EU presses probe of Coke products
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- As top executives lobbied to lift a ban on sales of Coca-Cola's major soft drinks, the European Union on Monday requested further investigations to find what caused dozens of people to become ill after drinking the company's products.
Old system slowing tax refunds
ATLANTA -- Roughly 150,000 Georgians haven't gotten income tax refunds they are expecting from the state, largely because increased volume and an antiquated computer system have slowed processing.
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Pantry buying Depots
AIKEN -- Depot Food Stores will keep their name, but by the end of July they likely will have a new owner.
Sprint to test integrated service
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Residential customers in three cities will get a first shot at Sprint Corp.'s new digital-age phone service, which will allow them to talk on the phone, send a fax and check e-mail -- all at the same time.
Garden project on track
Construction of the garden phase of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame is ahead of schedule, attraction spokeswoman Cammie Jones said Monday. The three-story twin clock towers, the half-acre lake and walls and pathways should be completed by August. The gardens should be planted by the end of the year.
Kennedy shooting tops poll
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.
Educator laid foundation for county schools
Of the men who have distinguished themselves serving Columbia County, the name of John Pierce Blanchard is prominent.
Veteran artisan turns 87
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Legendary Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons has turned 87.
Cottage of a craftsman
Nestled in the pine forests and perched atop a hill near the 16 1/2 -mile post on the old Georgia railroad stood the small two-story home of the poet and man of letters Paul Hamilton Hayne.
State has sweet pensions, despite bid to curb them
Despite efforts to curtail the practice, Georgia officials continue to award sweet retirement benefits to a lucky few who got government jobs before 1972 and qualify for a benefit called ``involuntary separation'' if they are fired.
Rain may not have come in time
Three inches of rain brought Montmorenci farmer Jimmie Scott hope for a late-summer corn crop. Even so, three days and nights of soaking rain that revived most lawns and gave backyard gardeners reason to grin did nothing to undo agricultural damage already done, said state climatologist Mike Helfert.
Families gather for fathers
AIKEN -- Between the rhythmic beat of gospel singers at a Father's Day program Sunday, Pastor Tyrone Myles stepped up to the microphone with a blunt message.
Across the area
Police in Aiken search for robbers ... Memorial planned for teacher ... Gorilla patriarch marks birthday ... Coin may net $3,500 at auction
Flood puts damper on birthday
Tara Mills won't be spending her 16th birthday the way she had hoped.
County to sell bonds for water projects
Columbia County is preparing to sell an estimated $20 million in revenue bonds to fund improvements to the water and sewer system during the next 20 years.
Augusta to float water proposal
Plan returns water to river
Police seek connection in robberies
A recent string of area armed robberies continued Sunday night, with thieves hitting two more Columbia County businesses and a Shoney's restaurant in McDuffie County.
Area briefs: Funds to clean scrap yard OK'd
A contaminated scrap-metal yard whose owner went bankrupt last year will be evaluated for potential cleanup and restoration through a $200,000 federal grant to the city.
Ban on building unlikely
No one said ``building moratorium'' at city officials' two-hour meeting Monday to discuss the impact of Augusta's growth on the city water system -- even though that's why the meeting was called.
Man, 83, reported missing
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- With the failure of recent aerial searches and tips dwindling, authorities are renewing pleas for help from the public to locate an elderly Waycross man with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared last month.
Judge denies appeal
AIKEN -- Shayna Lively was denied the birthday present she had prayed for Monday: a lighter sentence for causing the deaths of a father and his two daughters in a collision during a night of cavalier drinking and drug use.
Principal leads school's close-knit students
The halls are empty now. The classrooms are quiet. Dan Funsch has seen another graduating class through the doors of the Alleluia Community School and into the world. Unlike most high school principals, he expects to see every one of them again.
Judge considers gunman's testimony
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- The judge will hear from a potential star witness before deciding whether one of two confessed killers may testify against the man police say hired them to kill his wife.
Miller becomes fourth former governor to collect pension
One of Zell Miller's final acts as Georgia governor last year was to apply for a state pension which in March began paying him a comfortable $76,100 a year.
Pool party altered by ruptured pipe
The invitations were sent, and the party favors were bought. Preparations for Tara Mills' sweet 16 birthday party were well under way until Augusta's failing water system doused her plans.
Crews gather footage for Fort Gordon
Billy Cheney has a job cut out for him. While sitting in Augusta, he has to paint a picture of Fort Hood, Texas. But his set of brushes and paints are a little different. Mr. Cheney has recorded music, moving images and several thousand dollars of video editing equipment to work with.
Ordinance may end neighborhood eyesore
Eight acres that long have been considered an eyesore by residents of nearby neighborhoods will become the site of 76 single-family homes on Alta Vista Avenue thanks to an ordinance approved Monday by North Augusta City Council.
Pipe repairs take longer than thought
Odd-even outdoor watering restrictions imposed throughout Augusta during the weekend will remain longer than authorities initially predicted, city officials said Sunday.
Grand jury indicts trooper in robbery
A Newberry County grand jury indicted a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Monday on charges that he robbed a gas station at gunpoint in May.
