Caminiti: 'I won MVP on steroids'
NEW YORK -- Ken Caminiti, the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1996, says he won the award while on steroids and that at least half of major leaguers use the drugs.

Caminiti: 'I won MVP on steroids'

No surprise: Bonds leads NL voting
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds, tied for the National League lead in batting average and home runs, tops the early balloting for the NL All-Star team.

Metrodome commission defers decision on settlement with Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins' landlord postponed a vote Wednesday on a proposed settlement that would keep the team at the Metrodome at least through next season.

No surprise: Bonds leads NL voting

Metrodome commission defers decision on settlement with Twins

Odds and ends
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization has gotten itself into some otter nonsense.

The case of the corpse in the closet
MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. - Janitorial jobs can be a dirty business, but one cleaning man got more than he bargained for Tuesday morning when he found a body in a broom closet at the Union County Courthouse.

Glavine questions Caminiti's claim
ATLANTA - Pitcher Tom Glavine has had to deal with many issues during his 12 years as player representative for the Atlanta Braves. Dealing with former teammate Ken Caminiti's charges of rampant league-wide steroid use, is now tops on the list.

First-place Braves resembling MASH unit
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones was on crutches, Gary Sheffield was limping and Jesse Garcia was in the outfield, which sums up the state of the Atlanta Braves these days.

Glavine questions Caminiti's claim

First-place Braves resembling MASH unit

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - One day removed from leaving Turner Field on crutches after fouling a ball off his right calf, Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones was feeling considerably better prior to Wednesday night's game with Montreal.

Braves take NL East lead
ATLANTA -- Andruw Jones hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth inning, and the ailing Atlanta Braves took over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday night.

Braves fall to Expos
ATLANTA - So much for the Atlanta Braves taking advantage of Kevin Millwood's finest outing this year.

Braves fall to Expos

Braves take NL East lead

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - As if one platoon on the right side of the infield weren't enough, the Atlanta Braves now have a second base job-sharing program to go with their first base partnership.

Braves notebook

Developer plans hotels
Augusta's 66th hotel is under construction on Gordon Highway near the Bobby Jones Expressway interchange. The same developer will create No. 67 later this year.

Business briefs

Business briefs
HOUSTON - El Paso Corp. is curtailing its energy trading activities, cutting about 300 jobs and slashing in half its investment in the division while boosting spending on its natural gas business. The moves announced Wednesday will reduce its anticipated earnings, however, and Wall Street responded by driving its stock down more than 23 percent.

Consumer confidence inches higher in May
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence edged up in May, though not quite as much as analysts expected, suggesting a slow economic recovery in the months ahead.

Business briefs
MUNICH, Germany - German carmaker BMW is recalling several thousand of its new luxury 7-series cars worldwide to check for potential fuel-pump and valve problems, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Developer plans hotels

Video poker KO'd

End S.C. secrecy

Avoid nuclear war

Reagan's dream fulfilled

Small portions
Jan Hargrave, author of Strictly Business Body Language: Using Nonverbal Communication for Power and Success, has come up with the following characteristics of straw users:

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Wide film choices bring record revenue at theaters
LOS ANGELES -- Action blockbusters, family fare and thrillers combined to hoist Hollywood to a record $200 million Memorial Day weekend.

In the know
The Brawny paper towel company is looking for a new face to feature on its products.

Look high and low for best wines
You're buying a $12 bottle of wine to serve with dinner tonight, and you notice that the guy ahead of you in line is holding a bottle that costs $120 from the same producer.

In the know
ASSESSMENT: "A wonderful summer red, packed full of great dark fruit flavors. The nose is delightful, starting with rose floral scents that quickly lead into hints of raspberry and other red summer fruits. It was perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of fruit in every sip."

Senior strength
The music pumps through the room and the aerobics instructor calls out the count as her students follow the movements: stepping in place, knees high; swinging their arms; lifting hand-held weights at a steady pace.

Capsules
Drinking lots of tea may provide some protection against heart attacks, a Harvard University study suggests.

Game offers toddlers a jump start
Animals often fascinate the preschool set, and Knowledge Adventures' new title Jump Start Animal Adventure is a nice alternative to dragging a toddler around the local zoo.

