Ramblin' Rhodes: Fan Fair becomes too trying on fans
The thousands attending the International Country Music Fan Fair next week in Nashville had better take a good look. It should be the last one held at the state fairgrounds.

Funky time

Caldwell's Augusta

Emotions, and other things, bared in 'Curse'

Caldwell's Augusta
When literary lion Erskine Caldwell sat down to write the novels that would place him in the pantheon of American literature, he looked back to the region he called home as his muse. He spent his formative years in Wrens, Ga., Augusta and the rural communities in between, and his experiences there would provide the fodder for works considered to be classics of American literature.

Young Eagles get a chance to fly
The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering local youngsters a chance to change their altitude.

Emotions, and other things, bared in 'Curse'
Deep in the third act of the Augusta Theatre Company's production of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Alex Townsend strides boldly on stage and straight into local theater history. Naked.

Keys to success
For the organizers of the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, winners and losers aren't a priority.

Finding recognition

Finding recognition
You won't find the work of Freeman and Cora Schoolcraft hanging in New York galleries or in the collections of any art museums. There aren't chapters dedicated to either of them in art-history texts, and their contributions remain unrecorded in the annals of American art.

Funky time
Casting an eye back to the days when sampling meant a little pink spoon at the ice cream parlor and sequencing meant prioritizing your day, the United We Funk All-Stars tour features acts that thrived and survived before computer technology asserted its influence on music.

Keys to success

Former Evans standout tries to impress Jays

Tourists turn back Augusta

What Stone lacks in size, he has in will

Braves notes: Chipper is day-to-day

Sosa fires back in Cubs' war of words

Toronto slams Braves

Local player key for Clemson

Baker leads Jackets to win

Rocker not exactly missed by Braves

Rocker says he might retire

Sosa, Baylor make peace

Soaking up atmostphere heads agenda

Speeches punctuate graduation

Few know of choices, poll finds
ATLANTA - When told that more than 160 companies offer local phone service in Georgia, Anthony Pollard was surprised.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Boral Bricks to add facility
Boral Bricks announced Wednesday that Augusta will be the home of its new paver-brick facility.

Assembly considers licensing home builders
ATLANTA - Consumers looking for assurances are the reason legislators are considering a requirement that home builders pass a test, be licensed and provide a written warranty.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average fell sharply Thursday after Procter & Gamble surprised Wall Street with an earnings warning and a management shake-up.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Technology stocks closed higher Wednesday after a Goldman Sachs analyst predicted IBM would have a strong year.

P&G restructures, selects new leader
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co. overhauled its top management Thursday, replacing top executive Durk I. Jager after a series of disappointing earnings results that have led to a profound stock slump at the maker of Tide, Crest and Pampers.

Boral Bricks to add facility

Few know of choices, poll finds

Assembly considers licensing home builders

P&G restructures, selects new leader

Comcast will move offices
Comcast Corp. announced Thursday it will build a new office in northwest Augusta that will house nearly all its operations under one roof.

Comcast will move offices

Moral behavior means choosing right

NAACP should put past behind it

FEHBP is only vets' care that works

Taking us for a ride

School buses perilously dilapidated

Fish story improves

Letter writer 'clueless' on budget

Baptists & coaches: the difference

Hell looks better

Red China wrong to ban pop singer

Bush visit illustrates differences between presidential contenders

Carville turns TV viewer off

Incumbent best for Aiken Co. chair

`Keep the faith'

Traditional values equate to decency

In the know
LOST ITS LUSTER?: Finally - parents may say - interest is waning in the Pokemon phenomenon. ''The magic is over,'' said Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University and president of the International Popular Culture Association.

Close-knit community
Summerville residents turned out by the hundreds at the Augusta Woman's Club on Milledge Road on May 5, proving again that their neighborhood is unique.

Problems abound in gardens
Today I'll address some of the problems I've been hearing about in the vegetable garden.

Capsules
Don't touch that dial. Bacteria and viruses from germ-coated telephones easily smear onto a person's hands, new tests have found. And microbes clinging to faucet handles and sponges may be just as eager for a change in geography

Garden tours planned
Several garden tours and a flower show are among the gardening events scheduled for this weekend.

