Practice fun brings Silver Bluff glory
At its final softball practice of the season Thursday afternoon, Silver Bluff took some infield ground balls. The Lady Bulldogs shagged some fly balls in the outfield. They swung the bats a little in the cage.

Silver Bluff wins first title
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Casey Hall didn't like what was happening.

Silver Bluff wins first title

With only a hoe, columnist defeats big bad snake

Braves beat Rockies to open series
DENVER - No one expected Tom Glavine to throw a shutout in Friday night's opener of a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, but no one would have been surprised either.

Millwood struggles in loss
DENVER - The Atlanta Braves keep waiting to see the Kevin Millwood who won 17 games in 1998, or the Millwood who had a 2.68 ERA and won 18 games in 1999.

Braves beat Rockies to open series

Braves notebook

Gryboski slowly earning his respect

Gryboski slowly earning his respect
DENVER - USA Today bungled his name this week, renaming him "Steve" Gryboski instead of Kevin, but that lack of respect, doesn't include National League hitters.

Braves notebook
DENVER - Gloom descended on the visitors clubhouse Saturday afternoon when Atlanta Braves shortstop Mark DeRosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list with damaged ligaments in his right ankle. Trainers say he is likely to be out for two months.

Recipe for success

Money matters
Q: I thought I read somewhere that under President Bush's tax plan, heirs would inherit stock at the original owner's cost basis instead of the value on the date that the heirs received it. Is that correct? - E.M.

Disaster planning is crucial for businesses

Pocket change

Leasing the boss

More students are charging way though college

Business calendar

On the move
Harry Siddall has accepted the position of Southeastern District General Manager for Cincinnati-based First Vehicle Services, a fleet maintenance contractor. Mr. Siddall, formerly employed by SKE Support Services, will remain based in Augusta and supervise contracts in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Sales tax holidays face cut

Leasing the boss
Late one afternoon, after the phones stopped ringing, the owners of Hose & Accessory Sales Inc. called the company's seven workers into the sales office to explain that, soon, they'd all have a new employer.

The state of a parent's estate

Pocket change
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. said Friday it is eliminating 4,000 to 5,000 more jobs as it struggles with a weak economy, tougher competition and regulatory pressures.

More students are charging way though college
Many high school students can expect to see a deluge of credit card solicitations in their mailboxes very soon.

Sales tax holidays face cut
AIKEN - Florida is the first state to kill its popular sales tax holiday to help shore up state revenues, which are down about $1.3 billion.

On the move

Business calendar
Monday: On the Web in an Hour; South Carolina's Small Business Development Center; 6-8 p.m., Moore School of Business at USC; seminar is free but $29.95 to create Web page; for information, call (803) 777-5118.

Money matters

Recipe for success
When Walter Clay opened Ciao Bella in Surrey Center last year, it was a bit of a homecoming. Twenty-three years earlier, Mr. Clay began his restaurant career just a few doors down as a waiter at Calvert's Restaurant.

Pocket change

The state of a parent's estate
NEW YORK - A parent's death can be devastating, taking a heavy emotional toll even on adult children. Then, to add to the grief, there's the difficult task of disposing of the estate - not just houses, securities and bank accounts, but a lifetime of possessions.

Disaster planning is crucial for businesses
NEW YORK - With the June 1 official start of the Atlantic hurricane season just weeks away, it's a good time for small-business owners to take a serious look at how well their companies are prepared for disaster.

It all adds up
Abram Serotta had worked at his father's Augusta accounting firm for two years when his father died and he had to take over the company.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Kennametal Industrial Products Group

It all adds up

Stallions trample Rhinos

College sports notebook
The more Linda Bensel-Myers hears of the Southeastern Conference's investigation into Tennessee's football program, the more she wonders why this didn't happen two years ago.

College sports notebook

A sane decision

Resist new school fad

Bo's boo-boo

Pro-lifers, don't apply

Vague warnings

Home front
According to a recent Lowe's Home Safety Council survey, most respondents take some type of precaution to safeguard their homes from thieves or vandals. To help reduce the risk of an unwelcome discovery upon returning from vacation, the following are basic home-security measures:

Eminently suitable
Donna Johnson of North Augusta has been getting ready for the swimsuit season since March. Like most women, she wanted to lose a few pounds before she donned the daunting suit. But this year, she had extra incentive: she is one of The Augusta Chronicle's real women swimsuit models.

