New country museum will be impressive

Concert calendar
Here is a list of concerts happening in the region.

Music captivated Augustan at early age

Club calender

Art exhibits

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

MC Eiht a voice from past

Wizardry of 'Brain' teases viewers
Cutting-edge technology abounds at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery, but the key to its newest attraction is made of cardboard and plastic.

Club calender
Here is a list of all the clubs in the area, and what they have going on for the weekend.

Pop diva continues on her musical quest
In an industry in which the diva is often a flavor-of-the-week flash in the pan, the ever-evolving Mary J. Blige has enjoyed nearly a decade of critical and popular acclaim, thanks largely to her unwillingness to rest on her musical laurels.

Concert calendar

Music captivated Augustan at early age
A high, hot summer sky, cloudless and still, has sent the few spectators who have gathered in front of the AthFest acoustic stage scurrying for relief from the oppressive heat. Gathered beneath overhangs and

Pop diva continues on her musical quest

A bang-up celebration
A full slate of Augusta-area Independence Day events promises a variety of patriotic pleasures this weekend, ranging from the traditional fireworks displays to contests of seed-spitting skill.

A bang-up celebration

MC Eiht a voice from past
When the definitive history of hip-hop is written, MC Eiht probably will be recognized as a pioneer. One of the originators of a style that came to be known as ''gansta rap,'' his career has been spent spinning street-wise rhymes about life on the streets in South-Central Los Angeles.

Event calendar

New country museum will be impressive
A new, $37 million Country Music Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in June 2001. Ground was broken for the building last fall in downtown Nashville, Tenn., near the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry's former home. Present for the occasion were many Hall of Famers, including Brenda Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Kitty Wells, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and Earl Scruggs.

Art exhibits
Here is a list of area art exhibits, as well as area art museums and galleries.

Wizardry of 'Brain' teases viewers

Braves top Expos

Jackets rally past RedStixx

Big Cat's attack lifts Braves

Braves notes: Lopez frustrated by recent struggles

Comeback quiet for Rocker

Jackets top RedStixx

Braves notes: Lopez frustrated by recent struggles

Rocker requests attention be turned

Keeping teeth is a tough job

Chemical companies form venture
Olin Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. announced plans Wednesday to form a new joint-venture company to produce chlor-alkali products.

Bank to sell credit card division
First Union Corp.'s bank branch in Waynesboro and its credit card division - which employs 150 people in Augusta - are up for sale as part of a $2.8 billion cost-cutting plan announced this week.

Chemical companies form venture

Discount grocery will open
A discount food chain that sells mostly generic goods and asks customers to bag their own groceries is coming to Augusta.

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The biggest jump in demand for electronics equipment in nearly three years helped catapult orders for big-ticket manufactured goods to a surprising 6 percent increase in May.

Discount grocery will open

Business briefs

Bank to sell credit card division

Grocer unveils new locations

Grocer unveils new locations
Save-A-Lot Food Stores announced Thursday the locations of the three stores it plans to open this summer in the Augusta area.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin legislators sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday over clean air regulations they blame for high gas prices in southern Wisconsin.

Pundits torn over Georgia's SEC East ranking

KKK repugnant, story despicable

Hanoi Jane's

The honorable veep will get his vote

A city of what?

Water conservation

Don't put your hope in D.C. politics

Mason is best for court clerk post

Politics as usual: Kent & Williams

Communists are taking over U.S.

Central Park's lesson

Man is the head of church and home

Superintendent is unresponsive

World smuggling peril

Wants inpatient hospice unit reopened

Video poker cashout

School blows off injured kid, parent

Crape myrtles come in many varieties to fit planter's needs
There is no better flower for the summer in Augusta than crape myrtle, a plant that thrives on sun and heat.

In the know
SURVIVOR POLL: On Tuesday, The Augusta Chronicle conducted a poll to see who readers think will be the last person left on the island in CBS's Survivor.

Accept their new role
Now that all the graduation pomp has begun to fade, families everywhere are beginning to adjust to their new circumstance.

Correction
An item in the Price Check column in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Vogue Cleaners charges $1.60 for dry cleaning a man's dress shirt.

Capsules
The Ebola virus, usually an agent of painful and dramatic death, can also cause a symptomless infection, a new report says. African and European researchers studied 24 people who did not get sick in recent Ebola outbreaks, despite close contact with victims' body fluids.

Howell has rough start in pro debut

Four golfers shoot 64 on opening day

Fleisher off to quick start

Ftorek sent to Mysticks

Keeping teeth is a tough job
Summer can be a fun time for children playing outdoors, but it can also be a hazardous time.

