First Bank launches mortgage lending division
First Bank of Georgia has entered the mortgage lending business. The bank has formed a new division, called First Bank Mortgage, which will operate out of the West Town branch in Columbia County, according to an announcement Tuesday by the bank's holding company, Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc.
Dow Jones average adds Intel and Microsoft
NEW YORK -- Underscoring the decline of America's smokestack economy and the rise of high technology, Microsoft and Intel are being added to the Dow Jones industrial average, while Chevron, Goodyear and Union Carbide are being dropped.
Travel agents to raise fees
Local travel agents will increase fees on the airline tickets they sell to travelers now that airlines have cut their commissions for the fourth time in as many years.
Additional business news
Bond market rally lifts stock market...Scana natural gas earnings drop...MCG beats corporate partner mark...Ad might reach 1 billion people
Export database debuts Friday
A newly improved database designed to help local companies bolster overseas business will be unveiled Friday at Augusta Technical Institute.
Additional business news
Government allows Fidelity to start S&L...Law would stem 'cybersquatting'...Expanded eBay posts profit jump...Ex-Treasury head to join private firm...Message board firm marks move
Local banks report growth
Metro Augusta's two largest local banks reported substantial growth in net income during the three months ending Sept. 30.
Authority unveils economic plan
The Columbia County Development Authority used broad strokes to paint a picture ofits economic development activities this year.
New Ford commercials to air Monday night
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. hopes to reach a billion viewers Monday evening in a rare global advertising gamble aimed at raising its corporate profile as the millennium approaches.
Audit finds center's books to be in order
The private management firm that oversees Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center kept its books correctly during periods examined by an independent auditor, according to a report passed out but not discussed at Tuesday's coliseum authority meeting.
Black Tuesday leaves impression
NEW YORK -- The economy was on a tear. Americans, earning more than they ever had before, filled their homes with the latest gadgets and machines.
Locals gain glory in Series
More than 80 years ago, the Braves were in last place in July before they turned around their season like no team before or since.
In the know
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.
Haunted houses offer a frightfully good time
In need of a thorough scaring? Several horror houses in the area are available to get you in the mood for Halloween. Here's a sampling. See Friday's Applause! for a roundup of Halloween activities.
Orange hues are front and center this autumn
``I can't wear orange.''
Make a face
Maybe you haven't had time to buy a Halloween mask. Or maybe you waited too long to shop and the stores are cleaned out. No problem. The Augusta Chronicle has these handy clip-and-wear masks plus some tips on completing your costume.
Men tend to think they'll live longer than actuarial tables predict, while women tend to underestimate the time they probably have left, researchers say.
If you're looking for something quick and filling to serve trick or treaters this Halloween, look no farther than today's recipe for baked ziti.
Obesity epidemic rising
Every morning, Susan Gilbert faces temptation -- sweet, gooey, fat-rich temptation. She has only herself to blame -- it's her job as bakery manager at the Kroger store on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.
Library launches fund-raiser
Helping renovate children's rooms at area branches of the library, purchasing a drop box for the audiovisual department and buying a color printer for another library location are a few of the things the Friends of the Library want to do.
Families file more charges
AIKEN -- A fourth family has stepped forward to complain about harassment at a haunted house ride at last week's Aiken Jaycee County Fair.
Judge to rule on state case
A former Healthmaster executive, fired after talking to federal investigators about his boss's illegal activity, took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
South Carolina gets disputed island
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Barnwell Island has seen its share of strife. Once a popular site for 19th century duels, the 600-acre, uninhabited island has been a point of contention between Georgia and South Carolina in recent years.
Veteran recalls flames aboard heavy cruiser
Michael Kuryla remembers July 30, 1945, in vivid detail. The teen-age sailor had just finished his night watch. Down in the hold of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, it was too hot to enjoy a cup of coffee, so he and a buddy took their cups topside.
Vouchers on agenda of panel
SMYRNA, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes urged his education reform commission Wednesday to explore all alternatives aimed at improving schools, including private school vouchers.
Corps to draw down river
If you've ever wondered what's at the bottom of the Savannah River, you may get a chance to find out.The Army Corps of Engineers is planning a demonstration in which the river near Augusta would be partially drained -- just to see how it looks.
Lawyer: Shooting deliberate
A jury could reach a decision as early as today on the guilt or innocence of an Augusta man accused of killing a neighbor.
Across the area: Man sentenced in molestation
An Augusta man who admitted to molesting an 11-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
School officers become deputies
Richmond County Sheriff's Department and the Board of Education took another step in the name of school safety Wednesday with the swearing in of 12 school officers as sheriff's deputies.
Shooting death goes to grand jury
An Augusta man claimed the shooting of his girlfriend was accidental, but a judge determined Wednesday that probable cause existed to sustain a murder charge against him.
