Braves notes: Bullpen still struggling

Warren breaks batting slump

Braves down struggling Cubs

Garcia wins home run derby

Rocker plans to take No. 7 train in New York

Braves notes

Sosa should want off of sinking ship

Braves' bullpen lets one get away

Former pitcher is a hit at plate

South Division tops in All-Star game

Census can't count on affluent

Business briefs

Channel 26 drops 7 p.m. news
Television station WAGT (Channel 26) will cancel its 7 p.m. newscast beginning in July, the station confirmed Monday.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Intel drove the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite sharply higher Monday as investors rewarded the company for its strong growth prospects.

Companies complete deal
International Paper, the world's largest paper and forest- products company, completed its merger with Champion International on Tuesday.

Gas prices at an all-time high

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan was sworn in for his fourth four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a job often called the nation's second most powerful because of the central bank's control over interest rates.

Business briefs

Gas prices at an all-time high
Retail gas prices have hit an all-time high, and analysts say the highest peaks are yet to come.

Effective leader needed in Ga. Senate

Clinton's performance a disgrace

Women pastors doing God's work

NYC assaults prove Rocker right

Mayor is inexperienced, incompetent

Augusta zoning enforcement lax

Rocker right?

Urges re-election

Legislator helps keep boaters safe

VA let him down for a long time

Reps thanked for battling trade bill

Woman Methodist preacher lauded

Opposes sign ordinance

BellSouth smothers competition

MAD pacts top missile defense plan

Bookstore plays instrumental role in music education
The shine is rubbed off in spots, and the bodies may be a little battered, but the collection of brass and wood and strings piled around a desk is a treasure trove to schools across the country.

In the know
TV TONIGHT: The Fox sitcom ''Action,'' a viciously clever satire of Hollywood movie-making that was canceled after it proved too acerbic for network prime time, will air on FX, the Fox network's sister cable channel, starting at 10:30 p.m. today.

Small portions
These days a surprising number of recipes call for ''jarred'' ingredients. It's rather jarring to read; don't they mean ''bumped''?

Slow, steady weight loss best for participant
Forget the one-piece bathing suit and the tummy-concealing tankini. Cathe Beebe has opted for a blue bikini.

Salad days
When the temperature rises, our taste for hot and heavy food diminishes. Salads logically take center stage at many summer meals, but with children to feed it's often a challenge to create a salad meal that they'll eat, too.

Calorie counter
How many calories are in an apple? Or a piece of fried chicken?

Age old question: Cheaper medications can be difficult to get
Crossing the border for medications may be worth your while if you are planning a trip to Mexico this year. If you have not planned to visit Mexico, however, your travel costs may well exceed any savings on medication.

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week we focused on recently released compact discs. Prices were checked Monday and are good through at least Sunday.

Outsider takes early lead in North Augusta Junior

Senior PGA Tour turns 20

Woods' win puts doubts to rest

Seniors battle in Regions Cup

Lynx to announce new coach

Lynx announce new head coach

Census can't count on affluent
An unexpected problem has popped up with this year's census effort.

LYNX ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH
The Augusta Lynx have selected Scott MacPherson to become their Head Coach and Director of Hockey operations effective immediately. Scott was chosen from thirty-seven applicants based on his scouting and coaching abilities.

Salad days

Calorie counter

Slow, steady weight loss best for participant

Age old question: Cheaper medications can be difficult to get

Small portions

In the know

Woods' win puts doubts to rest

Commission regulates arcades
South Carolina's outlawed video poker is not welcome in Augusta, city officials indicated Tuesday.

Correction
The answers to the crossword and Jumble puzzles in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle inadvertently were left out of Sunday's classified section. Please see Page 2B today for the answers.

City issues fireworks ban
The severe drought has pushed North Augusta to levy a temporary ban on a staple of summertime fun - fireworks.

Aiken council adopts new budget

State law prohibits cash payoffs
The Georgia code (16-12-35) that regulates amusement machines - which include but are not limited to simulator, trivia and novelty arcade games - requires that operating owners pay an annual license fee.

