Interest rates on the rise
Rising interest rates appear to have done little so far to discourage Americans who are shopping for a home.
Business briefs: Stocks change little before Fed meeting
NEW YORK -- Stock prices changed little Monday as investors refrained from building major new positions on the eve of the Federal Reserve's meeting on interest rates.
Small business facility needs boost
Augusta's new small business incubator was meant to be a place where young high-tech companies could find a helping hand. But the facility needs a little help of its own.
Bank reports growth
The parent company of two newly opened area banks reported that total assets rose 30 percent for the third-quarter, compared with a year ago. Officials with Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc. attribute asset growth to its recent expansions in Augusta.
Opening signals growth in Grovetown
GROVETOWN -- McDonald's is coming to Grovetown. More than an opportunity to buy a Big Mac, the national fast-food restaurant chain's interest is an indicator of the city's explosive residential growth
Business briefs: Gas company opens information booths
ATLANTA -- SCANA Energy, the state's second-largest natural gas marketer, has placed information booths in Kroger stores statewide to make bill payments and customer service inquiries more readily available.
Carpet plant completed
DSM Chemicals and AlliedSignal celebrated the completion of an $85 million Evergreen carpet recycling plant Monday. It is the first large-scale facility of its kind.
Banking growing complex
WASHINGTON -- Financial regulators with differing turfs will have to cooperate more closely now that a new law is in place eliminating barriers between banks, investment firms and insurance companies, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday.
Augustan honored for deed
Some of Augusta's most philanthropic residents were recognized Tuesday at a ceremony dedicated to the late George Weiss, who donated his entire estate to charity.
Coke prices could continue to rise
ATLANTA -- A 2-liter bottle of Coke for sale for less than a dollar has become a rare sight. It will likely become even rarer as new initiatives being implemented by both the soft-drink giant and its largest distributor push prices higher.
Takeover attempts possible
LONDON -- Speculation mounted Monday that Vodafone AirTouch PLC was preparing to launch a hostile bid for Germany's Mannesmann AG, paving the way for what could become the largest corporate takeover battle in history.
Legacy of last god-king lingers
TOKYO -- When Emperor Hirohito died, one of the largest gatherings of presidents, kings and prime ministers ever assembled came to Tokyo for the funeral. For better or worse, no Japanese had ever made such a deep impact on world history.
Old building masks rich past
To the casual passer-by, the old, abandoned, red brick building on Old Augusta Highway is just another relic of a bygone era, sitting in the noonday sun in the rural South.
Scooby at 30
Scooby-Doo, as astounding as it sounds, is 30 years old. This begs many questions. Why has a gang of mystery-solving teens resonated with three decades of youth?
In the know
WWMD: Unglued by the challenge of turning a pile of fall leaves into a dazzling Thanksgiving centerpiece? Ask yourself: WWMD?
Meteor shower could light up sky
Jupiter and Saturn continue to dominate the evening sky during November, and Venus continues to outshine all stars in the predawn. But this month also features the Leonid meteor shower and a late appearance by Mercury.
Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday when I was a child. Sure, Christmas had presents, but Thanksgiving meant waking up to the smell of sauteed onions and celery and a roasting turkey.
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. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
There are excuses for midday nap
As I've grown older, I've found it much easier to nod off and fall asleep.
Laney-Walker restoration approved
The Augusta Commission approved a $1 million contract Tuesday with a local nonprofit corporation that aims to revive the Laney-Walker Historic District.
Man claims free speech right was violated in suit
An Aiken County man has filed a $9 million federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office, Tenneco Packaging Inc. and two hospital workers, claiming the defendants conspired to have him involuntarily committed to a mental facility after he made pro-union statements at work.
Retired Augusta businessman Hubert T. Bolton (center) receives applause from friends Marilynn Montgomery (left) and Monty Osteen during his 90th birthday celebration Tuesday at Augusta Gardens. Economic development officials honored Mr. Bolton for helping recruit some of the city's largest industries in the 1950s and 1960s.
Johnson decides to resign
ATLANTA - Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson has resigned her seat after being sentenced to 41 months in jail for federal mail fraud.
University cuts back services
SAVANNAH -- When enrollment dipped at Savannah State University this fall so did revenues, and college officials have had to cut back services and spending to balance the budget.
Techniques help identify Aiken victim
AIKEN -- The mysterious woman whose reconstructed face has been on the mantle in Coroner Sue Townsend's office for years finally has a name: Jackie Council.