Young proposes hospital tax
A tax on hospital bills could become Augusta's solution for providing health care to the poor and uninsured, Mayor Bob Young said Wednesday.
Mayor banned by board
The mayor of Thomson has been banned from any athletic event on Richmond County Board of Education property for the remainder of the school year after verbally sparring with referees during a Friday night football game.
Education center seeks state funds
When Ann Matherly opened the McDuffie Environmental Education Center in September, her available classes filled in two weeks.
Learning to play
John Dingle, a tennis professional at Fermata Club in Aiken, finds it easier to lean over the net Tuesday than walk around as he teaches Brittany Winans, 3, how to hold her racket.
Landfill problem repaired
ATHENS, Ga. -- In the shadow of a towering hill of garbage now covered with dirt and grass, Athens-Clarke officials declared the county's decade-old landfill problem fixed.
Jury indicts workers
County employees accused of profiting over the sale of handicapped-parking signs and another employee accused of stealing sign posts were indicted on theft charges Tuesday.
Teacher indicted on sex allegations
A Hephzibah High School math teacher and former boys track coach accused of sexually assaulting a female student was indicted Tuesday by the Richmond County grand jury.
Girl Scouts are making pitch to an older group
In a sea of hundreds of students at North Augusta High School, there is something different about Alaina Beck.
State ranks 12th in teen pregnancy
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's teen pregnancies fell 4 percent from 1997 to 1998, yet the state still had one of highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, the state health department says.
Simons, judge, dies at 83
AIKEN -- Never able to recover from head injuries received in a fall last summer, senior U.S. District Judge Charles E. Simons died Tuesday at 83.
Sheriff's vehicle wins award
AIKEN -- A little makeup and innovation by some Aiken County sheriff's deputies have transformed a wrecked patrol car into an eye-catching, award-winning tool to teach parents about child safety seats.
Organizations seek HUD funds
Augusta-Richmond County expects to receive $4,519,000 in federal Housing and Urban Development funds to spend on public services and improvements in 2000, and the time has come for county commissioners to divvy up the pot.
Pumpkin search not fruitless
The combination of too much heat and too much rain has made the Great Pumpkin hard to find this year.
Council approves tourism tax grants
AIKEN -- In an effort to put ``more heads on pillows,'' Aiken City Council members approved grants Monday for local organizations they think will bring in tourism.
Across the area: Woman with HIV indicted again
A woman already serving a probated sentence for having sexual relations without revealing her HIV-positive status was indicted Tuesday on the same charge.
Vouchers sought by legislators
ATLANTA -- While Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform commission is trying to come up with ways to improve schools, Georgia Senate Republicans said Tuesday they'd like to give some parents the chance to opt out of the public system with taxpayer-funded vouchers.
Judge Charles Simons Jr.
AIKEN -- Judge Charles E. Simons Jr., 83, of Valley Green Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Harold Howell
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Harold Sherman ``H.S.'' Howell, 76, of Club Forest Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Marian Gaskill
Mrs. Marian E. Gaskill, 75, of Rolling Meadows Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999.
Mr. William Hooton
MACON, -- Mr. William A. Hooton, 70, of Wimbish Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999.
Mr. Johnny Quarles
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Johnny George Quarles, 49, of Slade Road, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Calvin Malin
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Calvin Lee Malin, 20, of Patterson Bridge Road, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Ms. Virginia Brooks
Ms. Virginia A. Brooks, 38, of Brookcrossing Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Jeter Rhodes Jr.
COLUMBIA, -- Mr. Jeter Ernest Rhodes Jr., 55, of Cheshire Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, in Lugano, Switzerland.
Mr. Paul Boland Jr.
NEWINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Paul Joseph ``Joe'' Boland Jr., 43, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Margaret Nelson
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Margaret Courtney Nelson, of Tindal Avenue, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999.
Mr. Chester Wall Jr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Chester Wall Jr., 55, of Howard Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. John Campbell
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. John Henry Campbell, 70, of Aiken Boulevard, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Millidge Rosier Jr.
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. Millidge ``Johnny'' Rosier Jr., 75, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ward
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Oglesby ``Belle'' Ward, 80, of Pine Street, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.
Mr. William Allen
BLYTHE, Ga. -- Mr. William Monroe Allen, 66, of Gin House Street, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Augusta.
Ms. Darlene Baker
Ms. Darlene Evette Hemmings Baker, 43, of Greengate Drive, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Alfred Moss
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mr. Alfred Robert Moss, 74, of News Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Emily Biser
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Emily Turner Biser, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Frank Mathis III
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Frank Augustus Mathis III, 40, of Ridgeland Drive, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Ms. Karen P. Lazenby, 45, of Stovall Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Elisa Samuel
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Elisa Samuel, 45, of Whitehall Street, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999.
