Managers worried about game's image
NEW YORK -- Baseball's All-Star managers are concerned fans might think many of the game's top stars are using steroids.

Early years brought greatest cards

Augusta's best deserve mention

Augusta's best deserve mention
If nothing else, old baseball cards can be humbling. Especially old minor-league baseball cards. Think your high school yearbook photo was embarrassing? Check out Jeff Bagwell's 1989 Winter Haven Red Sox card. Now that's a mullet.

Topps choice

Early years brought greatest cards
With Topps celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first modern-day baseball cards, seasoned collectors may take the opportunity to reflect on the era most consider to be the "Golden Age" of the hobby.

Fans embrace ballpark hobby

Fans embrace ballpark hobby
The idea was hatched during an Augusta Pirates game, somewhere in the dilapidated bleachers of old Heaton Stadium. It was the brainchild of two lifelong baseball fans trying to fill a void.

Topps choice
He was 5 when his brother received the ultimate gift, half of his father's vintage Topps baseball card collection as a 12th birthday present.

Managers worried about game's image

Man dies on same day rape charges against him are dismissed
WORCESTER, Mass. -- A man exonerated of rape by DNA tests died on the same day the charges against him were dismissed, his lawyer said.

Odds and ends
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A stay-at-home mom is responding to the recent water restrictions in her community by offering her services - and those of her three children - as "human sprinklers."

Earnhardt fans race to see numbered goat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A 4-month-old goat with a curious birthmark has fans of the late racing star Dale Earnhardt flocking to a north Florida farm.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - With 11 wins in their last 12 games entering Tuesday's game, the Atlanta Braves have been blistering of late.

Expos cut deficit, defeat Braves

Braves slip by Montreal 6-5

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine knows he should skip his next start to give his troublesome blister time to heal. He also knows he should follow Pedro Martinez's lead and beg out of the All-Star game.

Braves slip by Montreal 6-5
ATLANTA - When Greg Maddux starts a game by walking the first batter, you know there's either a full moon rising or the Montreal Expos are in town.

Expos cut deficit, defeat Braves
ATLANTA - Bartolo Colon can't make up 9 1/2 games by himself, but he gave the Expos exactly what they were looking for Tuesday night.

Business briefs

Bridge work nears after bid approval
The construction of a Bobby Jones Expressway bridge over the Savannah River - hailed by some as a connector that could bring economic growth to the area - is now only months away from becoming a reality.

Entrepreneurs get advice
When Sandra Mashburn opened a learning center 11 years ago, she started it in her two-story apartment.

New jobless claims hit 15-month low
WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment insurance fell to its lowest point in 15 months, suggesting that the pace of layoffs is stabilizing.

Entrepreneurs get advice

New jobless claims hit 15-month low

Business briefs
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Hazardous waste disposal company Safety-Kleen Corp., plans to leave Columbia and move to Dallas beginning this fall, The (Columbia) State reported Tuesday

Goshen's return

Don't tread on us!

Bad legal reasoning

Costly farm subsidies

Rosa Parks' plea fails

Education options

Sullivan sets example

Vanilla yogurt adds tang to cole slaw
Hamburgers, hot dogs or barbecue - if your family is like mine you have a favorite meal you serve on July Fourth. At my house it's ribs. So, while I stick to the family tradition with the day's entree, I like to have fun with the side dishes.

'Scooby' is good title for children
If you don't know who Scooby-Doo is, ask your kids. Or check the marquee at your local theater.

Red, white and blue are hot summer colors
Marion Rosier has themed clothes for just about every holiday of the year, including the Fourth of July.

In the know
The producers of Glacier vodka have a few suggestion for red, white and blue Fourth of July beverages.

At the Movies: 'The Powerpuff Girls Movie'
It's easy to understand the appeal of the Powerpuff Girls - just look at their eyes.

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.

Capsules
Babies just a few days old know when someone is looking at them directly, new research suggests.

What Being an American Means to Me
Readers of The Augusta Chronicle know how to celebrate the Fourth of July, with picnics, community celebrations and plenty of fireworks. They also know the importance of the holiday.

Daniel Edmunds
Daniel Edmunds, 9, a rising fourth-grader at South Columbia Elementary School in Martinez, pays homage to early America in his artwork.

