Credit card firms await fall class
NEW YORK -- On many college campuses, credit card solicitations are as much a part of the back-to-school scene as pep rallies and sorority and fraternity rush week.
Technology mutual funds offer dilemma
NEW YORK -- Mutual funds that focus on technology pose a dilemma for investors. Should they shoot for the moon and put money in funds that invest primarily in volatile Internet stocks? Or should they play it safe by investing in broad-based technology funds that may include risky Internet stocks, but that also hold blue-chip technology firms, such as Microsoft Inc. and Intel Inc?
County bets on tribal casinos
SPARTA, Ga. -- A proposed casino in central Georgia could be an economic jackpot. Three groups -- one of Georgia's poorest counties, an American Indian tribe from Oklahoma, and some entrepreneurs -- are betting on it.
On the move
b>Aleeka McLane has been named general manager of S&K Menswear's Augusta Square Shopping Center store.
Biz briefs: Cleaner opens new branch
The Cleaning Authority, a residential cleaning franchise company, has opened a new branch at 472 Flowing Wells Road in Martinez. It will employ between 20 and 30 people.
Difficulty in ending car lease is in details
Q: The lease on my car is about to expire. Is ending a lease as easy as beginning one?
Marconi recalls first wireless test
On Dec. 12, 1901, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi set himself up in a cliffside hut near St. John's, Newfoundland, to test his latest transmitter and receiver. He later recorded this recollection:
Radio led century's mass media
NEW YORK -- On an otherwise unremarkable late October evening in 1938, many Americans relaxed at home, doing what they had become accustomed to since broadcasting had become popular a couple of decades earlier: They listened to radio. It was the Mercury Theatre's live broadcast of a concert from New York's Park Plaza Hotel.
In the know
SOMETHING'S NEW: There's something special about the new video release of There's Something About Mary, made available for sale this month.
Crop circle mystery remains unanswered
Few mysteries have excited the popular imagination more in recent years than the occurrence of crop circles, beautiful but baffling patterns found in fields of corn and other crops from Australia to North America.
A special breed
On the tracts of uncultivated land at Banbury Cross Farm, north of Aiken, a phalanx of dogs bursts from the cover of the trees. There is no barking, yelping or growling. They break the silence of the clearing only with their quiet footfall and the occasional rustling of a branch or the snapping of a twig.
On my summer vacation ...
It's that time of year again. Time to take The Augusta Chronicle on vacation with you. Include a copy of the newspaper in one of your summer snapshots and send it to us w
Casual is not always the same
Dear Carson: I'd appreciate your defining and discussing casual attire, for social as well as business occasions. -- Confused in Mystic
Arts council briefs: Local store awards three arts grants
Three of Augusta's performing arts groups received $2,000 grants from Target Stores at the August membership meeting of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, held Tuesday at Lucy Craft Laney Museum.
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Retirees Doris Artz and Karen Robinson came to Arizona for a week to escape the madding summer tourist throngs back home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Work hard? Win big with Labor Day contest
Several of country singer Aaron Tippin's hit songs have lyrics about the working man and blue-collar pride, and Mr. Tippin is no stranger to such themes.
HORTA, Azores Islands -- For centuries, sailors crossing the Atlantic Ocean have cherished the Azores as a precious haven of dry land between the American and European continents.
Thoughts of school days past
My 5-year-old will begin a great adventure Monday when he takes his place behind a public school desk for the first time and starts the 13-year process that prepares him to both succeed in the world and select a proper nursing home for yours truly.
Parents question schools
ATLANTA -- A Savannah mother of three is agonizing over whether to pull her children out of public schools and teach them at home.
Deputy killed in accident
AIKEN -- Sheriff's deputies stretched black ribbons across their badges Sunday in memory of a fellow Aiken County officer who was killed in a weekend motorcycle accident.
Habitat protection enhanced
COLUMBIA -- Conservation groups are applauding a decision by the Natural Resources Department to make wildlife habitat the department's top priority.
Earning their wings
DeAnthony Priester was hooked when he was 10. He was flying on a Montana-bound Delta Airline jet when pilots invited him to the cockpit.
Drivers asked to use caution
As parents in Columbia County send their children to school today for the start of a new school year, sheriff's officials are asking motorists to exercise caution on streets and highways.
