WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Since he was 5 years old and playing T-ball, this is what Jonathan Broxton has waited for - the phone call, the major league scout on the other end of the line, the contract offer, the chance to play baseball professionally.
Suzuki leads AL All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Reigning MVP Ichiro Suzuki leads American League players in balloting for next month's All-Star game.
Area teams face tough challenges
When Clemson, Georgia Tech and South Carolina analyze their Super Regional baseball opponents, there should be no doubt that their foes are capable of pulling off impressive road conquests.
Ball State's Bullington goes to Pirates with No. 1 pick
NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Pirates don't expect to see No. 1 draft pick Bryan Bullington throwing his 94 mph fastball in the major leagues any time soon.
Dodgers select Burke County ace
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Watching Burke County's Jonathan Broxton on the mound and watching him sit in a chair in front of the family computer waiting to be drafted are eerily similar experiences.
Atlanta drafts hometown hero
ATLANTA - It was no surprise that three of the Atlanta Braves' first six picks in Tuesday's Major League Baseball first-player draft, were pitchers.
Castilla lifts Atlanta to win
ATLANTA - There's Pesky's Pole in Boston.
Turner Field has first rainout
ATLANTA -- The first rainout in Turner Field history halted Tuesday night's game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, a matchup of the top two teams in the NL East.
ATLANTA - There's still a long way to go before he joins the ranks of the game's superstars.
Paula Potter just couldn't take it anymore.
Self-employed woman ends career after 26 years
After being Your Secretary for more than 26 years, Shirley Fleeman is ready for her exit interview.
Augusta-Richmond County's License and Inspection department Monday issued downtown property owner Bonnie Ruben a citation for violation of the property maintenance code.
Athens man buys mall space
The effort to pump life back into the defunct Regency Mall has a new advocate.
Manufacturing grows for fourth straight month
Manufacturing grows for fourth straight month; pace faster than previous month
Gizmos' functions to merge, expert says
ATLANTA - Laptop computers will soon be more like cell phones, and mobile phones will do more computing as the coming types of high-tech equipment blur together, according to industry executives.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stein Mart Inc. Chief Executive Officer John H. "Jack" Williams Jr. said Monday he will retire at the end of this fiscal year and turn the reins of the company over to Michael D. Fisher, who was promoted to president and chief operating officer last August.
Oklahoma State's Phillips named new athletic director
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Terry Don Phillips won't have to change the color of his wardrobe - just the insignia - as he stepped down from his job as athletic director at Oklahoma State and accepted the same job at Clemson on Tuesday.
In the know
Nestle Ice Cream wants to reward teachers. Until Aug. 15, parents can submit an essay or poem (300 words or less) describing how a teacher had a significant influence on your child by making learning fun. The teacher and child must be currently enrolled at the same school. Entrants must be the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in grades one through eight in fall 2002.
For those who love fresh figs, the season is sweet but frustratingly short. The solution during the off-season? Adriatic Fig Spread, a thick, intensely figgy preserve made from figs from the Dalmatian region of Croatia.
California blend is light work for the tongue
When purple evening shadows mark the end of a warm day and friends and neighbors are coming over for a little dinner or to sit on the porch, it's not the time for high-alcohol, oak-girt cabernet sauvignons or similar palate-wrenching red wines. No, this is the occasion for which we need wines that define the notion of aperitif, something brisk and crisp and delightful to quench the thirst and stimulate the appetite and perhaps move from the porch to the table to accompany a first course.
Ratings suggest reality TV is popular among youth
It used to be as simple as getting the directions to Sesame Street or spending the afternoon with Barney or Mr. Rogers.
THE WINE: 1999 Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay. THE PRICE: $22
'Thoroughly Modern Millie' wins six Tony Awards
NEW YORK -- An old-fashioned Broadway musical about a small-town girl's quest for love and riches in New York now has a fairy-tale ending for itself and its unlikely young star.
For the past several weeks I've focused on cold foods for summer dining. This week, the notion of a "sandwich supper" gets taken to new heights with my family-sized pesto beef hero.
