Barnwell looking forward to next season
It wasn't that the Barnwell baseball team was overconfident or felt it was untouchable.

Independent all-area team
Top independent school players

Georgia all-area team

Bonds arrives in style, checks out famous ballpark

Georgia all-area team
Jonathan Broxton of Burke Countym headlines The Augusta Chronicle's all-area team.

Independent all-area team

South Carolina all-area team

South Carolina all-area team
Top players from South Carolina.

Barnwell looking forward to next season

Players of the year
Top players and coaches for Georgia and South Carolina as selected by The Augusta Chronicle

Bonds arrives in style, checks out famous ballpark
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds pulled up to Yankee Stadium in a white stretch limousine, walked into America's most famous ballpark for the first time and acted as if it were no big deal.

Yearbook-signing hasn't changed much since the '60s

Braves rough up Rangers

Pendleton tinkers with Jones' swing

Pendleton tinkers with Jones' swing
ARLINGTON, Texas - With bullpen catcher Mark Mortimer serving as the cameraman, Atlanta Braves left fielder Chipper Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton used technology to spot a flaw in Jones' swing Saturday afternoon.

Andruw carries Atlanta to win
ARLINGTON, Texas - Slowly, right before our eyes, Andruw Jones is evolving into the superstar long forecast by baseball's most knowledgeable observers.

Braves rough up Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas - Of all the things the Atlanta Braves expected to encounter in the heart of Texas, this was the strangest.

Andruw carries Atlanta to win

New opponent challenges Butts

New opponent challenges Butts
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Alan Butts, who coordinates the scouting reports and defensive charts for the Atlanta Braves, was feeling frazzled Friday.

Colony Plaza gets local boost

On the move
Susan Kelly-Gilbert has been named advertising director for The Augusta Chronicle. Ms. Kelly-Gilbert, who will supervise advertising operations, was previously vice president of business development for InfiNet, a Norfolk, Va.-based provider of online services to media companies. Prior to that she was general manager of The Flagship, a Norfolk military newspaper.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.8 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent in May - the first drop in three months - as companies added 41,000 new jobs.

If this doesn't fly, it's nobody's fault but mine

Summit will address owners' concerns

Pocket change

Business briefs
Reduced outlooks from chip manufacturer Intel and drug maker Biogen sent technology stocks sharply lower Friday, but a late-session rebound limited the damage in the broader market.

On the move

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: PCS Nitrogen

Global tension

Japanese interests to invest in Aiken

Summit will address owners' concerns
Mr. Muns is going to Washington. Leo Muns, the owner of Muns Welding and Mechanical Inc., is traveling to the nation's capital next week for three days of discussion and debate between small-business owners and federal government officials.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.8 percent in May

If this doesn't fly, it's nobody's fault but mine
There are marriage counselors who have never been married, pediatricians without children and music critics without a shred of musical talent. So you shouldn't assume a business journalist would make a good entrepreneur.

Business briefs

Business calendar
Area events taking place this week.

Japanese interests to invest in Aiken
Three Japanese companies on Friday announced their intent to invest $10 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Aiken's Verenes Industrial Park.

The ABCs of the BBB
It's like having Switzerland on the corner of Seventh and Ellis streets.

Colony Plaza gets local boost
In the hands of local marketers, a south Augusta shopping center is seeing an increase in interest from potential tenants.

Global tension
Augusta's Palmetto Industries employs 12,000 people in three factories in southern India. Owner Shankar Balan, a U.S. citizen born in India, has had to develop contingency plans to protect his overseas investments from earthquake and fire.

The ABCs of the BBB

Business calendar

Clemson falls to Arkansas

Clemson falls to Arkansas
CLEMSON, S.C. - Ryan Fox's RBI double in the fifth ended up making the difference as Arkansas struck quickly, then held on to beat Clemson 9-6 in the NCAA super regional Friday night.

A necessary revamp

Tuesday's choices

Give 'em a fence

Sodomy, 101

That's no protection

What Dad wants
Kyle Schultz wouldn't hate a tie for Father's day, but he wouldn't be very excited about it either.

