Attorney: Ted Williams asked in will to be cremated
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams asked in his will to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over his old fishing grounds in the Florida Keys, the lawyer for a daughter of the baseball great said Tuesday.

All-Star 'rookies' enjoying their moment

Giambi bests Sosa in Home Run Derby

Baseball players fail to set strike date but prepare for walkout
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Baseball players failed to set a strike date Monday but said they will prepare their teammates for the possibility of the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972.

Selig paints gloomy picture of baseball's near future

Torre plans shortstop rotation
MILWAUKEE -- American League All-Star manager Joe Torre might have a harder time dealing with his rotation of five shortstops as opposed to the nine pitchers.

Selig paints gloomy picture of baseball's near future
MILWAUKEE -- Painting a gloomy picture of baseball's immediate future, commissioner Bud Selig acknowledged the possibility of another work stoppage but hoped an agreement with players could still be reached.

Attorney: Ted Williams asked in will to be cremated

Giambi bests Sosa in Home Run Derby
MILWAUKEE -- Once again, when it comes to hitting home runs, Sammy Sosa is No. 2.

All-Star game ends in tie

Fans nowhere to be seen at Riverdogs game

Baseball picks 30 memorable moments

All-Star game ends in tie
MILWAUKEE -- In Bud's backyard, even the All-Star game ended with fans booing baseball.

All-Star 'rookies' enjoying their moment
MILWAUKEE -- Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski walked into the grand ballroom Monday at the Pfister Hotel, looked around at the likes of A-Rod, Ichiro and Nomar, and suddenly felt very out of place.

Baseball picks 30 memorable moments
MILWAUKEE -- From Ted Williams' .406 season to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier to Barry Bonds' home-run record, baseball has had many unforgettable moments.

It's Schilling vs. Lowe in the All-Star game
MILWAUKEE -- Curt Schilling of Arizona gets another chance to start for the National League in the All-Star game, this time against Boston's Derek Lowe.

Baseball players fail to set strike date but prepare for walkout

Portland to pay homage to Arthur Andersen
PORTLAND, Ore. -- It might be the only time this season that fans are allowed to shred their own documents at the ball park.

Fans nowhere to be seen at Riverdogs game
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The gates were padlocked and hundreds of fans of the Charleston Riverdogs gathered outside Joe Riley Stadium on Monday night.

Judge will be asked to decide fate of Ted Williams' body
HERNANDO, Fla. -- Ted Williams' estate will ask a judge to decide if the baseball great's body should be cremated or frozen, a move to try to resolve a family feud over the remains.

Torre plans shortstop rotation

It's Schilling vs. Lowe in the All-Star game

Judge will be asked to decide fate of Ted Williams' body

Sending eight postcards is the sign of a true vacation

Braves sign first-round pick Francoeur
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms Tuesday with first-round pick Jeff Francoeur.

Braves in familiar place, despite lack of offense
ATLANTA - This is not high ground. This is not sacred soil. This is where the Atlanta Braves usually reside at the All-Star break.

Braves sign first-round pick Francoeur

Braves in familiar place, despite lack of offense

Chipper wonders if fame is worth price
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones is on pace to drive in at least 100 runs for the seventh straight season, and the Atlanta Braves have the best record in the major leagues. He also makes $15 million a year.

Chipper wonders if fame is worth price

Private companies could feel effects
President Bush's crackdown on corporate shenanigans is aimed at large companies, but the fallout eventually could affect main street businesses, too.

For cleaners, orange makes good scents

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to bar federal contracts for many companies that move offshore to avoid U.S. taxes in the latest political fallout over corporate misbehavior.

South Carolina leads the nation in mobile homes
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Rev. Lawrence Beadle's three-bedroom home along South Carolina's Grand Strand is appointed with all the traditional touches: black shutters, a picture window and a carport.

Used-car dealer moving to new site in Augusta
A Thomson-based car dealer is opening a used-car lot in Augusta at Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway.

Interest up in online bill payment
NEW YORK - With the price of a first-class stamp up to 37 cents, many consumers are taking a fresh look at reducing their mailing costs by paying their bills electronically.

Company buys warehouse
For $6.1 million, local investors have taken a south Augusta warehouse off the market.

For cleaners, orange makes good scents
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - It looks like milk and smells like an orange Creamsicle, but this boat cleaner, its makers say, is a pioneering product in the cleaning industry.

