Unemployment returns to 29-year low
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment edged down to 4.2 percent last month, returning to a 29-year low, as a pre-Labor Day government report Friday spelled good news for job seekers without re-igniting inflation jitters on Wall Street.
Billionaire's businesses stumble
NEW YORK -- This has been one summer H. Wayne Huizenga would probably like to forget.
New developments could affect interest rates
WASHINGTON -- Growth in the productivity of American workers slowed considerably in the spring, reflecting an easing in the overall pace of economic growth, even while the cost of their labor surged.
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British bank mulls insurance takeover ... Publisher to sell `Sporting News'... Europe fears nix Web standard ... State's consumers not so confident
Business briefs: State to fine Ford millions in blast
Pan Am cleared for service...Backyard trapeze swings recalled...Recall issued for spray string
Bennett sells car dealership
Bob Bennett Lincoln Mercury was sold Friday to a Ford dealership owner from Michigan for an undisclosed amount.
Coke forecast causes stock to slump
ATLANTA -- Blaming struggling foreign economies that have impeded sales overseas, The Coca-Cola Co. said Friday that third-quarter earnings will fall short of expectations.
Auto industry to top record sales mark
DETROIT -- With low prices and buyers flush with cash, the U.S. auto industry seems poised to blaze past its previous record for yearly sales.
Local plant cuts 125 jobs
Avondale Mills' Sibley Plant in Augusta will lose 125 jobs -- half its staff -- as part of the company's latest attempts to modernize the century-old textile plant.
Area projects receive federal funds
Michael Chan was like many small business people: High on motivation and short on cash. But he managed to open his auto repair shop, Mighty Brake & Automotive, on Tobacco Road with help from a government loan.
Freud's theories still stir debate
One hundred years ago, a 43-year-old Viennese neurologist produced a book with an intriguing claim: that dreams express our hidden desires.
A look at the 20th century: 1968
The 12 months that were 1968 arguably could be called the most turbulent year in U.S. history.
Audience loves play's silliness
The cast of Drop Dead! has a problem. While rehearsing the play, members of the cast keep getting murdered. And I mean MURRRRderrred, in that all too familiar melodramatic delivery. (Organ music. Take to the audience.)
Ramblin' Rhodes: Elvis memorabilia hits auction block
Got lots of dough and want to buy Elvis Presley's report cards, his first RCA Records contract or his medium-size pajamas, which most biographers indicate The King rarely used?
Labor Day to be rocking
It's the one time of year where labor and relaxation go hand-in-hand. Summer is on its way out. And there's no bigger indication of that than the slate of Labor Day activities spanning the four-day weekend.
With God, mission is possible
Moses' days of preparation included basic training in Pharaoh's court and advanced individual training in wilderness survival. Then it was time for Moses to put into practice what he had learned.
Mulch protects gardens
Because of the hot, dry summer, pine straw is falling a bit earlier than usual. Look at it as nature's way of telling you to freshen the mulch in your flowerbeds and ornamental plantings.
Red Lion will stop roaring for a while
The Red Lion Pub, one of Augusta's main showcases for local, regional and national live rock music, is changing management after tonight's show featuring Soul Miner's Daughter.
Margie McClure, a Newport Beach, Calif., author and administrator of The Word and Spirit radio ministry, will be the featured speaker at a women's conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, sponsored by the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Augusta, 3126 Parrish Road.
Retreat restores communication in marriage
An Aiken couple we will call Joe and Sadie were on the fast track through divorce court.
Taking their time
AIKEN -- Starting with a handful of seeds and a few plants, Aiken residents Sam and Linda Christine have tastefully combined various shades of green with deep reds and purples, pale yellows and soft oranges to create the perfect garden haven.
Even names on wrestling card are scary
So you thought the World Wrestling Federation would send its second-rung talent to Augusta? It doesn't matter what you think!
Country star Kershaw craves politics
After blazing onto the contemporary country scene in 1991, Sammy Kershaw thought his music career might last five years.
