N.C., Florida electric utilities merge
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Power & Light Co. will acquire Florida Progress Corp. for $5.3 billion, creating the nation's ninth-largest electric utility.
MerryLand acquires six apartment complexes
Merry Land Properties Inc. announced Monday that it became the sole owner of six southeastern apartment complexes. It acquired Equity Residential Properties Trust's interest in the apartments for $54 million.
Business briefs: Delays top list of
Delayed flights are the No. 1 irritant for people who fly frequently in Europe, according to the International Airline Passengers Association.
Modular homes plant opens
The first modular homes have started coming off the assembly line at a Washington, Ga., factory that could employ up to 175 people in a year.
Study to focus on improving Regency Mall
More than two dozen local leaders crowded Monday into a dark coner of Regency Mall to hear two consultants outline a plan to study what can be done with the troubled shopping center.
Tank warfare has solid history
The mention of tanks in today's world conjures up visual images of heavily armored, swiftly moving mechanical marvels of Operation Desert Storm in the war against Iraq.
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.
Coaching to lose
They're abundant in most of Augusta's gyms, but harder to find in the area's kitchens and grocery stores. Personal trainers who help you knock out the extra bench press or leg curl at the gym have become the norm for fitness in recent years.
Think, relax before an angry outburst
Q: Can anger harm your heart? -- K.T., Keysville
In the know
So how much interest will there be in the 17th annual Miss Teen USA Pageant? Carson Daly, host of MTV's Total Request Live, oversees the tape-delayed telecast from Shreveport, La., where Julie Moran and former winner Ali Landry supply commentary (9 p.m. CBS, WRDW-TV, Channel 12).
Made to order
AIKEN -- When Bruce and Janis McGhee bought the Aiken Mile Track, a harness-racing institution, they wanted to live on the property.
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.
Girls admit to lying about sexual abuse
Two girls walked away from an Augusta rehabilitation hospital and were picked up by a motorist who found them in the middle of the Interstate 20 exit at Bobby Jones Expressway.
David Williams of Aiken works with a crew from Joseph M. Walker Construction on a house being renovated into a new physicians' office on West Avenue in North Augusta. The house was moved to a new lot several months ago, and the company plans on finishing the first phase of work by September.
Richmond County eases water restrictions
Greener pastures may be ahead for Augusta-area residents. The odd-even, one-hour-per-day water restriction for south Augusta residents has been lifted for neighborhoods between Bobby Jones Expressway and Spirit Creek from U.S. Highway 1 to Doug Bernard Parkway, Augusta Utilities Director Max Hicks said Monday.
GBI investigates boy's death in fire
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials expected to finish an autopsy Monday or today to determine what killed a Lincolnton boy who died in a fire.<
Trial begins in Aiken over death of girl
AIKEN -- It wasn't even 8 a.m. and Linda Tindal's blood alcohol level was .31, more than three times the legal limit for driving. Her decision to load up a car with four children and drive to an elementary school cost them all their lives on a Friday morning in 1996 when she crashed head-on into a school bus.
Domestic violence cases increase
Aiken County sheriff's deputies work to cover rise in calls on domestic violence, leaving little time for community policing
Sheriff opposes police cutbacks
Keeping law and order in Richmond County will cost taxpayers $31.7 million next year, and that's as low as the law enforcement budget can go -- no matter what the city's efficiency experts say, according to Sheriff Charlie Webster.
Heart Association gets ready for fund-raiser
The organization that last year brought Augusta nearly $600,000 in heart disease research money is gearing up for its annual fund-raiser.
Police chief anticipates quiet return
WAGENER -- Barely 24 hours after getting peppered with birdsWAGENER -- Barely 24 hours after getting peppered with birdshot in a tense domestic call, Police Chief Norman Courtney wanted to get right back to work.hot in a tense domestic call, Police Chief Norman Courtney wanted to get right back to work.
Man to be retried for 1991 killing
David Anthony Fisher once again is scheduled to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court on murder charges dating back to December 1991.
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.
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.
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.
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
Employers test honesty of applicants
ATHENS, Ga. -- Retailers use an employment screening practice commonly called ``profiling,'' though it has come under criticism when police use it in some parts of the country.
