Painter tries for jazzy effect

Concert calendar
SAVAGE GARDEN, NINEDAYS AND JESSICA RIDDLE: Today, Barton Field, Fort Gordon, gates open at 5 p.m., concert begins at 7.

Musically, it's only a Trinket
Someone needs to repossess Trinket's guitars. Rock 'n' roll was developed to incite passion, to evoke an emotional response. The only reaction the Athens, Ga., band's Set to Explode seems to encourage is the onset of drowsiness.

Ramblin' Rhodes: City lights shine on country music icon

Eyes to be on Bette Davis during Aiken production

Soulful singing, not glitter, saves concert

Musically, it's only a Trinket

Ninedays busting out with major hit
It's been a long road from obscurity to ``overnight success'' for the group Ninedays.

Ramblin' Rhodes: City lights shine on country music icon
The night before Bill Anderson's fourth annual City Lights Festival in Commerce, Ga., several hundred people were treated to a magical evening of barbecue, songs and storytelling.

Garden party
Since the release of their self-titled debut album, the Australian pop duo Savage Garden has been winning fans with a lush, studio-enhanced sound and hearts with a sophisticated image.

Taking a tumble

Taking a tumble
Hardie Davis gives his 2-year-old granddaughter, Olivia Maria Robinson, a supporting hand as she ventures across the balance beam.

Ninedays busting out with major hit

Eyes to be on Bette Davis during Aiken production
Bette Davis, who died in Paris in 1989, is slated to make a surprise appearance in Aiken.

Concert calendar

Painter tries for jazzy effect
Brian Cote's face is a mask of concentration, his eyes scanning the carefully mapped patches of shape and color spread across the canvas. He begins to paint with quick, precise moves. Barely looking to the well-worn pallette at his knee, he mixes an ochre yellow hue and bisecting patches of red and green, then begins to alter the topography of the work.

Soulful singing, not glitter, saves concert
Alternating between moments of amateur-night awful and transcendent splendor, The Mary Show concert Thursday, featuring Carl Thomas, Jagged Edge and self-proclaimed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, spotlighted exactly what is wrong and right with current urban music.

Garden party

Braves, Yanks make trades

Braves look to maintain success

Drivers, fans continue to face racing deaths

Braves top Orioles

Braves top Orioles

Braves notes

Jackets hold off rally; top Bombers

Braves notes

Braves' Cox suspended

Fellowship, not laughs, make meal

Couple customizes carpets
Rita and Dan Cook invest countless hours sculpting ordinary carpets into pieces of art.

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks closed higher Thursday as investors took a cautious but mostly optimistic view of strong second-quarter earnings reports.

Couple customizes carpets

BellSouth defends practices

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices surged Wednesday after a better-than-expected quarterly earnings report from Internet giant Yahoo!.

Business briefs

BellSouth defends practices
Several companies are nibbling at BellSouth's local telephone business, but some consumer groups say the Baby Bell still isn't doing enough to encourage competition.

Drainage top priority

Candidate would be fine state rep

County commissioner lauds delegation

Beul not to blame for tipping fees

District 114 election coverage disturbing

Cheating scandals

Conger is no practicing Christian

Won't allow foul words in her home

Correction

Pass passengers' rights

Re-elect Democrat Drew in Lincoln Co.

There's a price for Harbin's `bacon'

Midsummer gardens do well if cared for
Despite the up-and-down weather conditions we've had this summer, vegetable gardens are doing pretty well. Here are some tips concerning our midsummer gardens:

Styles update for pregnant women
Halter tops, body-hugging T-shirts and miniskirts - it's the latest fashion parade ... but there's something a little different. Something a little extra.

Planting a seed
Fun took flight when the second- and third-graders in Girls Inc. planted a butterfly garden recently.

