Revenue for park dwindles
Columbia County officials have a lot of soul searching to do. The development authority's finances have dwindled, and its two industrial parks are nearly full.
College savings plan has some drawbacks
DALLAS -- Can taking out an insurance policy help the average family save for college? Don't bet your (variable) life on it.
South Korea's Daewoo flew higher and higher, until it fell
SEOUL, South Korea -- For three decades, Kim Woo-choong was South Korea's rising star.
On the move
Beverly A. Bompart has accepted the principalship at Hillcrest Baptist Church School.
Mergers changing face of city
The corporate headquarters of Augusta's only New York Stock Exchange-listed company moved to Chicago last year when Merry Land & Investment Co. announced a merger with Equity Residential Properties Trust.
Greenspan's words rattle markets
NEW YORK -- Two things that scare most people are heights and speed, and both are factors in today's economy. The stock market is at an all-time high and the economy is racing ahead.
Firm wins Public Safety Award
R.W. Allen & Associates Inc. has been presented with a Public Safety Award for safe job sites by Bituminous Insurance Co.
Gold poised to regain some its tarnished luster soon
NEW YORK -- In movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Goldfinger people would lie, cheat, steal, even kill for gold. These days it looks like no one wants to go near it, including mutual fund investors.
Ways available to cut unwanted solicitations
Q: My mailbox is constantly stuffed with catalogs and credit card applications. Is there a way to stop all these unwanted solicitations?
Role defined woman's career
This is the true story of how a wish in Butterfly McQueen's will came true because of caring people connected with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York City.
A look at the 20th Century: 1957
Economic strength and prosperity at home, fears of communist domination abroad and school desegregation enforced by the U.S. Army were among the high-water marks of 1957.
This day in history: July 26
1923: Augusta's leading cotton broker, Barrett & Co., was served with an involuntary petition for bankruptcy and placed in court-ordered receivership.
Giant bird resembled prehistoric creature
Late one afternoon in 1932, zoologist Ivan Sanderson was leading an expedition across the Assumbo Mountains in Cameroon when he saw a "monstrous bird" skimming low across a river.
Planting hope for the future
Native Augustan Louis Hrabovsky is giving up the helm at North Carolina's premier dance company for greener pastures -- literally.
On my summer vacation ...
French teacher Leslie Dawson of Aiken took a group of students from Augusta Christian Day School to London and France in April.
Hostess should not penalize her partner
Dear Carson: I am writing on behalf of a two-table bridge club. The hostess gives $2 for high score and $1 for second place.
Arts notebook: Exhibit showcases wide talent spectrum
ARTS FOR ALL -- Hephzibah native Carl Ross' multimedia artwork will be featured at Atlanta's Arts for All Gallery, which is dedicated to disabled Georgia artists.
It began as a normal call to directory assistance. The caller wanted the telephone number to the Buffalo Cafe, but there was a problem -- there was no such place. ``Sorry, no listing.'' Normally, that would have been the end.
In the know
Do you weed, feed, seed and do whatever it takes to achieve a flawless lawn? Perhaps you have a neighbor or family member who is devoted to great grass. The Augusta Chronicle would like to interview local lawn addicts for an upcoming article. Please send us your nominee's name, address and daytime phone number.
Bunker evokes images of Cold War
PEANUT ISLAND, Fla. -- Take a pleasant ferry ride up the Intracoastal Waterway. Look with longing at the multimillion-dollar Palm Beach mansions. Wave to passing yachters soaking up the sun.
Boxing event results gratify tourney chief
As the Georgia Games wound down Sunday night, boxers of different weight classes fought it out in the finals of the boxing tournament to see who had the golden arm.
No-hitter gives Determinators softball gold
It appeared there was no topping Sunday's one-hit victory tossed by Dixie Diamonds pitcher Hillery Sharpe in the Georgia Games girls 14-and-under fast-pitch softball gold medal game at Patriots Park.
