Railway funding weighed
ATLANTA -- The Athens-to-Atlanta commuter rail line is expected to move from concept toward reality today when the state Transportation Board votes on a 2001 budget request.
Tiremaker expands in S.C.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michelin North America said Wednesday it will spend $400 million to expand operations in four South Carolina counties, hiring up to 400 people in the next five years.
Food Lion buys Northern grocer
SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Food Lion is buying New England-based Hannaford Bros. Co. and its 152 stores as the grocery industry further consolidates in a fight for survival with discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
E-Trade to offer after-hours trading
NEW YORK -- ETrade Group Inc. plans to offer after-hours trading through Instinet, bringing the Internet's second biggest pool of investors to the busiest and safest market for buying and selling stocks when regular exchanges are closed.
Regions Bank names new leader
Regions Bank's top executive in South Carolina, John C. Troutman, also will oversee operations for the metro Augusta area starting Jan. 1.
Forward together 2000
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it will embark on a second five-year economic development campaign.
Additional business news
Dow Jones slumps below 11,000 mark...Trane recalls electric heaters...Delta, pilots work on pay scale...Customers sue insurance firms...Second analyst sues Dean Witter...
Consumer Prices Rise Slightly
WASHINGTON -- Higher prices for gasoline and airline fares helped nudge consumer prices a modest 0.3 percent higher in July, the Labor Department reported Tuesday, in line with expectations and a further sign that inflation remains muted in a vibrant economy.
Fund-raiser report expected
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Jim West will report the results of a $3.5 million fund-raiser for area economic development and unveil a new plan today at the organization's monthly board of directors meeting.
Business briefs: New computer made for business
NEW YORK -- Major makers of personal computers are uniting with computer chip giant Intel Corp. as they seek to crack the market for business machines that manage heavy-duty computing tasks, such as processing millions of transactions.
Boom towns started small
The Evans area has experienced growth rates unmatched in other parts of Columbia County except by her sister community of Martinez.
This day in history: Aug. 18
1972: A U.S. District Court judge refused to issue a stay delaying the start of the third phase of a plan to integrate Richmond County's elementary schools.
Century's growth takes its toll
Lester Brown, global watchdog, can cite enough looming catastrophes to spoil anyone's day: Water tables are falling, temperatures are rising, rain forests are shrinking.
The healing touch
Barth Kaigler of Martinez had pain in his hip and a tightness through his back and shoulders that kept him off the golf course. A couple of methods of treatment helped somewhat, but it wasn't until he met Carrie Vizzari, that he felt relief. Ms. Vizzari is a certified massage therapist.
Companies investing in child care
It was a nightmare, working-mom variety.Tori Mannes had a new job as vice president, community and media relations, for Chase Bank of Texas in Dallas. She hired a full-time nanny to care for her three children, who range in age from 4 to 9.
Toymakers hope children will spot hottest new trends
WASHINGTON -- At the KinderCare Learning Center in suburban Reston, Va., Joumani Bryant-Brooks tries to connect a few plastic pieces. His brows knit in concentration. He squirms. A soft sigh. And then two small hands toss the toy parts onto the table in a fit of pique.
Tolkien's trilogy slated for the cinema
What's very long, has big hairy feet and takes two years to get to a cinema? And do you really want a Gandalf to go with your fries?
In the know
The fourth installment of Brave New World, an eight-part news series on Nightline in Primetime, takes a look at the subject of cloning humans in a report by correspondent Robert Krulwich, who seems to have the ability to make just about any topic interesting.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: 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 Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
Whether you buy them at roadside stands, or are lucky enough to have a bumper crop in your backyard garden, August is tomato time. This week and next I'll give you ideas to help you enjoy the season's tomato bounty.
Definitions can imitate modern life
The world is changing more quickly than we can keep up. Culture mutates. Action coagulates. Interaction frustrates. Words, for instance, don't mean what they used to.
Boom towns started small
The Evans area has experienced growth rates unmatched in other parts of Columbia County except by her sister community of Martinez.
Commission prepares to accept annex bids
Columbia County commissioners say they hope to have the plans for a courthouse annex ready for bids next week -- even if a group of judges and other elected officials does not approve of the design.
