Charleston's aquarium more than tanks

Southern culture inspires artist
Atlanta artist Donald Locke explores the unique nature of his adopted Southern home through his paintings.

Destination: discovery

Milwaukee won't make band famous

Club calendar

Planetarium visitors get a heavenly tour
AIKEN - Outside, the sun was nearing high-noon brightness, but inside the Dupont Planetarium it was 9 p.m. and dark. The only light came from twinkling stars in a simulated night sky.

Concert calendar

Destination: discovery
When the mindless fun of sun-drenched days at the beach and waiting in line for amusement park rides becomes too ... mindless, there is an alternative. Below are some attractions, all within three hours of Augusta, that will not only entertain, but might educate a little as well.

Group puts plenty of Soul into hip-hop

Charleston's aquarium more than tanks
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A young girl presses against the expansive acrylic window, leaving a translucent self-portrait of her hands and face. Her eyes, round and large, struggle to take in the aquatic kaleidoscope in front of her. Suddenly, a sleek shape darts from the shadows of the tank's reef centerpiece. Like a silver dart, it shoots past the little girl's line of sight before making a dash for the surface.

Director works on grand vision
When James Worth looks at the Bon Air Hotel's once-grand ballroom, he doesn't think of the room's glorious past, nor does he see its somewhat neglected present.

Milwaukee won't make band famous
Distilling heavy metal to its bare essentials, hard rockers Reprisal are in the enviable position of having graduated from small clubs and backyard parties to big-venue showcases.

Planetarium visitors get a heavenly tour

Group puts plenty of Soul into hip-hop
Hip-hop has always been a musical form with a fairly short shelf life. Artists appear, flare briefly and then disappear.

Director works on grand vision

Fan Fair 2001 will have two locations
The big news out of Nashville, Tenn., is that the 2001 International Country Music Fan Fair will be spread over two downtown locations over a weekend in June.

Southern culture inspires artist

Event calendar
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Event calendar

Club calendar
Here is a list of local clubs in the Augusta area.

Concert calendar
Here is a list of local concerts scheduled for the Augusta area.

Fan Fair 2001 will have two locations

Braves notebook: Belinda's debut gets rave reviews

Braves notes

Glavine continues win streak

Columbia Co. takes title

Ashby rocked by D'backs

Baker pitches Jackets to win

Arizona gets money's worth in Schilling

Postcards come from near, far

Business briefs

Cycle shop plans move to Evans

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks closed higher Thursday as bargain hunters successfully pulled the market out of a slump in technology stocks.

Cycle shop plans move to Evans
Street & Trail Motorsports, Inc. will soon be pulling up stakes and traveling down the road from Martinez to a new location in Evans.

Safety on job earns citation
The Georgia Department of Labor recognized two Augusta businesses this week for what it called exceptional workplace safety by presenting them its annual Award of Excellence.

Safety on job earns citation

Southside gets upscale homes

'Green power' companies could benefit as utility bills soar

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Stocks fluctuated for a second straight day Friday, eventually closing higher on employment data that may point to easing in the extremely tight job market.

Southside gets upscale homes
Nordahl Homes Inc. is building a 350-lot, upscale subdivision off Tobacco Road in south Richmond County.

'Green power' companies could benefit as utility bills soar
SAN DIEGO -- With the deregulated power industry now shocking Californians' pocketbooks, ``green'' energy retailers say they may be able to offer rates without the price spikes of traditionally generated electricity.

Business briefs

Fogler and team Europe-bound

Auburn freshmen may have impact

A Gore 'rerun'

'Chronicle' wrong; NAACP right

Delta Air is rude, unprofessional

Judicial center site

Anti-violence editorial surprises

George W. wows 'em

Killed kids don't justify gun locks

Lauds cartoon

Don't raise taxes; cut government

Christianity is the chosen religion of America

Are poor being passed over?

Diatribe hurts families of MIAs

Stallions' coach is a no-class guy

Another Clinton legacy

Jerusalem's long history ignored

Irked at editorial on battle flag

Happy talk finally stops; Jordan's cold feet

South's cultural genocide under way

Edgefield Co. growing up

Flower show school scheduled
First Baptist Church will be the site of courses on procedure, design, judging and horticulture From Staff ReportsFlower Show School Course I will be offered Sept. 5-7 in Augusta by the National Council of State Garden Clubs for potential flower show judges and garden enthusiasts.