'Beetle Bailey' gets computer bug
BALTIMORE - Comics creator Mort Walker knew he was on to something when he brought a computer technician into Beetle Bailey's world and asked fans for their input.

In the know
C-SPAN will air actor Danny Glover's commencement address to Paine College graduates at 1:45 and 8:45 p.m.

Ronda Bryce
Ronda Bryce of North Augusta was a $50 winner for artwork combining the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty.

At the Movies: 'Like Mike'
"Like Mike," starring the Artist Formerly Known as Lil' Bow Wow and half the National Basketball Association, isn't a complete dog, but it's nothing to bark about either.

Samuel Bryce
Samuel Bryce, son of Joe and Ronda Bryce of North Augusta, salutes the soldiers who kept America free.

Tyson Turner
Humans are a people of symbols. These symbols are able to do wondrous things to a person's emotions. Battles have been fought, countries have been established, and citizens have united under symbols that they hold so dear.

Amber Bush
Being an American to me means I can speak my mind to adults and kids.

Giri S. Venkatraman
America has been my home for 31 years. Just look at all the things that I have done: Got my graduate degree in chemical engineering, worked for three major engineering firms including an assignment in Saudi Arabia for five years.

Vernon Bush
An American to me is a person that should be proud of what he has and what he is!

John E. Conley
I am a proud American and a Vietnam veteran. I have served this country for more than 30 years in the United States Army. To this day, I cannot visit the Vietnam War memorial. The thought of touching "The Wall" is so emotionally overpowering, I am afraid I would break down and cry.

Betty Raley
Being an American means so many things to me; but I think the most important meaning is being free.

Barbara Walters lifts ABC in ratings
NEW YORK - It's a good thing for ABC that Barbara Walters is working this summer.

Lesley Sapp
To me it means I am free, not to do whatever I want, but to be free from communism, fascism, militarism and national socialism.

Tyler Darnall
Tyler Darnall, a first-grader at Gracewood Elementary School, shows his patriotic spirit.

Eva Claire Schwartz
Freedom is a family affair for Eva Claire Schwartz, 7.

'Deeds' debuts with $37.2 million
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Sandler's "Mr. Deeds," about a local yokel who is sole heir to a $40 billion fortune, inherited the weekend box-office crown.

At the Movies: 'Men in Black II'
With "Men in Black II," as with its predecessor, clothes make the movie.

These chardonnays embody simplicity
Beautiful chardonnays offer elegance as well as power, restraint as well as succulence, tautness as well as resonance, fruit as well as structure.

Erin Sentell
ngels of hope, respect and freedom look over America in this drawing by Erin Sentell, 11.

Exhibits relocate to Queens
NEW YORK - The masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art are now in Queens.

Alexandra Jane Smith
The freedom to learn and attend school is important to Alexandra Jane Smith, 9.

Kylie Smith
My American spirit may be different than some.

Small portions
Visitors to Maine have new sights to see and new ground to cover in the recently opened Poland Spring Preservation Park: 100 acres of land with historical echoes, with more than seven miles of nature and walking trails and a golf course.

Ellen Sentell
Hearing The Star Spangled Banner

Courtney Livingston
Courtney Livingston, 8, the daughter of Robert and Darlene Livingston of Graniteville, finds freedom at a beach house.

Coffey gives Jackets jolt
Kris Coffey returned from the South Atlantic League all-star break and stumbled into the chance of a lifetime.

Miscues doom GreenJackets
COLUMBIA - Capital City scored an unearned run in the eighth inning to beat the Augusta GreenJackets 2-1 on Wednesday night at Capital City Stadium.

Give me a stamp and I'll pay whatever it costs

Woods withdraws from Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods withdrew Tuesday from this week's Western Open, citing an unspecified illness.

Season halfway finished
The first round of the season-opening Mercedes Championships at Kapalua was just getting started when Kultida Woods spotted a reporter and asked him what kind of year was in store for her son.

Season halfway finished

Coffey gives Jackets jolt

Miscues doom GreenJackets

Police seek explosives, Klan material
Richmond County deputies looking for white supremacy literature and explosives executed a search warrant Wednesday morning on the home of Paul Alan Sanders, the man charged in the accidental shooting of his son on Monday.

