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.

Finding recognition

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.

Funky time

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.

Emotions, and other things, bared in 'Curse'

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.

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.

Caldwell's Augusta

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

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.

Keys to success

Lynn diary: No sweat in first game of College World Series

Braves notebook: Jones is eager to play

Jackets move intofirst place tie

Sosa, Baylor make peace

Tigers wins CWS opener

What Stone lacks in size, he has in will

Rocker not exactly missed by Braves

Soaking up atmostphere heads agenda

Braves beat Red Sox in interleague play

Tourists turn back Augusta

Speeches punctuate graduation

Business briefs

Subdivisions populate area
The busy William Few Parkway is going to get busier. Work has begun on a 232-acre, multiconcept subdivision located near the parkway's intersection with Knob Hill Farm Road.

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.

Local gas prices

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

Subdivisions populate area

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices showed no change in May as lower costs for energy and food more than offset higher prices for cars and a record jump in the cost of books, according to government figures released Friday.

Business briefs

Local gas prices
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Comcast will move offices

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.

Few know of choices, poll finds

P&G restructures, selects new leader

Taking us for a ride

Baptists & coaches: the difference

Carville turns TV viewer off

Why school uniforms are necessary

Teens and cars also dangerous

Microsoft challenge

NAACP should put past behind it

Supports Young for Council chairman

School buses perilously dilapidated

Just leave John Rocker alone

Landfill smells like a rose

Comes to the defense of slow drivers

Civic Center great place to graduate

Take debate to state

Fish story improves

Why Wymberly residents like Brush

Red China wrong to ban pop singer

He knows a hero when he sees one

Incumbent best for Aiken Co. chair

Nation being destroyed from within

Mouthy talk show host's sour grapes

Questions about NAACP answered

Backs record in Aiken Co. race

`Keep the faith'

Improve open meetings

Bush: Get specific

Disharmony in church unsettling
When disharmony reigns in a congregation, my denomination appoints a commission to investigate and to do whatever is necessary to resolve the dissension and restore harmony.

God helped evangelist overcome 'Vanity'
Two days after preaching to more than 500 youth in a Savannah Baptist church, Denise Matthews' throat still hurts.

Historic church celebrates anniversary
Happy Home Baptist Church started in the shadow of slavery but grew up with its hometown, Allendale, S.C.

Faith digest
The Rev. Gregory Cannon, pastor of Victory Temple, will be the featured speaker at the second annual Father/Son breakfast at Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 590 Hemlock Dr., North Augusta, at 9 a.m. today.

Major-league faith
Pitcher John Link lobbed a ball and - pop!! - the batter whipped it back. The Rev. Link and the rest of Curtis Baptist Church's outfield craned their necks as the ball sailed beyond the fence at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

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

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.

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

Paulson increases Buick Classic lead

Regions Cup to be played on two courses

Qualifier slated for July

Stars stay alive with goal in 3rd OT

Stars standing after marathon

Flyers tab Ramsay as new coach

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.''

Major-league faith

God helped evangelist overcome 'Vanity'

Faith digest

Disharmony in church unsettling

Beauty for a day

Cypress claims state record
WADLEY, Ga. - George Ratchford Sr. has seen some interesting sights along the dense swamp that adjoins his family's Jefferson County farm.

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

Superintendent endorses opponent of governor's bill

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.

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.

City sets sights on airport facilities

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.

Man gets 84 years for abusing woman

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.

A face in the crowd

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.

City sets sights on airport facilities
If Tim Weegar, the interim director of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, is looking for a little job security, he might have just gotten it.

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

SRS gets bonus, fine

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.

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

Businesses object to sign rule

Officials urge care for fires

Coroner increases training

State pioneers with Web site

Confederate reunion
Drummer Evan Luke spent Friday warming up at the riverwalk.

af2 notes: League wants to attract more fans

Dropout prevention evaluated
ATLANTA - Georgia's Department of Education lacks several key policies that could help reduce excessive absenteeism and the number of high school students dropping out of school, according to a report released this week.

Officer, educator honored

Businesses object to sign rule
The city's new sign ordinance has some Broad Street business owners hopping mad and predicting the demise of downtown Augusta if they have to remove their signs, banners, outdoor cafes and flower pots next week.

Confederate reunion

Craft show
Patsy Daniels, of East Dublin, Ga., shows Zachary Pencille, 7 months, of Aiken, a yam puppet from her craft booth at Friday's Experience Aiken Craft Show.

Correction
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly said Richmond County Sheriff's candidate Leon Garvin will not be on the ballot for the July 18 primary.

Coroner increases training
AIKEN - Sue Townsend has spent 18 years speaking for the dead. The Aiken County coroner now has certification to show she is more than qualified for the job.

Stallions need a win to stay in first place

Across the area

Craft show

Discipline for prom drinking prompts probe

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

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.

Board approves MRI center

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.

Tax assessment increase angers county residents

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.