Arts calendar
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Fewer people flying but more people traveling over Memorial Day, AAA says
WASHINGTON -- More Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year's, but fewer will fly, the AAA said Thursday.

Doctor makes 'HouseCalls'
It might be fairly simple, but it's sure not as fast as it looks on TV.

GreenJackets notebook
Jonathan Broxton graduates from Burke County High School today. In less than three weeks, he more than likely will graduate to professional baseball.

Around the horn
Left-hander Wil Ledezma is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his past two starts, and is now 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA with 31 strikeouts and seven walks in four starts this season.

Jackets rally to beat Braves
MACON, Ga. - Russell Lewis homered off Marcel Vianna to lead off the ninth inning as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Macon Braves 6-5 at Luther Williams Field on Saturday for their second-straight win.

GreenJackets outlast storm to beat Braves
MACON - The Augusta Greenjackets struck like the rainstorm that pelted Luther Williams Field on Friday night.

Weather watcher
Andy Pearman receives the credit when the sun shines, the wind is calm and the temperature is mild.

Standard procedure

Players find ways to pass the time

Age doesn't matter at Asahi Ryokuken
Janice Moodie is 28 years old, slim and athletic, and in her fifth year on the LPGA Tour.

Players find ways to pass the time
Catrin Nilsmark played canasta. Beth Bauer played gin. Amy Fruhwirth ate snacks.

LPGA notebook
Stephanie Keever may be able to kiss those Monday qualifiers goodbye.

Weather watcher

LPGA Tour showcases Asian nation's elite golfers
Any discussion on the Asian invasion of the LPGA Tour invariably begins and ends with South Korea.

Rain extends round

Course is kinder in Round 2
The security personnel working the players' parking lot at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship put Janice Moodie in a positive frame of mind as soon as she arrived at the course Friday.

Moodie stays on top at Mount Vintage
Janice Moodie plans to take what she's learned from two of the players chasing her in the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship and turn it into a victory today.

Golf capsules
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price shot a 5-under-par 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch and Bob Tway in the rain-delayed second round of the Colonial.

Rain extends round
Counting a five-hour rain delay before the round even started, it took Amy Fruhwirth nearly nine hours to complete her 18-hole third round Saturday in the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Davies dazzles at Mount Vintage
The driver is back in play, and the shots are longer than ever, for the LPGA Tour's lady in black.

Golf capsules

Augusta State falls to seventh place
Augusta State dropped one position to a tie for seventh place Friday in the NCAA Division I East Regional Golf Championship. But, with a solid round in today's final round, the Jaguars (596) could be headed to the national tournament at Ohio State, May 29-June 1.

Augusta State moves to finals
ROSWELL, Ga. - Augusta State had a team-best 1-over par 289 Saturday to leapfrog to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA East Regional Golf Championships at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek course, easily qualifying for its second-straight appearance in the national championship tournament.

Golf capsules

Moodie stays on top at Mount Vintage

Davies dazzles at Mount Vintage

Crew works hard to keep course in shape

2001 champion fails to make the cut

LPGA notebook

Augusta State falls to seventh place

2001 champion fails to make the cut
After hugging her caddie and gathering her belongings Friday, Tina Fischer wandered around the parking lot searching for her car.

LPGA notebook

LPGA notebook
As the siren blew to signal the end of third-round play at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, Mitzi Edge tapped in for par on No. 9, her final hole.

Age doesn't matter at Asahi Ryokuken

Golf capsules
FORT WORTH, Texas - Nick Price still knows how to hold the lead, shooting a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to take a five-stroke advantage over three players after the third round of the Colonial.

Course is kinder in Round 2

Standard procedure
For golf fans who have attended only the Masters Tournament, the sight of standard bearers at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship this week has been unusual.

LPGA Tour showcases Asian nation's elite golfers

Crew works hard to keep course in shape
For the folks at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, it's a tradition unlike any other: rain at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

GreenJackets outlast storm to beat Braves

GreenJackets notebook

With only a hoe, columnist defeats big bad snake
That was the first thing my wife said when she called my cell phone on Mother's Day afternoon.

Moodie runs away with Asahi Ryokuken
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Scotland's Janice Moodie shot a steady 2-under 70 to make sure no one, including Annika Sorenstam, would get in her way Sunday in the Asahi Ryokuken International.

Braves edge Rockies
DENVER -- Julio Franco hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for his first RBI of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Russ Ferrara has experience, education

Fed up with 'Muslim sensitivities'

What if blacks had committed the sex crimes?