New York borough boasts of fauna, fur and Fordham
NEW YORK - When non-New Yorkers think of the Bronx borough of New York, usually Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo come to mind. But there's much more than Major League Baseball and furry beasts in the only part of Gotham that's on the U.S. mainland.

Etiquette, mundane to some, essential to many
Dear Carson: My wife and I had just finished reading about the war on terrorism, the struggle in the Middle East and other mundane and boring drivel, when I read with interest your recent article on the woman who was outraged by being referred to as "you guys" at one of Augusta's bistros.

Room to swing
It wasn't the rustic two-bedroom cabin that drew Ronnie and Conny Maxwell to their Appling homestead in 1985.

Jackets romp behind Bakker
ATLANTA - Like a lot of college kids, Kyle Bakker wouldn't mind going home for a week.

Patterson's bat propels Jackets
ATLANTA - Eric Patterson snapped out of his slump in time to lead Georgia Tech back to the College World Series.

Jackets romp behind Bakker

Kannapolis blanks Augusta
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - The Kannapolis Intimidators (32-31) gave starting pitcher Nik Lubisich (4-1) all the offense he would need in a three-run seventh inning, as Lubisch guided the Intimidators to a 3-0 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets (32-29) at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium Saturday night.

Greenjackets notebook
This year's Midwest League All-Star Game will feature one former Greenbrier High School star, but it should have been two.

Around the horn
Catcher Brian Esposito is batting .333 (7-for-21) with three home runs in his past five games, raising his average to .235.

Crawdads rally to down Jackets
HICKORY, N.C. - The Hickory Crawdads' made four errors, had two runners picked off first base, and got an uncharacteristically shaky performance from starting pitcher Nick Gravelle.

Levi's 68 gives him one-shot edge in PGA Seniors

Golf roundup

Despite Tiger, blacks still struggling to reach golf's top levels
ATLANTA -- Fourteen-year-old Willie Brown is a skinny youngster with a sweet swing, surprising power and a catchy nickname.

Daniel leads a short list of survivors
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Beth Daniel topped a short list of survivors Friday at the LPGA Championship, making a birdie on her final hole to escape with a 1-under 70 and a two-stroke lead over Karrie Webb.

Levi's 68 gives him one-shot edge in PGA Seniors
AKRON, Ohio -- Wayne Levi had an up-and-down round that included six birdies and four bogeys but his 68 Friday gave him a one-stroke lead through two rounds of the PGA Seniors Championship.

Despite Tiger, blacks still struggling to reach golf's top levels

Daniel leads a short list of survivors

Clarke shares English Open lead with Drysdale
MERIDEN, England -- Darren Clarke kept a share of the second-round lead in the English Open Friday, but criticized officials for keeping players on the Forest of Arden course during an hour-long rain delay.

Roberts leads weather-delayed Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Buick Classic is as close as Loren Roberts will get to the U.S. Open this year.

Roberts leads weather-delayed Buick Classic

Golf roundup
WILMINGTON, Del. - Beth Daniel showed the youngsters how to get it done Saturday in the LPGA Championship, and was one round away from becoming the oldest woman to win a major title.

Greenjackets notebook

Around the horn

Kannapolis blanks Augusta

Crawdads rally to down Jackets

Hurricanes say Red Wings haven't heard anything yet

Hurricanes say Red Wings haven't heard anything yet
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have become a model growth franchise for the NHL, building not only a new arena, but a large fan base and contending team.

Yearbook-signing hasn't changed much since the '60s
We just finished the latest round of graduations, and for the most part they seemed to go as they always do.

World War II Merchant Marines called heroes, too

Barrett understands SRS issues

Gas deregulation too expensive

Justice system unfair to blacks

Critic of President Bush obviously was an 'A' student

SRS manager will be missed

Peeler is most likely GOP candidate to beat Hodges

Candidate urges Christian values

Klauber is an independent voice

Applauds deputies

Voter offers his recommendations in races

Is state Sen. Walker the victim of evil racists?