Beauty for a day
Day lilies are quickly taking the place of roses as the bloom of the South. The day lilies' blooms last for only a day, hence the name, which translates to mean ''beauty for a day.'' Few perennials are as hearty, heat-tolerant and pest-free as day lilies.

Flyers tab Ramsay as new coach

Lambert plans return to Lynx

Stars stay alive with goal in 3rd OT

Speeches punctuate graduation
I've attended a few graduation ceremonies in recent weeks and was surprised at how many speakers made a point to state, ``I doubt if any of you will remember what I say here today.''

No decision in double homicide case
District Attorney Danny Craig has not decided whether he will seek the death penalty in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.

Beauty for a day

Close-knit community

In the know

Capsules

Hit-and-run victim could go home soon
Officials at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center have informed the family of a 4-year-old hit-and-run victim that she might be able to return home as early as next week.

Internet romance ends in arrest

Across the area
District Attorney Danny Craig said it is too soon to decide whether to seek the death penalty against two men charged in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.

County's upgrade lacking

Man gets probation in 7-year-old's death
Patricia Cleveland asked a Superior Court judge for leniency Thursday in sentencing the Grovetown man convicted in the December hit-and-run death of her son.

State GOP critical of Gore ads

State law keeps flag on schools

Man gets 84 years for abusing woman
Four days after his 33rd birthday, Carl Sloan began an 84-year prison sentence.

Officials stay busy with fires

Pupils' puppets teach virtues

Schools prepare for change in testing

City postpones decisive vote on bond marketers

Board approves MRI center
There soon will be an open war in Augusta to scan you.

Equestrians bid for racing field

Radiation treatment will not cut patients

GBI: Sex offender left off list

City postpones decisive vote on bond marketers
Augusta commissioners heard the pitches of three financial teams that want to market the city's proposed $90 million water revenue bond issue, but were one vote shy of choosing one Wednesday.

Schrenko scathingly reviews education reform law

Superintendent endorses opponent of governor's bill

Musicians visit Dalai Lama
ATHENS, Ga. - It was an unlikely meeting between East and West. Thousands of mil

A face in the crowd

Schools prepare for change in testing
Richmond County school officials say they are unsure how a new standardized test differs from the one the state has used for the past 15 years.

Equestrians bid for racing field
AIKEN - They're doing it ``the old-fashioned way, with a handshake between friends,'' but two prominent members of Aiken's horse community are negotiating to buy Ford Conger Field, where famed steeplechases are run each spring and fall.

SRS gets bonus, fine

Graduate gratitude

Palmer gets life sentence

Fire chief reports to grand jury
Less than a week after being nominated to become the next fire chief in Washington, Ronnie Few on Thursday was again in front of a special grand jury that is investigating the entire county government.

State GOP critical of Gore ads
ATLANTA - A series of so-called ``issue ads'' on behalf of Al Gore that began running Thursday in Georgia and 14 other states breaks the vice president's pledge not to be the first presidential hopeful to spend unregulated soft money, the state Republican chairman said Thursday.

County's upgrade lacking
AIKEN - Aiken County's new $1 million communications system is not doing the job it was ordered to do.

Internet romance ends in arrest
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - A Charleston man looking for romance was carjacked after a girl he met on the Internet allegedly set him up for a date with a gunman.

Superintendent endorses opponent of governor's bill
HARLEM - Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko on Thursday continued what she calls her campaign against the governor's education reform bill by endorsing her first political candidate.

Ossabaw Island obtains grant to replace roof
SAVANNAH - An $84,000 grant will be used to put a new roof on the main house on the Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve.

City looks to land major airlines

Officials stay busy with fires
Small, unrelated wildfires have kept southeast Georgia forestry rangers scrambling during the past few days to keep a bad fire situation from getting worse.

State pioneers with Web site

GBI: Sex offender left off list
An Augusta man convicted of sexual battery of a minor last week already should have been listed on the Sex Offender Registry, sources said.

Radiation treatment will not cut patients
John Bush had just been wheeled out of brain surgery Wednesday, but he still managed to quote James Brown.