Simple life, simple faith
``Men on the right, women on the left'' -- a seniors group from Myrtle Beach, S.C., cheerily passed the word as fellow travelers entered the small picturesque church in Blackville, S.C., where Mennonites have worshipped for 35 years.
Zoos have nothing on workplace
With the Labor Day holiday looming, thoughts of the workplace come to mind. For instance, did you ever think of your little corner of this country's commerce as a zoo?
Bus incident causes review of rules
A 5-year-old child who was mistakenly identified as a student who walks home, must now wait for his sister so they can ride the bus home together.
Next sheriff election may get quick start
It's the election no one is talking about, but one about which everybody has something to say.
Construction limited to short days, nights
There's nothing still about the nights along Bobby Jones Expressway. In fact, that's when most of the work gets done.
Governor plans to preserve park areas
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' plan to preserve 20 percent of Georgia's undeveloped areas for green space has environmentalists excited but some officials concerned that it's only his latest power grab.
Commissioners face grand jury
Augusta commissioners met with Richmond County grand jurors for more than two hours Thursday -- and weren't happy about it.
Firm will try to persuade voters
COLUMBIA -- A prominent Columbia public relations firm has been hired to help persuade South Carolina voters to keep video gambling legal.
Mill community life, voices being captured
The National Park Service has allocated an additional $42,841 to the oral history project undertaken last month to document and preserve Augusta's vanishing mill culture.
ACLU to fight commandments in City Hall
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union is gearing up for a legal fight after the Brunswick City Commission endorsed a citizen's request this week to post the Ten Commandments in City Hall.
Area briefs: Accident victims out of hospital
Judge sets $100,000 bond in case...MCG warns of impostor pollsters...Pupil suspended for water gun...Service schedules for Labor Day weekend
Critical time for video gambling
AIKEN -- The next 60 days are crucial to voter turnout on Nov. 2, when South Carolinians will decide whether video gambling stays legal, organizers of the no vote said Thursday.
Family business to close its doors
AIKEN - As a steady crowd of breakfast eaters came into Alvanos on Thursday for biscuits and gravy and bottomless cups of coffee, the regulars got more than their $5 check.
DNA evidence submitted
No one has found William ``Al'' Hamilton or his body yet, but investigators testified Thursday that evidence proves he was beaten to death at his south Augusta home.
Judge gives man 10 years for cookout stabbing
AIKEN -- A Lexington, S.C., man who stabbed a local man over a hamburger will spend 10 years in prison, an Aiken County judge ordered Thursday.
Late buses prolong county school days
It takes only a few minutes to disrupt an entire bus route in a county. Ten to 13 minutes, to be exact.
Burglars hit Bath outreach center
BATH -- For the second time in a month, burglars have struck the Valley Outreach Interfaith Center, a private agency that offers services to the elderly, the disabled and others who need a helping hand.
Schools must report on practices soon
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The deadline for South Carolina schools' first mandated report card on education standards is rapidly approaching, but it hasn't been decided how all that information will be collected.
Woman to serve 10 years for abandoning baby
A judge declined Thursday to reduce a 10-year prison sentence he gave a young Augusta woman who abandoned her newborn to die in a trash bin.
High speed on dirt road lead to fatal crash
HEPHZIBAH -- High speed on a dirt road was a deadly combination for a Hephzibah woman who was thrown from her sport utility vehicle when she lost control.
Pit stop encourages safe driving
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The mangled wreckage of a car sat in front of the South Carolina Welcome Center on Friday to remind travelers this is the deadliest weekend to be on the road.
Augusta officials address possible budget loss
Augusta community and government leaders came together Thursday to discuss proposed budget cuts in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that could cost the city over $2 million in annual grants.
Victim had wild side, some say
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Krystal Gayle Archer dreamed of being a child psychologist, a model or a nurse and also spent time at a juvenile boot camp for running away from home, friends said Thursday.