Augusta Regional needs screeners

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Americans, shrugging off worries about the strength of the recovery, increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in six months.

Used-car dealer moving to new site in Augusta

Augusta Regional needs screeners
With a congressional deadline looming, a federal agency is looking to hire more than 60 passenger screeners for Augusta Regional Airport.

Private companies could feel effects

South Carolina leads the nation in mobile homes

Business briefs

Correction

Ted Williams

The right ruling

Maybe it's permanent

Sell poker machines

Teacher plan works

Terror at LAX

Kids dive into competition
The CSRA Summer Swim League isn't quite what it used to be.

Cook up cheesy side in a crockpot
Most of us cook in a crockpot during the cool winter months, simmering special soups, stews and hearty entrees. But pulling your crockpot off the shelf instead of heating your kitchen up with a hot oven makes good sense in the summer months.

Small portions
Souffles have a reputation for being very temperamental. However they are more resilient than one might think; they don't fall if you talk too loud, walk too hard, or open the oven to take a peak.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information.

Robert Mondavi shows rare form
In recent columns I heaped praise on three chardonnays and a cabernet sauvignon from the Robert Mondavi Winery, a Napa Valley institution that seems to be making wine at the top of its form now.

Sunshine, smiley faces boost tips, new poll says
WASHINGTON - Some people sneak back to the table to add more money, some to snatch back a few dollars. Husbands and wives dicker, parents and children argue, all over how much to tip when they eat out.

'Men in Black II' posts huge box-office haul
LOS ANGELES -- Big guns mean big money. "Men in Black II," the action comedy about agents with huge weapons policing extraterrestrial riffraff, debuted with $52.1 million in its first weekend.

Instrument of success
STEVENSVILLE, Md. - It was one thing for Paul Reed Smith to see the wooden electric guitars he designed in the hands of rock icon Carlos Santana. It was another to see complete strangers wearing T-shirts with his logo.

In the know
TBS's new series Worst-Case Scenario shows viewers how to survive extreme situations such as jumping from a speeding car or how to survive sub-zero temperatures.

Boredom decreases with age, study says
Do you feel bored with your life? Would like to add some excitement to it?

In the know
Children aren't the only ones targeted by the release of the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie.

Tennis center getting a new look for big event
Eddie Smith has been in the business of resurfacing tennis courts for 27 years. His work at Newman Tennis Center is a prime example of the behind-the-scenes efforts winding down this week in preparation for the Georgia Games Championships in Augusta.

Gamble helps Jackets win
Jerome Gamble was given enough run support to win two ballgames, but the Augusta GreenJackets starter wasn't around long enough to get one.

A 42-year-old woman sends a message to the guys

National critical of pressure from group
In a defiant statement about the privacy of Augusta National, chairman Hootie Johnson lashed out at a national women's group Tuesday for urging the club to have female members before next year's Masters.

National critical of pressure from group

Augusta National membership
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson says the club won't be "bullied" into admitting women members.

No place like Prairie Dunes for Inkster

Augusta National membership

A 42-year-old woman sends a message to the guys
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Leave it to a woman to show the guys how to get it done.

New date for Women's Open puts a squeeze on LPGA majors

New date for Women's Open puts a squeeze on LPGA majors
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Plans to have the U.S. Women's Open played every year during the Fourth of July weekend have fizzled, leaving the LPGA Tour in a predicament for scheduling its major championships.

No place like Prairie Dunes for Inkster
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Juli Inkster might consider buying a little house on the prairie. There's never been a homecoming quite like this U.S. Women's Open.

Gamble helps Jackets win

Middle schoolers join in at high school camp

Sending eight postcards is the sign of a true vacation
Sitting here looking through the big stack of your summer vacation postcards, I've come to realize there is a difference between a trip and a vacation.

Coliseum Authority chairman resigns
Bill Maddox resigned Wednesday as chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, joining a growing list of defections and firings since management company SMG left in May.

Lynx form affiliation
After months of speculation, the Augusta Lynx have secured an affiliation with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes and their top farm club, the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons of the American Hockey League.

National critical of pressure from group
In a defiant statement about the privacy of Augusta National, chairman Hootie Johnson lashed out at a national women's group Tuesday for urging the club to have female members before next year's Masters.