Local NAACP wants state flag removed from schools
Augusta's NAACP president will present a resolution to the Richmond County school board tonight asking that members replace the state flags above local schools with ones that do not bear a Confederate symbol.

Board approves MRI center

Graduate gratitude
JEFF JANOWSKI/STAFFGraduate gratitudeJohn S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate Lodriguez Vontrel Murray hugged Principal Beverly Barnhart after being awarded his diploma Wednesday.

Man gets 84 years for abusing woman

Water use nears capacity

Man gets probation in 7-year-old's death

Across the area

Across the area

State pioneers with Web site
ATHENS, Ga. - A project getting under way at the University of Georgia will be a kind of poster child at a National Endowment for the Humanities meeting today - the $2.3 million New Georgia Encyclopedia, which aims to be the first such publication created with cyberspace in mind.

Pupils' puppets teach virtues
While some pupils are spending their first week of summer in the sun or at the pool, Chris D. Smith is already working toward next school year.

Hospitals combine strengths
SAVANNAH - Effingham Hospital is still struggling financially, and it is fighting to woo back the 80 percent of prospective patients who instead choose Savannah hospitals.

Officials investigate hit-and-run
AIKEN - An Aiken County deputy was recovering at home Wednesday after a driver fleeing a possible burglary sideswiped his patrol car.

Aiken asked to cut back
AIKEN - Despite a statewide drought, Aiken has no serious water problems - yet.

No decision in double homicide case

Palmer gets life sentence
Twenty-two years ago, he raped a woman. Last summer, he tried to carry a teen-age girl out of her home in the middle of the night.

Grocery tax threatens budget

af2 notes: League wants to attract more fans

Hopefuls report on funding
Going into next month's Democratic Primary, Richmond County sheriff candidate Ronnie Strength has received nearly 11 times more in campaign contributions than the other two Democratic candidates and lone Republican combined.

SRS gets bonus, fine
Savannah River Site's top contractor earned an $11.4 million bonus for its recent performance at the federal nuclear-weapons site, but deficiencies cost the company millions more.

A face in the crowd
Cross Creek High School graduate Jessica Lynn Hammons smiles up at her family who watch from the stands as she completes her high school career at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center during commencement ceremonies.

Few faces final vote by D.C. council

Officer, educator honored

Across the area
BARNWELL - Barnwell County authorities are asking for the public's help in the case of a Snelling man found dead last weekend along U.S. Highway 64.

Local NAACP wants state flag removed from schools

Water use nears capacity
It's already been a long summer for Billy Clayton. And with water use peaking above the county's production ability last weekend, it's not getting any better for Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services director.

Officials urge care for fires

Official undecided about death penalty
District Attorney Danny Craig said it is too soon to decide whether to seek the death penalty against two men charged in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.

Officer, educator honored
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The state DARE Association named an Aiken resident ``DARE Officer of the Year'' at its annual conference Thursday.

Few faces final vote by D.C. council
While some Washington City Council members have expressed concerns about Ronnie Few's connection to a local grand jury investigation, other officials in the nation's capital are confident the Augusta fire chief will come out of the probe unscathed.

Grocery tax threatens budget
AIKEN - The budget dispute between South Carolina's Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers intensified Thursday, raising questions whether state government will shut down July 1 in the midst of a ``food'' fight.

Schrenko scathingly reviews education reform law
SAVANNAH - Republican State Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko found an opening to attack Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform law, the A-Plus Education Reform Act of 2000, while speaking at a luncheon in Savannah on Wednesday.

Hospitals combine strengths

School board passes preliminary budget
Richmond County school board members tentatively approved a $195 million budget Thursday that includes additional secretaries, and art, music and special education teachers.

Tax assessment increase angers county residents

City looks to land major airlines
The community of Amarillo, Texas, thought airline service so important that its residents approved a special tax to subsidize American Airlines operating expenses at the Amarillo airport.

Fire chief reports to grand jury

Tax assessment increase angers county residents
Judie Kremin is familiar with sticker shock.

Officials urge care for fires
With a moderate drought now in full effect in the Augusta area, Georgia Forestry officials are asking residents to be cautious with their outdoor burning.