Bizarre bank robbery downtown
It was take your child to work day on Wednesday for one Augusta bank robber who took an undisclosed amount of money from the downtown branch of SunTrust. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Appling man arrested for murder
Columbia County police arrested a 19-year-old Appling man late Wednesday for the murder of a man whose body was found in an abandoned well Tuesday. Rodney Willingham of 330 Beehive Drive was charged with the murder of Franklin Roosevelt Reid, 60, who lived nearby on Beehive Drive, with his bond not yet set, said sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Correction

Crape myrtles come in many varieties to fit planter's needs

Accept their new role

Police arrest suspect in bank robbery

Troops set to go to Bosnia
An estimated 1,200 Georgia Army National Guard soldiers, including about 100 assigned to a Winder-based unit, are preparing for deployment to Bosnia.

Corrections

Interim fire chief postponed
Fire Chief Ronnie Few had planned to tie up some loose ends Wednesday before leaving to become Washington's fire chief July 10.

Youth sentenced to 10 years
AIKEN - A Belvedere boy who put a gun to the head of a local restaurant owner at age 14 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Across the area
Aiken police say a local man made it easy to link him to a crime spree in the Highland Park community this week.

Chambers adjusts to new role

Exercise keeps soldiers sharp
They've learned it in the class-room, and on Tuesday it was time to put that knowledge to use.

Residents seek action for alleged violence
Amid allegations of police misconduct, the people of Rosignal Hill plan to file a formal complaint against officers involved in a Saturday night fracas in Garden City.

Panel denies arcade petitions
An Augusta Commission committee turned down two applications for arcade licenses Wednesday and passed on a third one in an effort to keep South Carolina's outlawed video poker industry out of Augusta.

MCG doctor researches defect
Around the walls of Dr. Simon Conway's office at Medical College of Georgia Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, you can spot mutant mouse fetuses.

City group will decide on projects
State Sen. Charles Walker has brought home the first $7.5 million in state money for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Now, the board must decide how to spend it.

Hospital job cuts ongoing

Letter yields no prints, official says
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that no discernible fingerprints were found on the threatening letter County Councilman Danny Bishop discovered in his mailbox with a black rose two weeks ago.

Robberies net man 40-year in jail

'Soldiers' to raise new flag
AIKEN - Four re-enactors from Aiken and Edgefield counties plan to ignore the cheers and jeers Saturday as they raise an authentic battle flag beside a monument to Confederate soldiers on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds.

Stallions to face improved Greensboro team

Church buys land near Conger field
AIKEN - Millbrook Baptist Church has bought the property south of Ford Conger Field, where Aiken's famed spring and fall steeplechases are run.

Authorities conclude suicide led to crash

Robberies net man 40-year in jail
Crime didn't pay much for Jamie Verdree, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.

Pupils promote products
An advertisement featuring the faces of 5-year-old Heard Elementary pupil Brianna Adams, 8-year-old Butler Elementary honor pupil Sherelle Jones, and Rik'ki Jackson, a 6-year-old Atlanta girl, premiered in the April 10 issue of Jet and will be seen in other magazines.

Farmers put little faith in disaster relief plan
AIKEN - Even if Harry Kirkland is eligible for low-interest farm loans this year, he's not taking them.

Police arrest suspect in bank robbery
After receiving a tip, investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department on Thursday arrested a woman wanted in a Wednesday robbery of the downtown branch of SunTrust Bank.

Woman wanted in heist

Plea bargain entered for stabbing, assault
AIKEN - An Aiken resident who nearly sliced a man's ear off while out on bond on a murder charge will spend 10 years in jail for both crimes, prosecutors said Thursday.

Interim fire chief postponed

Augustans plan to hit highways

Across the area

Authorities arrest 7 in Appling drug raid

Farmers put little faith in disaster relief plan

Jasper educator challenges contract for Bluffton job

Suspect arrested in death
The man who police say killed Franklin Reid and dumped his body into an abandoned well was a friend to the 60-year-old cancer patient.

'Soldiers' to raise new flag

af2 notes: Late additions bolster Stallions

$1.7 million lost in May Hospital job cuts ongoing

Economists suggest merging agencies

Appling man arrested for murder

Letter yields no prints, official says

Suspect arrested in death

City group will decide on projects

Economists suggest merging agencies
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' summer reading will include a six-volume analysis detailing flaws in the state's economic development programs and recommending major reorganization of the agencies involved.

MCG doctor researches defect

Tourism to detour travelers
A bunch of grown-ups picked up markers and scribbled together Wednesday at Quality Suites conference center. Their assignment: to color outside the lines.