Habitat protection enhanced
COLUMBIA -- Conservation groups are applauding a decision by the Natural Resources Department to make wildlife habitat the department's top priority.
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.
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.
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.
Homes may get closer
Steve Brown cringes each time he drives along densely developed Washington Road into Columbia County.
State backs K-9 unit in Chatham
SAVANNAH -- Tighter management and a plan for better instructor training allowed Chatham County's K-9 unit to regain the confidence of state officials as Georgia's training center for drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs.
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.
Farmers feel pinch
DEXTER, Ga. -- There's no way to juggle the numbers, no way to cook the books and come out on top.
Doctors move up Thurmond surgery
WASHINGTON -- Hospitalized for the second time in three days, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond will undergo surgery this week on a chronically enlarged prostate.
Columbia County starts academic year
Lakeside Middle School Principal Bill Morris watched pupils walk by him in the hall Monday, instructing several to tuck in their shirts. But other than untucked shirts, the first day went smoothly for Columbia County schools.
School begins under state control
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Antonio Westley will one day conquer the skies. But before he blasts his way through an air campaign, the 14-year-old must beat the odds at Allendale-Fairfax High School. Monday was the freshman's first day on a campus that for weeks has fallen under public scrutiny, and it likely will for years until test scores accelerate throughout the entire school district, now under management of the state Department of Education.
Semester begins at ASU
Crowded parking lots marked the beginning of classes at Augusta State University Monday, as hundreds of commuters piled in for the start of first semester.
Thurmond to 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.
Mr. Edward Kimble
Entered into rest on August 23, 1999 at his residence. Mr. Edward ``Sonny'' Kimble of 1303 Cabana Ct.
Mr. George Guest
Mr. George L. Guest, 70, of 1676 Goshen Road, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.
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. Claude Williams
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Claude ``Mose'' Williams, 53, of 578 Kershaw Drive, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Ms. Marguerite Abrams
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ms. Marguerite Abrams died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999.
Mr. Franklin Moore
MURPHY, N.C. -- Mr. Franklin Orin Moore, 53, of Bourne Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Umberto Balducci Jr.
Mr. Umberto Joseph Balducci Jr., 86, of 2213 Larks Court, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at University Hospital.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Nicholas Wayne ``Nicky'' Hoffman, 5, of Plantation Circle, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Ms. Lucille Sims
Fort Valley, Ga. -- Mrs. Lucille Whitlock Sims, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Gladys Hatcher
WINDSOR -- Mrs. Gladys Redd Hatcher, 77, of 120 Railroad Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, in Aiken.
Mr. Derek Adamson
AIKEN -- Mr. Derek Matthew Adamson, of 814-A Brandt Court, died Saturday, Aug, 21, 1999, in Aiken County.
Mr. Mike O'Berry
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Mike O'Berry, 65, of Route 1, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Ernest Glover
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- Mr. Ernest Glover, 54, of 95 Aiken Ave., died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Pauline Faulkner
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline G. Faulkner, 85, of 1495 Georgia Highway 29 N., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Sylvia Harrell
SMOAKS, S.C. -- Mrs. Sylvia Ann Smith Harrell, 40, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at a Columbia Hospital.
Mr. Nathaniel Reed
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Nathaniel Reed, 69, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999.
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.
Dr. Lynn Anthony
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Dr. Lynn E. Anthony, 84, of 1 Knollwood Blvd., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
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.
Mrs. Mary Locke
EATONTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Shuman Locke, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Coliseum Park Medical Center.
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.
Mr. Alvin Hadden
Mr. Alvin Hadden, 83, of 208 Norton Road, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.
Larry Williams Jr.
PORTAL, Ga. -- Larry Williams Jr., 13, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Mary Boyd
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Pearl McCain Boyd, 51, of 2616 Edgefield Road, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Edgefield Health Care Center.
Mrs. Omie Johnson
CONYERS, Ga. -- Mrs. Omie Elizabeth Hart Johnson, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Riverside Nursing Home, Covington.
Mr. Samuel Solomons
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Samuel Benjamin ``Bo'' Solomons, 65, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, in Beaufort.
Mrs. Mamie Thurmond
CLARKS HILL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mamie L. Thurmond, of Route 1, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Windemere Nursing Home.
