Ashby delivers win for Braves

Braves notebook: Injury shakes clubhouse

Braves notebook: Cox starts suspension

Postcard contest nears end

Undercover shoppers help consumers
Byron Robinson recently stepped into the Olson Tire service center in North Augusta with a tiny camera hidden in a leather eyeglass case in his breast pocket and a video recorder the size of a portable CD player in a leather waist pack.

On the move

Undercover shoppers help consumers

Weekly gas price check

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.

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.

Pocket change
GOODBYE JUNK MAIL: A Takoma Park, Md.-based nonprofit organization is asking Americans to seek a new type of independence - freedom from junk mail.

On the move
Virginia Matthews has been named surgical services director for University Health Care System.

Pocket change

ACC notebook: Tigers open door wider for faithful

SEC notebook: More options than Edwards

Still beating up on Dan Quayle

Why the City of Ethics is unethical

Homosexuality is anti-Christian

Alleluia chief grateful for support

Qualifying procedures ambiguous

Name civic center after hero Brown

Wonders what Phil Kent's smoking

Our choices

Edgefield zoning law opposed

Harbin: House District 113

The Columbia Co. clerk race

Mason best pick for court clerk

Ronnie Strength is a `good 'ol boy'

Robert C. Norman

Edgefield zone foes rebut editorial

Harry Potter books boost Satanism

Renew Columbia Co. tax

Brush: Ga. Senate Dist. 24

Shapeware fits the body-conscious
When shapewear was introduced in the lingerie department in the late 1990s, I couldn't have been happier.

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.

Hoffa's disappearance still baffles
For almost 15 years, James Riddle Hoffa ruled the International Brotherhood of Teamsters with an iron hand, transforming it into the largest, richest and possibly most corrupt trade union in America.

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.

In the know
TARGETING HISTORY: Beginning today, Sunday admission to the Augusta Museum of History is free. A $3,000 grant from Target stores will allow the museum to offer free Sunday admission for a year. The museum, at 560 Reynolds St., is open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org.

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.

Island retreat
TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica - Old-roots reggae and a hard-driving mix of rap and reggae blast from a tower of speakers. Around a ragged pool table, tourists are getting the better of the local competition. A crowd gathers - young local men, hooting and hollering, swilling Red Stripe beer.

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.

Book treats heroine as mere symbol
There is no doubt that Douglas Brinkley's biography of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks is the work of a skilled writer. Nor is there any doubt that hours of research went into the book - it shows on every page. What does seem unlikely is that Mr. Brinkley really felt motivated to document the life of Ms. Parks, which is what a biography should do.

Floors a glowing feature
When Canadian Steve Morris was planning his dream home, he and girlfriend Carol Black worked together to create a warm, inviting place to live. But most of their decisions centered around the third member of the family: Jessie, a 5-year-old chocolate lab. View the photo gallery

What's the scoop?
Vickie Meeks is having a little trouble at the supermarket. She's standing in the freezer section looking perplexed. ``I can't decide which one I want,'' she mutters to herself.

Take a literary tour
The summer read has developed a bad name. Often associated with dashed-off novels with little or no literary merit, a summer book often accomplishes little more than keeping us alert enough on the beach to turn before lobster-burn occurs. Take the Interactive tour

Pin placements might change

Roberts, Lickliter share lead in Milwaukee

Marchman still in contention

Golfer Cobble accepts her place in time

Garren leads Cameilla Classic

Womack takes one-shot lead

Waddell leads after third round

Troche wins Trans National

Young golfers stuns Trans National

State holds all-star games

Postcard contest nears end
Summer has reached its midpoint and so has our annual vacation postcard contest.

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

What's the scoop?

Hoffa's disappearance still baffles

From the arena to the pulpit

Take a literary tour

Faith digest

Fasting teaches discipline

Floors a glowing feature

In the know

Churches mark places in history

Book treats heroine as mere symbol

Shapeware fits the body-conscious

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.