Grand Jury report

Grand Jury report

Grand jury releases report
Long-standing practices of unfair promotions, questionable payouts and politically motivated leadership in Augusta's fire department are the topic of the Richmond County Special Grand Jury's seventh and most extensive report, which was made public this morning.

Complains Richmond pesticide sprayer truck imperils health

Murderers should be given death penalty

Christians support persecution

Decision doesn't establish religion

If legislation passes, DOE could pick our pockets for fine

GOP-led Senate is more effective

Lists possible factors in Alzheimer's

Streets for cars, not children

Reasons to be optimistic about market

Court renders another loss of freedom

Linda Schrenko has 'electability'

Ad in 'Chronicle' is irresponsible

'Men in Black II' posts huge box-office haul

Small portions

Robert Mondavi shows rare form

Cook up cheesy side in a crockpot

In the know

Seniors calendar

Boredom decreases with age, study says

Kids dive into competition

Sunshine, smiley faces boost tips, new poll says

Lynx strike deal with Coyotes

Lynx strike deal with Coyotes
After months of speculation, the Augusta Lynx have secured an affiliation with the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes and their top farm club, the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Bids in for EMS service
Two bids for citywide ambulance service came in more than $400,000 apart, with Augusta's current provider - Rural/Metro Ambulance - listing the lowest bid, an Augusta Commission committee learned Monday.

Special grand jury hands over report

Subscriber of the day

Lynx form affiliation

Grand Jury report

National critical of pressure from group

Bids fail to come in for boats
After three years of design and planning for the Augusta Canal's unique, 65-foot tour boats, the Canal Authority had planned to open bids Monday and award contracts for the long-awaited project.

Firefighter's rest

Subscriber of the day

Seizure list lacks racist materials

Conservation tops state supply plans

Required shots are available

Deputy resigns amid investigation
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The second in command at the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office quit Monday amid allegations that he misused power to help a victim of domestic violence.

Georgia coordinator faces challenge
ATLANTA - Mary Elfner is creative enough to have dreamed up a giant toilet running the bases during Savannah Sand Gnats home games, promoting water conservation.

Police suspect drug led to man's death
Richmond County authorities say they are investigating the possibility that an Oxy-Contin overdose led to the death of Bernard J. "Buz" Mulherin Jr., the son of a local Superior Court judge.

Conservation tops state supply plans
ATLANTA - Even the Georgia bureaucrat in charge of water conservation concedes he's not setting the best example.

City settles suit over chase death
The family of a young woman killed during a police chase in Swainsboro last year has settled a lawsuit against the city and the officer involved.

Police suspect drug led to man's death

Promotion practices come under heavy fire

News you can use

Across the area

Workers spruce up Aiken

Officials say quality has improved
With a handful of Dobermans, Hank Dingfelder had little choice but to buy a mobile home.

Hospital plans cancer center

Landscaping method on rise in dry areas

Man dies in attempt to rescue teens from ocean

Georgia coordinator faces challenge

Police raid video poker parlors

Across the area
Augusta utilities officials are investigating a weekend accident in which 3,100 gallons of aluminum sulfate spilled near the city's water treatment plant off Wrightsboro Road near Daniel Village.

Augusta resident will lead chamber

Required shots are available
The good news is required immunizations are back in stock at local health departments after months of shortage. The bad news is the shots may smart a little bit more this year for parents with private insurance, at least at first.

Across South Carolina

Board aims to enact teacher dress code
Richmond County pupils might not be the only ones who have to adhere to a dress code when they return to school next month.

Across South Carolina

Special grand jury hands over report
After more than nine months without word from a special grand jury studying city government, the Richmond County panel has produced a 124-page presentment that will remain sealed to the public, likely until sometime today.

Man charged with kidnapping

Deputy resigns amid investigation

Police raid high-tech pot farm

Firefighter's rest
Firefighter's rest North Augusta firefighter Sgt. George Eakins rests after fighting a fire in Belvedere. No one was injured.

Questions answered

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'

Hospital plans cancer center
Aiken Regional Medical Centers will begin $15 million of renovation and construction next week that hospital officials say will ensure faster and more comfortable care.

Coliseum Authority chairman resigns

Department lost sight of duties, panel says
Under the leadership of Chief Ronnie Few, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department became sidetracked by public relations projects, often neglecting their daily duties, according to a presentment by the Richmond County special grand jury.

