Furcal to rehab with Class AA club

Swoopes completes U.S. Olympic team

Phoenix's win streak on road ends

GreenJackets top RedStixx

Area squad sweeps girls hoops contest

Joyner works to find groove as backup

Thompson has 19 in Comets win

Braves squeeze past Brewers

Boll Weevils top Jackets in finale

Wisdom is rarely followed

Bank to decrease holdings

Bank to decrease holdings
First Union Corp. will close 84 branches, sell loan and credit card businesses to bolster bottom lineFrom Staff and Wire ReportsFirst Union Corp. on Monday said it will close 84 branches, but would not rule out whether any affected branches were in the Augusta area.

Aiken will get wire plant

Business briefs

Aiken will get wire plant
AIKEN - A Japanese company that produces precision steel wires expects to begin production in Verenes Industrial Park late this summer.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Philip Morris, a Dow component and owner of Kraft Foods, led the industrials average higher Monday as investors applauded the company's plan to acquire Nabisco Holdings Corp.

Tube manufacturer to open in Barnwell Co.

Tube manufacturer to open in Barnwell Co.
Ryerson Tull plans to open a tube mill facility in Barnwell County that will begin operation in August and eventually employ 14 to 18 people.

Is state rep eating taxpayers' money?

Direct anger at Comcast, not Turner

A new pass for Gore?

Will Wendy's killers get off?

She's grateful for election win

The multimillionaire

Whole language learning defended

North Augusta's plan

Bible provides God with a big laugh

Smith & Wesson repudiates deal

Abused victim: Judges ignore law

NAACP's red herring

More thoughts on women preachers

Boy Scouts right to ban homosexuals

Others looking out for dieter
A renewed commitment to weight loss is what compels LaSaundria Walker to come to the gym.

Choose a survivor
Most likely you've heard it being discussed by now. At the office, the bar, and the neighborhood swimming pool people are debating who will last the longest on the CBS reality show Survivor.

Choose a survivor
Most likely you've heard it being discussed by now. At the office, the bar, and the neighborhood swimming pool people are debating who will last the longest on the CBS reality show Survivor.

Age old question: Precautions keep drivers alert
Q: How can I stay alert when I drive? - R.E., Lincolnton, Ga.

Howell finishes second at Greensboro

Inkster wins sixth major title

Stroble escapes loss

Wisdom is rarely followed
Here's one I told to the Senior Friends luncheon last week. They seemed to enjoy it, and I hope you do, too.

Age old question: Precautions keep drivers alert

Others looking out for dieter

General's move awaits Senate

Pianist has flare for jazz
ATHENS, Ga. - The rollicking sounds of 1920s jazz performers Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson and Ethel Waters drifted through the early evening air outside the historic Morton Theatre, stopping passers-by in their tracks.

Panelists seek funds for care

Polls ready to decide GOP race
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Voters in Merriwether must choose a Republican candidate today to lead their fast-growing community into the future.

Zoning ordinance threatens Aiken Triple Crown
AIKEN -- The third leg of Aiken's famous Triple Crown could be in jeopardy if the city's Planning Commission denies a request to amend a zoning ordinance in the Horse District.

Across the area

Officer's wife recalls Korea

Candidates face questions at forum
Columbia County residents got their first chance to publicly question candidates about issues concerning the county Monday night.

Dignitaries dedicate tourist center

Deputy's suspension pending
AIKEN - A Richmond County sheriff's deputy will be suspended from the department after his weekend arrest in Aiken on charges of shoving his estranged wife and snatching a gold necklace off her neck, Richmond County Sheriff Charles Webster said Monday.

Vehicle overturns

Zoning ordinance threatens Aiken Triple Crown

Polls ready to decide GOP race

Display traces family's ancestry
EDGEFIELD - The roots of the Jennings family of Edgefield go deep, as far back as 17th century England, when Robert Jennings was an aide-de-camp to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlboro.

