Building contracts' value off
After a bounce in April, the value of residential construction contracts in the Augusta area declined in May compared to the same month one year ago, a report released Monday said.
Additional business news
Optimism on rates pushes Dow higher . . . Glitches shut down some flights . . . French utility buys U.S. firm
Saturn ad blitz touts first midsize
DETROIT -- You can't call Saturn the small-car company of General Motors Corp. anymore.
RMS runs other area Shoney's
A Macon company operating the Shoney's restaurant chain in Augusta closed the 20-year-old Washington Road location Sunday to search for newer real estate.
'50s fad brings girls together
WASHINGTON -- The first of Louise Parker's luncheon guests arrived shortly before 11 a.m. and slowly made her way up the tree-shaded driveway, clutching a brown paper bag with a few sandwiches tucked inside. Soon another guest followed, and another, until there were six.
Book compiles American soldiers' letters
In 1862, Columbus Huddle was a 20-year-old Ohio farm boy with an eighth-grade education who found himself in the Battle of Shiloh -- one of the Civil War's bloodier engagements.
This day in history: June 29
1885: Ware High School awarded a diploma to its only graduate of the year, Thomas Cottin.
Hamlet boasts legacy
Through the years, the Winfield community has carved a legacy in Columbia County with its influential leaders and stately old plantations.
Nixon resignation tops news stories of 1970s
The Augusta Chronicle received hundreds of responses when we asked readers to rank the top world and national news stories of the 20th century.
Taking care of the animals
DENVER -- Oblivious to the TV cameras, Robert Taylor slices into Alger's bulging yellow belly, attempting to excise a bloodied mass entangled in her organs.
In the Know
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is giving away a trip to Nashville, Tenn., and a chance to meet singer Faith Hill.
Age old question: Vigilance can help prevent food poisoning
Q: How can I avoid food poisoning this summer? -- V.H., Beech Island
Scooter touted as recreational
Scooter touted as recreational
Energy's status faces attack
Some members of Congress are ready to cut the power to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Conservative activist tries to build party
ATLANTA -- Former Athens homemaker Linda Hamrick has come a long way from her days as a lonely voice criticizing Georgia officials' sex education plans in the early 1990s.
Watering limits still in place
Although utility crews finished repairing 260 feet of the city's largest water main during the weekend, odd-even outdoor watering restrictions will continue throughout Augusta.
Five die in two-car collision
Five people died in a fiery two-car collision Sunday evening on Interstate 20 when a elderly Florida woman crossed the grassy median and hit a westbound vehicle head-on, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said.
Courts say adult, child rights differ
No smoking. No R-rated films. No renting cars. And, by the way, be home by dark. David Sands, a New York teen-ager, is weary of growing restrictions targeting millions of young people today. And with recent congressional legislation that aims to increase the age requirements on gun possession and create a federal law prohibiting the sale of sexual and violent material to minors under 17, other teens are joining the chorus.
Vigil honors slain Sam's manager
Friends and family of Sam's Club manager David Holt held a candlelight vigil Sunday night to honor the slain South Carolinian's memory and to help bring police closer to catching his killer.
Across the area
Watering limits remain in place ... Forum set on wastewater permits ...
Homeowners waiting for relief
ATLANTA -- Georgia homeowners have been finding out the hard way the past few months that Gov. Roy Barnes' taxpayers' bill of rights doesn't kick in until Jan. 1.
Georgia Power reports pollution releases
ATLANTA - Georgia Power Co. released nearly 57.7 million pounds of pollutants into the air, ground and water last year, the utility reported Monday.
Scientists study slave settlement
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. -- A group of 27 chimneys jutting from the ground like monoliths are the only visible evidence of a slave community that once thrived on Cumberland Island.
Area briefs: Police investigate armed robbery
Richmond County authorities are investigating an armed robbery that took place Monday night.
