Taking a tumble

Eyes to be on Bette Davis during Aiken production

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: City lights shine on country music icon

Concert calendar

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

Musically, it's only a Trinket

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.

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

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

Painter tries for jazzy effect

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.

Soulful singing, not glitter, saves concert

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.

Garden party

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.

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.

Ninedays busting out with major hit

Braves notebook: Cox starts suspension

Ashby delivers win for Braves

Braves' Cox suspended

Braves notes

Braves top Orioles

Fellowship, not laughs, make meal

Weekly gas price check

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

Good economic news spurs rising indexes
NEW YORK - Investors brushed aside a landmark ruling against the tobacco industry Friday, pushing stock prices higher after new government data showed inflationary pressures remain under control.

Weekly gas price check
Here is a weekly list of local unleaded gas prices.

Checkers expands locally
Add one more to Washington Road's long line of burger joints. Workers are clearing a -acre parcel near the Patriots Way intersection for a new Checkers double drive-through restaurant, scheduled to open Sept. 1.

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

Alleluia chief grateful for support

Renew Columbia Co. tax

Qualifying procedures ambiguous

Wonders what Phil Kent's smoking

Candidate would be fine state rep

Edgefield zoning law opposed

The Columbia Co. clerk race

County commissioner lauds delegation

Harry Potter books boost Satanism

Edgefield zone foes rebut editorial

Drainage top priority

Homosexuality is anti-Christian

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

District 114 election coverage disturbing

Robert C. Norman

Why the City of Ethics is unethical

Faith digest
A New Zealand minister who says a miracle saved him from stomach cancer and restored his ability to eat will lead a healing crusade at Gracewood United Methodist Church, 2117 Tobacco Road, at 7 tonight through Saturday, July 22.

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:

From the arena to the pulpit
Cameron Mills knew before he was a teen-ager that he was headed for the ministry - playing basketball for the University of Kentucky was just a sideline.

Fasting teaches discipline
I was reading through the Sermon on the Mount recently in preparation for a teaching series, and I was once again stirred by the words of Christ as he passionately encouraged his disciples to internalize their faith.

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

Churches mark places in history
Members of two Augusta churches will put on their Sunday best a day early for dedications today of historical markers recognizing their congregations' contributions to the community.

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

Young golfers stuns Trans National

3 golfers share Senior Player lead

Lyons golfer's 68 leads state amateur

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

Marchman still in contention

Roberts, Lickliter share lead in Milwaukee

Trans National field down to 8

Womack takes one-shot lead

Augustan Maddox determined to excel

Golfer Cobble accepts her place in time

State holds all-star games

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

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

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.

Doctor arrested for sexual battery
An Augusta doctor was arrested early Friday morning after a patient told police that he fondled her during a medical examine on Thursday. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

From the arena to the pulpit

Fasting teaches discipline

Churches mark places in history

Planting a seed

Faith digest

Midsummer gardens do well if cared for

Sheriff's department suspends arguing pair
Two employees of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department were suspended with pay Friday until the conclusion of an investigation into their arrest in Conyers, Ga.

Judge clears 3 in firing suit

Stallions can clinch conference title tonight

Videotape provides only lead in outstanding case
More than a year after three masked men committed one of the biggest armed robberies in recent memory at Augusta Mall, the Richmond County sheriff's investigator said the case is at a ``standstill'' and no arrests are expected in the near future.

Physician accused of sex crime

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.

Hot economy takes blame for police turnover trend

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.

Assault conviction earns life sentence

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.

Pawed partners sniff out crime

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.

Golfer Cobble accepts her place in time

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.

Motorcycle crash kills man

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.

Woman wins suit for firing

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.

Reeves gives Stallions lift

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.

Group seeks leader for MCG

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.

Economy gets boon from SRS

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.

Video poker crackdown

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.

Doctor arrested for sexual battery

Across the area
A United Parcel Service delivery van driver who was critically injured in a head-on collision had her condition upgraded Friday.