Poker employees brace for shutdown
AIKEN - The lights are supposed to go out at midnight tonight on an estimated 22,000 video poker machines when South Carolina pulls the plug.

Jasper educator challenges contract for Bluffton job
When special education teacher Donald Eisloeffel renewed his contract with the Jasper County School District in mid-April, he didn't know he was possibly signing away his certificate to teach in South Carolina.

Augustans plan to hit highways
Finding it too difficult to contain their excitement, the Taylor sisters just sat on the floor and waited.

Authorities arrest 7 in Appling drug raid
Police arrested seven Columbia County men Wednesday night after a drug raid in the King Villas neighborhood off Washington Road.

Authorities conclude suicide led to crash
Moments before his car veered onto an emergency lane on Interstate 20 and into two parked cars, Michael Jones left a final message for his family.

Church buys land near Conger field

South feels sting of fire ants
AIKEN - Got fire ants? Then learn to live with them. It's the answer that nobody wants to hear, but it's the only one researchers can come up with. Fire ants cost homeowners millions each year, send some of them to the hospital and occasionally kill a few.

Deputy in hospital after crash

Across the area
CRAWFORDVILLE - A 26-year-old Lilburn man was killed on Interstate 20 late Wednesday after he crossed the highway median, struck three oncoming cars, went airborne and landed in the median.

Commission, task force want plan for area airport
The Augusta Aviation Commission and Air Service Task Force members called Thursday for an immediate action plan for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Woman wanted in heist
It was take your daughter to work day Wednesday for an Augusta bank robber who took an undisclosed amount of money from the downtown branch of SunTrust.

Corrections
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have identified Wayne Brantley as the owner of Brantley Amusement Co. Mr. Brantley's son, James Scott Brantley, is president of Georgialina Billiards & Spa Inc.

Exercise keeps soldiers sharp

Deputy in hospital after crash
A Richmond County motorcycle deputy was being treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital's trauma unit Thursday after a driver clipped the back of his bike as he rushed to a crash scene.

Panel denies arcade petitions

Tourism to detour travelers

South feels sting of fire ants

Hospital job cuts ongoing
Financially troubled St. Joseph Hospital is undergoing another round of restructuring that will affect about 30 employees, with about six to eight layoffs, officials said.

Commission, task force want plan for area airport

Study tracks mortality at nuclear plants
Female workers at nuclear-weapons plants - including Savannah River Site - have a lower risk of early death than the female population at large, a study has found.

Across the area

Activities surround flag event
AIKEN - Area residents who want to see history in the making Saturday when South Carolina lowers the flag from its Statehouse dome in Columbia have several opportunities to participate:

Poker employees brace for shutdown

Activities surround flag event

Youth sentenced to 10 years

Residents seek action for alleged violence

Pupils promote products

Study tracks mortality at nuclear plants

$1.7 million lost in May Hospital job cuts ongoing
Financially troubled St. Joseph Hospital is undergoing another round of restructuring that will affect about 30 employees, with about six to eight layoffs, officials said.

Atlanta Hawks score Johnson

Nets pick Martin in NBA draft

Draftee is involved in high school fight

Mr. Willie Woods
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Willie James Woods, 37, of Butts Street, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ned Fields
Mr. Ned Fields, of East Hale Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.

Mr. Ben Holmes
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Ben Holmes, 82, of Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Maria Martinez
Mrs. Maria ``Mary'' M. Martinez, 66, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mr. Authur Armstrong Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Authur Armstrong Sr., 54, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell.

Mr. Henry Bradshaw Jr.
Mr. Henry Thomas Bradshaw Jr., 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Lakeland, Fla.

Mr. Ernest Ellison
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. Ernest Lee Ellison, 35, of Winston Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital.

Mrs. Adele Key
Mrs. Adele R. Key, 94, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Miss M. Mozelle Wells
Miss M. Mozelle Wells died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Judson Simons
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Judson L. Simons, 85, of West Main Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Evans House.

Mrs. Sarah Dozier
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Frances Hill Dozier, 79, of Jennings Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mr. Sidney Jones Sr.
Mr. Sidney Jones Sr., 83, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Annie Owen
Mrs. Annie B. Owen, 91, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home, Aiken.

Miss Doris Proctor
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Miss Doris E. Proctor, 44, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Willie Robinson
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Willie ``Sonnie'' Robinson, 65, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Lula Williams
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Mrs. Lula Flenoyl Sharpe Williams died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Brandywine Convalescent Nursing Center. Mrs. Williams was 107.