Supportive shoes may ease foot pain
Q: For about 25 years I have had to wear high heels most of the day. Now the balls of my feet hurt so badly that I can hardly walk. Is there anything that can be done about this? - M.S. Louisville, Ga.
Singer reminiscent of Ronstadt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The buzz on Tift Merritt is that she could be the next Bonnie Raitt. Or maybe the next Linda Ronstadt. Emmylou Harris is also mentioned.
'Sum of All Fears' in top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES -- "The Sum of All Fears" added up to a victory over "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" as the nuclear terrorism thriller knocked George Lucas' sci-fi saga to second place at the weekend box office.
Jackets to play super regional against Florida Atlantic
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech will play host to Florida Atlantic this weekend in one of eight NCAA tournament super regionals.
Crawdads rout GreenJackets
HICKORY, N.C. - The Hickory Crawdads, the South Atlantic League Northern Division co-leaders, ripped Augusta pitching for 19 hits in a 14-3 win over the GreenJackets on Tuesday night at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Jags prove they are contenders
When Jay Seawell was hired as Augusta State's golf coach in 1998, he believed he could lead the Jaguars to a Division I national championship.
Tiger's next frontier: Winning a major on a par 70
The U.S. Open was still more than a month away when Tiger Woods was reminded of a peculiar statistic: He has never won a major championship on a par-70 golf course.
Now comes the hard part for Sorenstam
WILMINGTON, Del. -- About the only thing missing is a 59.
Annika looks awesome heading into summer
AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam flashes a smile so photogenic you want to frame it.
Howell qualifies for Open
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Charles Howell secured a spot in the U.S. Open the old-fashioned way Monday - he earned it with rounds of 73 and 64 at a sectional qualifier.
Semple Thompson makes 12th amateur team
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Carol Semple Thompson was selected for the U.S. Curtis Cup team for a record 12th time Monday, joining seven other amateurs for the biennial match against Britain and Ireland.
Owners of Red Wings, Hurricanes share rivalry
DETROIT -- This Stanley Cup rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes has been described as icy, bitter and fierce - and that's just between the owners.
Hurricanes stun Red Wings in overtime
DETROIT -- Ron Francis knocked in Jeff O'Neill's short pass to the top of the crease 58 seconds into overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes stunned the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Tuesday night.
One year after Ray Bourque, will Hasek finally stop chasing the cup?
DETROIT -- This Stanley Cup story line worked so well last year, it may be worth repeating.
'Star Wars' helps fill void of summer vacation
For the record, it took my 8-year-old son almost two weeks into his summer vacation before he officially pronounced himself "bored."
Firefighter burned in house fire
A firefighter with the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department was badly burned this morning after rushing into a fiery south Augusta residence because he thought children might be inside, officials said.
Americans upset Portugal
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- The Americans took their turn at shocking the soccer world Wednesday, upsetting powerful Portugal 3-2 in the World Cup.
Augusta re-signs Galbraith
As solid as Lance Galbraith was as a rookie last season, the Augusta Lynx think he'll be an even better second-year pro.
Temps soar to near 100 in season's first heat wave
ALBANY, Ga. -- With a stalled high pressure system hovering overhead, temperatures soared to nearly 100 degrees Monday in many parts of Georgia as the state sweltered through its first heat wave of the season.
Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Motorists along Interstate 26 or U.S. Highway 278 are asked to be especially cautious Wednesday as state agencies practice reversing traffic lanes in a hurricane evacuation.
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified A&D Auto Repair as the location of a shooting Sunday because of incorrect information provided to the newspaper. Gunshots were fired at a customer at Affordable Transmission, which is owned by the suspect, McCale Dixon, Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies said.
Zone board OKs adult bookstore
The full commission has the final say on the zoning and will review the request June 18.
Across the region
REIDSVILLE -A Georgia State Prison guard died two weeks after being pummeled by a maximum-security inmate - the first time a Georgia inmate has killed a prison employee in more than a decade, officials said.