Mrs. Emmie Curtis
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Emmie Curtis, 95, of Main Street, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home, Wrightsville.
Mr. Hallyod Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Hallyod ``Bo'' Brown, 53, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. E.J. McDonald
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mr. E.J. McDonald, 84, of Hampton Avenue, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, in McKinney, Texas.
Mrs. Alma Hicks
PASSAIC, N.J. -- Mrs. Alma Miller Hicks, 73, died Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
Mr. Floyd Fouch
Mr. Floyd Walker Fouch, 81, of Dublin Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Terry Brown
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Terry Marshall Brown, 55, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999.
Mr. Jimmy Tucker
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jimmy Tucker, 51, of Saggus Road, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Carolyn Cody
THOMSON -- Mrs. Carolyn Ann Cody, 51, of Northeast Ferrous Street, died Friday at McDuffie County Hospital.
Ms. Sandra Jackson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Sandra Faye Jackson, 38, of West Haynes Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.
Mr. William Cole
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Mr. William E. Cole, 82, of Fulton Street, died Sept. 15, 1999.
Mr. Leslie Jordan
SUITLAND, Md. -- Mr. Leslie Valtine Jordan, 35, of Davis Avenue, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999.
Among the people killed in that ghostly Learjet crash in South Dakota Monday was two-time (and reigning) U.S. Open golf champion Payne Stewart. To casual golf viewers, Mr. Stewart was the man in the colorful garb: kickers and a tam o'shanter hat.
Create 'green areas'
A recent statewide survey conducted by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association revealed a $2 billion backlog of land acquisition, parks repairs and park construction that city and county governments should undertake if they had the funds to enhance the community quality of life.
Finds Strawberry a Yankee foul
I am an avid Braves fan, but something bothers me. Why is Darryl Strawberry even still allowed in baseball and much worse allowed to play in the World Series? ... John Duncan, Waynesboro
Hits jury for sentence in Williams case
To say I was saddened and disappointed with the jury's sentencing in the Bryan Williams case would be a gross understatement. Eddie Lyell, Edgefield
Defends 'horse lovers' in Aiken
I am writing in response to the article in the Carolina edition concerning Mark and Pam Thompson's ordeal with their neighbors. The people in this neighborhood should be glad someone is willing to beautify the 12 acres with horses. Mark D. Plunkett, North Augusta
It's always dismaying for local taxpayers to learn there may be crooks on the city payroll ripping them off. The flip side of that is, it's reassuring to learn the suspects were apprehended because of the alertness and honesty of others on the payroll.
Supports husband in District 6 race
Hobson Chavous (the Augusta District 6 Commission candidate) and I have been married 37 years;36 of the years we have lived in Mount Vernon and raised our children here. I can honestly say he has been good to this district. Terri Chavous, Augusta
Charles E. Simons Jr.
The federal bench lost a great legal mind and distinguished jurist Tuesday when South Carolina's senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles E. Simons Jr. succumbed at age 83 to head injuries received in a fall last summer.
Slams theft of Vaughn Taylor's clubs
This is in regard to Vaughn Taylor's golf clubs being stolen (news story, Oct. 25). It is beyond my comprehension how ignorant someone would have to be to try to steal someone's dream this way. Eric Mora, Augusta
End taxpayer subsidy
If Pat Buchanan ends up with the Reform Party's presidential nomination, as expected, he'll dash GOP hopes that for the first time in 12 years the Republican nominee would have a straight one-on-one race for the White House against a Democrat, with no third party complications.
Move ahead on ABM
President Clinton is offering the Russians a deal. If they agree to alter the Anti-Ballistic Treaty to allow the U.S. to build a national missile defense, then the U.S. will help them build a key radar site in Siberia to monitor North Korea and other rogue nations.