Educators fear loss of funding for program
ATLANTA - The reading coordinator for Columbus schools will have to cut back the number of weak readers receiving one-on-one lessons in first grade if the state enacts proposed changes in the funding rules. She will not be alone.

Commission regulates arcades
South Carolina's outlawed video poker is not welcome in Augusta, city officials indicated Tuesday.

Road widening project concerns residents
Ruthie Jatho got a history lesson Monday.

SRS safety tops list for discussion

Water penalty goes up
Watering when it's not your turn could leave you high and dry - and lighter in the wallet.

City issues fireworks ban

Overtime: Sparrow named named week's best

States score low on child survey

Marking history

Arrest may be near in slaying

Department divides surplus grant funds
It took a little less than two hours for the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department's citizens' advisory committee to spend $221,000.

Rain causes flash floods

Military units train for combat
The triage unit filled quickly. A   19-year-old Humvee driver, with head, chest and arm injuries sustained when his vehicle hit a land mine, lay on one stretcher. A 35-year-old, who'd been shot in the chest and complained of abdominal pain, was next to him.

Langley Pond park proposal gets support

Two bounty hunters arrested
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two Georgia bounty hunters have been arrested on felony charges, accused of turning a North Augusta neighborhood into a shooting gallery while looking for a man who failed to appear in court on a traffic charge, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Sosa should want off of sinking ship

McDuffie County law forbids mojo
McDuffie County commissioners have passed a law making mojo a no-no, at least at the McDuffie County Courthouse.

Commission OKs design of new terminal

Educational camp
With victims lying around the floor simulating an accident, Sultana Chandler, 13, and others attending Tuesday's camp try to locate injuries and make decisions in treating them during the Aiken Department of Public Safety's camp about life as a firefighter.

Hospital stroke programs save lives, doctors say

LYNX ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH

Educational camp

Report: Dropout rates falling

Across the area

Burned church rebuilds

State law prohibits cash payoffs

Residents oppose sludge request

Commission regulates arcades

Justices reject appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a last appeal for an Augusta man sentenced to death nearly 14 years ago.

Testimony begins in robbery trial

Reprieve likely on sign ban
Broad Street restaurateurs will get to keep their sidewalk cafes. And businesses countywide will keep their temporary signs - at least temporarily - if Augusta commissioners do as expected today.

Town Center plans move to next level

Across the area
The Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors hired a new chief appraiser Monday.

Commission regulates arcades

Local forecast calls for rain
Rain came and went Monday, just enough to wet the streets. But it should stay longer today. That's the word from the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Town Center plans move to next level
On Tuesday night, the Evans Town Center moved out of a four-year planning phase and became a reality when the Columbia County Commission approved an ordinance creating the district.

Ex-officer guilty in road rage
AIKEN - A former Aiken Public Safety lieutenant pleaded guilty Monday and was ordered to pay court fines in a high-profile case described by authorities as road rage against two motorists.

Rain causes flash floods
For the past several weeks, Augusta-area residents and officials had been praying for rain.

Aiken council adopts new budget
AIKEN - It was belt tightening time for the Aiken County Council on Monday night when the county's budget for 2001 became law.

Road widening project concerns residents

Marking history
Billy Kirkland, president of Warrenville Community Christian Council, strolls across a strip of land off South Carolina Highway 421 that was turned over to the group by the Aiken County Council. A new historical marker commemorating the Charleston to Hamburg Railroad will replace the current one. ``We're going to be responsible for the upkeep,'' Mr. Kirkland said.

Advocate's bicycle stolen during stop
A bicycle team riding cross-country to raise awareness and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is stuck in Augusta until it finds a new set of wheels.

Residents oppose sludge request
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Augusta's leftover sewage sludge has no place in Jefferson County, residents told state regulators Monday night.

Arrest may be near in slaying
In the corner of his office at the Richmond County Law Enforce-ment Center, homicide investiga-tor Wayne Bunton has a daily, waist-high reminder of Sam's Club manager David Holt.

