Yankees, Cubs discuss Sosa deal

AL wins round one of interleague play

Suns rally to top Jackets

Bullpen lapse costly for Braves

Braves notebook

Stanford conquers Clemson

LSU tops Southern Cal

Bullpen lapse costly for Braves

Braves top Pirates

Rocker earns save

Five double plays stop Jackets

Land of opportunity still exists

Business nominees disclosed
Six local businesses are in the running for this year's Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year award.

Business briefs

Business nominees disclosed

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell sharply Monday, sending the Nasdaq composite index down more than 100 points.

Mumme works on damage control

Restore veterans' health benefits

Hafez Assad

McClain's fate: Will you be next?

Why not outlet mall?

I'll be driving my kid so school

Says AIDS can affect anyone

New bald eagle peril

Finds Dist. 113 candidate refreshing

Cut out parents

Cable company disappoints patron

Harbin a big education booster

Mud-slinger Mays sharply rebuked

Knight decision is the right decision

On the Ball
Things are looking up for George Ball Jr. as his weight continues to go down. The Weight Loss 2000 participant has lost nearly 60 pounds since he began his weight-loss program at Professional Health Control Inc. in Martinez. His beginning weight was 363 pounds. As of June 6, he weighed 303.5 pounds.

In the know
A STAMP ABOUT NOTHING: Seinfeld, the weekly comedy on NBC that entertained a vast TV viewing audience for nine years, will be featured on a new 33-cent stamp. The show placed high in the voting by the public in the U.S. Postal Service's Celebrate the Century program for the 1990s.

Age old question: Spa treatments good for the inside, outside
Q: I received a spa gift certificate for my birthday. Which treatments should I request? - E.Y., Saluda

Water, water everywhere washes away the pounds
Drink more water. Diet plans almost always instruct people who want to lose weight to drink more water - usually eight to 12 glasses a day.

British Open champ withdraws from U.S. Open

Paulson beat Duval in four-hole playoff

McMichael finishes 1-over-par for win

Favorite son returns to Pebble Beach

Wiebe will not return to Lynx

Land of opportunity still exists
Traveling this summer? I don't have to tell you that America is a big, wonderful country where you can see almost anything, because just about anything can happen.

Third shooting suspect arrested
A third suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Columbia County couple more than two years ago. Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 43, who is serving a life sentence in the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Ga., on an unrelated crime has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of burglary and two counts of armed robbery in the Feb. 2, 1998, shooting death of Fred and Yong-Suk Walker. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

On the Ball

Water, water everywhere washes away the pounds

In the know

Students sink teeth in institute

Council elections heat up
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Although he's the youngest candidate running for the Edgefield County Council, Joseph Best has been campaigning the old-fashioned way.

Lifeguards find job lacks TV glamour
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Sunglasses, splashing in the waves, killer tans and cool walkie-talkies. Those are some of Hollywood's images of the lifeguard, the always buff beach bum who makes a living chilling out in an endless summer of fun.

License red tape plagues immigrants

County site draws attention

Officers will remain on leave

New sign law prompts protests

Across the area

Unstable world still a threat
The United States must not isolate itself from the conflicts of an unstable world, a senior Marine general told civic leaders Monday.

Unstable world still a threat

Council elections heat up

Baptist group shuns women as preachers

Restaurant owner likes older workers

New sign law prompts protests

Parenting class has few members

Lifeguards find job lacks TV glamour

Counties' voters go to polls today

Liquidated assets

Search for school official under way
Lakeside High School is moving closer to having a new principal, but it could still be later this month before a final recommendation is made.

Officials watching for virus

Aiken ballot offers single contest
AIKEN - GOP voters in Tuesday's primary are going to the polls to choose the man they want to lead Aiken County into the 21st century.

Antioch announces plans for new homes

Museum opens space gallery

EPD plans water restrictions

Schools increase budget

High court considers liability in bombing

Across the area

Ordinance has south Augusta firms worried

Residents recall old Ellenton

3rd man charged in slayings

Stallions seek win

County site draws attention
SMYRNA, Ga. - When planners began considering creating a town center in Columbia County six years ago, they looked 150 miles northwest to Smyrna for inspiration.

Panelists describe lifelong effects of DUI accidents

License red tape plagues immigrants
ATLANTA -- Most drivers in Georgia's major cities complain about traffic, but the state's illegal immigrant workers struggle just to get behind the wheel, according to a recent report about problems facing the Latino community.

