Braves notes: Chipper the lone certainty

Prospect gets GED, becomes free agent

Braves fall behind poor pitching

Braves notes: Manager's job made easier

Braves top Expos

Boy Scouts, city strike deal
After months of on-and-off negotiations, the local Boy Scouts of America chapter has agreed to sell a small - but strategically located - parcel of land to county officials trying to develop an industrial park in south Richmond County.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Boy Scouts, city strike deal

Publisher will keep local mill
Thomson Corp., the Canadian newspaper publisher that has been transforming into an online information service, does not plan to sell its interest in Augusta Newsprint.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Blue-chip stocks sprinted higher Monday in a quiet, shortened session ahead of the Independence Day holiday.

Business briefs
World stocks, for the most part, were slightly down Tuesday, and U.S. financial markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.

Publisher will keep local mill

Why Richmond Co. should ax seal

Gore's issues flip-flop

Private security guards under trained

Gun confiscation boosts crime

Proclaim support for Burmeister

Black attacks on whites ignored

Agrees Augusta ethically challenged

No money for needed sidewalk

Edgefield Co. setback?

Lawmaker finds nature trail money

Why we celebrate

Donate blood and save a life

Hudson's GOP primary win hailed

Vote Burmeister

In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular film-processing location are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.

Weight loss continues
There are no buts about it - Sabrina Sanchez is on her way toward her goal weight of 150 pounds.

July 4th festivities
Here's a list of Fourth of July activities scheduled for today:

Capsules
If every cooking tool mentioned in The Essential Kitchen were in the kitchen, we'd have to cook somewhere else.

Simple supper
Could an entree prepared with only four ingredients actually be good? That's a question I've asked while browsing the aisles of cookbooks in bookstores. Several cookbooks claim you can prepare delicious meals with few ingredients, usually three to five.

Ratcliffe returns to amateur ranks

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

Simple supper

Capsules

July 4th festivities

Weight loss continues

In the know

Authority buys insurance policy
No one is saying the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. will misspend its $10 million state grant package.

Authority buys insurance policy

Police investigate man's death
A man who had been shot in the leg was found dead in a house on Pendleton Road in Summerville on Monday evening.

Homeowner not told of flooding

Convict wins his appeal for new trial

Convict wins his appeal for new trial
A Barnwell man convicted of robbing and killing a restaurant worker as she left with the day's earnings will get a new trial because the judge didn't allow his sister to act as one of his attorneys, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Law fosters equality for school athletics

City works to evade water woes
AIKEN - With water woes all around them and a drought in effect, Aiken city officials are implementing a long-term water supply plan that's expected to ensure adequate water supplies for the next 20 years.

Coverdell advocates air school

Camp meets special needs
At a recent outing to Brunswick bowling lanes, about 40 campers got a little help with their games.

Experts say be wary of distance-education offers
ATLANTA - Web sites, commercials and pamphlets paint a rosy picture of learning via home computer, but experts in the field warn students should study the offerings before enrolling.

Sheriff hopefuls address issues
Crime might be down in Richmond County, but that doesn't mean residents have stopped inundating the two Democratic candidates in the sheriff's race with issues and concerns.

Augusta celebrates Independence Day
Here are some Fourth of July activities scheduled for the area.

Authorities search for murder suspect
Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.

Restriction, competition adds to blood shortage

Across the area
An Augusta woman was found lying in River Watch Parkway near the Augusta Canal bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Festivities light way to Fourth

Parades, fireworks mark day
With the first flashes of blue, green and red, Dusty Limon Navarro clapped in excitement. The 4-year-old, perched on her father's shoulders, had a perfect view of the fireworks at Riverwalk Augusta.

Suburbs dodge pollution stigma

Homeowner not told of flooding
Gail Allen shakes her head with regret when she thinks about all the chances she had to live somewhere else, anywhere that wasn't fated to flood so badly her children would have to be rescued from the attic by canoe.

Camp meets special needs

Republicans make inroads in campaign
The race between incumbent Georgia House 113 Representative Ben Harbin and challenger Ron Beul has become a walking marathon.

Group celebrates historic ties

City works to evade water woes

Republicans make inroads in campaign

Sheriff hopefuls address issues

Reform Party rallies behind Buchanan

Authorities search for murder suspect

Suburbs dodge pollution stigma
Columbia County could escape being lumped with Augusta as a nonattainment zone under the Clean Air Act, according to recommendations by Gov. Roy Barnes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Across the area

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about wildfires at nuclear weapons sites should have said the U.S. Park Service started a prescribed burn that became a wildfire in Los Alamos, N.M.

Across the area

Halfway house wins approval

Fort expands celebration
Chareece ''Shay'' Smith eagerly delivered spunky vocals and firm deliberate steps. Performing with the Fort Gordon Dynamic Dancers, the 17-year-old New York native brought the July 3rd celebration watchers the same talent on Thursday that she gave an Apollo audience in her home town two years ago.

Police investigate man's death

Parades, fireworks mark day

OPEN HOUSE BOX
Open House

Gaming venues checked
AIKEN - The first day of illegal video poker apparently has turned out - so far - to be the only day state and local law enforcement officers found machines in operation past the 12:01 a.m. Saturday legal deadline.

Reform Party rallies behind Buchanan
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Reform Party are gearing up for the first national primary of the party built by Ross Perot.

Woman provokes standoff
AIKEN - A 60-year-old Aiken woman accused of trying to kill her husband and then locking herself in a bedroom remained in a mental health facility Monday.

OPEN HOUSE BOX

Events celebrate independence

Gaming venues checked

Augusta celebrates Independence Day

Experts say be wary of distance-education offers

Woman provokes standoff

Halfway house wins approval
With only one objector present, the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission gave the go-ahead Monday for a 200-bed halfway house for state prisoners.

Law fosters equality for school athletics
It started as a joke. Rebecca Croft teased her friend, a member of Westside High school's wrestling team, that she was going to try out for the team.

Across the area
A man accused of approaching girls on an Aiken street and making obscene comments was arrested during the weekend on a rarely- used criminal charge.

Coverdell advocates air school
U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., has put his support behind a plan to build an airframe and power plant maintenance school and repair facility at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Restriction, competition adds to blood shortage
SAVANNAH - It's summer. You're on vacation. Giving blood isn't on your shortened to-do list.

Festivities light way to Fourth
AIKEN - The children who live along Kershaw Street couldn't be spotted Monday at their usual hideaways.

Correction

Group celebrates historic ties
On July 4, 1776, legend has it that King George III of England wrote in his diary, ``nothing unusual happened today.''

Fort expands celebration

Hawks' pick has tall order

Mrs. Rosalie Courtney
MONTMORENCI, S.C. - Mrs. Rosalie Redmond Courtney, 91, of Old Barnwell Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Franklin P. Philpott Jr., 73, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mae Jones
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mae Belle Jones, 95, of Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Mrs. Nicole Day
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Nicole Day, 25, of Dogwood Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000.

Mr. George Freeman Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. George Freeman Jr., 54, of Middleground Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Hoke Reeves Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Hoke S. Reeves Jr., 64, of Charlie Jones Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.

Miss Leora Maulden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Miss Leora Rodgers ``Ma'' Maulden, 84, of Pickens Street, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Beatrice Usher
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Beatrice Ruth Usher, 75, of Sylvania Place Drive, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Sue Melton
BLYTHE - Mrs. Sue F. Melton, 62, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mr. James Marshall
AIKEN - Mr. James Marshall, 73, of Washington Circle, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Jeannette Neal
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Jeannette Youmans Neal, 84, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Scott.

Mr. James Ward
ARLINGTON, Va. - Mr. James Luther ``Poochie'' Ward, 43, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Myra Toole
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Myra Edwards Toole, 87, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mrs. Estelle Canady
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Estelle Allmond Canady, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Heinrich Arndt
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mr. Heinrich Chandler Arndt, 66, of Ben Sawyer Boulevard, died Monday, July 3, 2000, in Charleston.

Mrs. Addie Davis
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Addie Ruth Davis, 88, of Harmon Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Raymond Stone Jr.
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Raymond Calvin Stone Jr., 47, of Pine Log Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lillie Reece
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie Mae Burnett Reece, 89, of Owltown Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Ruth Hamilton
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth Mallard Hamilton, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Southern Manor.

Mrs. Essie Martin
AIKEN - Mrs. Essie Alwarden Martin, 92, of Morgan Street, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Baltimore.

