GM, Chrysler report higher sales
DETROIT -- August was a hot month for automakers, as General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG reported strong U.S. sales thanks in part to better rebates and incentives.
Hospital gift packs considered corporate promotions
WASHINGTON -- Ann Leonard wasn't surprised to find diaper samples and baby wipes in the gift pack she received as she left the hospital after childbirth. But credit card applications? Life insurance brochures? Chocolate bars?
Augusta plant spared from shutdown
Fertilizer-maker Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan announced recently it will shutdown five plants throughout North America.
Sun champions Web-based applications
NEW YORK -- Sun Microsystems Inc. intends to transform the way everyday computer users do their word processing, spreadsheet operations and business presentations. But a not-so-small software rival stands directly in Sun's path: Microsoft Corp.
Construction spending falls in July
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending fell unexpectedly in July, declining 0.5 percent, a sign that one of the economy's strongest sectors is beginning to slow.
Business briefs: Dow shows first increase in week
NEW YORK -- Technology issues gave Wall Street some strength Wednesday, driving most stocks higher and helping the Dow Jones industrials to their first advance in a week.
Companies name venture
The equal partnership joint venture between phosphorus chemical-makers Solutia Inc. and FMC Corp. will be called Astaris LLC, the companies announced Wednesday.
Today's jobs fail to meet basic needs
WASHINGTON -- Despite the lowest unemployment rate in nearly three decades, many young workers feel they're missing out on the nation's prosperity because their jobs fall short in pay, benefits and chances for advancement, according to a poll released Tuesday by the AFL-CIO.
Additional business news
Report of growth mixes stock trading...GUESS? recalls girls' T-shirts...Amana finds oven locks faulty...anks to open in supermarkets
Intel Corp. puts chip on market
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. is making a big move into the fast-growing Internet networking business, signaling trouble for some smaller rivals.
Birth date of Internet disputed
LOS ANGELES -- Was the Internet born in 1969? It depends on whom you ask.
Blanchard's legacy continues
In the early 1970s, Don Thornhill drove often from Columbia County to Athens with his passenger, John Pierce Blanchard, in the car beside him.
Start of Internet was humble
LOS ANGELES -- It was a busy summer in 1969: Men had walked on the moon, and young people rocked at a farm named Woodstock. Protests of the war in Vietnam raged as Los Angeles police searched for Charles Manson's gang.
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? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.
In the know
The next WNBA champion will be determined in a best-of-three series at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Beginning today, Jones Intercable subscribers will receive 24-hour programming for WB, the Warner Brothers network, on WBAU, Channel 67. It's one of four channels the cable television provider is adding to its basic lineup this week at no additional cost to customers.
Cookout coleslaw gets Mexican twist
Backyard cookouts, picnics at the lake or traveling to be with family. That's what comes to mind as Labor Day approaches.
Days of racy TV may be numbered
LOS ANGELES -- Broadcast television is facing tough scrutiny for its nearly all-white slate of new fall series. Here's something else to ponder: It's more off-color as well, according to a new study.
Welder's a winner
The Augusta Chronicle received more than 50 entries for our contest in search of a hard-working, blue-collar man or woman deserving of a break this Lab
Newspaper classifieds translated
With the Labor Day holiday approaching, work is on the minds of our readers. For instance, need to figure out those corporate want ads in trade publications?
Students build on skills
During his first year at Lucy Craft Laney High school, Principal Quentin Motley noticed a trend that was unacceptable. ``I looked at the number of freshmen coming in and the number of graduating seniors and I saw that there was a great difference,'' Mr. Motley said. ``If you start out with 250 freshmen, then you should end up with at least 200 graduating, our rate was a little less than that. My concern was why?''
Teachers focus on freshmen
Two Lucy C. Laney High School teachers are the only ones in the state to secure a grant geared to help freshmen develop an interest -- before their senior year -- in math and science.
SRS budget won't increase
Savannah River Site's budget likely will remain stagnant for the coming fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Energy's deputy secretary said Wednesday.
Area briefs: Police investigate missing money
Man to have mental evaluation...Delta to continue Albany service...Second worker dies from injuries...Police find suspected weapon...
EMA director says response team is ready
Richmond County has an experienced team of officials ready for a major emergency, the new EMA director said Wednesday, his first day on the job.
McDuffie land rezoned for industrial park
THOMSON -- At least part of a controversial industrial park will be built next to Interstate 20 after members of the McDuffie County Commission rezoned 449 acres along State Highway 150.
Ex-rival gives OK to Perry
AIKEN -- GOP front-runner Robert S. ``Skipper'' Perry has picked up the endorsement of former rival Kathryn Kling, a second-place finisher in the South Carolina House District 81 Republican primary.
Radioactive contamination at SRS
Seven Savannah River Site employees were contaminated with plutonium Wednesday.