Mr. Harry Fields
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Harry T. Fields, 53, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mrs. Perry Heath
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Perry Lee Jenkins Heath, 78, of West Artesian Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Harold Starr Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Harold Frederick Starr Sr., 76, of Keith Circle, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mr. Julian Eubank
LOTTSBURG, Va. - Mr. Julian Buffington Eubank, 86, of Cowart Road, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in North Augusta.

Mr. Roy Morgan
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Roy R. Morgan, 73, of Elam Lunceford Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Joseph Meadows
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph E. Meadows, 86, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. William Anthony
Mr. William Anthony, of Bolt Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Walden
CLEARWATER - Mr. Joseph Thomas Walden, 19, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Florence.

Mr. Eugene Weaver
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Eugene H. Weaver, 78, of Amber Run Court, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Jesse Sapp
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Melvin Sapp, 63, of Washington Drive, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Maudie Williams
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Maudie Lee Williams, 69, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000.

Mr. Arthur Verenes
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Verenes, 78, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Christine Van Haltern
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Christine ``Chris'' Van Haltern, 73, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Carl Lifsey Jr.
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. - Mr. Carl Samuel Lifsey Jr., 49, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Pauline Kelly
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Mrs. Pauline Joe Kelly, 80, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital, Fayetteville, N.C.

Mrs. Olga Rickman
Mrs. Olga Rose Rickman, 80, of Forest Hills Drive, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Albert Atkins III
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Albert ``Trey'' Atkins II, 25, of Oak Creek Circle, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Charlie Boatwright
Mr. Charlie Boatwright, 75, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Louise Smith
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Louise ``Boo'' Smith, 68, of Sylvania Place, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.

Mrs. Inez Williams
Mrs. Inez T. Avery Williams, of Mill Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Dozier McNair
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Dozier McNair, 82, of Third Chapel Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Arthur Verenes
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Verenes, 78, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. David Weathers
Mr. David Weathers, 57, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000.

Mrs. Rosa Flemmings
WARTHEN, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa Lee Flemmings, 85, of Armstrong Ford Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Guy O'Neal
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Guy Robert O'Neal, 71, of East Broad Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Quattlebaum
SALLEY - Mrs. Dorothy Quattlebaum, 72, of Poplar Street, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken.

Mrs. Inez Williams
Mrs. Inez T. Avery Williams, of Mill Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Wilda Gower
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Wilda Anderson ``Redd'' Gower, 54, of Bluff Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Julian Cody
Mr. Julian Cody, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jimmie Neal
Mr. Jimmie Lee Neal, 78, of Nellieville Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mae Cromer
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mae S. Cromer, 85, of Butler Road, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Laurens County Health Care.

Mrs. Ruby Darley
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Kersey Darley, 74, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mrs. Vurlie Davis
LEEFIELD, Ga. - Mrs. Vurlie Rigdon Davis, 88, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Mrs. Dorothy Stoudemayer
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Dorothy McGee Stoudemayer died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mr. Harrison Hankerson
JACKSON - Mr. Harrison Hankerson, 68, of Bowie Court, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Franklin Reid
Mr. Franklin D. Roosevelt Reid, 61, of Beehive Drive, Appling, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mrs. Ella Lane
Mrs. Ella Mae Lane, 77, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.

Mrs. Perry Heath

Mrs. Christine Van Haltern

Mr. Ned Fields

Mr. Joseph Meadows

Mr. Eugene Weaver

Mr. Jesse Sapp

Mr. Carl Lifsey Jr.

Mr. Roy Morgan

Mrs. Dorothy Quattlebaum

Mrs. Dorothy Stoudemayer

Mr. David Weathers

Mrs. Lula Williams

Mrs. Pauline Kelly

Mr. Charlie Boatwright

Mr. Julian Cody

Mrs. Mae Cromer

Mr. Dozier McNair

Mr. Willie Robinson

Mr. Ernest Ellison

Mr. Arthur Verenes

Mr. Willie Woods

Mr. Harrison Hankerson

Mr. Harry Fields

Mrs. Annie Owen

Mr. Albert Atkins III

Mr. Authur Armstrong Sr.

Mrs. Wilda Gower

Mrs. Inez Williams

Mrs. Ella Lane

Mrs. Ruby Darley

Mr. Henry Bradshaw Jr.

Mrs. Maria Martinez

Mr. Joseph Walden

Miss M. Mozelle Wells

Mrs. Vurlie Davis

Mr. Guy O'Neal

Mrs. Maudie Williams

Mr. Arthur Verenes

Mr. William Anthony

Mr. Harold Starr Sr.

