Claims of deception scrutinized
The Georgia Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to investigate allegations of ``slamming'' against natural gas marketer United Gas Management.
Paper currency going digital
In the future, author Richard Rahn says, paper money and coins will be obsolete.
Additional business news
Session ends mixed; Internet stocks fall...Company denies Yahoo! merger...Apparel company to cut jobs...Dolls recalled for choking hazard...Record economic expansion likely...
New neighborhood to be developed
A three-phase subdivision that will bring 351 new homes to Columbia County is being developed off Old Belair Road.
Penny shortage rattling Augusta registers
A penny saved is another penny the U.S. Mint must replace to meet the growing demand for the country's smallest coin.
Delta reduces fares, but not at Bush Field
Several major airlines, including Delta Air Lines, kicked off an air fare sale Monday.
GOP OKs `marriage penalty' tax cut
WASHINGTON -- Republicans neared agreement Tuesday night on a plan to cut personal income tax rates and provide relief from the marriage penalty as they sculpted a $792 billion measure expected to trigger a veto showdown with the White House.
ATM surcharges turn off consumers
CHICAGO -- Consumers are finally rejecting the idea that they should pay for the convenience of getting their own money.
Delta to extend sale to city
Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday it would extend its fall fare sale to flights out of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.
Additional business news
Possibility of rate increase kills rally...Manufacturers say growth slowing...AutoNation to split rental chains...Restaurant closes for renovation
400,000 yet to make gas marketer choice
More than 400,000 Georgians have not selected a new natural gas marketer despite the upcoming Aug. 11 deadline.
Arthritis pill is fastest-selling new drug
NEW YORK -- It didn't create a national sensation like Viagra, but the new arthritis pill Celebrex has surpassed the impotence medicine as the nation's fastest-selling new drug ever.
Dates of the millennium
1921: The U.S. government bought Lenwood Hospital and 20 surrounding acres in Augusta.
Savannah River dams hid area of black culture
Joe Isom was 107 when he was interviewed shortly before his death in 1981.
Tower cannon led to victory
The corner of Augusta's Eighth and Reynolds streets is probably known best for its ornate 1880s Cotton Exchange Welcome Center building.
Museum recalls 'lost princess'
NEW ORLEANS -- The short and tragic life of Varina Anne ``Winnie'' Davis, the youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, is displayed in Louisiana's oldest museum, on the very stage where she mourned the death of her father more than a century ago.
The female physique now gracing the covers of magazines is no longer dedicated to bony, size-1 waifs.
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Every Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked on Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
In The Know
There is no telling what will happen in an improvised episode of The Drew Carey Show in November.
Horror movie nauseates some viewers
WASHINGTON -- Some movies make you erupt with giggles. Others make your eyes moist. But The Blair Witch Project, a new documentary-style horror flick filmed with a shaky hand-held camera, is making viewers stomach-quivering, skin-crawling, bathroom-dashing sick.
Gumbel to enter the morning battle
PASADENA, Calif. -- As network morning-show tensions escalate, the storefront New York City showcase studio is becoming to these programs what the bomb was to 1950s superpowers. You have to have it, not so much because it gives your show an advantage, but because it keeps you from falling behind in the first-thing-people-turn-on-after-they-turn-off-their-alarms race.
Chicken noodle soup for breakfast, chocolate cake for lunch and pancakes for dinner. Sounds like some crazy new diet? It's actually the order of meals occasionally requested by my children during the long, hot days of summer.
Nurse gets glimpse of paradise
Seth Benson finds another story good for a medical town such as ours:
Silo explosion injures workers
MONETTA, S.C. -- Ten men were hurt Monday when an explosion at a Saluda County feed mill blew out the top and bottom of a corn silo, spewing fire and debris and causing third-degree burns to employees working nearby.
Keeping it clean
Every Friday, the 84-year-old Tubman Street resident puts all her recyclables in the blue bin the city provides and carts them out to the curb for pickup along with the rest of her trash.
Project to save mill memories
Betty Beard's mother worked long, tiring shifts at Augusta's Enterprise Mill during World War II, when the thundering looms spun fabric for tents bound for American soldiers abroad.