Fourth of July warning

How long will God be patient?

Fellow jurors all thankful to God

Public safety officer not solely at fault

Oil profits not worth fighting for

'Battle Hymn' glorifies killing

United States isn't really united

Demand more from county council

Get tough on corporate criminals

Christian rights becoming obsolete

Better to live 'under God' than Hitler

'Pledge' stands for country, not God

Lesley Sapp

Exhibits relocate to Queens

Capsules

Erin Sentell

'Deeds' debuts with $37.2 million

Giri S. Venkatraman

John E. Conley

'Beetle Bailey' gets computer bug

Daniel Edmunds

Vanilla yogurt adds tang to cole slaw

At the Movies: 'Men in Black II'

Betty Raley

Ellen Sentell

Barbara Walters lifts ABC in ratings

Health calendar

Samuel Bryce

What Being an American Means to Me

Small portions

Eva Claire Schwartz

'Scooby' is good title for children

In the know

Vernon Bush

At the Movies: 'Like Mike'

Alexandra Jane Smith

These chardonnays embody simplicity

In the know

At the Movies: 'The Powerpuff Girls Movie'

Kylie Smith

Amber Bush

Courtney Livingston

Tyler Darnall

Ronda Bryce

Correction

Aiken OKs tax break for hotel
Impact: The city's Historic Preservation Commission can conduct the city's tax break reviews for historic properties, easing the process, one planning official said.

Funding will pay for new programs

Women's group proposes new poverty standard
ATLANTA - Americans leaving welfare for the work force aren't making enough money to make ends meet, according to a report that measures income in a new way.

Judge denies access to hearing
A magistrate judge may have violated the law by denying media access to a committal hearing for Paul Alan Sanders, the Augusta man charged with reckless conduct in the accidental shooting of his son.

Man sues sect leader, alleging child abuse
ATHENS, Ga. - A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against jailed religious sect leader Dwight York in northeast Georgia federal court, accusing the one-time Athens resident of molesting the plaintiff's daughter when she was 11 years old.

Women's group proposes new poverty standard

Correction
A photo caption on the outdoors page in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of Chadd Pittman, a participant in a boater safety course.

Across the area
A Harlem woman died in a one-vehicle accident in McDuffie County early Wednesday, authorities said.

Fourth festivities
Here is a rundown of Independence Day events.

Lawyer named to juvenile court judgeship
Changes are coming for the Augusta Judicial Circuit's court benches.

Funding will pay for new programs
What's next: Aiken County First Steps will have its next meeting Aug. 5.

Red, white and brew
It's said that when Thomas Jefferson penned the initial draft of Declaration of Independence, it was over a pint at a Philadelphia tavern.

Augusta government rates well overall
It's report card time for Augusta government.

Augusta officials approve land use

Company considers returning to arena
The civic center's governing board will schedule a special meeting to replace Reggie Williams sometime after Chairman Bill Maddox returns from vacation next week.

Aiken OKs tax break for hotel

Across the area
A hotel manager scared away two would-be robbers after struggling with them Tuesday afternoon, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

School blamed for girls' roaming

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -New University of South Carolina President Andrew Sorensen went right to work on the school's budget crisis, eliminating three positions on his staff.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A wayward alligator has been safely released after swimming ashore on Garden City Beach.

Across Georgia
MABLETON -A 38-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with leaving her five children alone in a van in 80-degree weather, police said.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Janet Ortiz of Grovetown.

News you can use
July 3, 1993 The high-profile Tokars murder case from Cobb County might be transferred to Augusta for the trial later this year.

Police will test DNA to compare with Aiken case
AIKEN - A DNA comparison will determine whether evidence in the 2000 slaying of teen-ager Jessica Carpenter matches Richard Evonitz, a suspected rapist and serial killer who lived in Columbia and committed suicide last month.

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

Home search follows son's shooting
Richmond County investigators looking for white supremacy literature and explosives executed a search warrant Wednesday on the home of Paul Alan Sanders, a Savannah River Site manager charged Monday in the accidental shooting of his son.

Leaders consider move to old mall
Using Regency Mall as a possible center of key city government operations is back on the front burner.