New sign law prompts protests
These and other signs of the times were on their way out Monday as merchants moved their sandwich boards, temporary banners and dining tables out of the public eye and into compliance with a new county ordinance.

EPD plans water restrictions
Augusta utility officials will ask state regulators if local water conservation efforts could be maintained in lieu of new statewide restrictions set to be enforced next week.

Parenting class has few members
Although his children have yet to finish first grade, Anthony Dukes sometimes thinks about their first day of college - and all that he will have to do between now and then to get them there.

Officials watching for virus
COLUMBIA - A deadly virus six states away from South Carolina and showing no apparent signs of migrating south still has health officials on guard.

Ordinance has south Augusta firms worried
Broad Street merchants aren't the only Augusta business owners upset about the city's new sign ordinance.

Liquidated assets
Eddie Weigle does not like October. In the past decade, his house on Avery Drive in south Augusta along Rocky Creek has flooded three times - 1990, 1994, 1998 - all during October.

New sign law prompts protests
These and other signs of the times were on their way out Monday as merchants moved their sandwich boards, temporary banners and dining tables out of the public eye and into compliance with a new county ordinance.

Counties' voters go to polls today
AIKEN - Voters in Edgefield and Aiken counties go to the polls today in what promises to be a light turnout with few contested races on the ballot.

High court considers liability in bombing
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court is weighing whether a handful of corporations and the Atlanta Olympic organizers should face lawsuits filed by the victims of a fatal bombing four years ago in Centennial Park.

Nursing homes face myriad woes
ATLANTA - Four Georgia nursing homes went on the block during a single morning last week at an auction in Augusta, part of a bankrupt chain of homes based in Florida.

Officers will remain on leave
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Two Edgefield police officers involved in the shooting death of a man last month will remain off their beats a little longer, state officials said Monday.

Schools increase budget
Funds for new teachers, nurses and pay raises make up the bulk of the $5.5 million increase in the Columbia County school board's budget.

Panelists describe lifelong effects of DUI accidents
ATHENS, Ga. - Every other month, Rachel Kelley recounts the worst day of her life for a roomful of strangers.

Across the area
A Thomson teen-ager died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital late Saturday after he crashed his all-terrain vehicle into a tree while navigating a dirt road in Warren County.

Baptist group shuns women as preachers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stacey Simpson visits the sick, ministers to poor children and preaches God's love, yet she's shunned by her peers and has been told she might be bound for hell.

Across the area
Customers of Talatha Water and Sewer District are being asked to boil their drinking water until further notice.

Antioch announces plans for new homes
Antioch Ministries certainly practices what it preaches.

3rd man charged in slayings
Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 43, who is serving a life sentence in Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Ga., has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of burglary and two counts of armed robbery in the slayings of Fred and Yong-Suk Walker.

Students sink teeth in institute
Georgia high school students from as far north as Chickamauga and as far south as Waycross are learning how to say, ``You need to brush better,'' at Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry this week.

Residents recall old Ellenton
Before Savannah River Site, there was Ellenton. Jack and Margaret Harden lived there.

Restaurant owner likes older workers
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. - When the barbecue restaurant isn't busy, great-grandmother Frankie Burton knits baby bootees behind the cash register at Shealy's.

Museum opens space gallery
Nine-year-old Craig Anderson was fully prepared to ask astronaut Lt. Cmdr. Susan Still Kilrain for her autograph Sunday.

Nursing homes face myriad woes

Pacers top L.A.; cut deficit

Smits ineffective against Lakers

Bryant decides not to play

All-Star puts end to career

Stabbing suspects not guilty

Lack of evidence led to Lewis deal

Lewis returns to Ravens field

Mrs. Betty Foster
BATH - Mrs. Betty Jean Greene Foster, 57, of Hill Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. William Poston
Mr. William J. ``Billy'' Poston, 74, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ruby Hillary
Mrs. Ruby Hillary, of Dade Street, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lucille Morris
AIKEN - Mrs. Lucille J. Smith Morris, 39, of Nautilus Street, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Farris Wren
VIDETTE, Ga. - Mr. Farris Lamar Wren Sr., 85, died Sunday, June 11, 2000 at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. James Devore
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mr. James Hank Devore, 47, of Adams Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000.