Hit head-onMartinez-Evans firefighters take Cristina Girgenti to an ambulance after her car was hit head-on by a truck on Washington Road. Authorities said John Stump, 33, of Augusta, crossed the center line. Both drivers were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Ms. Girgenti was in fair condition Tuesday, while Mr. Stump was in critical condition. Charges are pending.
Arsons remain a mystery
Valerie Fleming can't see any signs of the arson that damaged her Creekside Court home a year and a half ago.
City gets 2 ambulance bids
When Augusta commissioners voted last year to consider changing the city's ambulance service, they said they wanted to inject competition into Augusta's emergency medical service market.
Votes fail to revive city's car allowance
Three high-ranking city employees, including one who started on the job this week, will get smaller paychecks next week after several votes on car allowances failed before Augusta commissioners Tuesday.
News you can use
June 4, 1970 Augusta's city tax collection office received its biggest-ever single day's collection - $218,538 - on Monday, Collector of Revenue Roy W. Hooper said.
Bar hours will stay the same
An Augusta bar owner's business license will be on 90-day probation while the rest of the city's bars and restaurants will see no changes in their operating hours after the actions of Augusta commissioners at a Tuesday meeting.
Escaping the Heat
Kojak Goodwin, of Gloverville, gives his friend Randy Spadley, of Graniteville, a ride on his watercraft at Langley Pond. The friends were trying to stay cool on the water as temperatures across the area reached the 100 degree mark Monday.
Across the area
A man charged with murder in a Lake Olmstead drowning is expected to be brought to Augusta next week, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Jack Francisco said.
Badges must be worn at sheriff's office
Getting in to see a sheriff's investigator in Richmond County just got a little tougher.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
EBay items concern Air Force officials
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Norb Novocin's day at a Jacksonville auction turned out to be more than he bargained for.
Track nears landmark status
AIKEN - For most of the crowd at Tuesday night's Historic Preservation Commission meeting, the debate was about what role McGhees' Mile Track played in Aiken's past, land rights, and what making the property a "historic landmark" means.
Debate centers on bar hours
About six months ago, an Augusta bar owner went before local elected officials and asked them to consider extending the hours drinking establishments can serve alcohol.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Herman Walden of Hephzibah.
ROSWELL -State wildlife officials captured a black bear in a suburban Atlanta apartment complex early Monday.
News you can use
JUNE 5, 1980 Federal Judge Anthony A. Alaimo has ended Augusta Mayor Lewis A. Newman's appointment as receiver of the city Police Department.
University provost is finalist in Alabama search
ATHENS, Ga. - A search committee has formally recommended the University of Georgia's Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Holbrook as a finalist for the presidency of the 14,000-student University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Question is settled by degree
AIKEN - The yearlong debate among the members of the Aiken County state Senate delegation over whom to appoint as bond court magistrate ended Tuesday.
Across the area
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released an artist's rendering of the man wanted in connection with a robbery of the Appling Regions bank Friday.
Canal adds patrols after vandalism
Law-enforcement patrols along the Augusta Canal were stepped up Tuesday after visitors reported a second wave of vandalism involving the spreading of upholstery tacks to flatten bicycle tires.
Plan averts tax increase
Columbia County residents won't face a tax increase from the county's $107 million budget.
Packing up memories
Neighbors and friends help pack up items salvaged from the remains of Douglas Holford's home in Woodside Plantation. After Monday's fire, which was caused by lightning striking a tree next to the building, only a shell of the home remained.
Lightning-sparked fire guts Aiken home
AIKEN - A lightning strike ignited a fire Monday that gutted a large, two-story home in in Aiken's exclusive Woodside Plantation.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
High temperatures intensify storms
Julia Hall was watching television when she heard the loud crash on top of her apartment Monday afternoon.
Slaying suspect gives motive
AIKEN - The man arrested in the weekend slaying of an Aiken woman told police he shot her and shot at others because he was owed money, police said Monday.