Many S.C. athletes are competing
In the first -- and perhaps only -- year competitors from other states will participate at the Georgia Games, the results have been decidedly mixed.
Wrestler illustrates sportsmanship
Blaine Carter just wanted to wrestle. But he didn't mind expending extra energy to help organizers of the Georgia Games wrestling championships held Saturday at Lakeside High School in Evans.
Son led triathlon champ to running
Triathlons aren't considered spectator-friendly, unless you want to swim, bike and run with the crowd.
16-year-old cyclist's timing proves golden
The flock of neon-uniformed cyclists zips around the 0.8-mile course as a unit before exploding in a mad dash for the finish line.
Games draw high-profile lifters
The last time Augustans saw the face of Thomas Ingalsbe, he was on television, competing more than a thousand miles away to become the world's strongest man.
Rookie cyclist captures BMX bronze
Ben Lynn didn't have an expensive bike, a nice uniform or any BMX racing experience.
Skaters wrongly directed
Augusta's Benjamin Lillis, 11, trained hard for the 10K in-line skating event at Fort Gordon.
Road race draws competitors from many generations
As O.B. Poole of Blythe strolled past red-faced Augustan Brent Hadden on Riverwalk Augusta, the greatest gap in the history of the Georgia Games Championships was created.
Starting blocks give child edge
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- It didn't take long for Christopher Davis and starting blocks to become best friends.
Augusta boxer conquers trials
Athletes from around the area came to participate in this year's boxing event for the Georgia Games. For one local athlete, having the Georgia Games in Augusta was more of a homecoming than a boxing match.
Shooters aim high toward aspirations
One of the positive things about competitive shooting is that it's not an elite sport; it's open to anyone of any age.
Rugby players' readiness pays off
Tony Brooks' swan song was a wet one to remember. The 38-year-old captain of the two-time defending Georgia Games champion Aliens -- a team from Atlanta made up mostly of Life University students -- retired from rugby on a day when the heat index reached 110 degrees at 3:30 p.m. at Evans High School.
Georgia Games notebook: Games not without glitches
Track-and-field competition has run rather smoothly the first two days of competition, but it hasn't been free of adversity.
Pitching earns win for Tribe
Matt Morrison is no gazelle. Rumor has it his mom is the fastest member of the family. ``She is,'' joked Matt's dad, Terry Morrison. ``And she ain't that fast.'' Though Matt's lack of foot speed has been a running joke at the Morrison household for years, the 22-year-old Augustan knows he would not be a successful pitcher today if he could run like the wind.
Steamy weather expected to simmer down
Georgia Games athletes and spectators will catch a break -- somewhat -- from the weather today.
Tournament hurts turnout for volleyball
Diane Sherman looked more like a woman on vacation than a competitor in the volleyball competition at the Georgia Games. She was there to have fun, sitting under a tent with her two daughters, Erin and Kate.
Games launch new sports
Twenty-five years ago, many people said soccer would never catch on in the football-dominant South.
Age does not hinder powerlifter
Mack Branham had a problem with the Georgia Games on Sunday.
YMCA team rallies to upset select soccer club
The South DeKalb YMCA Sting soccer players ripped off their shirts after outscoring the favored opponents Saturday, not in a salute to U.S. soccer player Brandi Chastain, but in an effort to cool down.
Sisters square off on mat
The Clash of the Titans had to wait as the Clash of the Cuties took center stage in the opening matches Saturday of Georgia Games judo competition at Patriots Park gymnasium in Grovetown.
Family bonds through badminton events
The Georgia Games are more than a test of athletic ability, at least to some participants at the badminton competition.
Heat leaves its mark on championships in city
In a one-sided contest, the sun remained unbeaten, with a convincing victory over mere mortals and their sporting endeavors.
Movie swordplay inspires fencing medalist
Choreographed bouts, whether on stage or in film, are nothing like the sport of fencing. However, it was a movie that inspired an Atlanta youngster to try the sport.