Mrs. Sara Wilkins
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Greene Wilkins, 84, of Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Nathan Givens
Mr. Nathan Givens, 46, of Westbrook Drive, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, in Yarmouth, Maine.

Mrs. Viola Cartledge
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Viola Willis Cartledge, 91, of Washington Highway, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at her residence.

Adam Chalker
WARRENTON, Ga. - Adam Joseph Chalker, 17, of Little Briar Creek Church Road, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Day
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mr. Charles E. Day, 73, of Virginia Avenue, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Daniel Franklin
AIKEN - Mr. Daniel Wilson Franklin, 81, of York Street Southwest, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center .

Mr. Edmund Rawlins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Edmund Rawlins, 79, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Agnes Carpenter
ALEXANDER, Ga. - Mrs. Agnes Lewis Carpenter, 88, of Lorrie Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Charlie Nickel
Mr. Charlie A. Nickel, 46, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Elbert Bell
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Mr. Elbert Bell, 95, of Ash Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Jersey City Medical Center.

Mr. Clyde Gibson
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Clyde Gibson, 65, of Thompson Street, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Maude Polatty
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Maude Lee DuBose Polatty, 94, of Greenwood Highway, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mr. Inman Olliff
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Inman Jerome Olliff, 69, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Sturgis
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. William John Sturgis, 52, of Bull Street, died Friday, June 9, 2000.

Mr. Thomas Simmons
DENMARK COMMUNITY, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Calvin Simmons, 80, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Charles Reynolds
Mr. Charles Reynolds, 52, of Fleming Avenue, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Ms. Maude Rachels
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Maude T. Rachels, 88, of Lewis Apartments, died Friday, June 9, 2000.

Ms. Rebecca McMillan
NEW ELLENTON - Ms. Rebecca McMillan, 46, of Williston Road, died Thursday, June 8, 2000 at We Care Residential.

Mr. James Paschal
THOMSON - Mr. James Paschal, 93, of Main Street, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Jaunita Washington
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Ms. Jaunita Geraldine Washington, 68, of Hill Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Brookdale Medical Center.

Ms. Rosa Hall
Ms. Rosa ``Cora'' Smith Hall, 84, of D'Antignac Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Overstreet
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Pfluger Overstreet, 72, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ethel McCaslan
Mrs. Ethel McCaslan died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. George Bor
Mr. George Bor, 79, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Frances Womack
Mrs. Frances Barnes Womack, of Evans, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Foster

Mr. Daniel Franklin

Mrs. Maude Polatty

Ms. Rosa Hall

Mrs. Viola Cartledge

Mr. William Sturgis

Mrs. Ethel McCaslan

Mr. James Devore

Mr. Charles Day

Mr. Charles Reynolds

Mr. Inman Olliff

Mr. George Bor

Ms. Jaunita Washington

Mr. Thomas Simmons

Mr. Clyde Gibson

Ms. Rebecca McMillan

Mrs. Lucille Morris

Mr. Charlie Nickel

Mr. William Poston

Mrs. Helen Overstreet

Mrs. Agnes Carpenter

Mr. Edmund Rawlins

Mrs. Ruby Hillary

Mr. Elbert Bell

Defends candidate over `distortions'
The recent letters by E.J. McCarty and Kathy Thomas really typify what ails American politics. Both of these individuals have continued to air a domestic violence charge against Ron Beul when the charge was in fact disorderly conduct - a far cry from violence or abuse. Richard Rountree, Evans

McClain's fate: Will you be next?
The media coverage of Gary McClain versus Tenneco has made me feel sick and helpless. I have been a friend of Mr. McClain for nine years. My husband and Gary have been best friends since they were in fourth grade together. Thus, I'm writing this letter for both of us... Linda Weaver, Trenton

Hafez Assad
Syrian President Hafez Assad was an oppressive tyrant whose lifelong goal was to unite the Arab world and isolate, if not destroy, Israel.

New bald eagle peril
The endangered species act, when carried to extremes to preserve obscure plants or critters, can create havoc in local or regional economies, but those well-publicized stories should not blind us to the good the program achieves.

S.C. primaries today
South Carolina voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the GOP presidential primary in March, yet that election's outcome won't have as great an impact on the lives of Aiken County voters as today's primaries to nominate local decision-makers.

Too soft on parolee
Twenty nine-year-old Carlton Jones typifies what's wrong with a Georgia parole system, which releases felons with police rap sheets as long as a John Grisham novel.

