Rapped up

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars set to shine at Commerce festival
Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson has another powerful lineup for his fourth annual City Lights Festival in Commerce, Ga., off U.S. Highway 441 just north of Athens.

Seattle band tests rock boundaries on new album

Stayin' alive

Club Calendar

Rapped up
Augusta hip-hop artists Kenny Moseley and John Holden will never measure success by units moved or dollars earned. Instead, the duo, who perform under the name Fractions, gauge their musical accomplishments on a scale of personal satisfaction.

Art exhibits

Seattle band tests rock boundaries on new album
Emerging from the vibrant Seattle music scene as the grunge revolution ground to a halt, Sunny Day Real Estate has never played the music game by established rules.

Road-trip rituals keep memories alive for families
It's the familiar produce stand on the way to the mountains, a stand filled with vine-ripened tomatoes or ears of silver queen corn. Or the pit stop halfway to the beach that sells the most succulent boiled peanuts.

Concert clubs
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403, or send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Couple combine talents
Alvin and Barbara Franklin combine poetry reading with love-song crooning in a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.

Club Calendar
Augusta-Aiken area nightclubs can have their performance schedules listed in Applause! Club listings must be received in writing by noon Monday. Mail them to: Applause! The Augusta Chronicle P.O. BOX 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, or by fax: 722-7403.

Event calendar

Art exhibits
Here is a list of art exhibits in the Augusta area.

Road-trip rituals keep memories alive for families

Event calendar
Here is a list of events in the Augusta area.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country stars set to shine at Commerce festival

Stayin' alive
Noura Gordon perches lightly in her ``office'' behind the cash register at Pyramid Music, her head framed by a halo of family portraits. From the wall, a younger Ms. Gordon, hair still in pigtails, poses with performers, family and friends in the record store she has called home her entire life.

Directing children can be challenging

Directing children can be challenging
For John Greene, directing The Augusta Players' Children's Wing production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest means more than giving area kids a chance to show off their acting chops.

Concert clubs

Four years does lots for jones

Braves notes: Galarraga gets back to basics

Chipper's streak ends at 19

Solution to Rocker unknown

Wood, Cubs down Braves

Jackets optimistic entering second half

Mets fans wish Rocker luck on train ride

Braves notes

Mulholland wins despite 13-hit performance

Mets lose Ordonez for season

Postcard site gets updates

Drug firms battle for arthritis market
Rival drug companies Merck and Co. and Pharmacia released information Thursday intended to promote their blockbuster, painkiller medications used to treat arthritis.

Group changes ad rules

Business briefs
NEW YORK - The Nasdaq ran out of gas Thursday, cutting short a five-day winning streak that had brought the average above one important milestone - 4,000 points.

Scana Energy will downsize

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Microsoft helped propel the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite higher Wednesday after a federal judge delayed business restrictions against the software company.

Business briefs

Unemployment on rise throughout Georgia
The Federal Reserve's efforts to cool a red-hot economy might be working, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said Thursday as unemployment rates for the state's metropolitan areas crept up slightly from all-time lows.

Cellular choices expand

Drug firms battle for arthritis market

Unemployment on rise throughout Georgia

Business briefs

Group changes ad rules
SMG, the private management company for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, wants more control over the arena's advertising agreements.

Cellular choices expand
Augustans now have six choices when it comes to wireless telephone service.

Scana Energy will downsize
Scana Energy, the natural gas marketer that prided itself on offering in-town customer service centers, will begin closing its six Georgia regional offices starting June 30.

Gamecocks likely will have one academic casualty

Four years does lots for jones

Encouraged by education team player

Clarification

330 Clinton women?

Incumbent state rep deserves support

WW II vet will miss his old friend

Endangered species law is 'no good'

Motorists: Bikers have rights, too

On oil 'price gouging'

Teacher: Texts ignore black history

A losing hand

Nurse anesthetist rips doc's statistics

Augusta water woes anger taxpayer

Harbin's tax cut record impressive

Rips advocacy groups; praises God

Family leave, Part II

In the know
FREE LEGAL HELP: A new Web site - MyCounsel.com - offers free legal information on a variety of consumer topics. The Web site is easy to navigate, and the information is presented in clear, simple language.

