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If your business has overcome a hurdle, boosted sales through a unique program, or emerged from a particularly difficult challenge, The Augusta Chronicle wants readers to know about it.
Balloon-loan may be risky
NEW YORK -- With interest rates up, ``balloon'' mortgages may be looking more attractive to some home buyers searching for ways to bring down expenses.
Augusta draws pricey builders
There's a whole new breed of apartments arriving in Augusta. They're wider. They're taller. They have lots of hidden features.
Business briefs: Personnel company opens doors
Outsource International celebrated the grand opening of its Augusta Tandem Industrial Staffing on Aug. 27. The store, which provides personnel to hospitality, manufacturing and construction businesses, is located at 2321 Peach Orchard Road in Holly Hill Plaza.
On the move
Joy LaPorte has been elected vice president of SouthTrust Bank.
Clarify lease terms with documentation
Get it in writing. That's the best advice Nathan Jolles, an Augusta real estate attorney, says he can give to someone entering into a rental agreement.
Residents enjoy amenities
Welcome to the home of Dr. Bill Day and his wife, Jeanie. It's significantly smaller than their former 4,000 square-foot home in Fitzgerald, Ga. Yet they say their Walden Glen apartment in Columbia County has allowed them to maintain their high standard of living in a scaled-down environment.
1916 fire devastating to city
Her father, Henry, telephoned the family home on Greene Street with the news shortly after fire was discovered in the Dyer Building at Eighth and Broad streets. The call broke up her cousin Noah Walker's birthday party.
A look at the 20th century: 1967
A Southern minister is traveling for the first time aboard a jet on a flight bound for Chicago. He seems a little nervous, and the stewardess asks if cares for a drink.
Ancient city may have roots in Europe
Long before the arrival of gold-seeking conquistadores, a mysterious race of blue-eyed warriors with white skin is thought to have ruled vast regions of South America.
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 when you get home. And give us a few details about your trip by answering some of the questions below. Feel free to skip a question that doesn't apply, or add your own. We'll run at least one photo/essay each week inside Your Life throughout the summer.
Ask Carson: Formal attire best for evening wedding
Dear Carson: I will be attending a 7 p.m. wedding. What would be the appropriate dress for this time of evening? -- Pondering Proper Attire
Digging up history
If you want to learn about Augusta's past, David Whittington's advice is to get a metal detector -- and a good shovel. ``Augusta is notorious for covering up its history,'' he said. ``There's stuff -- lots of stuff -- everywhere. Under parking lots, old houses, office buildings. You'd be amazed.''
In the know
Planning a Labor Day trip to the beach, park or lake? Make sure your picnic doesn't put Mom to work on the holiday. Heavenly Ham's new sandwich Pic-Nic-Pak is a complete picnic in a box. It comes with four sandwiches (choice of ham, turkey, ham salad, turkey salad or veggie) and side dishes (potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw) chips, cookies, soft drinks -- even the plates, utensils and napkins. The price at the Augusta's Heavenly Ham locations is $19.99.
The buzz about Bee City
Honeybees may be endangered around the world, but just outside Cottageville, S.C., they're in pretty good shape. Bee City, created by Archie Biering, a retired shipyard laborer and amateur beekeeper, is a safe haven for more than 1 million of the insects. A welcome sign calls the community ``The Sweetest Little Town in the World.''
Mommy made me into a spy
I promised his mother. That's all I can say, really. It's the only excuse I have to explain why I spent several afternoons last week watching the entrance of my 5-year-old son's elementary school.
Weed choking area lakes
Larry Gilpin Sr. doesn't mind the dense mats of aquatic weeds that erupt along Thurmond Lake's coves and sandy points in late summer.
Detention center upgrades classes
DALTON, Ga. -- When Dana Tolliver launches into a social studies lesson these days at the Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center, she does it with a new textbook in hand.
Jury clears state agency
AIKEN -- After wrestling with indecision for nearly 10 hours, an Aiken County jury cleared the South Carolina Department of Social Services of blame Saturday in the 1996 death of a 4-year-old Wagener girl.