Across the area: Delta jet makes emergency landing
Senator back on schedule ... Blaze damages apartments ... Uniform donations still sought ... Aiken man dies in car crash
Some blame state takeover on racism
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Susan Hudson knew her girls weren't getting a good education in Allendale County's public schools. That's why she moved them this year.
Homes may get closer
Steve Brown cringes each time he drives along densely developed Washington Road into Columbia County.
Farmers feel pinch
DEXTER, Ga. -- There's no way to juggle the numbers, no way to cook the books and come out on top.
Domestic violence cases increase
Aiken County sheriff's deputies work to cover rise in calls on domestic violence, leaving little time for community policing
Back at you
Eva Watts, 8, keeps a close eye on the ball Sunday while playing tennis with her parents, Larry and Jan Watts, at Maude Edenfield Park in North Augusta.
Thurmond in hospital for prostate surgery
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Strom Thurmond, the oldest member of Congress at 96, is back in the hospital after collapsing late last week on a trip back home to South Carolina.
Advertising plan proposed
Before the first puck drops for the Augusta Lynx's second season at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, the 20-year-old facility is getting spruced up and new amenities are on tap.
More free uniforms planned
When the 148 free school uniforms ran out last week at New Hope Community Center, there were still 200 people in line.
Church projects reap in gains
The Rev. Randy Monk came in second in the most-popular pastor contest Sunday, but his Evans congregation redeemed itself with the consolation prize.
Across the area: Teens charged in holdup at Angeo's
Diabetic recovering from shock ... Aquatics center closed today ... Woman accused of selling baby
Wagener police chief wounded
WAGENER -- Gunfire disrupted the Sunday morning quiet of this small Aiken County town when a man in a domestic violence case shot the police chief and held officers at bay for nearly four hours before surrendering, authorities said.
Graham discusses taxes in area visit
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The U.S. military got billions of dollars and money from a projected $3 trillion budget surplus went directly to the wallets of the American people -- at least in U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham's perfect world.
Home Front: Minister's services help Amick Farms victims
SALUDA, S.C. -- Alex Cordero is a bilingual minister, but that doesn't mean God speaks to him in Spanish or English.
Hundreds retake graduation exam
Hundreds of high school students and former students in Richmond and Columbia counties spent part of their summer back in the classroom -- taking makeup exams of portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Test.
South Carolina is gaining speed on uninsured drivers, suspending tags for those who don't respond to random letters ordering them to show proof of auto insurance.
Mr. Ralph Craven
Beech Island -- Mr. Ralph ``Bubba'' Craven, 67, of 368 Beech Island Ave., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Jason Adams
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mr. Jason Charlie Adams, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at his residence.
Dr. Calvin Billman
Dr. Calvin James Billman, a retired professor and chairman of the department of history, political science and philosophy at Augusta College, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Dr. Billman was 79.
Ashley Lauren Pearson-Shaver, 13, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999.
Mrs. Sara Schuessle
rMrs. Sara Evans Schuessler, 95, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Russell Long Sr.
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Mr. Russell Alvin Long Sr., 74, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Savannah Beach Nursing Home.
Mrs. Edith Beard
EVANS -- Mrs. Edith C. Beard, 94, of 561 University Place, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Belton King
Mr. Belton Wayne King, 56, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999.
Mrs. Sylvia Harrell
SMOAKS, S.C. -- Mrs. Sylvia Ann Smith Harrell, 40, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at a Columbia Hospital.
Mrs. Elaine Mobley
Mrs. Elaine Brannen Mobley, of Mount Vernon Drive, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Stanley Claxton
VIDALIA, Ga. -- Mr. Stanley Everett Claxton, 73, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Meadows Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Clyde Jones Sr.
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Clyde Havird Jones Sr., 81, of 124 Clyde Road, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999.
Ms. Mary Edmunds
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Ms. Mary Elsye Edmunds, 76, of Cedar Hill Road, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Forest View Manor.
Mr. George Guest
Mr. George L. Guest, 70, of 1676 Goshen Road, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Marion Coleman
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Marion Ruth A. Coleman, 83, of 1233 Radiance Drive, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Willie Kirkendoll
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Willie Maude Chalker Kirkendoll, 94, of 589 Hadden St., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Clara Crawford
Mrs. Clara Crawford, 77, of 2021 Scott Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Lucille Sims
Fort Valley, Ga. -- Mrs. Lucille Whitlock Sims, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Lila Boyd
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Lila Jerome ``Romie'' S. Boyd, 85, of 465 S. Main St., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Samuel Solomons
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Samuel Benjamin ``Bo'' Solomons, 65, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, in Beaufort.