Greek twist
No matter how much you love to cook, there's nothing worse than a hot kitchen in summer. This time of year, I tend to stick to stovetop cooking, or head outside for some grilling. This Greek tortellini salad is a cooling side dish to accompany all your grilled entrees, or it can be an entree salad.

Bakker wants to return to Omaha
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coaches and teammates call 6-foot-9 left-hander Kyle Bakker "the Big Donk," as in donkey.

Jackets favored at NCAA golf championship
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Mike Holder says his Oklahoma State Cowboys are no better than dark horses to win the NCAA Men's Championship this week at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.

Jackets favored at NCAA golf championship

Jackets pitcher nearly hurls gem
MACON - Augusta's Manny Delcarmen was nearly untouchable Wednesday night.

GreenJackets win fifth straight game
MACON, Ga. - The Macon Braves gave Augusta plenty of chances to win Tuesday night. As it turned out, the visiting GreenJackets needed just one.

Life is simply our choices to a bunch of options

LPGA rookie deals with ups and downs of tour
AURORA, Ill. -- Natalie Gulbis is still trying to figure out how to find her way from one tournament to the next and here she is being hailed as the next big star in women's golf.

Woods, O'Meara get first look at Black Course

Faldo in need of a handout
Nick Faldo shouldn't have to beg.

Jaguars a surprise in the NCAA
This figured to be a transitional year for the Augusta State men's golf team.

Jaguars a surprise in the NCAA

Courses in 'Home of Golf' mining rich female market

Woods, O'Meara get first look at Black Course
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods' preparations for the U.S. Open got underway Tuesday when he and Mark O'Meara played the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

LPGA rookie deals with ups and downs of tour

Kemper has human interest but little glamour
POTOMAC, Md. -- Tiger Woods would have looked out of place here, anyway.

Kemper has human interest but little glamour

Golf notebook
The Memorial Tournament was one time Curtis Strange didn't mind missing the cut. It allowed him to go with wife Sarah to Sam Snead's funeral.

Weather holds up Jaguars

Colorado, Portie post low scores before play is stopped
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Ben Portie shot a 5-under-par 66 to lead Colorado's quick start Wednesday before heavy rains and lightning suspended the first round of the NCAA men's golf championship.

Player to try qualifying for British Open

Montgomerie cleared to play despite back injury
WOBURN, England -- Colin Montgomerie was cleared to play in the U.S. Open after doctors determined he won't need surgery on his ailing back.

Player to try qualifying for British Open
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Gary Player is no longer exempt from playing in the British Open, but that doesn't mean he has given up on playing in golf's oldest championship.

Courses in 'Home of Golf' mining rich female market
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- It was 1959 when someone proposed running a golf school at Pine Needles - and a golf school for women, at that.

Faldo in need of a handout

Faldo given exemption to U.S. Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Nick Faldo, a three-time Masters and British Open champion, received a special exemption Wednesday to play in the U.S. Open.

Weather holds up Jaguars
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio - Lightning and heavy rain came at the wrong time for Augusta State's golf team Wednesday. The Jaguars were just getting warmed up.

Faldo given exemption to U.S. Open

Golf notebook

Colorado, Portie post low scores before play is stopped

Jackets pitcher nearly hurls gem

GreenJackets win fifth straight game

Hinote breaks leg bone, will be out indefinitely

Red Wings blank Avalanche

Hurricanes advance to Stanley Cup finals
TORONTO -- Martin Gelinas and the Carolina Hurricanes didn't let another late game-tying goal rattle them. And now they're making their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals.

Hinote breaks leg bone, will be out indefinitely
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche forward Dan Hinote broke a bone in his left leg in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit and will be out indefinitely

Red Wings blank Avalanche
DENVER -- Brendan Shanahan broke out of his scoring slump just in time to save Detroit's season.

Canes started season 40-to-1 odds to win Cup

Canes started season 40-to-1 odds to win Cup
RALEIGH, N.C. -- This is a franchise with a miserable postseason past, the NHL's youngest coach and a collection of players who aren't exactly household names.

Woman accused in shooting pleads not guilty
The woman accused of shooting a Columbia County deputy pleaded not guilty Thursday to a host of charges in Columbia County Superior Court.

