Maddux hammered in Braves loss

Braves notebook: Starters' struggles continue

Piedmont pounds Jackets

Braves notes: Bonilla moved to third

Minor league notebook: Trade leave hole in rotation

Two Jackets traded to Padres affiliate

Braves' bullpen implodes

Rodriguez leads Jackets to win

Numbers game does not add up

Company buys Albion Kaolin
Albion Kaolin Co., whose Hephzibah clay mine employs about 80 people, has been purchased by a Connecticut-based mining and minerals company.

Pocket change
Did your office say farewell to a co-worker this week? Chances are you did, considering the rapid turnover hitting workplaces these days. Number crunchers at the Bureau of National Affairs Inc. in Washington found employee turnover is at its highest rate in nearly 20 years.

Laws offer consumer benefits
ATLANTA - Georgia consumers will gain protection from paid fund-raisers and prize scams as hundreds of laws take effect today, the first day of the state's fiscal year.

Company buys Albion Kaolin

On the move

No strings attached

On the move
Sun-Trust Bank, Augusta announced the following staff changes, effective July 10:

Grocers scale back late hours
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Late-night grocery shoppers will probably have to drive farther to get to a 24-hour Winn-Dixie. The Jacksonville-based super market chain confirmed this week that it was cutting back the number of stores open 24 hours, said Winn-Dixie spokesman Mickey Clerc.

Grocers scale back late hours

Laws offer consumer benefits

Report: Meetings wasteful

No strings attached
CAPTION:Sprint is the first company to offer a wireless connection to the Internet with its PCS phone. The gadget provides a wireless connection to the Web, and consumers can use it to link to sites, keep track of a schedule and access e-mail.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks ended a difficult second quarter with a burst of buying Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average finished up 49.85 at 10,447.89, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 88.88 to 3,966.11.

Pocket change

Report: Meetings wasteful
Wasting time in meetings is rampant, executives from some of the nation's largest companies said in a recent survey by Accountemps.

Business briefs

SEC notebook: UNC vacancy could affect SEC

ACC notebook: Tar Heels expect Curry to be leader

They're crazy about this legislator

Praise Augusta's best-ever mayor

Renaming Hartsfield

The Miranda irony

Williams quoted ripping top teacher

Clinton will burn in hell over this

Arming the Chinese

Vote out of office rude Ga. state rep

Fly Ga. state flag proudly at airport

Making history in Edgefield

Add more magnet schools

Fight to keep Christ in schools

Politeness never goes out of style

Woman preacher has what it takes

Doc's article irks nurse anesthetists

Fryer ballot ban has a bad stench

Area churches ready for a faithful Fourth
Brass bands will play a red-white-and-blue streak at Augusta-area churches this holiday weekend. The Fourth also will include old-fashioned ice cream socials and a family-fun day at Little River Marina.

Tipping can be a matter of choice
Dear Carson: Six of us (three couples) recently went out to dinner. We ordered three bottles of wine at $30 a bottle.

Divorced from ethics, technology is a threat
The very week scientists celebrate the mapping of the human genetic code to understand the origins of life, politicians are asking whether the information can be used for military as well as medicinal purposes.

'Wizard of Oz' remains 'wonderful'
Lions and tigers and years - oh my! Still going strong, the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been a favorite long enough for the book to celebrate its 100th birthday this year, and readers point to the compelling fantasy it creates as the reason. The book has been seen as an allegory for socialism, capitalism, populism and a host of other -isms, but author L. Frank Baum's own words belie any high-falutin' interpretation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Sea-monster myths survive throughout history
Legends about sea monsters have been passed down by generations of fishermen and sailors.

Home filled with history
Martha Barnes likes things with stories behind them - and that includes not only the furniture and decorations in her home but also the house itself.

Passionate journey
When villagers-turned-actors take to their Alpine stage Sunday to perform the 17th-century Passion play that made their hometown, Oberammergau, Germany, famous, the audience will include Augustans from two area churches.

In the know
COMIC FACE LIFT: The cast of Rex Morgan, M.D. looks a little different these days. King Features, the company that sells the comic strip, has announced that Tony DiPreta, the artist who drew Dr. Morgan, his wife, June Gale, and other characters for 15 years has retired. The new artist is Graham Nolan.

