Braves notes: Remlinger's elbow improving

Shortstop debate: A-Rod's the man

Martinez returns in victory

Jackets rally for win over Macon

Braves beat Red Sox in interleague play

Shortstop debate: Pick Nomar

Memories strong for Aaron

Shortstop debate: Take Jeter

Mulholland leads Braves to win

Braves notebook: No reason for swap

Minor League notebook

Countryside drives show another side

The new face of service
Low unemployment and new technology are making it hard for companies to find good help and easy to offer automated service. Businesses, it seems, are charging you for everything these days: air at the gas station, water at the restaurant and - believe it or not - personal service at the bank.

The new face of service

Business briefs

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

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 rose strongly Friday as investors welcomed the latest indication that the economy is slowing.

On the move

On the move
Hari Sinha has been named vice president/director of marketing and strategic planning of GIW Industries, Grovetown, Ga. He will also be involved with the mining division of KSB for strategy and process equipment.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Southern Travel Agency, American Express, has received the ``Winner's Circle'' award from Carnival Cruise Lines for the fifth consecutive year. This prestigious award is for outstanding sales with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Pocket change

Bank selects new area chief

Pocket change
If you've wandered the aisles of Barnes & Noble and surfed the pages of Amazon.com and still find yourself empty-handed, consider the J.P. Morgan summer reading list.

Company to change moniker

SEC notebook: Gamecocks' defense seeks replacements

Malpractice questions

Portch drags feet

Nuts about oniomania

Inheritance tax is good for America

Shootout in Wrens

The [filtered word]

Challenger is not endorsed by NEA

Gay pride festival a huge success

Church, state separation backed

DOT coffers overflowing

Oust politicians that 'betray trust'

Former NAACP member rips Smith

It's the airport's airfares, stupid

Look who's watching

Voters: Give challengers a chance

Partial birth abortion deplored

Why Harbin deserves re-election

Didn't like music during fireworks

She won't vote for Schrenko puppet

Also wants Downs trial to start

Beul response naive; backs Harbin

Outdoors used as living area
When in doubt, it's always good to ask a friend for a truthful answer. That adage really came in handy for Cynthia ``C.Z.'' Hamilton, who with a little help from a friend has transformed her patio house into a home.

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.

Millions may have experienced near-death
It was a hot, hazy afternoon in 1983 when Houston resident Bob Smith climbed onto the roof of his house to install a shortwave radio antenna.

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

GI woes
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - For the first three days of boot camp, Vance Martin dreaded the fourth, knowing that was the day he'd have to inch up a 12-foot ladder despite his fear of heights.

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.

In the know
All the baseball purists moaning and groaning about the spate of home runs - can you imagine what they would have said when baseball gloves first came into use?

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.

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.

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.

Buffet wait staff deserve tips, too
Dear Carson: Twice last week I dined with a male friend at a buffet-style restaurant. Neither time did he leave a tip. When I questioned him, he said that all the waitress did was bring him iced tea. I was embarrassed and left a tip myself. What are your views on this matter? - Embarrassed Eater

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

Henninger takes Western Open lead

Locals lead River Club Open

Countryside drives show another side
The old state tourism slogan urged us to ``See Georgia First!'' Perhaps.

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

Living miracles

Church members become family

Volunteers will help in cleanup

Outdoors used as living area

GI woes

In the know

Sunday school keeps teacher young at heart

Discovery Cove opens in Orlando

Faith digest

Millions may have experienced near-death

District primary heats up
The governor's education-reform bill, an Augusta resident's philosophical differences with her state legislator and a threatening phone call have helped make the Republican race to represent state House District 114 one of the more controversial primaries in years.

Courthouse makeover complete

Harry Potter casts spell locally
The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Sorcerer's Stone - and the greatly anticipated Goblet of Fire are all adventures of a boy wizard named Harry Potter.

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.

Across the area

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.

Gene grants signal start of sharing
They might be considered insignificant when held up to the millions of research dollars flowing into Georgia, but to David Munn and his colleagues at Medical College of Georgia they are important first steps.

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.

Harry Potter casts spell locally

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.

School touts educational alterations

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.

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.

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.

Journalists recognized for epilepsy piece
Augusta Chronicle Staff Writer Tom Corwin and Staff Photographer Jeff Janowski have won the newspaper category of the Epilepsy Foundation's sixth annual Distinguished Journalism Awards.

