Need for speed

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.

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.

Spacey adventure

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.

Indian musician finds her calling as teacher

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.

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

CD captures Athens' diverse rock styles

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.

Jackets defeat Bombers

Braves notes: Sanders baffled by struggles at plate

Cubs rock Glavine

Jackets have five All Stars

Richardson stresses need for education

Gamecocks one win from World Series

Richardson enjoyed College World Series games

Southern Cal knocks off Georgia Tech

Braves notes: Champs visit Atlanta

Jackets capture 3rd straight win

Batters can't hit these Killer B's

North Augusta's Lynn puts Tigers ahead in long relief

Yankees top Braves

Jackets Tonight

Children reinterpret Scripture

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.

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.

Economic slowdown ahead

Project puts maps online to lure industry to area
The rural counties surrounding Augusta will be the first in the state to be mapped electronically under a program designed to attract new industry.

Business briefs

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
Schwartz Business Furniture has been renamed Augusta Office Concepts Inc., owners Pat and John McMahon announced Friday. The new name reflects the company's focus on more than just furniture, the owners said. The McMahons bought the company about a year ago and have added a variety of services, including consulting, space planning and interior design.

Company files bankruptcy

Economic slowdown ahead
ATLANTA - The Southeast's economy could be slowing, according to reports released this week, but it doesn't seem to be slowing much.

Company files bankruptcy
The new managers of Augusta-based Alternate Energy Resources announced they temporarily will halt operations and seek bankruptcy protection in an attempt to restore profitability.

Some fundamentalists aren't respected

Williams often sides with Democrats

Crude comedian

Animals need care from their owners

Dorsey column called waste of space

Disabled vets still can contribute

Noisy non-jets to Atlanta spur protest

Backs hard-worker for Ga. District 24

South Augusta image needs boost

Protect I-net privacy

People should accept blame for failure

Pro-family leader Dobson defended

Concentrates on better schools

Proposal to rename center 'shocking'

Keeping it in the family
Four generations of David Jones' family have preached and led worship in the Methodist Church - a collective 200 years of ministry with hardly a weekend off.

Kosher cuisine
The 3,000-year-old dietary code given to Moses forbids eating insects, said Rabbi Norman Schloss, a kosher supervisor, or mashgiach.

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

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.

Aiken bookstore has firm foundation
Mamie Hollimon started the Myrtle Tree Bookstore in Aiken on faith and runs it on prayer.

Faith digest
New Berry Baptist Church, 2040 Norfolk St., will hold a musical at 6 tonight to assist the Rev. and Mrs. Cleve Garrison, a couple who lost their home in a fire.

Lowery holds lead at Kemper Open

Williamson, Lowery share Kemper lead

Augustan shares NCAA lead

Kuchar not certain he'll turn pro

Howell increases lead at NCAA Championships

Islanders get first pick in NHL draft

Stars hope poor home ice works slows Devils

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.

Aiken bookstore has firm foundation

Faith digest

Keeping it in the family

Kosher cuisine

The plot thickens

Check for early signs of chinch-bug infestation

Acoustics help find explosives
ATLANTA - Long after a war is over, the land mines left behind remain a deadly danger hidden from sight. The mines can't hide from sound, however, some Georgia Tech researchers say.

Children reinterpret Scripture

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.

Leaky hose injures four employees at SRS

Replacement process begins
As the speculation on Chief Ronnie Few's future as head of the Augusta-Richmond County Department ended Friday, another round begins on finding his replacement.

Kuchar not certain he'll turn pro

Minister turns himself in to police

Armed man apprehended after crash

Few accepts D.C. job
Citing the opportunity to improve the Washington Fire Department the way he did Augusta-Richmond County's, Fire Chief Ronnie Few stood with county leaders Friday to announce he was taking the top fire job in the nation's capital.

Family mourns slain woman

Across the area: Graduation comes to area schools

Lawsuit rejected by jury

Summer Fun

Pregnant woman found shot in car

Educator quits post on panel

State moves closer to roadway funding

Spelling Bee champ says God gave him help toward win

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.

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.

Replacement process begins

Augusta man foils robbery attempt

Few accepts D.C. job

Hunting ban bill delayed

Acoustics help find explosives

Across the area: Contractor settles account lawsuit
A defense contractor has agreed to pay the federal government about $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit over employees who unlawfully inflated their per diem accounts at Savannah River Site.

Sparrow among candidates for arenafootball 2 honors

Family mourns slain woman
As friends, relatives and co-workers sat dazed in the den and dining room Friday, the door was kept closed to an empty bedroom in the back of Freddie White's modest home in the Forest Acres subdivision.