Two die in collision with bus
AIKEN -- Jotted in Coroner Sue Townsend's notebook is a quote she will not soon forget: ``We weren't going that fast -- not fast enough to kill him.''
Woman pleads guilty
AIKEN -- An Aiken woman stopped her murder trial before it began Tuesday, copping a plea to voluntary manslaughter in the frying pan beating of a 62-year-old acquaintance.
Troopers to crack down over holiday
State troopers from South Carolina and Georgia are preparing for a Labor Day crackdown on motorists who haven't heeded the buckle-up mandate.
ATC receives grant for new facility
LANGLEY -- Susan Graham started her first day as president of Aiken Technical College by accepting big money. She hit pay dirt Wednesday with a $1 million check to help construct a new-age industrial facility on the campus. ATC's benefactor is the Savannah River Regional Diversification Initiative. Commonly called SRRDI, the group was formed to spur economic growth in the wake of defense facility cutbacks at the end of the Cold War.
S.C. lawmaker opposes Bush
COLUMBIA -- A GOP lawmaker is urging Republicans in his district to drop support of Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president because one of his political consultants once had ties to the gambling industry.
Gas prices remain low in Georgia
Despite one of the biggest jumps in gasoline prices in almost a decade, Augusta motorists still will pay the lowest prices in the country when they fill their tanks for the Labor Day weekend.
Airport OKs $15,000 for bird-chasing dog
The solution to the city's airport bird problems may have four legs and a wet nose.
Candidates use holiday for key campaigning
COLUMBIA -- It may be hard to miss Republican presidential hopefuls stumping across South Carolina this Labor Day weekend.
Speaker honored for work
Praising his tenure as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives as a time of economic growth and compassion, Augusta Democrats honored Tom Murphy at a fund raiser Tuesday.
Area briefs: Three churches are broken into
Juries indict teens in robberies...GOP chairwoman seeks 2nd term...Drought disaster loans available...Vote registration ends Saturday...Governor taps health director...Scuffle prompts resignation cry
No kidding around
Charles and Cyd Masters raised 40 kids last year. Kim, Rose, Red Sonia, Lilly, Champaign, Tiger, Little Valentine and the others drank plenty of milk, but the Masterses say they believe their hand-fed Nubian goat herd soon will produce one of the finest cheeses in the world.
Hospitals work toward common goal
Efforts by Augusta hospitals to work together and attract more biomedical research could dovetail with a potential new focus by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce to attract pharmaceutical companies.
Church wants to help child
Roxanna Garcia waves her arm weakly when she wants something or makes a kissing motion when she wants to be hugged. The 4-year-old girl from Jimenez, Mexico, has a disease that is robbing her of strength and, eventually, of life.
Bus drivers may still strike
ATHENS, Ga. - Clarke County School District bus drivers didn't conduct a mass sickout Tuesday as rumored but have consulted with a prominent Athens labor attorney and will meet later this week to decide what to do next.
Law may change for legislators
ATLANTA -- Citing the case of suspended Savannah Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor is proposing legislation to eject convicted legislators from office.
State to buy land by Altamaha
ATLANTA -- The state, a preservation group and three timber companies are about to finalize an agreement to safeguard 42 miles of riverfront along the scenic Altamaha River for fishing enthusiasts and other nature lovers.
Prosecution to end today
After hours of prodding by his ex-wife and while a hidden tape-recorder rolled, Rodney Richardson finally admitted last October that he killed William ``Al'' Hamilton.
University expecting record enrollment
ATHENS, Ga. -- The final numbers are not in yet, but University of Georgia enrollment figures are on track for a record-setting year -- and may break the old record by a lot.
Teens charged in explosion
Three New Ellenton teen-agers were arrested after a homemade bomb exploded in the front yard of a residence, authorities said Tuesday.
Richardson trial continues
Rodney Richardson had only a dollar to his name the night before William ``Al'' Hamilton disappeared, but the next day he treated his ex-wife to lunch and gave her $50 for child support, witnesses testified Tuesday.
SAT scores better, still low
The good news Tuesday -- that Richmond County high schools' results on the Scholastic Assessment Test improved slightly -- was tempered by scores that still fall below average in a state that ranks near the bottom nationally in the standardized test.
Refreshing weather due of hurricane
It was, as one Augustan noted, ``refreshingly nippy'' on Tuesday. Jackets and long sleeves shirts were dusted off and put into use as the morning temperature in Augusta tied a 1965 record low of 55 degrees.
A patch of smoke blows over firefighters trying to cool off after battling a fire Tuesday night at West Eagle Green apartments. Fire destroyed several apartments at the complex off Boy Scout Road. Residents said the blaze started at about 7 p.m. in a second-floor apartment at 2911 Shadow Ridge Road, where no one was home. Fire officials said no one was hurt.