Hodges to argue his case

Opening soon

Police raid video poker parlors
Vice officers shut down two underground video poker parlors in Augusta and charged three owners after discovering the illegal game rooms that operated with code words and surveillance cameras, authorities said Tuesday.

Man charged with kidnapping
A Grovetown man is in the Columbia County Detention Center, charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old Michigan girl.

Around town

Council votes for trash bin time limit
The Aiken City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to place restrictions on how long garbage and recycling containers can be left curbside.

Across the area

Grand jury releases report

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'
For the second time since convening more than 2 1/2 years ago, the Richmond County special grand jury is calling for widespread reform in city government, this time pointing to apparent impropriety in Augusta's fire department as evidence of recurring micromanagement and political gridlock.

City settles suit over chase death

Promotion practices come under heavy fire
Criticizing the performance of some high-ranking fire officials and calling for the resignation or demotion of at least one deputy chief, the Richmond County special grand jury blasted the promotion practices of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few.

Across the area

Grand jury says chief was 'bandit'
For the second time since convening more than 2 1/2 years ago, the Richmond County special grand jury is calling for widespread reform in city government, this time pointing to apparent impropriety in Augusta's fire department as evidence of recurring micromanagement and political gridlock.

Department lost sight of duties, panel says

News you can use

Report condemns spending

Grand Jury report

Across the area
Six pressurized explosive devices were found early Tuesday in a Wrens neighborhood.

Bids in for EMS service

Report condemns spending
The adage "follow the money" led the special grand jury to some of the most damning allegations in Tuesday's presentment, and claims of acts that could be considered criminal.

Across the area
Six pressurized explosive devices were found early Tuesday in a Wrens neighborhood.

Police get cash for drug arrest

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, who is unopposed in the Aug. 20 Democratic primary, has raised more than $4.5 million for his fall re-election campaign, and most of it is still in the bank.

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

News you can use
JULY 10, 1932 The slot machine war flared anew yesterday as city detectives confiscated machines in five establishments and impounded them at police headquarters.

Landscaping method on rise in dry areas
ROSWELL, Ga. - When Glynn Groszman moved onto a shady side street in Roswell, just north of Atlanta, 14 years ago, his front and back yards were covered with grass from one end to the other.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cecil Snyder of Aiken.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -An aluminum company's request to reduce the amount of water it releases from its four dams in North Carolina could eventually affect taps 200 miles downstream in Georgetown.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Three young boys drowned in a golf-course pond near their home when they went fishing, the Spartanburg County coroner's office says.

Across Georgia
CUSSETA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating the death of a 5-year-old boy in an explosion as a homicide, although it currently has no suspects.

Hodges to argue his case
COLUMBIA - After losing a federal court fight to block plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site, Gov. Jim Hodges' lawyers are set to make their case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.

Workers spruce up Aiken
Later this week, the summer workers are off to Columbia for a Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration conference where they will learn more about transportation careers.

Police raid high-tech pot farm
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Oconee County sheriff's investigators say they raided a virtual drug farm last weekend where 500 pot plants, psilocybin mushrooms, laughing gas and prescription pills were found in a compound complete with a locked gate and security cameras.

Seizure list lacks racist materials
Operator manuals for a firearm silencer and M-16 assault rifles were among the items confiscated at the home of an Augusta man who was charged last week in the accidental shooting of his 10-year-old son.

Police get cash for drug arrest
Sheriff Ronnie Strength's budget got a big boost Tuesday as federal officials handed him a check for nearly a quarter-million dollars for his office's role in bringing down drug kingpin Robert "Fat Boy" Snell.

News you can use
JULY 9, 1942 Rumors that the suspension of Augusta Police Chief C.J. Wilson was linked with another department scandal were denied yesterday.

Opening soon
An employee with Alabama-based Southern Sash works on installing a front door at the new Evans Government Center. The building is expected to open for business sometime next month.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bobby Brown of Grovetown.

Correction

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Bids fail to come in for boats

Augusta resident will lead chamber
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County Chambers of Commerce did not have to look very far for a temporary leader.

Around town

Correction
An article about sports tourism in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said an international boxing team coming to train in Augusta is from New Zealand.

Questions answered
Here are some questions and answers concerning the Grand Jury Report.