Historic site stalls highway
The path of progress has hit a snag in middle Georgia -- and this time around, tradition is winning the battle.
Imperial gets royal cleanup
They came to the Imperial Theatre on Saturday with mops, brooms, brushes and buckets in hand.
Officers organizing Buffalo Soldiers chapter
AIKEN -- Two Aiken public safety officers sometimes change their policeman's blue for the color of a U.S. Cavalry uniform.
School seeks to help former addicts
For the first time in years, Anita McKendry is excited about returning to school. While she always maintained good grades, most of the 17-year-old's academic career has been spent in a cloud of drugs and alcohol.
Beetles infest region's forests
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- In the clutches of the forest about five miles from town, Chuck Still keeps both eyes peeled for moving pinholes. Not exactly pinholes -- that's just what the Southern pine beetle looks like.
Rezoning call riles residents
Now Meg Davis knows how the mice in her barn feel. She's caught in McDuffie County's mousetrap -- the 13 acres surrounding her home back up to a planned 396-acre industrial park adjacent to Interstate 20.
Some see race gerrymandering in boundary
Once Summerville stretched across most of what is now considered ``the Hill'' and even into the Lake Olmstead area and down to Broad Street, encompassing black and white residents alike.
This week in South Carolina
TODAY: The Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board Risk Management and Future Use Subcommittee will meet at 6 p.m. at the Aiken Federal Building, 211 York St., Aiken.
Officials wait for test scores
Richmond County schools have seen a 24-point increase in their Scholastic Aptitude Test average over the last five years, including a six-point gain last year, but education officials don't want to predict this year's scores.
Land offered to Steeplechase Association
AIKEN -- After fighting development on land near its own, the Aiken Steeplechase Association has until Sept. 30 to buy the property or ``watch something else happen there.''
Downs indicted in Aiken
AIKEN -- An Aiken County grand jury indicted William ``Junior'' Downs in the North Augusta slaying of 6-year-old Keenan O'Mailia, Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Sunday.
911 consolidation recommended
Exactly what Sheriff Charlie Webster is afraid might happen if he doesn't stay in control of 911 dispatchers has happened at another Georgia emergency center that was once under control of a civilian director.
Disaster chief is prepared
AIKEN -- David Ruth lets his mind run wild with possibilities. What if Hurricane Dennis or Hurricane Cindy came straight up the Savannah River and devastated Aiken County with flooding and wind damage?
Area watering limits
Richmond and Columbia counties are under outdoor water restrictions.
Across the area: Car hits woman attempting suicide
Infant's injuries investigated ... National HIV conference opens ... E. coli found in market's beef
Home front: Officer pumped about radio, weights
The low, booming voice sounds familiar, but you can't quite place it. ``Dear, would you like to know my radio name? I'm Boomer Daniels,'' explains Danny Clark, 42, who is a disc jockey for North Augusta radio station WEKL (102.3 FM).
Across the area: 'I have a dream' stamp unveiled
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, the 36th anniversary of his ``I have a dream'' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Combined government not cheaper
Who said local government consolidation would save money? Just about everybody -- before it happened. And some folks still say it will over the long haul.
Mrs. Agens Lankster
Mrs. Agnes Wren Lankster, 78, of 2146 Eastside Court, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Wilson Russell Sr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Wilson A. Russell Sr., 78, of 107 Pamela Ave., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. John Anthony
Mr. John Anthony, 83, of 2526 Milledgeville Road, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at Beverly Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. John Thomas Jr.
GROVETOWN -- Mr. John H. Thomas Jr., 47, of 1832 Valley Brook Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Vera Lanier
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mrs. Vera Mac Deloach Lanier, 83, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Candler County Hospital.
Mr. Charlie Waltower
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Charlie Waltower, 71, of 12069 Highway 305, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Nell Herrick
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nell W. Herrick, 79, of 102 Crepe Myrtle Court, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Lansing T. Reddick
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. Lansing T. Reddick died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Decatur.
Mr. Ira Jenkins
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Ira Jenkins, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. William Cobb
NEW YORK CITY -- Mr. William A. Cobb, 66, of 1130 Westbury, Bronx, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at Bronx Veteran Hospital.