Judge refuses to dismiss sergeant's case
A U.S. Army judge refused to dismiss misconduct charges against a Fort Gordon drill sergeant Wednesday, ruling the post's commanding general did not unlawfully influence the prosecution of the case.
Man who died in custody was wanted
Police identified the man who died in the back of a sheriff's patrol car as an Augusta escapee with warrants out for him.
United Way kickoff gets year going
It was a pep rally, a kickoff and the first game of the season rolled into one, and team captain Chris Ceasar is determined to turn the 1999 United Way campaign into a championship season.
Mr. David Kelly
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. David Lee Kelly, 47, of West Martintown Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Lee Newman
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Roy Newman, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.
Mrs. Darleen Plunkett
NEW ELLENTON -- Mrs. Darleen Hess Plunkett, of 122 Johns Park Lane, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Carriage Hills Plantation.
Mrs. Eva Jackson
LIBERTY, S.C. -- Mrs. Eva Jackson, of National Health Care Nursing Home, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, in North Augusta.
Mrs. Lugenia Jones
Mrs. Lugenia Jones, 77, of 3622 Rolling Meadows Drive, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Kentwood Nursing Home.
Mr. William Cochran
Mr. William Lamar Cochran, 55, of 3378 Milledgeville Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Peggy Brazier
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Peggy Gallups Brazier, 68, of 315 Emory Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Florence Dickens
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Florence E. Dickens, 58, of 222 Mabry Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999.
Mr. Lucian Hodges Jr.
OCONEE, Ga. -- Mr. Lucian Adam Hodges Jr., of 138 North Brown St., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at the Oconee Nursing Home.
Miss Bertha Ansley
Miss Bertha Belle Ansley, of 616 Weed St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.
Ms. Cynthia Young
Ms. Cynthia Gay Smalls Young, 42, of 1207 Beman St., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Mildred Bledsoe
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Mildred Lott Bledsoe, 68, of 129 McCampbell St., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Tammy Johnson
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Tammy Inglett Johnson, 35, of 121 Pine Court, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Alfred Johnson
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mr. Alfred James Johnson, 50, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999.
Mr. Ralph Bentley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Ralph Thornton Bentley, 73, of 362 Metasville Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Walter Clark Jr.
ST. LOUIS -- Mr. Walter E. Clark Jr., 74, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Miss Nellie Hightower
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Miss Nellie Rea Hightower, 80, of 5651 Augusta Highway, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Rosomond Crafton
Mr. Rosomond Crafton, 77, of 2122 Cummins Road, Evans, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Julia Conner
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Conner, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Washington Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Richard Dunbar
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Mr. Richard L. Dunbar, 42, of 534 Hazel St., died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999.
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marcus C. Ellison, 15, of 400 Woodchase Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Kennestone Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Dixon
Mrs. Mary E. Dixon, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Bernice Jenkins
AIKEN -- Mrs. Bernice Johnson Jenkins, 86, of 1363 Toolebeck Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. James Phillips Sr.
Mr. James H. Phillips Sr., 45, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Vincent Meleo
Mr. Vincent Joseph Meleo, 76, of Evans, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Westwood Nursing Center.
Mr. Julius Glover
AIKEN -- Mr. Julius Glover, 73, of 188 Willow Run Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Loreatha Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Loreatha Weaver Smith, 65, of 149 Sleepy Creek Road, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999.
Mr. Parkie West
Mr. Parkie West, 80, of 129 Walker St., died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Fleming Moore
JACKSON -- Mr. Fleming David Moore, 69, of 621 Fourth St. Extension, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Leonard Barnes Sr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Leonard Barnes Sr., 70, of 6464 Jamison Drive, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Rev. Harold Rice
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- The Rev. Harold Rice, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at his residence.
Why not secure Municipal Bldg.?
In light of Atlanta's shootings where a loser lashed out at society by murdering nine people at two businesses, isn't it past time Augusta's government and judges agree that the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building should get a security plan replete with metal detectors at entrances?
Slams bigoted remark in Allendale
I am writing this letter in response to your Aug. 22 article, ``Battle reflects racial tension.'' I (would like to) specifically address Marilyn Ostriecher's comments. Donald W. Lansing, Augusta
Urges support for saving lock and dam
I could not agree more thoroughly with your ``How to save the dam'' editorial. I am a new citizen of Georgia. ... I have been treated to a fine introduction to southeast Georgia by sightseeing trips to the Riverwalk, Augusta Canal and Savannah River and find them natural resources and beauty spots endowed to this region as nature's heritage. Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez
Charges government neglects veterans
The current administration and Congress don't (care) about the welfare of its veterans. We are a pain and a thorn in their sides. They wish all vets would just fade away.