Superintendent is unresponsive
Re The Chronicle's June 21 Rave section complaint that parents could not get an appointment with school Superintendent Dr. Charles Larke: Mrs. Peter Hendrick, Augusta

A city of what?
The year isn't yet half over, but the winner for the best new oxymoron of 2000 is already in: Augusta, city of ethics.

Puerto Ricans unfairly tarnished
Re the June 19 letters by Milton Gresham of Evans and David Norton of Augusta: Wendy M. Rivera, Evans

Schrenko too shrill
This newspaper supported some of Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko's concerns about the

Mason is best for court clerk post
I urge residents of Columbia County to support my friend Cindy Mason in her campaign for clerk of Superior Court for Columbia County. James F. Findlay, Augusta

School blows off injured kid, parent
Columbia County parents should again be asking themselves if they really want their Board of Education to have its own law-enforcement officers. Donna Woods, Martinez

Man is the head of church and home
As pastor of the Druid Park Avenue Bible Church, I commend the Southern Baptist denomination for the stand taken on the subject of women pastors. Rev. Clarence C. Murphy, Augusta

Central Park's lesson
One example is those videotapes of women in New York City's Central Park singled out to be doused, fondled and stripped by drunken thugs.

Water conservation
Rain, as with much else in life, is a good thing in moderation. But it's too early for officials to know if the recent rainfall means they should ease the restrictions on water use in Columbia County.

The honorable veep will get his vote
I recently heard on cable TV news that Texas Gov. George W. Bush gave a death row inmate, who is probably innocent, a 30-day stay of execution. Felix L. Busbee Jr., Langley

World smuggling peril
The numbers are staggering. Smuggling people into the United States and several other countries has emerged as the fastest-growing business of organized crime, and it is being run by a shadowy new crime network that has sidelined traditional criminal syndicates.

Politics as usual: Kent & Williams
Phil Kent's column appears on the opinion page of a U.S. newspaper, so the author is shielded from the annoying charge of making ``libelous statements.'' However, his June 18 column sneaks in zingers the publisher should have toned down.' Joe B. Sills, Augusta

Hanoi Jane's
Jane Fonda regrets posing on a North Vietnamese Army anti-aircraft gun like that filth in the White House regrets the existence of the semen-stained blue dress. Merle Burkholder, Augusta

Source adds context to quote in article
Re The Chronicle article on Divine Monroe leaving the Children's Medical Center June 14 after a four-month stay: The comment I made was printed a little out of context. I'd like to amend that. Rita E. Coon, Clarks Hill

Communists are taking over U.S.
A June 21 letter writer was totally against the U.S. building a missile defense system. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Find time to solve Greggs' murder
My heart goes out to the family of Sam's Club manager David Holt. His tragic death two years ago raised the concern of all decent citizens of this community. Grady Abrams, Martinez

Straight talk on phone competition
As I walked down the driveway to pick up my morning Chronicle, I also picked up a flyer from a new telecommunications company. Merle Temple, Evans

Don't put your hope in D.C. politics
A cartoon shows two young people contemplating the school shootings and asking, ``Why didn't God stop it?'' The answer: ``Because God is not allowed in that school.'' Chuck Tatum, North Augusta

KKK repugnant, story despicable
Your Sunday cover picture was despicable. What are you trying to do, stir up as much controversy and hate as you can? Terry Bowers, Augusta

Seeks vote on pre-game prayers
I was shocked when I heard on the news that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against prayer at school athletic games. It is our duty as citizens of the United States to be heard. A.H. Rau, Augusta

Video poker cashout
Video poker - the crack cocaine of the gambling world - is very much on the minds of many in our two-state area.

Wants inpatient hospice unit reopened
Re Closing of inpatient hospice wing at St. Joseph Hospital: Mrs. Jason G. Sizemore, Martinez

Controversy takes center stage

Loomis relaxes after win

Overtime: Report shows baseballs are not to blame

Overtime: Brown tennis tourney is set for early July

Courier says sport needs to wake up

Marlin feeling at home

Sampras survives 2nd-round scare

Waltrip defends brother

Jarrett says he's still in title hunt

Top-water lures fished late in day produce nice bass

Recycled air bags may pose safety hazard
WASHINGTON -- An industry group contends air bags taken from junk vehicles are unsafe, but salvage yard owners dispute that and say such bags offer consumers a cheap alternative to new safety devices.

Executive defends Amazon
NEW YORK - Amazon.com's chief executive fought back Wednesday against criticism that the Internet superstore's business was in trouble, saying the company can raise cash easily and some of its divisions would be profitable this year.

Recycled air bags may pose safety hazard