Female acts hope for home run in male-dominated ball game

Children are introduced to visual language of art
As the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders viewed the picture, Melissa Gayle tried to draw them into it.

Concert calendar
Thiis is a listing of upcoming concerts in the area.

Concert calendar

'Hootenanny' not always a hoot

Female country stars deserve more respect

Movie man

Movie man
When Ron Galloway, a lifelong student of movies, decided to make a feature film, he took everything he knew about independent cinema - and threw it away.

The Mary Show rocks Augusta
Mary J. Blige, performed Thursday night in Augusta as the headliner in the Seagram's Gin The Mary Show.

Female acts hope for home run in male-dominated ball game
Country acts Mustang Sally and Mandy KenKnight have made it a point to give the strum and twang of country music a feminine touch.

Arts calendar
The Arts Calendar is a list of performance series and events in Augusta and Aiken. Send your group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Female country stars deserve more respect
Here's a sad truth for you. The history of country music, like so many other histories, has been written by men, often leaving out in the cold those women who have picked up a fiddle, slid in behind a steel guitar or warbled a plaintive ode to lost love.

The Mary Show rocks Augusta

Artist has subjects just sitting around
Artist Harvey Breverman has come up with a rather unexpected take on the long-practiced form of figure drawing.

Augusta has had deep pool of country talent

'Hootenanny' not always a hoot
A collection of bands that have taken swing, country and rockabilly music and filtered it through Sex Pistols sensibilities, Hootenanny: Volume 1 documents a loose collective of retro-minded bands' performances at last year's Hootenanny Festival in Irvine, Calif.

Artist has subjects just sitting around

Augusta has had deep pool of country talent
Some of the best country music in recent decades in Augusta has been made by female vocalists either singing with or fronting local bands.

Children are introduced to visual language of art

Home run blast sinks Braves

Cox selects four Braves as All-Stars

Expos hold on, beat Braves

Braves notebook: Braves add to bullpen

Braves notes

Reserve catcher delivers Jackets' victory

Stamps celebrate game's greatest

German company eyes Sprint

Business briefs

German company eyes Sprint
The $120 billion WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. deal is falling apart, but other mergers with the companies might be in the works, according to analysts and recently published reports.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks ended a volatile session with mixed results Thursday. Most technology shares bounced back from a steep selloff, although worries about earnings hurt blue-chip names.

Arizona company buys area Shoney's

P&G sells detergent brand
Procter & Gamble Co. on Thursday sold Oxydol, its first modern laundry-detergent brand, to two former employees who have started their own company.

Arizona company buys area Shoney's
Macon-based RMS Family Restaurants Inc. sold all but one of its 32 Shoney's restaurants in Georgia and Florida - including three in the Augusta area - on Wednesday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Mutual fund companies should be required to give investors clear, specific information each quarter on the fees they are paying, congressional investigators are telling the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Local legislator has honor, work ethic

Williams brings home the bacon

Harbin's tax cuts can't be found

Challenger negative; rep helps people

He still won't forgive `Hanoi Jane'

Democrats are not far-left Commies

Kaul column a better argument

Clarification

No Beverly Hillbillies showed up

Paper is unethical for running letter

Another water problem: drownings

Out of patience

Garden calendar
The Garden Calendar is a weekly listing of gardening shows, seminars and other activities.

Brace yourself
Every wearer of tooth braces - and there are roughly 2 million of them in America alone - should be grateful they weren't born in the early 1900s.

Reaping the benefits
For those who can't grow a houseplant - much less a garden - and think a green thumb is a natural talent, Gale Morrison has some advice.

Discovery Cove opens in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's exotic new sister park where guests can swim and frolic with dolphins, is more like an exclusive private club than your typically crowded Orlando tourist attraction.

In the know
NOT TOO HOT: ``We spend too much money on vacations for them to be ruined unnecessarily by weather conditions.'' So says AccuWeather, which has come up with a summer vacation destination forecast. Using RealFeel, which AccuWeather

Capsules
When plants feel a virus coming on, they reach for the aspirin - and it works, a new study suggests. Plants produce salicylic acid - or SA, a chemical cousin of commercial aspirin - naturally. They use it to generate heat and make flowers. Scientists also believe SA triggers plants' natural immune response to infection. The report is in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology.