In the know
NOT DEAD YET: Freaks and Geeks fans who enjoyed the mini-marathon of the canceled series Saturday night on NBC will be happy to know that the high school comedy-drama expelled at the end of its freshman year has been accepted by the Fox Family Channel for fall term. But the news for the show's stars, producers and fans is bittersweet: The cable channel will air all 18 episodes, including three never seen on NBC, but will not pick up the tab for new ones. ``We'd love to,'' said Rob Sorcher, the channel's programming chief, ``but we wouldn't want to do it unless we could keep up the quality, and it's beyond our means to do that.''

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

Augustan Maddox determined to excel

Thompson holds off Dunne in first round

Augusta amateur beat odds in 1969

Dorsey: West Lake's 'Houdini Hal' always finds way

West Lake's 'Houdini Hal' always finds way

Trans National field down to 8

3 golfers share Senior Player lead

Lyons golfer's 68 leads state amateur

Fellowship, not laughs, make meal
DINNER THANKS: Every guest speakers's nightmare is to be introduced by someone funnier.

Nitrogen truck overturned
The Gordon Highway and Fifth Street bridges were shut down Thursday evening when a tractor trailer hauling liquid nitrogen overturned on U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta.

Wise trial to be delayed
AIKEN - A judge granted a delay Thursday in the death penalty trial of Arthur Hastings Wise, the North Augusta man charged with gunning down four former co-workers at R.E. Phelon Co. in 1997. The case was planned for October, but indications are the trial will now be set for sometime next year, more than three years after the killings. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Midsummer gardens do well if cared for

Planting a seed

Styles update for pregnant women

In the know

Flood victims meet with officials

Tractor spills chemical

Robbery decision reversed

Edgefield council OKs move

Leadership of shelter shifts soon
Augusta officials interviewed three finalists Thursday for the animal control director's job that Jim Larmer resigned from under pressure in March.

Checks were written before session began
ATLANTA - Clerks are to blame for the misleading reports that led to ethics complaints filed last week, according to the lawmakers accused of improper handling of campaign funds.

Checks were written before session began

Rules on disabled pupils get OK
ATLANTA - After three years of heated debate, committee meetings and extensive revisions, the Georgia Board of Education appears to have a set of rules for educating the state's disabled children that teachers, parents and advocates agree is fair.

Reeves gives Stallions lift

Camp prepares pupils for school
Zakia Luke and Clinton Myers said they are a little intimidated about going from elementary school to middle school this fall. But they said the time they are spending at a school-related camp is helping them overcome their fears.

Commission limits airport chairman term
The Augusta Aviation Commission is continuing its push for an airplane mechanics school and repair facility at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Commission rethinks airport plan
A few weeks ago, a delegation of Augusta commissioners traveled to Savannah for the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention.

Tractor spills chemical
A tractor trailer hauling a tank of liquid nitrogen sits on its side on a bridge over U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta as a North Augusta Department of Public Safety officer talks with witnesses.

Suit says firing was unlawful
The wrongful-termination case of a former Columbia County employee has boiled down to one question: Did Columbia County commissioners violate Elaine Matthews' First Amendment rights when they fired her and six others in June 1993?

Across the area

MCG gets cost-cut measures
Turning food service management over to a private company will cut costs, and a new agreement with a struggling rural hospital will bring in more patients under plans approved Wednesday by the board of MCG Health Inc.

POLLING PLACES RICHMOND COUNTY

Across the area
A ruptured hose connection near a fuel-storage facility at Fort Gordon allowed about 360 gallons of diesel-type heating fuel to empty into a storm drain Wednesday.

Commission limits airport chairman term

POLLING COLUMBIA COUNTY
The following is a list of poll locations in the Columbia County area:

Airport plans ad funding

POLLING PLACES RICHMOND COUNTY
The following is a list of locations for voting polls in the Augusta-Richmond County area:

Assault conviction earns life sentence
An Augusta man convicted of breaking into a city home where he robbed and sexually assaulted a child will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Johnston police force suspends officer
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- A Johnston police officer has been suspended with pay after allegations that he planted evidence and gave perjured testimony.