Barrett's record, Bush ties are assets

Gives 3 reasons to back Barrett

Graham, Klauber draw support

Tax cuts feasible

'Parental choice' candidate best

Ferrara important to District 86

Etiquette, mundane to some, essential to many

What Dad wants

New York borough boasts of fauna, fur and Fordham

Room to swing

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Computer problems cause records errors
Melvin Johnson bought pay telephones from an outfit in Florida and a city business license for M&N Telecom but never got the company off the ground.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A veteran teacher at Albany State University has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

Panel investigates ill sheriff
Gov. Roy Barnes has appointed a committee to investigate allegations that Effingham County Sheriff Jay Space has been rendered incompetent by multiple sclerosis.

Owners missed license deadline

Water- saving toilets touted
ATHENS, Ga. - Low-flow toilets might better meet Georgia's growing water needs than spending billions of dollars to build a statewide system of water reservoirs, according a University of Georgia research team.

News you can use

Video poker fans play final hands before ban
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Darren Cornett said he drove 50 miles from Waycross to feed quarters into a video poker machine at the Pilot Travel Center along Interstate 95.

Young talent
Josiah Carr, the winner of The Augusta Chronicle's Singer-Songwriter Contest, performs at the Marbury Center on Broad Street.

Across the Southeast
BRADENTON, Fla. -A small plane towing a banner in memory of a teen-ager killed in a car accident crashed, killing the pilot.

Across South Carolina
LANCASTER -Investigators in Lancaster County are trying to determine whether the same gun was used to kill three people.

DOT is set to purchase rail land
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation is preparing to buy land in highly developed areas along the proposed Macon-to-Atlanta passenger rail line.

Subscriber of the day

Authorities arrested 20 in store raid
AIKEN - Authorities said Friday they cut off a part of Florida's drug network with a raid of a convenience store that was allegedly being used as a front for the sale of crack cocaine.

Program connects pupils, art

Subscriber of the day
Mary Hightower is today's subscriber of the day.

Water- saving toilets touted

Across the Southeast
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -A state agency that supervises foster children has not been able to contact 969 children under its care, missing a May 31 deadline, officials said.

Mother's plea is rejected
Standing before a judge Friday morning, the woman accused of injecting bacteria into her daughter's bloodstream could not admit her guilt.

Aiken County schools tout drop in crime
The Aiken County School District attributes a recent drop in school crime to extra eyes placed in schools.

NAACP protest persists

EMTs put in 24-hour days
AIKEN - With calls coming nonstop and storms raging, Aiken County's mobile medics faced another sleepless night.

Showing off Irish steps
Young girls and boys laced up their shoes and slipped into bright costumes - some fluorescent pink and yellow covered with beads, sequins and ribbons.

Bout attracts local interest
The unpredictability swirls around tonight's Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, but Cecilia and Nakia Woodruff always were sure of one thing: They were going to shell out the money to watch it.

Bishop favors strengthening of abuse rules

Service is slow, residents say
Augusta Public Works officials thought it would take a week or two to clean up from the May 3 thunderstorms that pounded the city, but five weeks later, storm debris is still piled up awaiting pickup,and residents are fuming.

Nature preserve grows

In the know
Goodwill Industries is in need of donations of household items, clothing, furniture and automobiles. The donated items are recycled and sold at Goodwill stores, and 90 cents of every dollar earned via the sale of the donations funds Goodwill's job training and placement services.

Computer problems cause records errors

News you can use
New Ellenton Police Chief T.L. Meeks was shot to death Wednesday in an attempt to end a fracas between a husband and wife.

School breaks ground for classroom building

School breaks ground for classroom building
Augusta State University took one step closer to realizing its master plan Friday.

Primary shuts down lottery
AIKEN - They say you can't win if you don't play.

Car tag renewals go online
Columbia County will join 10 other Georgia counties this summer in offering online tag renewals.

Mother's plea is rejected

Conduct code crafted
ELBERTON, Ga. - Elbert County commissioners are considering a code of conduct to govern their behavior both in and out of public meetings.

Truck gets stuck under tracks

Courts search for interpreters
A statewide effort has begun to find residents who speak a foreign language and train them to interpret in courtrooms throughout Georgia.