Field of victory
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- If John Whinnery was looking for a way to return to his youthful, athletic days as an all-state wrestler, track-and-field star and football player, he may have discovered it Sunday.
Gymnast honors friend's courage
After receiving her medals at Sunday's gymnastics competition, Cassie Hayden pulled aside fellow gymnast Alexis Steinhart.
Early finish leaves rider with penalty
Tracie Kellos almost used the home court to her advantage Sunday morning. Riding in the cross country event in the Georgia Games equestrian competition, the 22-year-old Martinez resident was perfect on the course at Pine Top Farm in Thomson, Ga.
Triathlon death march strangely fulfilling
CLARKS HILL -- And now the view from the back of the pack. It's lovely, if you're not hunched over, gasping for air.
Competing with disabled rewarding
No matter how much I sweat Saturday morning, no matter how dehydrated I felt on the Newman Tennis Center courts playing best two-of-three sets in July's oppressive heat, all I needed for a quick pick-me-up was a passing glance at my partner, Tommy Gates.
Bowler claims senior women's gold in first showing at Games
Slapping high-fives with her friends and hugging her teammates, Peggy Davis sits down to change her shoes before making her way to her husband, Julian. He is standing behind the bowling lane eating french fries while he watches his wife compete in the medal round for senior women.
Record crowd invades lanes
The sea of anxious juvenile bowlers appeared to have no end. A veteran staff with a vast history of running bowling tournaments was greeted by 178 Georgia Games Championships hopefuls when they arrived at Brunswick National Lanes on Saturday morning. The turnout was greater than the staff had anticipated.
Athletes, businesses find games success
Before Augusta's first Georgia Games Championships began Wednesday, local organizers knew their performance would be under the microscope. Judging from the early results, they performed well under the lens.
Athletes make best of situation
Robert Conover isn't your typical head coach, and the Atlanta Rolling Hawks aren't a household name among basketball fans.
Games loss takes a toll on player
Don't ask Tyrone Hayes what winning a Georgia Games title would have meant to him. The look in his eyes after failing to realize that goal said it all.
Victorious gymnast has big dreams
It may be the goal of all 215 Georgia Games gymnastics competitors and thousands more across the country, but 10-year-old Kelsi Leonard of North Augusta knows what she wants to do as a gymnast.
Therapy leads paraplegic to pool
It's 8:45 on Sunday morning, and Curtis Lovejoy has the pool to himself. He isn't greeted by any competitors for this event, the 50-meter breaststroke, just seven empty lanes.
Augusta State entrants dominate rowing events
GLOVERVILLE -- It was a warm wind that blew across Langley Pond on Saturday, providing relief to a spirited group of about 175 rowers competing in the Georgia Games.
Local team captures unlikely win
It's a good thing the Augusta Diamondbacks didn't storm the mound and pile on Auggie Rodriguez in jubilation Sunday after the final out of the Georgia Games men's baseball championship.
Swimming gives boy an outlet
Preston Conger goes about his work diplomatically. ``Before I swim, I tell the other people I'm swimming against `Good luck and God bless you all,''' said 10-year-old Preston, who participated in the swimming championships of the Georgia Games.
Soccer team makes fun a priority
The Georgia Scorchers were formed only one week before the Georgia Games and stood little chance of winning, but that wasn't the most important thing to the soccer players and coaches.
Offering athletes guidance
Today's issue of your newspaper is filled with photos of Georgia Games athletes. Some will be straining. Some will be sweating.
I-20 wreck claims infant's life
A 5-month-old infant was killed and three adults injured when their vehicle careened off Interstate 20 on Saturday afternoon in Aiken County.
Across the area
Police investigate shootout in Aiken ... Details in shooting come out ... Investigators search for teen
New tax credits have ups, downs
First, the good news. Though your property assessment may have gone up this year, your tax bill might still go down, according to tax officials.