Schools see increase in crime reports

Donation boosts new youth academy
Georgia's troubled youths soon might have a new haven in Augusta.

Brown accused in attack

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.

Physician accused of sex crime
An Augusta doctor was arrested early Friday morning after a patient told police that he fondled and touched her in a sexual manner during a medical examination Thursday.

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.

Barnes lends hand to Alleluia grads

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.

School crime reports increase

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.

Man faces fourth trial

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.

Phelon Co. killings trial delayed

Pawed partners sniff out crime
Some of Fort Gordon's best units walk on all fours. The Army base's dogs, trained to sniff out explosives and drugs, have been responsible for the safety of everyone from graduating high-schoolers to Pope John Paul II.

West Lake's 'Houdini Hal' always finds way

Conflict continues at rescue service
The Burke County Commission is mulling over what to do about an ongoing dispute between the county's head of fire and rescue services and one of his captains.

Tractor spills chemical

Brown accused in attack
BEECH ISLAND - A utility worker who checked out a complaint at soul singer James Brown's home has accused the entertainer of swinging a knife at him and holding him against his will after berating the worker as a trespasser, authorities said Friday.

Airport plans ad funding

Motorcycle crash kills man
A North Augusta man was killed early Friday in an alcohol-related motorcycle crash after a night at the Jackson drag strip, authorities said.

Pickup pileup

Pickup pileup
Cpl. J. Rosado of the South Carolina Highway Patrol surveys the wreckage of a 1996 Ford pickup that ended up almost on top of a 1995 GMC pickup.

Stallions can clinch conference title tonight

Death-row inmate awaits appeal ruling
JACKSON, Ga. - Augusta native and death row inmate Alexander Williams may have made his final court appearance Friday.

Hot economy takes blame for police turnover trend
Today is Roger Cason's last day as a detective in the Savannah Police Department. On Monday, he will join the Georgia State Patrol.

Commission limits airport chairman term

Across the area

MOX plan scrutinized by residents

Death-row inmate awaits appeal ruling

Robbery decision reversed

Grand jury needs more assistance

City screens environmentalists for study
A commission formed to oversee a $200,000 environmental assessment of the bankrupt Goldberg Brothers junkyard off Gordon Highway hopes to evaluate finalists for the project next week.

Videotape provides only lead in outstanding case

Woman wins suit for firing
Elaine Matthews cried Friday as U.S. District Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. read the jury's findings and her award in a wrongful termination case against Columbia County: $385,000 for lost wages, mental anguish and suffering.

Principals seek more training

Principals seek more training
ATLANTA - Mack Bullard used several school principals as mentors and shadowed others during their workday before he took the reins of his own middle school in metro Atlanta last month, but he sought their help on his own.

Donation boosts new youth academy

School crime reports increase
COLUMBIA - Incidents of school crime increased by 14 percent in South Carolina last year, but state officials say it's because educators are reporting statistics differently.

Farmers eligible for help
Dry conditions in South Carolina and Georgia - and no significant rain expected for months - have prompted the federal government to declare both states agricultural disaster areas.

Schools see increase in crime reports
COLUMBIA - Incidents of school crime increased by 14 percent in South Carolina last year, but state officials say it's because educators are reporting statistics differently.

Assault charges pending against lawyer

Grand jury needs more assistance
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Glynn County grand jury says it needs an outside construction expert to help determine whether crimes or other wrongdoing led to multimillion-dollar cost overruns on past school district construction projects.

Leadership of shelter shifts soon

Barnes lends hand to Alleluia grads
Gov. Roy Barnes has delivered words that answered the prayers of Alleluia Community High School graduates. ``I believe that performance should triumph over process,'' he stated in a handwritten vow to make the school's graduates eligible for admission to Georgia University System schools.

Across the area

Video poker crackdown
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department shut down three video arcades Friday and arrested two people on commercial gambling charges in connection with making cash payoffs.