Alpha Construction Co. finishes work Tuesday on a bridge for the Greeneway Trail in North Augusta. Officials closed two lanes of Martintown Road to allow the crew to work.
A new domain
Since opening in April, the Georgia Visitors Center on Interstate 20 has welcomed 40 percent more people to the Peach State than the smaller visitors center that operated on the site for 28 years.
Officials promote care center
The idea of Georgia Medical Centre at Augusta won unanimous support from a committee looking into the future of Medical College of Georgia and a potential regional health care system.
Two plead guilty to reduced charge
Two of five people charged in the February kidnapping and slaying of John Lambright pleaded guilty Monday.
Parents air concerns
Parents of Richmond County students questioned school officials on several topics Tuesday during a back-to-school meeting.
New facility could provide comprehensive health care
Dana Dimsdale woke up one morning to find her chest was hurting. Her mother was worried. Three years after she was diagnosed with leukemia, the cancer was back, and this time it would drive her and her mother from their Belvedere home.
Local welfare rolls halved
The number of welfare cases in Richmond County has dropped 47 percent since 1994 -- the year nationwide rates were at an all-time high. Roz Mayerat is one of the faces behind those statistics.
Deer hunting bill up for debate
AIKEN -- Doug Busbee grew up dogging deer. Now the 33-year-old body shop owner is determined to do what he can to salvage a piece of Southern heritage that is slowly dying. The Wagener resident is one of 35 South Carolinians appointed to an ad hoc committee charged with striking a compromise on deer hunting regulations among dog hunters, still hunters and landowners.
Teachers face certification loss for debts
ATLANTA -- With the new school year about to start, 220 men and women certified as teachers in Georgia are finding out they may not be back in the classroom this fall because they're behind in repaying their student loans.
Council allows raises
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Edgefield County sheriff's dispatchers and jailers often must do the same jobs, but they are paid at different salary scales, both of which are too low to hire and keep good employees, Sheriff Billy Parker said Tuesday.
DOT mulls special designation for route
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- One of Georgia's coastal highways may get on a lot more maps if it's pretty and interesting enough.
Locale eyed for industry
William Wansley said he enjoys the countryside surrounding his historic home off Stagecoach Road in McDuffie County.
DSM must clean acidic liquid leak
The asphalt pond hidden behind the mammoth DSM Chemicals plant off Columbia Nitrogen Road looks a lot like a giant swimming pool drained for cleaning.
Attorney rejects request
City Attorney Jim Wall won't go to court to find out whether an ordinance Augusta commissioners adopted against his advice is constitutional as Mayor Bob Young had requested.
Clerk offered new position
Vera Butler, fired last month after nine years as clerk of Richmond County Civil and Magistrates Court, still has a job in Augusta government.
Paige O'Donnell decorates a cake in preparation for today's opening of the Food Lion supermarket on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.
City OKs home-size ordinance
Augusta Mayor Bob Young signed the ordinance Tuesday he calls ``the people's ordinance'' and the city's legal experts call ``unconstitutional.''
Area briefs: Police capture man accused in robbery
Police have captured an Aiken man accused of robbing an Augusta convenience store Monday.
Attorney: Treachery motivated slaying
Someone had to pay for Arthur Lee Bailey's treachery, and three men settled on Mr. Bailey's friend left behind at a party, a prosecutor told the jury Tuesday.
Pair seeks damages of husband's father for wife's accident
AIKEN -- An Aiken County couple has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the husband's father, claiming an accident at his home caused disabling injuries to the wife and ruined their relationship.
Union OKs deal with Aiken company
AIKEN -- Rank-and-file members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified a three-year agreement with Advanced Glassfiber Yarns that appears to satisfy labor and management.
Cold front offers area bit of relief
Augustans finally can nudge the thermostat up a few degrees.
Farm workers still in hospital after silo blast
Three of the eight Amick Farms employees hospitalized after a silo explosion in Monetta remained in critical condition Tuesday, but hospital and company officials said all are stable and expected to make a full recovery.