Scenic San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco, never a slouch when it comes to selling history or producing theatrics, is on a roll. Aided by buckets of Internet money, a post-quake redevelopment campaign after the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor, and a spiffy new baseball stadium, San Franciscans have thoroughly reinvented their Embarcadero and the area south of Market Street - SoMa, in the local language.

Faith digest
Good Shepherd Baptist Church - the congregation Essie McIntyre founded some 60 years ago - is moving.

Howell survives first cut

Golf roundup

NHL free-agent season opens Saturday

Numbers game does not add up
I've had a new cell-phone for a couple of months now.

Cuviello promotion confirmed
The wait is over. While at Fort Monroe, Va., Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello, commanding general at Fort Gordon received the news that the Senate had confirmed his promotion to lieutenant general. Full story

Efforts looking grim
Efforts to secure $6.8 million to renovate New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam haven't materialized in Washington so far. Funding for such projects usually is attached to the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which was unveiled earlier this week with no appropriation for New Savannah Bluff. Full story

Events celebrate independence
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area. Critters Corner Petting Zoo: The Critters Corner Petting Zoo will let children get up close and personal with a variety of animals. The zoo will be at Riverwalk Augusta at Eighth Street starting at noon today through Tuesday. Free. Riverwalk music: Music on the River presents MoodIndigo, a performance by Kari Gaffney, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. today at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street bulkhead. MoodIndigo alters a variety of rhythm and blues and adult contemporary tunes. The free concert is part of the Riverfront Fourth Celebration. Monday and Tuesday events -- Augusta Chronicle

Winn-Dixie cuts back on 24-hour locations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Late-night grocery shoppers will probably have to drive farther to get to a 24-hour Winn-Dixie. The Jacksonville-based super market chain confirmed this week that it was cutting back the number of stores open 24 hours, said Winn-Dixie spokesman Mickey Clerc. Full story

Home filled with history

Faith digest

'Wizard of Oz' remains 'wonderful'

Passionate journey

Tipping can be a matter of choice

Scenic San Francisco

Area churches ready for a faithful Fourth

Divorced from ethics, technology is a threat

Sea-monster myths survive throughout history

SRS fights fires before they start
Just days ago, lightning sparked a forest fire that burned more than 34 acres of Savannah River Site.

Cuviello promotion confirmed

Aetna to eliminate Medicare HMO coverage in 11 states

Georgia's standard becomes target

Winn-Dixie cuts back on 24-hour locations

Embattled flag falls from dome

Policy jeopardizes Alleluia graduates
Since his college career began, Abe Newton can't recall one day when he felt academically ill-prepared.

Stallions crush Greensboro

Event ends banner era

Deputy remains free on bond in assault case

Efforts looking grim

MCG faces fund costs, layoffs

Mason brings spark to Stallions' offense

Video poker folds after 14 years

Across the area

Across the area

Storage units yield drug bust
More than 40 self-storage facilities and thousands of rental units are scattered in the greater Augusta area. Most contain furniture, cars, boats, trunks, tools, Christmas decorations and attic over-spill safely tucked away behind padlocks.

Officials seek lock, dam funds
Efforts to secure $6.8 million to renovate New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam haven't materialized in Washington so far. Funding for such projects usually is attached to the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which was unveiled earlier this week with no appropriation for New Savannah Bluff.

Deputy remains free on bond in assault case
A Richmond County deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty made a brief court appearance Friday to plead not guilty and learn he could remain free on bond pending trial.

Video poker folds after 14 years
NORTH AUGUSTA - James and Carol Stinson were headed from their Hephzibah home to Maryland for the holiday, but they couldn't pass Treasure Chest II without stopping a last time.

Felon shoots officer; police force shaken

Official gives up city posts
H.M. ``Monty'' Osteen Jr., chairman of the Development Authority of Richmond County and board member for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., resigned from both organizations Wednesday.

Officials seek lock, dam funds

Across the area
A young Augusta man who had the chance to erase his first felony conviction if he successfully completed his probationary sentence didn't make it 24 hours.

