Euphemisms mask unpleasantness
``Getting the ax,'' ``getting the boot,'' ``getting canned'' -- old euphemisms describing firings and layoffs were filled with such vivid imagery.
Corporate jargon killing clarity
Stan Wise sometimes feels like a foreigner at work. The state Public Service Commission chairman said it happens when those around him start speaking a strange dialect, one that's peppered with words such as "interface,'' "synergy,'' "continuum'' and "connectivity.''
On the move
Gabriel Marshall has been promoted to art director of Augusta Magazine's custom publishing division.
Business briefs: American Airlines offers Bose headsets
Starting this month, all first- and business-class passengers on selected American Airlines international flights will have the new Bose Acoustic Noise Canceling headset at their seats.
Business styles differ between genders
NEW YORK -- Do women entrepreneurs have a different approach to business than men?
Christmas season should be prosperous for retailers
ATLANTA - Like searching for the first robin of spring, Bill Ford regularly watches for the first live department store Santa Claus of the season.
Fight for freedom seen in early 1990's
Long battles for freedom were won in the first years of the 1990s. Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison after spending 27 years there as a political prisoner.
Vampire tales began long ago
In an age of Enlightenment, a darkness gripped Europe. European philosophy bloomed in the 1700s, even as a wave of vampire frenzy swept the continent.
Augusta Chamber Singers choose a new director
Steven Patteson has been named the director of the Augusta Chamber Singers. Mr. Patteson is also minister of music at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3045 Deans Bridge Road.
Gratitude helps us through hard times
Dear Readers: Thanksgiving is an ideal day to show gratitude for all things that enrich our lives.
Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- At the right angle, the granite spires of the Mormon Temple frame Utah's Capitol, a dual salute to Salt Lake City's secular and settler heritage.
In the know
See Augustan Ashley Reynolds, an eighth-grader at Langford Middle School, on The Making of a SuperModel, at 8 p.m. Sunday on channel E! In June, Ashley won the national Elite Model Look of the Year competition held in New York City. Sunday night's show focuses on the 15 models who competed for the title. As the winner, Ashley went on to the international competition in Paris, where she placed among the top 15 Elite models and won a $50,000 contract.
Roman around Jones Creek home
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Dave and Annette Gross's home.
Antelope Island has long, rich settler history
SALT LAKE CITY -- The sun sets over Antelope Island, leaking light like a gentle mist through the canyons surrounding the Great Salt Lake. Antelope and buffalo roam this 28,463-acre island, while migrating birds pass over the great western flyway between northern Canada and South America.
All dressed up for the millennium
The party of the millennium calls for something special. After all, an event like this only comes around once every 1,000 years. But you don't have to go broke putting together the ultimate Year 2000 ensemble -- unless you want to.
Visitors get their money's worth at South of the Border
DILLON, S.C. -- The billboards practically scream at drivers heading up and down Interstate 95. ``Come and see our great white shark.''
Stargazers search out face of God
It is dark and sort of cold. I am out on a country road an hour before dawn, looking into the eastern sky for some sign of the Leonids meteor shower.
Across the area: Police arrest three in delivery robbery
Authorities arrested three men Sunday and charged them with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator said.
Tenants thankful for Olmsted
Nobody disagrees -- the neighborhood needs some fixing up. Rows of dark-brown brick buildings line Broad Street, marking the front entrance of Olmsted Homes.
Ordinance targets adult entertainment
AIKEN -- After someone inquired about opening an adult entertainment business in Aiken, city officials decided it was time to toughen their standards.
Officials cite solid finances
AIKEN -- Aiken County government is in sound financial shape, officials say, even though at this time of year revenues are lower than usual and slow in coming in.
Empty Stocking Fund helps needy celebrate holidays
With Thanksgiving only days away, people are preparing to bake pies, carve the turkey, relax with relatives and give thanks for the wonderful things they have in their lives.
Hopefuls hit streets for runoff
Two candidates survived the four-way race for an Augusta Commission seat in the Nov. 2 general election. But in Tuesday's runoff election, there can be only one winner.
