Mini reviews
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In the know
How do you woo when the wallet is a little on the light side?

Loco tour features rising rock stars
There are few rock stars on the Locobazooka bill, and that's just the way tour organizer Dan Hartwell likes it.

Seafood lovers may want to catch Harbor Inn

Concert calendar
Listing of concerts in the area.

Sonic Youth finally finds right 'Street'

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Loco tour features rising rock stars

Blues guitarist passes love of music to his son
Tony Williams has the blues, and he has his father to thank for it.

Music with a message

Movies in a minute
Here's what some other critics are saying about current movies:

Love-triangle movies are never square

Club calendar

Standing ovations

Club calendar
Listing of clubs in the Augusta area.

Applause calendar

Love-triangle movies are never square
The triangle. In high school geometry, we are taught there is a certain beauty to the form, three sides, each with an individual angle, contributing to a cohesive whole.

In the know

Sonic Youth finally finds right 'Street'
For too long, there were two Sonic Youths, the rock band and the aural art project. The first played a discordant brand of college rock that never quite lived up to the potential of the group's individual parts. The second wove soundscapes so obtuse and artsy that only the most die-hard fans found them engaging.

Gallery calendar

Music with a message
Fredrick Benjamin has Bob Marley on the move.

Blues guitarist passes love of music to his son

Seafood lovers may want to catch Harbor Inn
Augusta's newest seafood restaurant, Harbor Inn Seafood on Wrightsboro Road, serves lunch and dinner in a bustling, nautical atmosphere.

Movies in a minute

Standing ovations
The Augusta Stallions continue their run at the playoffs tonight, facing off against the Florida Firecats. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Tickets are $7.50-$30.50. For more information, call 724-2400.

New releases

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tippin has patriotic pitch
It seems appropriate that Aaron Tippin, one of country music's most patriotic performers, celebrated his 44th birthday on July 3.

Concert calendar

New releases
Listing of the latest video releases, dates for future releases and reviews of movies to be released soon on video and DVD.

Gallery calendar
Listing of galleries in the Augusta area.

Early years brought greatest cards

Fans embrace ballpark hobby

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.

Yankees shortstop leaves game after hard slide

Topps choice

All-Star rosters

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.

Yankees shortstop leaves game after hard slide
NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Thursday's game after he bruised his left lower leg and sprained his knee on a hard, takeout slide by Cleveland's John McDonald.

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.

Augusta's best deserve mention

All-Star rosters
Rosters for the 2002 All-Star game, to be played July 9 at Miller Park in Milwaukee:

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.

Local folks travel the country for Fourth holiday

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.

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.

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."

Braves notebook

Braves slip by Montreal 6-5

Matt Franco getting the job done
ATLANTA - Asked about his .370-hitting first baseman, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox shook his head in wonder.

Braves pitchers make most of batting practice
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz leaps high over the wall to steal a home run. Greg Maddux makes a running, shoestring catch. Chris Hammond hits a mammoth home run.

Braves pull off victory
ATLANTA - If Thursday night's matchup of two of the game's best young pitchers - 21-year-old Mark Prior, the Chicago Cubs sensation, vs. 23-year-old Jason Marquis, the budding Braves' ace - accomplished nothing else, it offered hitters a frightening glimpse of the future.

Matt Franco getting the job done

Braves pitchers make most of batting practice

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.

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 pull off victory

New jobless claims hit 15-month low

Uniforms are back in style
AMARILLO, Texas - Everyone respects a man in uniform, particularly since Sept. 11.

Business briefs

Business briefs
U.S. financial markets were closed Thursday in observance of Independence Day. The stock market will close today at 1 p.m.

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.

Scandals take toll on retirement, college accounts
NEW YORK -- Americans who invest in stocks and equity mutual funds for their retirement or their children's education have been taking a beating in the market, and the allegations of accounting irregularities at companies from Enron and Tyco to WorldCom and Xerox are adding to their woes.

Uniforms are back in style

Scandals take toll on retirement, college accounts

ECB leaves all key interest rates unchanged
LUXEMBOURG -- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged Thursday as the euro's recent rise against the U.S. dollar relieved pressure to counter inflation risks.

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.

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

ECB leaves all key interest rates unchanged

Business briefs

Grading city services

Don't tread on us!

