mrs. Daisy Daughtery

Mrs. Burnelle Luckey

Rev. J. Aaron Sellers

Ms. Serena Thomas

Mr. Jack Bell

Mr. O'Neal Harsey

Mr. Benson Teasley

Mrs. Chloe Cullum

Mr. William Sheppard

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

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

Concentrates on better schools
The media has an obligation to the American people not only to report the news truthfully but also to choose more wisely what the news of the day is. S. G. Von Schweinitz, Appling

Backs hard-worker for Ga. District 24
Please accept this endorsement of Mike Popplewell as state senator for Georgia's 24th District. Keith Gibson, Appling

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

Pro-family leader Dobson defended
I found the Associated Press article regarding George W. Bush's right-wing critique in the May 26 Chronicle disturbing. The journalist referred to Dr. James Dobson as Mr. Dobson in every reference to him. Patti Weeks, N. Augusta

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

U.S., British flags flew over slavery
While I deeply appreciate the Rev. Lester A. Smalls' letter of May 27 advising the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to end its boycott of South Carolina, I feel I must clarify something he said about the Confederate flag. Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Protect I-net privacy
It's smart to be skeptical when government regulators go to Congress seeking more regulations. Much of the time they're bureaucrats looking for ways to expand their power - but not always. Sometimes they're there to do the right thing.

Proposal to rename center 'shocking'
After your recent phone poll concerning renaming the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, I was shocked that anyone would want to name it for singer James Brown. Jim Cobb, North Augusta

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

Commitment to MIAs questioned
I read with interest the statement in the May 30 Chronicle concerning the government's commitment to the fullest possible accounting of our soldiers missing in action. Judith Knight, Warrensville, S.C.

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

South Augusta image needs boost
Lorna Barrett suggested in her May 18 letter that it was the duty of Augusta's political leadership to dispel the low-rent stigma of south Augusta and encourage businesses to locate in the area. Nick Reece, Augusta

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.

Crude comedian
Comedian Robin Williams didn't do himself credit the other night with his vulgarity at a Democratic Party fund-raiser. Jus as a father would lecture a son, veteran comedian Steve Allen had this apt rejoinder:

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

Williams often sides with Democrats
K.G. Watson's letter defending Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, said strictly partisan attitudes are ``silly.'' However, is it too much to expect a representative who works with members of his own party now and then? Richard Leonard, Augusta

A question of choice
''Lottery-funded scholarships are provided to qualified individuals, and the U.S. Supreme Court has held that scholarships provided to individuals, where the individuals in turn determine which school they are going to attend, do not run afoul of constitutional provisions concerning the separation of church and state.''

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

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

Hoffa looking to prove himself at meet

Overtime: Campbell set for 25th year in boat racing

Agassi ousted at French Open

Racing facts: MBNA Platinum 400

Stewart in hot water for words

National Fishing Week to begin; take somebody

Special rehab helps stroke survivors
WASHINGTON - Doctors have had little to offer stroke survivors who lost the use of an arm. Now Alabama scientists report that patients can regain some movement with special intense rehabilitation - forcing them to use the bad arm by tying down the good one - that may help the stroke-damaged brain actually rewire itself.

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.

Special rehab helps stroke survivors