Two-time escapee captured
Sheriff Charlie Webster directed internal affairs investigators Sunday to find out how an Augusta man escaped twice during the weekend as deputies booked him into the Richmond County jail.
Kling adds name to ballot
AIKEN -- Kathryn Kling made it a three-way race Monday for the South Carolina House District 81 seat vacated by the death of Rudy Mason.
The possible loss of $2.7 million in highway money has Augusta road officials keeping an eye on Atlanta to see how the loss could affect area construction projects -- while rural Georgia legislators are vowing the money won't disappear.
Collision victims identified
Three men killed in a fiery collision on Interstate 20 were identified Monday as Mexicans working construction jobs in the United States, Aiken County authorities said.
Home Front: Golf drives local couple
For Rick and Margie Hamilton, it's time to put their tournament faces on. With the club championship at Pointe South Golf Club just two months away, the Columbia County couple is getting ready to defend their respective titles.
AIKEN -- Bob Coffey was a far cry from his white-collar, high-rise world of plastics in southwestern Virginia when he crossed the Carolina sandhills on his bicycle Monday.
Hearing plan irks residents
AIKEN -- Aiken City Council has set an August public hearing on a controversial annexation request that would allow development of a 33.5-acre tract near the famous horse district.
Augusta civic center draws more people
During one of several telephone calls flowing into Reggie Williams' office, a promoter asks about bringing a comedy show or modern rhythm-and-blues promotion to Augusta.
County school principals pick uniform colors
Kids `R' Us supervisor Tamika Thomas arranges boys' school uniform pants on racks in preparation for a 25 percent-off sale on new school uniforms mandated by the Richmond County school board.
Sheriff: Deputies to blame
There was no elaborate scheme, no carefully laid plan. Jack Delmar Jones simply saw an opportunity and took it. Twice.
Firefighters receiving EMT training
Richmond County firefighters want to do more than fight fires. Often reaching the site of not only fire emergencies but medical emergencies before any other agency, the Richmond County Fire Department is training its officers to be certified emergency medical technicians.
Disabled might not have to move to keep funding
Three of four disabled people ordered to move out from group homes in order to keep their state funding now appear to be staying put, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is vowing to do the same for the fourth.
JEFF JANOWSKI/STAFFLight workFrankie Auten works 70 feet in the air from a boom truck to replace about 350 30-watt incandescent reflector bulbs in the Econo Lodge's message board off Washington Road.
Mrs. Lucille Fleming
Mrs. Lucille Fleming, 92, of 6039 Anderson Road, Grovetown, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Christopher Jones
WAGENER -- Mr. Christopher O'Neal Jones, 27, of 108 Danley Ave., died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia.
Mrs. Eva Cartledge
MACON -- Mrs. Eva Chalker Cartledge, 90, of 4658 Mercer University Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999.
Mr. Bruce Day
MONETTA, S.C. -- Mr. Bruce Day, 44, of Route 2, died Saturday, June 26, 1999.
Mr. Von Mack
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Von Marshall Mack, 40, of Route 2, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mrs. Perrine Padgett
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Perrine Patterson Padgett, 88, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Home.
Mr. John Phillips Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John Wesley Phillips Sr., 82, of 642 Cherokee Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.
Mr. R.L. Smith
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. R.L. Smith, 56, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. James Dunbar
AIKEN -- Mr. James F.H. ``Scotty'' Dunbar, 74, of 415 Landing Drive, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Lucille Fleming
Mrs. Lucille Fleming, 92, of 6039 Anderson Road, Grovetown, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. John Davis
Mr. John D. ``J.D.'' Davis, 49, of 1713 Harrogate Drive, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Elmer Jones
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer Jones, 68, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Wayne County Memorial Hospital, Jesup.
Mr. George Chance Jr.
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. -- Mr. George A. Chance Jr., a 20-year member of the Georgia House of Representatives, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at his residence. He was 80.
Mr. Herbert Laffoday Sr.