Monsignor to surrender on sex assault charges today
An Aiken priest has agreed to surrender to Charleston County authorities at 3 p.m. today on charges that he sexually assaulted a boy at a Catholic church 25 years ago, police said.

Washington fire chief resigns
WASHINGTON -- Washington Fire Chief Ronnie Few, formerly the fire chief in Augusta, Ga., has resigned amid questions about errors on his resume.

Aiken should find money for valuable community resource

Urges election of a non-lawyer

Mount Vintage tournament was the best

The whole-language approach to reading defended

Palestinian defender is dishonest

Forum examines teen pregnancy

Backs Ferrara for S.C. House seat

Game offers toddlers a jump start

Wide film choices bring record revenue at theaters

Greek twist

In the know

Senior strength

Look high and low for best wines

Capsules

Small portions

Health calendar

In the know

Rookie standout signs with Augusta
Former Springfield Falcons coach Marc Potvin called Patrick Yetman his best player during the rookie forward's two-week stint with the American Hockey League club in March.

Rookie standout signs with Augusta

News you can use

Shootout trial heads to jury

Few quits Washington fire chief job

Journey of Hope
Even before it has begun, their journey has been grueling. But Paul Hagan and his wife, Deborah Simone, are determined to pull off their Journey of Hope across the country to raise awareness about hepatitis C.

News you can use
MAY 29, 1910 Despite the fact that it was Saturday night when everyone is busy shopping, a goodly crowd attended the tent services conducted by "Uncle Charlie" Wilkerson in front of the Union Depot. After a bright and cheery song service led by Glenn Allen, prayer was offered by Mr. Moore, a Christian drummer.

Across the area
Columbia County commissioners are asking for help.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about traveling with children misidentified Chris Todd. She is a professor of child and family development at the University of Georgia.

Lobbyist spending sets record in session

Retired minister accused
The man who stepped forward this month to accuse an Aiken Catholic priest of sexually assaulting him as a youngster told investigators Tuesday that he wanted to prevent others from being victimized.

Walker won't be prosecuted

High court pulls plug on games in Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court closed the books on video poker Tuesday, striking down a lower court's ruling that a statewide ban on the games was unconstitutional.

Pool gets visit from council's members
GRANITEVILLE - It's one thing to hear about a problem, but another to see it.

Officials regulate stipend for cars

Tree falls on car, injuring its driver
A Richmond County woman suffered minor injuries in a car accident that involved a tree, power lines and a beehive.

Subscriber of the day

Few quits Washington fire chief job
Former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few resigned from the District of Columbia's fire department Wednesday morning amid controversy over allegations he lied on his rsum and hired former colleagues to fill chiefs positions, for which they were not qualified.

Officers learn new language

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia

Hit-and-run accuser enters rehab

Pool gets visit from council's members

Curator studies badge's origins

Journey of Hope

Monsignor to surrender on sex assault charges today

Across South Carolina

City to alter river swimming ban
A rarely enforced city code that bans swimming in the Savannah River will be amended to encourage better use of the waterway while protecting treacherous industrial areas.

Washington fire chief resigns

Officials regulate stipend for cars
An Augusta Commission committee voted Tuesday to implement an updated city policy that regulates car allowances for government employees.

High court pulls plug on games in Georgia

Attic treasures
Susan Combs Aldrich traveled all the way from Milledgeville to Washington, Ga., on Wednesday for The Mary Willis Library's attic sale.

Man sought in 3rd robbery

Interstate concerns residents
Ronda McZilkey's two children don't play in the back yard anymore.

Correction

Curator studies badge's origins
Its place in history is anyone's guess. Its value can only be estimated. But Gordon Blaker, the curator at the Augusta Museum of History, has an idea about where the museum's newly acquired Augusta Guards badge originated.

School board member ends bid for mayor

Lobbyist spending sets record in session
ATLANTA - The longest General Assembly session in decades also was the most expensive ever for the lobbyists who ply lawmakers with meals, tickets and other gifts.

Retired minister accused

Across Georgia
DECATUR -Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped two charges against Sidney Dorsey, but the former DeKalb County sheriff still faces most of the charges against him in the slaying of his elected successor.

