Minor league notebook: Slugger fond of 'The Joe'

Mets work to lure Larkin

Braves fall to Mets

Braves notes: Jordan 'beat' by shoulder injuries

Braves notebook: No DL decisions yet

Errors prove costly in Jackets' 4-2 loss

Braves edge Mets

Gnats take rain-shortened victory

Holley died much like he lived

Bandwidth affects speed

Pocket change

Pocket change
HAND VS. KEYBOARD: When it comes to taking paper-and-pencil tests, the handwriting is on the wall for students who learned how to write using computers.

Bandwidth affects speed
AThomson resident Austin Fleming is at war with his telephone company.

On the move

On the move
Katie Gambrell, Joe Hall and Jeff Howell have joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as financial advisers.

Florida St. dominates, draws money

SEC notebook: Donnan waiting for a 'hit' test on Stinchcomb, Grant

Rev. Stanley earns forgiveness

Hateful Christians damage Augusta

Wire service reports too far left

Gracewood cats no threat to clients

Finds TV's story hypes disgusting

Appeasing the NAACP is a mistake

Flag flap awakens an angry dog

'True believers' don't need proof

President is lower than Hanoi Jane

Bus fire drill is to teach safe exits

Cost of flights harms airport

Challenging evolutionary theory

Evolution is unprovable

Badly taught

Don't cut meat standards

Why no blacks helping blacks?

Extradite Downs

Orwellian tax cuts

Dr. Byne innocent of allegations

Bigfoot's big business in California town
WILLOW CREEK, Calif. - Some people believe in Bigfoot. Most don't. Some aren't sure what might be tramping around California's backcountry.

On the radio trail
Here are radion stations you can pick up along the way to popular vacation spots.

History comes alive in Nantucket
NANTUCKET, Mass. - For years, the Santos-Kissam family had vacationed in various places all over New England. When it came time to pick a permanent summer getaway, Richard Santos and Nancy Kissam asked their three daughters where they wanted it to be.

Thrifty decoration
Steven Johnson loves his job fitting glasses at Lenscrafters, unless work prevents him from bargain hunting in Columbia County on Saturday mornings. View the photo gallery

Boy, family terrorized by ghostly encounters
The horror began with a blood-curdling scream. Denice Jones, a 32-year-old Manchester, Conn., housewife, was cleaning up the kitchen after a late dinner when she heard a "shrill keening" coming from her youngest son's bedroom upstairs.

Reader can't see reason for etiquette
Dear Carson: I have just read your column and am intrigued. I was wondering why all the concern about social etiquette. Obviously, people should be friendly and well mannered, but I believe they should be themselves and not live by a set of social rules.

Bradley leads by single shot

Bradley wins city amateur

Woods takes his place in history

Woods leads by six strokes

Holley died much like he lived
When U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell passed away last week, the regrets rolled in from all corners.

Smallest county faces homicide
The McCormick County Sheriff's Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the first homicide in nearly four years in the state's smallest county. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Officials investigate kidnapping
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible burglary, kidnapping and child molestation in Hephzibah early Friday. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Fans show for races
An hour after gates opened Saturday at the 15th annual Augusta Southern Nationals, the banks of the Savannah River were plastered with spectators hidden under sun block and big umbrellas. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Farewell to Coverdell
ATLANTA - Republicans and Democrats from the power centers of Washington and Atlanta sat shoulder to shoulder Saturday afternoon as Georgia and the nation said goodbye to U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

Power Ranger grants wish
Flashing blue lights announced that Augusta was safe from evil forces Saturday as Power Rangers' Red Ranger pulled into town, straight from Hollywood. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle

On the radio trail

History comes alive in Nantucket

Bigfoot's big business in California town

Boy, family terrorized by ghostly encounters

State aims to secure rest areas

Red Ranger grants boy's wish

Stallions prefer points, not stats

Across the area

Mowing the summer away
Mowing the summer awayAs traffic passes on U.S. Highway 1 between Augusta and Aiken, Ronald Hammett, 19, mows C. Shealy Realtors' lawn Saturday morning. Mr. Hammett said he mows lawns to make extra money for school. He will head back to The Citadel in Charleston at the end of August.

Farewell to Coverdell

Officers strained by liars

Unlikely friends discover racial harmony
COLUMBIA - Shirley Scurry played the piano while a stranger walked through her yard, assessing which pecan trees and water oaks needed to come down.  Go to the special section

Common ground fertile for business
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The irony is not lost on Earl M. Mid-dleton. The family who owned his great-great-grandfather included a signer of the Declaration of In-dependence.

Coverdell combined best of politics
ATLANTA - When U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell pushed legislation through Congress two years ago expanding tax breaks to help parents cover the costs of public and private elementary and secondary schools, it was with the aid of Democrats.

