Braves top Marlins

Braves on top despite struggles

Jackets swat Sand Gnats

GreenJackets rally; top Savannah

Watch out for touchy Americans

Local banks report earnings increases

Deere facility nears finish
The drought has been good news for Deere - John Deere, that is.

U.S. lawmakers fight German telecom deal

Stock format will change

Business briefs

Stock format will change
Starting Wednesday, `The Augusta Chronicle' will publish table with prices listed as decimals

Deere facility nears finish

U.S. lawmakers fight German telecom deal
Despite opposition in Washington, German-owned Deutsche Telekom AG has agreed to buy VoiceStream Wireless Corp. for $50.7 billion in stock and cash.

Business briefs

Stock price frustrates Merry Land
Merry Land Properties Inc., a spin-off from Merry Land & Investments Co.'s merger with Chicago-based Equity Residential Properties Trust two years ago, acknowledged in a recent letter to shareholders that the company continues to be disappointed with its stock price.

Local banks report earnings increases
Georgia Bank & Trust Co. and People's Community Bank, two community banks with local headquarters, both reported strong second-quarter earnings.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fell Monday as troubled investors reacted to weaker-than-expected corporate earnings reports that overshadowed signs of moderating inflation.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks edged higher Tuesday after some strong second-quarter earnings reports gave technology issues a boost and overshadowed investors' latest qualms about inflation.

First Union building for sale
First Union Corp. is negotiating a deal to sell its 17-story bank building in downtown Augusta, the bank's regional president, Winston Wilkinson, confirmed Monday.

First Union building for sale

Stock price frustrates Merry Land

Problems boost Holtz's candor

Seminoles top pick for ACC title

QB-short Jackets open v. Hokies

Toasts of Europe

Catholics ignore overpopulation

How U.S. can break oil addiction

Honest Garvin to make a fine sheriff

Why turn lovely lake into mud pit?

Rural S.C. recovery

Savage Garden concert terrific

Foster fostered for Ga. House seat

Why police couldn't help women

The Miller pick: Unfair head start

Evolution a tool to ruin Christianity

Where was ACLU in New York case?

Beloved doctor's arrest appalls

Sex abused kids treated unfairly

Speedway backers need to speak up

Doctor's reputation unfairly ruined

In the know
Remember Pop Rocks? That '70s candy that felt like fireworks in your mouth? Willy Wonka Candy has introduced Xploder, a chocolate bar that wakes up your taste buds with tiny crackling crystals that are activated by the chewing process. The candy bar will be sold at grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations for 50 cents.

Liquid Calories
Drinking a few beers on the weekend may seem harmless after five days of strict dieting, but pounding down the brew only leads to extra weight.

Participant makes more time for the gym
The summer break from school has given Weight Loss 2000 participant LaSaundria Walker a little more time to work out at the gym.

Crockpot creation
Your crockpot was a lifesaver in the fall, cooking a warm meal while you were gone all day. But don't keep it sitting on the shelf in the summer just because you usually use it to cook beef stew, pot roast and other hearty cool-weather dishes.

'What Lies Beneath' debuts at No. 1
LOS ANGELES -- A summer of film debuts burying their opposition continued with ``What Lies Beneath,'' a ghostly tale starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, which earned $29.7 million in its first three days.

Small portions
Calling all snack-food junkies. Now, there's a potato-chip-of-the-month club to satisfy your cravings. Call (800) 313-2332 and receive six bags of chips each month for $16.50 a month plus $5.75 for shipping and handling.

In the know
Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week: office supplies.

Dorsey: So why didn't Tiger win the Masters?

Teen-ager realizing potential

Watch out for touchy Americans
When a recent column suggested the secret thrill of touching priceless antiques in the British Museum, Kathleen Morton of North Augusta called to agree.