Across the area

Attic treasures

Victim testifies in home invasion trial

Monsignor confesses, report says

Walker won't be prosecuted
ATLANTA - The Georgia attorney general's office decided not to prosecute Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker after a state investigation into allegations that he watered down a bill regulating cemeteries in exchange for campaign contributions.

Around town

Man denies cruelty charges
A man accused of two counts of animal cruelty said Wednesday that he's not solely responsible for the deaths of miniature horses on his property.

Man denies cruelty charges

Shootout trial heads to jury
A jury will be called on today to decide whether three men bent on killing set off a shootout in an Augusta apartment last spring or whether something else could have precipitated the bloodshed.

Across the area

Tax preparer, workers sentenced for fraud
A woman who ran a string of tax preparation businesses, along with four of her former employees, received federal sentences ranging from probation to prison Wednesday.

Interstate concerns residents

Monsignor confesses, report says
Confronted by allegations that he sexually assaulted a boy 25 years ago in a Catholic church, Aiken Monsignor Thomas Evatt this month confessed to a "singular horrible event," according to a police report released Wednesday.

Tree falls on car, injuring its driver

Hit-and-run accuser enters rehab
Leroy Crew, the man who accused a local photographer of killing Divine Monroe in a high-profile hit-and-run, was sent to a drug rehabilitation center Wednesday after his parole was revoked.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Addie Bush of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Southern Financial Group has been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly running an illegal scheme that has raised $25 million.

Victim testifies in home invasion trial
As Curtis Mance lay in a hospital trauma room with five bullet wounds, he noticed something familiar about another patient a few feet away, he testified Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh lost his bid to get a new judge Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Fewer teens were able to illegally purchase tobacco products in South Carolina this year, according to the 2002 Youth Access to Tobacco Study.

School board member ends bid for mayor
Richmond County Board of Education member Andrew Jefferson, who announced his candidacy for the 2002 mayoral election in April, said Tuesday he has pulled out of the race for personal and professional reasons.

Man sought in 3rd robbery
Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators can't say with certainty that the man arrested in connection with the robbery of an Aiken bank and liquor store was involved in the robbery of a Columbia County bank Tuesday.

Across the area
A 7-year-old boy was killed in a Glascock County fire Tuesday night, and his father was burned while trying to rescue him, officials said.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sandra Banister of Martinez.

Across Georgia

News you can use
May 30, 1920 To the Boys Club members of Richmond County: Boys who have joined the Pig Club for this year are expected to have their pig and begin keeping record of cost of feed, amount of gain, etc., in their record books June 1. Some of the boys have their pigs already. Some have selected theirs and will get them as soon as old enough, while others perhaps haven't a pig in view.

Officers learn new language
Aiken County Sheriff's Office employees are hoping basic training in Spanish will ease confrontations with the growing population of people who don't speak English.

Latest basketball league an 'Xtremly' bad idea
In case you missed it, the annoying trend of creating a useless sports league and putting the hip letter "X" in front if it continued this weekend with the inaugural XBA draft in Columbia.

Life is simply our choices to a bunch of options
Even though someone else sets your table, brings you your food and cleans up after you, eating in a restaurant can get pretty complicated.

Trio injects power into Roush Racing

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Todd Bodine

Spotlight on Todd Bodine
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Todd Bodine.

Racing facts

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Richard Childress couldn't swap the drivers in his race team, so he swapped everything else.

Martin crew chief fined $50,000

Racing facts
Here are facts about Sunday's MBNA Platinum 400 race.

Trio injects power into Roush Racing
CONCORD, N.C. - It would have been easy for Roush Racing to lose its way when an airplane Jack Roush was flying plunged into a south Alabama pond April 19. But a team that seemingly fell from grace on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a year ago, responded in ways its boss not only would appreciate, but also demands.

Martin crew chief fined $50,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The crew chief for Mark Martin was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday because Martin's winning car in the Coca-Cola 600 did not pass post-race inspection.

Kings edge Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Bibby made the big shot this time and the Sacramento Kings moved to the brink of eliminating the two-time defending NBA champions.

Nets top Celtics

Kidd felt his family was 'in jeopardy' in Boston
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd feared for the safety of his wife and 3-year-old son because of drunken fans who taunted them during the Eastern Conference finals in Boston.