Program 'weeding' out crime
In January, the Weed and Seed program began in the south Augusta neighborhood of Barton Village with emphasis on ``weeding'' out crime in the area.
Augusta resident answers `true calling' by volunteering
Even though he didn't reach it, Marvin Tyner can tell you what rock bottom looks like.
Persistence pays in paving plan
After 15 years of persistence, Columbia County resident Gay Campbell finally got Anderson Road paved.
Avenue's renaming reviewed
A move to rename the road in front of Columbia County's main government center will have to wait until after the new year.
Lawmaker wants state road-renaming policy
While Columbia County officials grapple with a proposed policy for renaming roads after people, a Georgia legislator is fighting a similar battle in the state Senate.
Education undergoes 3 rankings
The state Department of Education will release its annual report card next month. It will be followed by another state-funded report card, expected to be released in January.
Fleas test water's health
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- The way Mayor Frank Thomas Jr. sees it, a six-year fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency boils down to the sex life of water fleas.
State risks losing millions for child support
WASHINGTON -- South Carolina could lose $17.5 million in federal money for its child support program for failing to put a new computerized collection system in place, federal officials say.
Fall Steeple chase draws record crowd
AIKEN -- Love of horses and horse racing brought out the Fall Steeplechase's biggest crowd in its eight-year history on an autumn day that felt more like spring.
Authorities revisit slayings
AIKEN -- A serial killer on the loose near Shaw's Creek? Not so fast, says Aiken County sheriff's Capt. Bryan Oliver. There is no proof that three bodies found near the creek along South Carolina Highway 191 between 1987 and 1993 got there through the work of one person, Capt. Oliver said.
Critics say Barnes seeks power
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes is at it again -- pushing to create a new state agency answerable only to him to handle a pressing issue.
Man escapes from Vietnam
Duong Le ran without looking back when Vietnamese communists released him from a prison camp in 1979. ``I don't want to turn around and look at them. It might be they made a mistake,'' the Grovetown man said.
Mayor sets up Web site on jury
The special grand jury will be just a click away from Richmond County residents who have information about suspected governmental wrongdoing. But some Augusta commissioners would like to send the mayor their own message.
Air traffic controllers, pilots unite
The love of flying is what brought together more than 80 pilots and air traffic controllers Saturday for Operation Raincheck.
Across the area: Officials arrest slaying suspect
DECATUR -- Georgia authorities have arrested an Oklahoma City man wanted in the slaying of a pregnant woman, whose baby was saved through an emergency delivery.
Police, FBI still searching for children
On Nov. 22, 1985, 4-year-old Jeremy Grice was reported missing by his mother. Fourteen years later, investigators are still searching for an answer to not only his whereabouts but also those of two other missing area children.
Michael Jamar Wright, of Lumpkin Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Mertys Cheek
Mrs. Mertys Atkins Cheek, 84, of Augusta, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Robert Henrich, Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert John Henrich Sr., 81, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Rosemary Zahl
AIKEN -- Mrs. Rosemary D. Zahl, 76, of Partridge Drive, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Dorothy Edwards
Mrs. Dorothy Edwards, of 13th Street, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. John Smith
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Grable Smith, 71, of Cook Street, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. William Tucker
CLAXTON, Ga. -- Mr. William Clyde Tucker, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Raymond Buckner
Mr. Raymond Buckner, 35, of Scotts Ferry Road, Appling, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Wilbur Key
CLEARWATER -- Mr. Wilbur C. Key, 52, of Prague Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in Bath.
Mr. Herbert Rowe, Sr.
Mr. Herbert Rowe Sr., of Clay Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Spruill, Sr.
Mr. James Spruill Sr.SMITHFIELD, N.C. -- Mr. James Alfred Spruill Sr., 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999.
Mr. Charles Bazemore
Mr. Charles William ``C.W.'' Bazemore, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Hering
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Ruth Allen Hering, 62, of Royal Oaks Drive, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at Vencor Hospital, Atlanta.