Duo faces charges in theft case

Fort Gordon head earns promotion
The wait is over. While at Fort Monroe, Va., on Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello, commanding general at Fort Gordon received the news that the U.S. Senate had confirmed his promotion to lieutenant general.

Official gives up city posts

MCG faces fund costs, layoffs
Medical College of Georgia is investigating why its early retirement program will cost millions more than originally projected.

Embattled flag falls from dome
COLUMBIA - The last Confederate flag to fly over a Southern capitol was lowered at noon Saturday in an emotional ceremony laced with tension.

`Chronicle,' `News-Times' win press awards
From Staff ReportsJEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The Augusta Chronicle and The Columbia County News-Times won numerous awards Friday evening in their respective divisions in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Zoning request returns
A 200-bed halfway house that wasn't welcome at two different sites in Augusta because residents didn't want state prisoners on work-release programs near their homes is being proposed for another site.

Event ends banner era
COLUMBIA - While people took their last photographs of a Confederate flag on South Carolina's Statehouse dome Friday, Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges said all he means to say about today's ceremony taking it down.

Team makes a clean getaway
AIKEN - When they aren't cleaning carpets or air-conditioning ducts, Servpro cleaners Heather Brastad and Tony Matthews are sometimes called on to venture into one of life's darkest places - between the police tape and the funeral ribbon.

Felon shoots officer; police force shaken
A Wrens police officer was recovering from gunshot wounds late Friday after an ex-convict opened fire during an early-morning traffic stop, according to the Wrens Police Department.

Georgia's standard becomes target
ATLANTA - State Rep. Kathy Ashe has been flying the old Georgia flag in front of her home since 1993, when then-Gov. Zell Miller launched an ill-fated bid to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the current state flag.

Aiken administrator announces retirement
AIKEN - Aiken County Administrator William ``Bill'' Shepherd will leave county government effective Sept. 30. He announced his resignation in a letter to members of the Aiken County Council on Friday.

Across the area
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man and a woman who are suspected in the robbery of the Ashley Motel at 4872 Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta on Tuesday.

City OKs fireworks on Fourth
NORTH AUGUSTA - Fireworks can go off in North Augusta on Independence Day even if the temporary ban against them still is in effect.

School board races feature new faces
At least four newcomers will join the Richmond County school board next year. And if incumbent Andrew Jefferson loses a bid for re-election, five new board members will help make decisions that affect the county's 58 schools.

Judge denies retrial for convicted killer
AIKEN - An inmate serving life sentences for shooting two Augusta men to death and dumping their bodies in different locations will not get a new trial.

`Chronicle,' `News-Times' win press awards

Lawmaker makes plea for GBI aid
State Rep. Robin Williams asked Roy Barnes on Friday to enlist the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations by State schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko that he was behind threats made to her.

Slain teen's boyfriend gets 20-year sentence

Judge denies retrial for convicted killer
AIKEN - An inmate serving life sentences for shooting two Augusta men to death and dumping their bodies in different locations will not get a new trial.

Fort Gordon head earns promotion

Duo faces charges in theft case
A Hephzibah mother and daughter with big plans to house the homeless were behind bars Friday, charged with bilking a Krispy Kreme store out of 600 dozen doughnuts.

Aiken administrator announces retirement

Removal of banner attracts all kinds

City OKs fireworks on Fourth

Policy jeopardizes Alleluia graduates

Team makes a clean getaway

Removal of banner attracts all kinds
COLUMBIA - It was as if the Confederate flag that was removed from the Capitol dome had been reproduced hundreds of times.

School board races feature new faces

SRS fights fires before they start

Lawmaker makes plea for GBI aid

Events celebrate independence

Judge denies retrial for convicted killer

Slain teen's boyfriend gets 20-year sentence
Professing his love still, an Augusta man pleaded guilty Friday to killing his teen-age girlfriend.

League mourns flag's demise
AIKEN - It's a dark cloud that has no silver lining, says Michael Hill, president of the League of the South. Though the Confederate battle flag has been removed from the dome of the South Carolina Capitol, he finds his silver lining in the mobilization of flag supporters throughout the South.