Vinca thrives in Southern summers
Annual vinca is one of the best-selling summer bedding plants in the United States.

Masters pass list reopens

Taylor earns Buy.com spot

Mississippi State next stop for McKenzie

Price ties course record with 9-under

Pecking order needs perspective
Every workplace is different, but some things never change. For example, someone has passed along the common differences between you and your supervisor.

South Augusta business robbed
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was looking for a man on Thursday wanted for an early morning robbery in south Augusta.

Two robbed at Sheraton Augusta
Two men from Utah were robbed at gunpoint early Thursday in the parking lot of the Sheraton Augusta Hotel and in their room before fleeing to call police.

Augusta Tech to change name
For years, Augusta Technical Institute, like so many of Georgia's technical schools, has wrestled with the stigma that its curriculum offers little more than woodworking and auto repair classes.

Masters waiting list reopened
The waiting list for Masters Tournament series badges - established in 1972 and closed in 1978 - has been reopened this year, Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Thursday. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

In the know

Vinca thrives in Southern summers

Reaping the benefits

Discovery Cove opens in Orlando

Brace yourself

Capsules

Garden calendar

Residents air flood complaints

Pastor tries to save old church
ATHENS, Ga. - The doors are boarded shut at the old Dorsey Tabernacle Baptist Church, hiding the ragged interior of an 87-year-old sanctuary that city officials say should be torn down before it collapses from disrepair.

Aiken County man dies in collision
An Aiken County man leaving a Fourth of July celebration on his motorcycle was killed late Tuesday while passing a car full of friends on a double yellow line, authorities said.

Department will give away smoke detectors

Across the area
It may be as long as two weeks before the Richmond County Sheriff's Department sends District Attorney Danny Craig the details of its investigation into the death of a man who was allegedly shot by his estranged girlfriend last Monday.

Poker machines enter Augusta

Farm tour addresses growers' problems

School adopts new moniker

North Leg teen club put on probation
Augusta commissioners placed a North Leg Road teen nightclub - where four people were wounded in an early morning parking lot shooting in May - on six months' probation Wednesday.

Aiken works over welfare plan

No vote by board on chief

Augusta Tech to change name

Charter schools battle for rights

MCG hunt for leader under way

Aiken County man dies in collision

Charter schools struggle for rights

GOP candidates vie for city council
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two Republicans are running for the seat Don Smith vacated on the North Augusta City Council when he was elected to the South Carolina Legislature in May.

Sales tax puts states' gasoline costs on par

Blind take swing at beep baseball
SAVANNAH - This isn't how Abner Doubleday envisioned baseball. Then again, the players aren't envisioning it either - they're blind.

Reform Party ready for convention, vote

Surgeons' care spans the globe
Without words, the hands of the surgeons move in concert around the gaping wound in the patient's chest, clipping, suctioning and stitching in an operating room at University Hospital.

Stallions notes: Stallions end season at home

Correction

Authorities charge suspect in killing
A 53-year-old Augusta man who police say shot a man to death and asked bystanders to help move the body was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.

Musician enjoys the simple things in life

Business gears up for fast lane
BRASELTON, Ga. - Growing up in Banks County, Mickey Watkins learned a thing or two about cars.

Department will give away smoke detectors
More than a year ago, Martha Black said it wasn't until she heard her uncle scream ``fire'' that she noticed that the window of her room was engulfed in flames.

Musician enjoys the simple things in life
When Peter Mayer isn't on duty with the Parrothead army as lead guitar player in beach-bum superstar Jimmy Buffett's band, he plays music with a more reflective slant.

Arcade license denials continue

Correction
The calendar in Tuesday's Xtreme section of The Augusta Chronicle contained the incorrect date for Savage Garden's performance at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. It should have said the group will perform July 14.

Teens work toward neat streets

Board invites math book reviews
If you would like to help select the types of math books Georgia pupils will use next year, now's your chance.

Vandals desecrate area graves

Rawls will have hands full against Bond

Lawmakers grill water experts

No vote by board on chief
Although Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few officially turned in his resignation Wednesday, Augusta commissioners choose not to vote on the outgoing chief's two recommendations for an interim replacement.