Garden calendar
The Garden Calendar is a weekly listing of gardening shows, seminars and other activities. Send information on your gardening event to: Gardening Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Or send a fax to 722-7403. Mark your release to the attention of Valerie Rowell.

Bibles tailored to individuals gain popularity
"Slimy-limey green'' and ``Bible'' seem an unlikely combination, but not to Thomas Nelson Bibles.

God's love seen in life of a friend
Bookstores are filled with ``how-to'' and ``self-help'' books. Of course, we have the Bible to turn to deal with such profound questions as ``What is life really all about?'' and ``How can I deal with one more life-threatening problem?''

Garden delights senses
Sometimes a flower offers more than just visual appeal. At the touch and smell garden at Pendleton King Park, plants are selected to give tactile and aromatic pleasure to the blind. It's a hands-on experience, where visitors rub herbs so they can smell the scent on their hands.

Faith digest
Bethesda Baptist Church, 5793 Old Augusta Highway in Harlem, will celebrate its centennial at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by dinner on the grounds and a gospel sing at 2:30 p.m. with Damascus Road Quartet and the Fellowship Singers.

Disease that browns grass thrives in August humidity
August always means problems with turf. Brown patch (Rhizoctonia) blight is the most common lawn disease in the Augusta area. It is caused by a fungus and is most severe in centipede and St. Augustine lawns, causing irregular, sometimes circular areas of brown grass.

Black church's legacy endures
Ruby Mosley knows by heart the story of Silver Bluff Baptist Church in Beech Island.

Els claims early second-round lead

Practices take toll on teams

Butler quarterback puts struggles behind him

Postcards come from near, far
We're swamped with vacation postcards, so let's get to the mail.

Plane crashes near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Plane crashes near Daniel Village
A single engine aircraft crashed into a brick retaining wall at the Augusta Water Works Friday morning, killing three people, authorities said.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field
AUGUSTA - Former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr. of Augusta and his wife, Thelma, were killed Friday morning when their small plane crashed as it was taking off from Daniel Field.

Bibles tailored to individuals gain popularity

Garden delights senses

Disease that browns grass thrives in August humidity

Black church's legacy endures

Faith digest

God's love seen in life of a friend

Friends recall pilot as skilled, well-liked

Clear policy on alcohol sought
Before Columbia County high schools plan another prom, Superintendent Tommy Price wants everybody to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Accident suspect detained

Florida falls short in care for aging

Stallions face Vipers in semifinal playoffs

Corrections board OKs record budget
ATLANTA - After a brief overview of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2002, the state Department of Corrections unanimously approved the budget request of slightly more than $1 billion with little discussion and no debate.

Limits to water remain

Delegates bring home blueprint
PHILADELPHIA - Georgia Republicans will head home from the party's quadrennial national convention today not only fired up about the need for Republican victories in November but also equipped with a battle plan.

Disease recurrence blamed on cleaners

Florida falls short in care for aging
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida, the state with the highest proportion of senior citizens, projects an image of itself as the aging American's dream.

Plane incidents not uncommon
Since 1983, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 16 aircraft incidents or accidents in the Augusta area, including four fatalities.

School staff loses psychologists
ATLANTA - The ranks of Georgia's school psychologists are filled largely by veteran mental health providers nearing retirement, and without new blood officials fear the profession - and the state's students - could be in jeopardy.

Augusta mourns loss of prominent residents

Police examine peeping case
Although a warrant request for the arrest of an Augusta attorney was denied and discouraged, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate a complaint about a Peeping Tom.

Corrections
Kelsey Snyder was incorrectly identified in the fishing report in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. She was fishing with her father, Mike Snyder, and her grandfather Pat Snyder.

Grovetown prepares for new City Hall
Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau has a Christmas present for his staff. By the end of the year, he hopes they'll be moved out of the cramped confines of the current City Hall and across Robinson Avenue into a new building.

Hospital keeps consultant during search

Holiday lasts through Sunday
AIKEN - What's good for South Carolina is lousy for Georgia, Palmetto State Gov. Jim Hodges said Thursday.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field

Newborn's mom faces felony trial
The mother of the newborn baby girl found dead in a bathroom cabinet Saturday was arrested Thursday.