Augusta government rates well overall

Augusta officials approve land use
Augusta commissioners voted to condemn 188.45 acres of land on Tobacco Road for a surface-water treatment plant Tuesday.

Around town

Playing with fire
Richmond County Fire Marshal Bobby Joyner has his share of stray-fireworks stories. His fire crews are on site for all public county displays, including fireworks after GreenJackets games.

Subscriber of the day

Recycling progresses
A four-man crew from Aiken's waste disposal department cruised the city's streets Tuesday beneath a sweltering sun.

Fourth festivities

Man arrested in slaying
A Blackville, S.C., man was arrested Monday night after reportedly confessing Friday to the strangulation of a Barnwell, S.C., man that same day, police said. He remained in jail Tuesday night on a murder charge.

Woman's attorney asks for reduction

Hardy in Harlem
In 1989, the police station was used to display a few Oliver Hardy artifacts. In a couple of years, there were enough to fill two glass cabinets.

Red, white and brew

Russell Dam starts up turbines
After lying dormant for six years, two of Russell Dam's four reversible hydropower turbines were fired up early Tuesday, and - as expected - technicians concluded they are mechanically sound.

Across the area

Police find poker machine stash
NUBERG, Ga. - Hart County authorities say they hit the jackpot when they uncovered a stash of 59 electronic gaming machines in a warehouse in southern Hart County.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A federal grand jury has indicted a Fulton County deputy sheriff accused of providing sheriff's uniforms and information to accomplices who invaded the homes of suspected drug dealers, stealing narcotics, jewelry and cash.

Beginning is in sight for airport terminal
They're still waiting for federal approval, but Augusta Regional Airport officials have penciled in an opening date for a new airport terminal.

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

Home search follows son's shooting

News you can use
JULY 4, 1965 One Augustan is believed to have killed another with a 12-gauge shotgun Saturday afternoon, police said.

Subscriber of the day

School blamed for girls' roaming
Two children attending a day-care camp at Westmont Elementary walked away from the campus this week, leaving parents and school board officials pointing fingers.

News you can use

Water break
Kenny Richardson, 4, of Aiken, can't wait for the cups as he gets a cool drink of water. Kenny was hard at play at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville when the high temperatures forced him to take a water break.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is John H. Rourke of Aiken.

Extra police keep eye on festivities
While residents watch fireworks and live music at area Fourth of July festivities, extra police officers will be watching them.

Police recover hand grenade that woman brought to work
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A live rust-encrusted hand grenade has been safely recovered after a Brunswick woman, who told police she found it at the historic St. Simons Island Lighthouse, took it to her job to show co-workers.

The Fourth in full
Five-year-old Charla Dick, of Grovetown, munches on some watermelon as her pinwheels spin at Fort Gordon's Independence Day celebration. The event was held Wednesday night as Fourth of July festivities kicked off across the area.

Woman's attorney asks for reduction
A former city employee who stole at least $149,000 from the vehicle tag office will remain behind bars at least for now, a judge said Tuesday.

Company considers returning to arena

Court-seal appeal planned
A federal judge has ruled that the Ten Commandments image on the Richmond County Superior Court seal doesn't violate the Constitution, but the legal battle will continue.

Police seek explosives, Klan material

Police will test DNA to compare with Aiken case

Across the area

Police recover hand grenade that woman brought to work

Hardy in Harlem

News you can use

Police find poker machine stash

Recycling progresses

Leaders consider move to old mall

Extra police keep eye on festivities

Playing with fire

The Fourth in full

Across South Carolina

Water break

Judge denies access to hearing

Across Georgia

SEC makes wise choice in selecting outsider Slive
Mike Slive is not a young man, celebrating 62 years of living and learning before starting his newest job Aug. 1.

Give me a stamp and I'll pay whatever it costs
A co-worker reminded me last month that the price of a postage stamp was getting ready to go up to 37 cents.

This week's race
Pepsi 400 (Race 17 of 36).

What vacation?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - While other drivers spent the final off weekend of the racing season playing in the sun or clicking a television remote, Sterling Marlin was doing what he loves most - driving his race car.

Pontiac to debut new car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Pontiac will have a new car for the 2003 Daytona 500, but it will be strikingly familiar to the Dodges and Fords already on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Spotlight on Bill Elliott
Driver of the No. 9 Dodge Intrepid for Evernham Motorsports.