Ohio students walk to protest abortions
A small band of Ohio college students will wind up the Southern leg of a cross-country walk against abortion when they leave Augusta at 3 p.m. today.
Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in trying to locate an Augusta man who has been missing since July 23.
Heat shuts down businesses
Extreme energy demands and broken air conditioners forced some local companies to shut down during the weekend and Monday.
Area briefs: Police seek help in search for man
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in trying to locate an Augusta man who has been missing since July 23.
Mr. Frank Ponton
WINDSOR -- Mr. Frank Talbott Ponton Jr. died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Charleston.
Ms. Annie Morris
Ms. Annie J. Morris, 92, of 732 Hopkin St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Darcas Shumpert
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Darcas Gleaton Shumpert, 71, of 185 Jon Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Xenakis
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Boddie Xenakis, 51, of 730 Somerset Way, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Ernest Davis Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ernest E. Davis Sr., 82, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Neppie Stephens
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mrs. Neppie Jones King Stephens, 45, of 406 E. 27th St., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at University Medical Center.
Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr.
Mr. E.A. Shaw Jr., 76, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Vadewattee Muralidhara
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Vadewattee ``Vade'' Muralidhara, died Thursday, July 29, 1999.
Mr. Dewey Padgett Jr.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. A. Dewey Padgett Jr., 74, of 136 Gilchrist Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Louise Peeples
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Louise Holman Peeples, of 40 Sunnydale St., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Ernestine Melancon
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Mrs. Ernestine Milligan Melancon, 39, of 2121 Burwick Ave., Apt. 705, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Sherman North Sr.
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Sherman Curtis North Sr., 71, of Route 6 Woods Ferry Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999.
Mr. Otis Bing
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Otis Orenthal Bing, 23, of Barton Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.
Mrs. Mamie Lee
Mrs. Mamie Jo Scruggs Lee, of 532 Adams Mill Lane, Evans, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Mollie Hampton
Mrs. Mollie M. Hampton, of 1429 Hickman Road, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. John Johnson
NEW YORK -- Mr. John Johnson, of 1993 Amsterdam Ave., died Tuesday, July 27, 1999.
Ms. Yvonne Brunson
NEW ELLENTON -- Ms. Yvonne Turner Brunson, 49, of 304 Hickory Ave. E., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Charles Rodgers
CAMAK, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Malcolm Rodgers, 74, of Georgia Highway 80, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Billy Tummins
Mr. Billy G. Tummins, 68, of Augusta, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Ester Sollas
Mrs. Ester Christine Yeldell Sollas, 91, of 1945 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Denase Rivers
Mrs. Denase McAlpin Rivers, 59, of 3021 Bramblewood Trail, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Irene Sullivan
Mrs. Irene Rosetta Sullivan, 73, of 1500 Champion Pines Lane, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Annie B. Price
BATH -- Mrs. Annie B. Price, 71, of 514 Keystone Court, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Tsuo-Ming Wu
Mr. Tsuo-Ming Wu, 91, of 2948 Hillcreek Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. William Smith
Mr. William Smith, 56, of 3736 Pinnacle Place, died Wednesday, July 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Eugene Washington
Mr. Eugene Hyder Washington, 62, of 2527 Miles St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Lloyd Coates
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Lloyd Coates, 50, of 347 Long Cane Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Miss Dorothy Pedersen
THOMSON -- Miss Dorothy Gladys Pedersen, 89, P.O. Box 1080, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Thomson Nursing Home.
Mrs. Peggy Benton
WINDSOR, S.C. -- Mrs. Peggy Sue Griffin Benton, 36, of 522 Cadle Crossing Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Barbara Carrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Barbara Sullivan Carrick, 78, of 3525 Augustus Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Emeline Pitts
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Emeline Brewer Pitts, 88, of 541 Ascauga Lake Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.
Mrs. Dorcas Shumpert
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Dorcas Gleaton Shumpert, 71, of 185 Jon Road, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Benjamin Abney
BATH -- Mr. Benjamin Abney, 57, of 356 Mustang Drive, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Gertie Shepard
JACKSON -- Mrs. Gertie Mae Rankhorn Shepard, 81, of 176 Plantation Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Magnolia Hill of Augusta.