Racing drags crowd to river

Lawmakers pay tributes to Coverdell
ATLANTA - Republicans and Democrats from the power centers of Washington and Atlanta sat shoulder to shoulder Saturday afternoon as Georgia and the nation said goodbye to U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell.

Man found shot, dead

Death row gets fit counsel
In January, the Georgia Supreme Court adopted new rules that set the bar for defense attorneys appointed in death penalty cases.

Across the area

Common ground fertile for business
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The irony is not lost on Earl M. Mid-dleton. The family who owned his great-great-grandfather included a signer of the Declaration of In-dependence.

Desperation grows on farms

Man found shot, dead
The McCormick County Sheriff's Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the first homicide in nearly four years in the state's smallest county.

Unlikely friends discover racial harmony

State aims to secure rest areas
Instead of smiling faces and beautiful places, motorists visiting rest stops in South Carolina have witnessed smashed faces and seedy places.

Power Ranger grants wish

Making tracks
The Augusta Chronicle, the Department of Transportation and the city want to keep Augustans informed about roadwork.  Go to the online construction tracking section

Coverdell combined best of politics

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible burglary, kidnapping and child molestation in Hephzibah early Friday.

Woman revives local night spot
Miriam Patti Crawford has worked in local bars for most of her life. On July 1, she decided to use what she knows to become her own boss.

Red Ranger grants boy's wish
Flashing blue lights announced that Augusta was safe from evil forces Saturday as the Power Rangers' Red Ranger pulled into town, straight from Hollywood.

Eldridge earns 4th top salary

Officers strained by liars
Ray Moore has a bitter enemy with a shrewd way of lashing out: He gets police to do the dirty work.

Death row gets fit counsel

Racing drags crowd to river
An hour after gates opened Saturday at the 15th annual Augusta Southern Nationals, the banks of the Savannah River were plastered with spectators hidden under sun block and big umbrellas.  View the photo gallery

Teens get lessons in campus life

Woman revives local night spot

Woman revives local night spot

Program fosters academic discipline

Strong winds, rain batter area
High-powered winds and gusts of rain that blew through Augusta and parts of South Carolina on Sunday night downed power lines, knocked out traffic signals and uprooted trees, marking the area's second heavy summer storm in as many days.

Strong winds, rain batter area

Desperation grows on farms
GIRARD, Ga. - When farmers get together, there is one thing on their mind - rain. They want to know when it will come, how much relief it will bring and how long they can keep it in the ground.

Ethics watchdog turns up the heat

Edgefield opens for business
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - After years of sluggish economic growth, Edgefield County finally is feeling a bulge in its back pocket.

Woman revives local night spot
Miriam Patti Crawford has worked in local bars for most of her life. On July 1, she decided to use what she knows to become her own boss.

Fans show for races

Eldridge earns 4th top salary
AIKEN - The top administra-tor in Aiken County's schools makes more than the state superintendent of education - but so do more than half of the local superintendents in South Carolina.

Reconstructing wreck becomes a daunting task

Common ground fertile for business
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The irony is not lost on Earl M. Mid-dleton. The family who owned his great-great-grandfather included a signer of the Declaration of In-dependence.

Teens get lessons in campus life
The student lounge above the Paine College cafeteria was possibly the liveliest spot on campus at midday.

Mowing the summer away

Reconstructing wreck becomes a daunting task
It was the night of June 22, and Columbia County sheriff's Investigator Alphonzo Williams had just climbed into bed for a night's rest.

Mets work to lure Larkin

Across the area
ATLANTA - A Decatur police officer suffering from constant headaches and diminished eyesight since being stabbed with a hypodermic needle has offered a reward for information about the man who attacked him.

Lawmakers pay tributes to Coverdell

Common ground fertile for business
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The irony is not lost on Earl M. Mid-dleton. The family who owned his great-great-grandfather included a signer of the Declaration of In-dependence.

Ethics watchdog turns up the heat
ROME, Ga. - This small city tucked away in a corner of northwest Georgia, miles from the nearest interstate highway, doesn't look like the epicenter of a movement to hold state elected officials accountable for their campaign fund-raising and spending.

Age increases treat's popularity
AIKEN - When Martha Studinka thinks back to her childhood in the small Georgia town of Barwick, one of her favorite memories is of her father taking her to get an ice cream cone on hot summer days.

Smallest county faces homicide

Program fosters academic discipline
Erica Palmer's mouth never stops running. And after 10 minutes in the room with the 18-year-old, it's easy to understand why.

Kasay will leave tackling to others

Becca Moon
Becca Moon, 5, of Martinez, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Wycliffee Capps
Mr. Wycliffee Hillis Capps, 77, of Hickman Road, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at University Hospital.