Backs battery plant foe for House

Is candidate just a 'seat warmer'?

Liberal elitist stands on shaky ground

'The Chronicle' frames politics in black and white

Broken promises

Member explains Augusta Canal Authority legalities

Ferrara has integrity

Trade with Cuba will further democracy

Crime rate is curbed when civilians carry weapons

Fewer people flying but more people traveling over Memorial Day, AAA says

Eminently suitable

Arts calendar

Home front

Morrow decides to leave hockey
With a baby on the way and a business about to take off, Scott Morrow is ready to begin life after hockey.

Morrow decides to leave hockey

1-year deal ends neglect case
AIKEN - Apologizing Friday for an "error in judgment," the Aiken man who housed elderly residents in a feces-ridden log shack behind his family's licensed facility accepted one year in prison.

Across the area
The Georgia Highway Patrol post in Milledgeville reported Friday that Mayor Gary Cullens of Tennille in Washington County had been killed in an accident late Thursday.

Pool is drowning in problems
GRANITEVILLE - The sign at the Aiken County Recreation Center announces registration for swim classes, but those lessons might not materialize this summer.

I-20 wreck kills 'reckless driver'
AIKEN - An Alabama man who officials say was speeding and driving erratically on Interstate 20 was killed Friday night before the South Carolina Highway Patrol could intercept him.

News you can use
The Augusta Chronicle is seeking nominations for Hometown Heroes, a special section honoring the leaders in our lives. Tell us about a local person you admire for bravery, character or outstanding achievements.

Garage fire destroys prized 1973 truck
AIKEN - David Greenhill stood expressionless Friday night, short on words to describe his disappointment.

GOP hopefuls visit Augusta to talk policy
Republican candidates for the newly created 12th Congressional District said Saturday morning that the seat may have been drawn to favor Democrats, but campaigning conservatives are in it to win.

Bursting with laughter

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Moodie runs away with Asahi Ryokuken

Golf-fan figures go unreported

Officer hunts for evidence
It's a basement-level lab where glue vapor chambers, fluorescent metallic powders and a blood-drying locker help Jim Gordon expose the guilty.

Officer hunts for evidence

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

Police seize stash of pot
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - An estimated $1 million shipment of marijuana hidden under mantels of fake cedar fireplaces and delivered to a Mexican grocery in Trenton was seized Saturday by Edgefield County authorities.

Barnes vetoes 2 bills

Across the southeast

Correction

Commissioner reports progress

Around town

Across South Carolina
GOVAN -Two men died when the single-engine plane they were riding in crashed Friday afternoon in Bamberg County.

Canine care

Class is dismissed
The last day for Richmond County schools is Friday. In Aiken County, the last day of school is May 30.

Garage fire destroys prized 1973 truck

Canine care
Veterans Thomas Rucker (left) and Curtis Bedford visit with Shelby, one of the dogs from Jae-Mar-S Academy Therapy Pets that visited the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home on Friday.

I-20 wreck kills 'reckless driver'

Brunswick bridge work runs behind schedule
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - State Department of Transportation board members meeting this week saw something they don't like to see: a big project running far behind.

Across the southeast

Congraduations

Across Georgia

Commissioner reports progress
On a rain-soaked Saturday morning, a committed group from the local Democratic Party chapter was presented with a list of recent accomplishments by the Augusta Commission, thanks to Commissioner Tommy Boyles.

Lottery game fails to spark ticket sales

Hospital proposal opposed
Residents of a south Augusta neighborhood turned out Saturday to protest a proposal made by Gracewood State School and Hospital to open a personal care home in their subdivision.

1-year deal ends neglect case

Hodges' competition gears up for primary
AIKEN - The race to face Gov. Jim Hodges hasn't been without its dramatic moments. But they have been few and far between.

Across the area

Braves edge Rockies

Buying on Berckmans

Prisoners seek pen pals

Who is behind the land-buying deals?
A lot of land sold near the Augusta National Golf Club ends up listed in property records under the name of limited liability companies. Whoever is behind the companies has made efforts to keep their identity a secret.

GOP hopefuls visit Augusta to talk policy

Buying on Berckmans
Shadow companies with ties to Augusta National Golf Club are amassing properties near the thick hedges and bamboo walls that surround the golf course.

Across Georgia

Congraduations
Shirley Perry (left), the Greenbrier High School teacher of the year, hugs Ayanna Jemia Luke as she waits for her diploma. Graduation was Saturday at the civic center.