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Mr. Herbert Laffoday Sr., 68, died Monday, June 28, 1999 in a Lexington hospital.
Mrs. Willie McArthur
Mrs. Willie Mae McArthur, of 2109 Rosier Road, died Thursday, June 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Augustus Blackshear
Mr. Augustus Blackshear, 72, of 3547 Mutimer Drive, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Blair House Nursing Home.
Mrs. Helen Schwarze
AIKEN -- Mrs. Helen F. Schwarze, 92, of 213 Laurens St., died Saturday, June 26, 1999.
Mrs. Winifred Johnson
Mrs. Winifred H. Weiss Johnson, 83, of 1945 Kissingbower Road, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at University Hospital.
Ms. Laura Snowden
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Ms. Laura B. Snowden, 91, died Friday, June 25, 1999.
Mrs. Judy Cliett
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Judy Marilyn Cliett, 53, of 9C Horseshoe Court, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Samuel Banks
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Samuel Henry ``Buck'' Banks, 59, of 1036 Aiken Blvd., died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Bennie Beasley
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Bennie Beasley, 81, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Margaret Weddle
Mrs. Margaret Ruth Weddle, 71, of 129 Blake Drive, died Thursday, June 24, 1999.
Mrs. Janelle Clifford
THOMSON -- Mrs. Janelle B. Clifford, 59, of 511 Mount Pleasant Road, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lillian Kline
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Virginia Bowman Kline, 78, died Monday, June 28, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Charles Crosby Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Charles Osville Crosby Sr., 79, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Paul DeGrange
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mr. Paul Edward DeGrange, 82, of 18518 Dogwood Road, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Sidney Dennis
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Sidney Devault Dennis, 60, of 2608 Castletown Drive, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Bessie DeGrange
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mrs. Bessie Elizabeth DeGrange, 70, of 18518 Dogwood Road, died Sunday, June 27, 1999.
Mrs. Mary Mitchell
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mary Bolenski Mitchell, 85, of 575 Croft Mill Road, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Claims money for ball fields is wasted
Isn't it amazing how local governments -- not just Grovetown -- have learned from Washington how to waste money?Bill Dekle, Millen
Praises bloodmobile staff's dedication
We've heard a lot about becoming a ``community of character.'' In this day of dying work ethics, I recently encountered real character in the work place and it's a story worth telling.Gloria Busch Johnson, New Ellenton
Blasts 'uncaring' gun control opponents
Vince Colwell (letter to the editor, June 22) freely admits that guns are used in 65 to 70 percent of homicides in the United States.Susan Yarborough, Augusta
San Francisco loses none of its reputation for zany, left-wing political correctness in its School Board's bizarre response to the Littleton, Colo., high school killings.
Cotton museum blues
What led to the Augusta-Richmond County Museum executive board deciding to return a $40,000 check to the state of Georgia earmarked to it for the establishment of a cotton museum at Augusta's nearby Cotton Exchange?
Seeks congressman's resignation
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., should resign. He continues to neglect our local Veterans Adminis-tration facilities. I wrote you in February and stated I had learned that the VA Hospital was going to lose 135 positions unless Congress acted quickly to restore funding.Chuck R. Pardue, Augusta
Raps attempts to 'legislate morality'
Even God, in the millennia from Cain to Columbine and Conyers, has been unable to legislate morality. Two thousand years ago the very custodians of the ``commandments,'' in the absence of guns, nailed God to a tree!Tom Zwemer, Augusta
Decries prejudice as setback for all
How can we expect our children to accept others if we continue to shove at them our own prejudiced thoughts and actions? Norma Glover, Harlem
Laments lack of veterans' support
Every few weeks some federal agency, department or politician sends out a news release pertaining to another budget cut that affects veterans. ... Men and women who served our nation for 20 or more years, with or without medical disabilities, are ``veterans.''Merle Tarr, Augusta
Gambling, not gaming
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges is being a diplomatic realist by ``blaming'' both parties for the General Assembly's six-month long failure to come up with a bipartisan plan to regulate and tax video poker.