Grocery tax threatens budget

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

Hospitals combine strengths

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.

Officials stay busy with fires

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.

State law keeps flag on schools

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.

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.

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.

Across the area

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

Blood donors needed to help offset shortage
A local blood bank is asking people to donate blood to curtail a severe shortage.

Youth leader's death investigated

Fire chief reports to grand jury

NAACP chapter attacks schools
Local NAACP officials say the Richmond County school board is misinterpreting a state law to keep the state flag flying above school grounds.

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.

Discipline for prom drinking prompts probe
An incident involving student drinking at a Columbia County high school prom is being investigated by the school system.

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.

Across the area
An attorney representing a young Augusta man opted to postpone a bond hearing Friday for the 17-year-old, who is now facing his second rape charge.

State GOP critical of Gore ads

Youth leader's death investigated
What friends of Todd Edwards remember about him is he made just about everything in life funny.

Schrenko scathingly reviews education reform law

Palmer gets life sentence

Cypress claims state record

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.

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.

Dropout prevention evaluated

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.

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

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.

City looks to land major airlines

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.

Bettys to gather at park picnic
SAVANNAH - You've got Bette Davis eyes. Betty Grable's legs. The dangerous curves of Bettie Page.

Jordan awaits Hamilton's decision

Lakers win; Pacers in foul mood

After shooting 1-for-16, Miller rediscovers hate

Stallions need a win to stay in first place

Young formalizes retirement

49ers' QB Young decides to retire

Defense rests in murder trial

Mr. William Webb
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. William Ray Webb, 82, of Butler Road, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

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

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

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

Mrs. Nell Salley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Nell S. Salley, 83, of Skyview Drive, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Christopher Crooms
NEW YORK - Mr. Christopher Levell Crooms, 29, of Herzl Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn.

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley died Saturday, June 3, 2000.

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

Mrs. Betty Poole
Mrs. Betty B. Poole, 71, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Betty Tyson
LOGANVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Redd Tyson, 74, died Friday, June 9, 2000.

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

Mrs. Fannie Butler
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Fannie Mae Butler, 88, of Harris Family Circle, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

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

Mrs. Susan Milton
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Susan Milton, 52, of Noah Station Road, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mr. Jarrell Pate
Mr. Jarrell L. Pate, 44, of Martinez, died Thursday, June 8, 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. Cheatham Wilkerson
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Cheatham Wilkerson, 88, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.

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

Mrs. Edith Hornyak
BONEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Edith Hornyak, 74, of Augusta Highway, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

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

Mr. James Steadman Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. James Earl Steadman Sr., 76, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Helen Clamp
SALLEY - Mrs. Helen Carswell Clamp, 77, of Magnolia Street Northwest, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Willie McKie
GERMANTOWN, Md. - Mr. Willie Ed ``Bill'' McKie, 65, of Scenery Drive, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation Center.

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

Mrs. Mary Hancock
Mrs. Mary Frances Youngblood Hancock, 82, of Council Drive, died Friday, June 9, 2000.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Mrs. Eunice Reese
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Haynes Reese, 87, of Price-Reese Road, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Bounleng Heuangpangna
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Bounleng Heuangpangna, 59, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospice, Augusta.

Mrs. Mamie Stephens
THOMSON - Mrs. Mamie Pearl Stephens, 69, of Pecan Court, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Timothy Morgan
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Timothy Morgan, 38, of Westview Apartments, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Perry Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Willie Perry Jr., 43, of Barnwell Avenue, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at his 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. Earline Brown
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Earline Morrell Brown, 53, of Hampton Grove, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.

Mr. Bounleng Heuangpangna

Mrs. Betty Tyson

Mrs. Gertrude Tincher

Mrs. Hazel Hubert

Mr. Byron Quarles

Mrs. Cecelia Harris

Mrs. Emma Jones

Mrs. Nannie Tullis

Mr. Clarence Thompkins Jr.

Mrs. Elease Newsome

Mrs. Susan Milton

Mr. Willie Perry Jr.

Mr. George Brown

Mr. John Spratlin Jr.

Mrs. Mary Hancock

Mrs. Connie Williams

Mr. Robert Billingsley

Mrs. Elizabeth Ervin

Mrs. Earline Brown

Mr. Willie Armstrong

Mrs. Mabel Hubert

Mr. Charles Dorsett

Mrs. Helen Clamp

Mr. Marvin Peed

Mrs. Edith Hornyak

Mr. Cheatham Wilkerson

Mr. Melvin Morrison Sr.

Mrs. Mamie Stephens

Mr. James Steadman Sr.

Mrs. Fannie Butler

Mr. William Webb

Mr. Jarrell Pate

Miss Dorothy McGruder

Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley

Mr. Daniel Booker

Mrs. Betty Poole

Mrs. Berta Norris

Mr. Christopher Crooms

Mrs. Isabell Sapp

Mr. Timothy Morgan

Mr. Robert Reese

Mr. Willie McKie

Mrs. Nell Salley

Mrs. Ella Brown

Mr. Henry Decker Jr.