Judge clears 3 in firing suit
Three of the defendants in a former Columbia County employee's wrongful termination suit were cleared of any liability Thursday, and the remainder of the case should go to a civil jury today.

Edgefield council OKs move
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- A dusty old building vacated two decades ago by the Edgefield Post Office will soon become the County Council's new chambers.

Group seeks leader for MCG
What's at stake in selecting the next president of Medical College of Georgia can be seen in the wide range of interests represented by members of a campus search committee appointed Thursday.

Edgefield seed fund pays back
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A recent lecture that Edgefield County Administrator Wayne Adams attended on public administration has proven very valuable to the county's cash flow.

Edgefield seed fund pays back

Flood victims meet with officials
Michael Rush says that, in the 28 years Butler Creek has been overflowing into south Augusta homes, he and his neighbors have resigned themselves to the flood waters that accompany heavy rains.

Lawmakers blame clerks for complaints on ethics

Senator says editorial depicts him inaccurately
Richmond County flood victims have been dangling like a yo-yo, and media sensationalism has been tugging the string, state Sen. Don Cheeks said Wednesday, rebutting an editorial by The Augusta Chronicle.

MCG gets cost-cut measures

Lawmakers blame clerks for complaints on ethics
ATLANTA - Clerks are to blame for the misleading reports that led to ethics complaints filed last week, according to the lawmakers accused of improper handling of campaign funds.

Commission rethinks airport plan

Assault charges pending against lawyer

Rules on disabled pupils get OK

Wise trial to be delayed

MOX plan scrutinized by residents

Nitrogen truck overturned

Man faces fourth trial

Across the area

Assault charges pending against lawyer
According to an incident report, Mr. Puetz's wife, Sharon, told sheriff's investigators her husband punched her in the stomach and swung her around by her hair at the couple's North Augusta home Feb. 10, causing her to break her left hand. The charges are pending.

Assault conviction earns life sentence

Judge clears 3 in firing suit

Leadership of shelter shifts soon

Phelon Co. killings trial delayed
AIKEN - The third anniversary of the R.E. Phelon Co. massacre will pass this year without justice for its victims.

Suit says firing was unlawful

Across the area
WASHINGTON - Overruling a previous decision by the local Democratic Party committee, the state Democratic Executive Committee has chosen to reopen qualifying for the office of Wilkes County sheriff today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Lake's 'Houdini Hal' always finds way

Airport plans ad funding
For months, the Air Service Task Force has been asking the Augusta Aviation Commission to give some direction on how it can help make Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field the best airport it can be.

Economy gets boon from SRS

Man faces fourth trial
Despite three mistrials, District Attorney Danny Craig plans to try a Martinez man again in the 1996 beating death of his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter.

Woman sues in son's death
AIKEN - A Lexington County woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Aiken County nearly three years after her 11-year-old son was killed at Lake Murray when an intoxicated boat driver hit the boy's boat.

Group agrees on signs
The committee formed to create a temporary sign provision for the city's new sign ordinance ended discussion Thursday with a finished product.

Robbery decision reversed
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for an Aiken man convicted for his role in the armed robbery of a video poker parlor in 1997.

Phelon Co. killings trial delayed

Camp prepares pupils for school

MOX plan scrutinized by residents
Manufacturing nuclear-reactor fuel from plutonium should not be a cornerstone of Savannah River Site's future, nuclear watchdogs told federal officials Thursday.

Reeves gives Stallions lift

POLLING COLUMBIA COUNTY

Group seeks leader for MCG

Stallions notes

Economy gets boon from SRS
The Savannah River Site dumped $1.5 billion into the surrounding eight-county area in 1998-99 and is estimated to have an impact of $2 billion as money circulates through the local economy.

Falcons report to camp

Falcons open camp with new attitude

Mr. Nathaniel Green
MESENA, Ga. - Mr. Nathaniel Green, 45, of Otis Jones Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lonnie Kneece
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Lonnie Kneece, 85, of McQueen Street, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care.

