AOL acquires cell phone messaging company
SPRINGFIELD, Va.-- America Online Inc., which revolutionized chitchat by allowing customers to zap messages to one another's computers, wants to bring instant messaging to the next frontier: cellular phones.
UGA business center gets new director
A consultant with expertise in exporting and female entrepreneurship will head the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Augusta.
Business briefs: Department store coming to Augusta
Mansour's, a family-owned department store chain, confirmed Wednesday that it will build a 65,000-square-foot store in Augusta Exchange shopping center.
Home sales continue to slow
WASHINGTON -- Higher mortgage rates drove down sales of existing homes to the lowest level in almost two years in October, a sign that the red-hot housing market is cooling, economists said.
Construction spending up in October
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending rose a solid 0.3 percent in October, largely reflecting a sharp increase in big government projects and a pickup in residential building.
Coke pulls advertising from WWF complaints
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola has withdrawn its advertising from the World Wrestling Federation, citing concerns with the company's often lewd language and story lines.
Business briefs: Rising bond yields send stocks down
NEW YORK -- Rising bond yields sent most stocks falling Monday, exacerbating nervousness in a market already rattled by the dollar's latest slump against the Japanese yen.
Radio consolidation increases
More changes might be in the works at Cumulus and Beasley Broadcast companies -- competing groups with multiple radio stations in the Augusta area.
Company to put free music on Internet
CHICAGO -- Banking on the notion that free music downloads will attract enough people that advertisers will pay a premium, Platinum Entertainment plans to give away its 15,000-song catalog over the Internet.
Business briefs: Technology stocks lose steam, dip Dow
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks, which have outrun the broader market for weeks, toppled it Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrials gave up a 97-point gain to finish with a loss as investors shed stocks, including AT&T and Intel.
Consumer confidence rebounds in November
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence surged in November, rising for the first time in five months, as Americans cheered the continuing strength of the U.S. economy and big gains on Wall Street.
Leading Economic Indicators remain unchanged
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of economic activity was unchanged in October amid signs of weakness in the manufacturing sector.
Exxon-Mobil merger approved by FTC
WASHINGTON -- Acting within hours after government approval, Exxon and Mobil formally sealed their $81 billion merger today, creating the world's largest privately owned oil company.
Flamingo Buffet to open in Augusta
Standing behind the former Shoney's restaurant amid a pile of stainless-steel oven hoods and counters, Chen Smalls offered them up.
CEO blasts federal suits
Georgia Power Co.'s top executive spoke out Tuesday against a Justice Department lawsuit alleging the company ignored pollution controls at two coal-fired electric plants.
Microsoft enters mediation
CHICAGO -- Justice Department lawyers, state attorneys general and representatives of Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday met for the first time with a court-appointed mediator in an effort to settle the government's antitrust case against the software giant.
Knology announces merger
Knology Holdings, a Georgia-based cable television company, has merged with four other ITC Holding Co. subsidiaries, the company announced Monday.
Royal Bank of Scotland makes competing bid for NatWest
LONDON -- The Royal Bank of Scotland offered $43.2 billion for National Westminster Bank, already the target of an unfriendly offer by Bank of Scotland.
Georgia's exports rise 1.2 percent
ATLANTA -- An increase in exports from Georgia to Europe offset decreases to Asia and Latin America during the past 12 months, according to new state figures that show an overall boost of 1.2 percent.
Flying becomes big business
EVERETT, Wash. -- Where Amelia Earhart found adventure in the 1930s, big business saw opportunities for profit and started to focus on how to move more people more efficiently through the air.
Change marks Harlem area
With the not-long-ago relocation of a longtime business, an eerie silence fills the air around the vacant brick building at the traffic light in downtown Harlem. For years, the Prather and later the Culpepper Ford automobile dealerships stood as landmarks at the intersection.
Skillet meal in minutes
The Thanksgiving cooking marathon has passed, but now the typical holiday rush begins.When your schedule gets the best of you, take-out meals need not be nightly fare. With today's recipe for chicken potato skillet, you can whip up a homemade meal in no time.
Snoring can ruin your sex life. Not only because it results in your sleeping alone -- the tiredness and irritability brought about by obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway becomes temporarily blocked several times during sleep, can upset the sex lives of both genders, National Naval Medical Center researcher Janet Myers reports.