Mrs. Julia Gardner
ELKO, S.C. - Mrs. Julia Robinson Gardner, 95, of Railroad Avenue, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston.

Mrs. Betty Allen
CLEARWATER - Mrs. Betty Head Allen, 57, of Blackstone Camp Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Flenniken
Mr. Bobby Flenniken, 71, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Giles
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Ida Giles, 85, of Columbia Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Troy Hathcox
Mr. Troy Lee Hathcox, 96, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. L.M. Hill
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. L.M. Hill, 89, of Anderson Street, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.

Mrs. Mary Miller
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Naomi Duffie Miller, 97, of Hollywood School Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mrs. Marilynn Stilp
AIKEN - Mrs. Marilynn K. Stilp, 66, of Ridgecrest Avenue, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Estelle Canady
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Estelle Allmond Canady, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Bobby Flenniken

Mrs. Addie Davis

Mrs. Julia Gardner

Mrs. Estelle Canady

Mr. L.M. Hill

Mrs. Mary Giles

Mrs. Beatrice Usher

Mr. George Freeman Jr.

Mr. James Marshall

Mrs. Jeannette Neal

Mrs. Lillie Reece

Mrs. Betty Allen

Mrs. Nicole Day

Miss Leora Maulden

Mrs. Estelle Canady

Mrs. Sue Melton

Mr. Troy Hathcox

Mr. Heinrich Arndt

Mrs. Marilynn Stilp

Mrs. Ruth Hamilton

Mr. James Ward

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.

Gore's issues flip-flop
After weeks of defending the status quo and demonizing George W. Bush's tax cut and Social Security plans, Vice President Al Gore is now trying to steal both issues from the Texas governor, albeit with his own twists.

Why we celebrate
The Fourth of July marks the most important non-religious holiday of the year in this great country. It forms our secular character as a nation because it is born of our most fundamental beliefs regarding sovereignty, liberty and freedom.

Why home builder licensing needed
The June 8 Walter C. Jones article, ``Assembly considers licensing home builders,'' described the hearings that the Georgia General Assembly will conduct this summer to consider legislation to license home builders. Thomas J. Konitzer, Evans

Animals are better than that
To all those letter writers who express their opinions - I wholeheartedly agree with them about the criminals being scum. I do not agree with them, however, when they use the term ``animal'' to describe them. Animals don't do things like that.Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah

'Patriot' controversy
Actor/producer Mel Gibson has run afoul of political correctness with his rousing Fourth of July epic, The Patriot. Some reviewers are incensed at the Revolutionary War film's lack of historical accuracy - yet many of the same reviewers raved about conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone's rewriting of history in his movies, JFK and Nixon. Go figure.

Hapeville school in the '50s recalled
Back in the early 1950s in Hapeville, Ga., we had the freedom of prayer at all our high school football games. Being a cheerleader, I attended every game for two seasons. Sondra Weaver Gillespie, Augusta

Agrees Augusta ethically challenged
I applaud The Chronicle's past editorials concerning our so-called, ``City of Ethics.'' Here's one of my own experiences with the Augusta government. Lori Broadnax, Augusta

Why Richmond Co. should ax seal
Barbara Mohler's May 26 letter suggests that Christians may find it ``illegal'' to worship for fear of violating someone else's rights. It appears she is upset because of the recent attention brought to the Richmond County seal. Laura Withers, Perkins

Lawmaker finds nature trail money
I am a parent of a student at Martinez Elementary School. Earlier this year, the school wanted to build a nature trail which the students could use to expand their knowledge of the environment. Unfortunately, the school did not have the money and neither did the parents. Linda Leger Landry, Martinez

Mayor Young wows 7th graders
Although Richmond County school bells ended June 2, the memory of our honorable mayor, Bob Young, lingers on in the minds and hearts of Morgan Road Middle School's 7th graders. Ruth Reddy, Augusta

Mexico's bold step
At a last-minute election rally, National Action Party presidential candidate Vincente Fox shouted to the throng: ``Don't stop now, Mexico!'' Mexican voters responded in Sunday's election by electing the former governor of Guanajuato state - thereby shattering the 71-year grip by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Vote Burmeister
I'm voting for Sue Burmeister for Georgia state representative of District 114 on July 18 and urge my friends to do the same. I've known her for 15 years and have found her to be an extremely approachable, action-oriented person with strong traditional family values. Vote for Sue and your opinions will be heard in Atlanta. Jeanne Stroebel, Augusta

Edgefield Co. setback?
The cause for sensible zoning policy was dealt a blow by the defeat of incumbent Danny Bishop at the hands of challenger Joel Hudson in last week's heated GOP primary race for the Merriwether/Westside District 5 Edgefield County Council seat.