Says AIDS can affect anyone
After my husband wrote a letter (June 2) concerning the propsal to rename Civic Center for James Brown, a young woman called our home to comment on his use of Jessye Norman's name as an upright citizen. Susan Cobb, North Augusta

Why not outlet mall?
Regarding what to do with Regency Mall, we are wondering if anyone has considered using it for an outlet mall and, if not, why not? Anne Reimer, North Augusta

Cut out parents
The mask slipped, and Americans (especially voters) got to hear a raw glimpse at the raw political liberal mind-set when it comes to parents and government. Listen to floor remarks by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on a Republican education bill's tutoring provisions:

Harbin a big education booster
I have had the good fortune to work with state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, on a number of projects to enhance the educational process in Columbia County. Rick L. Evans, Martinez

Restore veterans' health benefits
A few days ago I happened to come across an article on the front pages of The Chronicle - ``Clinton praises Chernobyl closing.'' It stated that the infamous nuclear power plant would be shutting down 14 years after the disastrous nuclear accident. Wonderful news. If only the president were sending just praise, but, no, it seems money is involved, too - $80 million of it, to be precise: ``American aid to entomb the plant forever.'' John H. Roberts, Augusta

Mud-slinger Mays sharply rebuked
I take exception to the blasphemous letter signed by Harold Mays and published May 21 wherein he called some of the citizens who disagree with him ``mud-slingers and liars.'' S.F. Putnam, Martinez

NAACP wants power, not justice
This is in response to the Joe Nirenberg letter, which appeared June 9. Patsy J. Bentler, Evans

Finds Dist. 113 candidate refreshing
Columbia County District 113 residents are fortunate to have a candidate for state representative of such honesty and integrity as Ron Beul. Kathy S. Mills, Augusta

Sex registry snafu
An Augusta girl was victimized because a convicted sex offender's name never made it to the state's Sex Offender Registry. The girl's family invited Daniel T. Shaffer to move in with them last January until he could find a place of his own to live.

Knight decision is the right decision
It was refreshing to see the brave stand that Indiana University officials took in their ruling on their besieged basketball coach, Bobby Knight. The university's ruling imposed a sense of civility on their basketball coach and proved that the political correctness machine stirred up by the national media will have to postpone their witchhunt for another day. Steve Grinstead, Martinez

I'll be driving my kid so school
Re Busing middle and high school children together in Columbia County: K.P. West, Martinez

Bible doesn't settle pastoral issue
Regarding Rev. Ray Simpson's ``Bible settles it, no women pastors,'' letter of June 7: Victor R. Scott, Grovetown

Car black boxes OK
There's always reason to be concerned about invasions of personal privacy by both the Internet and government. However, every time a privacy issue is raised, its merits may not be legitimate.

Cable company disappoints patron
As an ardent Braves fan, I am totally upset that Comcast has chosen to ignore the wishes of their large group of patrons by not connecting up with Turner South. Giri Venkatraman, Evans

Stanford conquers Clemson

Overtime: Hamilton keeps Jordan, Miami waiting

Kuerten captures second French Open

Stewart drives in 2nd straight victory

Overtime: Augusta boat wins

WHO issues new alarm over drug-resistant germs
WASHINGTON -- The World Health Organization warned Monday that increasingly drug-resistant infections in rich and developing nations alike are threatening to make once-treatable diseases incurable.

Internet news use increases
WASHINGTON -- Key segments of the nation's news audience, particularly younger and better-educated Americans and those seeking financial information, are turning increasingly to the Internet, says a new poll on media trends.

Xtreme calendar
A double happy birthday to actresses Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, who turn 14.

Raucous raves
In the cavernous space of the convention center's main dance floor, dancers twist fluorescent glow sticks in their hands to loud pulsating music shaking the walls. Strobe lights and lasers permeate a white haze from smoke machines. A DJ works a mixing board and turn tables, melding sounds for an enthralled, sweaty audience.

Xtreme advice: Clearing air is best way to keep friendship alive
``My best friend is going out with my ex-boyfriend, and he's causing problems with our friendship. I'm not sure whether I should stop being her friend or advise her to leave him alone.'' - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Xtreme style

Raucous raves

Xtreme style
THE FACTS: Christy James (left), 18, a recent Harlem High School graduate.

Xtreme advice: Clearing air is best way to keep friendship alive

WHO issues new alarm over drug-resistant germs

Internet news use increases