Reform Party ready for convention, vote
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Reform Party are gearing up for the first primary of the party Ross Perot built. Balloting is expected to begin this week.

Arcade license denials continue
Augusta commissioners denied two applications for arcade licenses Wednesday in an effort to keep Augusta from becoming a haven for South Carolina's outlawed video poker industry.

Teens work toward neat streets
AIKEN - Color is creeping eastward along Richland Avenue beneath the crape myrtle, dog-woods, great oaks and towering pines that already shade Aiken's parkways.

Charter schools battle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.

Charter schools struggle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.

Officers absolved in death
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Two city police officers returned to work Wednesday after state officials cleared them of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of an Edgefield man six weeks ago.

MCG hunt for leader under way
The search for a replacement for retiring Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco took another step forward Wednesday with the appointment of a Board of Regents search committee.

Across the area
Aiken County authorities arrested a man Wednesday who they say donned a Scream movie mask to rob the Food Lion store on U.S. Highway 1 on the Fourth of July.

Residents air flood complaints
Three weeks and one day had done little to ease the tensions of homeowners who attended a town hall meeting organized by residents of west Augusta's Commonwealth subdivision.

Georgia women launch businesses via Internet

Blind take swing at beep baseball

Commission refuses development request

Business gears up for fast lane

Panel considers sewer mandate

Surgeons' care spans the globe

Masters waiting list reopened

Sign council makes proposals
The committee appointed to work on the temporary sign provision of the city's controversial new sign ordinance met Thursday and proposed postponing the enforcement date on temporary signs throughout the county to Jan. 1.

Across the area

Farm tour addresses growers' problems
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Hubert Flonnory is in desperate need of water. The Louisville farmer lost a lot of his corn, soybean and cotton because of the current drought, and he was searching Thursday for alternatives to irrigate his farm.

Sign council makes proposals

Vandals desecrate area graves
Standing next to the shattered remains of several tombstones at his home church cemetery recently, Eugene Hester had to ask why.

Savannah woman creates crosswords
SAVANNAH - Gayle Dean was a self-diagnosed ``crossword fanatic.'' Starting in her teen-age years, she'd spend hours reading clues and filling in the little squares.

Board invites math book reviews

South Augusta business robbed

North Leg teen club put on probation

Two robbed at Sheraton Augusta

GOP candidates vie for city council

Aiken works over welfare plan
AIKEN - Launa Guerra moved to Aiken from California last summer, looking for a new beginning.

Across the area

Commission refuses development request
A month ago, Don Robinson fell in love with a house in Windmill Plantation. On Thursday night, he was having second thoughts.

Lawmakers grill water experts
ATLANTA - Lawmakers fretful over the impact of Georgia's lingering drought grilled the state's top water experts Thursday on topics ranging from why farmers can't get irrigation permits faster to whether the state really is trying to settle a water war with Alabama and Florida.

Panel considers sewer mandate
Thousands of Augusta homes finally will receive city sewer service under bond proposals being considered by the Augusta Commission.

School adopts new moniker
For years, Augusta Technical Institute, like so many of Georgia's technical schools, has wrestled with the stigma that its curriculum offers little more than woodworking and auto repair classes.

Poker machines enter Augusta
Augusta officials pulled in the welcome mat on South Carolina's outlawed video poker, but they can't stop the flow of gaming machines coming into the city for storage.

Georgia women launch businesses via Internet
ATLANTA - Jerrilynn Thomas has watched her Web-based public relations service for women expand so quickly, she's not exactly sure how many clients she serves.

Paralegal arrested in forgery
A former SunTrust executive was arrested on felony forgery charges Wednesday stemming from bank loans taken out four years ago, while he was an assistant vice president.

Sales tax puts states' gasoline costs on par
Area motorists are discovering gas isn't always cheaper on the other side.

Officers absolved in death

Fred Lane found shot to death

Mr. Eugene Wells
WAYNESBORO - Mr. Eugene ``James'' Eugene Wells, of Georgia Highway 56, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Charles Fell
Mr. Charles M. Fell, of Harding Court, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Azelean Brewton
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mrs. Azelean Reddick Brewton, 65, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mr. James Cosnahan Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. James Terry Cosnahan Jr., 36, of Moore Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Harvey D. Drew Sr., 89, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Nancy Johnson
Mrs. Nancy Johnson, of Kent Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Clyde Phillips
LYONS, Ga. - Mr. Clyde Phillips, 71, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.

Mr. Brown Wimberly
Mr. Brown Wimberly, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at University Hospital.

Derek Scott
Derek Michael Scott, 13, of Picquet Avenue, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Mary Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Mary Sincler Bentley Martin, 89, of Hammond Place Circle, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mr. Hugh Nettles
Mr. Hugh Al Nettles, 50, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. William Young
WAGENER - Mr. William ``Little Bill'' McNeil Young, 22, of Gantt Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mrs. Willie Brown
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Eva Brown, 38, of Hagan Circle, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Ms. Riva Burns
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Riva A. Burns, of River Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Miss Latonya Hammond
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Miss Latonya Hammond, 16, of Derrick Road, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, in Leesburg, Fla.

Mrs. Barbara Johnson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara Dowling Johnson died Sunday, July 2, 2000.

Mr. Lloyd Brady
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Lloyd Shannon Brady, 36, of Badger Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.

Mrs. Oris Smith
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Oris Dodgen Smith, 87, Donald Pearson Drive, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mr. Rufus Jackson
Mr. Rufus Jackson, 52, of Whiteoak Road, Appling, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Harvey D. Drew Sr., 89, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Zelean Robinson
HARLEM - Mrs. Zelean Robins, 91, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Blair House Nursing and Rehab Center, Augusta.

Mr. George Hassell
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. George Edwin ``Ed'' Hassell, 70, of Caretta Avenue, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mr. John Bradley
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Mr. John W. Bradley, 51, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Parkwest Hospital.

Mr. Lee Davis
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lee Roy Davis, 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Charleston, S.C.

Mrs. Evelyn Garwood
AIKEN - Mrs. Evelyn M. Garwood, 79, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Dean Retzlaff Sr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Dean F. Retzlaff Sr., 63, of Cranbrook Drive, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Miss Bertha Raysor
WILLISTON, S.C. - Miss Bertha Raysor died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.

Mrs. Julia Hagood
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Montgomery Hagood, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Nina Wren
Mrs. Nina Martin Wren, 84, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Lucille Brown
AIKEN - Mrs. Lucille C. Brown, 74, of Laurens Street North, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mrs. Julia Hagood
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Montgomery Hagood, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. F.E. Rodenbaugh
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Mr. F.E. Rodenbaugh, 69, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Flagler Hospital.

Rodziques Danley
AIKEN - Rodziques Terrace Danley, 7, of Pipeline Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mrs. Barbara Williams
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara Williams, 62, of Hardy Place Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Cecil Brown
AIKEN - Mr. Cecil ``Charlie'' Brown, 53, of Williams Lane, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Mamie Bankston
ATHENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mamie Bankston, 77, of Shadow Moss Drive, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Nicole M. Partlow
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Nicole M. Partlow, infant daughter of Dale Partlow and Christine Jones, of May Avenue, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lula Tarver
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Mae Foley Tarver, 87, of Tarver Street, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Lucy Partlow
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lucy M. Partlow, 78, of Tabernacle Church Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Lake Crossing Nursing Home.

Mr. Larry Akins
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Larry Akins, 53, died Wednesday, July 6, 2000, at St. Luke Episcopal Hospital, Houston.

Mrs. Elizabeth McCorkle
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth ``Liz'' McCorkle, 58, of Fort Creek Road, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Facility.

Mr. James Hills Sr.
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. James Hills Sr., 83, of Oak Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Willie Gillom
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Willie Gillom, 88, of Warrenton Health and Rehab Center, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Kelly Vann III
Mr. Kelly Vann III, 76, of Broad Street, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Leroy Moore
AIKEN - Mr. Leroy ``Shorty'' McKie Moore, 35, of Burgess Drive, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Harper
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Gwendolyn ``Ish'' Weathersbee Harper, 96, of Hammond Pond Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Inez Evans
WINDSOR - Mrs. Inez Laura Evans, 75, of Britton Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Edward Hayward
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Edward Garfield Hayward, 94, of Hay Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro.