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.)

Sisler: Why evangelical Christians can be discounted
THE SAGA of ``Procter & Gamble and the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Television Show'' is easily outlined. Understanding P&G's unfolding corporate strategy is puzzling.

Sisler: Why evangelical Christians can be discounted
THE SAGA of ``Procter & Gamble and the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Television Show'' is easily outlined. Understanding P&G's unfolding corporate strategy is puzzling.

Backs record in Aiken Co. race
I am writing to voice my support for Ronnie Young for County Council chairman. I have had the pleasure of serving the last four years with Mr. Young and have learned a great deal about being a good public servant from him. Mr. Young works diligently as county chairman but always makes time to work with other council members and citizens to make our county a better place. Rick Osbon, Aiken

Landfill smells like a rose
Barnwell County fell into a vat of nuclear waste controversy and has come up smelling like a rose.

Urges support for Aiken Co. candidate
I wrote a letter to the editor a few months ago reminding the taxpayers that we would have an opportunity to send a message to members of the Aiken County Council concerning their job performance since they were last elected. That time has arrived for some of these individuals.Richard K. Napier, Aiken

Microsoft challenge
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and his army of lawyers appear smug and confident that they will overturn on appeal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling to break the giant software maker up into two parts.

`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.''

Why Wymberly residents like Brush
I support Georgia District 24 Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, and I'll tell you something he probably wouldn't tell you himself. Evelyn Scudder, Martinez

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.

Nation being destroyed from within
I agree with the May 26 letter from Barbara Mohler in The Chronicle. She asked ``What comes next?'' after the attack on the Richmond County courthouse seal. Carol Liberti, Martinez

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.

Questions about NAACP answered
Re ``Why white folks don't march, rally'': William Sanders, Augusta

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

Mouthy talk show host's sour grapes
Eight years ago it was said by some that four years of mediocrity in the White House would have no serious affect on the country. When another four years became evident, there were some reservations, but not enough.Helen Bolen, North Augusta

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

Jeff MacNelly
In recent years, if you asked just about any cartoonist in the business who is No. 1, they would answer Jeff MacNelly. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner succumbed to lymphoma Thursday at age 52.

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

Supports Young for Council chairman
As a life-long resident of Beech Island, I would like to encourage voters to support Ronnie Young for Aiken County Council chairman June 13. Gregg Gregory, Beech Island

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

Just leave John Rocker alone
I wish everyone would leave John Rocker alone. L. Seago, Hephzibah

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

Comes to the defense of slow drivers
In response to the article on slow drivers in Augusta, most of us spend more and more time on the road... Jack Flynn Jr., Martinez

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

Take debate to state
Regardless of where people stand on the increasingly contentious debate over the Georgia state flag and its Confederate symbol, the Georgia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ought to take its fight out of the Richmond County school system, and to the state Capitol, where it belongs.

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

Civic Center great place to graduate
I greatly appreciate the Civic Center management and the Richmond County Board of Education for working together to provide the facility for the graduation exercises for our local schools. David D. Smith, Augusta

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

Why school uniforms are necessary
One would think that the debate for uniforms in the school system was settled sometime ago, but it appears it's still going on. ... Let me present a case for uniforms in schools from two perspectives: one is a ``no-brainer'' and simple to understand, and the other may require some analysis. George C. de Baca, Augusta

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.)

Teens and cars also dangerous
With all this hoopla about teen-agers killing teen-agers with guns, I would like to ask one simple question: Cicero Guy, Gibson

King: No conspiracy
Assassination of major public figures inevitably spawns conspiracy theories, no matter how farfetched. In part, this is because conspiracy theorists write books to make money and there is always a segment of the public that buys into conspiracies - never mind if sensible, simpler explanations are more rational.

Bush: Get specific
Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush says he plans to beef up spending for veterans. We know this because he told them, yet again, during his visit to Augusta earlier in the week. While we applaud the promise, it is a refrain we've heard before.

He knows a hero when he sees one
Re Melvin Hicks letter, May 17: Richard D. Renew, Martinez

Improve open meetings
Chester Bowles once said that government is too important to be left to the politicians. That's why we need open meetings laws - so citizens can monitor the reasoning and actions of their political representatives.

Overtime: Coble advances to semifinals

Overtime: Bonner Kentucky's Bonner plans to transfer

Labonte rolls into Michigan

Champion hiding in Belmont's field

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Hudson's first fight to be televised

Belmont Stakes is wide open

Schooling fish won't hit? Try teensy lures

Fisherman's luck makes four happy

Hackers infect computers
WASHINGTON -- In a dark, musty office ominously called the ``Attack Lab,'' a cadre of former government sleuths worked through the night to discover a major new threat to Internet users.

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.

Hackers infect computers

EPA bans common pesticide