Across the area
A 57-year-old North Augusta man was arrested at his workplace Friday and charged with sexually assaulting a minor.

Nature preserve grows
The Henderson Heritage Preservation, just off South Carolina Highway 19, is a snapshot of what Aiken County looked like hundreds of years ago.

Daniel Field airplane stolen
A 1979 Cessna 172 airplane was reported stolen from Daniel Field on Saturday, police said.

Polls will open early Tuesday
AIKEN - Some have taken to the roads in caravans. Some continue to pound the pavement. Many are running TV ads.

Primary keys on growth, budget
Signs dot the wooded intersections throughout the bedroom community of Merriwether.

News you can use
A committee of the Richmond County Board of Education is advising the full board to study installing burglar alarms at various schools. A rash of vandalism and break-ins prompted the action.

Lawyer challenges Walker in race

Polling places change
AIKEN - A large portion of Aiken County will vote in a new location during Tuesday's primary.

Augusta burn unit accepts overflow
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital received its first burn patient from Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.

Courts search for interpreters

Summer drought worsens flooding
Severe storms may be the norm for this time of year in the Southeast, but experts say the flooding that the recent deluges have brought might actually be worsened by drought conditions.

In the know

Across Georgia
DECATUR -A juror who helped convict a preacher of child molestation has been jailed for contempt of court on accusations of trying to sell information about jury deliberations.

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Authorities arrested 20 in store raid

Aiken County schools tout drop in crime

Barnes' net worth is up, report shows
ATLANTA - Despite a recessionary economy, Gov. Roy Barnes' net worth surged from $8.4 million last year to $12.3 million at the end of March, largely on the strength of his bank stocks, according to documents he released Friday.

Across the Southeast

Bishop favors strengthening of abuse rules
SAVANNAH - South Georgia's Catholic bishop is pleased with documents - due to be acted on by the nation's bishops this week - that spell out possible ways to combat sexual misconduct by priests.

Primary shuts down lottery

DOT is set to purchase rail land

Around town

Peaches smaller, but sweeter

Base develops emergency network

Polls will open early Tuesday

Service is slow, residents say

Across the Southeast

Conduct code crafted

Summer drought worsens flooding

Legislators blast cut in funding
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges' office transferred $300,000 from accounts at the Continuum of Care for Emotionally Disturbed Children to blunt cuts in his office's budget.

Across Georgia

Young talent

Owners missed license deadline
Perry's Pig and Procter & Gamble Co. are worlds apart in what they do, but alike in one respect.

Panel investigates ill sheriff

Women go Ya-Ya for film's opening
Reading the best-selling book The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood wasn't enough for Karen Hill - she's decided to live it.

Bout attracts local interest

Across the area
Authorities were investigating Saturday a burglary at a moving company on Hardy Court.

Program connects pupils, art
AIKEN - Jaime Boehner sits at a lab table amid piles of shiny copper strips and wooden bowls filled with small, colorful beads.

Showing off Irish steps

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Navy lifted restrictions Friday on a 5-mile stretch of the Cooper River near the Naval Weapons Station that were imposed after the September terrorist attacks.

EMTs put in 24-hour days

Truck gets stuck under tracks
A rented moving truck slammed into a railroad overpass Friday, wedging itself under the structure.

'Augusta Magazine' wins Georgia awards

Lawyer challenges Walker in race
A local lawyer said Friday he's ready to challenge state Sen. Charles Walker this fall for the District 22 Senate seat.

Primary keys on growth, budget

Base develops emergency network
On Sept. 11, emergency personnel were on the scene of New York City's World Trade Center even before the second plane slammed into the twin towers. While crews continued to rush to that scene, hijackers commandeered two other cross-country flights and turned them toward targets in Washington.

Subscriber of the day

Historian tracks story of badge
The mystery of a small, medal-size badge donated to the Augusta Museum of History has been solved.

Across the area

Peaches smaller, but sweeter
Drought in the Southeast will not negatively affect this year's peach crop, growers say.