Short-lived watering ban worries residents

Killer receives life in jail plus 10 years
A senseless act of violence that cost one man his life cost another man a lifetime behind bars Friday.

Students celebrate year's end

Telethon shares survivor's story

Man charged in church thefts

Horse patrol rides city streets

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.

Barnes will aid airport

Commander to leave fort after promotion
Maj. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello will leave Fort Gordon in July. President Clinton has nominated Maj. Gen. Cuviello for a third star, which means he has to give up his post as commanding general at Fort Gordon because it is a two-star position, said James Hudgins, public affairs officer at the fort. Maj. Gen. Cuviello's new job will be at the Pentagon.

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.

Lawsuit rejected by jury
Aiken - An Aiken County jury Friday found no evidence of negligence by Aiken regional Medical Centers or emergency room Dr. Gaston Machado in a wrongful-death lawsuit that accused the doctor of failing to catch a life-threatening injury before releasing a patient.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Telethon shares survivor's story
Nick Sheppard is holding the arrow for the first time - the arrow that could have killed him.

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.

Pupils receive Hendrick awards

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.

Pregnant woman identified

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.

Stallions' mascot will make public appearance

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.

The Lady Chablis to appear at Aiken nightclub

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.

Leaky hose injures four employees at SRS
AIKEN - Four employees at the Savannah River Site were treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Friday after a leak in a hose splashed a chemical solution in their eyes.

Columbia County steps up school security
After postponing random metal detector security checks with hand-held wands for most of the school year, Columbia County school officials are now favoring a less intrusive search method.

Partnership focuses on Augusta Commons
There's no good reason to end a partnership that has helped produce $200 million worth of economic development in the downtown area and along the river, say officials from Augusta Tomorrow and LDR International Inc.

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.

Educator quits post on panel
Richmond County School Board member Kingsley Riley resigned Friday citing physical problems.

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.

Short-lived watering ban worries residents
Water-war wounds from the past two summers were reopened for Charles Walker when the city issued a countywide watering ban Thursday.

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

Correction
A listing in Friday's Applause! section of The Augusta Chronicle should have said tickets for the July 14 Savage Garden concert at Fort Gordon's Barton Field will go on sale June 16. Tickets cost $17 in advance.

South Aiken graduates 287
AIKEN - Alexander Lee said something Friday he hadn't said in a long time. The valedictorian of South Aiken High School, soon to be a freshman at Duke University, told his parents, Siyoung and Jean Lee, that he loved them - in front of at least 2,000 people in a packed gymnasium.

Correction

Minister turns himself in to police
WAGENER - A local minister turned himself into police Friday after learning he is charged with shooting a Wagener boy who had set off fireworks in his backyard with friends.

Columbia County steps up school security

Armed man apprehended after crash
AIKEN - A Lexington County, S.C., man who allegedly used a meat thermometer to rob a local woman Friday crashed his pickup into two parked cars during his attempted getaway, police said.

Augusta bans all outdoor watering

Committee presents revitalization plan

Explorers collide
Elizabeth Claxton looks over her son-in-law's 1997 Ford Explorer after it rammed into a white 1997 Explorer (background) that overturned Friday morning at 15th Street and River Watch Parkway.

Richardson enjoyed College World Series games

Partnership focuses on Augusta Commons

Company confirms expansion

City, trash haulers discuss rules

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.

Commander to leave fort after promotion

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.

D.C. chooses Augusta fire chief

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.

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.

Students celebrate year's end
It was a year of clothing regulations, identification badges, new school buildings and exams.

Pacers again are one victory away

Bryant's status still in question

Pacers knock off Knicks

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

Mr. Robert Parker
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Robert Franklin ``Frank'' Parker, 76, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

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.

Mrs. Lois Cone
STILSON, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Joanna Davis Cone, 103, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Mewes Retirement Home, Social Circle.

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

Mr. Edgar Wiggins
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Edgar Wiggins, 88, of U.S. Highway 1 South, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

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

Mr. Alcide Hauser
AIKEN - Mr. Alcide R. Hauser, 88, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Latisha Herron
AIKEN - Mrs. Latisha Angela Herron, 22, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Eugene Vogle
AIKEN - Mr. Eugene ``Gene'' Vogle, 67, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Tilmon Beard
AIKEN - Mr. Tilmon C.C. Beard, 62, died Friday, June 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mr. Wayne Canady
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Wayne Canady, 46, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.