Medicinal herbs require caution
Garden season is in full swing, and medicinal herbs are as readily available as pansies at local nurseries.

Rain shortage can damage trees permanently
The recent rains have been a blessing, but we certainly need more. Nothing short of a tropical storm moving through will give us long-term relief.

A juicy business
Standing on the street corner, doling out what everyone needs and making a killing - lemonade stands are in order during these hot, sweaty days of summer.

North Augusta's Sligh finishes strong

Seifert will take six-stroke lead into final round

Seifert captures junior tourney

Howell considers going pro

Postcard site gets updates
High technology is improving my low-tech column.

Local man killed in Montana plane crash
An Aiken County man and his friend died Tuesday night in Montana when an experimental airplane crashed in a heavily wooded area, Montana authorities said. Robert Dobrocke, 40, of Whisteria Lane, Montmorenci, and Henry Michael Hoye, 37, of Columbia Falls, Mont., were killed in the 8:30 p.m. crash.Full story> --The August Chronicle

Woman killed in I-20 crash
A young Columbia woman was killed Thursday afternoon after crossing the median on Interstate 20 and crashing head-on into a tractor-trailer, Aiken County authorities said.

Reward doubled for Sam's Club manager's killer
Representatives from Sam's Club announced on Thursday that they were doubling the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of David Holt's killer to $400,000. The officials also announced at the news conference in front of the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center that questionnaires would be sent to 65,000 Augusta-area households reminding them of the reward and asking for their help in solving the case. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Medicinal herbs require caution

A juicy business

In the know

Rain shortage can damage trees permanently

Bill to allow access to juvenile records

Four years does lots for Jones

Answer to floods sought
Damage from Tuesday's heavy rains still was being assessed Thursday, as city officials sur-veyed affected areas in an effort to better understand why flash floods hit some parts of Augusta harder than others.

Cellular 911 calls face routing obstacle

P.E. made optional for middle-schoolers
ATLANTA - The state Board of Education passed a measure Thursday allowing middle school pupils to choose whether they take physical education and health classes.

Reward doubled for Sam's Club manager's killer

Surfers, city clash over rules

Across the area

Two die in plane crash

Officials investigate dead body

Highway collision kills one
AIKEN - A college student from the University of South Carolina at Columbia was killed Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer along Interstate 20.

Woman challenges dismissal

Jury finds man guilty of Taco Bell robberies
Doing crime can mean a long time behind bars. For Jammie Verdree it could mean multiple lifetimes.

Solution to Rocker unknown

Ceremony remembers role model
Family and friends offered storied snapshots of a young role model's life during a memorial ceremony Thursday at Lakemont Presbyterian Church:

Experts to study local air

Cellular 911 calls face routing obstacle
Until sophisticated tracking technology allows dispatchers to pinpoint callers, cellular phone companies are asking customers to remember that 911 calls are free but not guaranteed.

Augusta group tops state list for music

Augusta arts council honors supporters

University seeks ban exemption
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Athletic Department announced Tuesday it's seeking an exemption to a statewide watering ban because it needs to water a new layer of turf at Sanford Stadium every day.

Man dies in river at state park

Officials investigate dead body
ATHENS, Ga. - Oglethorpe County authorities are investigating the death of a Madison County man who was found encased in cement in a wooded area of the Stephens community Monday afternoon.

Commission spares department head's position

Service agencies submit wish lists
ATLANTA - One by one, more than 30 representatives of social-services agencies stood Wednesday to thank the Georgia Board of Human Resources for its commitment to helping children, senior citizens, the mentally retarded and the developmentally disabled.

Surfers, city clash over rules
Surf's down for Tybee Island surfers, who won't have as much freedom riding the waves if new city rules go into effect July 13.

Augusta group tops state list for music
A recent Georgia Council for the Arts ranking rated the Augusta Choral Society the No. 1 music organization in the state.