Stallions reap rewards from week of rest

Vehicle overturns
JEFF JANOWSKI/STAFF Vehicle overturnsMarty DeLoach of the Graniteville Fire Department rummages through the contents of an overturned Toyota RUV that lost control on I-20. No one was injured.

Essay author cashes in on contest

Looser water limits urged
The recent heavy rains and a predicted return to normal rainfall next month could lead to a relaxing of some area water restrictions, one water official said Monday.

Retail growth expected to grow with population

General's move awaits Senate
The farewell parties have been planned, and Fort Gordon's last ``Hooah!'' to its commanding general is ready to be shouted.

Image puts fresh face on case
AIKEN - Like parents getting a new picture of a child they haven't seen in years, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office received the latest picture of Jeremy Grice on Monday.

Across the area
Republican Primary candidates will face off today on two issues relevant to Columbia County voters.

Panelists seek funds for care
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes and Georgia lawmakers must be willing to pour a lot more money into home and community-based care for the frail elderly, mentally retarded and developmentally disabled to achieve even an adequate system, members of a task force agreed Monday.

Pianist has flare for jazz

Across the area

Anchors away! (and other issues)

Drought enforces need for long-term plan

Across the area
Georgia State Patrol officials said Monday that hydroplaning was the cause of a Sunday night accident that killed an Augusta woman in Burke County.

Explorer has ties to Augusta
Dr. Patrick Scannon has become a familiar face to the natives of the island nation of Palau.

Police intensify search for Appling man
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office stepped up efforts Monday to find a missing Appling man.

Officer's wife recalls Korea
Frances McWhorter remembers the cherry blossoms the female cadets held during graduation. She remembers the silk dress that did not fit. She remembers her story about the Forgotten War.

Officer's wife recalls Korea
Frances McWhorter remembers the cherry blossoms the female cadets held during graduation. She remembers the silk dress that did not fit. She remembers her story about the Forgotten War.

Looser water limits urged

County gets new magnet school
A new magnet school will start in the fall at the Academy of Richmond County High School. The International Baccalaureate program will prepare students to compete academically with their peers from around the world.

Deputy's suspension pending

Execution intention challenged
Attorneys for one of the people accused of taking part in an execution-style double homicide challenged the prosecutor's intention to seek the death penalty Monday.

Building plan gets criticism

Deregulation raises concerns
ATLANTA - Experts and polls suggest that many of Georgia's natural-gas customers have no complaints about how the market has been deregulated, but Jackie Scarborough doesn't understand where they're coming from.

Police intensify search for Appling man

Drought enforces need for long-term plan
ATLANTA - It rained up to 4 inches in some parts of Augusta Tuesday, causing dangerous flooding.

Aiken arrest prompts suspension of deputy

Retail growth expected to grow with population
Frank Mullins is banking on the fact that Columbia County is ready for a full-scale shopping mall. He is extending Owens Road across Washington Road and envisions an open-air mall - something like a ``Surrey Center on steroids'' - springing up on his family's 125 acres.

School board widens superintendent search

Familiar faces fill elections
The races for three Columbia County Board of Education seats could be filled with familiar faces this year.

Dignitaries dedicate tourist center
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - After nearly a decade of battling for money, the Heritage Corridor Discovery Center finally was dedicated Sunday in memory of one of the project's most stedfast pioneers.

Aiken arrest prompts suspension of deputy
AIKEN - A Richmond County sheriff's deputy will be suspended with pay after his weekend arrest in Aiken on charges of shoving his estranged wife and snatching a gold necklace off her neck, Richmond County Sheriff Charles Webster said Monday.

Explorer has ties to Augusta

Building plan gets criticism
ATHENS, Ga. - The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a quasi-religious group whose Egyptian-styled farm in Putnam County near Eatonton sparked repeated clashes with authorities, has found a new place for its fraternal gatherings.