Wife pleads guilty to killing husband

Vet denies he ordered deaths
The veterinarian who visited the Richmond County Animal Control shelter Monday said Thursday that he directed employees there to destroy no more than four dogs, not the 30 that were actually killed.

Plane crashs near Daniel Field

Limits to water remain
It'll take more than 12 inches of rain to catch up with years of drought.

Devotion to seniors characterized wife
A prominent businesswoman and active volunteer in the Augusta community, the wife of former Senate Majority Leader Thomas F. Allgood Sr. made a name for herself outside her husband's political career.

Holiday lasts through Sunday

Plane crashes near Daniel Field

Name game amplifies race
Political pundits offer a multitude of reasons why former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney was the right choice for presidential candidate George W. Bush.

Witnesses describe crash as 'inferno'

Accident suspect detained
A man suspected of the hit-and-run that critically injured a 4-year-old girl crossing the street on her way to a school bus stop in March was picked up and questioned by police Wednesday, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department investigator said.

Devotion to seniors characterized wife

Hospital keeps consultant during search
St. Joseph Hospital's board voted to extend the contract of a consulting group to manage the struggling institution while it searches for a permanent administrator.

Name game amplifies race

Across the area
A Smile Gas station whose contaminated fuel caused car trouble and delays for about 10 motorists Wednesday morning reopened at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Smile division Manager Chuck Milton.

School staff loses psychologists

Man found not guilty in statutory rape case
AIKEN - An Aiken County jury acquitted a North Augusta man Thursday of statutory rape charges against a 12-year-old girl.

Flooding again hits Martinez

Flooding again hits Martinez
It was deja vu all over again for Albert Grissam and his family. On Thursday night, heavy rains hit the Martinez area, flooding at least two homes, roads and several parking lots.

Vet denies he ordered deaths

Georgia will scrutinize Carolina's tax holiday

Mother denied release

Tenn. Valley presents match for Stallions

Search for new chancellor narrowed to 14
AIKEN - The panel appointed to find a chancellor for the University of South Carolina Aiken says enough people have applied to continue the selection process.

Plane incidents not uncommon

About Tom Allgood
Tom Allgood was a senior member in the law firm of Allgood, Childs, Mehrhof & Millans in Augusta, Georgia.

Wife pleads guilty to killing husband
An Augusta woman who shot her husband to death last year pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

Piper Malibu retains popularity

Mother denied release
The mother of a newborn baby found dead last weekend burst into tears Friday when a judge refused to grant her release on bond pending her trial.

Witnesses describe crash as 'inferno'
Lawrence ''Pete'' Freeman Jr. was one traffic light away from being in the middle of Friday morning's plane crash.

Disease recurrence blamed on cleaners
A state inspector who toured Augusta's animal shelter Friday afternoon with a local veterinarian told the county that weak disinfectant used to clean the facility's floors might be the culprit in continued outbreaks of a respiratory disease.

Friends recall pilot as skilled, well-liked
Friends and co-workers of pilot Stephen Ray Patterson stood in disbelief Friday morning, expressionless.

Crowds exploit tax-free weekend
Christmas came early to South Carolina back-to-school shoppers. Maybe not quite Christmas, but a moratorium on the 5 percent state sales tax on a variety of items purchased Friday through Sunday made it seem that way for many shoppers.

Crowds exploit tax-free weekend

Girl found dead in Aiken subdivision
AIKEN - A Crosland Park woman returned home Friday night to find her teen-age daughter dead inside the home, leading Aiken police to block off the street and call in state investigators.

Across the area

Grovetown prepares for new City Hall

About Tom Allgood

Ex-senator remembered as tremendous statesman

Girl found dead in Aiken subdivision

Search for new chancellor narrowed to 14

Clear policy on alcohol sought

Georgia GOP unites behind Mattingly

Schools seek to clarify alcohol-related policies

Across the area

Schools seek to clarify alcohol-related policies
Before Columbia County high schools plan another prom, Superintendent Tommy Price wants everybody to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Police examine peeping case

Delegates bring home blueprint

SRS wants to see family for 50th anniversary

Piper Malibu retains popularity
The airplane that crashed Friday, killing former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr., his wife and their pilot, was one of the most popular models in general-aviation history, an industry observer said.