Mrs. Sara Mills
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Sara Cawley Mills, 75, of 455 Lakeview Drive, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Hancock Hospital.
Mr. William Petteway
Mr. William Petteway, of 1434 Mill St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Rufus Jarrell
MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Mr. Rufus Alva Jarrell, 76, of 6811 S.W. 23rd St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Hollywood Medical Center.
Mrs. Ethel Curry
Mrs. Ethel L. Curry, 90, of 2084 Hillsinger Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Marie Burriss
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Marie Cantrell Burriss, 75, of 908 Fairfield Ave., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Eddie Aiken Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Eddie Aiken Sr., 71, of Ujimia Village Apartments, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Shelba Stout
Mrs. Shelba ``Jean'' Stout, 61, of 2222 Bungalow Road, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.
Mr. Harold Johnson
Mr. Harold Johnson, 77, of 3840 Peach Orchard Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Columbia Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Samuel A. Walden
Mr. Samuel A. Walden, 60, of 2017 Bloomingdale Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Thalia Cook
Mrs. Thalia L. Cook, 52, of 251 Merion Court, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Joseph Stack
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Joseph D. ``Joe'' Stack, 76, of 1300 Long Cane Road, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Ms. Juanita Clark
Ms. Juanita Braddy Clark, 74, of 3526 Evangeline Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Lucille McKie
AIKEN -- Mrs. Lucille McKie, of 603 Carver Terrace, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Beverly Health Care Center.
Mrs. Thalia Cook
Mrs. Thalia L. Cook, 52, of 251 Merion Court, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at her residence.
Congress' $289 billion defense authorization bill is extremely popular, not only in Washington but among the troops and at the grass-roots, too. The reason is because it gives a much-needed hefty pay boost to military personnel and provides new spending for readiness, long neglected by this administration.
Voices support for accused in case
I have never held Caitlyn Cawthorn in my arms. I've only seen her in pictures. But I can tell you this: She was (and still is) very loved, missed, and was always well taken care of. Stormy Lee O'Dell, Augusta
Feels we came from alien space colony
Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman has again made the attempt to portray evolution as the thinking people's choice. She has taken a novel approach but the thrust is still the same: ``Evolution belongs at the heart of any science curriculum.'' James Wertz, Hephzibah
Seeks Augusta Commission leadership
Somewhere during these fast times, some of us in various levels of Augusta leadership have lost compassion for our fellow man and have failed our children at home and in the classrooms. Where is the leadership? Brian Green, Augusta
Offers solution to violence in U.S.
We seek a solution to what is wrong with America, which leads the world in violence and murder -- a nation that would pay an illiterate ball player $15 million a year and a pastor, or teacher, perhaps $45,000. James K. Ellis, Jackson, S.C.
Probe Handy's charges
Richmond County State Court Judge Richard Slaby has wisely decided to reconsider the First Offender Act's 12-month probated sentence of Tony Martin. Martin, the son of Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy, got his job back as operations manager of the city's Trees and Landscaping Department after he pleaded guilty to stealing city property.
Blasts board for reinstating thief
Thieves, don't let your record hamper your search for gainful employment. The Personnel Board for the city of Augusta and Richmond County is now hiring! Jerry Peloquin, Augusta
A Deere economic boost
Economic developers spend much time and effort trying to recruit new business and industry to the region, as well they should. Yet it should not be forgotten that sometimes the best prospects are already located here. When that's the case, the key word is expand, not recruit.
Protests proposed zoning ordinance
I read with increased interest the various articles ... regarding the proposed zoning ordinance for Edgefield County. The purpose of this ordinance, which will affect 10 percent of the county, is said to attract industry and infrastructure. Gerald R. Williams II, North Augusta
Choose biotech approach
Two weeks ago we editorially called on community leaders to join with an extremely receptive Medical College of Georgia President Dr. Francis Tedesco to launch a project establishing a local biotechnology park to lure companies that could tap into MCG's nationally-renowned research capabilities.