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

Mr. Ellie Davis
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Ellie R. Davis, 72, of Old Wadley Road, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

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

Mr. John Knight Sr.
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. John Henry Knight Sr., 56, of Squirrel Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Peggy Kitchens
MITCHELL, Ga. - Mrs. Peggy H. Kitchens, 68, of Fowler Drive Southwest, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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. Mary Tarver
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lizzie Moye Tarver, 74, of Tarver's Grove Road, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Anna M. Cain
Mrs. Anna M. Cain, 89, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Blair House Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Theresa Wood
Mrs. Theresa Chapman Wood, 82, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

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

Mr. Eugene Cato
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Eugene Victor Cato, 79, of Oak Street, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

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

Mr. E. Bryon Williams
Mr. E. Bryon Williams, 74, died Friday, June 2, 2000.

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

Mrs. Georgia Franklin
AIKEN - Mrs. Georgia Mae ``Pat'' Franklin, 57, of Hampton Avenue Northwest, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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.

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. Ruby Bacon
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Bacon, 62, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Charlie Cartledge
THOMSON - Mr. Charlie Cartledge, 85, of Twin Oaks Road, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

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

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

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

Miss Virginia Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Miss Virginia Smith, of North Harris Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Heritage Inn.

Takira King

Mrs. Addie Smith

Ms. Nora Randolph

Miss Virginia Smith

Mr. Julian Martin

Mrs. Ruby Bacon

Mrs. Lois Cone

Mr. Charlie Cartledge

Mrs. Chloe Cullum

Mrs. Theresa Wood

Mr. Adother Johnson

Ms. Serena Thomas

Mr. Alcide Hauser

Mr. O'Neal Harsey

Mr. Ellie Davis

Mr. T.J. Abrams

Mrs. Mary Tarver

Mrs. Carrie Ellis

Mr. Currie Spivey

Mrs. Pinkie Hunt

Mr. Sam Green Jr.

Mr. Anderson Johnson

Mr. H.T. Bodie Jr.

Mrs. Latisha Herron

Mr. Tilmon Beard

Mr. Eugene Vogle

Mr. Mike Hale

Mrs. Anna M. Cain

Mr. Wayne Canady

Mr. Robert Parker

Mr. William Cobb

Mr. Edgar Wiggins

Mrs. Burnelle Luckey

Sisler: Americans hit 'snooze button' over divorce
THE REV. Paige Patterson, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said last Monday

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

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

The best in our schools
Scientists have cloned a sheep and cloned a human ear on a lab rat. What would really help the world, however, is if scientists could find a way to clone Andy Baumgartner.

People should accept blame for failure
I read in the May 23 Chronicle about a black race car driver who suggests racism has kept NASCAR from allowing him to race in their races, but NASCAR says he just doesn't qualify. John Yarzebinski, Aiken

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

Some fundamentalists aren't respected
I have been reading The Chronicle with great interest lately. Patrick Barkley, Aiken

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

Dorsey column called waste of space
Once again, Rick Dorsey has wasted space in The Chronicle sports section. Randy Layman, Augusta

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

Sisler: Americans hit 'snooze button' over divorce
THE REV. Paige Patterson, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said last Monday

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

Disabled vets still can contribute
There is a big disservice to disabled American veterans when it comes to getting a job. I have put in more than 30 applications for jobs and because I am disabled I get passed over. Sam Whitaker, North Augusta

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

Animals need care from their owners
A few days ago I called Aiken animal control because the dog that lives in the yard next to my grandparent's house was pinned in a pen that was entirely too small for it. Elizabeth Harris, Aiken

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:

Teacher hits governor's program
Gov. Roy Barnes passed his ``A+ Education Reform Act of 2000,'' but Georgia teachers are giving him an F. Apparently, the governor decided the main obstacle to education is the teacher. Thomas Shepherd, Augusta

Noisy non-jets to Atlanta spur protest
As Delta frequent flyers, we are unhappy that we may have to use noisy non-jets to get to Atlanta, our gateway. We would not much mind loss of Delta's jets if Atlantic Southeast Air were to replace all their props with regional jets, but that is not likely without pressure on Delta from us flyers. Victor and Lucille Reilly, Aiken

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.''

Less food, more exercise
Those old enough to remember the grapefruit diet, also called the Hollywood Diet, are probably also finally wise enough to know that the surest way to lose weight is to get away from the refrigerator and take a hike.

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.

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.

Overtime: Wasden leads Curtis Baptist athletic staff

Agassi ousted at French Open

Overtime: Campbell set for 25th year in boat racing

National Fishing Week to begin; take somebody

Julia Roberts receives her own domain name
GENEVA - In a decision likely to cheer celebrity victims of ''cybersquatting,'' a U.N. tribunal has ruled that Julia Roberts owns her Internet domain name.

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.

Special rehab helps stroke survivors

Julia Roberts receives her own domain name