Rapped up

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.

Seattle band tests rock boundaries on new album

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.

Concert clubs

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.

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.

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.

Road-trip rituals keep memories alive for families

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

Stayin' alive

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

Club Calendar

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.

Event calendar

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.

Directing children can be challenging

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.

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

Jackets split doubleheader

Jackets fall to Boll Weevils

Chipper's streak ends at 19

Joyner helps Braves rally for win

Mulholland wins despite 13-hit performance

Braves notebook: Cox selecting All-Star players

Jackets optimistic entering second half

Braves notes

Postcard site gets updates

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Technology stocks turned meek Friday, giving back all their gains for the week as a warning about the outlook for online retailer Amazon.com sent the Nasdaq composite index down more than 2 percent.

Hardees eyes Evans locale
Three days after Columbia County Commissioners approved an ordinance creating the Evans Town Center, a local development company announced plans to subdivide four acres there for fast food restaurants and professional use.

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.

Drug firms battle for arthritis market

Weekly gas update
Here is a listing of local unleaded gasoline prices.

Cellular choices expand

Hardees eyes Evans locale

Unemployment on rise throughout Georgia

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.

Company to change its name
A local real estate company will be known by a new name beginning Tuesday. Sherman and Hemstreet/Better Homes and Gardens will officially change its name to Sherman and Hemstreet/GMAC Real Estate on Tuesday.

Canned meat firm closes plant
Castleberry/Snow's Brands Inc. on Friday announced it would cease manufacturing at its Bedford, Va., facility and move production to Augusta.

Weekly gas update

WJBF's news gets top rating
From Staff ReportsThe latest Nielsen ratings show local ABC affiliate WJBF-TV (Channel 6) as the most watched local news program in five out of eight time slots.

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

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

Company to change its name

Business briefs

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.

Group changes ad rules

Family leave, Part II

Harbin's tax cut record impressive

Clarification

Teen girls' compassion impressive

Endangered species law is 'no good'

State rep's hands-on style praised

Hate crime parody

Enjoys sitting a spell on Broad St.

Incumbent state rep deserves support

Clearing the air

A losing hand

Nurse anesthetist rips doc's statistics

On oil 'price gouging'

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.

Faith digest
Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill of Nashville, Tenn., will minister with song and word at Warren Road Elementary School, 311 Warren Road, at 7 tonight. Their appearance is sponsored by Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Be sure to enjoy yourself
Are you having fun caring for your children and pets, taking care of the seasonal demands of your house and yard, meeting the obligations and responsibilities in your local congregation?

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

Tourney to benefit children

North Augusta's Sligh finishes strong

Seifert captures junior tourney

Howell considers going pro

Lynx begin play on Oct. 13

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

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

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.

Medicinal herbs require caution

Faith digest

Rain shortage can damage trees permanently

SRS maps shipments of waste

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.

Schrenko says legislator cut school money

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.

Senate panel backs local heritage funds
Hopeland Gardens, Montmorenci Vineyards and Aiken State Park are a few of the locations along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor that may benefit from new funding from the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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

Canal recreation funding rises

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.

Black colleges face many challenges
ATLANTA - Universities and colleges catering to blacks face a double challenge of educating the poorest prepared students while struggling with low funding levels, experts said Friday.

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.

Police: Driver in wreck was shot
The driver responsible for a three-car accident Thursday that left three people dead on Interstate 20 had been shot at least twice before the wreck occurred, the Columbia County coroner said Friday.

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.

Police: Driver in wreck was shot

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.

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.

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.

Parents charged in shooting

Jury finds man guilty of Taco Bell robberies

Reward doubled for Sam's Club manager's killer

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.

Surgeon faces third lawsuit
AIKEN - A former Aiken plastic surgeon convicted of trying to kill her 7-year-old son in a murder-suicide plot in 1998 is the defendant in a third medical negligence lawsuit.

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.

Across the area
A Lithonia, Ga., man accused of killing one man and wounding a second was granted a $100,000 bond Friday.

Industry at odds on fuel

Residents return to debris, ashes

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.

Across the area

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.

Across the area

Ceremony remembers role model

Woman killed in I-20 crash

Bill to allow access to juvenile records

Black colleges face many challenges

Cellular 911 calls face routing obstacle

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.