Council backs six-lane bridge plan
The North Augusta City Council voiced support Monday night for expanding the planned Interstate 520 bridge across the Savannah River from four to six lanes.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Brenda Johnson of Appling.
Near-record heat expected to stay all week
Temperatures that sent area residents into air conditioning or to the pool last weekend may be hanging around for a while.
Dog days of crime
Dog thieves didn't care about the Jack Russell terriers in Benjamin Ladomirak's back yard last week. They just wanted Rufus, the pit bull.
Ex-officers get prison terms
Roderick Berry and Stoney Turnage lost the most important thing in their lives, their law enforcement careers, both told a federal judge Monday.
Hodges signs lottery spending bill
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges on Monday signed into law a bill that includes the spending plan for the state's new lottery.
Federal court approves Senate remap
ATLANTA - A federal court in Washington on Monday approved Georgia's latest Senate redistricting map, clearing the way for the districts to be used in this year's round of elections.
Nearing 50th year, institute on Sapelo is showing its age
SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. - The University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island has its 50th birthday next year, but how happy the milestone will be remains uncertain.
Psychologist says man can stand trial
A psychologist testified Tuesday that he believes an Augusta man accused of setting fire to a neighbor's house is competent to stand trial.
University helps Ecuador protect environment
ATHENS, Ga. - During the school year, University of Georgia plant ecologist Dr. Carol Hoffman provides advice for state environmental learning programs, such as a tour that teaches Georgia middle-school teachers about protecting the Altamaha River watershed.
Elbert County jury selected for murder charges retrial
ELBERTON, Ga. - An Elbert County jury has heard opening statements in the second trial of Albert R. Wymbs on murder charges.
Budget deletes new posts
AIKEN - Aiken County Clerk of Court Liz Godard brought several overworked court clerks and a bucketful of one week's worth of mail to Aiken County Council on Tuesday night.
ANIC approves office building
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has approved spending $1.67 million to build a three-story office building in the heart of the Laney-Walker community.
Mom who left baby in van is arrested
As a North Augusta mother chose to go shopping without her 11-month-old child Tuesday, police say, several other shoppers decided they needed to rescue the baby from a dangerously hot minivan.
Tracy's team appealing Indy 500 finish
INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Tracy's team will appeal his second-place finish in the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti not thinking about leaving Petty
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Petty Enterprises is concerned that driver John Andretti will leave the organization when his contract expires at the end of the year. It might not have anything to worry about.
Lakers take a break before preparing for Nets
LOS ANGELES -- The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers took Monday off rather than begin preparations for the New Jersey Nets, and who can blame them?
Defending Kidd a major task for Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Derek Fisher calls Jason Kidd the true MVP.
Mrs. Mary Bostic (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, June 3, 2002, at Windermere Health and Rehab Center. Mrs. Mary Lue Bostic, of Highland Avenue, Augusta. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 7, 2002, at 11 a
Mr. J.K. Davis (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Entered into rest Mr. J.K. Davis of Beech Island. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced. Friends may call on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley.
Mr. Wallace Mundy (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Wallace H. Mundy 76, who died June 3, 2002, wi
Mrs. Ruth Atkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Durden Atkins will be held today at 11a.m. in the chapel of Hatcher Funeral Home with The Rev. Marion Jay officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hatcher Funeral Home, Augusta.
Mrs. Mary Bostic (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, June 3, 2002
Mrs. Annie Gibbons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Mae Gibbons, died, Sunday, June 2, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital. Funeral will be Wednesday,
Betty Jean Williams (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Lee Claxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eugenia Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest June 1, 2002, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Mrs. Eugenia "Jeanie" Burch Wallace, 69, wife of Mr. Arthur B. Wallace of Denmark Drive, Augusta. Funeral services
Mr. Joseph Donnan (GREENSBORO, S.C.)