ACLU will launch racial profiling line

Towns dispute festival locale

University of Georgia faculty urge focus on research

Towns dispute festival locale
BURNETTOWN, S.C. - For five years, the Horse Creek/Midland Valley Sassafras Festival has attracted thousands of people to the streets of Burnettown during the first weekend in October.

Synagogue sponsors blood drive for woman

State to pay for flooding

Service salutes school board pioneer, hero

District primary heats up

Showers' damage minimal

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.

Affidavit outlines death plot

Businesses, city near compromise

SRS teams with area colleges

Courthouse makeover complete
WARRENTON, Ga. - Lucy Bryant said Saturday she'd never seen so many folks on her birthday.

Facility clears campus of cats

Software uncovers flaws in bus plan
It looks like pupils attending two of Columbia County's six middle schools in the fall will not have to share school buses with high school students.

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.

Across the area
About 200 family members, friends, politicians and educators attended a memorial unveiling ceremony Saturday to honor former Columbia County Superintendent John Pierce Blanchard.

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

Facility clears campus of cats
Starting this week, officials at Gracewood State School and Hospital will round up the hospital's population of feral cats, but they are looking for homes for the felines in the hope they won't be killed.

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.

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

Across the area

SRS teams with area colleges
Savannah River Site has turned to three historically black South Carolina colleges to help meet a growing demand for scientists.

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.

Four plead guilty in drug bust

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.

Researching the causes of pollution

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.

Taking on toxins

Researching the causes of pollution
The instruments are as complex as the air they analyze.

Software uncovers flaws in bus plan

Taking on toxins
Augusta Mayor Bob Young doesn't get flustered by headlines about Augusta's pollution problems. But he can't escape them, either.

Puppets show children kind acts

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.

Stallions stun Thunder

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.

Deadline fuels poker dump

Lifeguards hailed, cursed

Making tracks

Gene grants signal start of sharing

Contract talks stalled between Jaguars, Brackens

Vinson hoping for a comeback

Mr. Jesse Marshall
Mr. Jesse Arthur Marshall, 50, of Augusta, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.

Mr. Haskell Culpepper
Mr. Haskell ``Hack'' Culpepper, 85, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Veterans Hospital.

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

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

Mrs. Virginia Harris
Mrs. Virginia Harris, 80, of Augusta, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at her residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Alice Humphries
Mrs. Alice Tappan Humphries, 81, of Barbados Drive, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mr. Wilbur Burnett Sr.
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Wilbur Clayton Burnett Sr., 77, died July 8, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Leona Allen
Mrs. Leona Dicks Allen, 82, of Mayfair Road, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Steve Hester
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Steve Hester, 46, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.

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

Mr. William Josey
BATH - Mr. William Woodrow Josey, 85, of Railroad Street, died Friday, July 7, 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.

Mr. Freddie Griffin Jr.
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Freddie Griffin Jr., 36, of Warren Street, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Jenkins County 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. William Besson Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. William T. Besson Jr., 72, of West Martintown Road, died Friday, July 7, 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.

Mrs. Anita Nelson
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Anita Lela Cogan Nelson, 69, of Shenandoah Place, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center.

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

Mr. William Lewis
GROVETOWN - Mr. William Edward Lewis, 77, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Doctors 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. Wells Race
AIKEN - Mr. Wells Lorenzo Race, 82, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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. Juanita McCain
Mrs. Juanita Stewart McCain, of Gardners Mill Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Miss Gladys Hall
Miss Gladys L. Hall, 93, of Owens Road, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Brandon Wilde.

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

Mr. Homer Roberson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Homer Lester Roberson, 78, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. John Johns
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. John Johns, 52, died Friday, July 7, 2000, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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

Mrs. Georgia Miles
BURNETTOWN - Mrs. Georgia Mae Hall Miles, 84, of Fourth Street, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Juanita McCain

Mr. Jack Baxley Jr.

Mrs. Virginia Harris

Mr. Joe Thompson Sr.

Mr. Harden Gibbons

Mr. Henry Oakley

Mr. Jesse Marshall

Mr. Homer Roberson

Mr. John Johns

Mr. Steve Hester

Mrs. Florence Blocker

Mr. Wilbur Burnett Sr.

Mr. Tommy O'Neal

Mr. William Josey

Mrs. Alice Humphries

Mr. Clyde Kinard Sr.