Deregulation raises concerns

Essay author cashes in on contest
Eric GonzalezMorris News ServiceAthens Academy graduate Rohit Shetty admits he never would have read any of Ayn Rand's classic novels if there wasn't a contest involved, and he never expected to gain knowledge about how to live from the experience.

School board widens superintendent search
SAVANNAH - They're doing it in New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore and Memphis, Tenn., - even in Tucson, Ariz.; Fresno, Calif.; and Oklahoma City.

Officer's wife recalls Korea

Familiar faces fill elections

Execution intention challenged

Mabika shot saves Sparks

Erving believes missing son is still alive

Anchors away! (and other issues)

Mr. James Vickery
AIKEN - Mr. James Derrick Vickery, 21, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Elaine Holsomback
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Elaine Cleveland Holsomback, 48, of Mount Calvary Road, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

Mr. Johnnie Curry
Mr. Johnnie B. Curry, 86, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Robert Dombroski
Mr. Robert E. Dombroski, 67, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Steven Morgan
Mr. Steven Bruce Morgan, 38, of Palmetto Drive, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Elliott
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy ``Dot'' Elliott, 69, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Amerson
MITCHELL, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie M. Amerson, 96, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Centers, Sandersville.

Mrs. Frances Scott
DEARING - Mrs. Frances Elsie Scott, 72, died Saturday, June 24, 2000.

Mr. George Blalock
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. George Chinn Blalock, of Wells Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Sheila Fuller
Mrs. Sheila Diane Fuller, 52, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Henry Oakley Jr.
LAKEMONT, Ga. - Mr. Henry Milton Oakley Jr., 70, of Ray Point Lane, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Orion Gosnell
BARNWELL, S.C. - Ms. Orion Ethel Smith Gosnell, 79, of Bomway Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000.

Mr. William Brooks
Mr. William H. ``Bill'' Brooks, 58, of Regis Court, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Louis Johnson
BARLING, Ariz. - Mr. Louis Robert Johnson, 56, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center.

Mr. Tounity Tyler
AIKEN - Mr. Tounity ``Tony'' Tyler, 77, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Frances Beach
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Green Beach, 80, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Medical University Hospital.

Ms. Drew Dorsey
Ms. Drew W. Dorsey, of Melody Drive, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Truman Henderson
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Truman Crow Henderson, of Rutledge Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Pearl Cato
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mrs. Pearl Y. Cato, 81, of Carroll Court, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mrs. Pauline Jones
Mrs. Pauline Rose Jones, 74, of Martinez, died Saturday, June 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Lena Stalworth
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Lena Jones Stalworth, of Rose Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Peter Franklin Sr.
Mr. Peter A. Franklin Sr., 74, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

Mrs. Peggy Guerard
Mrs. Peggy Hebbard Guerard, 51, of Heather Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Howell
Mrs. Mary Todd Howell, 88, of Lake Terrace Drive, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Etheline Satcher
AIKEN - Mrs. Etheline Ruby Rhoden Satcher, 93, of Augustus Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Dollie Martin
Mrs. Dollie Lee Martin, 72, of Harlem Avenue, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Magnolia Hill Nursing Home.

Mr. Jim Randall Sr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Jim Randall Sr., 70, of Hillman Street, died Saturday, June 24, 2000.

Mrs. Claudia O'Brien
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Claudia Faye O'Brien, 76, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Kay Williams Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Kay Williams Jr., 74, of Knollview Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, Anderson.

Mrs. Frances Hamlin
THOMSON - Mrs. Frances Tisdale Hamlin, 78, of Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare, Fairhope, Ala.