Nitrogen truck overturned

Farmers eligible for help

Wise trial to be delayed

City screens environmentalists for study

Alumni game attracts area's NBA standouts

Panthers sign Anderson, Towns before

Anderson OK after first training camp practice

Falcons open camp with new attitude

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

Ms. Eddye Griffin
DETROIT - Ms. Eddye Mae Griffin, 81, died Thursday, June 22, 2000.

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

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

Mr. Cecil Moore
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Cecil Moore, 81, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Wrightsville Nursing Home.

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

Mrs. Anita Remmler
MODOC, S.C. - Mrs. Anita C. Remmler, 66, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Reid Hospital, Richmond, Ind.

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

Mrs. Zimmer Johnson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Zimmer Johnson, 87, of Brentwood Drive, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

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

Mrs. Anne Dodd
Mrs. Anne Choate Dodd, 93, of Evans, died Friday, July 14, 2000 at Brandon Wilde.

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

Mrs. Bessie Dye
THOMSON - Mrs. Bessie Mae Dye, 93, of West Lane, died Monday, July 10, 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. Ronald Maultsby
METTER, Ga. - Mr. Ronald J. Maultsby, 50, of East Lee Street, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.

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

Mr. Robert Bishop
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Bishop, 57, of Lake Bluff Drive, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

Mrs. Pauline Hall
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Frey Hall, 79, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at American Hospice Life Care Facility, Atlanta.

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

Mrs. Ruth von Unwerth
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Mrs. Ruth Scott von Unwerth, 87, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Carol Woods Life Care Center.

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

Mrs. Emma Wilson
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Martin Wilson, 67, of North Pope Street, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Susie Bryant
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Susie Palmer Bryant, 92, of Battle Street, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Jensie Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Jensie Gibbons, 92, of Hardeman Road, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing 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. Gerda Geautreaux
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Gerda Ann Geautreaux, 76, of Newmantown Road, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at her residence.

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.

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Gladys Askew
Mrs. Gladys Raley Askew, 88, of Washington Commons, Evans, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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. Joseph Robinson
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph Troy Robinson, 45, of Columbia Highway North, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

Mrs. Sara Black

Mrs. Mary Permenter

Mrs. Ruth von Unwerth

Mr. Nathaniel Green

Mr. Joseph Robinson

Mr. Felmon Dawson

Mr. Neil Clark

James Moore

Mr. William Murrell Sr.

Mr. Nolden Berry,

Mrs. Gerda Geautreaux

Mrs. Rosa Kask

Mrs. Zimmer Johnson

Mrs. Mattie Harris

Mr. Willie Wright

Dr. William Vaughan

Mrs. Bessie Dye

Mr. William Beasley

Mrs. Emma Wilson

Mr. Evan Kelley

Ms. Eddye Griffin

Ms. Mary Martin

Mrs. Allie Crowder

Mr. George Adams

Mrs. Susie Bryant

Mr. John Parton

Mr. Robert Bishop

Mrs. Pauline Hall

Mrs. Gladys Askew

Mrs. Gerda Geautreaux

Mr. Henry Rackard Jr.

Mrs. Anita Remmler

Mr. Ronald Maultsby

Mrs. Anne Dodd

Mr. Cecil Moore

Mrs. Ira Watkins

Miss Emmie Bobo

Sisler: Things often are not as they seem
IN A REPORT released July 6, federal investigators said John F. Kennedy Jr.'s failure to maintain control of his plane at night was a result of spatial disorientation. They did not find any evidence of mechanical failure. The findings by the National Transportation Safety Board were announced nearly one year after the accident which killed Kennedy, his wife, and her sister.

England does permit hunting guns
Re ``Gun confiscation boosts crime'' letter, July 5: Warren Wolf, McCormick

Robert C. Norman
The Augusta to which Robert C. Norman first came as a young attorney was a community far different from the growing metropolitan complex which mourns the passing of this outstanding civic leader.