Hits local stations for denying access
Shame, shame on the local CBS and ABC television affiliates for denying rural customers digital satellite access to their networks.
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.
Tragic quake toll
Hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, intense thunderstorms -- these are natural disasters that are predictable enough so that people can take precautions to save life and limb.
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
Chides critic of Teacher of Year
I agree with the former Richmond County Board of Education member Jeff Annis (guest column, Aug. 9) that our public school system is progressive. ...
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
Responds to 'odious' letter
John Woodson's Aug. 12 letter -- another of a continuous series of his poorly written opinions on the same subject -- featured the word ``odious'' in describing the Confederacy. He also used the words ``ridiculous'' and ``absurd'' to describe the feelings of present day citizens who exhibit pride in their Confederate military ancestors.
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
Wants voters to check character
The presidential candidate campaign for 2000 has started with a bang 15 months ahead of time! The past seven years has seen the office of the presidency besmirched with scandal after scandal involving allegations of fraud, deceit, dishonesty, corruption and even hints of treason.
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
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.
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
Defends activist's 'character' in case
I am writing in regard to articles on union activist Gary E. McClain. I have known Mr. McClain for years. He is the type of individual who was brought up by good, moral, law-abiding folks. ... He is a soft-hearted person who was brought up to respect authority and his elders, and to always do the right thing. ...
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
'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.
Barnes' bad pick
Except for a few blips along the way, Gov. Roy Barnes so far has proven to be a progressive and proficient chief of state for Georgia. But now, in a throwback to the awful cronyism of the past, he has made a major blunder: naming Marcus Collins the executive director of the new Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board.
A-NIC a good idea
Mayor Bob Young has displayed leadership by forming the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., which will act as both a bank and urban development authority.
Resents 'selective history' of South
As a result of the number of black soldiers who served in the Union Army (180,000), Gen. Robert E. Lee demanded and got from the Confederate Congress approval to use black soldiers (numbers unknown) in the Confederate Army. When this war ended, about 630,000 soldiers died. TheUnion lost about 370,000 soldiers and the Confederacy lost about 260,000. There are no reports of the actual number of black soldiers who were killed from either side. But, this was a real war, with real people (whites and blacks) who fought and died for causes that they believed in.
First British beef exports shipped since Mad Cow scare
LONDON -- British beef exporters shipped a small package of steaks to Brussels on Monday in a symbolic gesture aimed at re-establishing the $832 million export market.
Consumers hooked on Caller ID
WASHINGTON -- Rebecca Ryen hears the ring, ring of the telephone and lunges for the receiver eager to hear a friendly voice at the other end of the line.
Smithsonian cancels program on foie gras after protests
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution canceled a celebration of foie gras -- a delicacy produced by the forced feeding of ducks and geese -- after complaints from animal rights advocates including Sir John Gielgud.
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.
Vaccination against effects of PCP, cocaine may be possible
NEW ORLEANS -- Designer antibodies may someday be used to immunize people against cocaine and other drugs to block the rush that users crave.
South Korea steps up efforts to stop missile launch
BEIJING -- South Korea's defense minister tried to enlist China's help Monday to persuade Chinese ally North Korea from testing a new long-range missile.
SRS study almost complete
Researchers soon will complete a controversial study of closures of radioactive-waste tanks at Savannah River Site, a U.S. Department of Energy official said Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Teen reporter eager to jump into work
Hey! My name is Margaret Weston, and I'm the newest reporter for Xtreme.
Clint Carter, 11, sixth-grader at Thomson Middle School.
Adviceline: Talking with mother could help
``I have a boyfriend who's really sweet, but my mom won't let me go out with him because she doesn't want me to have a boyfriend yet.'' -- 14-year-old girl, Augusta
'Chronicle' teen board a wonderful experience
It's over. Yes, my time on the Xtreme Teen Board is up! It's time for a fresh batch of bubbling, creative, energetic teens to take on the tasks of composing columns, assembling once a month and posing for wacky photos that will season the Xtreme section. I assumed the tasks willingly and had a phenomenal time.
A learning experience
Over the past year, they've consumed 60 pizzas and about 130 Cokes and Sprites. They've posed for pictures to illustrate stories in Xtreme. They've appeared on television and radio. They've participated in a community forum about education and the state of the schools.