Judge denies retrial for convicted killer

Aetna to eliminate Medicare HMO coverage in 11 states
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Aetna U.S. Healthcare is eliminating its Medicare HMO in 11 states, including Florida and Georgia, at the end of the year.

Program gives classes culture

Events celebrate independence
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area.

League mourns flag's demise

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in the Chronicle.

Events celebrate independence

Machine seizure enforced

Machine seizure enforced
After 14 years and a late night game of political tug of war, Saturday found video poker outlawed in South Carolina and electronic game parlors deserted, except for the occasional police car patrolling empty parking lots.

Program gives classes culture
Before last year, the only life 18-year-old Linyi Wei knew was in mainland China. Augusta was an unknown that was an unfathomable distance away.

Falcons sign running back, cut QB Richardson

Mr. Earl McGuire
AIKEN - Mr. Earl Talmadge McGuire, 86, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Home.

Mrs. Susan Rowland
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Susan Kay Pearman Rowland, 48, of Perkins Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Lexington, S.C..

Mr. Charlie Stanley Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie L. ``Bud'' Stanley Jr., 79, of Academy Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Jackie Wyatt
SWAINSBORO, Ga - Mrs. Jackie Wilson Wyatt, 63, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.

Mrs. Jean Kemp
Mrs. Jean Marie Kemp, 52, of Martinez, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Carrie Dupeire
JACKSON - Mrs. Carrie Dupeire, 74, died Friday, June 30, 2000.

Mr. Larry Rice
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Larry Ethrige Rice, 71, of Merdith Circle, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Mr. Alton Crook
Mr. Alton M. Crook, 72, of Dunham Circle, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Josephine Day
gMrs. Josephine A. Day died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. James Gunter
AIKEN - Mr. James C. Gunter, 49, of Silver Bluff Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Warrenville.

Mr. Allen Kelly
Mr. Allen Francis Kelly, 69, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Bobby Hester
Mr. Bobby Odell Hester, of Wheeler Road, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Carl McElroy
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Carl Edward McElroy, 55, of Church Street, died Friday, June 30, 2000.

Ms. Lucille Roberts
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Ms. Lucille Roberts, 77, of Hiltonia-Perkins Highway, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Carolyn Newman
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Ann Gay Newman, 55, of Dearing Acres, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Tom Jackson
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Tom Jackson, 66, of Sparks Drive, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Julia Henry
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Waller Henry, 86, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mr. Stanley Lynch
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Stanley Lynch, 32, of Seven Oaks Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Wallace Holden Sr.
Mr. Wallace Raymond Holden Sr., 75, of Augusta, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Marion Page
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Marion McCullough Page, 57, of East 57th Street, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sarah Seago
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Sarah Lott Seago, 94, died Friday, June 30, 2000, in Aiken.

Mr. Charles Glenn Jr.
Mr. Charles A. Glenn Jr., 48, of Ridgewood Drive, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Timothy Badie
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Timothy R. Badie, of Joe Waters Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Mr. John Browning
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. John Browning, 81, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mrs. Anna Holmes
Mrs. Anna J. Sherfield Holmes, 70, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ethel Polack
Mrs. Ethel Polack, 76, of Ninth Street, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Steve Miller
Mr. Steve Richard Miller, 66, of Silverdale Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Alfred Dudley
Mr. Alfred Dudley, 75, of Augusta Avenue, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Betty Phillips
JACKSON - Mrs. Betty Browder Phillips, 81, of Fifth Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Eden Gardens of Aiken.

Mrs. Susan Rowland
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Susan Kay Pearman Rowland, 48, of Perkins Road, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, in Lexington, Ky.

Mr. Levi Lanham
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Mr. Levi Lanham, 80, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Greenville Hospital.

Ryan Inabinet
WINDSOR, S.C. - Ryan Anthony Inabinet, 6, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Ms. Betty Murphy
Ms. Betty Ann Johnston Murphy, 69, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Julius Pugh
Julius Rashawn Pugh, 2, of Willow Creek Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Mr. L.M. Hill
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. L.M. Hill, 81, of Anderson Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.