GREENSBORO, S.C.- Funeral services for Joseph A. Donnan, who died June 2, 2002, will be Th
Mrs. Mary Wright (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
CLEARWATER, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary New Wright, 77, of Pearson Av
Mr. James Rowland (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. James Steven Rowland, 50, of Joyce Lane, New Ellento
Mrs. Vivian Rowland (AUGUSTA Ga.)
III, of New York City. In lieu of flo
Featured obituary: Mrs. Gloria Blackwell
The big dining room table in her Gloverville home was a favorite spot for Gloria Blackwell.
Mr. David Ragland Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Mr. David Ragland Sr., son of Henry D. and Betty Cochran Ragland of Empire, Ala. Surviving are a son, David A. Ragland Jr., his maternal grandmother, Ida Cochran; one sister, Dena Straughn; thr
Mrs. Julia Jarnagin (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Services for Mrs. Julia May Snyder Jarnagin, 84, who died June 3, 2002, will be 3:30 p.m., Thursday, at George Funeral Homes, Inc. Interment
Mr. Samuel Brown, Jr. (GREAT NECK, N.Y.)
GREAT NECK, N.Y. - Funeral services for Mr. Samuel Brown, Jr., 68, of Grandview Avenue will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Old Storm Branch Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr
Dea. Willie Cooper Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, J
Mrs. Lona Simril (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.
Mrs. Eunice Denard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Matthews Denard, 93, of Lincolnton Road, entered into rest Tuesday morning at Wills Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be Thursday morning at 11a.m.
Miss Sanita Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Miss Sanita Denise Harmon of Parkway Drive. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at
Mrs. Roxie Crawford (ATHENS, Ga.)
ATHENS, Ga. - Roxie Reid Crawford, passed away June 1, 2002. Funeral services will be hel
Mr. Claude James (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mr. Cluade Haywood James, 66, of Pinetree Street, entered into
Mr. Charles Webb Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Charles Lawrence "Booger" Webb Sr., 74, died Tuesday June 4, 2002, in the Barnwell, County Hospital after an extended illness. Graveside services will be held at 5p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at the Ba
Mr. Fay Newsome (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.-Mr. Fay Newsome, 67, husband of Frank
Mrs. Alma Jones (CANOOCHEE, Ga.)
CANOOCHEE, Ga. - Mrs. Alma Lester Jones died on June 2, 2002. Funeral services will be June 5, 2002, at 11a.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-D
Featured obituary: Mr. John Sims Sr.
If Patricia Harris had to guess where her father, John Sims Sr., was these days, she'd probably say he was tossing his line into the biggest fishing pond he could find in Heaven.
Mr. Claude James (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mr. Cluade Haywood James, 66, of Pinetree Street,
Mr. William Turner Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. William Lee Turner Jr., 38, of Augusta, died Monday, June 3, 2002. Graveside services will be held 11a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Ebenezer Cemetery in Trenton, S.C. Mr. Turner was a native of Greenville
Mr. James Rowland (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. James Steven Rowland, 50, of Joyce Lane, New Ellenton, who died June 3, 2002, will be conducted Thursday morning, at 10 a.m., from the Foreman Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Rick
Mrs. BettyJean Williams (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Funeral services for Betty Jean Williams will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m., in the Hatcher Funeral Home chapel. Interment in Langley Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. #1, Langley, S.C.
Mrs. Nellie Pate (WARTHEN, Ga.)
WARTHEN, Ga. - Mrs. Nellie Cobb Pate, age 91, of Warthen, died Monday, June 3, 2002. Funeral
Mr. David Buyoucos (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - David M. Buyoucos, 52, formerly of Ithaca, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at his home in Aiken. He was the son of the late James V. Buyoucos and the late Katheryn D
Mrs. Eula Carroll (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Services for Eula Lee Collins Carroll, 75, wil
Don't let Augusta Mall die
While walking through the Augusta Mall recently, I saw an all-too-familiar sight - abandoned stores. Tim Austin, Hephzibah, Ga.
Sept. 11 probe a waste of time
Washington lawmakers must be nutty when they accuse President George W. Bush of not preventing the awful events of Sept. 11. Fred Tian, Evans, Ga.