State law keeps flag on schools
Richmond County school board officials said Thursday that state law prohibits them from removing the state flag from school grounds as requested by the local chapter of the NAACP.

Jordan awaits Hamilton's decision

Jackson's calm leads Lakers' storm

After shooting 1-for-16, Miller rediscovers hate

Lakers trounce Pacers

Nemcova, Melvin lead Rockers

49ers' QB Young decides to retire

Defense rests in murder trial

Mr. Charles Dorsett
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. - Mr. Charles C. Dorsett, 86, of Hale Road, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. George Brown
Mr. George Oliver Brown, 79, of Martinez, died Monday, June 5, 2000.

Mr. Daniel Booker
Mr. Daniel Edward Booker, 43, of Jefferson Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Aletha Gregory
ATLANTA - Mrs. Aletha Gregory died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at South Fulton County Hospital.

Mr. Henry Decker Jr.
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Henry John ``Hank'' Decker Jr., 86, of Mount Gilead Church Road, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in Summerville.

Mr. John Graham
Mr. John D. Graham, of First Avenue, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. David Emmette
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. David Thomas Emmette, 39, of Silver Fox Circle, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Crowder
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary Helen Crowder, of Hawes Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Emma Jones
AIKEN - Mrs. Emma Irving Jones, 75, of Westmont Drive, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.

Esmeralda Leon
HEPHZIBAH - Esmeralda Leon, infant daughter of Jose and Cecilia Leon, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Armstrong
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Armstrong, 72, of Lovett Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Simpson
Mr. Joseph Eldridge Simpson, 86, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ervin
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth Ervin, of Georgia Highway 80 West, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000.

Mrs. Ezma Rourke
ANNISTON, Ala. - Mrs. Ezma R. Nabb Rourke, 83, of Kalyn Drive, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Reese
Mr. Robert Reese, of Primrose Drive, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Robert Billingsley
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert L. Billingsley, 40, died Monday, June 5, 2000.

Mr. Laurie Gilliam
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Laurie B. Gilliam, 89, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Trident Medical Center, Charleston.

Mr. Marvin Peed
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Marvin Peed, 78, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Cecelia Harris
Mrs. Cecelia Harris, of Rosier Road, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jesse Weathersbee
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Jesse Blease ``Bub'' Weathersbee, 87, of David Bridge Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home.

Miss Dorothy McGruder
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Miss Dorothy McGruder, 49, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. William Sacre
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - Mr. William Ambrose Sacre, 73, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000.

Mr. Clarence Thompkins Jr.
Mr. Clarence Thompkins Jr., 77, of Wheeler Road, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Charleen Brega
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Charleen Steinmetz Brega, 69, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Eddie Aycock
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Eddie Lewis Aycock, 50, of Kelley Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Miley Williams
ELMONT, N.Y. - Mrs. Miley Williams, 99, of Emily Avenue, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Franklin General Hospital, Valley Stream.

Mr. George Bean
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. George Mack Bean, 65, of Ridgeland Drive, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Hazel Hubert
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mabel Cummings Hubert, 81, of Oak Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Byron Quarles
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Byron B. Quarles, 60, of U.S. Highway 25 North, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in Augusta.

Ms. Elizabeth McCall
Ms. Elizabeth R. ``Libby'' McCall, 53, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Chester Glover
STAFFORD, Va. - Mr. Chester Frank Glover, 83, of Harbour Drive, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredricksburg.

Mrs. Nannie Tullis
Mrs. Nannie Dove Tullis, 78, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Melvin Morrison Sr.
Mr. Melvin Richard ``Rich'' Morrison Sr., 71, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Willie Perry Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Willie Perry Jr., 43, of Barnwell Avenue, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Berta Norris
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Berta C. Norris, 88, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mrs. Earline Brown
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Earline Morrell Brown, 53, of Hampton Grove, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mrs. Gertrude Tincher
JACKSON - Mrs. Gertrude Dolin Tincher, 83, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Alma Grant
NEW YORK - Mrs. Alma Miley Grant, 95, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Jacobi Hospital.