Nets top Celtics
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After letting a 20-point lead drop to one, the New Jersey Nets used a 20-1 run to make certain it wouldn't happen again.

Kings on verge of impressive victory

Kidd felt his family was 'in jeopardy' in Boston

Kings on verge of impressive victory
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mike Bibby stayed up late, rehashing the biggest shot of his life with his girlfriend, mother and brothers. When he finally went to bed, however, he had a sound, dreamless sleep.

Kings edge Lakers

Two teachers tackle new role as female football players

Mrs. Georgia Atkinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia L. Atkinson, 75, of North Augusta,

Mrs. Annie Young    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. An

Dr. Paul Caudill    (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dr. R. Paul Caudill, Pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Memphis, died May 28, 2002, at West Tennessee Skilled Nursing Center in Jackson. He was 97 years old. Born in D

Mrs. Bertha Bland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Bertha Moody Bland of Hilltop Court, Hephzibah. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are three sons, John (Pearl) Bland III, Bernard Bland, Darryl Bland, Augusta; five daughters, Doris Howard-Settles, Hehpzibah, Barbara S. Lewis, Carol Jeanette (Joseph Lockleer), Augusta, Jeraline (Arthur) Luckey, Ivie (James) Turman, Martinez; stepson, Darryl M. Carpenter, Augusta; mother, Nina Cheathem, Augusta,; brothers, Allen Moody, Philadelphia, Michael (Donna) Moody, Martinez, 31 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Alma Bland, Hephzibah, Lauree Jackson, Augusta, Anna Bell B. White, Philadelphia, Otelia Moody, New York; two brothers- in-law, David Bland, Roosevelt (Lillie Mae) Bland, Augusta; goddaughter, Johnnie Mae Wooten, Augusta. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah.

Mr. Roger Kidd    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS,

Mrs. Annie Young    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie L. Young, 79, of Silver Bluff Road, Beech Island, who died May 28, 2002, will be conducted Friday morning at 11a.m. from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home.

Featured obituary: Mrs. Brenda Drake
Reading a book changed Brenda Drake's life forever.

Mrs. Sophie Slaughter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 25, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Sophie E. Slaughter of

Mrs. Lizzie Norman    (DANBURG, Ga.)
DANBURG, Ga. - Mrs. Lizzie Booth Norman, 89, of Danburg, entered into rest Tu

Ms. Lisa Roberts    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Welch Sr.    (LANCASTER, S.C.)
LANCASTER, S.C. - Memorial services for Hubert Hoyt Welch Sr. sho died May 23, 2002, were held 3p.m. Sunday, at Convenant Baptist Church. Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery. Survi

Miss Marsha Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest

Mrs. Gladys Hamilton    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Gladys Lillian Beauford Hamilton, 87, of Trent

Mr. Jim Pontoon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, May 24, 2002, at Augusta Hill Nursing Home, Mr. Jim Pontoon of Cumming Road. Funeral servi

Mr. Franklin Allen    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest May 27,

Mr. John Pixley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - John Henry "Pops" Pixley, died May 28, 2002. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Union Baptist Church,

Mr. David Brinson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. David Phil Brinson, 47, died May 28, 2002. Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002, in Peebles-Curry- Durden Mortuary.

Mr. Ronnie Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Bryan    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Inez Bryan will be May 30, 2002, at 11a.m. at Sparta City Cemetery. Revs

Mrs. Ather Lindsey    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ather Davis Lindsey, age 99, of Sandersville, died Wednesday, M

Mr. William Arra Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Wi

Mr. Conrad Lewis    (MODOC, S.C.)
M

Mrs. Grace Craig    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, Mrs. Grace Yelvington Craig, Baker S

Mr. Wiley Kneece    (OLAR, S.C.)
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. Wiley J. Kneece, 64, of Olar died Tuesday morning at his residence after an extended illness. Mr. Kneece was born February 19, 1938, in Aiken County, the s

Mr. Roderick Rolland    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Roderick Rolland of Lakeview Drive, Johnston, departed this life Saturday, May 25, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002,

Miss Myrtle Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

FSgt. James Johns    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - First Sergeant retire

Mr. Ernest Johnson    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mr. Ernest Johnson, of Marietta, died Saturday, morning, May 25, 2002. Funeral services will be held on Fri

Mrs. Bertha Green    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Bertha Lue Corley Green, 87, died May 25, 2002. Funeral services will be 2p.m., May 30, 2002, at Beautiful Gate Baptist

Mrs. Eleanor Kolb    (JACKSON, Miss.)
JACKSON, Miss. - Eleanor Mayo Kolb, 63, died Saturday, May 25

Mr. Clayton Anderson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funer

Mr. Wiley Kneece    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Wiley J. Kneece, 64, of 4th Street in Olar, died Tuesday morning at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced later by Smith-Rhoden Funeral Home of Allendale.