Lawsuit abuses

Bad legal reasoning

Costly farm subsidies

Why forests burn

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.

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

Kylie Smith
My American spirit may be different than some.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

'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.

Ellen Sentell
Hearing The Star Spangled Banner

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

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

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

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

Garden showcases school of Japanese koi
Ron Kelly has a different kind of backyard garden at his Martinez home.

Grass affected by fungi takes time to clear up
Q: There are two circular patches in my lawn where the grass is green in the middle but thin along the outer ring. I have had these places for a few years in my grass. Any ideas what this could be?

Garden showcases school of Japanese koi

Grass affected by fungi takes time to clear up

Dumatrait shuts down Capital City
COLUMBIA - Phil Dumatrait tossed a two-hit shutout, and the Augusta GreenJackets split the two-game series with the Capital City Bombers with a 3-0 win Thursday.

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

Gossett takes early lead at rain-soaked Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Playing in Illinois seems to agree with David Gossett.

Gossett takes early lead at rain-soaked Western Open

Fichardt and Moseley lead European Open

Inkster, Diaz claim share of lead at Prairie Dunes
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- If there's history to be made at this U.S. Women's Open, it won't come from Karrie Webb.

Inkster, Diaz claim share of lead at Prairie Dunes

Fichardt and Moseley lead European Open
STRAFFAN, Ireland -- Darren Fichardt, beaten in a playoff at the Irish Open last week, shared the first-round lead in the European Open Thursday.

Miscues doom GreenJackets

Dumatrait shuts down Capital City

Rangers, Richter agree to terms
NEW YORK -- Goalie Mike Richter agreed to terms Thursday night with the New York Rangers, the only NHL team he has ever played for.

Local folks travel the country for Fourth holiday
Many of you were celebrating America's birthday this week by traveling across the country itself. Let's see who went where.

Baseball legend dies
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. -- Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox revered and sometimes reviled "Splendid Splinter" and baseball's last .400 hitter, died Friday at age 83.

Cars and bikes don't mix

Public safety officer not solely at fault

Anti-nuclear ad fails to convince local supporter

Better to live 'under God' than Hitler

SRS 'refugee' rebuts charge ignorant farmers were conned

'Pledge' stands for country, not God

United States isn't really united

'Battle Hymn' glorifies killing

N-waste shipment dangers a big lie

Oil profits not worth fighting for

Fourth of July warning

Christian rights becoming obsolete

Barbara Walters lifts ABC in ratings

Giri S. Venkatraman

'Scooby' is good title for children

What Being an American Means to Me

Tyler Darnall

Amber Bush

Alexandra Jane Smith

Kylie Smith

Erin Sentell

Courtney Livingston

'Beetle Bailey' gets computer bug

Samuel Bryce

Ellen Sentell

Betty Raley

In the know

Eva Claire Schwartz

Vernon Bush

Ronda Bryce

Health calendar

Daniel Edmunds

Lesley Sapp

Capsules

John E. Conley

News you can use

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

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.

Latino hopefuls make historic run

Deputy honored for valor
It was quitting time for Deputy Anthony Consiglio when the call came over his radio that pit bulls were viciously attacking an Augusta woman two blocks away.

Aiken OKs tax break for hotel

Red, white and brew

Subscriber of the day
Pat Rucker is today's subscriber of the day.

The taste of summer
On July 3, Shirley Savage came to the state farmers market to help her father unload a truck bed's worth of watermelons.

Latino hopefuls make historic run
ATLANTA - When the Georgia General Assembly convenes for its 2003 session in January, voters likely will have elected the first Latino lawmakers in the state's history.

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.

Georgia shows its patriotism
ATLANTA - Throughout the state, Georgians celebrated the country's Independence Day with road races, parades, family picnics, concerts and fireworks.

Court has sweet tooth, audit finds
DARIEN, Ga. - The McIntosh County Magistrate Court spent hundreds of dollars in court funds on candy, soft drinks, chips and coffee creamer, along with some office supplies, an auditor's report shows.

Gates will help in evacuations
SAVANNAH - The orange and white striped gates, resembling a pair of football goal posts standing 20-feet high, look as if they were made to stop traffic at a railroad crossing.

Home search follows son's shooting

Gates will help in evacuations

Across the area

Park lifeguards have tough task
AIKEN - Laid-back tanning and watching bikinis. That's how a lifeguard's job is commonly thought of.

