The Mary Show rocks Augusta

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

Artist has subjects just sitting around

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.

Children are introduced to visual language of art

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.

Movie man

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.

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

Stamps celebrate game's greatest

Home run blast sinks Braves

Reserve catcher delivers Jackets' victory

Jackets rally for win over Macon

Braves notebook: Braves add to bullpen

Braves beat Red Sox in interleague play

Braves notes: Remlinger's elbow improving

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks rose strongly Friday as investors welcomed the latest indication that the economy is slowing.

Company to change moniker
Morrison Knudsen Corp., the parent company of Savannah River Site's contract operator, changed its name Friday to Washington Group International Inc.

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.

Business briefs

Bank selects new area chief
Paul T. Menk has been appointed Augusta market president for First Union Corp., the company confirmed Friday.

Arizona company buys area Shoney's

Business briefs

Company to change moniker

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.

Bank selects new area chief

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.

Look who's watching

Malpractice questions

Paper is unethical for running letter

Beul response naive; backs Harbin

Shootout in Wrens

Harbin's tax cuts can't be found

The [filtered word]

Challenger negative; rep helps people

She won't vote for Schrenko puppet

Inheritance tax is good for America

Kaul column a better argument

DOT coffers overflowing

Local legislator has honor, work ethic

Voters: Give challengers a chance

He still won't forgive `Hanoi Jane'

Oust politicians that 'betray trust'

Volunteers will help in cleanup
About 270 young volunteers fueled by generous spirits will give two Augusta-area neighborhoods makeovers this month.

Sunday school keeps teacher young at heart
Betty Gene Lovingood's attempt to count her flock - a Sunday-school class of 16 4-year-olds at First Presbyterian Church - fizzled, but her one-liners never stopped.

Living miracles
The man with the microphone and raspy voice moved from side to side, shouting encouragement to his listless audience of 20 people in downtown Augusta. ``I want to pump you up today - praise God, because this thing is simple,'' said Donnie Rogers, an evangelist from Miami.

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.

Faith digest
Volunteers for Rise Up and Build will meet at Trinity Outreach Mission, 818 Eighth St., at 8 a.m. today before rehabilitating two houses in the neighborhood.

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

Church members become family
Few people like being known as a loner, or stranger. Life is too filled with hidden dangers, unwelcome surprises and crises to live life all by your lonesome. Deep within us all is a yearning to belong, to be part of a family or fellowship. Research shows that people who are part of some caring group have fewer health problems, live longer and are happier.

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

Henninger takes Western Open lead

Teen hopes to join sister at U.S. Women's Amateur

Price ties course record with 9-under

Masters pass list reopens

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.

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.

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.

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

Businesses, city near compromise
Downtown entrepreneurs and city officials creeped closer Friday to a compromise that would allow the district's businesses to keep their banners and sidewalk signs. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Church members become family

Living miracles

Volunteers will help in cleanup

Vinca thrives in Southern summers

Faith digest

Garden calendar

Sunday school keeps teacher young at heart

Reaping the benefits

University of Georgia faculty urge focus on research
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's rise as a first-rate research university may be stalling under the administration of President Michael Adams, many of the university's top researchers fear.

School adopts new moniker

Farm tour addresses growers' problems

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

Businesses, city near compromise

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.

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.

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

Service salutes school board pioneer, hero
In three decades, John Pierce Blanchard left an indelible mark on Columbia County's school system.

Two robbed at Sheraton Augusta

Augusta Tech to change name

South Augusta business robbed

Deadline fuels poker dump

Puppets show children kind acts

School touts educational alterations
SAVANNAH - Gov. Roy Barnes stood before a crowd of local educators this week to discuss his A+ Education Reform Act - and this time he was met by cheers.

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.

Masters waiting list reopened

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.

Four plead guilty in drug bust

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.

Poker machines enter Augusta

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.

Aiken works over welfare plan

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.

State to pay for flooding

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.

Across the area

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.

ACLU will launch racial profiling line
ATLANTA - A coalition of civil-liberties and civil-rights activists is taking aim at race-based traffic stops by police in Georgia with the aid of a new toll-free hot line.

Four plead guilty in drug bust
The four men arrested in south Richmond County last March for their part in an extensive marijuana growing operation all pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to manufacturing the drug.