What the panelists said
On Monday, The Augusta Chronicle held a roundtable discussion about race relations in the city. This is a transcript and information on the panelists.

What the panelists said

Columbia County to vote on tax

Videotape provides only lead in outstanding case

Neu knew who to call for support

Woman wins suit for firing

Repeat flooding hits racquet club

Columbia County to vote on tax
By the time Columbia County's polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, local leaders will know whether they have five more years of special purpose local option sales tax dollars to spend.

Hoopstars rally to win

School crime reports increase

Stallions clinch conference title

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.

Mall expo showcases local craft

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

Neu knew who to call for support

Motorcycle crash kills man

GOP puts questions on ballot

Physician accused of sex crime

GOP ad campaigns to heat up

Rivals stress differences in sheriff's race
Tuesday's Democratic primary in the Richmond County sheriff's race pits two men who have little in common, save party affiliation and some stances on select issues.

Major problems plague tourney

Death-row inmate awaits appeal ruling

NBA stars entertain crowd

Stallions can clinch conference title tonight

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.

Daughter buys mom home

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.

Aiken gives seniors needed tax break

Pickup pileup

Aiken sees decline in fatalities
AIKEN - Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend wasn't having a good day. On July 5, the coroner's office had told a Wagener couple their only son had been killed in a motorcycle wreck caused by reckless driving.

Principals seek more training

Aiken sees decline in fatalities

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

Candidates running in local elections

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.

Primaries will settle party strife

Brown accused in attack

Panel focuses on education

Video poker crackdown

Rivals stress differences in sheriff's race

Primaries will settle party strife
ATLANTA - Like any primary, Tuesday's vote raises the question of why members of the same party are trying to unseat their own incumbents.

Golfer Cobble accepts her place in time

Panel discusses race relations
Augusta commerce severely lacks black-owned businesses. Thriving Korean and Hispanic communities that have been a part of the city's demographics for years are too often overlooked.

Grand jury needs more assistance

Panel focuses on education
When seven panelists were asked why they believe there is a scarcity of black-owned businesses in Augusta, they laid the largest part of the blame on the laps of the Richmond County school board.

Schools see increase in crime reports

Farmers eligible for help

GOP puts questions on ballot
The Richmond County Republican Party is using a straw poll on Tuesday's primary ballot to test the wind on a few ideas.

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.

Mall expo showcases local craft
Some small local businesses have a chance this weekend to meet and sell to large groups of customers at the Outdoor/Leisure Expo at Augusta Mall.

Doctor arrested for sexual battery

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.

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.

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.

Hot economy takes blame for police turnover trend

Across the area
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers from the Augusta area to help with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, set to air Sept. 3-4 on television station WJBF (Channel 6).

Barnes lends hand to Alleluia grads

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.

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.

Repeat flooding hits racquet club
Fred and Jan Layman came to Augusta two years ago as tennis pros and became experts on flooding in the meantime.

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.

Daughter buys mom home
Dr. Anita Jackson wanted to pay her mother back, to thank her for her years of quiet suffering and hard work, the time and money devoted to her education at the finest schools - Augusta Prep, Princeton, the University of Illinois and Harvard - all on a teacher's salary.

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.

Aiken gives seniors needed tax break
AIKEN - The city of Aiken is giving older residents a chance to do odd jobs in lieu of paying taxes.

Pawed partners sniff out crime

Candidates running in local elections
Information on candidates running in various elections to take place this Tuesday.

City screens environmentalists for study

GOP ad campaigns to heat up
State Rep. Robin Williams is running political campaign ads on television that portray his Republican opponent, Sue Burmeister, as nothing more than a puppet on a string.

Stallions can clinch conference title tonight

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.

Donation boosts new youth academy

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

Alumni game attracts area's NBA standouts

Anderson OK after first training camp practice

Panthers sign Anderson, Towns before

Mrs. Jensie Gibbons
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Jensie Gibbons, 92, of Hardeman Road, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home.

