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.
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
Airlines to boost Priceline
CHICAGO -- In the airline industry's latest aggressive thrust into cyberspace, three more U.S. carriers have joined Priceline.com, giving a big boost to the name-your-own-price Internet ticket service.
Business briefs: Rapid-growth fears cause fall in stocks
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell Wednesday as investors locked in profits from Tuesday's rally while clinging to fears that the Federal Reserve's latest interest rate increase won't slow the nation's rapid economic growth.
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.
Nasdaq figures revised after computer glitch
Due to a system problem at Nasdaq yesterday, several closing index numbers for Tuesday have been revised.
Interest rates on the rise
Rising interest rates appear to have done little so far to discourage Americans who are shopping for a home.
Consumer prices rise slightly in October
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation rose a slim 0.2 percent in October, the best showing in four months, as gasoline and other energy prices fell.
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.
Consultant: City unity possible
The man credited with rejuvenating downtown Greenville, S.C., and downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., says, if given the chance, he could unify Augusta's fragmented urban area.
Sharon Patrick of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. was among speakers broadcast via satellite Wednesday to Augusta's Bell Auditorium and about 200 other sites in North America and overseas. Augusta State University presented the broadcast as part of the fourth Worldwide Lessons in Leadership series.
Disputes fueled growth of counties
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- It's only seven miles from Watkinsville to Athens, but the short distance fueled a big controversy in the 1870s when Athens residents argued that the Clarke County seat should be moved to the growing town.
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.
Small counties fight mergers
ATLANTA -- In the nine months since she became tax commissioner in Taliaferro County, Kaye Jackson has learned firsthand how hard it can be keeping Georgia's smallest county financially afloat.
Impotence may be an early warning of heart disease, scientists say. Researchers from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation tested 50 men who had sought prescriptions for Viagra. None of the men had any symptoms of heart disease.
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.
Age old question: Bacteria a culprit in ulcers
Q: What causes ulcers? -- Y.S., Augusta
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.
Cost of Thanks
For many American families, Thanksgiving Day means a house full of extended family and long days of laborious cooking and cleanup.
Fort Gordon commemorates German POWs
Cordoned off with a white chain, two small cemetery plots dotted with stark white headstones serve as constant reminders.
Creation of special panel a first in city, officials say
Augusta's Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. on Wednesday ordered a special grand jury empaneled to continue two previous juries' investigations of city government.
SRS workers must wait for compensation ruling
Savannah River Site employees who believe their work made them sick must wait until March to find out whether the federal government might compensate them for their illnesses.
Subcommittee criticizes mayor, editorial writer
An Augusta Commission subcommittee that is punching out a new city ethics ordinance has taken a few jabs at Mayor Bob Young and The Augusta Chronicle's senior editorial writer Phil Kent.
Growing Into Life program tapped for national attention
AIKEN -- Even without funding, Growing Into Life has gotten national attention for successfully reducing infant mortality rates in Aiken County.
Weapons safety promoted
AIKEN -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is pulling the trigger on gun safety.
Local residents raise concerns at state forum
AIKEN -- Fewer than two dozen people came to the ``For the People/By the People'' town meeting Wednesday night, but issues they raised reflected concerns that have plagued South Carolina for years.
New Year's Eve party plans unveiled
With only 43 days left in 1999, organizers of the Celebrate 2000 New Year's Eve street party have plans well under way to ring in 2000.
Thelma White, 37, (left) and her daughter Latasha Dukes, 20, of Waynesboro were evacuated by police during a standoff in Mrs. White's yard, where authorities apprehended a man suspected in a carjacking after a three-hour confrontation Wednesday.
Temple-Tuttle comet causes loss of sleep
Stargazers are getting a treat this week in the form of one of the most robust November meteor showers in 33 years.
Teacher says job keeps her on her toes
Joyce Miller has worked as a legal secretary in an attorney's office and an executive secretary in a certified public accounting firm. Although those jobs helped pay bills, they were not as fulfilling as her first job -- teaching.
Candidates file for sheriff election
The finish line is still a year away, but already the race is on. This month, two men announced their decisions to seek the Richmond County sheriff's office in November 2000. Woodrow Fryer filed a declaration of intention with the local board of elections Nov. 8. Lt. Leon Garvin, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, filed Friday.
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.
Area briefs: Firefighter bonds out in threats case
A Richmond County firefighter accused of threatening officials in the department and in city government was released on $15,000 bond Wednesday.
Teacher sets high standards
Lynda Jackson wants to make the type of impression on her students that her teachers made on her.
SRS incinerator operating below capacity
Savannah River Site could save $595 million of taxpayers' money if it increased operations at an incinerator at the federal nuclear-weapons site, according to a federal audit.
Carjacking suspect has stand-off with police
WAYNESBORO -- A 19-year-old man held police and family members at bay for three hours in a Waynesboro neighborhood Wednesday, according to police, and they pleaded with him to put down a gun.
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.
Randale Holmes and other Burke County Middle School seventh-graders listen to the interactive solar-powered talking tree stand in the arboretum of Spirit Creek Education Forest after the 570-acre managed forest was dedicated Wednesday.
Congress members push to keep plant open
ATLANTA -- Georgia's congressional delegation is supporting a plan that would give Lockheed Martin Corp. a down payment on future cargo plane orders to keep the company from shutting down its Marietta plant.
Teachers: Alternative schools are not doing job
ATLANTA -- Separate schools for rowdy students have succeeded in making regular schools safer for other students, but few teachers of traditional classes think the schools offer adequate preparation for graduation, a new report shows.