Urges support for animal shelter
I was amazed that anyone could find something wrong with Elaine van der Linden's letter concerning the welfare of the animals at the Richmond County Shelter. I am referring to Dave Caddell's Aug. 20 letter, where he seems to have more sympathy for the government than its citizens and pets.James Connell, North Augusta
Hits use of meditation in the schools
No wonder Abraham, David, Christ, Buddha and Mohammed all exhorted us to do prayer and meditation and contemplation -- they wanted us to do better in school! (``Form of meditation may improve health,'' Aug. 22). Dr. Jesse Lewis, Augusta
Spiteful voucher ruling
In what is touted by some as a great ``victory'' for the public school system, a tyrannical Ohio federal judge last week crippled Cleveland's 4-year-old voucher program one day before schools were to open.
Asks who's paying tab for policeman?
Re the Aug. 18 article on an Aiken policeman going to Kosovo: Bonnie Essex, North Augusta
Supports boxing club director in feud
I am writing in regard to the recent publicized feud between Vernon Forrest and Tom Moraetes who directs the Augusta Boxing Club. John W. Nixon, Jr., Augusta
Says inconsistency part of `miracle'
Kenneth Towe's Aug. 23 letter ... questions the authenticity of the ``Shroud of Turin'' because of the ``inconsistency'' of the image withwhat the author thinks would have happened if a cloth had been pressed down on the features of the man in the shroud. William C. Scholly, Evans
Agrees moreY2K info needed
Re the Aug. 23 letter by Lamar Rush concerning local education on preparing for the Year 2000: Dwain Shaw, Evans
Offers tips for Y2K preparedness
This is in response to a letter by Lamar Rush regarding the need for specific information about Y2K preparedness. Mr. Rush is absolutely correct in stating that most of the Y2K preparedness steps he has heard of should be in place for any kind of emergency. In fact, preparing forY2K is very similar to preparing for a severe winter storm. Pamela P. Tucker, Evans
Suggests Regency Mall for casino
Gov. Roy Barnes is right in his cautious opposition to the creation of a Native American reservation and gambling casino in Sparta. Sure, Sparta and Hancock County could be transformed from one of Georgia's poorest areas into an economic hot spot. Just imagine: Sparta could become the Branson, Mo., of the South. Greg Capers, Augusta
FCC orders access to phone calls
WASHINGTON -- The government announced rules Friday that will give the FBI and other law enforcement agencies new electronic surveillance capabilities, enabling them to keep up with such technology as cellular phones and conference calls.
Study: children under 5 should be vaccinated against typhoid
LONDON -- The age children are vaccinated against typhoid should be reassessed because, contrary to accepted belief, children under 5 are just as likely as older people to become infected and suffer major symptoms, researchers say.
New Tetris a must-have game
Remember the first time you played ``Tetris?'' Sitting in front of the tube for hours, hands sweaty, spouse or parents yelling at you to come to dinner, come to bed, SHUT OFF THAT TV!
Scientists claim to crack Internet security code
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A group of scientists claimed Friday to have broken an international security code used to protect millions of daily Internet transactions, exposing a potentially serious security failure in electronic commerce.
Effective cancer test catching on
NEW YORK -- Three years after the federal government approved a more effective Pap smear test, the new cervical cancer screening method is rising in use.
Ask the computer guy
Q: A local company in New Jersey is making IBM computers available for $700 -- this includes a printer, scanner and NT. There are no slots in the PC. What do you think?
Gnats swarm southern Georgia
ALBANY, Ga. -- Gnat season has arrived in south Georgia. People wave their hands in front of their faces and jut their lower jaws out to blow air over their faces in futile attempts to shoo the tiny flies away.
Last Mir crew returns safely to Earth
MOSCOW -- The Mir's last full-time crew returned safely to Earth early today -- after bidding farewell to the rust-stained, rattling, 13-year-old Russian space station to be abandoned next year.
Body scanner takes measurements in seconds
CARY, N.C. -- A young woman enters a darkened chamber, steps onto white footprints and grips the bars beside her. Black curtains close, a Motown song blasts, and disco-like light beams flash for 8 seconds.