Savannah decor goes to auction
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The carved eagle once sat in the parlor, its wings spread and its history dating to the first tugboat to ply the Savannah Harbor. Cost: $3,000-$5,000.

Puppets show children kind acts
Mark Riley has cerebral palsy, but he doesn't let that stop him from having fun or teaching other children about his disability.

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.

State to pay for flooding
Some property along flooded Dominion Way in west Augusta will be at the top of the list of homes the state is set to buy this fall.

Vandals desecrate area graves

Groups near sign agreement
Downtown entrepreneurs and city officials creeped closer Friday to a compromise that would allow the district's businesses to keep their banners and sidewalk signs.

Panel considers sewer mandate

Lifeguards hailed, cursed
GRANITEVILLE - It started out as a fun church outing at an Aiken County pool and ended in the near drowning of a 6-year-old Augusta boy who couldn't swim.

Crash kills former SRS chief
A former Westinghouse manager at Savannah River Site was killed in a car crash in Tennessee on Friday, authorities said.

Stallions stun Thunder

Affidavit outlines death plot
A Lincolnton, Ga., man who FBI agents say was intent on killing his wife is scheduled for a hearing Monday in U.S. District Court.

Affidavit outlines death plot

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.

Department will give away smoke detectors

Across the area
LINCOLNTON - A massive, multi-agency drug raid on five residences outside Lincolnton yielded a large quantity of crack cocaine and one arrest, according to state and local authorities.

Sign council makes proposals

Synagogue sponsors blood drive for woman
A local Jewish congregation is hoping that by sponsoring a blood drive it can help a Bamberg woman fight a rare disease.

Showers' damage minimal

Showers' damage minimal
An afternoon thundershower borne by high humidity and unstable air masses zipped through the Augusta area Friday, dropping as much as 2 inches of rain in southern parts of the city.

School touts educational alterations

Lifeguards hailed, cursed

Synagogue sponsors blood drive for woman

Service salutes school board pioneer, hero

Commission refuses development request

University of Georgia faculty urge focus on research

Georgia women launch businesses via Internet

ACLU will launch racial profiling line

Lawmakers grill water experts

Rawls will have hands full against Bond

Across the area

Deadline fuels poker dump
AIKEN - A week after the video poker industry went up in smoke in South Carolina, so did some of the its machines - literally.

Contract talks stalled between Jaguars, Brackens

Vinson hoping for a comeback

Fred Lane found shot to death

Mrs. Florence Blocker
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Florence Corbett Blocker, 76, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Beverly Health Care, Aiken.

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.

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

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. Josie Strom
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Josie Lee Strom, 69, of King Circle Drive, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jack Baxley Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Jack Baxley Jr., 74, of Georgia Highway 88, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

Mr. Charlie Cooper
Mr. Charlie Cooper, 72, of Clanton Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Beverly Manor Health and Rehab Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lorene Brown
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Mrs. Lorene Edwards Brown, 54, died Monday, July 3, 2000.

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

Mrs. Dorothy Robertson
MOORESBORO, N.C. - Mrs. Dorothy Cromer Robertson, 66, of Osprey Lane, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.

Mr. Joe Thompson Sr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Joe Thompson Sr., 99, of Edward Lane, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Henry Oakley
LAKEMONT, Ga. - Mr. Henry Milton Oakley, 70, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital, Clayton.

Mr. Clyde Kinard Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Clyde Allen Kinard Sr., 55, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Tommy O'Neal
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Tommy ``Gator'' O'Neal, 53, of Green Acres Drive, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Hattie Brisbon
Mrs. Hattie Lee Brisbon died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

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

Ms.Bertha Jones
Ms. Bertha Jones, 95, of Twiggs Street, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. Harden Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Harden Gibbons, 77, of Foley Street, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mr. William Josey
BATH - Mr. William Woodrow Josey, 85, of Railroad Street, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Josephine Hicks
Mrs. Josephine Young Hicks, of Brunswick Avenue, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Beverly Manor.

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

Mrs. Mollie Melchert
Mrs. Mollie Catherine Melchert, 47, died Thursday, July6, 2000, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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.

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

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

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

Mr. William Josey

Mrs. Barbara Williams

Mrs. Josephine Hicks

Mr. James Hills Sr.

Mr. Lloyd Brady

Mrs. Gwendolyn Harper

Mr. Joe Thompson Sr.

Mr. Eugene Wells

Mr. Tommy O'Neal

Mr. John Bradley

Mr. Edward Hayward

Mr. Grady Hawes

Mrs. Josie Strom

Mrs. Willie Brown

Mr. Clyde Kinard Sr.

Mr. Larry Akins

Mrs. Lucy Partlow

Mr. Kelly Vann III

Mr. Henry Oakley

Mrs. Zelean Robinson

Mrs. Lucille Brown

Mrs. Azelean Brewton

Mr. Alfonso Williams

Derek Scott

Mr. Rufus Jackson

Mrs. Inez Evans

Mr. Jack Baxley Jr.

Mrs. Mamie Bankston

Mrs. Florence Blocker

Mr. George Hassell

Mrs. Hattie Brisbon

Mr. Clyde Phillips

Mr. Charlie Cooper

Mrs. Julia Hagood

Mrs. Gwendolyn Harper

Mr. Leroy Moore

Ms.Bertha Jones

Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.

Mrs. Lorene Brown

Mrs. Catherine Colf

Mr. Harden Gibbons

Mrs. Elizabeth McCorkle

Mr. Lee Davis

Mr. Hugh Nettles

Mrs. Lula Tarver

The jackass
Re Michael Ledo's June 27 Chronicle letter: Joyce Gantt, Augusta

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

Court ends Nebraska's protection for helpless
THE DRIVER was waiting for the traffic light to turn green so he could continue his journey home to his wife and two small daughters.

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.

Malpractice questions
You can rattle off the number of fat grams in a Big Mac, and you know the safety rating of that Volvo you're thinking about buying.

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.

Shootout in Wrens
The town of Wrens is reminiscent of Andy Griffith's fictional Mayberry - nothing much in the way of serious criminality goes on there.

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.

Voters: Give challengers a chance
A June 25 Augusta Chronicle article reported that the people of Zimbabwe were crowding in polling booths in their country's recent election. Eileen Watson, Augusta

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

Look who's watching
Wednesday's broadcast of the CBS TV show Big Brother presented us with another example of what is becoming a popular trend among prime time subjects - a voyeuristic peep into other people's lives.

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

DOT coffers overflowing
While soaring gas prices deplete motorists' pocketbooks, the Georgia Department of Transportation is growing fat on big bucks. This is because of how the state's tax system is structured.

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

She won't vote for Schrenko puppet
Being a female, I have been following the Republican Party District 114 state representative race. I watched the Comcast TV debate July 3 and, until then, I was undecided ... I also read the literature challenger Sue Burmeister left by my front door. Judi Heslen, Augusta

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

Oust politicians that 'betray trust'
''When politicians and the press feed you lies and deceit - expose them. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you - expose them, partition them, oust them, banish them! L.A. Williams, Augusta

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

Inheritance tax is good for America
There are places in the world where a small percentage of the population owns all the land and industry, leaving the great majority of people as landless workers. Latin America and many parts of the Third World come to mind. Victor Reilly, Aiken

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

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

Beul response naive; backs Harbin
At a recent Columbia County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored candidate forum, GOP Georgia House District 113 challenger Ron Beul flatly stated he would have voted against this year's supplemental budget because he disagrees with the county legislative delegation's spending priorities. Joey Allen, Evans

Search for Jesus was liberal pap
Regarding ABC's recent two-hour special, Peter Jenning's The Search for Jesus,: I was not surprised that the only ``experts'' consulted were liberal Bible scholars (most were affiliated with the Jesus Seminar). Gary Heffner, Augusta

Irwin killed in speedway crash

Mixed doubles tournament slated for August

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

Overtime: Hill to sign with Orlando

Sampras to face Rafter at Wimbledon

Aligning with Venus

Campbell to be inducted on Saturday

Fishing report: Hybrids school in Chigoe

Fishing tournament news

AIDS conferees meet in heart of pandemic
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - With the AIDS pandemic sweeping across Africa, thousands of the world's top experts on the disease are gathering for the 13th International AIDS Conference - the first time the meeting has been held on the continent most ravaged by the disease.

Date set for Windows Me release
Justice Department lawyers might think it no coincidence that Microsoft has chosen Sept. 14 as the release date for Windows Me.

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.

Date set for Windows Me release

Decision on anthrax vaccinations near

AIDS conferees meet in heart of pandemic