NAACP protest persists
On his trip from Virginia to Florida last month, Lorenzo Baldwin gassed up in North Carolina and didn't stop until he reached Savannah.

Barnes' net worth is up, report shows

Across Georgia

'Augusta Magazine' wins Georgia awards
Augusta Magazine won six awards at the 13th annual Magazine Association of Georgia luncheon, held last month in Atlanta.

Women go Ya-Ya for film's opening

Subscriber of the day
Pamela Kitchens is today's subscriber of the day.

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

Daniel Field airplane stolen

Augusta burn unit accepts overflow

Across the area

Waiting to get on course is half the fun
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The stomach was grossly unsettled when we idled at the stop sign on Powell Avenue and waited for a minivan to pass.

Spencer looks to rekindle flame

Spencer looks to rekindle flame
LONG POND, Pa. - The Pocono Raceway used to be a magical place for Jimmy Spencer.

Ex-NBA star Williams pleads innocent in driver's death
FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded innocent Friday to charges he fatally shot a limousine driver and then tried to make it look as if the victim fired the gun himself.

Lakers think 'happy thoughts'

Lakers think 'happy thoughts'
LOS ANGELES - Zen and the art of the triangle offense.

Shooting woes leave Nets in the hole

Lakers get easy Game 2 victory over Nets
LOS ANGELES -- Most of the New Jersey Nets showed up on time for Game 2 of the NBA Finals with one big exception - Jason Kidd.

Shooting woes leave Nets in the hole
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets couldn't get out of Los Angeles fast enough.

NBA All-Stars coming to LA in 2004
Los ANGELES -- The NBA All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles in 2004, the first time basketball's showcase event will be played in the area in 20 years.

Lakers get easy Game 2 victory over Nets

Ex-NBA star Williams pleads innocent in driver's death

NBA All-Stars coming to LA in 2004

Mr. Henry Holmes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Carolyn Whitman    (ANDERSON, S. C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Lee Claxton
Those who knew Lee Claxton say they will remember the impact he made on strangers' lives.

Dea. Willie Cooper Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Jeanette Stringer    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Brown Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Calculli    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Marolyn Wallon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Lucille Beneteau    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Trotty    (NEWARK, N.J.)
Mr. William Trotty    (NEWARK, N.J.)
Mr. William Simoneau    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Wilbert Moody, Sr.    (AIKEN, S. C.)
Mrs. Mary Pilcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Griffin    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Alice Perdue    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Willie E. Cooper Jr.
When Willie E. Cooper Jr. remembers his father, he'll think of a man who served God and his family first and served his country second.

Mr. Cefus Oglesby Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Bonner    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Mabli    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Allen    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Lee    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Marolyn Wallom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maddie Knight    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Stroup    (KITE, Ga.)
Ms. Edna Johnson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Moore    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Harden    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Staff Sgt. John Cartwright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Hadden    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Hadden    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. James Griffin    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Marianna Downing    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Wilva Garrison    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Marianna Downing    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Rosetta Evans    (ALBANY, N.Y.)
Mrs. Jessie Campbell    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Trotty (NEWARK, N.J.)

Dea. Willie Cooper Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Edna Johnson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilva Garrison (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Holmes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Pilcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Calculli (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Perdue (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Mabli (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cefus Oglesby Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Trotty (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mr. James Griffin (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Lee Claxton

Mr. William Simoneau (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Wilbert Moody, Sr. (AIKEN, S. C.)

Mrs. Janie Hadden (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Willie E. Cooper Jr.

Mr. John Brown Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Harden (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Lee (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Griffin (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Ms. Rosetta Evans (ALBANY, N.Y.)

Mrs. Maddie Knight (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Hadden (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Whitman (ANDERSON, S. C.)