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.
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.
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.
Attorney general pushes for alternate execution plans
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers should enact a ``fallback'' method of executing condemned prisoners -- possibly lethal injection -- in case the U.S. Supreme Court declares the electric chair unconstitutional, representatives of the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police investigate fraternity incident
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke police are investigating whether a Monday night incident celebrating a fraternity member's engagement amounted to illegal hazing.
School voucher plan concerns residents
AIKEN - A House of Representatives committee heard for the first time Thursday from Aiken County residents with passionate opinions about school vouchers -- most of whom despise them.
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. Sybil Franks
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Sybil B. Franks, 82, of Wrightsboro Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClellandMrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Frank Braswell
Mr. Frank Braswell, of Martinez, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Miss Clara McMekin
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Miss Clara Lewis McMekin, 91, of Lincolnton Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at her residence.
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. Kathleen McClelland
Mrs. Kathleen McClelland, 82, of Walton Way, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Kermit Murphy
Mr. Kermit ``Jimmy'' Murphy, 88, of Augusta, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
HEPHZIBAH -- Brittany LaVell Holladay, 7, of Clayborn Drive, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Richard Spires
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Richard L. Spires, 48, of Martintown Road, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. George Steinmeyer
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Mr. George Melvin ``Red'' Steinmeyer, 80, of 10th Street, Southeast, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.
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. Elbert Hicks
Mr. Elbert HicksMACON -- Mr. Elbert Julius Hicks, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at Macon Medical Center.
Mrs. Elva Beard
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Elva Lee Beard, of McCampbell Street, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Vickie Tucker
LIMESTONE, Tenn. -- Mrs. Vickie Sanders Tucker, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999.
Mr. Fred Miller
Mr. Fred Miller, of Third Avenue, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Essie Settles
AIKEN -- Mrs. Essie Mae Settles, 92, of Laurens Street North, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. Douglas Cofer
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Douglas Cofer, 87, of Gentry Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. William Smith
WARRENVILLE -- Mr. William W. Smith, 70, of Edgar Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Key
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wooten Key, 64, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Charlotte Boatwright
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlotte Smith Boatwright, 87, of Price Circle, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Rearden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary E. Rearden, 89, of Martintown Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Larry Jackson
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Larry Tate Jackson, 47, of Sun Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 in Putnam County.
Mr. Joseph Haas
Mr. Joseph H. Haas, 74, of Augusta, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Fred Mixson
Mr. Fred D. Mixson, 65, of Japonica Avenue, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
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
Pleads to keep TAs in the schools
There is so much being opinionated on dress codes while nothing is being done about teachers' assistants in Richmond County. Do parents realize how vital the TAs are in the school? M. Craig, 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.
Notes disappointing premiere choices
As one of the hundreds of winners from your newspapers ``Night at the Movies'' giveaway, I was very excited to attend the grand opening. I had my tickets and my children were excited waiting to see the new theater and to view the movie Pokemon. As a parent of three, with my niece in tow, we were eagerly awaiting the viewing of the movie; then found when entering there was no such movie being shown. Imagine the disappointment on my face as well as my kids upon learning that Pokemon was not being shown. They had a choice of Rugrats or Elmo, and I had a choice of movies such as Blair Witch, Wild West, The Mummy, You've got Mail and a list of other movies already released earlier this year. Karen Fish, Hephzibah
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
Hits criticism of Canal Authority
After reading Frank Albert's Nov. 13 guest column which was titled, ``Humane Society Deserves Stockade Location,'' I sense that he is using innocent, abandoned kittens as a weapon against the Canal Authority to settle an old dispute. His criticisms of the Canal Authority are cheap shots. Clay Chastain, 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.
Defends radio personality's remarks
I read the Nov. 8 letter by Ron Roberts and strongly disagree with what one radio personality wrote about another. I understand the radio business is strong and that most radio stations only wish for high ratings. However, I don't understand why one person can say such crude words about another one's thoughts. Melinda Shy, Thomson
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.
Repeal 'secret' tax
As public resistance to tax increases has increasingly hardened the past few decades, government bureaucrats have grown more inventive in finding ways to raise levies without the public knowing.
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
Return suspect money
There's unanimity on one front regarding two recent Richmond County grand jury reports scathingly critical of Augusta government operations: That it's time to impanel a special grand jury to carry the investigation through to completion, regard-less of where it might lead.
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.
Meteor shower visible tonight
Around the world, astronomers and amateur stargazers headed for fields, beaches, deserts and mountaintops Wednesday to watch what could be the most spectacular meteor shower since 1966 and for decades to come.
Research suggests painkillers play role in heartburn
NEW ORLEANS -- Doctors have long known that popular painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen can sometimes cause serious stomach ulcers. Now new research suggests the drugs may play a role in chronic heartburn, too.
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.
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.
Disgruntled workers boss bash online
Hate your job? Think your boss is a turkey? Join the crowd at http://www.disgruntled.com, where each month 30,000 malcontents vent their work-place frustrations.
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.
Study: A drink a week can cut risk of stroke
As little as a single glass of wine or beer per week can significantly reduce a man's risk of a stroke, according to the biggest study ever to examine the link.
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.
Regulators consider 'captioning' for the blind
WASHINGTON -- Chet Avery picks the television shows he tunes into very carefully. Dramatic programs with lots of dialogue are fine.
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.
Government says U.S. will spend $100 billion on Y2K repairs
WASHINGTON -- The government pinned a staggering $100 billion price tag Wednesday on the nation's repair bills for the Year 2000 technology problem, or $365 for each man, woman and child.