This week in South Carolina
Aiken Brass performs at 7 p.m. at Hopelands Gardens' Performing Arts Stage in the park's Summer Concert Series. People with picnic suppers are welcome at the free concerts, but alcohol is prohibited. If it rains, performances might be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center Gym 2 or rescheduled. For details, call (803) 642-7648.
Driver kills prone pedestrian
A pedestrian lying in the middle of South Carolina Highway 39 was killed Sunday when a vehicle ran over him, bringing the death toll on Aiken County roads to 26 this year.
Officers look for gunmen
Police are searching for a gunman in a shoot-out in which a bystander was shot, and in an unrelated incident, the manager of a local restaurant suffered multiple bullet wounds after an attempted robbery escalated, police said.
Tedi Davidson, 10, of Dallas, Ga., munches on a handful of Goldfish brand crackers Sunday as she swims in Storm Branch Lake in Aiken County.
Couple opens its home to area's at-risk youth
Driving home from church one Sunday, Patricia Embry passed a group of young boys loitering on a street corner.
GOP candidates discuss boycott of state
AIKEN -- Republicans running for their party's nomination for the late Rudy Mason's seat say they don't think a boycott will furl the Confederate battle flag, but they say it will hurt the very ones it seeks to vindicate.
Senator's clout will be missed
ATLANTA -- The mail-fraud conviction of Diana Harvey Johnson could leave 111,000 people in Thunderbolt, Garden City, Port Wentworth, and parts of Savannah without a voice in the state Senate next year, and Chatham County without one of its most powerful advocates in Atlanta.
United Way to redirect funds
Since 1994, the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area has celebrated a series of successful fund-raising campaigns. The money benefited a variety of charities -- locally and elsewhere.
Quakes getting scrutiny
Alana Burke can recall the summer morning long ago when the windows in her Lincoln County, Ga., home began to rattle. It was subtle at first, just a vibration.
Straight talk gets attention
CLEARWATER -- Fannie Reese is a blunt talker. When it comes to teaching the young people of Lakeside Baptist Church about the real world, she doesn't mince words.
Kennedy mourned at memorial
Area residents mourning John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister shared their grief at a common place Sunday afternoon.
Schools to consider arming safety officers
If the decision were up to Columbia County's school safety officers, they would carry weapons.
Poker businesses making hay while they can
AIKEN -- Area video poker parlors apparently are trying to squeeze a few more days out of the jackpots that draw big business, before the state starts enforcing the law.
Takeover of schools is seen as precedent
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Babe Ruth was the best at bat, the banishment of beer and liquor had brought a feeling of rebellion, and blacks were the target of the KKK near the end of the Roaring '20s.
Experts watching storm season
Walter Hornsby doesn't worry too much about hurricanes. At least, not right now. ``We'll be watching things all through the year,'' said the interim director of Richmond County's Emergency Management Agency.
Across the area
Officials say fumes likely caused fire ... Heat hospitalizes 14 trainees ... State gets nature-project grants
Canine deputies trained to find bombs
Columbia County's two newest deputies work long hours, train hours each day and are willing to work for nothing but Milk Bones.
Mr. Walter Luckasavage Sr.
Mr. Walter John Luckasavage Sr., 98, of 1101 15th St., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Mr. Harold Williamson
AIKEN -- Mr. Harold Claude Williamson, 68, of 1983 Silver Bluff Road, died Saturday, July 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Philip Harrison
THOMSON -- Mr. Philip Otis Harrison, 40, of 1607 Augusta Highway, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. Roy Mitchell
Mr. Roy B. Mitchell, 45, of Evans, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, in Forsythe.
Mrs. Betty Wilson
Mrs. Betty Agnes Wilson, 83, of 2101 Walton Way, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Patrick Sanders
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Patrick Henry ``Pat'' Sanders, 74, died Saturday, July 24, 1999.
Mr. James Mealing Sr.