Mrs. Sallie Wingard
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Sallie Johnson Wingard, 97, of Crestview Drive, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Nickey Smith
HEPHZIBAH - Miss Nickey B. Smith, of Woodlake Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Ella Brown
Mrs. Ella Hughes Brown, 82, of Acorn Road, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Eddie Aycock
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Eddie Lewis Aycock, 50, of Kelley Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Tony Martin
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Tony Eugene ``Snow'' Martin, 44, of Edisto Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lucille Maddox
Mrs. Lucille C. Maddox, 71, of Hickman Road, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Isabell Sapp
Mrs. Isabell Williams Sapp, 91, of Goldenrod Road, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Elease Newsome
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Elease Wooden Newsome, 71, of Metz Drive, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Connie Williams
Mrs. Connie Taylor Williams, of Naples Drive, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. John Spratlin Jr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. John Webb Spratlin Jr., 72, of Humphrey Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Climmie Sturgis
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Climmie Lee Sturgis, 75, of Katherine Street, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Earline Brown

Mrs. Berta Norris

Mr. John Spratlin Jr.

Mr. Laurie Gilliam

Mrs. Nannie Tullis

Esmeralda Leon

Mrs. Ezma Rourke

Mrs. Mary Crowder

Mr. Henry Decker Jr.

Mrs. Aletha Gregory

Mrs. Emma Jones

Mr. Tony Martin

Mr. Charles Dorsett

Mrs. Lucille Maddox

Mr. Joseph Simpson

Mr. Jesse Weathersbee

Mr. Willie Perry Jr.

Mrs. Isabell Sapp

Mrs. Connie Williams

Mrs. Gertrude Tincher

Mr. Willie Armstrong

Mr. Robert Billingsley

Mr. Daniel Booker

Mr. Byron Quarles

Mr. Melvin Morrison Sr.

Miss Dorothy McGruder

Mrs. Elease Newsome

Mr. George Brown

Mrs. Ella Brown

Mrs. Elizabeth Ervin

Mr. Robert Reese

Mr. Clarence Thompkins Jr.

Miss Nickey Smith

Mrs. Hazel Hubert

Mrs. Cecelia Harris

Mr. William Sacre

Mr. Marvin Peed

Mrs. Charleen Brega

Mrs. Miley Williams

Patients' rights support a wake-up call for GOP
(Editor's note: The author, Scott Reed, was 1996 presidential candidate Bob Dole's campaign manager.)

NAACP should put past behind it
I took great offense at Roy DeLamotte's June 5 letter. I am a Jew and my family lived through the Holocaust. I wasn't even born when World War II was fought, but my family did not raise me to hate Germans. My family did teach me the history of my people. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

American terrorists bent on carnage
The Rev. Mark Estep was officiating at the funeral of Dana Cooper and her 2-year-old son Anthony when a baby began crying. Rev. Estep paused and then announced, ``Let that baby cry. It sounds like music today.'' Richard Amundson, Augusta

`Keep the faith'
``A grateful nation keeps faith with the old soldier. It stays true to its obligations to the veteran. Too often, this duty is neglected. Too often, in Washington, those who served in the military are remembered only on Veterans Day.''

Hell looks better
In response to R.E. Sutherland's letter of May 25, in which she condemns all of us who do not think as she does, I can think of no worse damnation than to be stuck for eternity with Mrs. Sutherland and her sanctimonious, naive, judgmental cohorts. Nancy Wilds, Aiken

Louisville's airport growth a debacle
The Augusta Regional Airport draws only compliments from passengers I meet. But if you're determined to spoil that, show some innovative thinking. Barbara Stober Shaffer, Blythe

Elementary grad event too long
Recently I attended a graduation ceremony for one of our local elementary schools. The graduation class contained almost 90 children with 99 percent present. Bobbie Burke, Grovetown, Ga.

Moral behavior means choosing right
Kevin A. Palmer (letter, June 1) is right: The Boy Scouts are not God's chosen people. Unfortunately he seems to be confused about the difference between morality and perfection. Sam Fulton, Martinez

School buses perilously dilapidated
I have kept up with the Richmond County school bus issue. I have gone to the local transportation department and looked at the buses. I've talked with drivers and mechanics. Rhonda Gaines, Hephzibah

Sign anti-voyeur bill
New technologies spawn new ways to engage in old crimes. Peeping Toms and voyeurs have been having all kinds of perverse fun using video cameras to eavesdrop on other people's lives.