Concorde jetliner crashes outside Paris
There was not immediate word on the fate of the passengers and crew. France's LCI television quoted eyewitnesses as saying the aircraft was not able to gain sufficient altitude before it crashed, and that police were keeping onlookers away from the site. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Liquid Calories

Participant makes more time for the gym

In the know

Crockpot creation

Small portions

'What Lies Beneath' debuts at No. 1

In the know
Remember Pop Rocks? That '70s candy that felt like fireworks in your mouth? Willy Wonka Candy has introduced Xploder, a chocolate bar that wakes up your taste buds with tiny crackling crystals that are activated by the chewing process. The candy bar will be sold at grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations for 50 cents.

Across the area

39-year-old dies after stabbing at church

County panel formulates decision on government

Ex-agent loses bid for pay

Congress split over SRS plan

Pit bull puts leash on mail service

Congress split over SRS plan
A controversial plan to renovate an existing Savannah River Site building for treating plutonium now faces congressional opposition.

Forum identifies area's child advocacy needs

Flood money on tap

Houndslake owner revises condo plan

McCormick County slaying yields suspect
McCormick County authorities have released a photo of a man wanted in connection with the county's first homicide since fall 1996.

Officials to hear input on island's management

City orders flags removed from road

Richardson to attend ceremony

Recycler gives up its permit
The new owners of Alternate Energy Resources plan to surrender the site's state hazardous waste handling permit while raising capital to renovate and improve the Walden Drive facility.

Record penalties hit SRS

Urban renewal director steps in

Miller will fill void
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes turned to his immediate predecessor, fellow Democrat Zell Miller, on Monday as his choice to succeed Paul Coverdell in the U.S. Senate.

County searches for financial leader

Officials to hear input on island's management
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Officials at Cumberland Island have worked with residents and environmental groups for nearly three years to develop a comprehensive management plan for the national seashore.

Across the area

39-year-old dies after stabbing at church
SAVANNAH - Violence struck once again Sunday evening as an associate pastor allegedly entered the St. John's Baptist Church on Hartridge and Price streets and stabbed his estranged girlfriend.

Ex-agent loses bid for pay
COLUMBIA - A former Aiken County undercover narcotics agent who claimed he suffered psychological injuries because a drug dealer threatened to kill him will not receive workers' compensation, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

Animal acupuncture catches on
For veterinarian CharleneKickbush, treating pets can be an art and a science.

Officials advised on search

County searches for financial leader
Columbia County is a business that has been six months without its top salesman - a company that is relying on a neighbor to sell its product.

SRS cleanup delays raise ire of board

Urban renewal director steps in
Robert Cooks, the new executive director of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., was in a conference room Monday, shuffling through account folders and financial statements, while the man he replaced, former interim Director Charles DeVaney, typed up his resignation letter.

GOP foe to Miller debated

Dam turbines generate Norwood's opposition
Congressman Charlie Norwood is mulling legislation to prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from operating Russell Dam's reversible hydropower turbines.

Falcons search for redemption

Richardson to attend ceremony
When Savannah River Site officials break ground Thursday on the site's newest facility, Bill Richardson will handle the lead shovel.

County panel formulates decision on government
Less than a week after 7,000 Republican voters voted against changing Columbia County's commission structure, members of a task force made preliminary recommendations about the future of the local government Monday night.

Record penalties hit SRS
Savannah River Site's top contractor has received its largest fine ever in connection with September's contamination of seven SRS workers with plutonium.

Prosecutors drop Kneece case

Across the area
A top ranking federal official whose command includes the Army Corps of Engineers toured New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on Monday with U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Evans, and other local officials.

Dam turbines generate Norwood's opposition

Arkansas judge sets date in murder-for-hire trial
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - James Arnold Baughman will stand trial the week of Nov. 6 for the slayings of a woman and her ex-husband as part of an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

So why didn't Tiger win the Masters?

Cancer victim needs blood

Airport, park plans conflict

Miller will fill void

Students learn ropes of businesses
Brad Landrum began working on computers four years ago with his father, who would bring them home from work.

GOP foe to Miller debated
ATLANTA - Georgia's eight Republican congressmen met for nearly two hours Tuesday without reaching consensus on who among them should run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Paul Coverdell.

Officials retract licenses

Pit bull puts leash on mail service
Rain, sleet or snow may not keep a postman from his appointed rounds, but a mean dog is a different matter.