Mr. William Lewis

Mrs. Gwendolyn Harper

Mr. Wells Race

Mrs. Lucy Partlow

Mrs. Josie Strom

Ms.Bertha Jones

Miss Gladys Hall

Mrs. Josephine Hicks

Mr. Charlie Cooper

Mrs. Lorene Brown

Mrs. Hattie Brisbon

Kent: Schrenko's acid trip; School Board musings
THERE'S AN OLD song The World Turned Upside Down. That's how many in the Georgia Republican Party feel these days as its top statewide elected official travels to south Georgia, Columbus and Augusta districts to defeat incumbent Republican legislators who voted their conscience to support this year's education reform bill that passed the General Assembly.

Shortstop debate: A-Rod's the man 070900 - The Augusta Chronicle

It's the airport's airfares, stupid
I have been listening to commercials promoting the Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field. Giri S. Venkatraman, Evans

Portch drags feet
University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen Portch has met only half the requirement in getting a search committee in place to find a replacement for Medical College of Georgia President Francis Tedesco.

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.

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.

Didn't like music during fireworks
I'm a very proud American and Vietnam War veteran. On July 4 I was at Patriot Park in Columbia County to enjoy the fireworks and to celebrate the birthday of our great country. Jeff Pagac, Thomson

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.

Why Harbin deserves re-election
I thank state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, for supporting our schools, a new courthouse, new library and a new technical school. Maurice Alligood, Evans

Also wants Downs trial to start
Regarding Sandy Hodson's article June 19, ''Mother seeks some closure in son's death,'' I agree with Kathy Porter in wanting the trial of William ''Junior'' Downs to be over and done with. It's been more than a year since (my son) Keenan died and almost 10 years for Ms. Porter. Nina O'Mailia, Portland, Oregon

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

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

Chief upgraded department
On Monday, former Fire Chief Ronnie Few will take the helm of Washington, D.C.'s fire department. Although he leaves under a haze of controversy, we wish him well and want to acknowledge the positive changes our fire chief has made in our city's fire department.

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

Nuts about oniomania
Science is developing a drug to treat almost any ailment, including those in the head. This would include oniomania, defined in the common vernacular as compulsive shopping.

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

Partial birth abortion deplored
My wife submitted a letter on partial birth abortion, and I applaud her articulation. Here's what I want to add: Richard Dixon, Hephzibah

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.

Former NAACP member rips Smith
Concerning the June 6 story about the Georgia flag, ``State law keeps flag on schools,'' as a former member of the debunked National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and who's with the Concerned Black Clergy, I'm disgusted with the current Augusta leader, Alexander Smith. J. Bess, 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

Church, state separation backed
As a born-and-bred Augustan I never thought to see The Chronicle print a letter such as Michael Ledo's on June 27. Usually I only read the letters and the editorial page to see how far your paper will go to toady up to the Christian Right. Scott Barron, Harlem

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.

Gay pride festival a huge success
As Gay Pride Month concluded, lesbians and gay men turned out in record numbers at the recent Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta. Don Brittingham, 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

Slavery was real cause of secession
Much has been written about the Confederate flag and its heritage, the bravery of the Confederate soldier and states' rights. It's important to know the real reason behind the secession of the Southern states. William Edney, Clearwater

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

Kent: Schrenko's acid trip; School Board musings
THERE'S AN OLD song The World Turned Upside Down. That's how many in the Georgia Republican Party feel these days as its top statewide elected official travels to south Georgia, Columbus and Augusta districts to defeat incumbent Republican legislators who voted their conscience to support this year's education reform bill that passed the General Assembly.

Alleluia ban defies common sense
It defies common sense for the educated administrators of the University System of Georgia to bar Alleluia graduates from Augusta State University, (``Policy jeopardizes Alleluia graduates,'' The Chronicle, July 2). Tom Sutherland, Augusta

Challenger is not endorsed by NEA
I want voters of Georgia House District 114 to know that what Becky Rabun wrote in her June 29 Chronicle letter is patently false. The National Education Association has not endorsed Sue Burmeister. It does not endorse below the federal level. D. Michael Leonard, Augusta

Overtime: Hill to sign with Orlando

Overtime: Josey graduate a WNBA All-Star

Irwin killed in speedway crash

Campbell joins elite in Hall

Sampras to face Rafter at Wimbledon

Aligning with Venus

Conditions good for dove hunting

Russell Dam case to continue

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.

Disease imperils millions
AIKEN - Health officials warn that thousands of Aiken County men and women will develop osteoporosis if they don't defend themselves against the brittle bone 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.

AIDS conferees meet in heart of pandemic

Disease imperils millions

Date set for Windows Me release