Mr. Grady Hawes
APPLING - Mr. Grady Walker Hawes, 78, of Tubman Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ella Thompson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ella Smith Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Twin View Nursing Home, Twin City.

Mr. Alfonso Williams
AIKEN - Mr. Alfonso A. Williams, 55, of Abbeville Avenue, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Beverly Manor of Augusta.

Mr. James Elledge Jr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. James T. ``Shorty'' Elledge Jr., 79, of Fellowship Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mrs. Catherine Colf
Mrs. Catherine C. Colf, 78, of Martinez, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Jesse Zayas
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Zayas, 66, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

Mr. Lee Davis
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lee Roy Davis, 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Charleston, S.C.

Mr. Hugh Nettles
Mr. Hugh Al Nettles, 50, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Linda Hodges
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Linda Holloway Hodges, 42, of New Bordeaux Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Abbeville Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Azelean Brewton

Mrs. Mary Martin

Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.

Mrs. Oris Smith

Mr. Edward Hayward

Mr. James Cosnahan Jr.

Mr. George Hassell

Mr. Hugh Nettles

Mrs. Lucille Brown

Mr. Dean Retzlaff Sr.

Mr. Kelly Vann III

Mrs. Linda Hodges

Mr. John Bradley

Mrs. Nina Wren

Mrs. Inez Evans

Nicole M. Partlow

Mrs. Julia Hagood

Mr. Lee Davis

Mrs. Elizabeth McCorkle

Ms. Riva Burns

Mr. Alfonso Williams

Mrs. Ella Thompson

Mr. Larry Akins

Mr. Cecil Brown

Mr. Lloyd Brady

Mrs. Nancy Johnson

Mr. Brown Wimberly

Mrs. Barbara Johnson

Mrs. Zelean Robinson

Mr. William Young

Derek Scott

Mr. James Elledge Jr.

Mrs. Mamie Bankston

Mrs. Evelyn Garwood

Mr. Clyde Phillips

Mr. Grady Hawes

Mr. Leroy Moore

Mr. Lee Davis

Mrs. Catherine Colf

Mr. James Hills Sr.

Mr. Hugh Nettles

Mrs. Gwendolyn Harper

Mrs. Barbara Williams

Mr. Eugene Wells

Mr. Rufus Jackson

Mrs. Lula Tarver

Mrs. Willie Brown

Mr. Jesse Zayas

Augusta officials disrespect flag
I'm writing about the disrespect officials of Augusta have for the American Flag. I refer in particular to the flag flying in the park bounded by E. and W. Ford streets and by Telfair and Walker streets in front of the Federal Courthouse. Bruce H. Tedford, Hephzibah

He still won't forgive `Hanoi Jane'
I take umbrage at Merle Burkholder's June 30 Chronicle letter linking the filth in the White House to Jane Fonda. Dennis DuGuay, North Augusta

Local legislator has honor, work ethic
Three years ago my wife and I moved to the Augusta area. Shortly after, my wife developed severe health problems. At the time, our insurance was through a health maintenance organization - and the nightmare began. Michael Hilley, Evans

Good health tyranny?
When federal and state governments went after the tobacco industry seeking billions in reimbursements for medical expenses associated with treating ailing smokers, the industry raised prices. Escalating costs of a pack of smokes is one reason more smokers are quitting.

NAACP's next flag target: Georgia
It was a sad day in South Carolina when the flag was removed from the Statehouse dome in Columbia. Andrea Boettcher, Hephzibah

Out of patience
``The bill approved by the Senate with nothing but Republican votes proves once again that a partisan bill cannot become law. This monstrosity is dead on arrival in the House.''

Licensing no-show
Augusta Mayor Bob Young put together a productive meeting Wednesday night to address the recent flooding of homes in the Commonwealth subdivision. Planning and Zoning Department officials attended, Water and Sewer Department officials showed, as did the city attorney and district attorney.