NEW YORK -- Mr. James Micheal Mealing Sr., of 975 Essex St., Brooklyn, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at his residence.
Ms. Emma Young
Ms. Emma Mae Wilkinson Young, 69, of 1102 10th Ave., died Friday, July 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. James Owens
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. James Clifford ``Jim'' Owens, 53, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at his residence.
Rev. Joseph Gomillion Sr.
The Rev. Joseph ``Ike'' Gomillion Sr., 83, of 1111 Gordon Street, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Clinton Oglesby
ROCKY FORD, Ga. -- Mr. Clinton Oglesby, 67, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Mrs. Pauline Hancock
BLYTHE -- Mrs. Pauline Otts Hancock, of 4032 Bath-Edie Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999.
Mr. Ronnie Hooks
NUNEZ, Ga. -- Mr. Ronnie Ellis Hooks, 40, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Naeem Lacey
EVANS -- Mr. Naeem Adofo ``Dream'' Lacey, 20, of 1055 Walton's Court, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999.
Mr. Robert Wommack
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Wilburn Wommack, 77, of 206 Fourth St., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Jeanette Snipes
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Jeanette Quarles Snipes, 77, died Thursday, July 22,1999, in Atlanta.
Mr. Samuel Price
Mr. Samuel E. Price, 77, of 2706 Springwood Drive, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Georgia War Veteran's Nursing Home.
Mrs. Phyllis Mattingly
Mrs. Phyllis P. Mattingly, 75, of 264 E. Vineland Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
THOMSON -- Jennifer Marie Toulson, 18, of 821 Hillcrest Drive, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Helen Whitaker
DEARING -- Mrs. Helen Whitaker, 74, of 5918 Bowdens Pond Road, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. Gene McMillan
Mr. Gene McMillan, 41, of 2534 Tara Heights Circle, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Roy Jenkins
HOUSTON -- Mr. Roy M. Jenkins, 72, died Thursday, July 22, 1999.
Mrs. Agnes Hay
Mrs. Agnes Hay, 86, of 1534 Dade Street, died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Walker Sr.
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mr. James F. Walker Sr., 70, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Hampton Regional Medical Centers, Varnville.
Mr. Frank Norton
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Norton, 79, of 4200 Georgia Highway 80 E., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Stacy Oliver
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mr. Stacy Charles Oliver, 82, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at Arbors Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Orange Park, Fla.
Mr. James Kemp
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. James Lynwood Kemp, 53, of Route 2, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, in Statesboro.
Mr. Wallace Lindsey
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Wallace Dean Lindsey, 74, of Richmond Street, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home.
Mr. Charles Cumbee Jr.
PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. -- Mr. Charles Thomas ``T.J.'' Cumbee Jr., 32, of 358 Saltmarsh Circle, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Patricia Whelan
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Patricia O'Connor Whelan, 67, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Wilber Rosier
Mr. Wilber J. Rosier, 81, of Martinez, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Lynwood Scott Jr.
BEECH ISLAND -- Mr. Lynwood Scott Jr., 64, of 868 old Jackson Highway, died Friday, July 23, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Flournoy
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Hall Flournoy, 74, of 1071 Georgia Highway 17 S., died Thursday, July 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Roy Mitchell
Mr. Roy B. Mitchell, 45, of Evans, died Thursday, July 22, 1999 in Forsythe.
Mr. Carl Love
AIKEN -- Mr. Carl Ray Love, 69, of Wisteria Drive, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Daniel Foreman Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Daniel ``Dan'' Foreman Sr., 90, of 246 Cherokee St., died Friday, July 23, 1999, at his residence.
Raunchy `South Park' film focuses on modern parenting
IN ONE OF THE most qrotesque, indecent approaches in movie history, a couple of raunchy kids are forcing parents to accept responsibility for what their children watch.
As a rule Democrats line up behind watchdog groups that push separation of church and state policies. But Americans United for Separation of Church and State may have gone over the edge this time.