Testimony begins in robbery trial
Sonsara Jones knew it was a bad day at work one Sunday morning in November 1997 when the first ``customer'' through the door was a masked man holding a gun.

Murder added to list of charges against teen
The 17-year-old Augustan who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Monday was charged with murder Tuesday after the victim died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Water penalty goes up

Langley Pond park proposal gets support
AIKEN - Horse Creek Valley community leaders went before Aiken County Council on Tuesday night in support of Langley Pond Park.

States score low on child survey
AIKEN - Although Aiken County has dramatically reduced its infant mortality rate during the past decade, a national report released Tuesday shows South Carolina has a long way to go.

Pupils learn firefighting skills
AIKEN - Girls outnumbered boys 12-to-3 at a summer camp teaching pupils about life as a firefighter.

Advocate's bicycle stolen during stop

Across the area
A Richmond County Superior Court trial began Tuesday for an Augusta man accused of setting fire to the only two exits from his ex-girlfriend's mobile home last fall.

Commission backs off sign ban

Correction

McDuffie County law forbids mojo

Two bounty hunters arrested

Reprieve likely on sign ban

Educators fear loss of funding for program

Report: Dropout rates falling
Educators in the South might finally have something to shout about - they are doing more than the rest of the nation to keep children in school.

Athens editor joins newspaper
Athens newspaper Editor Les Simpson was named new assistant general manager of The Augusta Chronicle on Monday.

Across the area

Burned church rebuilds
BANKS COUNTY, Ga. - In late 1998, the Rev. Luis Ortiz of New Salem United Methodist Church chose the slogan ``The Fire Still Burns'' as a motto for his congregation. A month later, an arson fire destroyed the New Salem church building.

Justices reject appeal

Hospital stroke programs save lives, doctors say
Elouise Hampton knew something was wrong when she was brushing her teeth and suddenly couldn't pull her right hand away from her mouth. But like many of the 750,000 people a year who suffer a stroke, she didn't know how serious it was because she felt no pain.

SRS safety tops list for discussion
Last week, U.S. senators criticized Bill Richardson's empty chair at a hearing about security at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Commission backs off sign ban
Augusta business owners countywide can display one temporary sign outside their businesses for the next 90 days with no fear of being fined by the city, and outdoor cafes on Broad Street will be legal with a permit.

Commission OKs design of new terminal
The Augusta Commission has given airport officials the long-awaited go-ahead for 100 percent completion of the design phase of the new terminal at Bush Field.

Lakers win NBA title

Lakers have found right mix

Hornets expect Jones to be Olympic pick

Lakers' Fox enjoys 'enforcer' role

Mr. Richard Swim
Mr. Richard K. Swim, 67, of Martinez, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.

Ms. Lillian Holloman,
Ms. Lillian Holloman, 100, of Sullivan Road, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Ivy Reed
THOMSON - Ms. Ivy Joesbury Reed, 94, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. William Olsen
Mr. William Edward Olsen, 71, of Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Johnny Hill
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Johnny P. Hill, 64, of Wilson Road, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. James Smith
Mr. James W. Smith, 66, of Augusta, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Theresa Peak
Mrs. Theresa Peak, of Railroad Avenue, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Sarah Atterbury
Mrs. Sarah T. Atterbury, 82, of 12th Street, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Marbut
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Dorothy Holler Marbut, 91, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Life Care Center.

Mr. Murray Gunter Jr.
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Murray L. Gunter Jr., 80, of Johnston Highway, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Mayhew
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Marie Treyz Mayhew, 80, of Gregg Avenue, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. John Perkins Jr.
Mr. John Perkins Jr., 68, of Carrie Street, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Bernard Milligan Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Bernard Milligan Sr., 53, of Kelly Street, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Curtis Sheppard
AIKEN - Mr. Curtis O. ``Pudden'' Sheppard, 66, of Snipes Pond Road, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Maurice Steinberg
Mr. Maurice Steinberg, 86, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. William Trapnell
PORTAL, Ga. - Mr. William Lamar Trapnell, 81, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Miss Evelyn Hagler
Miss Evelyn Josephine Hagler, 90, of Owens Road, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Rev. L.V. Davis
BATH - The Rev. L.V. Davis, 86, of Dixie Clay Road, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.