Georgia will scrutinize Carolina's tax holiday
AIKEN - What's good for South Carolina is lousy for Georgia, Palmetto State Gov. Jim Hodges said Thursday.

Across the area
Two Augusta men accused of having sexual relations with teen-age girls in unrelated cases pleaded guilty to statutory rape charges Friday and received probated sentences.

Georgia GOP unites behind Mattingly
PHILADELPHIA - Party unity was a major theme throughout this week's Republican National Convention, as is the case anytime political parties get together to nominate their candidates.

Augusta mourns loss of prominent residents
It could be months before investigators piece together what caused the fiery plane crash that killed three prominent Augustans on Friday.

Rezoning will force residents to move
Alma Hinton walked into a Columbia County Planning Commission meeting Thursday night hoping she'd leave with the promise of a place to sleep at night.

SRS wants to see family for 50th anniversary
For Savannah River Site's 50th anniversary, site officials want employees and retirees to bring the family.

Ex-senator remembered as tremendous statesman
The unexpected death of Thomas F. Allgood Sr. shocked and saddened Georgia leaders, who counted him among Augusta's greatest advocates. Friends and family, however, remember him as a man devoted to his wife, Thelma ``T'' Ray Allgood, his family and his grandchildren.

Mr. Marvin Slayton
AIKEN - Mr. Marvin Grady Slayton, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Thomas Allgood Sr.
Mr. Thomas F. Allgood Sr., former state senator and prominent attorney, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mr. Allgood, of Augusta, was 71.

Mr. Fred Reddock
AIKEN - Mr. Fred Lee Reddock, 74, of Graymore Hollow Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.

Mrs. Rosa Searles
MCCORMICK, S.C - Mrs. Rosa Lee Searles, 70, of Timber Ridge Apartments, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000.

Mr. David Curry
SAN ANTONIO - Mr. David L. Curry, 23, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mrs. Carol Moss
THOMSON - Mrs. Carol Bradshaw Moss, 38, of Sills Street, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. David Johnson
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. David Evans Johnson, 79, died Friday in Carl Vinson Medical Center, Dublin.

Mr. Roosevelt Crafton Sr.
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Roosevelt Crafton Sr., 85, of Waynesboro Highway, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mrs. Emily Roemer
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Mrs. Emily Ausfeld Roemer, 81, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Carl Hughes III
BEECH ISLAND - Carl Timothy Hughes III, infant son of Carl T. Sr. and Tammy G. Hughes, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at his residence.

Miss Wynelle Lane
TIGNALL, Ga. - Miss Wynelle Lane, 75, of Tignall, Ga., died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Elbert County Hospital.

Mr. Jerry Patterson Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Jerry Patterson Sr., 43, of Cooksbridge Road, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Vidalia, Ga.

Mrs. Helen Hiers
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Helen McMillan Hiers, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at White Oak Manor Nursing Center, Charleston.

Mr. Norman Croft
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Norman Broadus ``Buddy'' Croft, 58, died Thursday, August 3, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.

Mrs. Colonial Jackson
PHILOMATH, Ga. - Mrs. Colonial Jackson, 94, of Springhill Road, died Sunday, July 30, 2000.

Dr. Gerald Bunn
Dr. Gerald T. Bunn, 62, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Willis Jolly Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mr. Willis Lanier Jolly Sr., 76, of Smoak Street, died Thursday Aug. 3, 2000, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.

Mrs. Agnes Golatt
Mrs. Agnes W. Golatt, of Koger road, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Edwin West Sr.
Mr. Edwin J. West Sr., 49, of Barton Chapel Road, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Rufus Mercer
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Rufus Pernell Mercer, 76, died Monday, July 31, 2000, in Statesboro.

Mrs. Thelma Allgood
Mrs. Thelma Louise ``T'' Ray Allgood, nursing home owner and former nurse, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mrs. Allgood, of Augusta, was 61.

Mrs. Irene Kinlaw
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Irene B. Kinlaw, 78, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Robert Ellison
SARDIS, GA. - Mr. Robert Gibson Ellison, 39, of Highway 24 South, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Marjorie Bruker
Mrs. Marjorie Carstarphen ``Margie'' Bruker, 72, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Martha Hendley
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Gregory Hendley, 55, of Payton Road, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Clifford White Jr.
Mr. Clifford Martin White Jr., 76, of Evans, died Wednesday, August 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree, 61, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000.