Ms. Grace Holsomback
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Ms. Grace Thomas Holsomback, 70, of Young Street, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

Mrs. Dorothy Elliot
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy ``Dot'' Elliot, 69, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Elaine Holsomback
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Elaine Cleveland Holsomback, 48, of Mount Calvary Road, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

Mrs. Marian Myers
Mrs. Marian Knuck Myers, 76, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Ella Boswell
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Ms. Ella Mae Fulmer Boswell, 69, of Edisto Street, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

Mr. Willie Kemp
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Kemp, 79, of Johnson Grove Church Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Willa Thomas
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Ms. Willa Fulmer Thomas, 89, of Park Avenue, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

Mrs. Annie Bonner
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Lou Fambrough Bonner, 94, of South Commerce Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Hugh Wiggins
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mr. Hugh Allen Wiggins, 60, of Mount Olivet Church Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.

Cynthia Bullard
Mrs. Cynthia Renee Bullard, 24, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Mary Howell

Mrs. Sheila Fuller

Mrs. Elaine Holsomback

Mrs. Marian Myers

Ms. Orion Gosnell

Mr. Willie Kemp

Mr. Steven Morgan

Mr. James Vickery

Mrs. Dorothy Elliott

Mr. Hugh Wiggins

Mr. Kay Williams Jr.

Mrs. Frances Hamlin

Mrs. Bessie Amerson

Mr. Johnnie Curry

Ms. Drew Dorsey

Mrs. Pauline Jones

Mrs. Etheline Satcher

Ms. Grace Holsomback

Ms. Ella Boswell

Mrs. Lena Stalworth

Mr. Tounity Tyler

Mr. Jim Randall Sr.

Ms. Willa Thomas

Mrs. Pearl Cato

Mr. George Blalock

Mrs. Frances Beach

Mrs. Dollie Martin

Mr. Henry Oakley Jr.

Mrs. Annie Bonner

Cynthia Bullard

Mrs. Claudia O'Brien

Mrs. Frances Scott

Mr. William Brooks

The multimillionaire
At the height of the Cold War it used to be said, with good reason, that the best way to make money on Wall Street was to take the investment advice of Marxists.

Ga. flag is right; evolution is wrong
Alexander Smith, head of Augusta's ``National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,'' is either willfully ignorant, or a product of affirmative action in the education system. Paul Jackson, Augusta

Will Wendy's killers get off?
The gruesome and senseless murders of five Wendy's employees in New York clearly justify the death penalty for the perpetrators. Al Kotras, Augusta

A new pass for Gore?
Attorney General Janet Reno is expected to turn down for the fourth time a recommendation to appoint an outside prosecutor to investigate Vice President Al Gore's 1996 fund-raising activities.

Unfair assault on candidacy blasted
My friends tell me politics in Columbia County has sunk to an all-time low, and now I believe it. E. Harold Mays even told us in his venomous May 21 letter to The Chronicle, ``If you tell or repeat a lie often enough, some people will believe it to be the truth.'' William Holden, Martinez

Whole language learning defended
Re the June 16 letter from Martha Dohner about standardized testing, phonics and whole language: Pat McShane, Hephzibah

North Augusta's plan
North Augusta leaders are setting a good example by creating a strategic plan for the community. Among the goals of the strategic planning task force is to get the city on the All America City list by the year 2005.

Bible provides God with a big laugh
Women preachers? Oh, what a dilemma. Michael Ledo, Windsor

Direct anger at Comcast, not Turner
Re Jacqueline S. House's June 15 letter, ''Direct anger at Turner, not Comcast'': Barry Doick, Hephzibah

Help solve murder case
Who killed David Holt? Someone in the Augusta-Richmond County area knows a key piece of information about the 1998 murder case, and the Richmond County sheriff's office is hoping the clue - however small and seemingly insignificant - will be revealed and the killer brought to justice.

She's grateful for election win
I wish to thank all those Aiken Electric Cooperative member/owners who voted to re-elect me to the Board of Trustees on May 20. Your support and encouragement challenge me to a greater commitment of service to each and every one of you. Gloria Busch-Johnson, New Ellenton

NAACP's red herring
The NAACP can be its own worst enemy. Recently, it declared it would march in protest on July 1 to have the Confederate battle flag removed from its soon-to-be position in front of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia.