Fire destroys processing plant
Lincoln County residents who were evacuated after a fire broke out at a chicken processing plant returned to their homes today.
Tank's leak stops work on water line
A leaking underground gas tank that halted work on a Columbia County water main last week should have been cleaned up a decade ago -- but wasn't.
Police stop comes under attack
AIKEN -- Jimmy Green wants to meet face to face with Sheriff Howard Sellers to talk to him about his son. The father of 11-year-old Brandon Green appeared before Aiken County Council on Tuesday night to voice his concern about an incident that happened in mid-July on South Carolina Highway 302.
Cleanup resumes at dump site
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Hercules Inc. has resumed work at its outfall canal and adjacent waterways to remove an estimated 25,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with toxaphene.
President of ASU makes annual address
Officials at Augusta State University are examining all aspects of their academic programs with an emphasis on student success.
Local towns grow over time
When Robert Auclair moved to Grovetown 34 years ago, half of the roads in Grovetown were dirt, there was one filling station and the community was known as Trailer Town. Things are different these days. Where Augusta ends and Grovetown begins is blurry -- no longer a drive from city to country.
Uniforms given away to students
Karlyn Lotherly had a plan when a south Augusta women asked her advice about what to do with school uniforms that her daughter outgrew.
New uniform policy creating confusion
New policies have created new frustrations for Richmond County parents registering -- and dressing -- their children for school.
Governor's office top spender on membership dues
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes' office asked state agencies to report how much money they were doling out for association dues, it didn't have to look far to find the biggest spender.
Service program starting
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia graduate students now can incorporate overseas service with academics to gain experience in the field of agriculture through a partnership between the Peace Corps and the University of Georgia.
Aerial dance troupe takes off at university
ATHENS, Ga. -- As chant music fills the studio, five dance students assume masks of concentration, grabbing hold of trapeze bars, spinning in circles and tracing the floor with pointed toes like sleepy ballerinas.
Airman pleads guilty to refusing vaccine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A naval technician has pleaded guilty to two counts of disobeying orders for refusing to receive the vaccine that fights anthrax.
Coast gets disaster relief aid
SAVANNAH -- Six weeks after the rainiest day Savannah has ever seen, the U.S. Small Business Administration will make available money for low-interest loans to those without flood insurance to repair damage from the deluge.
Ups and downs
SAVANNAH -- In the seven years he's been pushing the buttons and twisting the dials that make the Islands Expressway drawbridge go up and down, Don Wilson has passed the time waving to boat captains, feeding the homeless and hiding from angry drivers backed up in traffic.
Workers train for radioactive accident
AUSTELL, Ga. -- As the first line of defense, truck driver Mark Beene is well versed on how to handle an accident with his cargo of radioactive waste.
League targeting hockey cities
League targeting hockey cities
Police urge prevention as anti-burglary priority
Lashondra Hagin found her home ransacked, her jewelry missing, her china smashed, the Christmas presents she bought for her children stolen. There were no suspects and no witnesses -- just a broken window. She is one of hundreds in Augusta who have been burglarized. Few of those cases are ever solved, because often, the thief is never found.<
New attractions crowd entertainment market
After more than a decade as the only show in town, the Augusta GreenJackets are suddenly finding the market for entertainment and advertising dollars a bit more crowded.
Area briefs: Alcohol suspected in accidents
Alcohol is suspected in two fatal accidents Tuesday morning, police said. Anthony Askew, 31, of Waynesboro, was killed when he apparently lost control of his car and ran into a utility pole in the 1900 block of Tobacco Road just before 1 a.m., said Maj. Larry Vinson.
State seeks remedy to food stamp errors
ATLANTA -- Spurred by reports that Georgia is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on food stamps for families who are not eligible, the state Board of Human Resources voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million to hire 130 temporary food-stamp eligibility workers and supervisors.<
City agrees to buy flood-damaged home
Augusta commissioners settled the claim of a Riverlook Drive couple Tuesday whose house was flooded for the third time when the city's faulty 42-inch water line broke June 19.
Norwood visits city to argue for his bipartisan HMO bill
Once accused of being a foot soldier for Republican leaders, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is bucking his party's leadership to press a bipartisan health care reform bill.
