Sing-along sensation
At Greene Streets Spirits, a barrage of disco balls, colored lights and a Don Ho-style bubble machine blink, flash and gurgle over a small stage, fighting to transform the wood-paneled neighborhood-bar ambience into something a bit more Vegas.

Area calendar
Coming events in the Augusta area.

Music grant being offered

Sing-along sensation
At Greene Streets Spirits, a barrage of disco balls, colored lights and a Don Ho-style bubble machine blink, flash and gurgle over a small stage, fighting to transform the wood-paneled neighborhood-bar ambience into something a bit more Vegas.

Area calendar

Band is proud of music
If ever a history of Augusta rock is written, members of Cornpone - David Bradberry, Steve Howard, Grady Nickel and Walter Busb

Restaurant goes under quickly

Restaurant goes under quickly
It was a short life for Augusta's newest Chinese buffet.

Art exhibits
Listing of art exhibits you can visit in the Augusta area this week.

Music grant being offered
Talent could win a Georgia high school musician or singer a $1,000 scholarship.

Band is proud of music

Getaway on road to success
On paper, this would seem to be a project destined for failure. A Norwegian quintet, taking stylistic cues from hip-hop, rock and soul a la Beck, recording a musical love letter to the American Road.

Ramblin Rhodes: Former Marine never gives up

Group looking for laughs
The 20 comedians performing Saturday in the Southeast Comedy Super Jam hope to get laughed out of Bell Auditorium.

Getaway on road to success

Savage Garden produces music that's prepackaged
Pop duo Savage Garden opened a national tour Friday to the smiles and screams of throngs of teen-agers at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

Savage Garden produces music that's prepackaged

Ramblin Rhodes: Former Marine never gives up
Meeting country star ranks with long-ago encounter with Monroe and DiMaggio

Kids agree: Pokemon characters cool
Augusta-area Pokemon experts seem to be in agreement on the newest pocket monster feature film, Pokemon The Movie 2000, which opens today.

Art exhibits

Braves beat by Mother Nature

SAL will expand in 2001

Braves split doubleheader

Braves notes

Braves notes: Team alters rotation for Mets' series

Braves beat by Mother Nature

Braves notes

No escape from laws of living

Food Lion comes to Belair Road
Food Lion officially opened the doors to its new grocery store on Belair Road on Wednesday.

First Bank will add branches
First Bank Chief Executive Officer Pat Blanchard plans to announce today, among other financial details, that the local community bank's assets nearly doubled from $53 million in June 1999 to more than $104 million.

Business briefs

First Bank branching out
First Bank Chief Executive Officer Patrick Blanchard, flanked by a poster-size line graph and artist's rendering of a new branch, touted his local bank's rapid growth Thursday.

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stock prices tumbled Wednesday as disappointed investors vented their wrath on a slew of technology companies whose second-quarter financial results fell short of high expectations.

Yahoo! faces court order

Yahoo! faces court order
SAVANNAH - Do you Yahoo!? If so, you also better watch what you say.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks surged higher Thursday as investors poured back into the markets after two days of losses.<

Donnan: Miller is still eligible

Primary musings

Cheerleading is a real sport, too

State senator denies he's desperate

A stunning upset

Don't blame beatings on police

Paul Coverdell

Airport plan: Back to drawing board

Hey, media - soccer's also a sport

Military retirees' health probe urged

New grass stays green when it's dry
Drought may soon take less of a toil on your turf, thanks to a new grass being developed by University of Georgia agricultural scientists.

Nocturnal cactus reigns over home
From Staff ReportsDavid and Ann Wilmoth are paying homage to the Queen of the Night.

Nautical naming
Kathy Osgood's boat is an extension of herself. Her hopes and dreams are wrapped up in it. From the time she was a child, watching riverboat movies, she wanted to be on the water.

Fostering flowers that flourish
When Mary Cawley moved in February to a home on Scenic Drive off Sibley Road, the landscape consisted of grass with a few azaleas and dogwood trees.

In the know
The National Dairy Council is targeting teen boys with a new milk-mustache advertisement featuring action movie star Jackie Chan. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that teens get at least 1,300 milligrams of cal

Top Regions Cup stars in city amateur field

Els leads, Tiger lurks

Van Dora outshines Pinkins in North's victory

Wednesday's scores

No escape from laws of living
There are laws of nature, laws of physics, laws of the land, and (of course) the laws of life, which always seem to be the ones that get us.

Nocturnal cactus reigns over home

Fostering flowers that flourish

Nautical naming

Three new industries will enter Snelling

Stallions face a rejuvenated Richmond club

Summer school succeeds with creative twists
AIKEN - A group of Aiken area middle school pupils spent the day in classes Wednesday and seemed to love every minute.

Arcade license revoked
City commissioners revoked the licenses of a video arcade the sheriff's department raided last week and rushed through a third round of amendments to the arcade ordinance Thursday in an effort to keep the video poker industry out of Augusta.

Projects open to review
AIKEN - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is giving the public a chance to review and comment on DOT highway projects planned for the next five years.

Judge clears man of false practice
A state agency has been denied in its attempt to put out of business an Augusta man accused of practicing psychology without a license.

University system seeks salary boost
ATLANTA - University System of Georgia full-time faculty make $665 per year less than the national average, a number Chancellor Stephen Portch said doesn't make the system competitive in the national higher education market.

No contaminants found in water tests
Complaints of bad-tasting water in the downtown area this week prompted utility officials to check it for contaminants.

Barnes targets out-of-field teaching

Public sees road plans
Road improvement projects throughout commercial-laden west Augusta are piling up, and motorists will be hard-pressed to avoid construction when it begins in 2004.

Soldier found guilty in slaying

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department released a sketch of the man who investigators say stabbed and shot a woman July 4 and left her on the side of River Watch Parkway.

Students get view of other cultures
ATHENS, Ga. - Students from Athens Academy and two eastern European schools will use technology and compassion to work as advocates for human rights during the next year.

Radioactive roach infiltrates lab
A new enemy has been discovered at Savannah River Site, and its name is Periplaneta americana.

Underdogs in Peach Jam finals

4-H Club to investigate alleged beating of campers

Coverdell loss shakes politics
ATLANTA - One day after the death of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, Georgia's political grapevine is humming with names of possible successors.

Group will note legacy of church

Judge clears man of false practice

Public sees road plans

Habitat would change little
SAVANNAH - Beach replenishment was the top concern for people who attended a meeting Wednesday to learn more about efforts to protect the piping plover, a tiny sand-colored shorebird that spends its winters on the Atlantic coast.

Agency will evaluate river contamination
Scientists armed with new sampling technology will begin a study next week to re-evaluate mercury levels in fish and water from the Savannah River.

Agency will evaluate river contamination

University system seeks salary boost

Veterinarian top choice for shelter director

Georgia makes preparations for funeral, successor

Soldier found guilty in slaying
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Charged with murder, Army Spc. Johnny Brewer sat at the witness stand in a military court Wednesday, weeping, contradicting prior sworn statements and insisting he did not know there was a bullet in the chamber of his handgun when he held it to Pfc. Christopher Baber's neck Dec. 29 and pulled the trigger.

Upset win surprises challenger

Across the area

Lawyer seeks entry of polygraph results
An attorney representing an Augusta man facing a death penalty trial wants to introduce the results of a polygraph test he contends prove Keane A. Bates had nothing to do with a November 1995 double homicide.

Stallions won't rest on playoff laurels

County collects with sales tax
For Leanne DeLoach and other Columbia County officials, it was deja vu.

Veterinarian top choice for shelter director
Augusta commissioners authorized Administrator Randy Oliver to try to hire Hephzibah veterinarian Dr. Bonnie Bragdon as animal control director Thursday.

Across the area

Georgia makes preparations for funeral, successor
ATLANTA - In the wake of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell's death, state officials are busy planning his funeral and researching the rules on special elections.