Deacon Willie Aaron Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Deacon Willie Aaron , Sr., 82, of Monte Carlo Drive, depart

Mrs. Leroy Jackson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Connor Cleckley Goodrich
Connor Cleckley Goodrich, the widow of decorated military hero Lt. Col. Jimmie Dyess, died Tuesday at her home in Brandon Wilde. She was 91.

Mrs. Ethel Hickson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Kentwood Nursing Home, Mrs. Ethel H. Hickson, formerly of Perry Avenue, of Spicewood Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are two sisters, LaVancy Je

Mrs. Emma Brown    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Lee Brown, 67, wife of Mr. Thomas M. Brown, entered into rest,

Mrs. Connor Goodrich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Harriet Brown    (SILVER SPRING, Md.)
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, Mrs. Harriet L. Smith Brown

Mrs. Debbie Gill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered

Mr. Ronnie Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest May 26, 2002, Mr. Ronnie Mealing, 37, of Lion Gates Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Mealing, a native of Edgefield Count

Mrs. Connor Goodrich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Benson Sr.    (YORK, S.C.)
YORK, S.C. - Mr. Wayne Benson Sr., age 47, of

Mrs. Debbie Gill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on May 27, 2002, Mrs. Debbie Ellen Gill, wife of Mr. Kenneth Gill, of Rosemary Lane, North Augusta. She was the daughter of John Moore of Genevia, N.C. and Betty

Mr. Franklin Allen    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, May 27, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, retired SSG/E6 Franklin D. Allen, 66, husband of Mrs. Sue Ansley Allen. G

Mr. Bobby Diles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Emmitt Carroll III    (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Mr. Emmitt Carroll III, entered into rest May 21 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Dr. Tip and Kathy Carroll, Wrens, Ga.; one si

Mr. Bobby Diles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Cente

Mrs. Grace Craig    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Mrs. Grace Yelvington Craig, Baker Street, Warrenville. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. William V. Craig. Survivors include her daughters, Pat Efird, Jean Futch, Dolly Rearden, Carol Gib

Mrs. Eula Simpson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered in

Mrs. Lillie Corley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A memorial

Mrs. Allegra Riner    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Allegra Riner, 86, died May 27, 2002. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2002, Sardis

Mr. James Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Myrtle Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest May 28, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Miss Myrtle M. Jordan, 79, of Rhonda Drive.

Mr. Emmitt Carroll III    (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Mr. Emmitt Carroll III, entered into rest May 21 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Dr. Tip and Kathy Carroll, Wre

Mr. Robert Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Mr. Robert W. Harris, 52, of Meadowbrook Drive, Augusta. Funeral services will be conducted at 11a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, from New Ex

Mr. Mark Brown, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Mark Arthur Brown, 40, of Union Church Lane, Aiken, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Fairfield Health Car

Mrs. BillieJean Hamilton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Fune

Mrs. Emma Brown    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Emma Lee Brown, 67, wife of Mr. Thomas M. Brown, entered into rest, Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home. Funeral serv

Featured obituary: Mr. William Arra
North Augusta lost a tireless giver Saturday when William Arra, called Bill by friends, died after battling a rare form of leukemia.

Mr. Bobby Birks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Johnetta Garrett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Brenda Drake    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Echols    (TIGNALL, Ga)
TIGNALL, Ga - Mr. William Vernon "Bud" Echols, 81, of Freeman Road., entered into rest Tuesday at Wills Memorial H

Sgt. Sidney Davis Jr.    (ALLENHURST, Ga.)
ALLENHURST, Ga. - Sgt. Sidney A. Davis Jr., 27, of Allenhurst, died Friday, May 24, 2002, due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mr. Davis was stationed at Fort Stewart Army Base, HHC DISCOM GSO Unit. Survivors incl

Mrs. Brenda Drake    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Pontoon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, May 24, 2002, at Augusta Hill Nursing Home. Mr. Jim Pontoon of Cumming Road. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 30, 2002, at 1p.m. at Willia

Mrs. Eleanor Kolb (JACKSON, Miss.)