Home-builders record know-how
J.J. Cogdill was surprised at his fiancee's reaction to a scratch on the wall of their new home.

Nursing home faces wrongful-death suit
AIKEN - The family of a woman who suffered from senile dementia has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a North Augusta nursing home where the woman wandered away and sustained fatal injuries.

School board vacancies draw candidates
Six people, so far, have expressed an interest in running for a seat on the Richmond County school board.

Highway collision kills one

Lightning blamed for area blazes

Agency assists needy
With six months left before they are mandated off the welfare rolls, more than 300 recipients in Augusta haven't secured a job or enrolled in school - considered by welfare officials tangible efforts that would inch recipients closer to self-sufficiency.

Mayor names 4 to panel

Commission spares department head's position
For most of last week and all of Tuesday, Keven Mack waited for the grim reaper to come and take his professional life.

City lays out strategic plan
NORTH AUGUSTA - This small town on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River is on the brink of developing a new face and a new image.

Experts to study local air
Scientists will converge in Augusta this weekend to launch a study that could answer important questions about the local origins of air pollution.

Across the area
After hearing from several witnesses, a judge denied a Hephzibah man's application to obtain a warrant for simple battery against District Attorney Danny Craig.

Hopefuls answer to county
The two remaining Richmond County Democratic candidates for sheriff said Wednesday they are both willing to consider a citizens review board to oversee complaints against the department.

Woman killed in I-20 crash

Disqualified candidate questions impartiality
Former Richmond County sheriff's candidate Woodrow Fryer said Wednesday the judge who disqualified him from the race should have recused himself from the case because he was once a member of the same law firm as the attorney who challenged his candidacy.

Disqualified candidate questions impartiality

Survey targets slaying
After two years, countless hours and piles of evidence, closure in the David Holt homicide case could come via the U.S. mail.

Agency assists needy

Augusta arts council honors supporters
So stunned was Beverly Barnhart at receiving the Greater Augusta Arts Council's arts professional award Tuesday that she almost left the banquet without it.

Across the area

Across the area
A mistrial was declared Wednesday after the jury deadlocked in the case of an Augusta man charged with first-degree arson.

Stallions thankful for week off

Residents reel as water recedes
Floodwaters might have reced-ed by Wednesday morning, but old tensions resurfaced, particularly for residents of flood-prone areas.

Industry at odds on fuel

Man dies in river at state park
KITCHINGS MILL, S.C. - An Aiken County man apparently drowned Wednesday in the South Edisto River, one of his favorite swimming holes, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

af2 notes: Stallions' Sparrow could be in line for promotion

Woman challenges dismissal
AIKEN - A former security officer who worked at the Savannah River Site is suing Wackenhut Services, alleging the private security firm violated her civil rights by firing her because she was black.

Richmond County predicts rise in slayings

Two die in plane crash
An Aiken County man and his friend died Tuesday night in Montana when their experimental airplane crashed in a heavily wooded area, Montana authorities said.

Industry at odds on fuel
ATLANTA - The debate over a proposal to tighten federal regulations governing heavy-duty diesel motors and diesel fuel is pitting engine manufacturers against oil refiners.

Shelter agrees to settle with girl claiming rape
AIKEN - A shelter for abused and neglected children has settled a lawsuit with a girl who said she was raped while living at the home and later gave birth to her assailant's child.

Elbert County looks for shooting suspect
ELBERTON - Authorities in Elbert County and surrounding areas of Northeast Georgia are searching for a Hart County man wanted in connection with the early Wednesday morning shooting death of his estranged wife.

Senators criticize security at SRS
U.S. senators criticized Savannah River Site security Wednesday during a congressional tongue-lashing of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.

Store continues aid of murder inquiry

Residents reel as water recedes

Richmond County predicts rise in slayings
The number of Richmond County homicides during the first six months of 2000 matches the low numbers of last year, but law enforcement officials say the final tally probably will be higher than 1999.