Universities seek salary boost

Area leaders top list for Senate successor
As the mourning continues for U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, speculation is building about his successor, and among the names are two area lawmakers.

Projects open to review

County collects with sales tax

Reform's role in races debated
ATLANTA - Opponents of Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill are hailing Tuesday's General Assembly primary results as a message that Georgia voters don't like the direction the governor is taking the schools.

Habitat would change little

Universities seek salary boost
ATLANTA - University System of Georgia full-time faculty make $665 per year less than the national average, a number Chancellor Stephen Portch said doesn't make the system competitive in the national higher education market.

Thomson authorities hunt man in robbery

State works to fine-tune storm plans
ATLANTA - By the time the peak of the hurricane season arrives in two weeks, new signs should mark 11 evacuation routes from the Georgia coast.

Aiken teacher suspended after sex crime arrest

Broun's era in Georgia Senate ends
ATHENS - Upstart Democratic challenger Doug Haines pulled off a stunning upset in Tuesday's Democratic primary election, getting nearly 56 percent of the vote to unseat longtime 46th District Sen. Paul Broun and end an era in Georgia politics.

Radioactive roach infiltrates lab

Staff gains volunteers
ATLANTA - By the time the peak of the hurricane season arrives in two weeks, new signs should mark 11 evacuation routes from the Georgia coast.

Reform's role in races debated

Three new industries will enter Snelling
Opening of technologies park today heralds arrival of multimillion-dollar businesses to tri-county alliance

Wisconsin team wins Peach Jam

Aiken teacher suspended after sex crime arrest
AIKEN - An Aiken County teacher arrested for alleged sexual activity at an interstate rest stop has been suspended with pay, a school official said Thursday.

Edgefield council addresses zoning change
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Council approved Tuesday the first change to its newly implemented and controversial zoning ordinance.

Group will note legacy of church
Millions of blacks owe their Christian heritage to a 250-year-old Beech Island congregation - Silver Bluff Baptist Church - but few know it.

Former Sen. Gene Holley dies
A former senator once considered one of the most powerful men in the Georgia Senate but later convicted of bank fraud died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Augusta.

Pine trees feeling bite of beetles
An insect, barely the size of a rice grain, has chewed up more than $9 million in pine trees. This insect known as the Southern pine beetle, has staged a statewide invasion, and infestations have reached epidemic levels in 12 upstate counties.

Barnes targets out-of-field teaching
SMYRNA, Ga. - About 4 million Georgia high school students are taught by instructors without a college major or minor in the subject they teach, according to University of Georgia research.

Area leaders top list for Senate successor

Pine trees feeling bite of beetles

Lawsuits dismissed by judge

4-H Club to investigate alleged beating of campers
The University of Georgia Extension Service is investigating allegations that four Columbia County boys were beaten up and threatened by older boys earlier this month while attending 4-H Camp at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Ga.

Border hinders charges

Staff gains volunteers

Blankets give children security

Edgefield council addresses zoning change

Officials question Brown

State works to fine-tune storm plans

Across the area
A 72-year-old Thomson man was killed Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 after his car veered off the road.

Border hinders charges
William ''Junior'' Downs is in a jail cell less than 18 miles from the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center. But getting him there to face a death penalty trial in the 1991 slaying of a 10-year-old Richmond County boy isn't as easy as the half-hour's drive.

Former Sen. Gene Holley dies

Officials question Brown
BEECH ISLAND - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office sent its second in command to James Brown's estate Wednesday to ask the soul singer about allegations he swung a knife at a utility worker.

Lawyer seeks entry of polygraph results

Upset win surprises challenger
The epiphany came not Tuesday, but Monday evening, when two of Sue Burmeister's campaign workers finished canvassing a row of houses on Scott's Way.

Coverdell loss shakes politics

Thomson authorities hunt man in robbery
Thomson police were searching Wednesday for a man who they said robbed a Popeye's restaurant after firing a gun and ordering workers and customers into a freezer.