Mr. Roy Hooks
Mr. Roy Milton Hooks, 68, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Jimmie Brundage
Mr. Jimmie L. Brundage, 74, of Lumpkin Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Willie Wright
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Willie James Wright, 52, of Blount Road, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mr. Julian Head
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Julian Eugene Head, 75, of Woodlawn Avenue, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000.

Mr. Felmon Dawson
Mr. Felmon Curtis Dawson, 97, of Hernlen Street, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hammond Peebles Sr.
Mr. Hammond I. Peebles Sr., 72, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. J.P. Knox
JEFFERSON, MAINE - Mr. J.P. Knox, 36, died Monday, June 26, 2000.

Mr. Henry Mullenhard
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Henry E. ``Hank'' Mullenhard, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Nolden Berry,
ELKO, S.C. - Mr. Nolden Berry, retired farmer, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston. Mr. Nolden, of Railroad Avenue, was 102.

Mr. Randy Hodges
Mr. Randy Hodges, 53, of Evans, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ira Watkins
ROCKY FORD, Ga. - Mrs. Ira Mae Scroggins Watkins, 90, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home, Statesboro.

Mrs. Mildred Watkins
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Wisenbaker Watkins died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence.

Miss Emmie Bobo
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Emmie Bobo, 87, of Tignall Road, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000.

Ms. Mable Bridges
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Ms. Mable Wiley Bridges, 91, of Wiley Place, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at National Health Care, North Augusta.

Mrs. Rosa Kask
Mrs. Rosa Mae Kask, 65, of Lake Avenue, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Ms. Mattie Cooper
Ms. Mattie Cooper, 96, of Rolling Meadows Drive, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.

Mr. Clarence Scarborough
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Jackson Scarborough, 82, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Betty Jones
Mrs. Betty Deloris Jones, 45, of Seymour Drive, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Pansy Heinrich
AIKEN - Mrs. Pansy May Olive Heinrich, 96, of Loganberry Court, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Aiken County Hospital.

Mrs. Lenore Williamson
NINETY SIX, S.C. - Mrs. Lenore R. Williamson, 89, of Island Ford Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.

Mr. Evan Kelley
ATLANTA - Mr. Evan Kelley, 79, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Hospice Atlanta.

Mr. Raymond Lamar
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Raymond Lamar, 82, of West Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Allie Crowder
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Allie Jackson Crowder, 93, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Ashley Crossing Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mr. Wayne Montgomery
PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Mr. W. Wayne Montgomery, 57, of Lilac Drive, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lamar Pierce Jr.
SAVANNAH - Mr. Lamar Pierce Jr., 79, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Candler Hospital.

Mr. Robert Norman,
attorney, local leader

Mrs. Mattie Harris
HARLEM - Mrs. Mattie Mae Harris, 79, of Bell Street, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Magnolia Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mrs. Vivian Speer
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mrs. Vivian Gibbs Speer, 85, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. George Adams
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Mr. George E. Adams, 60, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Mr. Tommy Hallingquest
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Tommy Hallingquest, 52, of Center Street, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Sara Black
PLANO, Texas - Mrs. Sara Liner Black, 72, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Medical Center Hospital.

Mrs. Gerda Geautreaux
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Gerda Ann Geautreaux, 76, of Newmantown Road, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Mary Martin
Ms. Marry ``Granny'' Martin, 89, of Cider Lane, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

James Moore
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. James Benjamin Moore, of Jones Bridge Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Meadowbrook Nursing Home.

Mr. William Beasley
Rayle, Ga. - Mr. William Henry Beasley, 79, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Gibson Rest Home.

Mrs. Jimmie Baxley
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Mrs. Jimmie Anne Thomas Baxley, 80, of Southwest 152nd Street, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Baptist Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Permenter
Mrs. Mary Louise Permenter, of First Avenue, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.
Mr. Henry Fletcher Rackard Jr., 54, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Ms. Cynthia Murray
Ms. Cynthia Faye Latson Murray, of Thomas Lane, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mae Lowe
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Mae Frances Barker Lowe, 72, died Wednesday, July 12 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Cecil Moore
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Cecil A. Moore, 80, of Norman Road, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Mr. Ronald Maultsby
METTER, Ga. - Mr. Ronald J. Maultsby, 50, of East Lee Street, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.