Senators criticize security at SRS

Ceremony remembers role model

Flood damage still being assessed

City lays out strategic plan

Mayor names 4 to panel
Mayor Bob Young has appointed four suburban Augusta business owners to a committee to work on revising the temporary-sign provision in the city's new sign ordinance.

SRS maps shipments of waste

Home-builders record know-how

School board vacancies draw candidates

Survey targets slaying

Accident leaves 3 dead
Three people were killed Thursday in a three-car crash on Interstate 20 after a driver tried to pass traffic on the road's shoulder, police said.

Service agencies submit wish lists

Bill to allow access to juvenile records
COLUMBIA - School officials in South Carolina soon will have better access to juvenile rap sheets, but they will remain off-limits to the public.

Accident leaves 3 dead

Lightning blamed for area blazes
Still reeling from flash floods that washed out parts of the city this week, Richmond County was pummeled Thursday as a thunderstorm set residences ablaze, downed power lines and toppled branches into roadways.

Elbert County looks for shooting suspect

Flood damage still being assessed
Damage from Tuesday's heavy rains still was being assessed Thursday, as city officials surveyed affected areas in an effort to better understand why flash floods hit some parts of Augusta more than others.

Shelter agrees to settle with girl claiming rape

SRS maps shipments of waste
The successful transportation of radioactive materials to and from Savannah River Site will require two things, according to observers: communication and cash.

Jury finds man guilty of Taco Bell robberies

Answer to floods sought

Store continues aid of murder inquiry
Publicly proclaiming its continued willingness to help law enforcement find David Holt's killer, Sam's Club announced Thursday it was doubling the reward to $400,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

League will have team in Memphis

Dennis Miller, Fouts to 'Monday Night Football' booth

Mrs. Eloise Craig
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eloise Busbee Craig, 68, of Short Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in Aiken.

Mrs. Peggy Jameson
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Mrs. Peggy Jameson, 88, died Thursday, June 22, 2000.

Mr. Robert Dobrocke
AIKEN - Mr. Robert Fletcher Dobrocke, 40, of Wisteria Drive, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000.

Ms. Christy Cantrell
Ms. Christy Cantrell, 19, of Shallow Creek Crossing, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Randall
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. William O'Shield Randall, 75, of West Main Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in Aiken County.

Mrs. Josephine Caldwell
Mrs. Josephine Clark Caldwell, 83, of Hemlock Hill Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Fred Wimberly Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Fred Wimberly Jr., 79, of Washington Circle North West, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Minnie Wright
Mrs. Minnie Wright, of Penny Street, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Hazel Wilson
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Wadley Baptist Church, Wadley, with Dr. Bobby Ritch, Murray Brett and David Braxton officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Wauchula, Fla.

Mr. Ronnie Lamb
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. Ronnie Lamb, 57, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000.

Mrs. Maroma Dyches
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mrs. Maroma Sanders Dyches, 86, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mr. J.H. Atkins
Mr. J.H. Atkins, 91, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ester Sullivan
Mrs. Ester McCord Sullivan, 69, of Fury's Ferry Road, Evans, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. William Williamson
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. William Denny Williamson, 53, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Travis Thompkins
HARLEM - Mr. Travis ``Fatback'' M. Thompkins, 20, of Douglas Street, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Charles Harrison
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Charles Emerson Harrison, 81, died Tuesday, June, 20, 2000, at Carl Vinson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Dublin.

Mrs. Mary Boyd
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Margaret Jones Boyd, 85, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Magnolia Manor.

Mrs. Dorothy Jones
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy Jones, 67, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hattie Cutwright
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Hattie Clara Cutwright, 78, of Richland Avenue, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.

Mrs. Lane Hill
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Julia Elaine Mathis ``Lane'' Hill, 51, of Bland Street, died Monday, June 19, 2000.

Mrs. Bridie Black
CANOOCHEE, Ga. - Mrs. Bridie Womack Black, 67, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ada Butler
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Ada Estelle Roberts Butler, 89, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Wilkes Nursing Home.