Mr. William Moore (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Griffin (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Stroup (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Allen (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Bonner (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Lucille Beneteau (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Campbell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marianna Downing (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marolyn Wallom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Jeanette Stringer (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Staff Sgt. John Cartwright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marolyn Wallon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Applauds deputies
When we think of heroes, we think of firemen, of New York and faraway desert-covered lands of terror. We seldom think about what's in our own backyard. Robert A. Wylds Jr., Augusta

Gives 3 reasons to back Barrett
There are three reasons why I support Gresham Barrett for South Carolina's U.S. House seat. First, Mr. Barrett is pro-family and pro-traditional values. His pro-life record in the South Carolina House of Representatives is outstanding, as are his courageous stands for the Second Amendment, tax relief, school prayer, Southern heritage and educational reform. Shirley Schilling, Belvedere, S.C.

Gas deregulation too expensive
I just received my natural gas bill. For using zero therms, it was $26.39. When gas was regulated, my bill was $7 per month for zero therms. Tony Kitchens, Augusta

Klauber is an independent voice
S.C. State Rep. Jim Klauber, R-Greenwood, is the most qualified candidate to represent the 3rd Congressional District. Amid this season of embellished resumes and campaign promises, Mr. Klauber has addressed the issues that matter to our state. Brian Moore, Aiken, S.C.

Candidate urges Christian values
I think one of the great tragedies of modern America is the outright ban on Christianity in both our public life in general, and our schools in particular. The last several decades have shown what a de-Christianized America looks like. We've seen the future, and it isn't pretty. Harry Weigle, North Augusta, S.C.

That's no protection
The government is about to embark on an under-whelming plan to fingerprint and photograph up to 100,000 foreigners who visit this country. Presumably, many of those who are picked for the extra scrutiny will be from the Middle East or nations such as Egypt and Sudan - places where known Muslim terrorists have been trained or harbored.

Tuesday's choices
If the fact that this is an election year hasn't penetrated your consciousness quite yet, it certainly will this week as South Carolina voters trek to the polls for Tuesday's primary.

Sodomy, 101
There's a difference between a society that ignores what adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms and a society that actively promotes homosexual lifestyles to young students. One is tolerant, the other is Sodom and Gomorrah.

Peeler is most likely GOP candidate to beat Hodges
The Associated Press reports that in the final days leading up to the June 11 primary, former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., leads the field of seven Republican gubernatorial candidates in money raised and money on hand.Bethanne Farrell, Aiken, S.C.

Give 'em a fence
The "virtual reality" for Columbia County residents of Caliburn Place, Crawford Mill and Belgrade subdivisions is that they suddenly find themselves living virtually in the middle of Interstate 20 traffic. They want to be rescued from that reality, and well they should be.

Graham, Klauber draw support
I am writing this letter in support of Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for the U.S. Senate and state Rep. Jim Klauber, R-Greenwood, for the U.S. 3rd Congressional district. Robert Erickson, Martinez, Ga.

World War II Merchant Marines called heroes, too
I stayed home and watched hours of Memorial Day celebrations, honoring everyone in 12 U.S. wars. Cemeteries were featured. Everyone who laid down their lives in the line of duty for this country deserves honor and praise. Paul H. Pinson, Aiken, S.C.

Barrett understands SRS issues
Gresham Barrett is the best candidate to represent the interests of the Savannah River Site in the U.S. House of Representatives. Robert Roboski, Aiken, S.C.

Tax cuts feasible
The Chronicle evidently has not attended a Charlie Condon town meeting, since he addressed the questions of spending cuts and sales taxes. Plus, the state attorney general has input from prominent South Carolina economic experts, who indicate his plan is feasible. Clint Dyer, Graniteville, S.C.

SRS manager will be missed
The Department of Energy recently announced that Greg Rudy, manager of the Savannah River Site, was being transferred to Washington to become an associate administrator in the National Nuclear Security Administration. Fred C. Davison, Aiken, S.C.

Is state Sen. Walker the victim of evil racists?
A young lad asked of his father, "Father, how will I recognize the devil?" "My lad," said the father, "the devil is easily recognizable. He is the one who does devilish things." Leon Butler, Augusta

A necessary revamp
The initial congressional response to President Bush's far-reaching proposal to create a new Cabinet-level department to oversee homeland defense is encouraging. But then what else could it be, given that Congress, especially Democrats, has been urging the president for months to do just that.