Ms. Winnie Green
WARRENTON, Ga. - Ms. Winnie Swint Green, 77, died Saturday, July 8, 2000.

Mr. John Parton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. John A. ``Johnny'' Parton, 71, of Chamberlain Ferry Road, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Eddie Hart Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Eddie James Hart Sr., 54, of Whiteoak Road, died Friday, July 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Dr. William Vaughan
THOMSON - Dr. William L. Vaughan, 68, of Twin Pine Drive, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Bessie Bredenberg
Mrs. Bessie Lee Gunter Bredenberg, 92, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Brian Center, Weaverville, N.C.

Mr. Neil Clark
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Neil Clark, 62, of Railroad Street, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital, Greensboro.

Mr. William Murrell Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. William ``Bill'' Murrell Sr., 71, of Deerwood Drive, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.
Mr. Henry Fletcher Rackard Jr., 54, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Permenter

James Moore

Mr. Wayne Montgomery

Mr. Hammond Peebles Sr.

Mrs. Mattie Harris

Mrs. Lenore Williamson

Ms. Mary Martin

Mr. Julian Head

Mr. Tommy Hallingquest

Ms. Mable Bridges

Mrs. Ira Watkins

Mrs. Bessie Bredenberg

Mr. William Beasley

Mr. Henry Mullenhard

Mr. Evan Kelley

Mrs. Betty Jones

Mr. John Parton

Mr. Roy Hooks

Ms. Cynthia Murray

Mrs. Mildred Watkins

Mrs. Sara Black

Ms. Winnie Green

Mr. Nolden Berry,

Mrs. Vivian Speer

Mrs. Rosa Kask

Mr. J.P. Knox

Miss Emmie Bobo

Mr. Clarence Scarborough

Dr. William Vaughan

Ms. Mattie Cooper

Mrs. Allie Crowder

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.

Mrs. Gerda Geautreaux

Mr. Neil Clark

Mr. George Adams

Mr. Nathaniel Green

Mr. Raymond Lamar

Mr. Ronald Maultsby

Mr. Cecil Moore

Mr. Willie Wright

Mr. Eddie Hart Sr.

Mr. Felmon Dawson

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.

Mr. Randy Hodges

Mr. Lonnie Kneece

Mrs. Pansy Heinrich

District 114 election coverage disturbing
The distortions, attacks and fabrications published by The Chronicle of late have been sad and disturbing. Susan Temple, Evans

Ruling for pennies
Should Georgia counties collect more in local penny option sales tax revenues than their referendums call for? A Carroll County tax watchdog group thinks not.

Rep. Harbin's word is his bond
We live in a political climate where honesty and integrity are unfortunately not found often enough. We long for elected officials whose ``Yes will be a yes'' and ``No will be a no.'' Randy Hatcher, Martinez

Correction
Wednesday's editorial, ``Flood costs & politics'' should have stated that a press conference on flood victim assistance took place on Monday. The Chronicle regrets the error.

There's a price for Harbin's `bacon'
I've read with interest the latest barrage of letters from the supporters of Ben Harbin, R-Martinez. It seems all the letters are basically the same - they're all a variation of ``Support Ben Harbin, because he really knows how to bring home the bacon.'' Keith Higginson, Evans

Pass passengers' rights
Item: Airlines have crowded more seats onto jets, making air travel a physically painful experience for millions of passengers who cannot stretch their legs or access the aisle and who stand in long lines to use the restrooms.