Woman finds toddler in woods

City orders flags removed from road
BLYTHE - Three Confederate flags posted by a South Carolina-based organization at the intersection of Georgia Highway 88 and U.S. Highway 1 were taken down Tuesday because they were there without permission, a city official said.

Prosecutors drop Kneece case
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Benton County officials will not prosecute Etheridge Kneece, 60, for a scheme in which the Windsor man allegedly paid two people to kill his wife and her former husband.

Residents welcome break from heat
Cool weather prevails, but high temperatures will make a sizzling comeback, meteorologists warn.

Officials retract licenses
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to revoke the business licenses of a game room raided by the sheriff's department 10 days ago and a beauty shop in the same building.

Woman finds toddler in woods
A toddler found wandering through woods at Jones Creek on Tuesday afternoon was turned over to his grandparents while authorities investigate the incident.

Flood money on tap
Time is running out to apply for emergency relief money granted earlier this month by Gov. Roy Barnes to Augusta-area flood victims.

Officials advised on search
There is still a chance a successor to Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco could be named by the time he plans to retire at the end of the year, officials said.

Cancer victim needs blood
NORTH AUGUSTA - A Bamberg woman who is fighting cancer is relying on the community she grew up in to help her battle the disease.

SRS cleanup delays raise ire of board
Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board has become the latest panel to chastise the U.S. Department of Energy for cleanup delays at the federal nuclear-weapons site.

Houndslake owner revises condo plan
AIKEN - Developer Peggy Penland is going back to the drawing board with plans for condominiums on an undeveloped hillside at Houndslake after city zoning staff refused to endorse her concept.

Across the area
An Aiken man has been charged in connection with the theft of vehicles found at a McKenzie Lane home, police said.

Forum identifies area's child advocacy needs
Local child advocates gathered Tuesday morning to compile a priority list of child- and family-related issues to be brought before the General Assembly this fall.

Airport, park plans conflict
AIKEN - When Aiken first planned Ventures Industrial Park, next door to the municipal airport, it expected to use wetlands at the south end of the property for drainage.

Students learn ropes of businesses

Falcons' Booker opts to stay

Dorsey: Falcons search for redemption

Falcons shore up offensive line

Mrs. Emma Reese
Mrs. Emma A. Reese, 85, of Hereford Farm Road, Evans, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Medical College Georgia Hospital.

Mr. William Frazier
GLADYS, Va. - Mr. William ``Cal'' Frazier, 56, of Collins Ferry Road, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg.

Mr. William Casteel
HARLEM - Mr. William S. ``Bill'' Casteel, 71, of G.R. Tucker Road, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Frances Newman
Mrs. Frances Wolfe Newman, 85, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mary Kitchens
Mrs. Mary Huffman Kitchens, 83, of Knox Avenue, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. John Williams Jr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. John D. Williams Jr., 71, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Charlie Holmes
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Charlie Holmes, 72, of Carnation Drive, died Saturday, July 23, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mrs. Adell Stokes
Mrs. Adell L. Stokes, of Madison Avenue, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Lyle Henninger
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Lyle O. Henninger, 51, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Donald Newkirk
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Donald Robert Newkirk, 43, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Ruth Wingo
Mrs. Ruth T. Wingo, 88, of Stanley Drive, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Janet Merritt
AMERICUS - Mrs. Janet Scarborough Merritt, one of the first women in the Georgia House of Representatives, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her residence. Mrs. Merritt, of West Dodson Street, was 91.

Mr. James Snow
AIKEN - Mr. James Falhauber ``Jeff'' Snow, 55, of Whitemarsh Drive, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Claude Robertson Sr.
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Claude B. Robertson Sr., 85, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Henry Green
Mr. Henry Green, 92, of Luckey Street, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.

Mrs. Virginia Quarles
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Virginia Clark Quarles, 71, died Saturday, July 22, 2000.

Mrs. Bernice Warthen
AUSTELL, Ga. - Mrs. Bernice Bush Warthen, 89, of Presbyterian Village, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000.