Across Georgia
THOMASTON -"Pappy" has made it to the final four, and the hometown folks are cheering.

Across the southeast
ANNISTON, Ala. -A man being held Saturday in a quadruple slaying at a video store has killed before.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

News you can use
The Chronicle is seeking nominations for Hometown Heroes, a special section honoring the leaders in our lives. Tell us about a local person you admire for bravery, character or outstanding achievements.

More voting machines needed?
For Columbia County,about $134,190 might soon be spent on electronic voting machines - a purchase local leaders say is aimed at better serving voters.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cindy Haynie of Grovetown.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carolyn Wolff of Martinez.

Three arrested in Pierce County shootings
Authorities have arrested three people in an ongoing multiagency police investigation into the shooting deaths of two Pierce County men last weekend.

Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -A granddaughter of the former Klansman on trial in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls testified Friday that he had once crudely boasted about the attack.

Prisoners seek pen pals
Robert Butts is a 22-year-old who writes songs and poems. He enjoys chess, card games, handcrafting and intelligent discussions.

Correction
n May 4 editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a story on Goodwill Industries should have said Jim Stiff holds a master's degree from Notre Dame Institute of Virginia. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Bursting with laughter
Not quite sure when her bubble will burst, Casey Beckman, 6, a kindergartener at St. John's United Methodist Church, turns her head as the bubble continues to grow. Friday was beach day at the school.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Three family members have been charged with trying to defraud an insurance company last year after reporting that a man had fallen from his shrimp boat.

Barnes vetoes 2 bills
ATLANTA - Garbled syntax spelled doom for a plan that would have allowed billboards along highways to flash multiple messages more quickly.

Golf-fan figures go unreported
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Attendance for the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club is anybody's guess but Steve Storm's.

Who is behind the land-buying deals?

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A $3 million donation by the Ford Motor Co. will go a long way to ease a budget shortfall at Zoo Atlanta, but the zoo is not out of the rain forest yet.

Old-flag supporters greet state official

Across the area
An Alabama man killed in a wreck Friday on Intestate 20 was driving with a suspended license, officials said Saturday.

Across South Carolina

Old-flag supporters greet state official
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor was flagged Friday.

Blues fans brave the rain
THOMSON - Max Yasgur came to mind at the Blind Willie McTell Music Festival on Saturday afternoon.

Lottery game fails to spark ticket sales
The new Mega Millions lottery game does not appear to be stirring up new interest, local ticket sellers said Friday.

It's time for Park to hit paydirt
Grace Park has teased us long enough, and this has nothing to do with the navel that famously peeks out, on occasion, from under her stylish clothing.

LPGA Tour stops seem guaranteed to have wet weather
The very trendy weather phenomena - El Nino and La Nina - hog the headlines every time they wreak havoc on meteorologists across the world.

Drivers adjust to Indy conditions

Crew helps take pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Matt Kenseth had one thing working for him the other drivers in qualifying for The Winston all-star race didn't: A world champion pit crew.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Officials with the Lowe's Motor Speedway are making it difficult to move The Winston all-star race away from the Charlotte area.

Crew helps take pole

Newman breaks through

Newman breaks through
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman still hasn't won a race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but on Saturday he won the sport's all-star race.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Fans and race teams have made one thing clear: they don't want The Winston all-star race to move from the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Drivers adjust to Indy conditions
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ready or not, the last chance to qualify for the 86th Indianapolis 500 is here.

NASCAR notebook

Curry obtains master's

NBA draft lottery to have visitors
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- When four pingpong balls are chosen one at a time to determine the winner of the NBA draft lottery, four new sets of eyes will be watching.

Nets' Martin draws assignment of slowing down Celtics' Pierce

With conference finals looming, Webber admires Bryant's drive

Lakers steal home court from Kings

Curry obtains master's
Telling children to stay in school is one thing. doing it is quite another.

NBA draft lottery to have visitors

Lakers steal home court from Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nobody silences a crowd like the Los Angeles Lakers.

With conference finals looming, Webber admires Bryant's drive
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- While the Los Angeles Lakers were sweeping the Sacramento Kings out of last season's playoffs, Chris Webber limped on two sprained ankles.

Nets' Martin draws assignment of slowing down Celtics' Pierce
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The day before the New Jersey Nets met the Boston Celtics in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals, Kenyon Martin was already in defensive mode.