Mrs. Mary Welch
DEARING -- Mrs. Mary A. Welch, 67, of 194 N. Railroad St., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Edith Gwin
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Edith O'Neal Blandenburg Gwin, 83, of 1400 Observatory Ave., died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Beverly Manor.
Mr. Brannon Crawford Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Brannon Crawford Jr., 81, of 1795 Williston Road, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Tomas Sola
Mr. Tomas G. Sola, 71, of Martinez, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Richard Lawrence
HIAWASSEE, Ga. -- Mr. Richard B. Lawrence, 67, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Chatuge Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Gertrude Brown
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Gertrude Edwards Brown, 85, of Neeses Highway, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Healing Springs Assisted Living.
Mrs. Frances Gunter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Frances Bolton Gunter, 73, of 945 Herndon Dairy Road, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Willie Starke Jr.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mr. Willie Leonard Starke Jr., 84, of 1501 Bangle Drive, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at Johnson Willis Hospital.
Miss Amanda Glover
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Miss Amanda Glover, 81, of 617 Burnside Ave., died Friday, July 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Luis Arocho-Laruy
Mr. Luis Arocho-Laruy, 78, of the Georgia War Veterans Home, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Kill the death tax
In one of the greatest congressional reforms since the Reagan tax cuts or the revolutionary 1995 welfare overhaul, the U.S. House of Representatives the other day actually voted -- 223 to 198 -- to abolish an onerous tax!
Detests flag over the S.C. capitol
I really detest the fact that South Carolina hangs the Confederate flag over the capitol. As a young black male in America, I feel it represents everything that is wrong with this country. Jeff Jones, Augusta
Ban floating casinos
As though the gambling industry hasn't dug its hooks deep enough into South Carolina with its invidious video poker casinos, it now seeks to induce even more heavy-duty wagering in coastal states with ``floating casinos.''
Now and then the mask slips to reveal a Clinton appointee to be -- guess what? -- a '60s leftist who secretly wishes we had lost the Cold War.
Hits Civic Center parking fee hike
``We make money the old fashion way. We earn it.'' Kenneth F. Kleinbub, Aiken
Backs `exemplary' Dist. 81 candidate
From firsthand knowledge, one has to conclude that those fortunate enough to retire in Aikenhave very little difficulty in finding a multitude of retirement activities to pursue. John T. Granaghan, Aiken
When the numbers were counted this year, Columbia County's Lakeside High School ranked at the top of the list (along with Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville) with 12 Georgia ``governor's scholars.'' Greenbrier High, another Columbia County school, also ranked high by garnering seven Governor's Scholarships, each worth $1,575 per year in addition to what the students receive from the HOPE program.
Finds an Antichrist in the numbers
After reading a letter in The Chronicle of someone believing Bill Clinton to be an Antichrist, my wife confessed to me that she also believes he is. Tom Shirey, McCormick
The Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation is just as respected and feared as is its counterpart on the political Left, the American Civil Liberties Union. That's why it is of little surprise that the SLF and its executive director, Matt Glavin, have lately been getting smeared and intimidated from the usual suspects ranging from Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell to veteran ``motormouth'' Rep. Billy McKinney, D-Atlanta.