Republican straw poll reflects on city policies

Republican straw poll reflects on city policies
The Richmond County Republican Party's straw poll on Tuesday's primary ballot shed some light on what voters think about city government, the party leader said.

Blankets give children security
When Katrina Dowds grows up, she will have a pink crocheted reminder of a night her parents will never forget.

Broun's era in Georgia Senate ends

Peach Jam scores

Tennessee Travelers lose their way in OT

Mr. Derrick Houston
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Derrick L. Houston, 26, of Kingston Court, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Lillian Hammack
NEW ELLENTON - Mrs. Lillian Selbe Hammack, 73, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Pickens Gantt Sr.
GREENVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Pickens Allison Gantt Sr., 81, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Brian Center Nursing Care.

Mr. Fulton Ray Sr.
Mr. Fulton Tremere Ray Sr., 69, of Prestwick Drive, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Inez Ferguson
HILDA, S.C. - Mrs. Inez All Ferguson, 88, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, in Bamberg.

Mrs. Hattie Marshall
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Hattie Scott Marshall, 94, of Dew Drop Inn, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Collins Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Robert C. Collins Sr., 72, of Dogwood Drive, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Gloria Stone
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Gloria Collins Stone, 74, of Dogwood Drive, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

Sen. R. Eugene Holley
Sen. R. Eugene Holley,74, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Lewis Gregory Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Lewis ``Billy'' Gregory Jr., 71, of Old Chavous Road, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Laura Ariail
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Laura Rigdon Boddiford Ariail, 53, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jack Grant Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Jack E. Grant Sr., 81, of Bluff Avenue, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Albertha Bentley
THOMSON - Mrs. Albertha Hamilton Bentley, 91, of Whitehead Street, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lee Parker
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Lee Edward Parker, 61, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ralph Spivey Jr.
COLUMBIA - Mr. Ralph Sadler Spivey Jr., 44, of Old Percival Road, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000.

Mr. Joseph Cobb
Mr. Joseph Cobb, of Mount Auburn Avenue, died Monday, July 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Thomas Parker
ROCKY FORD, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Vincent ``Tom'' Parker, 89, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.

Mrs. Faye Henslee
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mrs. Faye F. Henslee, 53, died Sunday, July 16, 2000.

Zachary Saleeby
NORTH AUGUSTA - Zachary Christian Saleeby, infant son of Scott and April Saleeby, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Ricky Phillips
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Ricky Phillips, 49, of Logue Avenue, died Thursday, July 20, 2000.

Mrs. Ida Cummings
AIKEN - Mrs. Ida Green Cummings, 95, of Edgefield Avenue, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Cleveland Johnson IV
LOUISVILLE, Ga.- Mr. Cleveland H. Johnson IV, 27, of Matthew Street, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mr. Leroy Walker
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Leroy ``Bug'' Walker, 61, of Gough Road, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Albertha Bentley
THOMSON - Mrs. Albertha Hamilton Bentley, 91, of Whitehead Street, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Michael Wilkes Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Michael Eugene Wilkes Sr., 38, of Advantage Lane, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia.

Mr. Lewis Gregory Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Lewis ``Billy'' Gregory Jr., 71, of Old Chavous Road, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Thornton Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Charlie Robert Thornton Sr., 76, of Wheatley Road, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.

Sgt. VonDrain Smith
FORT GORDON - Sgt. VonDrain Lamont Smith, 25, died Monday, July 17, 2000, in Augusta.

Mrs. Annie Hite
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Lois Duffie Hite, 88, of South Main Street, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Ms. Sandra Lowery
Ms. Sandra Marie Lowery, 41, of Dublin Drive, died Monday, July 17, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Anne Berry
Mrs. Anne Reab Berry died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Otis Franklin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Otis Franklin, 62, of Mullis Street, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Mr. Robert Collins Sr.

Mrs. Annie Hite

Mr. Michael Wilkes Sr.

Mrs. Hattie Marshall

Mrs. Lillian Hammack

Mrs. Ida Cummings

Mrs. Laura Ariail

Mr. Jack Grant Sr.