Church will celebrate anniversary
AIKEN -- Friendship Baptist Church is throwing itself a birthday party. The church, at 515 Richland Ave., will observe its 133rd anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Driver strikes pole
Aiken County resue workers and local firefighters check Ricky Stapleton's condition through the window of his Geo Metro. Witnesses said Mr. Stapleton was driving westbound on South Carolina highway 421 at10:30 a.m. Monday when he blew a tire, lost control of his car, and then hit a telephone pole. He was treated at Aiken County Medical Center and released.
Mother suing school over child's discipline
ATHENS, Ga. - Teachers at Hilsman Middle School poked a child in the back and pulled his chair out from under him while disciplining him for making too much noise, according to a lawsuit the child's mother has filed against the Clarke County School District.
Business conference will come to school
Augusta State University on Wednesday will serve as a co-host for what is being billed as the largest business conference ever.
Shelby Nicosia dressed as Clifford the Dog and Wayne Anderson came to school a The Cat in the Hat - their favorite characters - at South Aiken Baptist Christian School's Book Caracter Dress-up Day.
Rally planned to support Confederate flag
AIKEN -- Organizers say they hope a three-day Southern Heritage rally that's expected to draw thousands of people to Columbia in January will help convince lawmakers the Confederate flag has a nobler meaning than its critics claim.
Neighbors, city council debate horse issue
AIKEN -- Most folks in Aiken seem to love horses, but deciding how many should graze next door is a horse of a different color.
Four teens arrested in robbery
AIKEN -- An 18-year-old Aiken man has been charged with masterminding the armed robbery of a crowded Aiken convenience store by posing as a customer while three younger friends carried out his plan, sheriff's officials said Monday.
Across the area: Squirrel shorts out city's north side
A squirrel caused the north side of Aiken to lose power for nearly 30 minutes Tuesday. About 38,000 South Carolina Electric and Gas customers lost electricity at 4:15 p.m. when a squirrel on a line tripped out three circuits, spokeswoman Mary Green Brown said. Power was restored at 4:38 p.m.
Museum revisits cane-grinding tradition
TIFTON, Ga. -- Before getaway weekends to the tropics and commuter hops to the city, one of the biggest treats for south Georgia's rural residents was a cane-grinding party.
Across the area: Seven-year-old dies from strangulation
A 7-year-old Augusta girl was pronounced dead Monday morning at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after she was accidentally strangled in her front yard Saturday afternoon, according to Richmond County investigators.
Let it snow
Kathleen Brown, chairwoman for the 1999 Festival of Trees Ginger Bread Village, sprinkles fake snow along the side of a gingerbread replica of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Augusta. The structure was designed by members of St Paul's.
Signs of fall
Melvin Lyons, of Augusta Trees and Landscaping Department, uses a leaf blower to move leaves at Riverwalk Augusta in the afternoon.
9-year-old girl finds, returns missing money
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. -- Honesty pays. Just ask Lauren Ashley McMillian.
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre greets diners at his Unity Fish Fry, held Monday night at the Julian Smith Barbecue Pit.
Ethics probe ordered
Augusta's Chief Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. will impanel a special grand jury to continue the investigation of city government.
GOP says unity needed in 2000 election
Republicans from all levels of government descended on Augusta on Monday.
Teacher sets high standards
Lynda Jackson wants to make the type of impression on her students that her teachers made on her.
Five men sentenced in stolen-vehicle ring
Five men charged with participating in a stolen-vehicle ring were sentenced in federal court Monday, including an Augusta man whom the judge called manipulative and sentenced to serve the maximum time possible.
Schools to receive grants to clean up litter
AIKEN - In an effort to bag South Carolina's pervasive litter problem, the state Education Department is offering $200,000 to middle and high schools for cleanup projects.
Governor's committee touts tests
ATLANTA - The state would reward high-performing schools and teachers based on student scores in annual tests, and sanction low-performing ones under a plan recommended informally Monday by Gov. Roy Barnes' Georgia Education Reform Study Commission.
City to pay fines
Augusta city officials agreed Tuesday to pay state fines totaling $160,000 and implement costly improvements and safeguards to avoid future sewage spills, equipment failures and environmental violations.
One dead in I-20 collision
One dead in I-20 collision Fiery crash involving tractor-trailers in Aiken County claims life, leaves two others hospitalized
Councilwoman questions Aiken County's financial standing
AIKEN - A project to enlarge and renovate the Aiken County Council Building and the Elections Office was put on hold Tuesday night after some council members voiced reservations about the county's financial condition.
Gas marketers fight for more consumers
ATLANTA -- The natural-gas market in Georgia shrunk Tuesday as one company lost its authority to operate and a second took a step in that direction.
Educator says she wanted to use skills in class
When she speaks to anyone who doesn't know her well, Julie Vernon Purvis sounds like she is getting over a sore throat.