Voter offers his recommendations in races
With all the hype surrounding the gubernatorial primary, South Carolina Republicans risk forgetting some of the other races on the lower part of the ballot. In these important contests, voters should consider the following candidates: Gary Bunker, Aiken, S.C.

'Parental choice' candidate best
Gresham Barrett is the "Parental choice in education" candidate in the Republican primary for South Carolina District 3. He understands that big government, whether federal or state, is not always the solution when it comes to better education for our children. Ed Seufert, Aiken, S.C.

Ferrara important to District 86
Voters are fortunate to have several fine candidates seeking South Carolina's District 86 House seat. There is much of critical importance to this district. Curt and Susan Giddings, Aiken, S.C.

Critic of President Bush obviously was an 'A' student
Regarding Michael Ledo's May 24 letter: I'm sure he was not only an "A" student, but he must also have won the lottery on every attempt. Rodney Benefield, Evans, Ga.

Barrett's record, Bush ties are assets
Gresham Barrett's close ties to President George W. Bush will be a key asset once he's elected to the U.S. House. Mr. Barrett was Mr. Bush's campaign co-chairman during the South Carolina primary. He is also on a first-name basis with many key players in the White House. Theresa McMullin, Edgefield, S.C.

Justice system unfair to blacks
According to the May 19 Augusta Chronicle, Superior Court Judge William D. Jennings III agreed to set bond for Rufus Owens, the alleged killer of Anthony Campbell Jr. Although Mr. Owens is facing murder and weapon charges, he was granted a $50,000 bond. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

For Tyson, fight may be his last chance at big money

Lewis stops Tyson to retain titles

England celebrates soccer 'revenge' over rival Argentina

Bout attracts local interest

Stallion certain of win

Take that, Big Sis! Serena Williams beats Venus for French Open title

Williams vs. Williams for French Open title

War Emblem takes a run at the Triple Crown

WWE tries out new product in Augusta

Costa beat Corretja, Ferrero over Safin in French semis

Overtime

Flooding gives Marlin Pocono pole

Overtime

Rider looks forward to testing his new set of wheels

War Emblem falls short in Triple Crown bid

For Tyson, fight may be his last chance at big money
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Tyson returns to the ring Saturday night for his biggest fight since he bit Evander Holyfield's ears. As unstable as ever and just as unpredictable, he's also just one big punch away from being the heavyweight champion again.

War Emblem falls short in Triple Crown bid
NEW YORK -- War Emblem's remarkable run for a Triple Crown ended shockingly Saturday, along with his trainer's hope to avenge two close calls, when the colt was badly beaten by 70-1 shot Sarava in the Belmont Stakes.

Bout attracts local interest
The unpredictability swirls around tonight's Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, but Cecilia and Nakia Woodruff always were sure of one thing: They were going to shell out the money to watch it.

Flooding gives Marlin Pocono pole
LONG POND, Pa. - Sterling Marlin was at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago trying figure out why his Dodge had developed a habit of fading in the final 100 miles of a race. The test session, however was interrupted by water seeping through the pavement.

Overtime
The Augusta Junior Rowing Club faced some of the nation's top elite junior rowers Saturday at the Cincinnati Youth Invitational, with neither of Augusta's teams advancing to today's semifinals.

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Augusta State's Jamie Elson fell short in his bid to win the British Amateur, losing to Spain's Alejandro Larrazabal in 19 holes on Friday afternoon in the semifinal at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.

Rider looks forward to testing his new set of wheels
Cindy Ivey gave her husband, Chuck, a shiny, new motorcycle as a surprise gift for his 25th birthday Tuesday.

Lewis stops Tyson to retain titles
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Lennox Lewis showed the bully who was boss.

WWE tries out new product in Augusta
When World Wrestling Entertainment rolls into the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center at 7 tonight, casual fans might be stunned at how much has changed in the past few months.

England celebrates soccer 'revenge' over rival Argentina
LONDON -- After 16 years of misery, this was the sweet revenge England craved so badly.

