Braves notebook: Injury shakes clubhouse

Braves notes: Lopez is midst of hot streak

Postcard contest nears end

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.

Undercover shoppers help consumers

On the move

Pocket change

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.

ACC notebook: Tigers open door wider for faithful

SEC notebook: More options than Edwards

Planning & Zoning panel ripped

Brush: Ga. Senate Dist. 24

Our choices

Sports staff school coverage lauded

Halfway house site undesirable

Board handled Griffin matter right

Harbin: House District 113

Estate tax repeal foe is wrong

Still beating up on Dan Quayle

Where's Gore refund?

She's all heart

Mason best pick for court clerk

Ronnie Strength is a `good 'ol boy'

Twisted sports values

Name civic center after hero Brown

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Friendly support helps Croyle's run

Clemson golfer gets Masters invite

Waddell leads after third round

Roberts wins second GMO; sets record

Alternate wins Georgia Am title

Dorsey: Golfers challenged at West Lake

Troche wins Trans National

Garren leads Cameilla Classic

Pin placements might change

Youth takes Region victory

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

What's the scoop?

Take a literary tour

Hoffa's disappearance still baffles

In the know

Book treats heroine as mere symbol

Floors a glowing feature

Shapeware fits the body-conscious

What the panelists said

Major problems plague tourney

NBA stars entertain crowd

Winds of political change swept county

Aiken gives seniors needed tax break

Across the area

GOP ad campaigns to heat up

Burke County faces changes in leaders

Woman plans new life for ghost town
WILLINGTON, S.C. - From the Savannah River Scenic Highway, less eloquently known as South Carolina Highway 81, the village where Sara Covin Juengst was born looks like a ghost town.

Woman plans new life for ghost town

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.

State board struggles for consistency

Neu knew who to call for support

Coaches defend leagues

Burke County faces changes in leaders
There will be a new State Court judge in Burke County after Tuesday's primary.

Rivals stress differences in sheriff's race

President valuable to committee

Primaries will settle party strife

Egg industry hatches big business
WAGENER - The two things missing from Beverly Starnes' icebox are chicken and eggs - staples in a country kitchen.

Candidates running in local elections

NBA dreams build at Peach Jam

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.

Golfers challenged at West Lake

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.

Repeat flooding hits racquet club

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.

Mall expo showcases local craft

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.

Neu knew who to call for support

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.

Ads turn up heat on rival candid\ates
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.

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.

GOP puts questions on ballot

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.

Clubs quarrel over shelter

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

Columbia County to vote on tax

President valuable to committee
If anyone knows what the next president of Medical College of Georgia needs to succeed, it is Dr. Louis Sullivan.

Daughter buys mom home

Children's shelter set to open
Brightly colored elephants, giraffes and alligators will greet some area children today as the Interfaith Children's Day Center opens its doors.

Clubs quarrel over shelter
NORTH AUGUSTA - A controversy has erupted in North Augusta between two organizations that, according to Mayor Lark Jones, want only to serve the best interests of the city.

Stallions' home-field dominance continues

Across the area
A Fort Gordon couple is offering $100 for information that leads to the recovery of their black Labrador, Suzie, who was last seen across from Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center on July 3.

Panel focuses on education

Hoopstars rally to win

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.

Woman plans new life for ghost town

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.

State board struggles for consistency
ATLANTA - The governor and state school superintendent aren't the only ones sparring over Georgia education. The state Board of Education has spent the past year facing off with the Department of Education, causing a bottleneck for policies and contracts affecting the state's pupils.

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.

Aiken sees decline in fatalities

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.

Stallions clinch conference title

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).

Woman plans new life for ghost town
WILLINGTON, S.C. - From the Savannah River Scenic Highway, less eloquently known as South Carolina Highway 81, the village where Sara Covin Juengst was born looks like a ghost town.

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.

Winds of political change swept county
Bill Jackson knew something was changing in 1984. The Democratic Party had been the lead party in Columbia County, and Mr. Jackson was wrapping up his second term as a state representative when Ronald Reagan came into office.

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.

Across the area

WNBA ready for second All-Star Game

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

Mr. Leroy Hyatt
BELVEDERE - Mr. Leroy D. Hyatt, 74, of Audubon Circle, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

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. George Shepard
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. George Robert Shepard, 83, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Brantley
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth Estes Brantley, 92, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Nelle Mauldin
AIKEN - Mrs. Nelle E. McGuire Mauldin, 94, of Whipporwill Court, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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

Mrs. Sue Wright
Mrs. Sue Wright, 82, of Augusta, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Edward Wilson Sr.
DAWSON, Ga. - Mr. Edward Harold Wilson Sr., 80, of Herod Highway, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at his residence.