Mrs. BillieJean Hamilton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Paul Caudill (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Brenda Drake

Mr. Hubert Welch Sr. (LANCASTER, S.C.)

Mr. William Echols (TIGNALL, Ga)

Mrs. Eula Simpson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Diles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Diles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Connor Goodrich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Conrad Lewis (MODOC, S.C.)

Ms. Johnetta Garrett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

FSgt. James Johns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Pontoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Debbie Gill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Myrtle Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Arra Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Harriet Brown (SILVER SPRING, Md.)

Mrs. Sophie Slaughter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Pontoon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Atkinson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Deacon Willie Aaron Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Allen (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Allen (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Corley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Connor Goodrich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ather Lindsey (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Allegra Riner (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Craig (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Green (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronnie Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Kidd (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Clayton Anderson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Lisa Roberts (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Hamilton (TRENTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Connor Cleckley Goodrich

Mr. Wayne Benson Sr. (YORK, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Johnson (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Birks (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Emmitt Carroll III (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)

Mrs. Annie Young (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Wiley Kneece (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Miss Marsha Reed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Pixley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Emmitt Carroll III (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)

Mrs. Emma Brown (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Drake (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick Rolland (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Video poker KO'd
Thanks to the Georgia Supreme Court, the video poker ban in the Peach State will be just as uncompromising as the one in South Carolina.

Backs Ferrara for S.C. House seat
Those of us who live in South Carolina House District 86 have the opportunity to vote on June 11 for an outstanding man in our community. Russ Ferrara is a candidate for state House. I will be voting for Mr. Ferrara, and I recommend him to every voter in District 86. Charles A. Bishop Jr., Montmorenci, S.C.

Forum examines teen pregnancy
The Richmond County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Forum, conducted at Augusta State University, accurately defined the scope of the teen-age pregnancy problem. The incidence in America exceeds that of all other developed nations. Georgia ranks seventh among the states and Richmond County ranks third among the counties in Georgia. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

Avoid nuclear war
Does Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf speak with forked tongue? He gave one speech to his nation Monday that was translated into English for the rest of the world. With Pakistan and India, both nuclear powers, deploying a million troops along the Kashmir border, the world is very nervous about what will happen next.

Reagan's dream fulfilled
"The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy, the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities, which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means."

End S.C. secrecy
It would be a shameful dereliction of duty if the South Carolina General Assembly wound up its business June 6 without loosening disclosure requirements on the state Commerce Department.

Palestinian defender is dishonest
Recently, in an attempt to be more fair and balanced, The Chronicle has been devoting large amounts of space to dishonest representatives of the Arab community. In a May 23 guest column, Isaam Nashashibi represents the Arab point of view by mentioning events out of context, leaving out many important facts and suggesting unrealistic solutions. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Urges election of a non-lawyer
Can the Republican Party hold on to Congressional District 3 this November? It all depends on who's nominated in June. A strong candidate will sweep the district, while a weak one may not. Michele Bullington, Aiken, S.C.

The whole-language approach to reading defended
I admire John Rosemond for his usual sound advice on raising children. However, in a recent column he, like many others, confuses "whole-language" reading instruction with "whole-word" reading instruction. Kay I. Hays, North Augusta, S.C.

Mount Vintage tournament was the best
It has been my privilege for many years to be associated with the LPGA in my capacity as the president of the Women's Titleholders Golf Association. I have been to many other tournaments throughout the years, and I am happy to say the tournament played at Mount Vintage recently was one of the best-run tournaments I ever attended. Augusta is truly fortunate to have the tournament in our area. I ask that those who did not attend this year make an effort to take the time next year to see the best women golfers in the world compete in our area. Bill Bottomley, Augusta

Aiken should find money for valuable community resource
For the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work at a wonderful place with great people: The Aiken County Recreation Departments' pool on the Aiken-Augusta Highway. This pool is a haven for children in the area, giving them a place to escape the heat and be with their friends. It also gives them an opportunity to learn, get involved and to stay off the streets. Wesley Riddle, Aiken, S.C.