In the know
So what if you don't have a jewel of a smile. So says folk-rock star Jewel, who tells Glamour magazine that she has made peace with her crooked grin. ``As a kid I desperately wanted my teeth done, but we just never had the money. Then you grow up and get used to it. And the idea of wearing braces now is absurd. I don't care if my teeth are fixed or straight or what.''
Washington lobbyist up in arms for restaurant rights
WASHINGTON -- Rick Berman has a theory: When a group goes out for lunch and the first person to order asks for a glass of wine, somebody else will too. If the first person orders iced tea, forget it. The table turns into teetotalers.
Top toys for the holidays
Decades of loyalty to Barbie are continuing through the end of the century. Area holiday shoppers snapped up the doll and her accessories over the Thanksgiving weekend, making Barbie one of the top five selling toys.
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.
From the Middle Ages down to the 17th century, European big shots liked to eat big birds -- wading birds of the stork family, particularly cranes and herons.
Events put focus on AIDS
Success in battling AIDS might have unintended consequences in young people who no longer fear it and in waning public concern. Local activists and health care workers say they hope to fight those trends today.
Holiday sales increase in state
ATLANTA - Strong after-Thanksgiving sales in Georgia were buoyed by healthy consumer confidence, but some factories are slowing slightly, according to reports released Wednesday.
Strength appoints manager
Although he can't publicly campaign for the 2000 sheriff's race because he is a county employee, Richmond County Chief Deputy Ronald Strength now has someone else to organize support for him.
Nuisance lawsuit resolved
AIKEN -- Two brothers have settled a nuisance lawsuit that claimed Aiken County and Poultry Power Brands Inc. devalued their property by operating a foul-smelling composting facility next door.
Defendant enters plea of innocent
A Trenton, S.C., man charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot pleaded innocent Wednesday in Arkansas.
Jury's makeup diverse
More than a half-century separates the youngest and oldest members of Richmond County's special grand jury charged in coming months with investigating Augusta government operations.
Poll shows support for election funding
ATLANTA -- Nearly two-thirds of Georgia voters support public financing of state elections, according to a poll released Wednesday by a coalition of public interest and advocacy groups.
Rescue tool goes to county
Fire Engine No. 9 is hauling a new piece of equipment today -- the ``jaws of life.''
Signal center faces challenges
While the Fort Gordon Signal Corps continues to lose technically trained staff to the private sector, the training center has consistently upgraded its technology this past year, post commander Maj. Gen. Peter M. Cuviello said Wednesday.
Widowed father seeks help
Being a single parent is never easy. Having to support a family both emotionally and financially requires time and energy -- and sometimes it's a task that seems unachievable.
Panel recommends sentencing guidelines
ATLANTA -- An ad hoc panel of judges, prosecutors and victims' advocates Wednesday asked Gov. Roy Barnes to appoint a permanent commission to draft voluntary guidelines for sentencing felons.
Norwood: Elections may help legislation
A bill that would allow patients to sue their managed care companies if denied care now sits in a conference committee awaiting a merger with a much less aggressive U.S. Senate bill.
Across the area: Holiday parades set for this weekend
The following Christmas and holiday parades will take place this weekend:
Raising AIDS awareness
Paine College students Crystal Flucas (from left), Frank Orr and Misty Kendrick release balloons near the school's student center. The event Wednesday marked World AIDS Day, during which groups drew attention to the AIDS fight.
Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta engineer Jesse Temmermand (right) applies decals to a toy Wednesday in preparation for tonight's Toys for Tots party at the hotel as General Manager Darryl Leech watches. Many toys were donated for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Senators hear gamecock debate
ATLANTA -- A hunter and three breeders of fighting chickens got a frosty reception Tuesday in a Georgia Senate hearing when they opposed a bill to make animal cruelty a felony.
'60 Minutes' reporter researching SRS
A racial-discrimination lawsuit against some Savannah River Site contractors has attracted the attention of 60 Minutes.
Thunderbirds show cleared by FAA
Federal officials have agreed to allow a military stunt-flying team to perform in Augusta.
Senator honored by state
COLUMBIA -- Despite some health problems this year, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., is expected to be on hand Saturday, the day before his 97th birthday, when a massive bronze-and-granite statue of himself is unveiled on South Carolina's capitol grounds.