Mrs. Emma Reese
Mrs. Emma A. Reese, 85, of Hereford Farm Road, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at Medical College Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Helen Crocker
Mrs. Helen K. Crocker, 90, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Inez Johnson
Mrs. Inez O. Johnson, 61, of South Kensington Drive, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mildred Hiers
HILDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mildred LouElla Hartzog Hiers, 77, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.

Mr. Robert Smith
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Smith, 55, of Murphy Street, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Sim Wilkins
THOMSON - Mr. Sim Wilkins, 79, of Perdue Circle, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Milton Thomas Sr.
Mr. Milton Thomas Sr., of Garlington Avenue, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Myrtle Koon
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Myrtle Rodgers Koon, 73, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000.

Mr. Oscar Perry
Mr. Oscar Lee Perry, of Audubon Place, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Eva Cummings
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Eva M. Cummings, 67, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Rosetta Scrutchins
EAST ORANGE, N.J. - Mrs. Rosetta Chinn Scrutchins, of South 17th Street, died Sunday, July 23, 2000.

Mr. Lewis Welch
THOMSON - Mr. Lewis W. ``Bill'' Welch, 67, of Central Road, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Elizabeth Burough
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Burough, 68, of Wymberly Drive, Martinez, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Ruth Dion
AIKEN - Mrs. Ruth Vines Dion, 79, of Clemson Drive, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lynn Vought
AIKEN - Mrs. Lynn Szabo Vought, 53, of Lakeside Drive, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Eugene Screws
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Eugene Franklin Screws, 66, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.

Mr. William Frazier

Mrs. Emma Reese

Mrs. Eva Cummings

Mrs. Virginia Quarles

Mrs. Myrtle Koon

Mr. Donald Newkirk

Mr. Henry Green

Mrs. Janet Merritt

Mr. Oscar Perry

Mr. Lewis Welch

Mr. James Snow

Mrs. Ruth Wingo

Mrs. Frances Newman

Mr. Robert Smith

Mrs. Bernice Warthen

Mr. Sim Wilkins

Mrs. Mary Kitchens

Mr. Lyle Henninger

Mrs. Elizabeth Burough

Mr. William Casteel

Mr. Claude Robertson Sr.

Mr. Charlie Holmes

Mr. Milton Thomas Sr.

Mrs. Ruth Dion

Mrs. Emma Reese

Mrs. Helen Crocker

Mrs. Mildred Hiers

Mr. Eugene Screws

Mrs. Inez Johnson

Mrs. Adell Stokes

Mr. John Williams Jr.

Mrs. Rosetta Scrutchins

Speedway backers need to speak up
The only reason a resident here keeps complaining about Eagle Speedway is that he is against any aspect of the sport. James Loveless, Grovetown

The Cheney choice
In an age when heroes and patriots are mocked by the political Left, it's refreshing to see a genuine, though unheralded, hero/patriot has been chosen by Texas Gov. George Bush to be his Republican vice presidential running mate.

How U.S. can break oil addiction
Regarding columnist Walter Williams' July 6 knee-jerk reaction to high oil prices, increased domestic exploration will not have an effect on the problem. Frank Carl, Augusta

Toasts of Europe
Two American athletes are the toast of Europe today, and deservedly so. It is hard to overstate the remarkable achievements of golf superstar Tiger Woods and cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Honest Garvin to make a fine sheriff
I write this letter in response to the remarks made about the candidate for (Richmond County) sheriff, Leon Garvin. I guess I should be neither shocked nor dismayed that it is considered a handicap that Mr. Garvin is a man of integrity, honesty and forthrightness.Elizabeth Woolard, Augusta

Rural S.C. recovery
While much of South Carolina has prospered during the 1990s' booming economy, rural areas, as in Georgia, haven't kept pace. Some counties have barely participated in the recovery at all, including Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale counties.