Mrs. Ernestine Langner
Mrs. Ernestine E. Langner, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Darren Sr.
Mr. Robert Lee Darren Sr., 56, of Fairhope Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Mosley Williams
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Mosley Williams, 40, of Gentry Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999.
Mrs. Juanita Hobbs
THOMSON -- Mrs. Juanita C. Hobbs, 70, of Wire Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Mattie Reynolds
THOMSON -- Mrs. Mattie F. Reynolds, 92, of Shanks Street, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at her daughter's residence.
Mr. Robert Kendrick
THOMSON -- Mr. Robert Willie Kendrick, 51, of Lincoln Drive, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. Frank Braswell
Mr. Frank Braswell, of Martinez, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Muriel Ward
AIKEN -- Mrs. Muriel Reeves Ward, 85, of Limerick Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mattie Drayton
Mrs. Mattie Drayton, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Douglas Cofer
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Douglas Cofer, 87, of Gentry Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Miriam Babb
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Miriam ``Millie'' Collins Babb, 57, of Georgia Highway 56 North, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Sybil Franks
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Sybil B. Franks, 82, of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Kermit Murphy
Mr. Kermit ``Jimmy'' Murphy, 71, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Mary Key
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wooten Key, 64, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Dorothy Gunter
BURNETTOWN -- Mrs. Dorothy Minor Gunter, 75, of Breezy Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Bertha Jarman
Mrs. Bertha B. Jarman, 87, of Stevens Creek Road, Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at West Lake Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Fred Miller
Mr. Fred Miller, of Third Avenue, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Malcolm English Jr.
Mr. Malcolm ``Mike'' English Jr., 54, of Richmond Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Maggie Turner
Mrs. Maggie Drake Turner, of Inez Street, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Cecilia Barrett
Mrs. Cecilia Baker Barrett, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Maggie Wright
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Maggie Frances Parker Wright, of Parker Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Richard Spires
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Richard L. Spires, 48, of Martintown Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Patricia McClain
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Patricia Williams McClain, 57, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999.
Mrs. Zannie Grubbs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Zannie Grubbs, of Nathaniel Howard Road, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Helen Tucker
THOMSON -- Mrs. Helen B. Tucker, 90, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Thomson Manor.
Mrs. Thelma Martin
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Mrs. Thelma Lewise Sargent Martin, of Hollingswood Drive, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Frye Regional Hospital, Hickory.
Mr. Jack Barker
Mr. Jack D. Barker, 53, of Martinez, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Willie Moore
HARLEM -- Mrs. Willie Mae Moore, 97, of Planter Mill Street, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Mary Rearden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary E. Rearden, 89, of Martintown Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Kermit Murphy
Mr. Kermit ``Jimmy'' Murphy, 88, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Make reforms now!
The Augusta Commission does not have to wait until a special grand jury delivers recommendations several months from now to cleanse local government of rampant corruption and cronyism.
Blasts Augusta Aviation Commission
I learned to fly in 1942 and have been around both of Augusta's airports for many years. I attended the Nov. 11 Augusta Aviation Commission meeting. If you've never been to a circus before, you should make it a point to attend future meetings just to watch Ring Master (Augusta Aviation Commission Chairman) Ed Skinner in action. Tommy Edwards, Augusta
Endorses incumbent Handy in runoff
Over the past weeks I have given careful consideration to both candidates remaining in the Augusta-Richmond County Commission District 2 runoff election. In my analysis of these candidates, I have taken into account their knowledge, experience and overall ability. I have decided to support Commissioner Freddie Handy on Nov. 23.
In John Yarzebinski's letter to the editor of Nov. 12, the last two paragraphs were published incorrectly. They should have read:
Get some new blood
The head of Augusta's legislative delegation, Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, D-Augusta, are talking to commissioners about the new city law limiting the number of boards and authorities someone can serve on. It's a good rule designed to bring in new blood, and the city recently sent letters informing 14 people serving on more than one board to give up one of their seats in 30 days.
Slams alliteration of 'firearm fanatic'
In a recent letter to the editor bemoaning gun control, the writer made the claim that this country was founded on ``God, guns and guts.'' My first thought was that maybe ``someone'' should take their copy of Flying Leathernecks out of the VCR and let it cool off a spell. Jon Apple, Augusta
William D. Jennings III, the chief judge of Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court, is throwing sand into the wheels of justice with his eccentric ruling that he won't issue anymore warrants to Deputy Roger Rice.
