Braves notes: Chipper the lone certainty

Braves fall behind poor pitching

Braves notes: Manager's job made easier

Prospect gets GED, becomes free agent

Braves top Expos

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

Boy Scouts, city strike deal

Business briefs

Publisher will keep local mill

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.

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

Business briefs

Donate blood and save a life

Why we celebrate

Gore's issues flip-flop

Agrees Augusta ethically challenged

Proclaim support for Burmeister

Why Richmond Co. should ax seal

Gun confiscation boosts crime

No money for needed sidewalk

Vote Burmeister

Lawmaker finds nature trail money

Private security guards under trained

Hudson's GOP primary win hailed

Black attacks on whites ignored

Edgefield Co. setback?

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

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:

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.

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

July 4th festivities

Capsules

Weight loss continues

In the know

Simple supper

OPEN HOUSE BOX
Open House

Across the area

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.

Republicans make inroads in campaign

Police investigate man's death

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.

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

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.

Experts say be wary of distance-education offers

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

Fort expands celebration

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.

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.

Homeowner not told of flooding

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

Reform Party rallies behind Buchanan

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.''

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.

City works to evade water woes

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.

Authorities search for murder suspect

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

Festivities light way to Fourth

Gaming venues checked

Halfway house wins approval

OPEN HOUSE BOX

Suburbs dodge pollution stigma

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Restriction, competition adds to blood shortage

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.

Augusta celebrates Independence Day

Camp meets special needs

Authority buys insurance policy

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.

Woman provokes standoff

Parades, fireworks mark day

Law fosters equality for school athletics

Group celebrates historic ties

Events celebrate independence

Coverdell advocates air school

Correction

Convict wins his appeal for new trial

Across 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.

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

Sheriff hopefuls address issues

Hawks' pick has tall order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Franklin P. Philpott Jr., 73, died Sunday, July 2, 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.

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

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

Mrs. Ruth Hamilton

Mrs. Nicole Day

Mr. Heinrich Arndt

Mr. George Freeman Jr.

Mrs. Sue Melton

Mrs. Lillie Reece

Mr. Troy Hathcox

Mrs. Estelle Canady

Mrs. Julia Gardner

Mrs. Jeannette Neal

Mrs. Addie Davis

Mrs. Mary Giles

Mrs. Marilynn Stilp

Miss Leora Maulden

Mrs. Beatrice Usher

Mrs. Betty Allen

Mr. Franklin Philpott Jr.

Mr. Bobby Flenniken

Mr. James Marshall

Mr. James Ward

Mr. L.M. Hill

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

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

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

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.)

Five American women reach quarterfinals

Sampras on verge of tennis history

Petty won't race at New England

Overtime: Motorsports class-action lawsuit settled

Overtime: School district says Jazz pick uncooperative

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.

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.

Reactions may temper interracial relationship

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
``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

`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.

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.

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

Xtreme events

Your style

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

Study: Dementia not treated as terminal

Doctors take aim at Lung cancer