Ms. Mary Ellison
GIRARD, Ga. - Ms. Mary Alice ``Tena'' Ellison, 50, of Millhaven Road, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. William Douglass
Mr. William L. Douglass, 74, of Mill Street, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. L.C. Jordan
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. L.C. Jordan, 94, of Brit Street, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Providence Health Care Center.

Mr. Bobby Archer
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mr. Bobby Lee Archer, 55, of Leffest Avenue, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lois Rourk
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Lois D. Rourk, 53, of Big Cone Drive, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. J.H. Atkins
Mr. J.H. Atkins, 91, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Miville
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Margaret ``Erline'' Miville, 74, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Louise Marshall
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Louise B. Marshall, 74, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Thigpen
HARLEM - Mrs. Ruth Virginia Thigpen, 73, of Lamkin Road, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Margaret Edwards
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Edwards, 80, of Hackney Road, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Mr. James Lanius
Mr. James Lee Lanius, 59, of Martinez, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Emma Smith
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Emma Bell Smith, 83, formerly of Larkin Rice Road, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mr. Cecil Oglesby
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Cecil Oglesby, 77, of U.S. Highway 25 South, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Bethany Nursing Center.

Mr. Johnny West
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Johnny Claude West, 72, of Old Sandy Cross Road, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Joyce Fulmer
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Joyce Robinson Fulmer, 62, of Back Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lorenzo Morgan
Mr. Lorenzo Eric Morgan, 33, of Augusta, died Friday, June 16, 2000.

Mrs. Pennie Thompson
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Pennie Thompson, 95, of East Buchanan Road, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mr. Talmadge Curl
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Talmadge Curl, 68, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mr. Isaac Lawrence Jr.
Mr. Isaac Floyd Lawrence Jr., of Orange Street, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Sebron Epps
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Sebron Thirmon Epps, 67, of Route 1 Linton Road, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Dorothy Ponds
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Dorothy Ponds died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Joyce Fulmer

Mr. Robert Dobrocke

Mrs. L.C. Jordan

Mrs. Ester Sullivan

Mrs. Dorothy Jones

Mrs. Emma Smith

Mr. William Williamson

Mr. Sebron Epps

Mrs. Margaret Edwards

Mr. Charles Harrison

Mrs. Margaret Miville

Mr. William Douglass

Mrs. Josephine Caldwell

Mr. Lorenzo Morgan

Mrs. Lane Hill

Mr. Isaac Lawrence Jr.

Mrs. Dorothy Ponds

Mr. Cecil Oglesby

Mrs. Lois Rourk

Mr. Johnny West

Mr. Bobby Archer

Mr. J.H. Atkins

Mr. Talmadge Curl

Mrs. Hazel Wilson

Mr. J.H. Atkins

Mrs. Pennie Thompson

Mrs. Minnie Wright

Mr. William Randall

Ms. Mary Ellison

Mrs. Bridie Black

Mr. Ronnie Lamb

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mrs. Eloise Craig

Mrs. Ada Butler

Ms. Christy Cantrell

Mrs. Louise Marshall

Mrs. Peggy Jameson

Columnist ignorant about his 'rights'
David Sisler whines in his June 17 column, ``I am tired of my rights being trampled ...'' His grievance is not only self-dramatizing, but also reveals total ignorance about what constitutes a ''right.'' Charles P. Heywood, Martinez

Harbin's tax cut record impressive
As a taxpaying resident of Columbia County, I appreciate the work done by state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, in the Legislature. Robert Hope, Evans

Clarification
Sunday's editorial regarding Savannah River Site computer security mistakenly reported a floppy disk from the site ended up in Chinese hands.

Encouraged by education team player
As a Richmond County public school teacher, it is encouraging when people give of their time to work with students, teachers, parents and administrators. It is especially important to meet those people who bring people together and build foundations of trust and integrity. Georgia House District 114 candidate Sue Burmeister is one of those people.Julie Purvis, Evans

On oil 'price gouging'
Whenever pump prices shoot up as they have in recent weeks, especially in the Midwest where it costs more than $2 a gallon, the first thing politicians do is blame oil companies for ``price gouging.''