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

Across the area
A south Augusta woman died Thursday after an accident with an all-terrain vehicle.

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

Across the Southeast
WENTWORTH, N.C. -Rockingham County's largest tourist attraction has closed because the foundation that runs the Chinqua-Penn estate can no longer afford to keep its museums and gardens open.

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.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -A House candidate has been cleared of assault and battery charges after a June road rage case.

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.

News you can use

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

Across Georgia
NEWNAN -A 19-member law enforcement panel has recommended revoking a Coweta County police chief's certification as an officer.

Court has sweet tooth, audit finds

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

Baseball legend dies

Police will test DNA to compare with Aiken case

Across the area

School blamed for girls' roaming

Across Georgia

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

Spectators turn out at Riverwalk Augusta for fun, fireworks

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

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 5, 1950 More than 500 residents, ex-residents, visitors and graduates of Fleming school attended the ninth annual Fleming Community homecoming yesterday at the community house.

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.

Guests will teach art in the classroom
An Arts Infusion Conference will be held July 25-27 at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, 1114 Telfair St. The registration deadline is July 10.

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

Harlem rail crossing closes for study

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.

Park lifeguards have tough task

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Guests will teach art in the classroom

Harlem rail crossing closes for study
A railroad crossing in Harlem will be closed while local and state transportation officials study the site.

Georgia shows its patriotism

Spectators turn out at Riverwalk Augusta for fun, fireworks
July Fourth along Augusta's riverwalk was the sort of day that makes it difficult to imagine living anywhere else.

Deputy honored for valor

Judge denies access to hearing

Water break

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.

The Fourth in full

Extra police keep eye on festivities

The taste of summer

All-Star selection cements Smoltz's role
ATLANTA - With his neatly trimmed beard and a set of golf clubs always at the ready, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz is hardly the picture of the extreme athlete.

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.

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

Earnhardt contemplates his future
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - So much has been made of the future of Dale Earnhardt Inc. that it was easy to miss an important part: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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

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.

No decision yet for Rudd, but retirement looking unlikely

What vacation?

Busch race lacks Winston regulars
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR Busch Series races at Daytona International Speedway often have a decidedly Winston Cup flare because so many drivers from the senior circuit moonlight on the support series.

No decision yet for Rudd, but retirement looking unlikely
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Rudd is still figuring out his future in racing, but sounded Thursday like he's leaning toward sticking around a little longer.

Earnhardt contemplates his future

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

Busch race lacks Winston regulars

Mr. Scott Pattison    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ossie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Johansson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Martha Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Brinkley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Bazemore    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Tracy Mason    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Bartlett    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Pardue    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Lavern Toole    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Donna Webb    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruby Hullum
Ruby Hullum's life was nothing short of an inspiration to those who knew her.

Mrs. Suzy Sears    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Maude Padgett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Andrews    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ross Lacke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Xilena Abellan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Stella White    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Hazel    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. William Wheat    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Shorts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Donna Webb    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
SFC Manuel Lopez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Maude Padgett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lavern Toole    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Thompson    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. James Pardue    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Jesse Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Meigs    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Lewis    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ossie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Hullum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Sturgis    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Hazel    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Morris Shorts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Hamilton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Brookins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ezell Johnson    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Wheat    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Brad Gibson    (EVANSTON, Wyo.)
Mr. Jackie Kelly    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gerald Lapp    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Hazel Crocker    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Willie McAlhany    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trilby Frost    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Mary Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Ruby Hullum

Mr. Jesse Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella White (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Brinkley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Suzy Sears (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Hughes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Brad Gibson (EVANSTON, Wyo.)

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

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

Ms. Mary Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Andrews (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wheat (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Pope (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Wheat (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marian Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie McAlhany (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mr. George Hamilton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ossie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Lapp (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Bartlett (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jackie Kelly (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Bazemore (STATESBORO, Ga.)

SFC Manuel Lopez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hullum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blossom Teffeteller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Mary Meigs (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Lewis (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Brookins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ossie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ezell Johnson (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Sturgis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Grading city services
An Augusta Commission subcommittee is setting up performance standards to evaluate city Administrator George Kolb. Kolb's contract calls for the commission and mayor to conduct the review annually but, when the administrator's one year anniversary was up in April, he had to remind the commission to get on it. Better late than never.

