Churches focus on community
Jay Johnson and his family have spent much of the last 50 years at Abilene Baptist Church on Washington Road. Sunday morning services, weeknight youth meetings, weekend dinners and Wednesday night Bible studies were all part of the routine.
This day in history: June 13
1880: William H. Fleming resigned as Augusta's superintendent of public schools.
Vaccine tops news of 1950s
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.
Presidential nicknames endure time
WASHINGTON -- A nickname, says the proverb, is ``the heaviest stone the devil can throw at a man.'' Some wound and leave scars. Some stick like burrs. Others fall away and are forgotten.
This day in history: June 14
1903: T. Harry Garrett was named principal of Tubman High School.
Officials watch water tanks
Without much help from Mother Nature or the city of Augusta, gardener Dot Weaver watched her beautiful 10-acre flower garden wilt in the hot summer sun all week, dying of thirst.
New law restricts secrecy
In less than a month, elected officials around the state will have to swear on more than the Bible. Beginning July 1, state law will require the chairman of a governing body to sign an affidavit after private -- or executive -- sessions swearing that subjects discussed in private were exempt from Georgia's open-meetings law and identify the exemptions.
Augusta's most wanted
Deric Hamilton is on the list along with Richard Owens, Jarvis Hardwick and about 250 other people. They are all on a list of folks that Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Mark Bowen wants to put in jail.
Limits on water backed
The need for outdoor watering restrictions was never more clear than when a fire broke out during the weekend at the Bridgestone-Firestone tire factory in Graniteville, a utility official said Sunday.
Two more jailed in firearms theft
Richmond County sheriff's authorities have arrested two more suspects -- bringing the total to seven jailed -- in the recent theft of 18 air rifles and firearms from a Butler High School ROTC building.
Cities, counties still leery of consolidation
ATLANTA -- Most Georgia cities and counties aren't in a rush to follow Augusta and Athens down the path of consolidated government, despite a state law that has renewed interest in the issue.
Home Front: Teacher finds outlet in acting helpful at work
After Sharon Brooks got the lead role in her high school one-act play, she was hooked. It was the role of a Spanish princess in Oscar Wilde's Infanta. But when the one-act play went to state competition, the high school production didn't win, leaving the young actress devastated.
Across the area
Shooting victim listed as critical ... University receives grant ...Teen graduates Tech with honors
Church invests in members
Caitlin Amick, 9, wants to sell vegetables. Beautician Patty Daimler will kick in some of her profits. Margaret and John Meyers and some of their friends will record a gospel tape for sale.
Archaeology students dig island
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Stallings Island in the Savannah River brought archaeologist Ken Sassaman back to the Augusta area.
City plans refit of libraries
If you build it, will they come? More importantly, will they convince someone to buy new books? That's the key question for the Richmond County library system, which will get its first face lift in years, thanks to $1.3 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax money.
Egypt excavating huge necropolis
BAWITI, Egypt -- Mohammed Ayadi has spent six years digging through sand and broken rock to peek into the afterlives of long-ago residents of Egypt's Western Desert.
Marines to be tried for refusing anthrax vaccine
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- A military judge ruled on Friday that five Marines who refused to take anthrax vaccinations must face separate courts-martial.
Microsoft judge not afraid to speak his mind
WASHINGTON -- Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, a man once bewildered by a courtroom demonstration on downloading software, is proving a quick study on the technical jargon of the Microsoft trial -- and a short fuse with some of the legal arguments.
Vigorous exercise helps women quit smoking
CHICAGO -- Women who exercise vigorously while trying to quit smoking are twice as likely to kick the habit than wannabe ex-smokers who don't work out regularly, a new study finds.
First storm of season spins deep in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Arlene, the first of the season, built to 60 mph winds Sunday and experts said it could strengthen even more as it spins deep in the Atlantic.
Experts brace for new computer virus mutations
NEW YORK -- After a weekend of scouring their computers for the latest e-mail virus to bombard the Internet, systems managers were bracing for a new work week and the threat of new infections when workers log on.
Report: Russia, Iraq and North Korea probably hiding smallpox for military purposes
NEW YORK -- Government officials say Russia, Iraq and North Korea are probably concealing the deadly smallpox virus for military use, The New York Times reported on Sunday.