Why Allendale Co. flunked
For skeptics who think South Carolina Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum acted too precipitously in having the state take control of Allendale County's dismally failing public school system, then consider the comments of one of the leaders of the opposition to the takeover, George Jefferson, a retired Allendale math teacher no less:
Notes steps toward nation's decline
I've heard the phrase ``something is wrong in America,'' and I wholeheartedly agree. It began with the American Civil Liberties Union and other atheists putting pressure on our wimp judges and officials to take all religion out of our schools. Tony R. Bledsoe, Augusta
Speaks out on media, firearm rights
I would like to express an opinion about how our news media tries to influence everybody's personal thinking. They use every opportunity to dramatize any situation that happens on a daily basis. They publish or broadcast anything they feel is meaningful to sell their opinion. Bill Beddingfield, Augusta
Raunchy `South Park' film focuses on modern parenting
IN ONE OF THE most qrotesque, indecent approaches in movie history, a couple of raunchy kids are forcing parents to accept responsibility for what their children watch.
Cites local case where hospital fails
In a small one-room apartment in this city there is a young woman who has had enough burdens for the past several years and yet, a couple of weeks ago, came upon another one. A friend is giving her this place to stay, and food. J. Black, Augusta
Price off to good start
Tommy Price is moving quickly and, more importantly, constructively to make his mark as Columbia County school superintendent. Though he was appointed on an interim basis last November (and the Board of Education never had its heart in a national job search), it wasn't until this spring that the Board gave the position to him permanently.
Appreciates piece despite an error
Re ``Precious words out of the mouth of babes'': Helen Bard, Evans
Probation for baby-killer
We're not usually ones to complain that punishments vary in different jurisdictions for similar crimes, but the wild discrepancy in sentences for Brigette Greene in a Richmond County court and Gail Baker in a Jasper County, S.C., court is distressing.
The first seven months
Bob Young has completed nearly seven months as Augusta's mayor -- time enough to make some early assessments.
Answers letter writer on JFK Jr.
In response to letter writer Perry Holcomb's ``thought-provoking'' question No. 1: He answered his own question concerning the expanse of the search and recovery for John F. Kennedy Jr. and family. Susan Norvell, Augusta
Feels 'piece of our country died'
I was five-years-old and watching Art Linkletter, sitting on my mom's lap, when our next door neighbor came over and said President John Kennedy had been shot. Claudia Stovall, Grovetown
Fearless tax cutting
The U.S. House's largely party-line vote Thursday to slash taxes a whopping $792 billion over 10 years shows that, going into the 2000 campaign, the GOP is prepared to challenge the conventional wisdom that in a prosperous economy tax cuts are a non-issue to the American people.
Condemns congressional salary hike
I am writing with concern ... that the Congress voted to give most U.S. representatives and senators a 3.4 percent pay raise in January 2000. Alicia Partridge, Hephzibah
``How can we be one nation when we are resentful, suspicious and angry because of the perception -- sometimes real and sometimes imagined -- that some individuals are being given an unfair advantage because of their race?''