Mrs. Fannie Profet
Mrs. Fannie H. Profet, 81, of Taylor Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Bascom Beckum Sr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Bascom Anthony Beckum Sr., 91, of Broad Street, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Laura Coleman
NEPTUNE, N.J. - Mrs. Laura Brown Coleman of Neptune, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Mrs. Katherine Williams
ATLANTA - Mrs. Katherine Williams, 40, of Princeton Avenue, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Fulton County Medical Center.

Mr. John Moore
Mr. John P. Moore, 72, of Augusta, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Carrie Wilson
Mrs. Carrie Bell Wilson, 80, of Becket Court, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Barbara Thompson
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Joyce Belschner Morgan Thompson, 66, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Arie Cobb
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Arie Lee Gresham Cobb, 70, of Cobb Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Rob Emery
Mr. Rob Willie Emery, of Sprucewood Drive, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Rob Emery

Mr. Steve Miller

Mrs. Katherine Williams

Mrs. Arie Cobb

Mr. John Moore

Mrs. Ethel Polack

Ryan Inabinet

Mr. Tom Jackson

Mr. L.M. Hill

Mrs. Josephine Day

Mr. Earl McGuire

Mr. Alton Crook

Mrs. Susan Rowland

Mr. John Browning

Mrs. Barbara Thompson

Mrs. Laura Coleman

Mr. Alfred Dudley

Mr. James Gunter

Mr. Wallace Holden Sr.

Mr. Bobby Hester

Mrs. Anna Holmes

Mrs. Carrie Dupeire

Mr. Charlie Stanley Jr.

Mrs. Carrie Wilson

Mr. Larry Rice

Mrs. Susan Rowland

Ms. Betty Murphy

Mrs. Sarah Seago

Mrs. Jean Kemp

Mr. Charles Glenn Jr.

Mrs. Carolyn Newman

Mrs. Jackie Wyatt

Mr. Allen Kelly

Mr. Bascom Beckum Sr.

Mrs. Julia Henry

Julius Pugh

Ethics focus - and conflict-of-interest story
WHEN ARRIVING AT the office last Wednesday morning, several colleagues were chortling over a front-page Chronicle headline: ``State honors Augusta for its ethical resolve.''

'The Search for Jesus' is a matter of faith
I DID NOT expect television news anchor Peter Jennings to find Jesus last Monday night, certainly not the Jesus of the Bible, not with members of the Jesus Seminar as his primary guides.

Praise Augusta's best-ever mayor
Mayor Bob Young is, without a doubt, the best mayor that Augusta has ever had. Marsh and Faber Hance, North Augusta

Renaming Hartsfield
Atlanta officials believe they have struck on a great, new way to raise extra money for Hartsfield Airport, one of the world's busiest: Let a corporate sponsor buy the rights to rename it.

Doc's article irks nurse anesthetists
Re Dr. Mark Stewart's June 16 letter, ``Hits plan to end nurse supervision'': George E. Maule, Augusta

A big deal in the offing?
The public is generally well aware of partisan feuds between the two major political parties - each trying to advance its political agenda at the expense of the other.

Arming the Chinese
Further evidence that the Clinton Administration has been in a coma regarding national security is found in this week's announcement that U.S.-sold supercomputers are being used by China to simulate tests of warhead detonations at the Chinese equivalent of the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico - thus giving a new meaning to the phrase ``most favored nation.''

Add more magnet schools
It's always heartening to report good school news. Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke just announced some very good news, indeed: A fourth magnet school is in the works, this one to center on international studies.

Fryer ballot ban has a bad stench
Will you please tell the people of Augusta the real story about Woodrow Fryer and William McCracken? Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah

Burmeister's link to NEA deplored
Before an election, I make every effort to learn all I can about those who are asking for my vote. I've learned the best insight to what a candidate stands for is to look at where their campaign support comes from. Becky Rabun, Augusta

Not impressed with firefighters
Re ``Lightning blamed for area blazes,'' The Chronicle, June 23: Mark Mulich, Martinez

'Search for Jesus' ultimate blasphemy
Re ABC's The Search for Jesus, reported by Peter Jennings that aired recently: Phil Pierce, Martinez

The Miranda irony
The nation's law-enforcement community accepted last week's U.S. Supreme Court 7-2 ruling upholding the Miranda warning as strictly ho-hum.