Nets must stop Pierce; he says New Jersey can't
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paul Pierce proclaimed the Nets can't stop him, a boast even New Jersey admits might be true.

Naprincia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlene Pratt    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vera DAulisa    (ROSWELL, Ga.)
ROSWELL, Ga. - Mrs. Vera Kochefko DAulisa, 99, of Roswell, widow of the late Donald DAulisa, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Portsbridge Hospice, Dunwoody. Funeral services will be conducted fr

Mr. David Surry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. David W. (Maine) Surry, 47, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Republican Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Patten Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the chur

Helen Sloan, M.D.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral and interment s

Mrs. Dolly Sims    (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Mrs. Dolly Lucille Altman Sims, of Idaho Falls. She was the daughter of the late Milledge and Minnie Lee Lamb Altman. Mrs. Sims is survived by a daug

Mr. Harold Hawkins    (ATHENS, Ga.)
ATHENS, Ga. - Mr. Harold Hawkins, 67, of Norwood Circle, died Friday Ma

Mr. John Hagler III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -

Mrs. Mildred Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Green    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie M. Green, who died May 14, 2002, will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellavi

Mrs. Eva Milford    (EVANS, Ga.)

SFC Robert Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the residence, E-7 Sgt. First Class, retired Robert Lee Gaines, of Arcadia Court. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 2 p.m

Mrs. Billie Avera    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Salem Rehabilitation Center, Mrs. Billie Oliphant Avera, 67, of West Kensington Drive. Funeral services will

Mrs. Frances Dukes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Faulkner Dukes, who died May 17, 2002, will be conducted Monday morning at

Mrs. Ida Howard    (DECATUR, Ga.)
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Ida Mae Howard of Decatur, formally a resident of Warrenton, passed on May 18, 2002. The family may be contacted at 404-228-4230. Funeral arrangements announced later. Stocks Funeral Home Kirkwood Chapel Inc. 404-377-0458-9.

Featured obituary: Mr. John Carroll Hagler III,
Family and friends will gather today for a private vigil for John Carroll "Jack" Hagler III, a longtime community leader and pioneering preservationist.

Mr. John Hagler III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Died Friday, May 17, 2002, at the residence, Mr. John Carroll "Jack" Hagler III, beloved husband of Dr. Mary T. Hagler. John Carroll Hagler III was born

Mr. Billy Browder Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Friday, May 17, 2002, Mr. Billy Gene Browder Sr., age 69, husband of M

Mrs. Annemarie Costa    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 17, 2002, Mrs. Annemarie Bender Costa, 76, of Lee Street, Augusta. She was proceeded in d

Ms. Mary Atwell    (GOUGH, Ga.)
GOUGH, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Burke Medical Center, Ms. Mary "Monk" Atwell. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Carters Mortuary 885 Waters Street, Waynesboro, Georgia. (706)554-7842.

Mr. John Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yancy Bryan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Yancy Leonard Bryan , 72, of Edgefield, died Friday, May

Mrs. Chelfred Winter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Weathers    (LAPEER, Mich.)
LAPEER, Mich. - Mr. Ronnie Weathers of Lapeer, died, May 14, 2002 age 50. Beloved father of Frances Fay Weathers, Loretta Wylene Weathers and Ronnie Ray Weathers II; dear brother of Patricia Ann M

Mrs. Daphne Williams-Houston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest on May 17, 200

Featured obituary: Mr. George Davis
It was a stroke of bad luck that began a lifetime career for George Davis.

Mrs. Lula Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Augusta Hills Nursing Rehabilitation Center, Mrs. Lula Williams, 92, of Heath

Mrs. Eva Milford    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Williams    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Funeral services from Mrs. Louise Rolland Williams, 84, of Steed Drive, Harlem, will b

Mr. Billy Hudson Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga.- Mr. Billy W. Hudson Sr. of Reese-Jones Road, Thomson, entered into rest May 17, 2002, at h

Mr. Thomas Cullens    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Gary Cullens, age 62, of North Main Street, Tennill

Ms. Alpha Heard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annemarie Costa    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Hamilton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 12, 2002, at the Augusta Hills Nursing Home, Mr. Cecil Hamilton of Cummings Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 M.L. King Jr., Blvd.