Hits Edgefield Co. land restrictions
The imposition of land restriction in the Merriweather community of Edgefield County has unlawfully and unconstitutionally enroached on our family as landowners. Janet Travis, Edgefield
Offers tribute to late 'Red' Douglas
Although I was unable to attend the dedication for the newly named clubhouse located at ``The Patch,'' I would be remiss if I didn't send my personal testimony on behalf of the character of Lawson ``Red'' Douglas and why it is only appropriate they name the golf clubhouse after such a fine gentleman. Gregory A. McCord, Augusta
Muses about smoking, responsibility
Tobacco is a hazard to one's health. But if you ask a person if they ever smoked, most would say ``yes, I used to but gave it up after all the harmful effects were made known.'' I ask if anybody held a club over their head and forced them to smoke? No, many say ``we started when we were young, thought it was cool and it made us feel like adults.'' Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta
Answers pro-Norwood writer on vets
Re George Paschall's July 4 letter: ... U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has downright stripped medical privileges from military retirees who were promised medical benefits for life after 20 years of honorable service. ... R. Ingham, Hephzibah
Hits airport's handicapped problem
There is a significant difference between meeting the letter of the law and meeting the needs of the handicapped person. Bush Field certainly meets the letter of the law in providing handicapped parking in its new short-term parking lot. However, this parking lot is so far removed from the main terminal and the gates that handicapped persons cannot reach their destination of the ticket counter or gate without an unacceptable time delay. A. J. Lloyd, Ph.D., Augusta
Lauds candidate in Aug. 17 primary
Rebekah Sutherland is the only GOP candidate running for South Carolina House in District 81 who made the effort to attend the public meeting on June 24 in Columbia. The meeting was titled, ``Use of MOX in Commercial Reactors. ...'' Bill Donalson, Aiken
Spry, 96-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., was characteristically flirting with a girl in a Capitol Hill hallway when he remarked: ``Honey, I was around for the Y1K problem.''
With telescope adrift, astronauts work with smaller observatory
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- With the world's most powerful X-ray telescope safely set adrift, the crew of space shuttle Columbia today began using a smaller, onboard observatory to gather images of planets inside Earth's solar system.
Teaching programs for children available
Q: I want to find out about software to teach programming to my 10-year-old.
Survey: San Jose is hotbed of high-tech Industry
Not surprisingly, the Silicon Valley capital of San Jose, Calif., finished first in a new survey of the areas most important to the U.S. tech industry by the Milken Institute, a Los Angeles economic think tank created by junk-bond maven Michael Milken.
Poll: Three in 10 Americans anticipate Y2K problems
WASHINGTON -- Almost one-third of Americans, anticipating problems from the Y2K computer bug, plan to stock up on food, water and other supplies, and one-quarter of the population will take extra money out of the bank, an Associated Press poll found.
Scientist accused of faking research in controversial study
SAN FRANCISCO -- A scientist who the government says faked the results of a study linking power lines to cancer has agreed to have some of his data retracted by journals that published the material.
Digital music revolution is on its way
NEW YORK -- It's been called a major revolution in the history of the music business, liberating artists to deliver their music directly to listeners and terrifying record company executives.
Air quality index gets updated
NEW YORK -- Vice President Al Gore tried Saturday to breathe fresh air into the nation's 2-decade-old air quality index system, saying the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to give more detailed health warnings so vulnerable people can protect themselves.
New material creates groundswell in surf industry
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Tan and grinning, surfer Randy French holds chunks of foam in each hand. In his left, a dense, crumbly foam that is tougher but not unlike the kind used by florists. In his right, a puffy, Styrofoam-like material that resembles the stuff used to make cheap ice chests.
AOL to Microsoft: Kill the messenger
SEATTLE -- The latest battle between Microsoft Corp. and America Online is shaping up over software allowing instantaneous message exchanges. And there's a twist: This time it's Microsoft that's pushing for an industry standard while AOL is trying to maintain its proprietary dominance.
Space shuttle commander stays busy
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first woman to command an American rocketship, Eileen Collins, has been so busy in orbit she hasn't had time to think about her new spot in space history.
Web-based companies gather info on kids
WASHINGTON -- Despite a new federal law, many World Wide Web sites for children, citing high costs and inadequate technology, make only cursory attempts to obtain parental consent before collecting personal data on children younger than 13, according to industry officials and a new survey.
Nuclear site's top manager enjoys success
Massive bass fill the lakes and streams of Savannah River Site, but the nuclear-weapons plant's top official never gets to catch them.
Racing game's a mediocre addition to PlayStation
Motor racing is one of the most dramatic and spectacular sports going, and Formula One is racing's premier series. So how, exactly, do you turn this exciting explosion of noise and human achievement into a dulled-down, ``just OK'' game?