Abused victim: Judges ignore law
It's once again time to vote to keep or fire a judge. If you care at all about Georgia laws and guidelines, investigate the person you want voted in as a judge. D. Hadden, Hephzibah

Smith & Wesson repudiates deal
Re the Smith & Wesson ''deal'' with the government: Floyd Brown, USAF (Ret), Evans

Learn from floods
The irony of it all: droughts and floods. If there's not too little water in Augusta, then there's too much. Will we ever get it right? And the city's not all that great at handling either crisis. Columbia County has its problems, too.

More thoughts on women preachers
Regarding women preaching, read these texts and see how you interpret them: Van Della Bennett, Augusta

Is state rep eating taxpayers' money?
With all of (Chronicle columnist) Phil Kent's talk of legislators bringing tax money home for unfunded pork projects, how about personal pork? Carl E. Carter, Evans

Boy Scouts right to ban homosexuals
Homosexuals should not be allowed to lead Boy Scouts or any organization of young boys. The Constitution guarantees the right to free assembly and the Boy Scouts of America is a private organization free to choose its leaders. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

U.S. is not 'One Nation Under God'
It occurs to me that from all I read in the paper and see on TV concerning views of right and wrong, morals and civil rights, that this country is no longer ``One Nation Under God.'' Barbara Mohler, Augusta

Cosmetologist applauds Brush
On behalf of the Georgia National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetology Examining Board and myself, I express gratitude to state Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, for his help in passing Senate Bill 95. Kay Kendrick, Thomson

Gordon is king of the road

Overtime: Trainer Laurin, 88, dies

Overtime: Rhein Fire wins second World Bowl

Spaniards withdraw from Wimbledon

Spadea ends historical losing streak

Area squad sweeps girls hoops contest

Ruiz qualifies in two Olympic diving events

Human genome projects essentially complete
WASHINGTON -- Proclaiming a ``historic point in the 100,000-year record of humanity,'' scientists announced that the human genetic code essentially has been deciphered, a monumental achievement that opens a dramatic new frontier in medicine.

Procedure could restore fertility to women
BOLOGNA, Italy -- Scientists have for the first time transplanted defrosted human ovarian tissue into a mouse, extracted eggs and made them potentially fertilizable - an advance that could allow women to delay motherhood or safely restore fertility to women who need to have their ovaries removed.

Genome implications studied
David Munn leans over a legal pad and quickly sketches the meshing of genes and proteins in the machinery of the body's immune system.

Leisure at the lake

Xtreme calendar

Your style
Erin Lord, 18, a recent graduate of North Augusta High School.

Xtreme advice: Long-distance love seems destined to fail
``My boyfriend just moved away. He said he's not coming back, but that he'll be faithful to me. I love him so much, but he hasn't called or written. Please help.''

Boys and girls will like `Boys and Girls'

Mission-trip memories will last a lifetime
Editor's note: Ever have to do an essay at the start of the school year on How I Spent My Summer? Well, Xtreme Teen Board members are getting an ea

Your style

Xtreme calendar
Tobey Maguire (Wonder Boys, The Cider House Rules) turns 25.

Mission-trip memories will last a lifetime

Boys and girls will like `Boys and Girls'
Ryan (Mr. Prinze, Down To You, Wing Commander) and Jennifer (Ms. Forlani, Meet Joe Black) meet on a plane ride across the country, then again at a high school football game and finally again when they end up going to the same college. They keep running into each other on campus and soon become friends. Not long after, they become best friends and spend all their time together. After a night of intimacy, things become awkward in their relationship. (You'll have to see the movie, however, to find out whether they stay together.)

Leisure at the lake
Water levels may be low, but for many teens Thurmond Lake is still the place to go on hot summer days.

Xtreme advice: Long-distance love seems destined to fail

Procedure could restore fertility to women

Genome implications studied

Human genome projects essentially complete

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