Mrs. Gussie Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Williams passed on Monday, May 13, 2002, at her residence. She was 75 years old. Mrs. Williams was a member of Skull Creek Baptist Church #2. She leaves to cherish her memories f

Mrs. Frances Dukes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Widener    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Couch    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Answered that clear call of God on May 18, 2002, Mrs. Josephine Storey Couch, age 84, of Graniteville. Mrs. Couch was the daughter of the late Muller and Annie Barker Storey. She was born in Graniteville and was a l

Mr. Ronnie Weathers    (LAPEER, Mich.)
LAPEER, Mich. - Mr. Ronnie Weathers of Lapeer, died, May 14, 2002 age 50. Beloved father of Frances Fay Weathers, Loretta Wylene Weathers and Ronnie Ray Weathers II; dear brother of Patricia Ann M

Mrs. Mary Clark    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mary Gleaton Clark,

Mrs. Helga Simanski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga

Mr. Willie Brown Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 18,

Mrs. Willie Clary    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Lee Brown Clary, 97, wife of the late James Burgess

Mrs. Johnnie Rich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Rich, 62, of Cooney Circle. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

Mr. Henry Caines Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Henry J. Caines Sr., 67, of Briarcliff Avenue, Belvedere, who died May 16, 2002, will be conducted this Saturday, morning at 11 a.m., from the Cornerstone Community Church. Pastor John Los officiati

Mrs. Selma Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Shields    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. William S. "Bill" Shields, 84, beloved husband of Mrs. Dot Shields, of Warrenton Hwy, Thomson, died Friday, May 17, 2002, in University Hospital. Graveside services will be 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2002,

Mrs. Frances Bradley    (GREENSBORO, S.C.)
GREENSBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Copelan Bradley of Greensboro, died May

Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Orr    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Corine Lawerence O

Mr. Billy Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Billy Hudson of Reese-Jones Road, Thomson, entered into rest May 17, 2002, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, 706-595-4100.

Mrs. Charlene Pratt    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lorene McIntosh    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Mrs. Lorene Smith

Mrs. Willie Powell    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Willie Crout Powell, 103, formerly of Rocky Road, died Friday, May 17, 2002, in Sa

Mrs. Betty Bennings    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at the University Hospital, Mrs. Betty Bennings o

Mrs. Marie Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joshua Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Osborne    (FORT MILL, S.C.)
FORT MILL, S.C. - Mrs. Ruth Freeman Osborne, age 85, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2002. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m.,

Mrs. Margaret Sanders    (STAPLETON, Ga.,)
STAPLETON, Ga., - Mrs. Margaret Sanders, 59, of Deerwood Circle Stapleton, entered into rest May 17, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2002, at the Walde

Mrs. Evelyn Alexander    (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Decker Alexander, 93, wife of the late William S. Alexander, Sr., formerly of the Sterling House of North Augusta, entered into rest Wednesday, May 16, 2002. Graveside servi

Mrs. Christine Prince    ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Christine Prince, 56, wife of the late Harry C. Prince, Sr., of Harrison Road, entered into

Mrs. Kathryn Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Kathryn S. Still, 89, widow of Cullis Still d

Mr. Thomas Carswell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Gamble Carswell, of Augusta, entered into rest on Friday, May 17, 2002, at University Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Westover Memorial Park, with the Rev. Robert Fain officiati

Mrs. Dolly Sims    (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Funeral services for Mrs. Dolly Lucille Altman Sims, will be conducted today, Sunday, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home. The interment will follow in the Vaucluse Cemetery.

Mrs. Mildred Burnside    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helga Simanski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA,

Mr. William Shields    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. William S. "Bill" Shields, 84, beloved husband of M

Mr. Billy Browder Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Friday, May 17, 2002, Mr. Billy Gene Browder Sr., husband of Mrs. Irene L. Browder of Warrenville. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced.

Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene McIntosh (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Ollie Green (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Atwell (GOUGH, Ga.)

Naprincia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Burnside (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Bradley (GREENSBORO, S.C.)

Mr. John Hagler III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helga Simanski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cullens (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlene Pratt (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Helga Simanski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Surry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Osborne (FORT MILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Milford (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annemarie Costa (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Helen Sloan, M.D. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Burnside (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Sanders (STAPLETON, Ga.,)

Mrs. Betty Bennings ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera DAulisa (ROSWELL, Ga.)

Ms. Alpha Heard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Weathers (LAPEER, Mich.)