Schools prepare to reopen
AIKEN -- Teachers scurrying to make last-minute lesson plans and maintenance crews cleaning the halls had a common goal at North Aiken Elementary School on Wednesday -- preparing the new building for the first day of school.
August could be hottest month on record
August is shaping up to be one of the hottest months in 51 years. "It looks like going back to 1948, if it stays above that 95.9, it'll be a new monthly record,'' said Milt Brown, associate director of the Southeastern Regional Climate Center.<
Two NCOs face misconduct charges
Two senior noncommissioned officers are facing general court-martial over a series of alleged improper relationships with female trainees at Fort Gordon.
Area briefs: Man shot, beaten in late-night fight
A Hephzibah man was in fair condition Wednesday after being beaten and shot during a fight late Tuesday, police said.
City hopes construction can improve reputation
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Garden City Mayor Dean Kicklighter remembers the snub. Three years ago, cab drivers were encouraged to take interstates 95 and 16 rather than traveling through Garden City because the area was unsightly. With the construction of two parks in Garden City, Kicklighter hopes he'll never have to hear comments like that again.
Cities seek air studies
Augusta is joining forces with Macon and Columbus in seeking a special appropriation for air pollution studies in cities facing nonattainment status under the revised Clean Air Act.
Perry wins lopsided primary
AIKEN -- Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry took Tuesday's Republican primary in a rout, winning 20 of 21 precincts in South Carolina House District 81 and out-distancing his nearest competitor, Kathryn Kling, by 40 percentage points.
Aiken officer prepares for Kosovo
AIKEN -- Looking for adventure and accepting the promise of $100,000 in tax-free money, an Aiken public safety officer has quit the force for a spot on the international peacekeeping force headed to war-torn Kosovo.
Officials: City can't pass on football
Arena football and the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center could be a perfect match, coliseum officials say.
3rd trial begins for ex-official
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Like players reading a well-rehearsed script, attorneys began questioning witnesses in federal court Tuesday in the third Operation Lost Trust trial of former state Rep. Larry Blanding.
Investigation of Chinese smuggling operation slow
SAVANNAH -- The investigation into the raid Aug. 12, of a cargo ship in Savannah that found 132 illegal Chinese immigrants on board will likely lead to the arrest of the captain and at least one crew member, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said.
District employs former principal
ALLENDALE, S.C. - In three short weeks, 43 teacher vacancies have been filled in Allendale County, one of them by Richard Terlizzi, a former North Augusta High School principal who admitted to embezzlement there.
Mrs. Lurline Baxley
SALLEY -- Mrs. Lurline Williams Baxley, 89, of Salley Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Silver Springs Long Term Care.
Mr. Isaac Andrews
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Isaac ``Ike'' Andrews, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at the Washington County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Raymond Sheppard
Mr. Raymond Sheppard, 68, of 202 Cummings Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.
Mr. Ralph Woolley
Mr. Ralph W. Woolley, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.
Mr. Royce Still Sr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. Royce Randolph Still Sr., 81, of Reynolds Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Providence Hospital.
Ms. Geneva Lovett
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Geneva Lovett, of 11J Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.
Damari Trajan Spruill, infant son of Tamara Spruill, of 3122 Bellmeade Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Joseph Zimmerman Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Joseph A. Zimmerman Sr., 75, of 112 Taylor St., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Eva Mae Hazel
ELKO, S.C. -- Mrs. Eva Mae Brown Hazel, 73, of 15 Church St., died Saturday, August 14, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Alphonso Wooden
Mr. Alphonso ``Al'' Wooden, 50, of 3446 Applejack Terrace, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Rowena Radford
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Rowena Bowen Radford, 89, of 140 Tucker St., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Jack Dodgen
Mr. Jack Allen Dodgen, 68, of Idlewilde Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. James Ford
Mr. James A. Ford, 83, of 2502 Sedgefield Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Mr. Homer Lazenby
Mr. Homer Lazenby, 82, of 1481 Wrightsboro Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Rex Stewart Sr.
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Rex Allen Stewart Sr., 40, of 2079 Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.
Mr. Charles Vaughn Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Edward Vaughn Sr. died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at Oconee Medical Center.
Mrs. Jean Owens
Mrs. Jean Frances Owens, 74, of 820 Stevens Creek Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at WestLake Manor Health Care Center.
