Commute longer than average
Most suburb-to-city commuters know that Augustans spend significantly less time staring at brake lights than our metropolitan neighbors in Atlanta.
Groups exchange business tips
Aside from an ad in the Yellow Pages, Ceasar Forbes has yet to spend a penny marketing his business. He doesn't need to. He has more than a dozen people on the streets feeding him new customers every week.
Restaurant-goers aren't just leaving with a doggie bag, they're stuffing the silverware, china and just about anything else they can get their hands on into pocketbooks, jackets and shopping bags.
Tech firm has national reach
Things are very different outside Augusta for Drayton, Drayton & Lamar. Around town, the information technology firm couldn't find enough work to pay the lease on its Columbia County office.
Hokrein: Giving is a profitable option
In truly economic terms, the owners of business have but one reason for existing, especially in a capitalistic society. They exist to make a profit.
Work ethic drives CEO
Colleagues say to understand her is to dance with her. Charlene Sizemore, chief executive officer of Sizemore Personnel Inc. -- which has 24 offices in six states -- steps and moves to a beat all her own.
Brothers take care to offer more
It sounds like an odd combination at first: a barber shop, a dry cleaners and a car wash under the same roof.
Exec stresses being prepared
Staff Writer Heidi Coryell sat down with Charlene P. Sizemore, CEO of Sizemore Personnel Inc., to talk about business strategies in personnel services as well as the challenges she faces as one of few top-ranking female executives in the Augusta area.
Brauer: Rules keep economy game going
Everyone is familiar with the Monopoly board game. With luck and skill, the best competitor wins the game by acquiring market power that gradually strangles the competition into bankruptcy. Or take an Olympic 100-meter race: eight competitors line up, they race, and the fastest one wins the gold medal. When competitors race, someone must win!
Man chronicles life in pictures
Through the viewfinder of his camera, Robert Symms has watched two generations of Augusta's children grow.
Business people stop to pray
Gary Redding talks while cell phones ring and pagers buzz. He's used to competing with the tools of modern business.
Hope through science
The site manager for one of Monsanto's most important facilities, Greg Kurdys, knows the rumors are out there. He knows there is controversy and speculation.
Product to boost bovine lactation raises concerns
Ten days into his hunger strike and Robert Cohen is granting interviews to anyone who will listen. He has to be heard, he says, before he loses consciousness.
Hotels cleared of gouging
The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs has cleared all but four of 14 Augusta area hotels accused of price gouging during the Hurricane Floyd emergency in September.
E-business booms for at-home book dealers
WINTERVILLE, Ga. -- Donny Seagraves doesn't doubt the business experts who say e-commerce is the wave of the future. Ms. Seagraves is riding that wave.
Coca-Cola chairman will retire
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola's chairman and chief executive is stepping down in April after only 2 1/2 years in the top jobs in a move that surprised many who felt the world's biggest soft drink company has weathered the worst of its recent financial troubles.
Business briefs: Blue-chip stocks drive average down
NEW YORK -- Blue-chip stocks succumbed to a spate of profit-taking and a shake-up at The Coca-Cola Co. on Monday, but a wide range of technology stocks rose amid optimism about future growth.
Work on assisted living community begins
Developers have broken ground on what will be the fifth and largest assisted living community to be built in Augusta during the past two years.
Family finds truth to tale of lost sailor
As he sat on a ferry motoring toward the rusty, twisted hulk of a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor, years of memories flashed through Winston Carter's mind: images of an older brother leaving home for the Navy, a newspaper boy carrying word of the Japanese attack, a mourning mother dreaming at night that her son was still alive.
Pearl Harbor survivor angry over graves
HONOLULU -- Buried beneath the vast lawn at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are the remains of 647 unidentified servicemen killed Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Controversial wars covered in photographs
The Korean and Vietnam wars differed greatly from the first and second World Wars. There were divisions within government and society over whether the nation should be fighting in those battles.
Off the Wall: The car wash only puts dirty thoughts in girls' minds
"He looked at her ...," I say breathily. "She looked at him ...," Max growls. "And those chamois strips started shakin'...," Leila says, doing a little shimmy.
In time for the holidays
This holiday season, television is offering several new Christmas specials and movies. Never fear, several old favorites, including Frosty the Snowman and It's a Wonderful Life, will return for their annual airings. Here's a look at some of the yuletide TV treats:
Rapid weight loss can cause gallstones
Q: What causes gallstones? -- P.G., Harlem.
Character work earns honor for Aiken mayor
AIKEN -- Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will be honored Thursday for embodying the positive character qualities he has promoted throughout the city for nearly a year.
Getting the job done
Lindburg McLeod takes his time carefully blowing leaves out of a gutter on the roof of one of the apartments at Georgetown Villas in North Augusta. He has the job of clearing leaves off the roofs before they become a problem and begin clogging the gutters.
Davidson profiled for teen magazine
Students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School are in the news again -- this time as the focus of a feature for one of the country's leading teen magazines.
Juvenile facilities examined
AIKEN -- The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice is examining the possible regionalization of juvenile detention facilities, the agency's director said Monday.
Jail worker charged with DUI loses job
A Columbia County jailer, charged with drunken driving in Richmond County over the weekend, was fired Monday.
Standards for mobile homes set
AIKEN -- New minimum standards for used mobile homes in Aiken County are set to become law Dec. 15.
Organization remembers victims, survivors of attack
For Quentin Shivers it was his most unforgettable birthday. Etched in the Augusta man's memory, Dec. 7 -- 58 years ago -- is a date most Americans aren't likely to forget. A Marine Corps private first class stationed in Hawaii, Mr. Shivers turned 21 on the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Empty Stocking Fund: Child wants radio for Christmas gift
All her 11-year-old daughter wants is a radio. She has never received Christmas presents and the last time she had anything new was when she was 4.
State clears facility in missing cat case
Richmond County Animal Control has been cleared by the state of any wrongdoing in the disappearance of Baxley, the yellow tabby cat.
Oliver selected as finalist for job he never asked for
Augusta City Administrator Randy Oliver was on the short list for an open administrator's position in Hernando County, Fla., but Mr. Oliver said Monday it was a list he should never have been on.
Parades showcase Christmas
Santa Claus had a busy schedule Sunday, ringing his sleighbells at parades in Martinez, North Augusta and Jackson.
Juan Carlos Cortes, (left) Club Car's sales representative for Latin America, navigates as Steen Schlerff, company sales representative for northern Europe, drives over rocks at North Augusta's Riverview Park during a national sales meeting.
Several MCG deans opt to retire early
Medical College of Georgia faces losing not only its president to early retirement but also several of its deans, according to a preliminary list.
Injured teacher suffers brain damage
The Richmond County middle school teacher stabbed two weeks ago in her classroom is in a vegetative state and is battling pneumonia, her doctor said Monday.
Heart patient returns
Trees and shrubs dressed in red ribbons and twinkling lights are common this time of year. But at the Moretz home in Summerville, the trees are adorned with yards of yellow ribbons, cut-out white paper hearts and a huge ``welcome home'' sign.
Across the area: Rescuers request state compensation
WALHALLA -- Rescue agencies are hoping to recoup some of the more than $226,000 spent working to recover a girl's body from the Chattooga River.
Trade talk hits home in Georgia
Turtle costumes and tear gas may seem far removed from Augusta's back yard, but tens of thousands of protesters outside the World Trade Organization talks last week only echoed a familiar tune to area farmers and textile workers.
Gun sales increase as millennium nears
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Ted Gragg never thought there was a market for gas masks, but with the millennium approaching, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range already has sold 200 this year.
Empty Stocking Fund: Mother wants to give children holiday meal
Getting off welfare is her ultimate goal. For this single mother on the Welfare to Work Program, what she wants most this Christmas is to be able to provide a nice Christmas meal for her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.
Across the area: Man struck by car dies from injuries
A local man died Monday after being struck by a car on Jimmy Dyess Parkway late Sunday, police said.
Teens face charges for bomb calls
It may have been a prank, but school officials say they were not amused by the recent bomb threats at Harlem High School, and seven students are now facing felony charges.
Proposed plan ups water cost
Augusta utility customers will pay about $2.5 million more next year in increased rates under the city's proposed 2000 budget -- about the same amount lost on uncollected utility bills since 1996.
Police continue search for missing teen
As police dogs scoured North Augusta in search of clues, Barbara Johnson sat by the phone Monday night, waiting for her missing daughter to call home.
Actress debuts behind scenes
Imagine this: A young girl, about 7 or 8 years old, running through the aisles of a local grocery store singing songs from the hit 1980s television show Fame.
Search for families continues
BURNETTOWN - A son lit a candle for the father he had never seen, a soldier lost in the service of his country on a battlefield in World War II. One by one they came to honor those fathers, sons, brothers and uncles during the dedication of Horse Creek Valley Veterans Park held last October on Veterans Day.
Gas marketers protest price publication rule
ATLANTA -- Georgia natural-gas suppliers want to stop the Public Service Commission from collecting price information for publication because they say consumers already have ample protection in a competing market.
Police look for missing teen-ager
North Augusta police found new clues Sunday in the weekend abandonment of a 3-month-old baby and the disappearance of her teen-age mother.
Travels spawn artwork
AIKEN -- When New York-based artist Brent Wahl began taking photographs out the window of a moving train last year, he never thought they would be the focus of his next exhibit.
Opera kicks off celebrations
Life has Loveliness to Sell was the message. And the Augusta Children's Chorale singers were the messengers.