Pontiac to debut new car

What vacation?

Mrs. Xilena Abellan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Martha Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Bartlett    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ossie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Thompson    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. Mitchell Goodwin
Family was everything to Mitchell Goodwin, those who knew him said.

Mr. Lavern Toole    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margie Brookins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Hazel    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Ben Sturgis    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Noe    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Marian Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Donna Webb    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Wheat    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Stella White    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Crocker    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Andrews    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Hullum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruby Hullum
Ruby Hullum's life was nothing short of an inspiration to those who knew her.

Mrs. Ruth Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Xilena Abellan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Bartlett    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Yarber    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Bellamy    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Lavern Toole    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margie Brookins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Morris Shorts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Alford    (CONYERS, Ga.)
Mrs. Maebelle Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Grace Bazemore    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Crocker    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Katie Brinkley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Edmonds    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Suzy Sears    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Allaire Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Pardue    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Flora Horton    (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Sullivan    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Ross Lacke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Trilby Frost    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Clarence Lewis    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Meigs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Johansson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Maude Padgett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Scott Pattison    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Tracy Mason    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgia Reeder    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Johnson    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. James Pardue    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Jongma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Joye    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Mayson    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Crocker (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Jongma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ross Lacke (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Pardue (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maebelle Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Katie Sullivan (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Marian Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Brinkley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Flora Horton (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Andrews (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Noe (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Mayson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Tracy Mason (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Xilena Abellan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Xilena Abellan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Suzy Sears (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Bartlett (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Thompson (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Stella White (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Padgett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Bellamy (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Edmonds (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Hughes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hullum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Bazemore (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Johansson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Brookins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Bartlett (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Johnson (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruby Hullum

Mrs. Minnie Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trilby Frost (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Morris Hazel (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Pardue (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Brookins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wheat (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Joye (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Ossie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lavern Toole (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Pattison (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Alford (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Lavern Toole (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. William Yarber (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Lewis (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Meigs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Donna Webb (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Hughes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Sturgis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Allaire Hancock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Morris Shorts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mitchell Goodwin

Oil profits not worth fighting for
As our nation celebrates the Fourth of July, we are reminded of the freedoms we enjoy in America. We also remember and are thankful for the thousands of men and women in the past who sacrificed their lives, families, and physical and emotional well-being for our freedoms. Paul and Anne Cook, Augusta

Better to live 'under God' than Hitler
As a veteran, I am disturbed by the recent ruling on our Pledge of Allegiance. Vera King, Augusta

Bad legal reasoning
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff let his personal antipathy to capital punishment override sound legal precedent when he ruled earlier this week that the federal death penalty is unconstitutional.

Rosa Parks' plea fails
"If you can, please remain as a pioneer on the Republican side until others come to assist you. I am glad I stayed in my seat."

'Pledge' stands for country, not God
I am writing to applaud the decision to deem the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. It saddens me to see such a backlash in regard to the ruling. Do people not see that it should not be one's patriotic duty to recite a pledge that acknowledges a god in which he or she does not believe? Otto Nushin Jr., Waynesboro, Ga.

Education options
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that vouchers for parents to get their kids out of failing public schools are constitutional and President Bush's follow-up speech in strong support of the court's decision, vouchers still have a long way to go before becoming a widespread reality.

Christian rights becoming obsolete
Christians, the time has come to pull our heads out of the sand. It is time to say to others - without shame or regrets - "I love my God, I love my country and I will stand up for what is right, good, moral and decent in my country." Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Sullivan sets example
Kent Sullivan surprised his North Augusta City Council colleagues when he resigned his seat at Monday night's meeting, but he can be assured he did the right thing.

Costly farm subsidies
The U.S. government is hooked on powder. No, not cocaine. It's milk.

Fellow jurors all thankful to God
This past week, I assumed I would watch a box full of bluebirds leave their nest - a most rewarding experience. But, having been called for jury duty, I was unable to do so and do not regret it one iota. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

United States isn't really united
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said, "The words 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional and must be stricken, or the pledge should no longer be recited in school." And this great nation of ours responded to this action by immediately breaking down into 280 million opinions against and for it. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

How long will God be patient?
A Sacramento, Calif., atheist does not want his daughter to have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in her second-grade class. That's fine, but I want my grandchildren to not only recite it in school, but every time an opportunity comes along. Dot Weaver, Hephzibah, Ga.