Prison escapee found
A Hancock State Prison inmate -- serving life plus 20 years after pleading guilty to murder and burglary charges -- briefly escaped Wednesday by hiding in garbage that was hauled to the Richmond County landfill.
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle erroneously said the time Chief Deputy Ronald Strength has been in the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. He is a 24-year veteran of the department.
Twenty-two graduate academy
Standing tall with their chests puffed out, each officer waited as his father, mother, wife or sibling pinned on a shiny new badge.
Artist's work in weekend show
AIKEN -- Raised in Aiken County on a dairy farm, Gail S. Dedmon began drawing her first artistic creations in the smooth dirt outside her family's home more than 30 years ago.
Board to director: 'No confidence'
The Richmond County Animal Control Advisory Board issued a vote of no confidence in facility Director Jim Larmer and called for his dismissal in 30 days if he doesn't shape up.
Committee passes clean air proposal
LAKE LANIER ISLANDS, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday approved an air-pollution-reduction plan that board members have been assured will pass muster with federal officials.
School choice unlikely to pass this year
Parents who thought they would be able to choose next year which public school their child would attend need to think again.
Schools stress character education
AIKEN -- South Carolina's attorney general says the only way to curb school crime is to teach character along with reading, writing and arithmetic -- and make it mandatory.
Witnesses name defendant in killing
SAVANNAH -- One after another, they stood up and identified him.
Woman seeks answers in missing cat case
Amy Sullivent is looking for answers about what happened to her yellow tabby cat at Richmond County Animal Control.
Protesters demand fair wages
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Union members are protesting a South Georgia paper plant over pay to tradesmen they say is too low.
Area stations get boost from law
Two area low-power TV stations have a new lease on life thanks to the legislation signed by President Clinton this week.
Across the area: Officials give new TB tests at school
More than a week after school officials were told a student was suspected of having tuberculosis, a second round of skin tests was given Tuesday at Lakeside High School.
Father charged in death
WARRENVILLE -- An Aiken County man had been out of prison just a few weeks when he apparently brought home a woman his father didn't want in the house.
Woman wants to provide good holiday for children
A head-on collision a mile east of Highway 25 left one family without much hope for a good Christmas this year.
Youngster discovers old badge
WHITESBURG, Ga. -- Cody Allman, 6, brought mystery and intrigue to his first-grade show-and-tell class when he displayed a Chicago police officer's badge and credentials that had been missing for 39 years.
No train this year in Hilton Head
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Missing from under at least one Christmas tree this year will be an elaborate railroad display that for four years has drawn young and old train enthusiasts to a business on Hilton Head Island.
Deputy coroners hope to obtain research grants
AIKEN -- Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend has deputized a former city councilwoman and a local grant writer to help dig up some answers to infant mortality issues, suicides, traffic fatalities and alcohol-related deaths.
Psychiatric facility faces loss of funding
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- An Upstate psychiatric hospital faces the loss of its Medicare payments if it fails to correct health and safety problems, federal inspectors say.
Board touts funding health coverage
ATLANTA -- Providing health coverage to more poor Georgians, school nurses, smoking prevention and cancer research programs are among the recommendations the state's Board of Community Health approved Tuesday for spending most of the state's share of a national tobacco settlement.
Economy hurt by poor jobs
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina has received poor to failing grades in a new study of economic indicators.
Mrs. Helen Chalker
SILOAM, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Griffith Chalker, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Warrenton Health Care Center.
Mrs. Diane Griffin
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Diane Williams Griffin, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Dankie Jones
RICHMOND, Va. -- Mr. Dankie Jones, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999.
Mrs. Clara Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Clara Massey Smith, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.
Mr. Freddie Corbett Sr.
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Freddie Corbett Sr., 55, of Myrtle Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Michael Chance
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Michael Preston Chance, 38, of Red Hill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.
Mrs. Maggie Richardson
AIKEN -- Mrs. Maggie Willing Richardson, 94, of Silver Bluff Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Healthcare Center.
Mr. Marion Robinson
ISLANDTON, S.C. -- Mr. Marion Percy Robinson, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999.
Mr. John Mundy
FRESNO, Texas -- Mr. John William ``Bill'' Mundy, 56, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Houston.