City shuts off customers' water completely
Jan Findley was appalled when the utilities department cut off water service to her Fairington home after she was caught with her sprinklers on during the last outdoor watering ban.
Teen-age girl's mangled body remained hidden for weeks
MADISON, Ga. -- Tootsie Ward drove past the cow pasture a half-mile from her rural Morgan County home a dozen times without a clue that a burned, beaten and bloody teen-age girl lay in a ravine for four days, struggling for her life.
Richardson convicted of murder
Rodney Richardson said he was so smart he could get away with murder. He was wrong. At the conclusion of his five-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court, a jury convicted Mr. Richardson, 32, of all counts -- malice and felony murder, first-degree arson, armed robbery, burglary and theft in the Aug. 15, 1998, slaying of William ``Al'' Hamilton.
Suspect taken to the scene of 1998 shootings
GROVETOWN -- Neighbors peeked from their windows as Narciso Pineda, wearing a conspicuous orange jumpsuit and arm shackles, showed his attorneys what happened Nov. 26, the night three adults and an unborn child were slain.
Area doctor denies fault in lawsuit
AIKEN -- An Aiken plastic surgeon accused of trying to kill her 7-year-old son last year in a murder-suicide plot has denied unrelated allegations that she botched a liposuction procedure that disfigured an Aiken County woman.
Seniors suspendedover flour fight...Mother satisfied with security...Phone provider has problems...Santa Claus killer gets death...Services, schedules for the Labor Day holiday weekend:...
Mr. Calvin Ball Sr.
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Calvin Ball Sr., 69, of Bethany Home Nursing Center, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.
Mr. Eddie Collins Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Eddie C. Collins Sr., 66, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999.
Mrs. Laura Wright
FAIRFAX, S.C. -- Mrs. Laura Bell Brunson Wright, 85, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
Mr. Preston Russell Sr.
Mr. Preston H. Russell Sr., of 1204 Glenwood Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.
Mr. Julian Hood
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Hood, 72, of 525 Reeves St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.
Mrs. Marie Jones
THOMSON -- Mrs. Marie Jones, 85, of 510 Knox St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Johnnie Boswell
Mr. Johnnie Franklin Boswell, 89, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Windmere Nursing Home.
Ms. Dorothy Oliveri
TRENTON, S.C. -- Ms. Dorothy Corinne Oliveri, 62, of 31 James Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Columbia- Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Norma Joiner
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Norma L. Joiner, 76, of Stevens Creek Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in Wilmington, N.C.
Mr. Lindsey Abrams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lindsey Abrams, 37, of 897 Kingston Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Julia Warlick
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Julia McClain Warlick, 81, of Five Notch Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, in Laurens.
Mr. Cecil Holloway
DEARING -- Mr. Cecil C. Holloway, 69, of 4215 Washington Estate S.E., died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Eva Faison
Mrs. Eva Louise Faison, 87, of 2021 First Ave., died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Mamie Andrews
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Andrews, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Clarence Hudson
WAGENER -- Mr. Clarence Bailey ``C.B'' Hudson, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Sennie Davis
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Sennie Brown Farmer Davis, 84, of 310 U.S. Highway 1, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Michelle Baker
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Ms. Michelle Baker, 28, of 2582 Nunnery Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999.
Mr. W. Robert Kilpatrick
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. W. Robert ``Man'' Kilpatrick, 57, of 114 Williams St., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Ms. Kenrika Cuyler
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Kenrika Nicole Cuyler, 18, of 124-6 Whispering Oaks Park, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Shays Medical Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Ms. Melissa Chavious
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Melissa Chavious, 27, of 419 Bradleyville Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. James Thomas
Mr. James J. Thomas, 80, of 104 E. Watkins St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Whit Carter
AIKEN -- Mr. Whit Carter died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Evelyn Reddick
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn Taylor Reddick, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.
Mr. Leon Lee
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mr. Leon Lee, 38, of 2918 Lake Mont Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at North Fulton Medical Center, Atlanta.