Damage control

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.

Correction

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.

EMS services blame on woes Medicare drop

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.

Explosives land teens in custody

Flood damage still being assessed

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

Richmond County predicts rise in slayings

Correction
A gardening calendar listing in the Homestead section in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle listed an incorrect number for a master gardener class that begins in August and is offered through the University of Georgia Extension Service.

Schrenko says legislator cut school money
Like a keen sharpshooter, state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko continues to pick out and pick off advocates of Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform bill.

County touts federal insurance for floods
Who would have thought that during the worst drought of the century flood insurance would be needed?

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.

Explosives land teens in custody
AIKEN - Three Aiken teen-agers who detonated six homemade bombs behind H. Odell Weeks Recreation Center this week remained in custody Friday, authorities said.

Canal recreation funding rises
Federal funding for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is likely to increase by at least $100,000 next year - and possibly more.

Answer to floods sought

Home-builders record know-how

Schools adopt plan to react to violence
No plan is perfect, but Columbia County's school system and public safety departments want to make sure their school violence response plan is as good as it can get.

City lays out strategic plan

Accident leaves 3 dead

Lightning blamed for area blazes

Surgeon faces third lawsuit

Store continues aid of murder inquiry

Parents charged in shooting
AIKEN - Parents who apparently didn't like their daughter's choice of a boyfriend have been charged with trying to kill both of them, sheriff's officials said Friday.

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.

Damage control
Daniel Williams, a volunteer firefighter with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, hoses down some of the hot spots in the gutted bedroom of the Aiken house.

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.

EMS services blame on woes Medicare drop
NORTH AUGUSTA - Private ambulance companies throughout South Carolina say they are floundering in a financial crisis caused by Medicare reimbursement cutbacks.

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:

Senate panel backs local heritage funds

Surfers, city clash over rules

Elbert County looks for shooting suspect

Schools adopt plan to react to violence

County touts federal insurance for floods

Mayor names 4 to panel

Highway collision kills one

School board vacancies draw candidates

Residents return to debris, ashes
Anthony Robinson really wanted to find his 1999 Paine College basketball championship ring in his burned out apartment building at River Creek Apartments.

Dennis Miller, Fouts to 'Monday Night Football' booth

Mr. James Slade Jr.
Mr. James Slade Jr., 49, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

Miss Barbara Dent
THOMSON - Miss Barbara Dent, 61, of Ridge Road, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

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

Mr. Charles Blackwell
Mr. Charles D. Blackwell, 65, of Avondale Drive, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at his residence.

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

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.

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

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. 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. Alex Douse
Mr. Alex Douse, 55, of Willow Street, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Richard Allen
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mr. Richard Nevel Allen, 90, of Dennis Street, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care.

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

Ms. Dorita Murray
Ms. Dorita McCord Murray, 47, of Skinner Mill Road, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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. W. Glenn Wells
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. W. Glenn Wells, 38, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Lula Long
BLYTHE - Mrs. Lula Elizabeth Portwood Long, 90, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, in Aiken.

Mrs. Vivian Watkins
Mrs. Vivian Dean Watkins, 83, died Friday, June 23, 2000, in Statesboro.

Mrs. Ida Williams
JACKSON - Mrs. Ida Trivette Williams, 83, of Fifth Street, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

Dr. Hal Holmes
Dr. Hal H. Holmes, 77, of Regent Place, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Warren Baker
Mr. Warren D. Baker, 75, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

Mr. J. Michael Jones
Mr. J. Michael ``Mike'' Jones, 40, of Martinez, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mrs. Nora English
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nora English, 93, of East McCarty Street, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home.

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.

Mr. Willie Kirby
NUNEZ, Ga. - Mr. Willie Milton Kirby, 57, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Ms. Phyllis Williams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Ms. Phyllis Teresa Williams, 39, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Trelly Owenby
Mrs. Trelly Kate Owenby, 65, of Dickey Drive, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Mary Smith
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lois Smith, 46, of Beard Drive, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Elma Wiley
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Elma Wells Wiley, 83, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Betty Wright
DETROIT - Mrs. Betty B. Wright, 55, of Rutherford Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000.

