Area calendar
Coming events in the Augusta area.

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.

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.

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.

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

Music grant being offered

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.

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.

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

Band is proud of music

Ramblin Rhodes: Former Marine never gives up

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

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.

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

Art exhibits

Area calendar

Savage Garden produces music that's prepackaged

Braves notes: Team alters rotation for Mets' series

Braves win series opener

Surridge wins one for GJax

SAL will expand in 2001

Braves notebook: Weiss to undergo MRI

Braves split doubleheader

No escape from laws of living

New industries will provide jobs
SNELLING, S.C. - There was jubilation in the tiny town of Snelling and miles around it Friday with the formal announcement that three high-tech industries are moving in with 190 jobs to offer.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks dropped Friday as investors took profits and digested some disappointing corporate earnings.

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

Company ends Chapter 11

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

Morgan Keegan opens shop in Augusta
Memphis, Tenn.-based Morgan Keegan & Co. has opened its 47th branch, at Augusta's Enterprise Mill.

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.

Morgan Keegan opens shop in Augusta

Yahoo! faces court order

New industries will provide jobs

Company ends Chapter 11
Martin Color-Fi announced this week it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is ``poised for growth'' worldwide.

Business briefs

Marketer touts student benefits
Diane Fennig, a former Augusta State University administrator, is now responsible for marketing more than 200,000 statewide college students through the Internet.

Business briefs

Maintaining virginity pleases God

Matthews vindicated

Don't blame beatings on police

Military retirees' health probe urged

Hey, media - soccer's also a sport

Where'd they hide Newt?

Airport plan: Back to drawing board

Primary musings

England does restrict hunting guns

Improved Augusta skate park urged

Raps partisan Coverdell coverage

Correction

Human nature, not race, is the issue

Super senator

Faith digest
Rob Evans, the Donut Man with Duncan, will give a concert at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, at 7 tonight.

Special homecoming for former pastor
The young families John McPherson left at Silver Run Baptist Church in Harlem about 25 years ago have grown old.

Metaphysical means
They use biblical imagery and espouse some Christian beliefs, but they are not Christians.

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.

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.

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

We must rely on God, those around us
The story of Deborah provides a lesson on how God requires leaders and followers from all socioeconomic strata to work together to accomplish special missions.

Gospel group uses soul to inspire
Trin-i-tee 5:7, a trio whose first contemporary gospel CD went gold in 1998, headlines a back-to-school jam at 7 p.m. Sunday at World Outreach Family Resource Center, 3521 Jack Kelly Road, off Tobacco Road in Gracewood.

Els leads, Tiger lurks

Woods takes lead in British Open

Dorsey: Frustrations of golf need to be vented

Marchman leads City Amateur

Nicklaus and St. Andrews say their goodbyes

Top Regions Cup stars in city amateur field

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.

We must rely on God, those around us

Gospel group uses soul to inspire

Special homecoming for former pastor

Metaphysical means

Nocturnal cactus reigns over home

Faith digest

Fostering flowers that flourish

Calculating error reverses results of election
SAVANNAH - A math mistake in Pierce County threw another twist Thursday into the still-undecided Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 race.

Radioactive roach infiltrates lab

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.

Wisconsin team wins Peach Jam

Across the area
A Hephzibah man who tangled with former neighbors was convicted Friday of terroristic threats and acts for threatening to kill one of his former Harrisburg neighbors.

Soldier found guilty in slaying

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

Stallions face a rejuvenated Richmond club

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.

Aiken teacher suspended after sex crime arrest

Zoning threatens Houndslake plan
AIKEN - Nearly three decades after her father developed a master plan for Houndslake, the housing development around Houndslake Country Club, Peggy Penland is ready to put one of the last pieces in place.

Three new industries will enter Snelling

Public sees road plans

Barnes targets out-of-field teaching

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.

Across the area

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.

Habitat would change little

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.

Technology used to do battle

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

Execution date set in murder case
An execution date has been set for a Burke County man sentenced to die for the slayings of his estranged wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter.

Veterinarian top choice for shelter director

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.

Motorists pledge safe driving
Aiken residents attend ceremony as part of campaign to raise awareness, lower state's rate of traffic deaths

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.

Technology used to do battle
Tomorrow's military technology is at Fort Gordon today. The Army base is a key installation in an annual exercise to test new inventions that might help military commanders coordinate strategies in future conflicts.

Pine trees feeling bite of beetles

Corps alters policies concerning lakefront
Thurmond Lake residents would have more liberties to clear brush and utilize public lands near their homes under changes proposed in a draft of a new Shoreline Management Plan.

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.

Assaulted teacher's bills will be paid
Richmond County school officials said Friday that no one should worry about whether Linda Gail Hendrick's medical bills will be paid.

State bids Coverdell farewell
ATLANTA - Hundreds of people streamed through the state Capitol on Friday to pay their last respects to Georgia's senior senator, Paul Coverdell, who died Tuesday of a stroke.

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.

Motorists pledge safe driving

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

Officials discuss tax issue

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.

County collects with sales tax

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.

Judge clears man of false practice

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.

Agency will evaluate river contamination

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.

Corps alters policies concerning lakefront

Assaulted teacher's bills will be paid

Execution date set in murder case

4-H Club to investigate alleged beating of campers

MCG delivers midwife alternative to Augusta

Group will note legacy of church

State bids Coverdell farewell

Police make arrest in adult toy raid

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.

Officials decline site plan

New industries will provide jobs

Across the area

Zoning threatens Houndslake plan

New industries will provide jobs
SNELLING, S.C. - There was jubilation in the tiny town of Snelling and miles around it Friday with the formal announcement that three high-tech industries are moving in with 190 jobs to offer.

Sparrow spurs Stallions to win

Seat belt survey stings Edgefield
Edgefield County drivers are among the worst when it comes to buckling up, a new survey shows.

Writer accused in threat

Police make arrest in adult toy raid
An Augusta lingerie shop with wares designed to spice up a love life is in jeopardy of losing its business license after authorities decided its inventory was a little too hot.

Athens mayor negotiates option for endangered trestle

Officials decline site plan
A federal review board has rejected a U.S. Department of Energy plan for accelerating treatment of some radioactive materials at Savannah River Site.

Seat belt survey stings Edgefield

MCG delivers midwife alternative to Augusta
A new group of nurse midwives is optimistic about its chances of offering women an alternative in delivering their babies.

Frustrations of golf need to be vented

Writer accused in threat
Phil Kent, political columnist for The Augusta Chronicle, is in the middle of controversy, and this time it has nothing to do with any opinion piece he might have penned.

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.

Athens mayor negotiates option for endangered trestle
ATHENS, Ga. - Responding to an electronic outcry from R.E.M. fans and historic preservationists, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Doc Eldridge on Thursday obtained a $5,000 option to purchase a railroad trestle spanning Trail Creek in east Athens.

Officials discuss tax issue
City officials floated a trial balloon Friday that could mean a tax increase for Augusta property owners.

Peach Jam scores

Mrs. Patricia Van Buren
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Patricia ``Pat'' Van Buren, 68, of Cemetery Road, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. James Glover Sr.
Mr. James E. ``Curly'' Glover Sr., 58, of Edwards Drive, Evans, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.

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

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

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

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

Mr. Rakin Lampkin
Mr. Rakin Rashada Lampkin, 18, of Holden Street, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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

Mr. Horace Weeks
SWANSEA, S.C. - Mr. Horace Jacob Weeks, 86, of Strickland Road, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, Lexington.

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

Mr. Timothy Braley Sr.
CLEARWATER - Mr. Timothy I. Braley Sr., 64, of Cherokee Drive, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Eva Walker
Mrs. Eva Walker, of East Hale Street, died Sunday, July 16, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

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

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

Mr. Terrell Shelton
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Terrell ``Papa Smurf'' Shelton, 67, of Atlanta Highway, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mrs. Ann Resor
SPRING, Texas - Mrs. Ann Prewett Resor, 52, died Saturday, July 8, 2000.

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

Mrs. Edith Toole
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Edith Burke Toole, 80, of Baker Street, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, in Bath.

Mrs. Grace Rudder
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Grace Rodrick Montgomery Rudder, 84, of Ascauga Lake Road, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Donald Gillespie
Mr. Donald F. Gillespie, 82, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mr. Charlie Warthen
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charlie Mark Warthen, 66, of Railroad Avenue, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at his residence.

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

Mr. Michael Davis
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Michael Edward Davis, 24, of Habersham Church Road, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

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

Mr. Allen Teston
Mr. Allen LeVaughn Teston, 78, of Regent Place, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Anne Berry

Ms. Sandra Lowery

Mr. Ralph Spivey Jr.

Mr. Derrick Houston

Mr. Donald Gillespie

Mr. Lewis Gregory Jr.

Mr. Timothy Braley Sr.

Mr. Robert Collins Sr.

Mrs. Eva Walker

Sen. R. Eugene Holley

Mr. James Glover Sr.

Mr. Ricky Phillips

Mr. Horace Weeks

Mrs. Lillian Hammack

Mr. Terrell Shelton

Mr. Leroy Walker

Mr. Rakin Lampkin

Mr. Thomas Parker

Mrs. Grace Rudder

Zachary Saleeby

Mrs. Ann Resor

Mr. Cleveland Johnson IV

Would there be enough evidence to convict?
WHAT IS YOUR mind's-eye view of Korea? A divided nation? A bitterly fought war that was called something other than a war and was never fought to a decisive conclusion

Human nature, not race, is the issue
Regarding The Chronicle's ``Solution 2000 series: First Steps in Race Relations,'' which appeared July 16, the roundtable discussion was very revealing. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville

Raps partisan Coverdell coverage
The passing of Sen. Paul Coverdell is a terrible tragedy. But to compound the tragedy The Augusta Chronicle makes it a partisan issue. This is a disservice to the community and to the senator's memory. Kent Brown, New Ellenton

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

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

Improved Augusta skate park urged
I am an 11-year-old boy and the reason for this letter is that I would like to see the Augusta area build a nice skate park for the kids here. Cody Kistler, Martinez

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.

Correction
Friday's editorial stating that local government restructuring referendums to be on the Columbia County ballot in November will be binding was wrong. They will be non-binding. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Learning from Sweden
Decades ago Sweden became the first democratic socialist state to take care of its citizens from cradle to grave. A crucial part of Sweden's lifetime of care included its government-run retirement system, the same system other liberal democracies modeled their retirement programs on.

Matthews vindicated
It was on a Wednesday morning in June 1993 when veteran Columbia County employee Elaine Matthews learned she would be fired in a few hours by vindictive bosses.

Maintaining virginity pleases God
The news that more teens are choosing not to have sex is encouraging. Their motivations were to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies. Roy Ellis, 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

Super senator
I would like to thank (The Augusta Chronicle) for informing all of Georgia that Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, is super. Kathleen Cominski, Atlanta

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

England does restrict hunting guns
Regarding Warren Wolf's July 15 Chronicle letter: ``England does permit hunting guns,'' I'm afraid Mr. Wolf's memories of Britain have become rose-tinted with time. Sean Shaw, 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

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

Where'd they hide Newt?
Gingrich, on an NBC talk show last week, said he couldn't fathom how a country could be served by indicting President Clinton. He would oppose that, telling viewers, ``We don't want to go down the path that destroyed the Roman republic.''

Would there be enough evidence to convict?
WHAT IS YOUR mind's-eye view of Korea? A divided nation? A bitterly fought war that was called something other than a war and was never fought to a decisive conclusion

Boat race spurs tight water curbs
We all know that every year we are put on a water restriction. The restrictions normally are not enacted until after the Southern National Boat Race. This year is a little different. They have had no choice but to restrict us a little earlier. Dennis Russell, Martinez

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

Rat pack attacks
Americans associate the appellation Rat Pack to the late Frank Sinatra and his coterie of Hollywood pals. But today, in New York City, a rat pack is just that - a pack of rats. No joke. Rats are taking big bites out of the Big Apple.

Price prepares for races

Overtime:Scurlock pulls out of tourney

Games resume tonight

Overtime: Spain needs one victory to oust U.S.

Heat goes on; some beating it, catching fish

Forebrain is master problem solver
WASHINGTON (AP) - A small structure in the front of the brain may be a master problem solver according to a study that found it works the hardest when the mind is confronted with intelligence tests.

Officials decline site plan
A federal review board has rejected a U.S. Department of Energy plan for accelerating treatment of some radioactive materials at Savannah River Site.

Heart pump recipient goes home
HOUSTON (AP) - The first person to have a new type of miniature heart pump successfully implanted to keep her blood flowing while doctors searched for a replacement is back home after undergoing a heart transplant.

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

Forebrain is master problem solver