Seles, Clijsters survive in Paris, but not Henin

Blackville job goes to Beasley

Small crowds plague Macon

Beasley helps lead new breed

Claims of Lewis-Tyson sellout ring untrue

Overtime

Lewis fight could be Tyson's last big payday

Officials reveal specifics of Georgia Games

Safin throws racket but not match in first round at French Open

Overtime

Now soccer has rabbit ball

Overtime
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig emerged Wednesday from a meeting in Chicago with team owners hopeful labor talks will lead to a deal with players but without providing details on how to do it.

Seles, Clijsters survive in Paris, but not Henin
PARIS -- Justine Henin, who made the semifinals at the French Open a year ago, was ousted in a first-round upset Tuesday by a qualifier ranked 179th.

Safin throws racket but not match in first round at French Open
PARIS -- Marat Safin calls himself "good entertainment."

Claims of Lewis-Tyson sellout ring untrue
It turns out Mike Tyson's fight with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis isn't such a hot ticket after all.

Beasley helps lead new breed
SEOUL, South Korea -- DaMarcus Beasley remembers the taunts.

Now soccer has rabbit ball
SEOUL, South Korea -- Now World Cup soccer has a lively ball, too.

Blackville job goes to Beasley
When Blackville-Hilda boys basketball coach Mike Beasley walked into the school for the first time five years ago, his goal was simple. He wanted to be the athletic director.

Officials reveal specifics of Georgia Games
A rock-star performance and an expanded pool of athletes will highlight the 2002 Georgia Games Championships, which have evolved somewhat in the three years since they were last held in Augusta.

Lewis fight could be Tyson's last big payday
In the New York office of Mike Tyson's manager, a clock slowly ticks away, counting down the seconds until 11 p.m. CDT on June 8. At that moment, Tyson should step into a ring in Memphis, Tenn., to fight Lennox Lewis.

Overtime
USC Aiken outfielder Ashley Farr has been named to the NCAA Division II All-America first team after leading the Peach Belt Conference with 74 RBI and a .427 average. Pacers second baseman Demetrick Drumming and designated hitter Tavis Cummings were both named second team All-Americans.

Two teachers tackle new role as female football players
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Shiloh High School biology teacher Krista Herron trades in her lab coat on Saturdays for football pads and a helmet.

Latest basketball league an 'Xtremly' bad idea

Returns are not Stallions' specialty
Though the Augusta Stallions are one of two remaining arenafootball2 teams with an unblemished record, they do have one chink in their armor; special teams.

Small crowds plague Macon
When Augusta's team bus makes the two-hour road trip Friday, it'll pass a Macon city limits sign. That might be the only way the Stallions will know they're playing an away game.

Residents join plutonium fight
COLUMBIA - A group of residents who live near Savannah River Site filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a federal lawsuit and to require the Department of Energy to pay them if plutonium is brought into South Carolina.

Scientists hope to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger
SYDNEY, Australia -- The extinct Tasmanian tiger may one day roar back to life, Australian scientists said Tuesday, announcing they have taken some steps to clone the animal by replicating DNA from preserved specimens.

West Nile virus travels
Although a couple of birds have tested positive for the West Nile virus near Atlanta, Augusta-area officials are split over whether they will do any testing now that the state won't pay for shipping to Atlanta.

Computers, whiteboard replace chalkboard
WASHINGTON -- When architects turned a former Safeway grocery into a public charter school in 1999, they ditched the dusty chalkboards.

Georgia thrower wins third NCAA title on final toss
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Andras Haklitis of Georgia wrapped up his college career in dramatic fashion Wednesday by winning his third NCAA hammer title on his final throw.

Georgia thrower wins third NCAA title on final toss

Missed putt costs teen chance at area's first 59
Gene Hollins, No. 3, 9-iron. Witnesses: Bodie Hollins, Gene Hollins Sr. and Mike Cooper.

Odds and ends

The case of the corpse in the closet

Scientists hope to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger

Residents join plutonium fight

West Nile virus travels