Supports vice president's candidacy
President Ronald Reagan promised to balance the budget. We know that did not happen. When his vice president, George Bush, became president, the deficit grew worse. Norma Groom, Martinez
Supports 'right-thinking' candidate
This letter is to explain why I support one of the three candidates in the Republican primary race for South Carolina's District 81 House seat. Will Tinney, Aiken
Advises minister to `shake off dust'
The Rev. Timothy Fellows would be well advised to follow the instructions given in Matthew 10:14 (as paraphrased), wherein Jesus said: Bud Holton, Augusta
Backs D.A. in Caitlyn Cawthon case
This is in response to Berry Doyle Sr. and others who have written decrying the fact that Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig is considering retrying Jason Kennedy, accused murderer of 19-month-old Caitlyn Cawthon. The following are some of the undisputed facts (on the cause of death), agreed to by both doctors testifying for the defense and the three testifying for the prosecution, presented in this case:Jerry and Peggy Pruitt, North Augusta
Slams managers of Ga. Games event
I would like to set the record straight in regard to the article posted in the paper under the heading ``Skaters wrongly directed.'' ... R. H. ``Brillo'' Nalley, Aiken
Kosovo war lessons
Prime Minister Tony Blair is irritated at some top British military journals for casting NATO's bombing war in Kosovo and Belgrade in a less than successful light. Now some of those criticisms are also being heard in the U.S.
Stronger sunscreens may increase exposure, cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- People using stronger sunscreens don't feel the effects of sunburn as quickly and spend more time outside, which increases their risk of skin cancer, according to a study that finds even the best prevention isn't foolproof.
Mission control accidentally shuts down MIR's computer
MOSCOW -- A Mission Control officer monitoring the Mir accidentally shut down the space station's central computer, prompting the crew to speed up preparations to abandon the orbiter, officials said Monday.
Study counters worry that treatment of hyperactivity leads to drug abuse
CHICAGO -- Hyperactive boys who were treated with stimulants such as Ritalin were one-third as likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs as teen-agers than similar boys who had not been treated, a new study found.
Pentagon scores hit in test of beleaguered anti-missile system
WASHINGTON -- An experimental Army rocket sped into the skies over New Mexico, pinpointed an ``enemy'' missile and smashed it to bits Monday more than 50 miles above the earth, the Pentagon said.
Drought disaster -- government pledges help for desperate farmers
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Terry Dunn's sweet corn crop is a total loss, his hay crop half its usual yield. His field corn is not worth harvesting. The chickens' eggs are smaller than usual.
Researchers create flu virus in laboratory
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have created a flu virus in the laboratory by combining the genetic pieces of an existing flu bug -- work they said could lead to a new type of vaccine.
Officer: Putting off F-22 plans a bad idea
WASHINGTON -- A delay in construction of the Air Force's new-generation F-22 stealth fighter, which many in Congress seek, could kill the $65 billion project and upset aircraft modernization plans of the Navy and Marine Corps, the Air Force's top officer said Tuesday.
Russia develops new tactical missile
MOSCOW -- Russia has developed a new short-range missile that can hit small targets with far greater precision than its predecessors, a news agency reported Monday.
Two men charged with selling stolen goods
JACKSON, Mich. -- Two Michigan men have been charged with committing old-fashioned shoplifting with a high-tech twist -- fencing thousands of dollars in stolen goods through the Internet auction site eBay.
Power companies give Y2K assurances
If there was a central message during a meeting Tuesday on the potential year 2000 computer problem, it was this: Don't worry. And don't call.
Electricity industry says it's prepared for Y2K computer problems
WASHINGTON -- The electric utility industry told the government Tuesday it is prepared to deal with any Y2K computer problems, but federal officials reacted cautiously -- and promised spot checks of power plants in the months to come.
800 at SRS to take polygraphs
To improve security at Savannah River Site, some employees will be required to take lie-detector tests and many will lose access to top-secret information, site officials said Tuesday.
Regulators say 99 percent of institutions are ready for 2000
WASHINGTON -- Ninety-nine percent of the nation's federally insured banks, thrifts and credit unions have successfully completed preparations for the Year 2000 computer bug, federal regulators reported Monday.
The Big Screen
This is not, repeat, not, a historical film. It's a fun comedy about two teen-age girls who inadvertently become Richard Nixon's personal advisers during the Watergate scandal, then tell Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward everything they know -- as the mysterious Deep Throat.
Salman Qureshi, 17, just graduated from Evans High School. He'll be a freshman at Augusta State University in the fall.
It's more than just where you sleep. It's a haven, a place that's truly your own. It's the one place in the house where you can blast Nine Inch Nails and play air guitar free from the watchful eyes of parents or your little sister.