Raps Augusta's 'political fiefdom'
When will the people of Augusta-Richmond County wise up and throw out this current Commission and all of its hand-picked boards of political puppets? Not only has Tony Martin performed one or more criminal acts, but the six members of the Augusta-Richmond County Personnel Board who returned Mr. Martin to his post should be charged with aiding and abetting a criminal.
Derides concerns of poker supporter
After reading the letter from R. H. Bevill Jr., we can only conclude that when there are no more ``video poker'' machines, the economy of South Carolina will perish. This is merely the thinking of ``another misguided individual'' who is addicted to gambling.
Supports Caitlyn Cawthorn's family
After having read many of the opposing views regarding the retrial of Jason Kennedy charged in the tragic death of Caitlyn Cawthorn, I feel compelled to add my response. Mary Gibbs, Evans
Arena football bet
Frank Lawrence could write the book on taking a bold, midlife gamble. The owner-president of Bobby Jones Ford, never before a player in the sports community, suddenly buys an arena football team to bring to Augusta. What a surprise!
Criticizes press coverage of military
I enjoyed the Associated Press article, ``Army fights to keep best soldiers'' in the Aug. 22 paper. The unnamed reporter seemed amazed that the U.S. Army actually refrains from yelling at its soldiers. I must wonder where that reporter has been.
A promise ignored
Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to head up a new panel to develop Georgia's stagnant rural economy, is looking at that $4.8 billion tobacco industry settlement money to kick start the program.
Gore an utter failure
Vice President Al Gore's plan to make his experience in foreign policy a bulwark of his 2000 presidential campaign has taken a serious hit.
Hold off on contract
The leadership of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, which does yeoman work ranging from battling drug addiction to encouraging low-income people to obtain medical evaluations, remains in limbo as the Center's board and an applicant for director wrangle over employment terms.
Hits comedian's pursuit of money
Wasn't it nice of Chris Rock to come to South Carolina in spite of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's boycott and give us his mixed up logic on taking down the Confederate flag? Melvin Sapp, North Augusta
Matt Glavin, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, displays real courage by moving ahead with a lawsuit on behalf of four companies that are the victims of reverse discrimination. The suit seeks to strike down the city of Atlanta's blatant minoritypreference policies.
Hits "Boondocks"; defends FBI chief
``The Boondocks'' strip has been misplaced on the comics page of your newspaper. Thomas F. Kelleher, Jr., Augusta
Blasts NAACP boycott over flag
Since the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has chosen to raise this (Confederate flag) issue, yet again, with a boycott of South Carolina, I feel that those who do not agree with their actions should boycott anything and everything to do with the NAACP. Bill Paschal, Appling
Calls vouchers 'wealth transfer tax'
I have watched with great interest the debate about school vouchers. It was my understanding that the original concept was to issue each family vouchers that would allow the family to send their children to the school of their choice, whether it be a public school or a private school. The overall goal of this noble idea was to allow parents more say in the quality of education that their children received. It was also hoped that this type of program would encourage and in some cases force the public school system to improve its standards in order to attract quality students (and their vouchers) to the public school system.
Web pornographer faces legal challenge over use of 'WhiteHouse.com'
WASHINGTON -- The question of who owns rights to the Internet address www.WhiteHouse.com -- which now peddles pornography -- has reached federal court. But the people pressing the case have nothing to do with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ovary removal lowers breast cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Women at high risk of developing breast cancer due to a genetic mutation can reduce the risk by up to 67 percent by having their ovaries removed, a new study finds.
Scientists genetically engineer smarter mice
Scientists have genetically engineered smarter mice, pointing the way to a brave new world in which parents could -- in theory, at least -- create baby Einsteins.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Think of it as traffic school with bells and whistles. Residents and business owners whose security systems keep going off, causing police to come running one time too many, can escape fines by taking a two-hour class on how to avoid false alarms.
JuniorNet protects young surfers
The Internet has much to teach children, but a lot of it you don't want them to learn -- at least not yet.
Apple Computer Inc. introduces new model
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer Inc. unveiled what it called the world's first desktop supercomputer, its new G4 model for professionals, in an attempt to further extend the company's technological and financial rebound.
Medical school applications declining
CHICAGO -- The number of applicants to U.S. medical schools declined for the second straight year last year and will be down even further this fall, according to the American Medical Association.
Woman allegedly being threatened, e-mails for help
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A woman who says her husband was threatening to take her hostage summoned help via e-mail.
Intel introduces new Internet chip
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. unveiled a new microprocessor chip today intended for use in devices that route information across the Internet, in an aggressive bid to expand beyond Intel's core business of powering personal computers, where growth has slowed.
Panel on radiation risk criticized
WASHINGTON -- A prestigious panel of scientists trying to determine the cancer risks from low doses of radiation is embroiled in controversy even before its first meeting. Critics contend the group is dominated by members beholden to the nuclear industry.