School counselors should do better
In response to the June 10 article, ``Dropout prevention evaluated,'' I think blame should go to where it's due. I understand the reasons stated for the dropout rate. But at the same time I feel that the schools should be held responsible for their goof-ups and blunders. Sheryl Land, Grovetown

Endangered species law is 'no good'
A recent editorial speaks of the Endangered Species Act as something good, to wit: ''the good the program achieves.'' Bill Dekle, Millen

Teacher: Texts ignore black history
I have waited patiently and passively, wondering who will make a comment about the education system's curriculum. Rose Walker, Augusta

A losing hand
''The people of South Carolina wanted the plug pulled on video gambling, the Legislature then stepped up and banned it and the Supreme Court has now upheld the legislative will.''

WW II vet will miss his old friend
June 16 was a sad day for me and for Richmond County. I lost a caring friend and our community lost a valuable, forward-looking citizen as Sydney Carter left us to join his Lord. Walter S. Williams, Augusta

Incumbent state rep deserves support
I support state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, for re-election because in six short years he has done tremendous things for Columbia County. Thanks to him we will soon have a new library, a new technical school and a new courthouse. Steve McCord, Evans

Augusta water woes anger taxpayer
Apparently incompetence is rampant at Augusta's water department. Once again they proved that with another bumbling episode. Buried on page 9C of the June 15 Chronicle was another article about our wonderful water department. As important a topic as this is to Augusta, I do not know why it was not on page 1.Donny Gray, Augusta

Family leave, Part II
When the Clinton administration got the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, providing employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for newborns' care and family emergencies, critics said that was just a first step toward the government requiring paid leaves.

Signs of peace
The Augusta Commission and local businesses, including those in the downtown area, reached an uneasy peace this week, after which city fathers wisely loosened up, at least for now, on the most criticized aspects of the city's controversial new sign ordinance - the prohibition on temporary signs and sidewalk cafes.

Nurse anesthetist rips doc's statistics
In response to the June 14 letter by Dr. Mark Stewart, ``Hits plan to end nurse supervision:'' He uses skewed statistics to make false conclusions about the safety record of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist's practice. Dean Loss, CRNA, MS, Evans

330 Clinton women?
Here's a coincidence. Three women prominently linked to Clinton sex scandals are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prize-winning author draws fire
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gary Wills' cynical and self-serving attack on the Catholic Church in his book, Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, necessitates some critical comment and evaluation. The Rev. Allan J. McDonald, Augusta

Why not extradition?
Police report William ``Junior'' Downs confessed to two murders a year ago and he still sits in an Aiken County cell waiting for trial. What's the hang-up?

Rips advocacy groups; praises God
This letter is very hard for me to write, because I do not wish to offend anyone, yet I am offended at what the American Civil Liberties Union, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ku Klux Klan and various other groups are doing.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Motorists: Bikers have rights, too
I very much support bike paths and consider them a great benefit to communities. Biking is a wonderful recreation for the family or great as an individual exercise routine. David Sullivan, Evans

Why District 115 needs Cheri Foster
In the June 18 Chronicle, senior editorial writer Phil Kent wrote about how Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, ``is responding to catcalls from supporters of his GOP challenger that he is out of touch with his district.'' Harley Jones, Augusta

Tyson denies having fight with promoter

Away from track, there's plenty of driving going on

Tournament to showcase region's best

Tourney provides exposure

Overtime: Davenport upset at Eastbourne

Elder Petty comes to terms with grandon's death

Prep notes: 2 Rebels announce intentions

Overtime: Gamecocks' Tanner tabbed coach of year

Racing facts: Save MartKragen 350K

Mayfield move brings cheers

Barbee, Hobbins church speakers

Slow trolling flukes catching hybrids, striped bass

Mississippian tops rich event

Mars may have surface water
WASHINGTON -- The Mars Global Surveyor has radioed data to Earth suggesting there is surface water on the Red Planet, which could boost the possibility of finding evidence of life, experts say.

Mars may have surface water