Ms. Susie Middleton
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Susie Mae Middleton, 67, of 30 Middleton Circle, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.
Mr. John Welch
Mr. John H. Welch, 68, of 3125 Peach Orchard Road, died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.
Mr. Charles Addison
Mr. Charles Leo Addison, 63, of 2008 Shirley Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Laura Newby
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Laura Anne Thomas Newby, 91, of 205 East 11th St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Clarence Arrington
Mr. Clarence Albert Arrington, 79, of 918 Beman St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Salem Nursing Home.
Mr. Enoch Bynum Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Enoch Bynum Sr., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Meadow Brook Nursing Home, Blackville.
Mrs. Charlie Sessions
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlie Mae Sessions, 59, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Bethany Home Nursing Center.
Mrs. Loreatha Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Loreatha Weaver Smith, 65, of 149 Sleepy Creek Road, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Virginia Hunter
Mrs. Virginia Winfrey Hunter, 82, of 2428 Emery Hill Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Sydney Hubert
Mrs. Sydney Hubert, 88, of 4353 Azelea Drive, Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Wyatte Chamberlain Jr.
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Wyatte ``Buster'' E. Chamberlain Jr., 49, of The Oaks Apartments, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. John Singleton
Mr. John I. ``Bubba'' Singleton, 45, of 2028 Kennedy Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Inez Whaley
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Inez Whaley, 82, 0f 4028 Georgia Highway 5, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Garden Terrace Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Virginia Crawford
THOMSON -- Mrs. Virginia M. Crawford, 94, of 511 Mount Pleasant Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
David Sisler: Violence often proceeds from words of hate
"WORDS, WORDS, words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through, first from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?''
Upgrade SRS safety!
Concern that safety procedures may be getting worse at the Savannah River Site were exacerbated this week with the report that seven workers face weeks of intense medical monitoring after being contaminated with plutonium.
Finds dress code protests incredible
I simply cannot believe the fuss so many people are making about the new school dress code. I say to those people, "get a life.''
Laments death of "unwanted child"
The saddest thing about Brittany Tindall's life and death is that neither her mother or her father wanted her -- leaving her in the custody of her alcoholic grandmother, who apparently couldn't take care of her own young children. E. Bowman, Aiken
Jail sentencing rerun?
Gov. Roy Barnes' new Commission on Certainty in Sentencing is well-intentioned, except that it looks like a rerun of a similar panel 10 years ago. Unless something has changed in the meantime (and we don't see that it has), there is little reason to believe this commission will have any more success with its recommendations than the last one did.
Seeks repairs of Riverwalk playground
What's with the Riverwalk playground? I've recently taken my grandchildren to the Riverwalk for a picnic, a walk and to view the lovely scenery along the beautiful Savannah River. However, the place they really like to visit is the playground, a sorry site. Shirley Shomber, Augusta
Don't sell "source codes"
One way the U.S. cuts back on its deepening trade deficit is by selling arms to non-hostile nations. That's fine, but not when the purchaser puts conditions on the sale that could damage our own national security.
David Sisler: Violence often proceeds from words of hate
"WORDS, WORDS, words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through, first from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?''
Remembers beginnings of a 'champ'
I am writing in response to John W. Nixon Jr.'s Aug. 30 letter in regard to the publicized feud between Vernon Forrest and Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes.
Denies "sacredness" of Confederate flag
Concerning the Confederate flag: To those who hold this flag as something sacred, I say we must love them enough to let them know what the Word of God teaches us concerning images. Norma Groom, Martinez
Video poker's Big Lies
U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson rightly struck down South Carolina's $3,500-per-person limit on campaign contributions for referendum issues. It was, as the anti-gambling Legacy Alliance contended in its suit, a clear violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
DSS: narrow escape
Sometimes a jury trial, instead of just deciding guilt or innocence, shines a spotlight on a community problem and, hopefully, points to better ways to deal with the problem. Such was the case in the just-completed emotional trial in Aiken of the state Department of Social Services.