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. Norma Shreve
CAMPOBELLO, S.C. - Mrs. Norma Rosalee Shreve, 78, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at her residence.

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

Mrs. Clara Rivers
Mrs. Clara H. Rivers, 80, of Augusta, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

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

Mrs. Alberta Reardon
Mrs. Alberta H. Reardon, of Augusta, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Windermere Nursing Home.

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

Mr. William Scott
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Mr. William R. ``Scotty'' Scott, 43, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics, Hilton Head.

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

Tyjuan Martin
STATESBORO, Ga. - Tyjuan Martin, infant son of Sherri' L. Martin, of Longwood Drive, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mrs. Mary Mitchell
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Evelyn Etheredge Mitchell, 79, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

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

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

Mr. Raymond Johnson
Mr. Raymond J. Johnson, 71, of Clark Road, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at University Hospital.

Miss Beth Moore

Mr. Leroy Hyatt

Mrs. Elizabeth Brantley

Mr. Robert Bishop

Mr. Danford Luke

Mr. Michael Hill

Mrs. Lucile Lackman

Mr. Guillermo Arias

Mr. George Shepard

Miss Sara Perryman

Mrs. Nelle Mauldin

Mr. Robert Propst

Mr. William Scott

Mr. Robert Bilton

Mr. Horace Griffin Jr.

Mr. Wade Gomillion

Tyjuan Martin

Mrs. Willie Dawson

Mr. Billy Osborne Sr.

Mrs. Jeanette Roe

Mrs. Norma Shreve

Mr. Thomas Marshall Sr.

Miss Viney Wynkle

Mrs. Mary Mitchell

Mr. Edward Wilson Sr.

Mrs. Sue Wright

Miss Viney Wynkle

Mrs. Alberta Reardon

Mr. Derek Resse

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.

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.

Compares films' portrayal of WWII
My wife rented the Academy Award winning movie The English Patient - a story about a forbidden love during World War II. It was well done, well acclaimed, and well acted. William R. Blount, Augusta

Where's Gore refund?
Al Gore has been demonizing big business in his bid for the White House. The vice-president is especially hard on oil companies, which he says (without evidence to support it) have conspired to raise gas prices, and pharmaceutical firms for overpricing prescription drugs.

Halfway house site undesirable
As a property owner in South Augusta, I feel that the site chosen by the Planning and Zoning Commission for the proposed halfway house should be reconsidered. Sue F. Wall, Augusta

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.

Board handled Griffin matter right
As a veteran public educator and lifelong Richmond County resident, I applaud the courageous stand taken by the Richmond County Board of Education in dealing with Alphonza Griffin. Dr. Craig Spinks, Augusta

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.

Sports staff school coverage lauded
Congratulations to the sports staff at The Augusta Chronicle for their awards. Your staff has written many fine articles about our student athletes. Steve Norton, Wrens

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

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.

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

She's all heart
The Augusta area medical community has many excellent physicians, including several with nationally renowned reputations. Now there's one more - Dr. Jacqueline Fincher of McDuffie Medical Associates.

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

Estate tax repeal foe is wrong
Ask any student why we have taxes and he would reply that taxes pay for running the government. Only with further thought might he say that taxes are also instruments of social policy. Don F. Gonella, Martinez

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

Alleluia dad applauds state leaders
As parents of students at Alleluia Community High School, my wife and I were upset that our children were being denied an opportunity to fairly compete for entrance to Georgia's university system. Thankfully, after the article appeared in The Chronicle, publicizing our dilemma, significant progress has been made toward rectifying the problem. Our children are relieved to know our government leaders are working on their behalf. David Hamilton Steele, Augusta

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.

Planning & Zoning panel ripped
Once again the Planning and Zoning Commission is attempting to ramrod a so-called ``improvement'' through for south Richmond County, without consideration for either the residents or businesses in this area. Both the safety and the property valuations will be jeopardized by this action. Carol Faircloth, Augusta

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

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.

Twisted sports values
Nothing demonstrates where many Americans' values are these days than the tragic beating to death of one father by another in Massachusetts, because of rough play between their pre-teen sons in hockey practice.

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

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.

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

Divisions unite at swim contest

Magic of softball makes it more than a game

Decision on IRL's future in Atlanta remains unclear

Overtime: Armstrong in command

Joyner-Kersee misses Olympic team

Overtime: Cincinnati signs two area players

Major problems plague tourney

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.

Board OKs new Internet domain names
YOKOHAMA, Japan - The private corporation overseeing changes on the Internet approved the creation Sunday of the first new top-level domain names on the computer network since the 1980s.

Board OKs new Internet domain names

SRS faces delays in cleanup