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

Mr. Sebron Epps

Mrs. Bridie Black

Mrs. Trelly Owenby

Mrs. Joyce Fulmer

Mr. Charles Blackwell

Mrs. Ester Sullivan

Miss Barbara Dent

Mr. Warren Baker

Mrs. Margaret Edwards

Ms. Mary Ellison

Mr. James Slade Jr.

Mr. William Douglass

Mrs. Mary Smith

Mrs. Ada Butler

Mrs. Mary Boyd

Mr. Cecil Oglesby

Mr. W. Glenn Wells

Mrs. Hazel Wilson

Mrs. Lula Long

Mr. Bobby Archer

Mr. William Randall

Mr. Robert Dobrocke

Mr. Talmadge Curl

Mrs. Margaret Miville

Dr. Hal Holmes

Mrs. Louise Marshall

Mrs. Elma Wiley

Mr. Lorenzo Morgan

Mrs. Peggy Jameson

Mrs. Dorothy Ponds

Mr. Alex Douse

Mrs. L.C. Jordan

Mr. J. Michael Jones

Mr. Isaac Lawrence Jr.

Mr. Richard Allen

Mr. Johnny West

Mrs. Betty Wright

Mr. J.H. Atkins

Ms. Phyllis Williams

Mrs. Lois Rourk

Mrs. Pennie Thompson

Mrs. Emma Smith

Tiger Woods practices, why don't Christians?
BEFORE TIGER Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open on Sunday by 15 strokes, he spent two hours on Wednesday

Incumbent offers voters a choice
On Tuesday, you will have a very important choice to make. Danny Bishop, Edgefield

Teen girls' compassion impressive
Once in a long while you see people doing something so good that you think it deserves a fine showcase - maybe even a stage. What my friend and I saw the other day deserves that kind of glitz. Lamar Rush, Augusta

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

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

State rep's hands-on style praised
I will vote for state Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, in the July 18 GOP primary because I find him to be very professional and helpful. He went out of his way to help me with a problem when he could have had someone else do it for him. Johnni Strickland, 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.''

Edgefield election raises questions
I very much wish to know what the Edgefield County Council candidates believe they can do for the county. Laurie Landrum, North Augusta

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

Hate crime parody
Here we go again. The U.S. Senate just approved another federal hate-crime bill, by adding yet more categories of victims.

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

Enjoys sitting a spell on Broad St.
I hope the Augusta Commission does not undo in a few months what it took years of hard work by many civic-minded individuals and dedicated businesses to accomplish - being able to cater to those who enjoy ''going downtown to sit a spell on Broad Street.'' Dutch Hockman, 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.

E-signature: Be wary
The ''electronic signature'' bill that President Clinton strongly endorses could be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of the 106th Congress.

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

Support sought for Bishop in Edgefield
I am asking my friends to re-elect Danny Bishop for the Edgefield County Council District 5 (Merriwether/Westside) seat this Tuesday. Tim R. Campbell, North Augusta

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

Tiger Woods practices, why don't Christians?
BEFORE TIGER Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open on Sunday by 15 strokes, he spent two hours on Wednesday

Kent's his man; Chronicle his paper
I've lived and worked in the Central Savannah River Area for over 16 years, longer than any other place in my professional career, except for 20 years in the San Francisco Bay area. Clifford D. Ponder, North Augusta

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

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

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.''

Clearing the air
There were two significant developments on Augusta's air quality front this week.

Controversies surround Tyson

Tyson denies having fight with promoter

Overtime: Davenport upset at Eastbourne

Overtime: Former Jaguar assumes head coaching role

Augusta rivalry rekindled

Tourney provides exposure

Barbee, Hobbins church speakers

Mississippian tops rich event

Slow trolling flukes catching hybrids, striped bass

Computer hacker tries new outlet
LOS ANGELES - If he can't use computers for the next several years, former hacker Kevin Mitnick believes he should at least be allowed to write about the magazines that report on them.

Exhibit celebrates the mind
The latest exhibit in Savannah River Site's 50th anniversary celebration pays tribute to the most common, yet most advanced, computer at the site - the brain.

Exhibit celebrates the mind