Blasts Handy in Commission race
It's time for change. It's time we are honest with ourselves. After seven years of Freddie Handy's version of leadership, how much progress has been made in Augusta's District 2? Just take a good look around the district, the answer is obvious: None! James Scott, Augusta
Labels writer 'gullible mouthpiece'
It never ceases to amaze me how some folks are gullible enough to become a mouthpiece for others, especially those up for re-election. They get in the newspaper with their little biased letters on how wonderful someone has been for our city and how the taxpayers should be so grateful. The only problem is they only know half the story. Curtis Newman, Grovetown
Urges Olde Town remain residential
The Olde Town community lies at the very heart of Augusta. Our beautiful tree-lined streets and our historic buildings play a great part in defining our city. The buildings and monuments of Olde Town stand as a memorial to people and events of the past. William Mundelll, Augusta
Likes candidate of the 'common man'
I highly support Brian Green's run in Augusta's 4th District. He has lived here all of his life, has roots in the area, is a strong model for young kids and understands the problems facing veterans in this area and the country since he is a former U.S. Marine. Jeannie Taylor, Hephzibah
Calls NAACP boycott `good news'
As you can see the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Klu Klux Klan are two unions together -- they each hate. James Turner, North Augusta
Backs challenger to Freddie Handy
Re the District 2 Augusta Commission race: I'm urging all the voters and residents to take a stand and becounted and vote for change. Elect W.W. Law the commissioner. He's the most qualified, prepared candidate in the race. Bernard Harper, Augusta
Claims procedure to harvest baby parts
As the Senate voted on banning partial-birth abortions, revelations of an industry that profits from baby parts enters the fray. Abortion supporters' (most notably Planned Parenthood) attempts to defend an indefensible procedure become clearer with reports of payment for intact baby parts. Penney C. Goodman, Augusta
Says evolution is fact, not theory
Life has existed on Earth for over a billion years. In that time, there have been many billions of different species or life forms, the great majority of which are extinct. Victor Reilly, Aiken
Bashes NBC formarring celebrationof baseball heroes
Forget how you feel about Pete Rose! In its zeal to promote and capitalize on controversy, NBC has managed to seriously taint a great celebration of baseball's all-time heroes. Paul Rice, Augusta
Blasts 'Walker-Tiller stooge' in Dist. 6
I am amazed that District 6 Augusta Commission candidate Hobson Chavous thinks south Augustais stupid enough to elect this Charles Walker and Harrell Tiller stooge. We have been recovering from his so-called leadership for the past six years.Keith Neal, Augusta
Says accomplishments misrepresented
This letter concerns the headline accompanying the Oct. 21 article about PACT test scores. I was pleased to see the photograph of one of the Schofield Middle School classes on the front page until I saw the headline, ``Students score low in math.'' Beatrice B. McGhee, Aiken
Blasts 'Walker-Tiller stooge' in Dist. 6
I am amazed that District 6 Augusta Commission candidate Hobson Chavous thinks south Augustais stupid enough to elect this Charles Walker and Harrell Tiller stooge. Keith Neal, Augusta
Study: High-fiber diet may help prevent obesity, heart disease
LOS ANGELES -- A high-fiber diet, already linked to preventing heart disease and cancer, may also fight obesity, according to a new 10-year study released Tuesday.
Administration says Gulf War 'undiagnosed illness' relatively small
WASHINGTON -- A higher percentage of Gulf War veterans are receiving disability compensation than veterans of any other period, the Clinton administration said Tuesday. The No. 1 complaint is knee injuries.
The old reliable treadmill may be better than high technology
An often-ignored measurement taken during routine treadmill ``stress tests'' can predict a heart patient's risk of early death even better than many expensive, high-tech approaches, researchers say.
More money needed for uranium plant cleanup
WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton demanded more federal money and elbow grease Tuesday to clean up an Energy Department uranium plant that has endangered workers and still threatens the environment.
Facilities lack safeguards
A recent nuclear accident in Japan is a reminder of the need to safeguard nuclear facilities against the shortcomings of human nature, a Savannah River Site official said Tuesday.
Growth is fast-paced, but some states lag in hardware
WASHINGTON -- California, home of Silicon Valley, provides the fewest computer terminals for its students. The District of Columbia, in a region through which 65 percent of global Internet traffic flows, offers schoolchildren the worst access to computers that can surf the World Wide Web.
Free encyclopedia site still jammed
CHICAGO -- More than a week after Encyclopedia Britannica opened its online volumes for free, www.britannica.com remained jammed -- a victim of huge worldwide demand and inadequate hardware and software.
New space station moved up to avoid space junk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Flight controllers boosted the orbit of the international space station by about a mile Tuesday to avoid dangerous space junk.
Houston tops Los Angeles as nation's smog capital
HOUSTON -- It was probably just a chemical belch at a factory on the edge of town. But it was enough to push Houston past Los Angeles to become the smoggiest city in America.
La Nina to alter winter weather
WASHINGTON -- The weather phenomenon called La Nina -- Spanish for little girl -- may seem like sugar and spice to Southern states where she is promising a mild winter. But forecasters expect her to be bratty to the Northwest and Great Lakes.
Building of lab set to begin
Construction soon will begin on a new Savannah River Site lab that officials said should modernize efforts to monitor the site's effects on its workers and the environment.
Growers put produce online
ATLANTA -- Virtual food isn't a diet innovation but an emerging trend in the food industry that proponents say will lower prices, increase convenience and improve freshness.
Internet revenues projected at $507 billion in '99
WASHINGTON -- Revenues for Internet-related businesses are projected to rise more than 67 percent this year to $507 billion, according to a study financed by one of the industry's giants.