Mr. W.F. Babb
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wade Floyd ``W.F.'' Babb, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999.
Mr. David Summers
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. David Summers, 90, of 1612 Jones Bridge Road, died Thursday, August 12, 1999, at Meadowbrook Health Care.
Mr. Thomas Pisarsky
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Thomas Jay Pisarsky, of 303 N. James St., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999 at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. J.T. Story
Mr. J.T. Story, 78, of 1043 Red Bird Road, died Monday, August 16, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Joseph Williams
Mr. Joseph Williams, 75, of 8 Taylor St., died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Louis Laurence Jr.
ATLANTA -- Mr. Louis E. ``Lee'' Laurence Jr., 29, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999, in Westfield, Mass.
Mrs. Nannie Ware
PHILADELPHIA -- Mrs. Nannie Ellison Ware, 82, of 647 South 57th St., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Mercy Hospital.
Mr. Odell Williams
AIKEN -- Mr. Odell Williams, 62, of 909 Cox Ave. N.W., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Ms. Tina Gilliam
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Tina Ann Gilliam, 42, of 203 Jackson Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Letha Bellamy
CONWAY, S.C. -- Mrs. Letha Grace Bellamy, 92, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Kingston Nursing Center.
Mrs. Mary Lankford
Mrs. Mary I. Lankford, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Donnie W. Murray
Mr. Donnie W. Murray, 74, of 1306 Bruce St., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Ollie Hightower
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Ollie Hightower, 64, of 243 Mosely Road, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, in Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Roy Cooper
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Roy Cooper, of 4747A U.S. Highway 25 N., died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
Mrs. Voncile Cook
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Voncile ``Bonnie'' Franklin Cook, 59, of 172 Del Rio Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Flush toilet law away
It's time to get the federal government out of our bathrooms. Ever since a 1992 law took effect that requires new toilets to use less water, many members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., have been hearing from angry constituents that the new toilets must be repeatedly flushed to get everything down, and even then they often clog up anyway.
Finds photo of dragged dog inhumane
Recently there was front-page picture of a dog being dragged by the neck into the animal shelter. That was the most inhumane thing I have seen for some time in your paper. Joyce A. Carter, Graniteville
Notes `Dream' admired but ignored
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history: ``I Have A Dream.'' In that speech Dr. King declared that ``I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'' Even today Dr. King is admired and considered an instrumental part of the civil rights movement. Ryan H. Beaty, Evans
A bad IDEA
The story, told by Richmond County School Board chairwoman Mary Oglesby, about a first-grade special education student who kept urinating on his classmates because he understood he couldn't be disciplined like his peers, provides a perfect example of why Washington has no business in the nation's classrooms.
Defends success of welfare reform
This letter is in response to Ellen Goodman's Aug. 10 column on welfare reform. Geraldine A. Stockham, Evans
Whenever you think President Clinton has sunk his office as deep into the muck of hypocrisy and cynicism as he possibly can, he always manages to find a way to shove it even deeper.
Optimism over schools difficult when funds don't find way into classrooms
CONCERNING JEFF Annis' Aug. 9 guest column, I, too, hate writing a column that will make a few folks unhappy. But the point is, whether he knows it or not, there are already a lot of unhappy folks associated with this school system. He needs to talk to parents, teachers, students, clerks, teacher assistants, maintenance workers, custodians, other staff and taxpayers to enlighten his view.
Jabs `demonization' of Confederacy
This is in response John S. Woodson's Aug. 12 letter. Hugh Williams, Martinez
Disparages student dress code
I am a sophomore at Harlem High School. I would like to state my disappointment with the Columbia County School Board. Elizabeth L. Barron, Harlem
Warns of `puppy mills' in Augusta
This letter is a warning to well-meaning folks who advertise small pure-bred dogs to be sold or find these dogs and run an ad. Augusta has ``puppy mills.'' These dog breeders look for someone to sell them a Maltese, poodle, Shih Tzu, or other small breeds that can fit into a cage. Often these dog breeders pose as handicapped or elderly people who want a little dog to bark when the phone rings. B. Butler, Augusta
Says armed guards won't stop violence
I graduated from Evans High School in 1985, only 14 years ago. I can say without hesitation that being shot at school was not a worry for myself or my classmates. Lynn Prescott Tyner, Evans
Blasts attack on S.C. video poker
Our fellow overzealous (anti-gambling) friends have struck again. South Carolina is once again trying to run over the small businesses and force them out of business before the November referendum. R. H. Bevill Jr., Aiken
Too easy on molester
Law-enforcement only has the manpower and resources to actively hunt down the most imminently dangerous criminals, so it is understandable why there are 50,000 fugitives at large in Georgia who won't be apprehended unless they're arrested on other charges or are detained in a chance encounter with police -- a traffic ticket, for instance.