Mrs. Charlene Pratt (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Howard (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Selma Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Brown Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC Robert Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Shields (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Caines Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Powell (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Hamilton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Orr (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Hudson Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Yancy Bryan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Browder Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Dukes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Shields (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Hagler III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Prince ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Annemarie Costa (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolly Sims (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho)

Mrs. Dolly Sims (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho)

Mrs. Louise Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Mrs. Chelfred Winter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daphne Williams-Houston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Rich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Weathers (LAPEER, Mich.)

Mrs. Frances Dukes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Backs battery plant foe for House
This letter is to remind residents of Aiken County - specifically those who live in the Couchton-Montmorenci area - about the active support we received from Russ Ferrara as our elected Aiken County Council representative when we were faced with the threat of a lead battery plant locating in our backyard. Paul West, Aiken, S.C.

What if blacks had committed the sex crimes?
Having spent a little time in Boston, Mass., I was honored when then state Sen. Bill Owens, my former boss, took me along to meet the city's newest priest, Bishop Bernard Law. It was awesome meeting such an outstanding and accomplished individual. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Resist new school fad
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Put some Officer Friendlys in the classroom to tell kids to not use drugs. Call it D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Hand out T-shirts and host graduation parties. Give certificates and have students solemnly swear to never use illegal drugs.

Vague warnings
"But the fact remains that the United States is the number one target of (Osama) bin Laden and his loose-knit band of terrorists who follow his edict to kill Americans in any country and at any time ... This is no time for the country to let its guard down ... Our borders must remain reinforced and our military bases should remain in a state of alert."

Liberal elitist stands on shaky ground
Regarding David Sisler's May 12 letter ("Chronicle moves away from traditional values") and Charles Heywood's May 15 letter in response ("Former columnist misses point of free speech protection"). John R. Barney, Martinez, Ga.

A sane decision
It's a rare day when conservatives can agree with a decision made by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the most far-out circuit in the country, based in San Francisco.

Pro-lifers, don't apply
Until the bloody 1987 Senate rejection of President Reagan's nominee Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, political or legal ideology usually was not a factor in the judicial confirmation process. All that mattered was that the nominee be qualified in terms of competence and temperament. It was understood that presidents would try to appoint ideologically compatible judges - and not always to good effect either.

Bo's boo-boo
"I don't think she's been effective. Just because you can get up and scream doesn't mean you're effective."

Broken promises
Thanks, Augusta commissioners, for saving us money by doing an in-house study on salaries, then re-classifying your jobs to qualify for significant salary increases. William and Elizabeth Meredith, Augusta

Trade with Cuba will further democracy
The Bush administration's policy on Cuba is nothing more than political. The governor of Florida is a brother of the president of the United States. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Member explains Augusta Canal Authority legalities
Regarding the May 13 editorial ("Swim on, dudes") about swimming/wading in the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, the piece was partly based, I guess, on Rob Pavey's coverage and the May 10 story of the Augusta Canal Authority's meeting on May 9. D. Hugh Connolly, Augusta

Is candidate just a 'seat warmer'?
I read with interest the Metro section's May 5 article, "Nudging creates contest for seat" for South Carolina House District 86. Can Jim Stewart tell us why he's running for this office? Is it just because Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener, asked him to run? John E. Bartus, North Augusta, S.C.

'The Chronicle' frames politics in black and white
On May 12, Executive Editor Dennis Sodomka offered an earnest, but-unconvincing, defense for the racial divisiveness that saturates the pages of The Chronicle. Fred Smith, Hephzibah, Ga.

Fed up with 'Muslim sensitivities'
Where is the outrage from the so-called Muslim nation? What exactly is a moderate Muslim? I declare that the Muslim nation is a warring nation. M. Davis, Langley, S.C.

Russ Ferrara has experience, education
I support Russ Ferrara for South Carolina's House District 86 seat and urge others to vote for him in the June 11 Republican primary. Robert Chapman, Montmorenci, S.C.

Ferrara has integrity
I am writing this letter to let the people of District 86 know that Russ Ferrara is the man we need to represent us in the South Carolina House. Campanella Pringle, New Ellenton, S.C.

Crime rate is curbed when civilians carry weapons
The May 4 Chronicle published a cartoon from The Denver Post depicting a small individual, apparently terrified at the prospect that anyone could have a concealed-carry permit. Mike Mitchell, Augusta

War Emblem wins Preakness

Baffert put War Emblem on Triple Crown trail

Preakness notebook

Overtime

South Korea, Japan prepare for the worst

Overtime

Augusta seeks to stay perfect

War Emblem wins Preakness
War Emblem wins Preakness, goes for Triple Crown in three weeks

Preakness notebook
BALTIMORE -- Straight Gin's racing career ended with a disappointing and painful run in the Preakness.