Mrs. Louise Moody
Mrs. Louise Bryant Moody, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mrs. Gladys Kendrick
BRONX, N.Y. -- Mrs. Gladys Nichols Kendrick, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999.
Ms. Cathy Scott
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Cathy Sue Scott, 35, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Julian McCorkle
DEARING -- Mr. Julian E. McCorkle, 57, of Reeves Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Katherine Syms
Ms. Katherine Nelms Syms, 94, of Martinez, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Ferrell
Mrs. Mary Ellen Ferrell, of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Marie Patterson
WAGENER -- Mrs. Marie Piper Patterson, 97, of Stonemill Road, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Bevely Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aiken.
Mr. Fred Nelson
Mr. Fred Nelson, 76, of 12th Street, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Ollie Jefferson
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Mr. Ollie Jefferson died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Fort Hamilton Veterans Hospital.
Mr. Willie Ivey Sr.
Mr. Willie Ivey Sr., 55, of Ruby Drive, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at University Hospital.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Jamal Easley, infant son of Kelvin Easley and Contessa Norman, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.
Mr. Randall Norris
GLOVERVILLE -- Mr. Randall ``Randy'' Norris, 39, of Project Road, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Ronnie Sanders
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Ronnie Sanders, 45, of Carroll Street, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. Julian McCorkle
DEARING -- Mr. Julian E. McCorkle, 57, of Reeves Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Vivian Williams
Mrs. Vivian Williams, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Country Side Estates.
Mr. Dennis Selby
AIKEN -- Mr. Dennis Bilderback Selby, 76, of Seneca Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Aiken Adult Care.
McCormick, S.C. -- Ms. Buryl Cabble Tymms, 92, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999.
Ms. Sue Dickson
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Sue Bates Dickson, 72, of Frances Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Laments usurpation of parents' rights
I think as an American; I live as an American. I do the ``9-to-5'' and spend countless hours with my family. I pay my taxes, help my neighbors and feed stray animals. I work with my children on school projects and always sit down with my children's teachers whenever needed. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and Washington Gov. Gary Locke were a day late in calling up the National Guard to help put down violent anti-World Trade Organization demonstrators Wednesday.
Defends 'obnoxious' Auburn fans
This letter is in response to J. Knight's Nov. 24 defense of the Georgia fans at the Auburn-Georgia game. David Allen, Aiken
There was a lot of wasted time at Monday's Augusta Commission meeting.
Decry 'scapegoating' of Lynx player
We fully agree that Augusta should stand behind the Lynx team. Although we don't know how far they will go, but the worstcomments come from the Lynx's team management (office not included). Mitch & Laura Jarrett, Martinez
30 years justified
How much attitudes have changed regarding the crime that dare not speak its name was evident Monday in Circuit Court Judge James Williams Jr.'s Aiken courtroom.
Hits cable TV for misleading ads
For several years the cable TV industry has spent millions on negative advertising that targets satellite broadcasters, crying and bemoaning the fact that local programming and major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX) are not available to dish subscribers. Chris L. Smith, Augusta
A dangerous giveaway
One of the worst mistakes of Jimmy Carter's presidency was his insistence -- ratified by a spineless U.S. Senate -- on surrendering all U.S. control over the Panama Canal by 2000. So, on Dec. 31, a dangerous transfer of power occurs: The U.S. military (including important anti-drug smuggling units) leaves while Communist China assumes virtual control of the vital waterway.
Deadly M.D. report
The Institute of Medicine report that medical mistakes kill more hospital patients than traffic accidents, breast cancer or AIDS is appalling.
Opposes dress code at Butler High
I am responding to the Nov. 7 letter by the principal of Butler High School, Chris Henry. I have to disagree completely for three reasons. Since I am the young voice of America, I feel I have to speak out. Jeff Jones, Augusta
Some sour grapes
Veteran Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy was defeated for re-election nine days ago and he still hasn't officially conceded the race, much less congratulate the winner, Marion F. Williams, and wish him well.