Man dies in attempt to rescue teens from ocean
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - An autopsy has been scheduled for a Williston, S.C., man who died during a weekend outing on the Georgia coast.

Board aims to enact teacher dress code

How do you beat the best?
The answer hasn't come from sports psychologists. It hasn't been programmed by a swing doctor. The solution hasn't been pulled out of the bag by an equipment representative.

Mario Andretti might become car owner
Mario Andretti is considering becoming a car owner in the CART series.

Al Unser Jr. charged with hitting woman

Benson won't race at Chicagoland
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Johnny Benson, re-injured in a wreck in Daytona, will not race this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Mike Wallace will fill in.

Brett Bodine's wife 'sore but OK' after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The wife of NASCAR driver Brett Bodine was "sore but OK" after a one-car accident in the hours following the Pepsi 400 race, Brett Bodine Racing officials said.

Benson won't race at Chicagoland

Sadler wants Rudd's ride, but no deal yet with Yates

Mario Andretti might become car owner

Sadler wants Rudd's ride, but no deal yet with Yates
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Elliott Sadler wants to drive the famed No. 28 Ford if Ricky Rudd vacates it at the end of the season but said Tuesday he has no deal in place with Robert Yates Racing.

Driver sorry for Daytona blowup

Driver sorry for Daytona blowup
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kurt Busch, who was held in the pits for four laps as punishment for cursing NASCAR officials over the radio during the Pepsi 400, apologized Monday.

Al Unser Jr. charged with hitting woman
INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Unser Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a woman in the face before leaving her on the side of a highway in the middle of the night.

Police to recommend charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Police plan to recommend that prosecutors issue a warrant Wednesday for the arrest of NBA All-Star Allen Iverson.

Man claims Iverson had gun

Police to recommend charges against Iverson

Man claims Iverson had gun
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had a gun when he forced his way inside an apartment last week and threatened two men, one of the men said Tuesday.

Offensive line coach faces tough decisions

Mrs. Margaret Osborne    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. David Page    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
Matthew Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Roberson    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Haywood    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. UlaMae Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dana Dimsdale    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Vicente Velez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Beverly Talbert    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Kerri Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Dana Dimsdale    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sandy Walker    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Jeanette McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. OMeda Rubin    (WEBSTER, N.C.)
Mr. Tommy Lokey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Joan Brodie    (FRISCO, Texas)
Mrs. Katie Brown    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Elnora Carter    (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Chance    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Matthew Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Paschall    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Knox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Chenoweth    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Anthony Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Ondina Turner    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Meadows    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Nichols    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Terence Groupman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Arkansas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verdery Latimore Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Kerri Velez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Boone    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Vicente Velez    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Atkinson Sr.    (WESTMONT, NJ.)
Ms. Roslyn Hoston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Orina Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Darsey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Guest Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Collins    (SUWANEE, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Fason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Reid Borders    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Sutton    (DODGE CITY, Kan.)
Ms. Edith Bartley    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Josephine Datcher    (MEBANE, N.C.)
Mr. William Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Collins    (SUWANEE, Ga.)
Ms. Rene Simmons    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Wells    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. William Scott III    (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)
Mr. Robert Adams Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. E.W. Reese Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Rachels Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Stafford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Almerta Neuhaus (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sandy Walker (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Edith Bartley (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. OMeda Rubin (WEBSTER, N.C.)

Mr. Tommy Lokey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Vicente Velez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Adams Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Datcher (MEBANE, N.C.)

Mr. Terence Groupman (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Hill (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Jeanette McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Osborne (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Nichols (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Page (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Brodie (FRISCO, Texas)

Mr. Bobby Chance (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Atkinson Sr. (WESTMONT, NJ.)

Mr. Wilbur Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Matthew Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wells (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Knox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Scott III (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)

Mrs. Beverly Talbert (McCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elnora Carter (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Fason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dana Dimsdale (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Chenoweth (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Matthew Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rene Simmons (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Stafford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Arkansas Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kerri Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Roslyn Hoston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. E.W. Reese Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Hill (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Verdery Latimore Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Roberson (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Guest Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. UlaMae Humphrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Sutton (DODGE CITY, Kan.)

Mr. Reid Borders (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Ms. Ondina Turner (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Dana Dimsdale (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Collins (SUWANEE, Ga.)

Kerri Velez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Boone (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vicente Velez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Orina Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Luther Paschall (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Darsey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Haywood (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Meadows (DEARING, Ga.)