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

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

Miss Sara Perryman
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Miss Sara Minnie Perryman, 88, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

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

Mrs. Ruth Gay
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth M. Sasser Gay, 82, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.

Mrs. Willie Dawson
ATLANTA - Mrs. Willie Mae Dawson, 55, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Guillermo Arias
AIKEN - Mr. Guillermo Enrique Arias, 83, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his residence.

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. Robert Propst
COLUMBIA - Mr. Robert Cooper Propst, 80, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

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.

Mr. Horace Griffin Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Horace Griffin Jr., 24, of Square Circle Road, died Friday, July 14, 2000.

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

Mr. Michael Hill
DEEPSTEP, Ga. - Mr. Michael Derek Hill, 19, of Deepstep Road, died Friday, July 14, 2000.

Mr. Derek Resse
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Derek A. Resse, 19, of Windsor Spring Road, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Jeanette Roe
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Jeanette Riley Roe, 84, of Greenwood Highway, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

Mr. Billy Osborne Sr.
Mr. Billy C. Osborne Sr., 68, of Emerald Bay Drive, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Miss Viney Wynkle
BATH - Miss Viney Bonnie Wynkle, 85, of Wall Street, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Anna Maria Nursing Center, North Augusta.

Mr. Wade Gomillion
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Wade Gomillion, 22, of Buena Vista Avenue, died Thursday, July 13, 2000.

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

Mrs. Lucile Lackman
Mrs. Lucile Moore Lackman, 95, died Friday, July 14, 2000.

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

Mr. Alfred Cole
Mr. Alfred T. ``Jim'' Cole, 77, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

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

Mrs. Mary Ford
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Etta Kirkland Ford, 75, of Academy Street, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Miss Beth Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Miss Beth Moore, 59, of Peachtree Valley Road, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mr. Robert Bilton
Mr. Robert V. Bilton, 64, of Augusta, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Bessie Dye
THOMSON - Mrs. Bessie Mae Dye, 93, of West Lane, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Thomas Marshall Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas A. Marshall Sr., 89, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Danford Luke
Mr. Danford L. Luke, 62, of Augusta, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at his residence.

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.

Ms. Eddye Griffin

Mrs. Willie Dawson

Mr. Robert Bishop

Mrs. Gerda Geautreaux

Miss Sara Perryman

Mr. Joseph Robinson

Mr. Wade Gomillion

Mr. Robert Bishop

Miss Beth Moore

Mrs. Gladys Askew

Mr. Thomas Marshall Sr.

Mr. Guillermo Arias

Mr. Robert Bilton

Mrs. Anita Remmler

Mrs. Jeanette Roe

Mrs. Anne Dodd

Miss Viney Wynkle

Mrs. Susie Bryant

Mr. Michael Hill

Mrs. Zimmer Johnson

Mr. Horace Griffin Jr.

Mr. Cecil Moore

Mrs. Pauline Hall

Mrs. Bessie Dye

Mrs. Lucile Lackman

Mrs. Ruth von Unwerth

Mr. Robert Propst

Mrs. Emma Wilson

Mr. Derek Resse

Mr. William Murrell Sr.

Mr. Danford Luke

Kent: Mac Barber - again; Thomson shenanigans
BOTH PARTIES IN Georgia hold primaries on Tuesday, and those who choose a Democrat ballot will immediately be confronted with two statewide Public Service Commission contests. This important panel regulates everything from utility rates to truck safety - and affects every Georgians's pocketbook.

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.

Larke: Reform act can make difference in education
GEORGIA'S SAT scores ran 49th in the nation. What are we doing about this? This is the question all citizens want answered. Therefore, it is not surprising that education is the No. 1 issue facing Georgians today and tomorrow. Candidates for office know this, as do parents and voters across the state, making education reform a hotly debated subject during elections.

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

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

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

Reporter's KKK articles defended
Recently The Chronicle has published several letters in which the writers have castigated reporter Margaret O'Shea. They seem to think that in her articles on the Confederate flag, she was giving favorable publicity to the Ku Klux Klan. George B. Bell, Windsor

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.