Protests dress code won't ensure safety
I am a 15-year-old student at Harlem High School. It has recently been brought to my attention that the Columbia County School system has decided to change our dress code, thus making it stricter than what it was before. It has been said that they are doing this for our ``protection." Amanda Tudor, Harlem
Panel law improved
The Augusta Commission this week wisely decided to clear up the legal confusion surrounding the local government's 30-plus boards, agencies and authorities. Commissioners directed City Attorney Jim Wall to rewrite the appointment aspect of the ordinance.
Castigates Clinton's `art' of misleading
Re misleading and lying: Is there a difference? William G. Hatcher, Augusta
Lauds change, inclusion at Gracewood
I wish to respond to the Gracewood State School plea for the children. I think it's important to advocate for individuals in our community with mental, physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. In doing so, we should keep in mind that there will always be change. Bernie Bradley, Waynesboro
Says abortion out-kills two world wars
Twice in our century this world has been devastated by global war killing 20 million in the first instance and about 55 million in the second. Yet the greatest loss of life has not been a result of these catastrophic events. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., M.D., North Augusta
Blasts new dress code for students
The school dress code is a subject as touchy as any out there in that dress in America is considered a private thing -- something that individuals are allowed to choose to express their feeling and personality. ... Megan Richards, Martinez
New printers help make shutterbugs darkroom artists
Not too many years ago, shutterbugs used to spend hours in the darkroom mixing dektol and fixer, adjusting the enlarger and watching images slowly materialize from blank pieces of paper. What fun!
Military evacuates Johnston Island in advance of hurricane
JOHNSTON ISLAND -- The U.S. Army evacuated the last of 1,100 military and civilian personnel Tuesday as a weakening Hurricane Dora neared this central Pacific island where a chemical weapons incinerator is located.
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Monument is a bit taller than previously thought.
Study: New testing system improves detection of Down syndrome
Researchers seeking a safer way to detect Down syndrome in a fetus say combining blood and ultrasound tests from the first and second trimesters would be more accurate than standard screenings and reduce the need for riskier testing.
Official: Cleanup top task
Work at Savannah River Site will remain focused on cleanup of pollution caused by former activities there, a site official told a local Sierra Club chapter Tuesday.
MCI problem cripples some ATMs, data services
CHICAGO -- A glitch in MCI WorldCom Inc.'s data transmission network has partially disabled thousands of automated teller machines and restricted market trading of corn, soybeans and financial futures.
Study: Toilet plunger-like device is better than CPR
A French study suggests that a gadget that looks something like a toilet plunger is better than CPR at saving heart attack victims.
Blackened sun attracts crowds and wonder across its path
NOYON, France -- Clouds butted in, traffic jammed and people marred the moment trying to reach 90 million miles with their camera flashes. But when the solar system switched off the lights for showtime, eclipsies from Europe and other darkened lands broke into cheers.
Y2K bug may arrive early
Signs of the Year 2000 computer bug will increasingly show up at companies after Oct. 1, and likely will continue surfacing for months, according to a newly released report from the consulting firm the Gartner Group.
FBI launches online fingerprint-ID system
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Police and judges in 15 states no longer have to worry about releasing fugitives and repeat offenders because they lack information about a suspect's criminal history, FBI officials said Tuesday.
Links to data with no wires
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mobile office workers and Internet addicts take note: Cell phone companies are coming with new services that will connect you the wireless way.
Official praises SRS plan
The U.S. Department of Energy's ``security czar'' gave high marks to Savannah River Site on Wednesday, but said security still must be tightened at SRS and all other Energy Department sites.