Streets for cars, not children
In response to C. Waldron's letter of July 1 ("Are cops picking on good kids?"), if she fails to understand why kids are not allowed to play in the street then she should read the article on page 3B in the July 1 paper,"Toddler killed by truck after running into road." T. Sexton, Hephzibah, Ga.

Linda Schrenko has 'electability'
On June 6, we attended the Columbia County GOP Gubernatorial Forum at the Pavilion. While there are several candidates running for governor, we were most impressed with Linda Schrenko's presentation and her answers to a variety of questions from the moderator, Columbia News Times publisher Barry Paschal. S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling, Ga.

Terror at LAX
Political correctness is once again trumping common sense with the FBI's reluctance to label Hesham Mohamed Hadayet a terrorist. The heavily armed Egyptian immigrant fired off a round of 10-12 bullets at Israel's airline ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing two civilians and injuring three others before an El Al security guard gunned him down.

Murderers should be given death penalty
I'm all for juries giving death to murderers. Lilian A. Brewer, Harlem, Ga.

Court renders another loss of freedom
Within two days, we hear we can't do the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, and America has more crime, violence, etc., than other countries. Grace G. Allen, Trenton, S.C.

Reasons to be optimistic about market
There are a number of valid reasons why the U.S. economy will probably demonstrate an upturn in the second half of this year and relegate to limbo the mild recession we are now undergoing. Bob Gordy, Louisville, Ga.

The right ruling
No doubt it seems unfair to Henry Richardson and his followers that the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that he must either give up his job as a Mount Pleasant policeman or his seat on the Berkeley County Council.

Lists possible factors in Alzheimer's
In the "News you can use" feature entitled "Water Facts" (June 24 Metro), a publication called To your health was quoted as saying "A primary cause of Alzheimer's disease is chronic dehydration." Lora Hydrick, Augusta

Sell poker machines
Richmond County vice officers' seizure of "an ocean" of unlawful video poker machines makes clear why District Attorney Danny Craig led the charge in Atlanta last year to ban the gambling contrivances.

GOP-led Senate is more effective
Come election time, conservative Americans - both Republicans and Democrats (there are a few) - must give the U.S. Senate back to the Republicans. John B. Cheatham, Augusta

Correction
Due to an editing error, a letter in the July 4 editions of The Augusta Chronicle named Richard Taylor as the father of two juveniles who were given alcohol by another adult. Mr. Taylor is not the father of the children.

Complains Richmond pesticide sprayer truck imperils health
I am writing because of my dismay at what's happening at our homes. A Richmond County truck drove by my home June 25, spraying something into the air. There was no prior warning and the sprayer truck just came by again tonight. Theodora Larson, Augusta

Christians support persecution
Typical. That's the only way to describe the Christian reaction to the Pledge of Allegiance ruling handed down by a federal appeals court in California. This country was settled by people who were fed up with religious persecution, but persecuting less popular beliefs seems to be the Christian way. John A. Terpack II, Augusta

Ad in 'Chronicle' is irresponsible
An ad in the June 30 Augusta Chronicle reached a new level of irresponsibility and dishonesty. The ad suggested that areas of natural beauty in the Southeast would be despoiled if the government went forward with its plans to ship spent nuclear fuel to the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. J. Malvyn (Mal) McKibben, Aiken, S.C.

Maybe it's permanent
"He's going to hit the ground running and has got a head start on what we would have had, frankly, if we'd tried to go out and bring somebody in from outside the community."

Ted Williams
As a baseball hitter, Ted Williams' talent was truly extraordinary. But the difference between a talented athlete and a great one is that the great one hones and shapes his talent to as close to perfection as possible.

Teacher plan works
Last year it was Teach for Georgia. This year it's the Teacher Alternative Preparation Program. Whatever it's called, it seems to be working.

If legislation passes, DOE could pick our pockets for fine
According to the June 30 Chronicle, Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have introduced legislation which, if passed, would fine the U.S. Department of Energy "up to $100 million per year" if DOE doesn't meet certain MOX and plutonium-removal time lines at the Savannah River Site. H. Perry Holcomb, North Augusta, S.C.

Decision doesn't establish religion
God has richly blessed our nation and shown us great mercy. We are also blessed by having a diversity of people and the contributions each has made. Melinda East, North Augusta, S.C.