Still beating up on Dan Quayle
The word ``chicken hawk'' originated in Congress. It referred to congressmen who were hawks on military war issues but did not serve in a war or combat zone; like, Dan ``Chicken Hawk'' Quayle. Richard D. Renew, Martinez

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

Larke: Reform act can make difference in education
GEORGIA'S SAT scores ran 49th in the nation. What are we doing about this? This is the question all citizens want answered. Therefore, it is not surprising that education is the No. 1 issue facing Georgians today and tomorrow. Candidates for office know this, as do parents and voters across the state, making education reform a hotly debated subject during elections.

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.)

Builders support local penny tax
The special local option sales tax is up for renewal this year. It will be on the ballot in Richmond County on Sept. 19 and Columbia County July 18. This is not a new tax, but an extension of the existing sales tax. The penny tax is a wonderful mechanism for financing capital improvements. Tom Beazley, Augusta

Name civic center after hero Brown
In the summer of 1966, fueled by professional agitators, a race riot began to break out in the south end of Boston, Mass. D.R. Brown, North Augusta

Commissioner backs penny sales tax
Columbia County voters Tuesday will have the opportunity to ... renew the local option 1-cent sales tax for another five years. Columbia County is such a positive place to live because of the quality of life we enjoy. Frank G. Spears, Evans

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

Kent: Mac Barber - again; Thomson shenanigans
BOTH PARTIES IN Georgia hold primaries on Tuesday, and those who choose a Democrat ballot will immediately be confronted with two statewide Public Service Commission contests. This important panel regulates everything from utility rates to truck safety - and affects every Georgians's pocketbook.

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

Our choices
Three important Georgia General Assembly contests in our area will be decided Tuesday in Republican primaries, since no Democrat opted to qualify as a candidate for the November general election. In the fourth GOP primary, a Columbia County Superior Court clerk race, we offer no endorsement because either candidate, Cindy Mason or Sandra Washington, is highly qualified to serve.

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

Williams: Ga. House Dist. 114
No one - not even his Johnny-one-note opponent - can deny that the always colorful and controversial Rep. Robin Williams has compiled over the past nine years an outstanding record of public service to his west Augusta district, community and state.

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.

Harbin: House District 113
There are two reasons voters in a party primary are asked to throw a veteran legislator out of office. One, the incumbent's done a poor job for his constituents and needs to be replaced by a better representative. Second, some other party member wants the job and seeks to manufacture discontent against the incumbent - a divisive, destructive strategy.

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.

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

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

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

Mason best pick for court clerk
Letter writer Chris Huffman challenged in your newspaper to compare the qualifications of Cindy Mason to those of Sandra Washington to determine who should be the Columbia County clerk of Superior Court. After comparing, we didn't come to the same conclusion.Robert A. Boyd Sr., Martinez

Ronnie Strength is a `good 'ol boy'
Excuse me, all you out there, but am I missing something? I was led to understand that you people wanted an end to the so-called ``good ol' boys.'' I can't believe I am seeing or hearing right. B. Hadden, Hephzibah

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

Brush: Ga. Senate Dist. 24
Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, could use a viable opponent. Unfortunately, he doesn't have one this time around for his district comprising Lincoln, Wilkes, Oglethorpe, McDuffie and Columbia counties.

Hoffa advances at Olympic trials

Local rowers advance at world cup

Peach Jam returns to N. Augusta

Magic of softball makes it more than a game

Divisions unite at swim contest

Overtime

Major problems plague tourney

Schedule for today's Peach Jam at Riverview Park

Overtime: Cincinnati signs two area players

Ray takes pole in Atlanta

Hunting population declining

Bowhunters already gearing up

SRS faces delays in cleanup
Six years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy promised to clean up some of the most hazardous radioactive materials at federal nuclear-weapons sites such as Savannah River Site.

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.

SRS faces delays in cleanup

New domain-name suffixes discussed