'We better get it right'
U.S. Rep Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., hit the nail on the head when he noted at a Phinizy town hall meeting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Lake Thurmond management plan is revamped only once every 10 years, ``so we better get it right.''
Wrong Medicare Rx
A classic example of how politicians ``buy'' votes with taxpayers' money will be on full display today as President Clinton officially unveils his Medicare ``reform'' plan to provide elderly Americans with prescription drugs.
Suggests delaying hydrant testing
We are having water shortages left and right. The water department has to impose oddeven watering restrictions and now the Richmond County Fire Department will be testing all the hydrants in the Augusta area. Does that make sense? Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah,
Recounts Williston's water woes
Living in a small town like Williston can have many benefits such as talking with friends at the grocery store, neighbors helping each other and community involvement, including recreation and church. However, a hindrance to the Mayberry-type town is present when it comes to furnishing clean drinking water to all of the Williston community. Kim Burson, Williston
A real dummy teacher
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Everybody's first encounter with Stan D. Ardman is the same, no matter if they are doctors, nurses, medical residents, anesthesiologists or Boy Scouts.
Mir: The movie
MOSCOW -- For nearly two years, a Russian director has dreamed of sending actors into space to film the tale of a cosmonaut's stubborn refusal to follow orders to abandon the Mir space station.
Fluorescent bulbs barred from landfills
BOSTON -- Citing health concerns over mercury pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency will approve a new rule that bars the dumping of fluorescent bulbs into landfills and encourages their recycling, an agency official has confirmed.
Technique may use cell transplants for Parkinson's disease
NEW YORK -- Scientists may have found a way to generate unlimited supplies of brain cells for transplanting into Parkinson's disease patients.
Government appeals ruling against pollution regulations
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department asked a full appeals court Monday to reconsider a three-judge panel's decision overturning new federal air pollution regulations for smog and soot.
EPA issues easier, cheaper rules for fluorescent recycling
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued regulations Monday making it easier and cheaper to recycle fluorescent bulbs and keep their mercury content out of landfills.
Survey finds better attempts to avoid HIV
NEW YORK -- More than a third of homosexual men in New York City don't use condoms when they have sex, but most of those who have unprotected sex are trying to reduce the risks of HIV infection in other ways, according to a new study.
Hearing to begin on Dow Corning implant settlement
DETROIT -- The final legal step in a settlement between the Dow Corning Co. and thousands of women with silicone breast implants begins Monday with a judge opening weeks of hearings on whether to approve a $4.5 billion bankruptcy plan.
COTAP rulings leads to mental patient roundup
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The state Mental Health Department had to round up 44 patients it had out on unsupervised release in the wake of a state Court of Appeals ruling this week.
Report: Sea life threatened by man-made underwater noise
LOS ANGELES -- Noise from supertankers, oil exploration and new military sonar equipment scrambles the communications systems of sea life, forcing changes in migration routes and breeding grounds, a new report warns.
National blood shortage predicted
WASHINGTON -- Americans take for granted they'll get a blood transfusion whenever they need one, but soon that may not be the case: Blood donations are dropping so low that serious, nationwide shortages could hit as early as next year.
Emilee Tripp, 14-year-old home-schooled freshman.
Band approaches life, music in a relaxed way
Xtreme advice: Attacks on personal style should be ignored
``I try so hard to do new things with clothes and stuff, but people make fun of me regardless of what I try. They call me a poser and a copycat, and I'm sick of it. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to get them to stop.'' -- 12-year-old girl, Evans
Gary Roane Jr. says he has a talent for relating to young people. ``I don't know what it is about me, but young people just seem to trust me more than other adults,'' the 30-year-old says. Mr. Roane, who considers himself a youth activist, decided to put that trust to good use in an organization called Youth Power Task Force 2000.