We're not impressed when crooks say they're sorry. They're always sorry after they're caught; yet if they were really sorry they wouldn't have committed the crimes in the first place.
"We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is the path of action. And this nation will act."
Too many outsiders back Stewart
Regarding the May 5 article, "Nudging creates contest for seat." It concerned candidates for South Carolina House District 86. Frances Bell, Windsor, S.C.
Kill Aiken petition
Aiken's Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled today to take up the controversial petition urged on it by city residents, including prominent members of the horse community, that would deny the owner of the mile track that hosts the Aiken Harness Races each year to develop his property for profitability.
When it comes to patriotism Pat Tillman doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Tillman is pulling down $1 million a year - or more than $80,000 per game - as the Arizona Cardinals' star strong safety.
Stewart works hard, will serve well
Jim Stewart has the tradition of being a hard worker and successful businessman who stands up for values that are very important for family, community, county and state. His experience and leadership will be a strong asset in the House of Representatives in Columbia, S.C. Georgia and Erline Piper, Ridge Spring, S.C.
South Carolina's big fight over how to spend lottery revenues came to a quiet end Monday when Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law a bill that includes an increase in LIFE and Palmetto college scholarships, new school buses and faculty supplements for professors at the state's universities.
Does candidate runs to boost business?
I'm concerned about why Jim Stewart decided at the last minute to run for the South Carolina House. Anthony Carraway, Aiken, S.C.
Genuine war veterans should do Memorial Day honors
Excuse me? President George W. Bush is standing over the grave of Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-Sue-Mer, France? What irony. Such pain and sorrow on his face, too. Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.
For safety's sake, let's arm all airline passengers
So many people use so many absurd excuses, all in the name of "security," and still get things backward when it comes to the security of airline flights in the United States. Bill Dekle, Millen, Ga.
Jackson the one for U.S. House
Stan Jackson is the best choice for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina District 3. He has the intellect, leadership experience, and the fighting spirit that the Aiken area needs in Washington. Ernest Law, Aiken, S.C.
Aiken pastor applauds S.C. aspirant
I would like to share some good news with residents of Aiken County. St. Noah Church of God would like to thank South Carolina House District 86 candidate Russ Ferrara for his assistance in working with the city of Aiken and helping us with our efforts to expand our church of worship on Charleston Street. Rev. Gehazel Williams, Aiken, S.C.
Small-businessman top candidate
Gresham Barrett has one qualification that puts him head and shoulders above his main competitors: He's never been to law school. The race for South Carolina's District 3 U.S. House seat has several attorneys and obfuscators angling for your vote. Mr. Barrett, on the other hand, is a small businessman managing the family furniture store. Ed Murray, Aiken, S.C.
Experience, idealism a big plus
Gresham Barrett is the best candidate in the crowded Republican Primary for South Carolina District 3 U.S. House seat. He's a commonsense conservative and citizen legislator, who successfully combines experience with a youthful and refreshing idealism. David L. Allen, Aiken, S.C.
Constitution must be respected when protecting Americans
Recently, The Chronicle has fielded a lot of letters demanding reasons why terrorist activity in the United States was not stopped before the World Trade Center was destroyed. Most of these are misguided in some way; a recurring theme is a blindness to absolute requirements of the Constitution. John Culbert, Williston, S.C.
Ferrara the pick for S.C. House seat
I support Russ Ferrara for the South Carolina House. He has the leadership and public service experience we need in the House. His program to eliminate taxes will prove to be one of the best tax-based restructuring actions our lawmakers can take to stimulate the state's overall economy. William D. Young, Wagener, S.C.
Augusta's Scott Parel qualified for the U.S. Open on Tuesday with rounds of 66-66-132 at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek course in Roswell, Ga.
Venus, Serena roll into French Open semifinals
PARIS -- Big Sis went out and made a past French Open champion look utterly hapless at Roland Garros. Then Little Sis did, too.