Mr. Jerold Poole
AVERA, Ga. - Mr. Jerold Evans Poole, 75, of Usry Mill Road, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Alice Martin
Mrs. Alice Suber Martin, 58, of 13th Street, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hillery Logue
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Hillery Logue, 71, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. G. Dalton Brown
Mr. G. Dalton Brown, 69, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Yvonne Hayes
THOMSON - Mrs. Yvonne Cote Hayes, 64, of Magnolia Drive, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mae Fulcher
STUART, Va. - Mrs. Mae Hampton Fulcher, 83, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Kenneth Hartley Sr.
JACKSON, Tenn. - Mr. Kenneth R. Hartley Sr., 69, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

Mr. Perry Austin Sr.
Mr. Perry E. ``Gene'' Austin Sr., 68, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. G. Dalton Brown
Mr. G. Dalton Brown, 69, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Joanne Brantley
HARRISON, Ga. - Mrs. Joanne Lewis Brantley, 49, of Rocky Creek Road, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. James Maxwell
DEARING - Mr. James Lyle Maxwell, 70, of Lokey Drive, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Centers, Thomson.

Ms. Lillian Holloman,
centenarian, homemaker

Mr. Eugene Ashmore
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Eugene ``Gene'' Talmadge Ashmore, 63, of Ludwig Road, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Richard Swim

Ms. Ivy Reed

Mr. James Smith

Ms. Lillian Holloman,

Rev. L.V. Davis

Miss Evelyn Hagler

Mr. John Perkins Jr.

Mr. Curtis Sheppard

Mr. Maurice Steinberg

Mrs. Mae Fulcher

Mrs. Joanne Brantley

Mr. G. Dalton Brown

Mr. William Trapnell

Ms. Lillian Holloman,

Mrs. Sarah Atterbury

Mrs. Theresa Peak

Mr. William Olsen

Mr. James Maxwell

Mr. Murray Gunter Jr.

Mrs. Yvonne Hayes

Mr. Johnny Hill

Women pastors doing God's work
It is just crazy. Who can judge these females. Who? No one but the Almighty God. You do not know what God has planned for you. W.R. Moore, North Augusta

Scary bounty hunters
There is no excuse for the two Georgia bounty hunters who fired their guns in a North Augusta neighborhood while chasing a man who failed to show up in court on a suspended driver's license offense.

Mayor is inexperienced, incompetent
Augusta Mayor Bob Young's incompetence is exceeded only by his inexperience. Seems that his lack of leadership (or concern) causes more problems every week. Paul and Anne Cook, Augusta

Reps thanked for battling trade bill
The people of the 10th Congressional District need to know that our most honorable congressman, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., voted ``no'' to the China Trade bill - the latest giveaway of grass roots American jobs. Robert F. Periano, Augusta

BellSouth smothers competition
In reading Walter Jones' coverage of local phone service choice in Georgia (``Few know of choice, poll finds,'' June 9), I'm afraid your readers are left with the wrong impression. William Perry, Atlanta

Urges re-election
I encourage voters to re-elect Robin Williams, R-Augusta, to the state House of Representatives. Adam Brockman, Augusta

Devil is in the details
Someone who can't follow a simple rule ought not to be put in charge of law enforcement, even if former sheriff candidate Woodrow Fryer thinks otherwise.

Clinton received the wrong medal
Re the Carroll C. Kenny letter: Bill Clinton should have received the ''Santa Claus'' award rather than the Charlemagne Medal. Lucy Cline, North Augusta

OMI's 'fine' example
If you've never been penalized for repeatedly doing wrong, is it reasonable to complain when you finally are penalized?