Mr. Cleveland Johnson IV

Mr. Lee Parker

Mrs. Gloria Stone

Mr. Ricky Phillips

Mr. Leroy Walker

Sen. R. Eugene Holley

Zachary Saleeby

Mr. Lewis Gregory Jr.

Mr. Robert Thornton Sr.

Mr. Derrick Houston

Mr. Ralph Spivey Jr.

Mr. Lewis Gregory Jr.

Mr. Thomas Parker

Mr. Joseph Cobb

Mrs. Inez Ferguson

Mr. Fulton Ray Sr.

Columnist, Joseph Stalin a lot alike
I read Ellen Goodman's July 7 column ``Death tax has everyone waiting for will to be read.'' Claud Caldwell Jr., Augusta

Florida class action lawsuit skewed
Re The Augusta Chronicle articles about the class action suit by smokers in Florida against the tobacco companies. They bring up the following thoughts. Bill Parish, Aiken

Airport plan: Back to drawing board
Re the July 13 Chronicle article about the Richmond County Municipal Airport. K. Jeter, Augusta

A stunning upset
There was only one big surprise in Tuesday's primary, but it was a doozy. Sue Burmeister's stunning upset of veteran incumbent state Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, in the House District 114 race.

Move quickly on MCG
University of Georgia System Chancellor Steven Portch at long last appointed the campus-based search committee that will find candidates to replace Dr. Francis Tedesco, president of the Medical College of Georgia. Tedesco retires Dec. 31.

Paul Coverdell
``This was the noblest Roman of them all.'' - Marc Antony of Caesar So it can be said of Georgia's U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, who died Tuesday at age 61. This was the noblest senator of them all. The poignant testimonials pouring forth from bereaved national lawmakers of both parties attest to this signal tribute.

Hey, media - soccer's also a sport
Whatever happened to soccer? Why is it that the whole world excluding America has soccer as the No. 1 one sport, or should I just call it the real football? C. Bryan, Evans

State senator denies he's desperate
I wouldn't have taken time to respond to the recent allegations of your editorial; however, since the invitation was extended in your newspaper, I determined it's in the best interest of my constituents and your readers to know both sides of this unfortunate story. Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta

Don't blame beatings on police
Here we go again. Another beating. Everybody get your soapbox out. It's getting real bad out there on the streets. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Seeking glory
The top headline on page 7A of The Chronicle for July 10 reads, ``Summit: Clinton seeks peace.'' Betty Timmerman, North Augusta

Military retirees' health probe urged
Is there still a Khaki Mafia? They are not the old non-commissioned officers from the 1960s who skimmed the slots at the military clubs. These guys are smarter and more sophisticated. They formed or infiltrated organizations purportedly established to help their brethren. Boyd Simmons, Augusta

Disputes the inferiority of women
In America we believe in freedom from religion and freedom of religion. If the conservative wing of Southern Baptists believe they should take the Bible literally, they certainly have the right. Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro

Cheerleading is a real sport, too
The Chronicle recently published an article by Faith Johnson entitled, ``Law fosters equality for school athletics.'' Two aspects of the article troubled me immensely. Brenda B. VanSant, Martinez

Cheeks is special
Thank you for telling your readers what a special person my husband, state Sen. Don Cheeks, is.Betty Cheeks, Augusta

Primary musings
There were other things going on in Tuesday's balloting besides the GOP's General Assembly primary races.

Overtime:Scurlock pulls out of tourney

Petty family to focus on Busch Series

Games resume tonight

Overtime: Cover mix-up pits Wuerffel Gators starter

NASCAR schedule too hectic for teams

Heat goes on; some beating it, catching fish

Light can break its own speed limit
Scientists have apparently broken the universe's speed limit. For generations, physicists believed there is nothing faster than light moving through a vacuum - a speed of 186,000 miles per second.

Physicists detect elusive particle
After a two-decade search, scientists have found the first direct evidence of one of the most elusive and ghostly subatomic particles in nature - the tau neutrino.

Physicists detect elusive particle

Light can break its own speed limit