Mrs. Omie Johnson
CONYERS, Ga. -- Mrs. Omie Elizabeth Hart Johnson, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Riverside Nursing Home, Covington.
Mrs. Maver Hall
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Maver Wike Hall, 84, of 635 Boyd School Road, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Mrs. Marie Dwelle
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Marie Wilson Dwelle, 83, of 4470 Highway 17 S., died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.
Mr. Thurman Manley
Mr. Thurman D. Manley Jr., 53, of 2423 Birdie Drive, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at his residence.
Ms. Annie Spires
Mrs. Annie Lee Spires, 97, of McDaniel Road, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Forrest Lake Nursing Home.
Mr. James Watts
Mr. James Robert Watts, 66, of 3414 Stoneybrook Road, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Umberto Balducci Jr.
Mr. Umberto Joseph Balducci Jr., 86, of 2213 Larks Court, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.
Uniforms, dress code good fit in Richmond
STUDENTS BRINGING guns to school have taught us lessons that will forever change the landscape of education in America.
Expects no justice in this lifetime
In response to Dale Hemman's Aug. 13 letter about the way the media handled the John Kennedy Jr. death, as opposed to virtually no mention of the two young men who gave their lives for our country while serving in Kosovo: Lindsey H. Howard, Grovetown
Urges end to personal, political attacks
It seems from the recent paper battles in your newspaper regarding the merits or lack thereof of local political candidates that we are unable to avoid personal-professional attacks in our exchanges. K. Watson, Augusta
Suggests abandoning lock and dam
My suggestion is to abandon the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, and let it go to the highest bidder for scrap metal to salvage steel and copper. Let the river make its merry way to the ocean. Cliff McKie, Augusta
Defend running of Ga. Games event
In response to the articles on in-line skating (at the Georgia Games), we feel a reply is needed to set the record straight. First, let us say thank you to all volunteers for their time and effort. It was greatly appreciated for a job well done. David Evans, Augusta
Believes prayer needed, not gun laws
Recently, a local newscaster made a statement regarding the latest shooting involving children at the California Jewish Community Center that this just might spur Congress to enact legislation for stricter gun laws. Now, this is a good point ... and perhaps it indeed will. ... David ``D.J.'' James, Martinez
Blasts North Augusta Chamber chief
I feel compelled to share my views on this past spring's Chamber of Commerce controversy involving the former Lisa McElmurray. Connie Gabriel Beale, North Augusta
Uniforms, dress code good fit in Richmond
STUDENTS BRINGING guns to school have taught us lessons that will forever change the landscape of education in America.
Laughs at S.C. approach to education
The question that recent events in the Allendale school district engenders is one that has not been discussed in this forum -- i.e., ``What caused the dismal performance?'' While some would point to lack of teachers, and others might declare the causative agent to be lack of funding, its roots lie deeper. Colin B. Mullins, North Augusta
Praises success rate of SRS projects
This is a belated response to your June editorial which, using clear eyed hindsight, was highly critical of the In-Tank Precipitation Process recently abandoned at the Savannah River Site. Don Hostetler, North Augusta
'Leave a legacy'
The unveiling of the ''Leave a Legacy'' program last Thursday is a welcomed boost to charitable giving. We salute the sponsors of the Aug. 19 event: The CSRA Community Foundation, the United Way, Augusta State University, the Medical College of Georgia Foundation and the University Health Care Foundation.
Wants Bible study back in schools
Upon reading the Aug. 13 article ``Voting on Bible study delayed,'' my mind immediately reverted to the days of my youth. While attending Piedmont Junior High School in Charlotte, N.C., students were offered an elective subject called ``Bible study.'' Roy Smith, Belvedere
Big Media bias
Several days ago Gennifer Flowers, who has showed the president up as a liar before, charged on a Fox News talk show that during her 12-year long sexual affair with Bill Clinton, while he was serving as Arkansas attorney general and later as governor, he snorted cocaine regularly.