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

Mr. James Joyner
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. James N. Joyner, 41, of Leslie Drive, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Burk County Hospital.

Ms. Linda Bush
AIKEN- Ms. Linda Gray Bush, 36, of Aldrich Street, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Reba Pierce
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Reba H. Pierce, 83, of Austin Graybill Road, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at National Health Care.

Mrs. Leola Mann
Mrs. Leola Mann, 74, of Richwood Drive, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Robin Smith
THOMSON - Mrs. Robin Mae Graves Smith, 55, of Mesenna Road, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her residence.

Ms. Betty Washington
Ms. Betty Washington, 55, of East Taylor Street, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. B.B. Baxley
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. B.B. Baxley, 64, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mr. Robert Ivey Jr.
CLAYTON, Ga - Mr. Robert Vollotton Ivey Jr., 74, of Daisy Lane, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Carl Williams
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Carl Williams, 79, of Kissingbower Road, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mr. John Terry Sr.
Mr. John Harold Terry Sr., of Royal Street, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Le Hoang
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Le T. Hoang, 89, of Whitebark Avenue, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Lindsey Walton
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. W. Lindsey Walton, 71, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics.

Mr. James Redding Jr.
CRESTWOOD, Ky. - Mr. James Philip Redding Jr., 50, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Hospice Palliative Care Unit, Louisville.

Mrs. Clara Battle
WRENS, Ga - Mrs. Clara Brown Battle, 68, of Stevens Street, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Blair House, Augusta.

Mrs. Julia Dudley
STILLMORE, Ga. - Mrs. Julia P. Dudley, 75, of Savannah Street, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Ms. Julia Oliphant
COLUMBIA - Ms. Julia Oliphant, 83, of Simpkins Street, died Thursday, July 20, 2000 at Palmetto Richland Hospital.

Mrs. Larcena Capers
CUMMINGS, S.C. - Mrs. Larcena Capers, 66, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frances Evans
AIKEN- Mrs. Frances Evans, 89, of Cherokee Road, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Dolores Sandifer
ULMER, S.C. - Mrs. Dolores Tuten Sandifer, 70, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Bamberg County Nursing Center, Bamberg.

Mr. Henry Parnelle III
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Henry Manly Parnelle III, 88, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital.

Mrs. Thelma Cook
Mrs. Thelma Williams Cook, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Jack Hobbs Sr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Jack L. Hobbs Sr., 83, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at the Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Nona Harrod
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nona E. Wren Harrod, 84, of Peachtree Street, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Louise Fisher
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Fouche Howard Fisher, 71, of Fisher Road, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.

Mrs. Nora Griffin
MACON - Mrs. Nora Smith Griffin, 92, of Napier Avenue, died Sunday, July 23, 2000.

Mr. Bethlehem Cushman
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Bethlehem Cushman, 40, of Saddle Soap Lane, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Carolina Hospital Systems, Lake City.

Mr. John Terry Sr.
Mr. John Harold Terry Sr., of Hazel Street, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Larcena Capers

Mrs. Julia Dudley

Ms. Betty Washington

Mrs. Frances Evans

Mr. Henry Parnelle III

Mr. Robert Ivey Jr.

Mrs. Le Hoang

Mr. Allen Teston

Ms. Linda Bush

Ms. Julia Oliphant

Mr. James Joyner

Mr. Jack Hobbs Sr.

Mr. James Redding Jr.

Mr. Wycliffee Capps

Mr. B.B. Baxley

Mrs. Reba Pierce

Mr. Carl Williams

Mr. John Terry Sr.

Becca Moon

Mrs. Louise Fisher

Mr. Lindsey Walton

Mrs. Clara Battle

Mrs. Robin Smith

Kent: 'Three amigos' are no more; Campbell slips
AS CHARLES DICKENS would have said, this past Tuesday was the best of times and the worst of times.

NAACP seen as promoting race war
Show me one black who's suffering today because of slavery over a century ago. Instead of looking at the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery, it should be viewed as a symbol of emancipation that made blacks free Americans by its defeat. H. Alison, Graniteville

Gracewood cats no threat to clients
For years abandoned cats have lived at Gracewood State School and Hospital where caring staff fed them daily. The cats are untamed and generally unapproachable, so present no health hazards to the clients. John Hamilton, Augusta

Truth about the Georgia state flag
I'm concerned about people wanting to change our Georgia state flag. Few people know the facts. Rick Bernardi, North Augusta

'True believers' don't need proof
Richard Baxter states in his July 10 Chronicle letter that intelligent design was not used to create the Earth and that God created evolution. Charles Wallace, Dearing

Extradite Downs
Fairness, common sense and justice dictate that it's time to extradite William ``Junior'' Downs from South Carolina to Georgia to stand trial for murder.

Smearing Hillary
Racists. Bigots. Homophobes. Haters. Right-wing extremists. Those are some of the terms the Clintons - or their spin machine - routinely employ to smear their political foes.

Don't cut meat standards
Americans assume USDA-approved meat they buy is safe. That's why U.S. Department of Agriculture agents inspect it, right?

Dr. Byne innocent of allegations
At a time when it is inexplicably easy to accuse someone of sexual misconduct andor sexual battery, I find it beyond comprehension that the victim of this latest episode could be a person so far above reproach. Diane E. Johnson, Augusta

Orwellian tax cuts
As federal tax overpayments continue to mount - the latest Congressional Budget Office estimate being a 10-year surplus of $2.17 trillion - the Clinton-Gore administration's opposition to Congress' tax cuts grow more untenable by the day.

Hateful Christians damage Augusta
It will be a great day indeed when hatefully intolerant Christians, who on these pages assault all they fail to understand, make their way to heaven and find that God is a big, gay, Jewish, black manwoman with AIDS who is the leader of the Boy Scouts of Heaven. R. Scott Belford, Augusta

Kent: 'Three amigos' are no more; Campbell slips
AS CHARLES DICKENS would have said, this past Tuesday was the best of times and the worst of times.

Wire service reports too far left
I appreciate the generally conservative views presented on your editorial page. The positions you take are refreshing. I wish that you would carry that into other pages of the paper with the stories that you get off the wires. P.J. Long Jr., North Augusta

Broken medical vows hurt recruiting
I am writing in regard to the broken health care promises made to military retirees. E.C. Bagwell, Hephzibah

Badly taught
Perhaps Georgia students are at the bottom of the education heap because the state's education schools are doing a rotten job of teaching.

Cost of flights harms airport
What a joke. The airport's plans for funding for research and promotion are plain ridiculous. Just request domineering Delta Air Lines to cut the cost of flights to Atlanta. It's just that simple. Gerald F. Saegert, Augusta

Drug care scare
The problem of prescriptive drug care for the sick and elderly could have been solved by now if President Clinton had gone along last year with the majority recommendations of the bipartisan Medicare Commission.

Evolution is unprovable
Evolution is an unproved and unprovable hypothesis. It is a violation of at least two natural laws: David Conner, Augusta

Why no blacks helping blacks?
I read with interest the July 11 story on the youth group World Changers that is repairing homes in the Augusta area. I compliment these young people who devote their time and talents to helping others. Edward H. Johnson, Augusta

Finds TV's story hypes disgusting
As I watched the national news on TV I was disappointed at the disgusting display of ``attention grabbers'' in their biased efforts to get free TV coverage for their personal agenda. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta

Bus fire drill is to teach safe exits
Regarding the July 13 article, ``Pupil's broken leg spurs lawsuit,'' anytime a student jumps almost three feet to a hard surface, there is a possibility of injury. Bobby Ray Strickland, Grovetown

Flag flap awakens an angry dog
I read a Chronicle article by Faith Johnson concerning the National Associaion for the Advancement of Colored People's demand that Richmond County School District remove the Georgia state flag. Lawrence D. Collins, Ridge Spring

Challenging evolutionary theory
Since there are no eyewitnesses, why do we perpetuate 160 years of caustic polemics about origins? If God be God, he needs no defense. Furthermore, science is about quietly asking questions, not about shouting bombastic insults. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Appeasing the NAACP is a mistake
tSouth Carolina legislators overlooked or forgot an important lesson learned by others in the past: Don't do business with an extortionist or blackmailer. Ray Smalley, Evans

Rev. Stanley earns forgiveness
Re Kelvin Palmer's Chronicle July 10 letter about the Rev. Charles Stanley and his divorce: Lynn Langston, North Augusta

President is lower than Hanoi Jane
I have two questions for the ``gentleman'' who says Bill Clinton only went to England to attend school. James N. Dover, Martinez

Overtime: Armstrong takes a peek at the future

Overtime: Ex-Gamecocks arrested for drug trafficking

Races heat up river

Races end in rainout

Turkey museum opens new exhibit

Cottonmouths not aggressive snakes

Fish officially new species

Writer tests honesty of Internet readers
NEW YORK - Is Stephen King trying to kill his publishers? Or just scare the daylights out of them?

Site publishes secret CIA papers
WASHINGTON (AP) - A private Web site has published a secret CIA overview of the U.S. intelligence community prepared for Japanese intelligence officials who visited the agency's headquarters in 1998.

Site publishes secret CIA papers

Writer tests honesty of Internet readers