Offers thoughts on evolution, religion
The controversy regarding creationists versus evolutionists is an exercise in futility. A solution would be to incorporate a "Religions of the World'' course into the history program. The evolution information belongs in the science program.
Brands uniform dress code "stupid"
As a rising senior at Butler High School, I feel that the new uniform dress code is very stupid and a waste of money that could go toward schools for new computers. ... You should feel comfortable and relaxed in your clothes in order to learn. Jeff Jones, Augusta
Raps Lakeside's 'unbalanced' program
I would like to congratulate Principal Julius McAnnally and his staff on the many academic awards Lakeside High School has obtained. Mr. McAnnally has strived to provide students some of the best classes and teachers within the state and Southeast.
Wants panel that reinstated thief out
Petty partisan politics has raised its ugly head again. The welfare of an elected official's relative is more important than that of the public. Davida Johnson, Augusta
Says governor's inaction belies words
After mentioning South Carolina's plans to use part of the tobacco settlement to help keep kids away from nicotine, the Aug. 25 article "Youths hurt by exposure to smoking'' cited Joselyn Butler, spokeswoman for Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, saying that the governor is "thinking'' about such programs. Classic political double-speak.
Praises DeVaney's judgment, honesty
I wish to congratulate the person or persons who appointed Charles DeVaney to head the ... program in progress to restore properties on Laney Walker Blvd. This is an enormous amount of money to trust with some of the hounds ... now on the board of the "hen house.'' Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta
Going to the dogs
Even though it is the dog days of summer, whoever thought it would come to this? The future of our region's air transportation, wetlands development and economic growth could well depend on a border collie chasing birds off the Bush Field runway!
Rips 'railing' against school uniforms
A. Jackson's Aug. 12 letter was one negative opinion too many for me regarding Richmond County's mandatory uniform policy. "Freedom of expression,'' "individuality,'' and a reference to "prison systems''? Give me a break!
El Nino: The good and bad
WASHINGTON -- Despite all of the bad publicity, last year's El Nino may have saved hundreds of lives and was a major boon to the economy, a new study by a leading climatologist indicates.
The dog tripped the motion sensor?
OXNARD, Calif. -- Think of it as traffic school with bells and whistles.
Officials say plan allows safe disposal
The future of Savannah River Site might rest with Canadian nuclear reactors.
Man receives gene therapy injection for muscular dystrophy
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 36-year-old traffic controller from South Dakota received a gene therapy injection for muscular dystrophy Thursday, the first to receive the injection.
Faster lane may be only an illusion
The urge to change lanes while driving may be caused by an optical illusion that convinces people the cars in the other lane are going faster, according to a study.
Online kidney auction pulled
SAN FRANCISCO -- The bidding for a human kidney offered on the Internet auction site eBay hit $5.7 million before the company put a stop to it Thursday.
Study: U.S. medical schools not teaching enough "kicking the habit"
CHICAGO -- U.S. medical school graduates are woefully unprepared to help patients quit smoking, the nation's most deadly preventable health care problem, a study concludes.
Microsoft denies it gives government access to Windows
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. sought to assure consumers Friday that it did not insert a secret backdoor in its popular Windows software to allow the U.S. government to snoop on their sensitive computer data.
Space shuttle fleet grounded
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has practically grounded its space shuttle fleet because inspections have uncovered a startling number of damaged wires that could endanger a mission.
Mother-to-child syphilis drops sharply
ATLANTA -- The rate of mother-to-child syphilis has plummeted 78 percent since 1992, the government said.
Warm socks may help some people fall asleep, researcher suggests
Wearing socks to bed may not excite your partner, but it just might help you fall asleep. A researcher says people with chronically cold feet might drift off faster if they warm their feet with socks or a hot water bottle.
Entry to radiation area set
Savannah River Site workers won't re-enter until Tuesday the area where seven employees were contaminated with plutonium this week, an SRS spokesman said Friday.
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