Overtime

Armstrong returns to site of Verdun victory for Tour's third stage

Hewitt satisfied; wonders if fans want more all-Williams finals

French doping agency says two players failed drugs tests at French Open

Tennis center getting a new look for big event

Armstrong relaxes as Spaniard Freire wins Tour's second stage

Overtime

Armstrong returns to site of Verdun victory for Tour's third stage
REIMS, France -- Lance Armstrong returned to the site of his first Tour de France success Tuesday, content this time to ride easy through the heart of champagne country and a hub of American sentiment.

Overtime
Al Unser Jr. was arrested Tuesday on charges he hit a woman in the face before leaving her on the side of a highway in the middle of the night.

Overtime
Georgia Tech's football games against Clemson and Brigham Young will be televised by ESPN and ABC, respectively.

French doping agency says two players failed drugs tests at French Open
PARIS -- Two unidentified players failed drug tests at the French Open, France's Council to Prevent and Fight Doping reported Monday.

Hewitt satisfied; wonders if fans want more all-Williams finals
WIMBLEDON, England -- At 21, Lleyton Hewitt's pretty much accomplished all he set out to do. He says he would feel fulfilled as a tennis player even if his new Wimbledon title were his last - at any tournament.

Armstrong relaxes as Spaniard Freire wins Tour's second stage
SAARBRUECKEN, Germany -- Lance Armstrong enjoyed a relaxed ride in Monday's stage of the Tour de France, while some struggled to get to the finish.

Middle schoolers join in at high school camp
INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrick Caracter finds himself competing this week against some of America's best recruits - even though he has yet to put on a high school jersey.

Offensive line coach faces tough decisions
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Pete Mangurian is about to enter his least favorite time of year.

How do you beat the best?

Record for wins in reach
Despite a disappointing 54-29 loss to Florida on Friday, the Augusta Stallions still are on track for the best season in franchise history.

Docking stations combine wireless with home phones
NEW YORK - With cell phone companies heaping thousands of "free" off-peak minutes on subscribers, the wireless crowd is beginning to question the wisdom of paying extra to make long-distance calls on regular home phones.

New violations recorded
A perplexing spike in air pollution levels last week pushed Augusta over the legal threshold that triggers non-attainment status under the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Young HIV carriers unaware of virus
BARCELONA, Spain -- A study of young gay and bisexual men in major U.S. cities found that more than three-quarters of those infected with HIV were unaware they had the AIDS virus.

Team studies tortoise habits
NEW ELLENTON - Erin Clark, lying on her stomach, reached into an oval burrow half-hidden among pine straw and wiregrass.

eBay buying online payment provider
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Internet auction giant eBay Inc. said Monday it is buying online payment facilitator PayPal Inc. for $1.5 billion in stock.

Georgia recruit fails to meet NCAA academic standards

Georgia recruit fails to meet NCAA academic standards
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia recruit Reshard Dudley won't play for the Bulldogs this year after failing to reach minimum NCAA academic requirements.

Konare to transfer to High Point
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina basketball player Issa Konare will transfer to High Point, coach Dave Odom says.

Konare to transfer to High Point

Your style

Question of the week

Prove you're responsible and freedom will come

America shouldn't pledge to make everybody happy
"Under God." Who would have thought those two words could cause so much trouble?

The pitfalls of plastic

My pad
THE FACTS: Leah Jones, 18, a rising freshman at Aiken Technical College

My page

My page
THE FACTS: Tran Nguyen, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School

Prove you're responsible and freedom will come
My problem is that I can't do things that other teen-agers these days do. No matter how many times I've told my mom that I'm growing up and she needs to let me out more, it never gets through. What should I do?

Question of the week
Q: Should schools be allowed to randomly drug-test students involved in any extracurricular activities?

On the charts

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine.

12 Stones needs more spirit
Wind-up Records is staking its claim as the premier Christian rock label, but you know what they say about good intentions, and Wind-up could at least inject some talent into the endeavor.

12 Stones needs more spirit

Your style
THE FACTS: Desiree Dorsey, 18, a rising freshman at Morris Brown College in Atlanta

The pitfalls of plastic
Leave your money at home. That's one of the best ways for teens to save their dollars, say financial experts - if it's not easily accessible, you can't spend it.

Team studies tortoise habits

Young HIV carriers unaware of virus

New violations recorded