Mr. James Jones, Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James M. Jones Jr., 70, of Pine Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Henry Crawford
Mr. Henry B. Crawford, 79, of Picquet Avenue, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Cletus Chavous
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Cletus C. Chavous, 86, of Keys Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.
Ms. Cynthia King
Ms. Cynthia M. King, 36, of Augusta, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.
Mrs. Ruth Lowe
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Ruth Angela McNeely Lowe, 55, of Perkins Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Madell Patterson
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Madell L. Patterson, 85, of Williams Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.
Mrs. Freida Dunlap
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Freida M. Dunlap, 76, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. William Corley
HARLEM -- Mr. William ``Fred'' Corley, 86, of Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Catherine Chapman
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Catherine Jane Caughman Chapman, 90, of South Carolina Route 4, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Saluda Nursing Center.
Mrs. Elsie Hand
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Elsie Margree Hand, 87, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Cletus Chavous
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Cletus C. Chavous, 86, of Keys Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Mickey Solomon, Sr.
JACKSON -- Mr. Mickey Allen Solomon Sr., 58, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mrs. Martha Davis
GIRARD, Ga. -- Mrs. Martha R. Davis, 68, of Andrew Chapel Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1999, in Atlanta.
Mrs. Aurelia Wells
Mrs. Aurelia S. Wells, 78, of Martinez, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. W. Rodolph Phillips
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. W. Rodolph ``Rudy'' Phillips, 95, of Carolina Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Alton Freeman
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Alton P. Freeman, 95, of Delhi Road, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Pamela Taylor
AIKEN -- Ms. Pamela Kaye Taylor, 44, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Marjorie Jones
Mrs. Marjorie M. Jones, of Spyglass Court, Martinez, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Christine Brooks
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Christine M. Brooks, 73, of Edisto Drive, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Henry O'Neal
Mr. Henry T. O'Neal, of Crosley Street, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Kevin Thompson
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mr. Kevin Thompson, 26, of Edgehill Road, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Wesley Elmore
WAGENER -- Mr. Wesley ``Stevie'' Elmore, 38, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.
Mr. Ronald Jackson Sr.
Mr. Ronald Douglas Jackson Sr., of East Taylor Street, died Friday, Nov. 19, 1999, in Milledgeville.
Mr. William Rountree
AIKEN -- Mr. William Olen Rountree, 91, of Cherokee Avenue, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Rudolph Clark
Mr. Rudolph M. Clark, 65, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Burns
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James S. Burns, 76, of Atomic Road, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.
Mrs. Thera Durden
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Thera Lanier Fordham Durden died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at Friendship Health Care Center, Cleveland.
Blasts message of firearms critics
In the wake of school massacres and other violent death, we see the notion growing that if all firearms were confiscated we would immediately enter a period of serene life with no more than a hiccup to disturb the passing scene. Ester Young Mewihsen, Augusta
Says garish colors detract from Regal Cinema building
The new Regal Cinema is an unusual, yet attractive and very interesting style of architecture -- especially for our area. Vera Farmer-Welk, Augusta
Questions welfare,minimum wage
We were discussing the minimum wage the other day and began to have some questions we could not answer. When was the minimum wage first started? Eugene England, Aiken
Mixed big spending bag
The compromise $390 billion year-end spending bill -- to fund seven Cabinet agencies including education, health and labor -- worked out by Republican leaders and the White House is the kind of mixed bag one would expect from divided government.
In the runoff election for Augusta Commission District 2 between incumbent Freddie Handy and challenger Rev. Marion F. Williams, it's important for registered voters to realize that even if they didn't vote Nov. 2, they are still eligible to vote Tuesday.
Kent: Young stands for reform; lt. gov. burned
With a first-ever special grand jury named to continue two regular grand jury probes of municipal government, and with Augusta's 11-month-old ``reform'' mayor labeling waste, abuse of public offices and good ol' boy hiring a ``cesspool,'' tempers are flaring among some embarrassed and nervous commissioners.