Anti-nuclear ad fails to convince local supporter
On June 30 Citizens Against Radioactive Transport to Yucca published a large ad in The Chronicle's editorial section urging that radioactive wastes be retained in Georgia. Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

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

SRS 'refugee' rebuts charge ignorant farmers were conned
Regarding Harry Myers' June 10 letter, "SRS conned ignorant farmers." I happen to be a "refugee" from Savannah River Site, having been born in Dunbarton, S.C., and raised during the Depression by an "ignorant farmer" along with seven siblings. All graduated from high school, and we never did go hungry or lack for the necessities of life. S. Gilmore Eaves, M.D., New Ellenton, S.C.

Cars and bikes don't mix
Driving down the road in North Augusta, S.C., you've probably seen the signs that say "Share the Road - with Bicyclists. This makes no sense to me. A 50-pound piece of metal going 20 miles per hour and a two-ton piece of metal going 55 miles per hour just don't mix. It's going to end up with someone getting in a deadly accident, because motorists have to swerve in and out of the lanes to avoid hitting the bicyclists. Morris Pridgen, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

'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.

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

Lawsuit abuses
The skin magazine Penthouse got in a ton of legal trouble when it ran a series of pictures in its June edition of a topless woman sunbather identified as tennis sex kitten Anna Kournikova - it turned out the young lady wasn't Kournikova at all. It was the daughter-in-law of a prominent Italian fashion designer.

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

N-waste shipment dangers a big lie
I hope his recent silence means that Gov. Jim Hodges has given up his silly civil disobedience campaign against the shipment of plutonium to SRS and is ready to accept the rule of law. Don Hostetler, North Augusta, Ga.

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

Why forests burn
"The policies that are coming from the East Coast, that are coming from the environmentalists, that say we don't need to log, we don't need to thin our forests, are absolutely ridiculous. No one on the East Coast knows how to manage these fires and I, for one, have had it."

'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.

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.

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.

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

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

Stallions notebook

Overtime

Stallions have lots to prove

Capriati loses to Mauresmo

Sister act nothing new to mother

Three-time champion Armstrong still gets jitters as race nears

Hewitt has to wait a while to win, faces Henman next

No surprise: Williams sisters in Wimbledon final

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

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.

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?"

Hewitt has to wait a while to win, faces Henman next
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lleyton Hewitt grabbed a big lead in his Wimbledon quarterfinal, then wasted four match points.

Three-time champion Armstrong still gets jitters as race nears
LUXEMBOURG -- Three-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong still gets nervous about cycling's premier race.

Overtime
Kenyans Paul Kosgei and Lornah Kipligat won the men's and women's divisions of the 10K Peachtree Road Race on Thursday in Atlanta.

No surprise: Williams sisters in Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England -- The novelty is gone. A Wimbledon final Saturday, the French Open final a month ago, the U.S. Open final last fall. All Williams vs. Williams, sisters at the top of the tennis world, making history every time they meet.

Sister act nothing new to mother
WIMBLEDON, England - Venus vs. Serena Williamsin another Grand Slam final: Their mother, Oracene, has been there before.

Schooling fish attract Thurmond fishermen

Schooling fish attract Thurmond fishermen
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle.

All-Star selection cements Smoltz's role

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

Stallions have lots to prove
Glen Gauntt is ready for tonight. The Stallions quarterback threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the first 37 minutes of Augusta's game at Roanoke last week. However, he rebounded with five second-half touchdown passes and a 5-yard scoring run that sealed the Stallions' 54-44 comeback win over the Steam.

Study: men may be over-diagnosed with prostate cancer
WASHINGTON -- Many men over 60 are receiving unnecessary surgery and other treatments for prostate cancer even though the disease is unlikely to progress far enough to cause health problems, according to one analysis.

Be all you can be - digitally - in new Army recruiting game
WASHINGTON -- Attempting to woo computer-savvy young people, the Army will release on July 4 the first installment of an ambitious new computer game that will let players be all they can digitally be.

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?

Man dies on same day rape charges against him are dismissed

Odds and ends

Be all you can be - digitally - in new Army recruiting game

Viruses...spam...updates

Driver's license renewal goes online in Georgia

Study: men may be over-diagnosed with prostate cancer