Mr. Jessie Williams Sr.
SAVANNAH - Mr. Jessie Williams Sr., 49, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Cleant Parrish
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Cleant Stewart Parrish, 39, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Medical Center of Central Georgia Hospital, Macon.

Mrs. Claire Wellman
SEBRING, Fla. - Mrs. Claire Lane Wellman, 85, died Thursday, July 6, 2000.

Mr. Lucius Corley
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Lucius Corley, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. Keith Jackson
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Mr. Keith Leon Jackson, 33, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Stephen Patterson
Mr. Stephen Ray Patterson, senior pilot and former Hephzibah High School teacher, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. Mr. Patterson, of Evans, was 53.

Mrs. Katie Price
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Katie Mae Roberson Price, 56, of Spann Road, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louiseville, Ga.

Mr. Curtis Bell
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Curtis Bell, 43, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at Oconee Regional Hospital, Milledgeville.

Mr. Herbert Bennett Jr.
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Herbert Leon ``Bear'' Bennett Jr., 48, died Thursday, August 3, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.

Mr. William Kent
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. William Cody Kent, 83, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Frederick Anderson
Mr. Frederick Anderson, 47, of Broad Street, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mr. Lawrence Polk
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lawrence A. Polk, 56, died Friday., Aug. 4, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mr. Eugene Lawrence
Mr. Eugene ``Uncle Buddy'' Lawrence, 76, of Miller Street, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Thomas Bray
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Lee Bray, 85, died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Lucius Corley

Mr. Herbert Bennett Jr.

Mrs. Katie Price

Mr. Roosevelt Crafton Sr.

Mrs. Lee Ann Rountree

Mrs. Carol Moss

Mrs. Emily Roemer

Mr. Curtis Bell

Mr. Keith Jackson

Mrs. Helen Hiers

Mrs. Martha Hendley

Mr. Thomas Allgood Sr.

Mrs. Thelma Allgood

Mr. Thomas Bray

Mr. Cleant Parrish

Mr. Lawrence Polk

Mr. Frederick Anderson

Mr. Clifford White Jr.

Mrs. Claire Wellman

Mr. Edwin West Sr.

Mr. Eugene Lawrence

Mrs. Marjorie Bruker

Mr. Jerry Patterson Sr.

Carl Hughes III

Mr. David Johnson

Mrs. Irene Kinlaw

Miss Wynelle Lane

Mr. Norman Croft

Mr. David Curry

Mrs. Colonial Jackson

Mrs. Rosa Searles

Mr. William Kent

Mr. Jessie Williams Sr.

Mrs. Agnes Golatt

Columbia Co.: Pay up and learn
It's a shame Elaine Matthews had to sue the Columbia County commissioners because of the way she was fired years ago. The commissioners must not be too smart to try to keep on fighting her in court, but I guess they can just keep billing residents of the county for the huge legal bills.J.F. Strickland, Augusta

The Bible is offensive, thank God
ONE IN EVERY eleven boxes of cereal sold in America is Cheerios, boasts General Mills.

Don't raise taxes; cut government
Don't raise taxes; cut government. Most businesses are streamlining with success. Why won't government do it? Richard Vitez, Aiken

Why bring back Larmer?
Why keep Jim Larmer on the job at all? The Richmond County Animal Control director should have been removed from his post late last year when the public lost confidence in his leadership.

Delta Air is rude, unprofessional
I wonder if DELTA is an acronym for, ``Don't Ever Leave the Airport.'' Within the last week and a half, I have had two Delta flights canceled and two ASA (Delta Connection) flights canceled: one out of Dallas, one out of Baltimore, and two out of Atlanta. Julia Rankin Bloodworth, Augusta

Judicial center site
An ideal location has been identified for the proposed Augusta-Richmond County judicial center. Property on the 600-700 block between Greene and Telfair streets, now owned primarily by the First Presbyterian Church, has all the right attributes.

Killed kids don't justify gun locks
Most Democrats and a few Republicans are for more gun control and most are for trigger locks on handguns. This may save a few children's lives if the ones who were so careless in the first place don't remove the locks and forget to reinstall them, which stands to reason. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

A Gore 'rerun'
Al Gore blasted Dick Cheney's vice-presidential acceptance speech Wednesday night as the most viciously negative he's heard at a GOP convention since Pat Buchanan's mean-spirited ``culture war'' tirade in 1992.