Superintendent failed, should resign
I am neither Democrat nor Republican, and have never spoken out publicly, but the latest accusations by Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko against Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, make me sick. Cathy Turner, Augusta

Harbin's tax cuts can't be found
Re state Rep. Ben Harbin's so-called tax cuts: Perhaps the Evans Republican can explain his ``tax cuts'' to me in terms I can understand. To date, he has given us his sleight-of-hand shuffle regarding ``bringing home the pork'' and how that's the only way he can get us tax reductions as a Republican. Keith L. Dykes, Martinez

Another water problem: drownings
The people of the Central Savanna River Area keep complaining about the water issue. There is never enough water. ... I wish everyone would stop complaining about it and just take time to look at water from a different view. I am the founder of Children in Heaven, dedicated to those lost to drowning, and Mother's For Water Safety.Lea Owens, Beech Island

Challenger negative; rep helps people
I'd like to hear more about what Georgia House candidate Sue Burmeister has to offer the people of District 114. State Rep. Robin Williams' name can be found throughout all the material she publishes. Has she nothing important to say about herself? Ed Sheehan, Augusta

Williams brings home the bacon
The Georgia Democratic Party has held tight control over this state for 123 years. Unfortunately, there is a local group - some from Augusta, many more from outside our borders - who, unknowingly, would stretch that political domination out even longer. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Kaul column a better argument
When I read your piece on oil price gouging in the June 23 Chronicle, placing blame on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Department, past and present administrations including the refusal, so far, to tear up part of the Alaska Wildlife Refuge, I groaned, thinking another predictable Chronicle screed. Victor Reilly, Aiken

God, Jesus are no fans of the KKK
Regarding ``Klansmen defend their allegiance'' and ``KKK, flag evoke fear, controversy'' (The Chronicle, June 25), I want to say a few things to Clarence ``Shorty'' Gladden, grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and to others, such as Imperial Wizard Charles S. Beasley, who credits God with leading him to the Klan:D. Thomas, Augusta

Regents: Help ASU
There's no dispute that some of our nation's hardest-working and brightest students hail from private Christian and home schools. Unfortunately, in Georgia, new policies by the state Board of Regents unfairly jeopardize college applicants from Augusta's private Alleluia Community High School - as well as all home-schooled students.

No Beverly Hillbillies showed up
Regarding D.L. Tanner's June 22 letter, I am a founding member of the Concerned Citizens for Edgefield County. We do have bylaws. I know: I worded the drafting of them. They were voted in over a year ago. Roy Blackwell, Clarks Hill

Aiken Co. shake-up
Aiken County is losing a fine administrator in Bill Shepherd who announced he is retiring as of Sept. 30. The hallmark of Shepherd's tenure, since he was hired in early 1992, has been his independence.

Paper is unethical for running letter
Regarding Donna Woods' June 29 letter concerning her son's presence on the Columbia Middle School campus on the last day of school, she ignored three requests by her son's teacher to remain in the classroom; this was after not having first secured a visitor pass from the main office to enter our campus. Tom White, Evans

Clarification
Tuesday's editorial on actor Mel Gibson's hit movie The Patriot noted that the superstar was from Australia. Actually, he was born in the U.S. and his family moved Down Under when he was a child. He holds dual American-Australian citizenship.

Flooded by trouble
Augusta flood victims, and their sympathizers, often complain that the city protects developers, builders, real estate agents, attorneys - everybody except homeowners. And that's the reason homes get flooded in heavy rains.

Democrats are not far-left Commies
After having spent most of my adult life opposing communism, including service in Vietnam, Korea and Germany and retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve, I took great offense to Robert E. Smock's June 28 letter, ``Democrats are all far-left Commies.''Chuck R. Pardue, Augusta

Racing facts: New Hampshire 300

Hester to stay with Georgia women golfers

Season's first half settles little

Mixed doubles tournament slated for August

Nascar notes: Kyle Petty not ready to race at New Hampshire

Campbell to be inducted on Saturday

IRL, CART secure future dates

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report: Hybrids school in Chigoe

Decision on anthrax vaccinations near
WASHINGTON -- With supplies of the anthrax vaccine dwindling, Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to decide soon whether to suspend or slow the pace of soldier inoculations, officials said Thursday.

Fertility treatment producing multiple births
Inducing ovulation to treat infertility carries a significant risk of producing unwanted multiple births, even when doctors carefully follow the standard guidelines, a study concludes.

Decision on anthrax vaccinations near

Fertility treatment producing multiple births