Fourth of July warning
This is to all those finger-pointers, especially admirers of U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga. D. Sasser, Augusta

Demand more from county council
I have listened to people in Aiken County for over 10 years complain about being overworked and underpaid. Kellie Wilson, North Augusta, S.C.

'Battle Hymn' glorifies killing
This Independence Day there is one song that we are sure to hear in church and at public celebrations, and it should make the blood of every Southerner boil. It is Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic. Lee Herron, North Augusta, S.C.

Get tough on corporate criminals
In July of 2000, I wrote a letter to the editor, "Deregulation craze too costly for consumers." At the time, I was referring to the monthly cost of maintaining your household, such as telephone, gas, etc. Now, the monster has revealed itself in its full glory with Enron and WorldCom - both children of deregulation. The consumers, the employees, the investors and every taxpayer will feel the effects of these so-called leaders of corporate America for a long time to come. James M. Carrick, Augusta

Public safety officer not solely at fault
I have lived in Grovetown for 10 years. Wendy Wallace is a good police officer, and I cannot believe that she had to resign. ("Grovetown officer quits amid inquiry," The Chronicle, June 28) Melba Moseley, Grovetown, Ga.

Don't tread on us!
Today's Fourth of July celebration is the first since the heinous Sept. 11 attacks on Americans and our way of life.

Overtime

Capriati loses to Mauresmo

Venus too quick for umpire; Henin beats Seles

Stallions notebook

Venus too quick for umpire; Henin beats Seles
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams raced in behind a stinging approach shot, all 6-foot-1 of her poised at the net.

Brazil celebration turns ugly in the wee hours
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Fans threw rocks at a bus carrying members of Brazil's World Cup championship team Wednesday after the players cut short a victory parade.

Overtime
Felix "Tito" Trinidad is retiring, a legal representative for the former middleweight and welterweight champion said Tuesday.

Overtime
Eight Augusta area soccer players will travel to Baltimore later this month to compete for the United States Youth Soccer national titles.

Capriati loses to Mauresmo
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jennifer Capriati looked at the big drops falling from the slate sky, eyed the chair umpire, and held up a palm as if to say, "Why are we out here?"

SEC makes wise choice in selecting outsider Slive

Stallions notebook
Tim Dumas will be in the Augusta Stallions' starting lineup for Friday night's game against visiting Florida.

Driver's license renewal goes online in Georgia
ATLANTA - Renewing a driver's license in Georgia became as easy as clicking a computer mouse Tuesday after the state rolled out a high-tech tool for reducing long lines and annoying waits at license offices.

Viruses...spam...updates
Q. About six 6 months ago I broke down and bought a Norton's Antivirus. Four of my e-mail buddies were infected and had probably passed it on to me. After hooking it up to the computer and firing it up I found the computer to be clean. Another friend, who had the same server, Compuserve, told me that the reason for this was that Compuserve screens all e-mail for viruses before sending to my e-mail box. Either this is true, or my computer survived four different viruses. My question is should I continue running the antivirus 24-7, or just run it when using shared disks? Could my server miss a virus that Norton's would pick up on my e-mail?

Suspected hi-tech pedophiles arrested in seven countries
LONDON -- Police in seven countries on Tuesday arrested around 50 suspected members of a high-tech child abuse ring calling itself "Shadowz Brotherhood" that made and distributed obscene images of children, including babies, on the Internet, British authorities said.

Experts say cyber-terrorism fears are overdone
Despite growing government concern that al Qaeda and its allies may try to use computers to disrupt electrical power grids, transportation systems and emergency communication networks, many experts on terrorism and computer security are skeptical about the overall menace of cyber-terrorism.

Goshen's return
Veteran area golfers are counting down the days until Goshen Plantation Golf Club makes its return to the Regions Cup tournament series.

Odds and ends

Man dies on same day rape charges against him are dismissed

Experts say cyber-terrorism fears are overdone

Viruses...spam...updates

Suspected hi-tech pedophiles arrested in seven countries

Driver's license renewal goes online in Georgia