Police charge man in weekend slaying
A McDuffie County man wanted in the weekend shooting of a Thomson man surrendered to authorities Sunday after Warren County law enforcement officials obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Nursing building dedicated
AIKEN -- It wasn't a surprise that the recently completed nursing building at the University of South Carolina Aiken was named for Alan B. Miller on Monday.
Barnes aide fills two roles
ATLANTA -- In Bobby Kahn's first six months as Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' chief of staff, the Savannah native has had two jobs.
Faulty joint found in water line
Inspectors found a third faulty joint Monday that must be replaced in Augusta's broken 42-inch water line, further delaying opening of the line, Mayor Bob Young said.
Teacher questioned about trip money
An Aquinas High school teacher is being questioned by police in the possible embezzlement of money collected from students for a trip to Europe, authorities said Monday.
University of Georgia boosts MBA program with online service
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's graduate business program is beginning to grow -- and soon may grow a lot.
Water quality tough issue for lake
PHINIZY, Ga. -- Albert Napier's concern is water quality. ``They're talking hotels, golf courses, then you got fertilizer and bug spray,'' the Ridge Road man said. ``And it would all end up in the lake.''
Shares results of uniform research
In addition to the excellent points made in your recent editorial supporting uniforms, consider the results of 10 recent studies on the effect of school uniforms. Student benefits include enhanced self-image, improved academic indicator ratings and safer, more supportive learning environments. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro
Blasts Silver Bluff graduation rules
It was a pleasure to hear that someone could compliment the audience at their graduation (letter, June 13). The audience at Silver Bluff High School, mostly adults, did not show the respect to the rest of the families that the Midland Valley audience did. Congratulations to Principal Margaret Mullen and Midland Valley High School. D. Ricky Smith, Beech Island
Slams writer; fears `oppression'
Let me give letter writer Paul L. Cook an awakening to the facts in school shootings: David W. Nowakowski, Waynesboro
Address nuke control
Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson harbors dreams of being the vice presidential pick if Al Gore gets the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination. But his long-term goal took a severe jolt when Bill Clinton's own presidential Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board ripped current DOE policies.
Restoring U.S. sovereignty
In a recent voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives struck a blow against creeping globalism by giving Americans more control over their land.
Rejects writer's Hispanic concerns
Letter writer James Cline recently wrote of ``the Balkanization of the United States'' passing quickly from ``Jimmy Carter giving away the Panama Canal'' to ``Mexicans and South Americans flooding across our borders'' and ending with ``in 20 years or less southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and southern Texas will suffer the same fate as the Canal Zone.'' Actually these are very poor examples and, quite frankly, degrading to Hispanics.C. Barreras, Augusta
How to boost gun sales
Guess when firearms and ammunition sales soar the most, as well as new National Rifle Association memberships? It always happens when the president talks up new gun control laws or Congress votes on new restrictions, as it did last week.
Potent pox plagues squirrels
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Squirrels riddled with crusty brown tumors -- some covering 90 percent of their body -- have been reported in eight Florida counties in a pox outbreak experts said is the worst since the 1970s.
Bone transplanted from cadaver
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Surgeons used a bone from a cadaver to save the cancerous right arm of a 6-year-old boy in a pioneering transplant that will enable the limb to grow as he does.
Chirac blasts Americans on beef, urges world food-safety body
COLOGNE, Germany -- French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday accused the United States and Canada of ignoring public health concerns by attempting to overturn a European Union ban on beef from cattle treated with growth hormones.
Bloody Roar II a violent leap ahead from first game
As the full moon rises, a tortured soul howls at the sky, then turns from man to beast. It's the story of the werewolf, familiar to most late-night movie viewers. It's also the key to Bloody Roar II, a new fighting game from Hudson Soft for Sony's PlayStation
Study: Minority children more prone to developing adult-type diabetes
SAN DIEGO -- Hispanic and black children are apparently more prone to developing an adult form of diabetes that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness and amputations if it's not diagnosed and treated early, researchers said Saturday.
Belgium-food scandal starts legal work
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union Commission said Monday it has begun legal proceedings against Belgium for waiting a month before warning the EU about food contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin.
Painless diabetes test
NEW YORK -- For diabetics, it's one of the most annoying parts of life -- pricking your finger several times a day to check your blood sugar. Now, a new wristwatch-like device eliminates most of the finger-pricks and is just as effective.
Commission orting through tough Internet tax questions
WASHINGTON -- Consumers are flocking to the Internet, where shopping by computer is convenient and easy, the selection seemingly unlimited and the sales tax uncollected. New research shows online sales rising 300 percent a year and possibly topping $200 billion in 2000.
Solar power shines with Y2K fears
PHOENIX -- Chris Mueller says she's been concerned about the environmental impact of her own energy consumption for years, but it was the so-called millennium bug that prompted her to do something about it.
SRS may test for lies
Savannah River Site employees aren't facing lie-detector tests -- yet -- as part of an effort to improve security at the federal nuclear-weapons site.