Take that, Big Sis! Serena Williams beats Venus for French Open title
PARIS -- The French Open was hers, no more shots to chase or winners to produce. Still, Serena Williams didn't want to look her opponent in the eye.

Williams vs. Williams for French Open title
PARIS -- More than a decade ago in Compton, Calif., two sisters swatted strokes from opposite sides of a net, pretending the asphalt was the grass of Wimbledon, the hardcourts of the U.S. Open or the clay of the French Open.

War Emblem takes a run at the Triple Crown
NEW YORK -- The Kentucky Derby and Preakness were relatively easy for War Emblem. The Belmont Stakes, however, is called "The Test of the Champion" for a reason.

Costa beat Corretja, Ferrero over Safin in French semis
PARIS -- Albert Costa beat Alex Corretja, and Juan Carlos Ferrero rolled over Marat Safin on Friday, creating an all-Spanish final at the French Open.

Roll out
Local bicyclists gathered Saturday for the 10th annual Lock-to-Lock Bike Ride, which began at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta Regional Airport. Participants, who enjoyed catered food from Goldsmiths and received commemorative T-shirts, had options of riding as little as 15 miles or as far as 40 miles during the event benefiting the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.

Outdoors calendar

Georgia works to protect deer from wasting disease

Georgia works to protect deer from wasting disease
A disease that forced Wisconsin authorities to order the extermination of more than 15,000 deer is attracting attention here in Georgia, too.

Cooking wild
Villa Europa, a local German restaurant, serves smoked trout as a chilled appetizer surrounded by horseradish sauce, dark bread and purple onion. Its fine flavor and exceptional presentation inspired this easy recipe.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Roll out

Melkite leader visiting to thank Augusta church for its support
The leader of the Melkite Catholic Church - Patriarch Gregory III - will pay a visit to Augusta's tiny St. Ignatius of Antioch church Monday.

Faith digest
Fathers and sons will be honored at a breakfast at North Augusta's Hammond Grove Baptist Church, 590 Hemlock Drive, at 9 a.m. today.

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

Bridging the gap
United Methodist delegates attending next week's annual North Georgia Conference will likely be white - a reflection of the congregations they represent - but church officials want to change that.

Seminar to address challenges of pastors
After 32 years in the pulpit, the Rev. H.B. London is sure of one thing - Sundays aren't Sundays any more.

No one wins blame game
Hearings here and hearings there, FBI, CIA, politicians, and whose fault is it? I used to think it was some guy named Osama; but I don't know anyone named Osama.

Waiting to get on course is half the fun

Stallion certain of win
Undre Williams is expecting a technical knockout tonight.

Stallion makes good on word
Undre Williams backed up his boast Saturday night.

Clinic helps onion fields' migrant workers
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - The long thin rashes on his neck look like raised fingerprints. Samuel Hernandez sits patiently under a canopy as Perry Sheffield and fellow Medical College of Georgia student Diana Boss pull back the collar of his green shirt and lean over for a closer look.

Partial eclipse to awe westerners Monday
The last solar eclipse visible from much of the West for the next decade will awe sky-watchers early Monday evening, assuming the weather cooperates.

DVD recording comes of age
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some of you may fondly remember the tear-filled day when you junked your Bell & Howell 8mm film projector to make way for a shiny new VCR back in the early 1980s. No more tilted screens by the fireplace. No more sprocket hunting in the dark.

USB vs. USB 2.0: A matter of speed
A couple of product reviews are coming next week but in the meantime, some last-minute questions:

Hurricanes win, force Game 3

'Canes give Gamecocks scare

'Canes give Gamecocks scare
COLUMBIA - After South Carolina roared to a 10-run, third-inning lead Friday, the most dangerous thing to assume was that the game was over.

Hurricanes win, force Game 3
COLUMBIA - South Carolina hasn't been to the College World Series in 17 years. It only seems like that long since the Gamecocks were capable of playing adding-machine baseball.

USB vs. USB 2.0: A matter of speed

Partial eclipse to awe westerners Monday

Clinic helps onion fields' migrant workers

Seminar to address challenges of pastors

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Melkite leader visiting to thank Augusta church for its support