Williams' foe wrong for District 114
I agree with Bob Gardner's July 6 letter endorsing the re-election of Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta. It's foolish of his primary opponent to think she can go to Atlanta and vote and work with only Republicans. Leona Norton, Augusta

Missed the point on City of Ethics
Phil Kent's Sunday column misses the point of the Georgia Municipal Association's ``Certified Cities of Ethics'' program. It's not about passing judgment on an elected body's past behavior, but rather recognizing those cities that make a serious commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct in the future. James A. Calvin, Atlanta

Drainage top priority
It seems as though Augusta can't handle the drought or the rain. We go from extremely dry weather to heavy rains and floods.

Likes Brush, doesn't trust opponent
I am concerned about the so-called business experience of the opponent of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, in the July 18 District 24 Republican primary race. How can anyone who contracts with government officials for business purposes ever serve Georgia taxpayers in an objective manner? Bonnie Janecke, Columbia County

Mason will be a great court clerk
I am writing, as clerk of Superior Court of Augusta-Richmond County, to lend my support to Cindy Mason, candidate for clerk of Superior Court of Columbia County. I have known Ms. Mason and her family for the past 24 years. She is not only a dear and trusted friend, but also a co-worker. Elaine C. Johnson, Augusta

Re-elect Democrat Drew in Lincoln Co.
It is our responsibility to see that the government of Lincoln County continues to prosper and move forward. Therefore, it is in our best interest to vote to keep Tommy Drew as chairman of our commission. George Taylor, Lincolnton

Candidate would be fine state rep
When Ron Beul served as block coordinator here in Jones Creek, he always took his duties seriously, and worked diligently on every task. One thing that really impressed me was his commitment to help each of us achieve the quality of life we desired in our small part of the county. Tricia Andrews, Evans

Cheating scandals
The downside to standardized testing of public high school students surfaced recently with startling revelations that teachers, principals and administrators in several school systems across the nation (though not in Georgia or South Carolina that we know of) have cheated to improve their students' performance.

County commissioner lauds delegation
As a Columbia County commissioner for eight years, I've had the pleasure to work closely with many state representatives and senators. Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, has represented House District 113 exceptionally well. Patrick K. Farr, Martinez

John Rocker simply told the truth
Re John Rocker: Our objective media (what a joke) seem to have overlooked the fact that not only was he exercising his freedom of speech, he was also telling the truth. Ralph A. Booher, Martinez

Conger is no practicing Christian
As I was channel surfing recently, I noticed Darva Conger on a talk show. I paused a moment as I heard the host ask about her Christianity and her posing for Playboy magazine. Ms. Conger said she was a ``practicing Christian'' and was comfortable in what she did.David Coburn, Augusta

Beul not to blame for tipping fees
Ron Beul's opposition continues the campaign to discredit him with lies, innuendoes and distortion of facts. As an example, consider Delaine Pittman's July 9 letter which attempts to make us believe Mr. Beul is responsible for increased fees at the Columbia County landfill and that he supports higher taxes for new home buyers. Neither is true. I checked. Apparently, Ms. Pittman didn't. Barbara J. Putnam, Martinez

Won't allow foul words in her home
Re the James M. Lewis letter June 18: Just read what you had to say about the ``F'' word. I agree with everything you wrote. Ann Whisnant, Blythe

Don't quit test plan
The Pentagon has conducted three tests of its national missile defense system and two have disappointed, the most recent being last Saturday when an anti-missile interceptor failed to separate from its booster rocket.

Greene ready and anxious for Johnson

Hoffa vies for spot on Olympic team

Irwin remembered at funeral

Rowers to compete in world cup

IRL's Cheever takes quest to Atlanta

Drivers, fans continue to face racing deaths

Overtime: Grant agrees to terms with the Panthers

'Closedmouth bass' frustrating fishermen

Future of Internet gambling bill murky
WASHINGTON -- Two key Republican lawmakers say a House bill to outlaw online casinos will not inadvertently expand other gambling on the Internet, but their assurances may not be enough to gain passage.

Drug company guilty of price-fixing
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A drug company has agreed to pay $147 million to settle lawsuits by states and the federal government that it unfairly dominated the market for two tranquilizers used mostly by the elderly.

Drug company guilty of price-fixing

Future of Internet gambling bill murky