Hits poor usage in criticism of editorial
It appears that 40 of the faculty and staff of Westside High School take exception to the ``uninitiated opinion'' expressed in an editorial concerning the English skills of one of their colleagues (letter, Nov. 24). How sad that these 40 did not detect the poor usage. How sad that they hurt the case of their colleague through their oversight. Don F. Gonella, Ph.D, Martinez
Defends judge's review of warrants
Your recent editorial characterization of Judge William D. Jennings III could not be furtherfrom the truth. William J. Sussman, Augusta
Urges solution to pollution problem
Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is at it again. He's creating the political sound bite at the expense of solving a problem. It appears thatthe city of Washington, Ga., is having trouble complying with the law that protects those of us who live downstream. Frank Carl, Augusta
Urges change from Clinton's policies
By now most Americans know that the Chinagate affair involved the theft of our country's most sensitive and top secret nuclear weapons technology from U.S. government laboratories. The troubling part of all this is the fact that Bill Clinton was aware of this ongoing Chinese espionage and did nothing about it! Frank Murphy Jr., Aiken
Denounces opinion on Bible courses
Regarding Bible courses in public schools, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker was quoted saying, ``It is my official opinion that courses that include reference to the Bible may survive First Amendment scrutiny only if their content is determined to be secular and they are taught in a secular, objective manner.'' Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta
Charges discrimination by health group
The recent decision by United Health Group (one of the nation's largest managed-care companies) to give doctors the final say on what is medically necessary is a step back in the right direction, but it is not all that it would seem on the surface. David Proefrock, Ph.D., Augusta
Notes help for Alzheimer's victims
Everyday, more than 4 million American families face the overwhelming task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. These families and other caregivers are in desperate need of help-support, education, training, financial assistance, and time away from constant caregiving demands. This challenge will only grow in the years ahead as the number of Americans with the disease is expected to reach 14 million by 2050. M. Kevin Howard, Augusta
Believes 'choice' is made before sex
I find it amazing that Mary Beth Pierucci thinks Planned Parenthood is taking some moral high ground in not selling fetal tissue. The ultimate reality is a dead human baby; it is only relative as to how you dispose of the body. Gary Fuller, Augusta
Explains Humane Society's role
I'd like to bring attention to an erroneous statement concerning the CSRA Humane Society made by Jim Stringer in his Nov. 21 letter. Mr. Stringer stated, ``The Humane Society has locations that can handle these stray animals that no one wants. Spend money and update these locations if you like.'' Kerry Crockett, Augusta
Study: Good health habits can extend life by about a decade
WASHINGTON -- What's a healthful lifestyle worth? Maybe six to 10 extra years of life, new research suggests.
FDA urged to label --and not to label -- biotech foods
WASHINGTON -- Consumer groups urged federal regulators Tuesday to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients and to tighten the approval process for biotech crops, but the food industry fears such labels would unfairly stigmatize the products.
Nationwide computer tracks guns used in crime
WASHINGTON -- Illegal gun traffickers beware: Law enforcement officials are now equipped with a new nationwide computer system to track you down.
First complete juvenile T. rex found
NEW YORK -- The first nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex has been found in South Dakota and is being prepared for study in a Texas laboratory, researchers said Tuesday.
Brain scans suggest Gulf War illness is real
CHICAGO -- Brain scans of soldiers who say they suffer from Gulf War illness suggest they have brain damage, possibly from chemicals they were exposed to during the conflict, researchers reported Tuesday.
Dell focuses on novice users with simple Webpc
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Dell Computer Corp. unveiled a new line of personal computers Tuesday that forgo fancy features and focus on easy, quick Internet access for the novice.
Busy hurricane season ends
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top weather officials marked the end of hurricane season Tuesday with a warning that tropical storm regions seem to be heading into an era of more and bigger storms.
Mini-Zip virus tears through computers
SAN FRANCISCO -- A computer virus rampaged through corporate systems, devouring files, crippling e-mail systems and affecting thousands of computers Tuesday, according to anti-virus experts.
Amazon.com takes stake in Web merchant Ashford.com
YORK -- Amazon.com is expanding its empire yet again, taking a stake in the all-around luxury goods Web merchant Ashford.com, the companies said.
Company to stop giving experimental drug to Lou Gehrig's sufferers
WASHINGTON -- A Pennsylvania company says it can no longer afford to provide sufferers of Lou Gehrig's disease with an experimental drug that many believe prolongs life, prompting fear and anger as patients scramble to find alternatives.