South Korea, Japan prepare for the worst
SEOUL, South Korea -- Anti-aircraft missiles, portable land-to-air rockets and F-16 fighter jets will protect the skies above stadiums.

Overtime
Rain on Saturday reduced the annual Regions Cup Golf Capital Invitational to an 18-hole tournament at Midland Valley Country Club.

Baffert put War Emblem on Triple Crown trail
BALTIMORE -- Six weeks ago, War Emblem's owner and trainer didn't think he was good enough to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Overtime
Martina Hingis will have ankle surgery Monday and miss the French Open, the only major title she hasn't won.

Area sports announcements
June 25: Stock Car Racing 101, sponsored by Augusta State University's Continuing Education Department, featuring former NASCAR driver Donnie Allison, 6-9 p.m., at the school's athletic complex mezzanine. Cost: $29. For more information, call (706) 737-1636.

Officials consider gator hunting season
Alligators are a lot like college students on spring break: They bask in the sun all day, stay up all night and eat whenever they feel like it.

Officials consider gator hunting season

Cooking wild
Going to Edisto or Pawley's Island, S.C., this summer? Crabbing - a perennial pastime at most coastal vacation destinations - requires little more than some chicken backs, string and a dip-net. Here's an easy way to serve your catch:

Judge was an avid outdoorsman

Cooking wild

Judge was an avid outdoorsman
The picture is faded, and the scores of eager young faces have grown old. Many of them passed away long ago - and one of them died just last week.

Faith digest
The CSRA Southern Gospel Music Association will stage its spring sing from 1 to 9 tonight at Flowing Wells Worship Center, 1233 Flowing Wells Road.

Affection and love needed for wayward loved ones
Do you remember the people who influenced you most to live a godly life? What would they feel if suddenly you decided your religious experience was not good enough and you adopted another faith?

Where credit is due
The preacher who said in Ecclesiastes 1:9 "There is nothing new under the sun" had not seen the Web sites where prepared sermons proliferate, but he probably wouldn't have been surprised.

Home school
Matthew Royal of Martinez will end his high school career this month with the familiar cap-and-gown rite of passage, but he is a pioneer nonetheless.

Cantors to perform variety of music
Cantors Steven Weiss and Nancy Kassel will pull from 15th-century Ladino music, 100-year-old Yiddish folk songs and Broadway show tunes for a benefit Thursday for Adas Yeshurun synagogue.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar prints highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

LPGA Tour stops seem guaranteed to have wet weather

It's time for Park to hit paydirt

Augusta seeks to stay perfect
Forget Macon. Forget Columbus. The Augusta Stallions play their real rival tonight.

Stallions trample Rhinos
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Augusta Stallions entered Saturday's arenafootball2 contest against the Carolina Rhinos at the Bi-Lo Center undefeated and rated as the best team in the league by one service.

Military wants to limit troops' anthrax vaccinations
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon wants to abandon its policy of anthrax vaccinations for all troops and limit shots to those with the highest risk, officials said Friday.

Biotech industry blossoms in Cambridge
BOSTON - Kendall Square in Cambridge is the biotechnology industry's Garden of Eden, where scientists from nearby universities spun off little companies and began transforming scientific research during the 1970s and '80s.

Teen hypertension
Blacks who retain more salt when stressed suffer higher blood pressures and are at greater risk for hypertension, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers.

Attorney launches Web site for cyber divorces
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It's divorce, dot-com style.

Dialing for deals
JACKSON, Miss. -- Former Super Bowl quarterback Terry Bradshaw, major league slugger Mike Piazza and TV alien Alf would like you to believe that dialing 10-10-220 is the most affordable way to make long-distance calls.

Leader of software piracy ring sentenced
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A co-leader of an Internet software piracy group that authorities say was responsible for billions of dollars in lost sales was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday.

South Carolina routs Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Steve Thomas drove in three runs with five hits, including his ninth homer of the season, to lead South Carolina to a 12-4 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

South Carolina routs Georgia

Military wants to limit troops' anthrax vaccinations

Attorney launches Web site for cyber divorces

Dialing for deals

Leader of software piracy ring sentenced

Biotech industry blossoms in Cambridge

Teen hypertension

Home school

Affection and love needed for wayward loved ones

Cantors to perform variety of music

Faith digest