Ethics focus - and conflict-of-interest story
WHEN ARRIVING AT the office last Wednesday morning, several colleagues were chortling over a front-page Chronicle headline: ``State honors Augusta for its ethical resolve.''

Woman preacher has what it takes
There is a minister in Aiken who has deeply touched the hearts, minds and souls of many people, and not only in this country. This minister happens to be a woman. Melba Fair, Aiken

'The Search for Jesus' is a matter of faith
I DID NOT expect television news anchor Peter Jennings to find Jesus last Monday night, certainly not the Jesus of the Bible, not with members of the Jesus Seminar as his primary guides.

Clinton will burn in hell over this
My heart was broken last night. I heard a news report that another attempt to outlaw partial birth abortions was being supported by a majority in Congress with President Clinton threatening his third veto if it is passed. Wendell B. Hall, North Augusta

Fight to keep Christ in schools
Southern Baptists are most current in the qualifications of a minister. I agree some singular sentences in the Bible defy interpretation. James K. Ellis, Jackson

Kent rapped; Burmeister defended
Re Politics As Usual by Phil Kent, Sunday June 18, ``Races heating up'': Marge Swartzwelder, Augusta

They're crazy about this legislator
Our state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, is a very dependable, honest, supportive asset to our government. He has been a generous sponsor with both his time and financial support in recent fund-raisers for special-needs children in this area. Bobby and Heloise Salter, Evans

How could you give KKK an ad?
Re Last Sunday's front page story on the Ku Klux Klan: I have never been as disgusted and sick as I was Sunday when I saw the free publicity you gave the KKK.

Williams quoted ripping top teacher
On Feb. 1 your editorial asked, ``Is this Cuba?'' when Georgia House. Rocky Pope, Augusta

Fly Ga. state flag proudly at airport
I recently took a flight from Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field and was quite offended that there was not a Georgia state flag flying at the airport. Dr. Arnold M. Huskins, Columbia

Vote out of office rude Ga. state rep
It is ironic that The Chronicle can clearly see the need to remove (Indiana University basketball) coach Bobby Knight for his bursts of temper, profanity and inappropriate behavior, yet it endorses his legislative twin, Robin Williams, R-Augusta. Elsie Hobbs, Augusta

Making history in Edgefield
One of the purposes of South Carolina's National Heritage Corridor - in addition to attracting tourists - is to highlight the state's history. Well, last week the Heritage Corridor made some history of its own as its Region II center was dedicated in Edgefield.

Probate judge answers his critic
Re Ronald Burke letter, June 28, asking why I didn't question whether the fingerprints of Woodrow Fryer on his gun permit application would satisfy the law: Isaac S. Jolles, Augusta

Politeness never goes out of style
In an undergraduate economics class I learned Gresham's Law: Bad money can and does drive out good money. Russ Holloman, Ph.D., Evans

Burton wins Pepsi 400

Overtime: Josey graduate leads Miracle to WNBA win

Parrott moving to new crew

Martin hopes for Daytona win

Pepsi 400 notes: Benson's Pontiac stripped of decals

Statute shields sports officials

Group works to improve duck hunting

Legislation could provide money for parks

E-signatures face concern, curiousity
Even in the digital age, marking an X on a dotted line can pass for a signature.

German company in talks with Sprint
BERLIN (AP) - Deutsche Telekom and Sprint Corp. are discussing a stock-swap merger along the lines of the 1998 deal that created DaimlerChrysler, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Seniors gain computer savvy
Catherine Morgan is like many senior citizens when it comes to learning about computers. She has some experience with them, but fears new technology like the Internet.

Farmers still like biotech crops
WASHINGTON - Farmers aren't giving up on genetically engineered crops despite misgivings of some consumers. Producers planted less biotech corn this year, but they're growing more gene-altered soybeans and cotton than ever, a government survey shows.

Seniors gain computer savvy

E-signatures face concern, curiousity

German company in talks with Sprint

Farmers still like biotech crops