Costa reaches French Open semifinals
PARIS -- It's taken Albert Costa 25 Grand Slam tournaments to reach a semifinal.
Agassi reaches French quarters
PARIS -- Andre Agassi was in a rut: His rhythm was off, his much younger opponent couldn't miss, his deficit was growing.
Tyson is silent, but not those around him
TUNICA, Miss. -- Mike Tyson didn't need to open his mouth to create a scene Tuesday. The odd collection of characters around him made sure of that.
Augusta State junior Oliver Wilson became the first Jaguar to earn first team All-America honors when the Golf Coaches Association of America named the 10-member squad Sunday.
Reyna, Mathis hurting heading into U.S. World Cup opener
SEOUL, South Korea -- For four years, it's been aching to show the world it's no longer a last-place team. Now, on the eve of its World Cup opener, the United States is just plain aching.
Falcons release Anderson
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons released running back Jamal Anderson on Monday, a move expected after the team added two running backs in the off-season.
Weinke throws again, though gingerly
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Chris Weinke began throwing a football again Monday, nearly eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.
Walls returns to practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina tight end Wesley Walls returned to practice Tuesday, less than five months after the second major operation on his left knee.
Stallions rate A- at midpoint
At the midway point of the season, Augusta Stallions coach Mike Hold is happy.
Parents warn others of deadly boat fumes
The lack of breeze left the surface of Clarks Hill Lake as smooth as glass late Sunday afternoon. It also created conditions that left two children in a ski boat vulnerable to potentially deadly fumes from the boat's exhaust.
Program offers care to Russians
What links the Augusta area to a closed city in Russia?
Technology brings convenience, privacy concerns
SEATTLE -- Christopher Conrad cuts off telemarketers on the phone, regularly reminds direct-mail associations to keep him off their lists and diligently opts out of mass e-mail lists.
Exercise for the right reasons
NEW YORK -- Dr. Lisa Callahan says too many women exercise for the wrong reason.
South Carolina, Clemson each produce first round pick
South Carolina's Drew Meyer became the highest draft pick in Gamecock history when the Texas Rangers selected the shortstop 10th overall in Tuesday's draft.
Club converts Tara course's bentgrass greens
Savannah Lakes Village already has two distinct golf courses: There's the traditional look of Tara and the more modern design of Monticello.
Eminem's CD a hit despite pirating of music
LOS ANGELES - Eminem's record label was so nervous about music pirates cannibalizing sales of the rapper's latest CD that it released The Eminem Show nine days early, disrupting well-laid marketing plans.
Album has just enough pop
Phantom Planet - the California band referred to by many as "Jason Schwartzman's band" (you know, the guy from the movie Rushmore) - has a fresh, groovy CD out called The Guest.
Revamp your jeans and transform them into a pair of cool clam diggers. It's a simple two-step process: cut off the pant legs at the mid-calf point and then slit the seams on either side. Leave as is, or for a more finished look, hem the bottoms with colorful, contrasting stitching.
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On the charts
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:
Girl doesn't want to hurt friends' feelings over trip
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just won a trip to London, but I can only bring one person. I want to take one of my best friends I've known since before kindergarten, but then how would my other friends feel? I don't know what to do. Any advice? - 13-year-old Hephzibah girl
THE FACTS: Donzel Stefan Walton, 13, a rising eighth-grader at C.T. Walker Magnet School.
THE FACTS: Shauna Key, 17, a graduate of Butler High School and a rising freshman at Georgia Military College
Karen Taylor, 11, is a rising sixth-grade student at Paul Knox Middle School. This untitled drawing of a mallard is colored pencil on paper. The drawing received an honorable mention in the federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program.
Student to help with tasks on NASA project
Brandon Boyd started with a treehouse, but he's aiming even higher.
New on video and DVD: The Mothman Prophecies, the story of a journalist (Richard Gere) who falls into investigating eerie phenomena in rural West Virginia.
Question of the week
Q: Which upcoming summer movie are you most anticipating?