Diatribe hurts families of MIAs
Regarding Joseph Diggs' July 29 letter, ``Some brave MIAs were defectors'': Lloyd W. Pate, Grovetown

Another Clinton legacy
Usually a presidential nominee's ``attack dog'' is his pick for vice-president. The veep candidate takes the low road - throwing partisan mud at the opposition - while the guy at the top of the ticket takes the high road, trying to be statesmanlike.

Edgefield Co. growing up
Edgefield County, once known as a rural backwater, is not only growing in population, it's also growing up.

Happy talk finally stops; Jordan's cold feet
PHILADELPHIA - Just before Dick Cheney accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was somewhat down.

Lauds cartoon
Re Rick McKee's July 30 Chronicle editorial cartoon: Thanks, Mr. McKee. Susan Phillips, Augusta

Jerusalem's long history ignored
The Augusta Chronicle's July 31 editorial regarding Jerusalem's status ignored some of the history that, had it been known by the writer, might have resulted in a very different editorial. Larry Waxman, Martinez

Christianity is the chosen religion of America
I elect to be the one to answer Carl S. Champlin's questions posed in his letter to the editor in the Aug. 1 Chronicle. Don Touchton, Martinez

Stallions' coach is a no-class guy
The comments Augusta Stallions coach Mike Neu made to The Chronicle the other day about home games' fan support does not surprise me. Brian Scott, Augusta

Anti-violence editorial surprises
The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff has made clear on many occasions its position that guns should not be made illegal; rather people should learn how to responsibly use guns. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

'Chronicle' wrong; NAACP right
I'm a white Southerner whose ancestors arrived in South Carolina as early as 1680. Barry Speth, Augusta

The Bible is offensive, thank God
ONE IN EVERY eleven boxes of cereal sold in America is Cheerios, boasts General Mills.

Irked at editorial on battle flag
It was with outrage and indignation that I read the July 30 editorial, ``Every flag has its place.'' Milton Gresham, Evans

South's cultural genocide under way
Letter-writer P.K. Fitzgerald has nothing to be ashamed of. The war has already started. It is a cultural war that means the genocide of Southern people. T.W. Highsmith, Evans

Democrats disgrace public office
Out of respect, members of the opposition party usually permit their political rivals to enjoy their political conventions unmolested. Not the Democrats. Keith Shafer, Augusta

George W. wows 'em
In his nationally televised acceptance speech Thursday evening, GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush's task was to dispel an image, painted by his enemies, as a good-natured but empty-headed frat boy.

Are poor being passed over?
I'm glad the people on Dominion Way are being put on the top of the buy-out list and receiving a $5,000 grant. Charles Nutt, Hephzibah

Columbia Co.: Pay up and learn
It's a shame Elaine Matthews had to sue the Columbia County commissioners because of the way she was fired years ago. The commissioners must not be too smart to try to keep on fighting her in court, but I guess they can just keep billing residents of the county for the huge legal bills. J.F. Strickland, Augusta

CART owner joins NASCAR

Overtime: Cuban star denies charge of cocaine use

Like hometown, Waltrip believes

Rudd bumps Waltrip off pole

Bodine breaks track record at Brickyard

Overtime: Orlando works out Hill deal

Acres of hybrids school on Thurmond Lake

Government preparing for possible flu shot shortage
WASHINGTON -- Worried about a possible shortage of this winter's flu vaccine, federal health officials are studying whether it would be safe to stretch supplies by giving some healthy Americans half a dose, reserving full-strength vaccine for the elderly and ill who need it most.

Computer export restrictions relaxed
WASHINGTON -- The computer industry is applauding the Clinton administration's decision to relax export rules for high-speed business computers, saying that being able to sell more of these machines overseas will keep the industry competitive in international markets.

Mad cow disease cases increase
LONDON - The number of people contracting the human form of mad cow disease has increased by about 23 percent a year in Britain since 1994, new research has found.

EU opens antitrust case against Microsoft
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union opened an antitrust case against Microsoft on Thursday, alleging the company is abusing its market position in computer operating systems software to dominate the market for server software.

Government preparing for possible flu shot shortage

EU opens antitrust case against Microsoft

Computer export restrictions relaxed

Mad cow disease cases increase