Criticizes article on lawn maintenance
I was appalled at the appearance of the article, ``A Cut Above,'' which appeared in the ``Your Life'' section on Aug. 15 written by Ashlee Griggs. William C. Farkas, Augusta
Keep official English
The ``official English'' movement to compel localities, states and the federal government to recognize English as the official tongue of the United States is running into more and more obstacles -- usually from some judges and sometimes from political-ly-correct ``diversity'' and ``bilingual'' activists who fight the commonsense proposal.
Wants water works on the southside
I live on the wrong side of town. We cannot have green grass, as the schools do, nor can we get water from the city, as they did when their pipe broke. What we can have is more houses. But do not use concrete for the curb. Neal Fritz, Hephzibah
Observes advances in credit industry
Two high-tech devices showed up in the newspaper recently. One was the device used by the Detroit auto dealer, Mel Farr, to insure that high risk individuals leasing cars from him kept up their payments. The other was a small computer that could permit individuals to remotely access appliances in their homes via the Internet to turn them off or on as needed. Bill Trammell, Augusta
Arena football? Go for it!
If hockey draws people to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center in droves, then why not arena football? Unlike ice hockey, which had no history in Dixie, football has always been enormously popular in the South.
Blaze a blow to Lincoln Co.
In an awful blow to Lincoln County's economy, Crider Inc., the area's largest employer, burned to the ground the other day, putting more than 350 people out of work.
Making probation work
The case of convicted McDuffie County child-molester Terry Lynch Mason underscores a shocking problem with Georgia's probation system. Mason, 49, after being wrist-slapped for violating his probation several times, finally just skipped out permanently. Then he proceeded to terrorize his ex-wife and children for months until he was arrested Tuesday, thanks largely to publicity generated by this newspaper's report of his sordid story.
Desires harassing phone calls to end
I have to agree with Gregory Topliff (letter, Aug. 17). There is not a day that goes by that telemarketers don't call. Sometimes my phone rings every 10 minutes and it can last up to two hours. When I pick up no one is there. Betty Anderson, Grovetown
Seeks specific information on Y2K
It's a relief to see the government as well as the media taking prominent notice of the Y2K problem. Lamar Rush, Augusta
Points out shroud's `inconsistency'
The Aug. 14 article by Seth Borenstein, on the authenticity of the famous Shroud of Turin, deserves comment. The scientific clash between three independent 1989 carbon-14 dating of the cloth to the 14th century and the new pollen evidence purporting to date it to the 8th century appears to be a standoff. Kenneth M. Towe, Tennile
Notes obscene irony following film
I watched Saving Private Ryan for the first time last weekend with my teen-age daughters. Connie Solomon, Thomson
Study: Some Internet users are addicted
BOSTON -- Almost 6 percent of Internet users suffer from some form of addiction to it, according to the largest study of Web surfers ever conducted.
Scientist to survey grass roots
TIFTON, Ga. -- A Tifton agricultural scientist wants to make centipede, known as the ``lazy man's grass'' because it produces lush lawns with little fertilizer or care, even easier to grow.
No problems reported with Y2K-like navigation tool glitch
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- It appeared to be smooth sailing Saturday for boaters and aviators who rely on a satellite-based navigation system that reset itself, which was expected to confuse older locator units.
Not exactly an ordinary town
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- It's Friday night and there's music blaring from the downtown parking lot.
PlayStation football title not ready to tackle the big time
NFL Xtreme is a great idea. But as with many seemingly brilliant schemes -- cold fusion, electric cars, Watergate -- the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Study: For elderly, socializing as important as exercise
LONDON -- Elderly folks who like to eat out, play cards, go to movies and take part in other social activities live an average 2 years longer than more reclusive people, a new study finds.
Imported produce won't get around pesticide ban
WASHINGTON -- Fruit growers cried foul when the government recently decided to ban one pesticide that they use and restrict another.
Soil conservation efforts succeed in cutting erosion, researcher says
WASHINGTON -- Improved farming practices and soil conservation efforts in the United States have had a significant impact in reducing soil erosion, a study shows.
Form of meditation may improve health
Henry Rainey can feel the difference as he emerges from his meditation. ``You feel lighter,'' said Mr. Rainey, 19, who will be entering Georgia Southern University this fall. ``Less worries on my body and my mind.''
Portals are popping up all over
The woman on my answering machine sounded incredulous, as if she had heard aliens were landing. She'd read that The Washington Post was turning its Web site into a regional portal and felt the story omitted a basic fact: