GreenJackets top RedStixx

Area squad sweeps girls hoops contest

Furcal to rehab with Class AA club

Thompson has 19 in Comets win

Boll Weevils top Jackets in finale

Joyner works to find groove as backup

Phoenix's win streak on road ends

Swoopes completes U.S. Olympic team

Braves squeeze past Brewers

Wisdom is rarely followed

Bank to decrease holdings

Aiken will get wire plant

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.

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.

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.

Tube manufacturer to open in Barnwell Co.

Business briefs

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.

More thoughts on women preachers

She's grateful for election win

A new pass for Gore?

Direct anger at Comcast, not Turner

The multimillionaire

Is state rep eating taxpayers' money?

Will Wendy's killers get off?

Bible provides God with a big laugh

Whole language learning defended

Boy Scouts right to ban homosexuals

Abused victim: Judges ignore law

NAACP's red herring

Smith & Wesson repudiates deal

North Augusta's plan

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.

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.

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

Inkster wins sixth major title

Howell finishes second at Greensboro

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

Building plan gets criticism

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aiken arrest prompts suspension of deputy

Essay author cashes in on contest

Across the area

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.

Looser water limits urged

Zoning ordinance threatens Aiken Triple Crown

Pianist has flare for jazz

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.

Vehicle overturns

Police intensify search for Appling man

Anchors away! (and other issues)

Panelists seek funds for care

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.

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

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.

Familiar faces fill elections

Retail growth expected to grow with population

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Explorer has ties to Augusta

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

Polls ready to decide GOP race

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.

General's move awaits Senate

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

Stallions reap rewards from week of rest

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

Execution intention challenged

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

School board widens superintendent search

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dignitaries dedicate tourist center

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.

Deregulation raises concerns

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.

Officer's wife recalls Korea

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.

Drought enforces need for long-term plan

Across the area

Deputy's suspension pending

Mabika shot saves Sparks

Erving believes missing son is still alive

Anchors away! (and other issues)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. George Blalock
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. George Chinn Blalock, of Wells Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at his 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. Elaine Holsomback
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Elaine Cleveland Holsomback, 48, of Mount Calvary Road, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mrs. Pauline Jones

Mr. William Brooks

Mr. Henry Oakley Jr.

Mr. Johnnie Curry

Ms. Orion Gosnell

Mrs. Frances Hamlin

Mr. Willie Kemp

Mrs. Claudia O'Brien

Mrs. Marian Myers

Mr. James Vickery

Mrs. Pearl Cato

Mr. Hugh Wiggins

Mrs. Bessie Amerson

Mrs. Mary Howell

Ms. Willa Thomas

Ms. Grace Holsomback

Mrs. Frances Beach

Mrs. Frances Scott

Cynthia Bullard

Mrs. Lena Stalworth

Ms. Drew Dorsey

Mr. Jim Randall Sr.

Mr. Tounity Tyler

Mrs. Etheline Satcher

Mr. George Blalock

Mrs. Elaine Holsomback

Mrs. Dollie Martin

Ms. Ella Boswell

Mr. Steven Morgan

Mrs. Dorothy Elliott

Mrs. Annie Bonner

Mrs. Sheila Fuller

Mr. Kay Williams Jr.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Spadea ends historical losing streak

Overtime: Trainer Laurin, 88, dies

Ruiz qualifies in two Olympic diving events

Gordon is king of the road

Area squad sweeps girls hoops contest

Overtime: Rhein Fire wins second World Bowl

Spaniards withdraw from Wimbledon

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.

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.

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.

Xtreme calendar

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

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.''

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

Boys and girls will like `Boys and Girls'

Leisure at the lake

Mission-trip memories will last a lifetime

Your style

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

Genome implications studied

Procedure could restore fertility to women

Human genome projects essentially complete