Doctor's reputation unfairly ruined
Regarding The Augusta Chronicle news story concerning Dr. Edmund Byne, I do not know him. I have no idea as to his guilt or innocence. Since your report came out, I have learned that he has been considered a person of integrity and has been heavily involved in his church and in mission work for many years.William E. Goss, Appling

Beloved doctor's arrest appalls
I was appalled and saddened to read of the arrest of my beloved physician, Dr. Edmund Byne. Cheri Stephenson, Hephzibah

Evolution, creationism both theories
``God created evolution. That is all there is to it,'' Richard Baxter writes in his July 10 letter. He also states ``the theory has become a fact.'' Ken Chumbley, Belvedere

Americans would sacrifice again
Re William Blount's July 17 letter: I am part of the World War II generation, as are many others. The American stance may have seemed unusual at that time. Yet, we were in an unique situation. We could not, would not give up. Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro

Where was ACLU in New York case?
When pitcher John Rocker of the Atlanta Braves described what he saw in New York the thought control people and the ``politically correct'' people had a hissy. James V. Parker, North Augusta

Why turn lovely lake into mud pit?
Why is the little lake on West Lake Forest Road being drained? By draining it, they turned a beautiful lake into a mud pit. Audrey Kelly, Augusta

Foster fostered for Ga. House seat
It is with great pleasure that I write to you in support of my friend and little buddy, Cherie Foster. I served with her on the Richmond County Board of Education for several years. I have come to know and respect her as being a person of high moral character and values. Ms. Foster has always been there to answer questions to help teachers, parents and especially the children. She is willing to listen to her constituents and to help with their concerns. B.J. Annis, Augusta

Evolution a tool to ruin Christianity
Evolution, the religion of atheism, is the belief in spontaneous generation of life, after which undefined processes and unlimited time eventually produced all species, including mankind. Hubert Baker, Aiken

Aiken Judge Cooper is no Judge Ito
Regarding July 19 Chronicle editorial, entitled ``Aiken's Judge Ito,'' you are ignorant about how the justice system works in our country. If you want to blame something for the terrible delays we've encountered in the trial of Arthur Hastings Wise, then educate yourself and blame the system and our lawmakers, not a judge who is assigned late in the case and has to deal with, among many other things, the suspension of one of the attorneys in the 11th hour of preparation. There were delays before Judge Thomas Cooper was assigned this case, and all for good cause. Brenda Douglas, Aiken

Why police couldn't help women
I read recently where it was guaranteed that the police officers who did not respond to the Central Park incident (where women were harassed and assaulted by male packs) would be punished. John Duncan, Waynesboro

Sex abused kids treated unfairly
I'm concerned about the rights of children. I'm also a mother. My concern is with the judicial system. Marie Jones, Hephzibah

Savage Garden concert terrific
I appreciate the write-up about the Savage GardenNine Days concert your newspaper did prior to the concert, but I think that you should have also done an article about the actual concert. The concert was fantastic. Pat Bonds, Augusta

Catholics ignore overpopulation
It made sense 1,700 years ago for the Roman Catholic Church to expect the faithful to be fruitful and multiply; it filled the pews, hence the collection plate. W. Stanley Hall, Augusta

The Miller pick: Unfair head start
Gov. Roy Barnes made the best possible choice for his Democratic Party in picking his predecessor, Zell Miller, to assume the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Paul Coverdell's unexpected death last week.

Thornton eyes spot on squad

Overtime: Ga. Southern top choice in SoCon

Overtime: Johnson says he's finished with the 200

Amazon's president moves to VerticalNet
SEATTLE (AP) - Joseph Galli, who brought business discipline to Amazon.com in the past year as its president, is leaving to run a business-to-business Web company. Chairman Jeff Bezos will again be president of Amazon.

Study finds Internet costs state lots in taxes
WASHINGTON -- States and localities will lose between $300 million and $3.8 billion in tax revenue this year because of purchases over the Internet, the General Accounting Office said Monday.

Xtreme movies
NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS: In an attempt to remove his Buddy Love personality, Dr. Klump extracts the Buddy DNA from his system. But this only leads to Buddy becoming his own person. Buddy and Dr. Klump soon become locked in a race to claim the youth serum the doctor has created, which he hides at his family's home. With Eddie Murphy returning as the cast of Klump characters. Rated PG-13 (for crude humor and sex-related material).

Xtreme movies

Study finds Internet costs state lots in taxes

Amazon's president moves to VerticalNet