Education superintendent touts Burmeister; Williams attacked
I have known and worked with Sue Burmeister for many years. There is not a finer person in Georgia. She is someone you would be proud to call your state representative. Linda Schrenko, Grovetown

Renew Columbia Co. tax
The good thing about asking voters to renew a special purpose local option sales tax is that they can test their previous approval of the tax against the promised results. If Columbia Countians do this, we believe they'll agree with us that their penny local tax is responsible for much progress and deserves to be renewed Tuesday.

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.

Harry Potter books boost Satanism
As a Christian, I am very disturbed by the frenzied anticipation of the new Harry Potter book. However, I am not surprised that a series of books which promote witchcraft, and the dark side of the supernatural, has been so fervently accepted. N. Passalacqua, 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.

Harbin is best for Columbia County
Columbia County is one of the most fortunate counties in the 10th Congressional District. I am currently vice-chairman of the Republican Party, in charge of candidate recruitment for the district. I feel I'm qualified to speak on Republican standard bearers. Rob Blandenburg, Martinez

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.

Edgefield zoning law opposed
Re editorial July 5, ``Edgefield County Setback?'' William R. ``Bill'' Vaughan, Edgefield

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

The Columbia Co. clerk race
There's a spirited contest in Columbia County for the clerk of Superior Court. The victor will be decided Tuesday by those voters who choose a Republican ballot. (No Democrat qualified to run for the office in the fall general election.)

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

Backs integrity in Dist. 24 race
I support Mike Popplewell for Georgia State Senate District 24. I have known him 20 years and know him to be honest, trustworthy and hard working. Rachel Veneklasen, Appling

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

Homosexuality is anti-Christian
I am proud that I am a heterosexual male. I grew up in a small South Carolina town and never dreamed I would see the day when this country of ours would turn it's back on God and promote homosexual lifestyles the way we do. Steve Cheatwood, Waynesboro

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

Alleluia chief grateful for support
Alleluia Community Schools thanks those who intervened in our behalf in our difficulties with the Georgia Board of Regents concerning the admission of our students to the University System of Georgia. It is a wonderful thing when our system works like it should. Chuck Hornsby, Augusta

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

Sisler: Things often are not as they seem
IN A REPORT released July 6, federal investigators said John F. Kennedy Jr.'s failure to maintain control of his plane at night was a result of spatial disorientation. They did not find any evidence of mechanical failure. The findings by the National Transportation Safety Board were announced nearly one year after the accident which killed Kennedy, his wife, and her sister.

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

Why the City of Ethics is unethical
Regarding Augusta being a city of ethics, it's hard to believe the two words, Augusta and ethics, could be stated in together. Brenda J. Herrington, Martinez

Qualifying procedures ambiguous
The Richmond County Democratic Party solicits and encourages all qualified candidates to offer themselves for public service. Ron Schoeffler, Augusta

Edgefield zone foes rebut editorial
Re July 5 Chronicle editorial: Bernadette Hudson, North Augusta

Wonders what Phil Kent's smoking
It seems that the tactics of the Rep. Robin Williams/Phil Kent Republican establishment have now been placed out in the open, with the use of Chronicle columnist Phil Kent's slanderous and defamatory July 9 diatribe against District 114 House candidate Sue Burmeister and State Superintendent Linda Schrenko. If Ms. Schrenko, is on an ``acid trip,'' what is Mr. Kent smoking? Robert Troy Wahlmeier, Augusta

Rowers to compete in world cup

Hoffa advances at Olympic trials

Schedule for today's Peach Jam at Riverview Park

Local rowers advance at world cup

Peach Jam returns to N. Augusta

Ray takes pole in Atlanta

Hoffa vies for spot on Olympic team

Overtime

'Closedmouth bass' frustrating fishermen

New domain-name suffixes discussed
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Bored with dot-com, dot-edu and dot-gov? Not to worry - conferees in Japan this week are about to give the Internet its first new ``dot-somethings'' since the 1980s.

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.

New domain-name suffixes discussed

Future of Internet gambling bill murky