Wants 'good' news of teens
I'm an eight grader at St. Mary of the Hill school and we're beginning to write a school newspaper. We started talking about The Chronicle and the topic of how The Chronicle ``puts down'' today's teens came up. Meghan Claiborne, Augusta
Backs Williams in Dist. 2 runoff
It is time for a change. The citizens of District 2 now have the opportunity to help make this change. If Augusta plans to move forward, we need the right leaders in office to make great things happen. And when Augusta moves forward, with the Rev. Marion Williams as its commissioner, District 2 will certainly be included. Shelia C. Nelson, Hephzibah
Wants holidays observed by school
With profound sadness I sent my child to school in Columbia County on Veterans Day knowing that keeping her out of school in order to honor our veterans would mean she would miss instruction and have to make up work. Her absence would not have been excused. In Columbia County, students will be taking exams on Memorial Day. Susan K. Schaeberle, Augusta
Face issue squarely
For the second time since July, a grand jury -- with far more specificity than before -- has searingly exposed a wide range of abuse and corruption within Augusta-Richmond County government.
Backs Humane Society use of stockade
As a volunteer with the Central Savannah River Area Humane Society and a concerned citizen of Augusta-Richmond County, I wish to express my view on the current status of the Old Sheriff's Stockade. It seems that after the CSRA Humane Society had its proposal (to lease the stockade as a shelter) approved by the Public Safety Committee, the Canal Authority now wants the building for its use. Jeff Coffey, Augusta
Urges 'wisdom' in Dist. 2 election
I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the voters of District 6 and applaud their good sense. Hobson Chavous is morally flawed and the people in District 6 said they would not heed the political machine pushing his election. Dennis M. Perry Sr., Evans
Supports NAACP boycott of S.C.
The fact that South Carolina is one of the only states not honoring Dr. Martin Luther King says a lot about the state and the general attitude it has in smothering the ``dream.'' I don't live in South Carolina, and I could care less about the Confederate flag over the Statehouse. P. Lee, Augusta
Consumers confused by talk of side effects
NEW ORLEANS -- You've seen the TV commercials for drugs that promise to relieve allergies, banish migraines, grow back your hair, prevent heart attacks, relieve herpes.
Gates: Microsoft fosters technology innovation
LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates declared Sunday that his company encourages innovation in the high-tech industry, offering a public counterpoint to a judge's finding that Microsoft uses its monopoly power to crush competition.
Lyme disease may differ in southeast
The tick-borne ailment Lyme disease might be different and more difficult to detect in the Southeast than in New England and the Midwest, according to a new study by Georgia researchers.
Satellite fails to reach orbit, rocket destroyed after launch
TOKYO -- Japan's ambitions to become a world leader in aerospace technology were dealt a major setback Monday when engine trouble forced officials to blow up a rocket carrying a $95 million satellite just minutes after launch.
City faces lawsuits over sludge
Augusta has spent $1.2 million defending itself against a pair of federal lawsuits claiming improperly treated sewage sludge poisoned crops and cattle on two dairy farms.
Star watchers in orbit over Leonid meteor shower
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Professional and backyard astronomers grabbed their jackets and lawn chairs and headed for spots away from city lights Tuesday in hopes of catching what could be the flashiest meteor shower in decades.
Utilities pass Y2K readiness
ATLANTA - Most Georgia utility customers should expect no interruptions in natural gas, telephone or electric service as a result of the Y2K computer problem, but those dependent on nine small suppliers face some risks, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
Drop-box system being formed in case Y2K knocks out foreigners' phones
MOSCOW -- The U.S. Embassy plans to set up letterboxes and billboards in Moscow hotels and offices to help foreign citizens keep in contact with each other if the Y2K bug knocks out Russia's communications systems, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.
Ladybugs head inside for cold winter months
They are making their annual pilgrimage to homes throughout the Southeast, stowing away in whatever they can to get inside for winter.
South Korea develops new surface-to-air missile
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea announced Monday that it will deploy a new surface-to-air missile in December but denied charges it was developing longer-range missiles in violation of an agreement with the United States.
Hubble's pointing system fails, all observations halted
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Hubble Space Telescope has halted all astronomical observations because of a failed aiming system and will remain in hibernation until astronauts arrive with spare parts next month, NASA said Monday.
Leavitt, Gilmore split underscores divide on Internet sales taxes
WASHINGTON -- Normally ideological allies, Republican Govs. Mike Leavitt of Utah and Jim Gilmore of Virginia are at odds over Internet sales taxes, underscoring a national divide.
THE FACTS: Libra Miller, 14, freshman at Butler High School
Getting into the Act
Area teens are acting up. But it's not the kind of behavior that'll put them in detention or alternative school.
Lovelorn teen should proceed with caution
``Last year I really liked this girl and told her how I felt. She turned me down, and it really hurt. But this year I think I still like her.'' -- 15-year-old boy, Augusta