Ga. Rep. Harbin doing a great job
As a resident and taxpayer of Columbia County, I am pleased to have someone like Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, representing me in Atlanta. Barbara Parish, Martinez

Rocker right?
During a recent Puerto Rican Day celebration in New York's Central Park, a mob of New Yorkers assaulted up to seven women, tearing clothing from them and sexually groping the victims as a crowd stood by and did nothing. David Norton, Augusta

Augusta zoning enforcement lax
Perhaps residents of Edgefield County who do not like the new zoning laws should hire Richmond County enforcement officials. That way they could still do what they want, and nobody will do anything about it. Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Opposes sign ordinance
Broad Street has coalesced at last into an interesting place to visit. Barbara Andrews, Augusta

Woman Methodist preacher lauded
I live in the village of Mesena in Warren County and attend the Mesena United Methodist Church. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

NYC assaults prove Rocker right
The Atlanta Braves management have again proved themselves to be politically correct pusillanimous slime bags. That awful scene in New York City where many young women were sexually assaulted well illustrates just how right John Rocker was. Milton Gresham, Evans

MAD pacts top missile defense plan
Re The Chronicle's June 5 editorial, ''Clinton plays with fire'': Howard Rosen, Augusta

Effective leader needed in Ga. Senate
Re my choice of Mike Popplewell to fill the District 24 Georgia State Senate seat: Chuck Renfro, Appling

Legislator helps keep boaters safe
I want to thank State Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, for his efforts in making the Savannah River a safer place for boaters. James M. Bates, North Augusta

No more Fed hikes
The other day in one of his speeches to a gathering of corporate and financial moguls, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said that after a lull of several months, U.S. productivity is picking up again.

Blind trust fair option
The Georgia Legislature next year should address the law on elected officials' financial disclosure requirements and blind trusts.

VA let him down for a long time
I have written many letters over the years expressing my opinion or reporting what I believe to be an injustice. I personally felt that it was my civic duty to inform the public that I had either a solution to a problem or knowledge to fight an injustice. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken

Fighting pedophilia
Since the Internet has become a dominant force in U.S. society, ugly incidents of pedophile crimes have been on the increase. There's a reason for this, says FBI child molester investigator Cynthia McCants.

Clinton's performance a disgrace
The Chronicle recently published a letter, ``The president makes writer proud.'' Frank Murphy, Aiken

Mayfield is applauded for pulling an 'Earnhardt'

Wrong call costly for Wallace

Overtime: Perry among new Clemson honorees

Overtime: Sparrow named named week's best

Astronaut waits for trip to space
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Without fuss or fanfare, Bill Shepherd has emerged as a Space-Age Ulysses, journeying between the United States and Russia on a seemingly endless quest to orbit.

Government can't stop online crimes
WASHINGTON - Attorney Gen. Janet Reno warned Monday that computer hacking and other proliferating forms of online mischief are confronting law-enforcement agencies with fresh challenges, but she said the government alone cannot solve the problem.

Morris wins three online awards
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) today awarded three prestigious Digital Edge Awards to Morris Communications Corp. newspapers. Two awards also cited Morris Digital Works, the online division of Morris Communications. The "Edgies" were announced and presented during Connections, NAA's annual electronic media conference, taking place at San Francisco's Moscone Center June 17-20.

Xtreme style
Najah Johnson, 17, is a recent Academy of Richmond County graduate.

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme style

Xtreme calendar
Nature lovers can check out a slide show on national forests by the Sierra Club at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension; 863-2324.

Xtreme advice: Sexually active friend could use guidance

Keeping it to themselves
Teens are getting a strong message about sex from a recently-launched media campaign in Aiken County: Save it for later.

Xtreme advice: Sexually active friend could use guidance
''I've been best friends with my best friend since sixth grade. She started having sex two years ago, at the age of 15. She's already been with five people, and none of them love her. But she says she's in love with all of them.'' - 17-year-old Augusta girl

Keeping it to themselves

Morris wins three online awards

Government can't stop online crimes

Astronaut waits for trip to space