No money for needed sidewalk
I just spoke with Columbia County Commissioner Frank Spears and was disappointed to learn there is no money for a desperately needed sidewalk on the elementary school side of Blue Ridge Drive. Mary Edith Guye, Martinez

Hudson's GOP primary win hailed
In Edgefield County Council's Republican primary runoff election, I was very impressed with the winning candidate, Joel Hudson. He is definitely for the people and by the people. Janet Travis, Edgefield

State rep a 'Babe Ruth' legislator
My hat is off to state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez. I took the advice of some local activists and checked Rep. Harbin's record. He has voted for every tax cut during his time in office. So I checked more and found that taxes were cut by nearly $2 billion statewide. Joseph A. Wood, Martinez

One-voice anti-gun media draw fire
Many years ago French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville chronicled his tour of American cities. ``When communities have only one newspaper to describe the news and events, it will be one of the first liberties American citizens will lose.'' Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Proclaim support for Burmeister
With the July 18 primary election quickly approaching, I am writing to proclaim my support for Republican candidate, Sue Burmeister, for the District 114 State House. Jacquelyn H. Cloud, Augusta

Gun confiscation boosts crime
On June 28, CBS aired a story on the increase of crime in England. John Bryan, Wrens

Donate blood and save a life
On June 15 my sisters and I donated blood for an upcoming surgery our father is going to have. I'm ashamed to say that this was my first time donating. Not only was it painless, but it only took about 15 minutes.Terri Jackson, Augusta

Private security guards under trained
Re June 3 article, ``Communities buy police patrols'': There is a vast amount of difference between South Carolina and Georgia private security. Jim Vause, Augusta (Editor's note: The author is president of Liberty Security.)

Black attacks on whites ignored
It's high time to report atrocities on the other side of the ledger. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Sampras on verge of tennis history

Five American women reach quarterfinals

Overtime: School district says Jazz pick uncooperative

Petty won't race at New England

Overtime: Motorsports class-action lawsuit settled

Study: Dementia not treated as terminal
CHICAGO - Doctors often fail to acknowledge the final stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia as a terminal illness and subject patients to invasive procedures when providing comfort care sometimes would be more appropriate, research suggests.

Doctors take aim at Lung cancer
INDIANAPOLIS -- When doctors diagnosed Billy Stamm with lung cancer, there was more bad news to come. Not only was surgery out of the question, the odds weren't good that he would respond to conventional radiation therapy.

Your style
THE FACTS: Shuntae McKenzie, 14, a rising freshman at Glenn Hills High School.

Xtreme events
In honor of Independence Day, Xtreme is focusing on events teens can do to celebrate the last month or so of freedom before the school bells (and alarm clocks) start ringing.

Reactions may temper interracial relationship
``There's this girl I really like and I think she might like me, too. The only thing is, we're different races. I've never dated outside my race. Should I pursue a relationship with her or just leave her alone?'' - 17-year-old North Augusta boy

NBC's `Freaks and Geeks' worth a second look, run

`Me, Myself and Irene' good for a few laughs
Charlie/Hank (Mr. Carrey) is a part of the so-called best police department in the country, the Rhode Island State Police. After going through many problems, he creates multiple personalities to handle stress (bad-boy Hank being one of them). His doctor prescribes medicine to help with the disorder, but he often forgets to take it.

Your style

NBC's `Freaks and Geeks' worth a second look, run
Freaks and Geeks, the TV show about a group of 1980s high school students trying to find their niche - not to mention themselves - was recently canceled because of low ratings. However, the show will be back for one last hurrah Saturday, when three unseen episodes air consecutively on WAGT-TV (Channel 26), starting at 8 p.m.

Reactions may temper interracial relationship

Xtreme events

Study: Dementia not treated as terminal

Doctors take aim at Lung cancer