Comments on women, pregnancies
Re the Nov. 15 columns by Kathleen Parker, Mona Charen and Ellen Goodman: Holli Bradberry, Augusta
Can Augusta live with its very own Hillary Clinton? James Grogman, Augusta
Urges end to selling of baby body parts
Who would have believed a few short years ago that our beloved nation would today be involved in the selling of baby body parts, with the once honored medical profession right in the middle? Jane H. Dennis, Augusta
Likes 'positive achievements' news
The publishing of positive articles, such as the nominations for Richmond County Teacher of the Year, is well appreciated. In a time when the media is obsessed with violence and disaster, it is comforting to see articles of good. Eric Eldridge, Augusta
Praises mayor forsolving problems
As often as Mayor Bob Young gets hammered on these pages, I thought the record ought to show he's been most responsive to at least one citizen's concerns. Steve Kohn, Hephzibah
Claims Confederate flag honors vets
In a response to Ernest Leysath's letter regarding the negative comments he made about our Confederate flag -- and what a day his letter came out on, a few days after Veterans Day. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken
Costly rail project
If we know anything about the large majority of Americans' transportation preferences, it's that they'll take four-wheelers over mass transit every time.
Defends work of Canal Authority
Re Frank Albert's derogatory comments on the Augusta Canal and where he would like to put stray cats and dogs (guest column, Nov. 13): Jim Stringer, Augusta
Urges congressman to switch parties
As one of Rep. Charlie Norwood's, R-Ga., most ardent critics, I do not hesitate to criticize him when warranted. When hewas wrong, I criticized him. However, to be fair when he has done the right thing, I must give him credit. Chuck Pardue, Augusta
Bemoans 'PC invasion' of NASCAR
I just recently watched the NASCAR Pennzoil 400 Winston Cup Race from Homestead, Fla., broadcast on the local NBC affiliate (Channel 26). Much to my amazement, Brian Williams opens up the program with a 10-minute dissertation of the Winston Cup points race. Where is Buddy Baker and Ned Jarrett? With the recently announced contract with NBC, NASCAR may have taken an irreversible step toward the world of ``Political Correctness.'' Steve Grinstead, Martinez
Re-introduce Ft. Discovery
Augusta's state lawmakers -- regardless of party -- have convinced their legislative colleagues and two Georgia governors in recent years to financially back the fine work of the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.
Hits vote for partial birth abortion
Five or six years ago I read a description of an abortion procedure known as ``dilation and extraction.'' As described, the procedure involved partially delivering a baby, piercing the base of the child's skull, vacuuming out the child's brain and finally delivering a dead baby. Kelly Dolin, Augusta
Backs controversial Lakeside group
Re the Nov. 12 letter by Tom Sibley: Ellie Veldurn, Martinez
Ships, cargoes should be safe from Y2K bug
LONDON -- For companies in the shipping industry, the nightmare Y2K scenario goes something like this:
Bill lets satellites carry local channels, limits cybersquatting
WASHINGTON -- Legislation now headed to the White House would let satellite companies carry local TV channels to millions of viewers and would crack down on the practice of ``cybersquatting.''
Internet can benefit nursing home residents
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is the fountain of youth available at the click of a mouse?
Benefits of Web sites' ratings are up for debate
Consumers, click here. No, not there, come on over here. As one cyberspace expert put it, Web sites with shopping guides are dressing up, and some in the market are launching a promotional blitz to lure consumers to their home pages. A race to make sites more appealing to visitors and more rewarding for profit-making businesses has already begun.
HIV/AIDS treatment directory now online
PHILADELPHIA -- AIDS patients and their doctors can read the latest information on research, treatments and drug interaction warnings on the new online directory of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Software drivers should be updated
Q: All I ever hear from you is getting the latest drivers. Well, smart guy, using Windows 98, how do you find the date of the driver?
Microsoft mediator: top scholar, passion for economics
CHICAGO -- He's known to friends as a ``renaissance man,'' an opera buff with a wry sense of humor who recently surprised some people by writing a book about President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Senate approves electronic signatures
WASHINGTON -- The Senate affirmed the legality of contracts signed electronically in a bill passed by voice vote Friday.
Regulators remind banks to ensure security
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are reminding banks they need to watch out for computer hackers and other potential threats during the Year 2000 transition period.