Incumbent best for Aiken Co. chair
On June 13 Aiken County must vote for the individual who will inevitably become our County Council chairman. I recommend the tried and true incumbent Ronnie Young who has served on our county council faithfully since 1990. David A. Towles, Beech Island

Enforce sign law
Beautifying Augusta should be a high priority, a citywide effort, which is why we embrace a plan developed by a host of officials, both elected and civic, and formally proposed last week by the planning commission.

Patients' rights support a wake-up call for GOP
(Editor's note: The author, Scott Reed, was 1996 presidential candidate Bob Dole's campaign manager.)

Bush visit illustrates differences between presidential contenders
On the same morning Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is in Augusta for a World War II D-Day celebration, introduced by a highly-decorated Marine war hero, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore is again lying about the use of unlimited ``soft money'' and being criticized by a tenant for a failure to make needed repairs on her poor family's rental home.

Baptists & coaches: the difference
Patrick Barkley (letter, June 3) asks why ``... we get so upset about the fundamentalists'' and not about great coaches extolling the virtues of football.Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Candidate wrong to imply support
Jay Lacy, a candidate for Edgefield County Council, made a mass mailing to the 5th District (Merriwether/Westside) this week. He used letters to the editor from two members of the Concerned Citizens for Edgefield County, implying we support him. Bernadette Hudson, North Augusta

Carville turns TV viewer off
I have been watching Meet The Press on TV. If I had not been for getting rid of Bill and Hillary Clinton, this program would have cemented my desire. Robert Calloway, Augusta

A victory for parents
The U.S. Supreme Court came out in favor of parents' rights Monday in a decision that keeps states from forcing parents to allow grandparents access to their grandchildren.

FEHBP is only vets' care that works
Once again Army Echoes has published its newsletter listing health care as the top issue for the Retiree Council. The article raises the same old red herrings, laced with excuses for maintaining the status quo, while pretending to improve things. Boyd Simmons, Augusta

Fish story improves
The tentative agreement worked out between Fort Gordon and the Army Corps of Engineers as to when the fort's semi-public Lake Thurmond recreation area can be used for tournament fishing holds promise of solving a difficult problem.

Red China wrong to ban pop singer
This is a follow-up development in response to Phil Kent's May 25 column on Taiwan: Alice Wang, Atlanta

Letter writer 'clueless' on budget
I read with interest the May 6 letter from L. Boyd attacking our legislators for their votes in favor of the Georgia state budget. Jackie McIlwain, Martinez

Traditional values equate to decency
Three cheers for columnist Mona Charen and Dr. Laura Schlessinger for ''expressing traditional views.'' I call those ''traditional views'' decency. Einar Waldun, Hephzibah

Taking us for a ride
Federal and state governments, including Georgia, are pushing hard for more public transit, not just within metropolitan areas, but between them. Their hearts are in the right place; they seek to reduce the number of cars on the roads for smoother (and safer) traffic flows and to curb air pollution caused by high-volume commuter traffic.

Labonte rolls into Michigan

Overtime: Coble advances to semifinals

Hudson's first fight to be televised

Overtime: Norman handles Safin in French Open

Garage should be off-limits to fans

Racing facts: Kmart 400

Pirated souvenirs are booming business

Belmont Stakes is wide open

Schooling fish won't hit? Try teensy lures

Fisherman's luck makes four happy

EPA bans common pesticide
WASHINGTON - Citing health risks to children, the Environmental Protection Agency today banned one of the most common pesticides for use in gardens and homes, while curtailing its application in agriculture.

Appeal uncertain for Microsoft case
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. expects a warmer welcome from a higher court when it appeals a federal judge's order to split up its software empire. But it is no sure bet.

Judge's ruling in Microsoft case
The text of the memorandum and order attached to U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling in the Microsoft antitrust case.

EPA bans common pesticide

Judge's ruling in Microsoft case

Appeal uncertain for Microsoft case