Mrs. Mary Perry
Mrs. Mary C. Perry, of Country Place Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Ernest Kennedy
GRANITEVILLE -- Mr. Ernest James Kennedy, 44, of Gregg Street, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Shores
Mrs. Mary Willie Brewer Shores, 87, of Mason Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Henry Tawzer Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Earl Tawzer Sr., 56, of Tignall Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Bertha Lawton
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Bertha Smith Lawton, 89, of Roosevelt Heights, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mrs. Mary Patterson
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Mrs. Mary Hairston Patterson, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Edward Webb
ALTO, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Burnett Webb, 64, of Grant Mill Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999.
Mr. James Lynn Jr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. James L. Lynn Jr., 75, of Main Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.
MAYFIELD, Ga. -- Dalvin Devonte Johnson, infant son of Danny Williams and Louie Nadean Johnson, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Johnnie Jones
Mr. Johnnie J. Jones, of Second Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. John Bennett
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mr. John Billy Bennett, 70, of West Ogeechee Street, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.
Mr. D.A. Lollis
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. D.A. Lollis, 73, of Quail Run Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Earnest Brown
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Earnest Roy Brown, 65, of 11th Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Downtown.
Mr. Jimmie Walden
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Jimmie Manton Walden, 63, of Seldon Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lorene Willis
RAYLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Lorene Willis, 72, of Philomath Road, died Friday, Dec. 3, 1999.
Mrs. Corrie Skinnell
CLOVER, S.C. -- Mrs. Corrie Aultice Skinnell, 98, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Forest Lake Health Care, Martinez.
Mr. Kenneth Thomas
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Kenneth S. Thomas, 87, of Route 1, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Dublin.
Mrs. Mollie Radford
DEARING -- Mrs. Mollie O. Radford, 77, of Gay-Hillman Road, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Russell Still
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Russell Still, 73, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999.
Mr. William Todd Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Franklin Todd Sr., 73, of Murrah Forest Road, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Edith Kruszka
Mrs. Edith Eleanor Kruszka, 79, of Milledgeville Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Nellie Rowe
Mrs. Nellie Findley Rowe, 89, of Beman Street, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Magnolia Hill.
Mrs. Otelia Ashley
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- Mrs. Otelia Brookins Ashley, 94, of White Plains Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at Greene Point Health Care Center.
Mr. John Bunch
Mr. John V. Bunch, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Alma Woodward
AIKEN -- Mrs. Alma Irene Watkins Woodward, 91, of Maple Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Charlotte Bagenstose
LIMA, Ohio -- Mrs. Charlotte S. Bagenstose, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Lima Convalescent Home.
Mr. Edward Long
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Edward Preston Long, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Hampton
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn Hampton, 74, of Georgia Highway 24 East, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999.
Rev. Catherine Jones
WARRENVILLE -- The Rev. Catherine Sue Smith Jones, 53, of Pine Log Road, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Billy Pierce
AIKEN -- Mr. Billy G. Pierce, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Ralph Henson
HENSON -- Entered into rest Monday, December 6, 1999, MR. RALPH ALLEN HENSON, 37, of 2920 Eidson Drive, Augusta, Georgia, beloved husband of Mrs. Ginger Marie Carlyn Henson. Additional survivors include his fa
Mr. James Lynn Jr.
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. James L. Lynn Jr., 75, of Main Street, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his residence.
Wants surplus returned to taxpayers
When the Georgia General Assembly convenes in January we will learn how our representatives intend to spend Georgia's pro-jected $700 million budget surplus. Notice I use the word ``spend'' because politicians see budget surpluses as ``honey pots'' -- money that can be doled out to reward friends, punish enemies and help them to get re-elected. Sonny Pittman, Augusta
Rips NAACP's boycott over flag
I am writing about the Confederate flag controversy. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is doing nothing but stirring up a mess for the sake of publicity. It just wants something to cry about so people will feel sorry. Stephanie Tingen, Trenton
Says Panama Canal editorial 'paranoia'
Why exactly is it that your paper continues to churn fear and paranoia about China? Your Dec. 1 editorial, ``Dangerous giveaway,'' is pure speculation peppered with an opinion from U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., a statement of fact from former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger and an inference from Boston University professor John Tierney, and should be below your standards for accuracy. R. Scott Belford, Augusta
Phase in wage hike
When public officials ask for higher salaries or expenses, the general presumption should be to ``just say no'' -- unless they can demonstrate need or cause.
Want stockade for Humane Society
I sincerely hope that the commissioners in Augusta have enough backbone to approve leasing the stockade to the CSRA Humane Society. There is an immediate and overwhelming need to protect the multitude of animals that are abandoned, abused and neglected in our area. This shelter is a necessity! Shame on anyone who would block this effort. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere
Blames owner for cat's misfortune
I read with great interest your Dec. 2 article, ``Woman seeks answers to why cat is missing.'' J. Combs, Martinez
Relates own assault at Murphey school
Teachers are more often attacked by vicious lies than they are physically assaulted. However, the recent attack is not the first time a teacher has been physically assaulted at Murphey Middle School. Bernard W. Clark, Augusta
Says fort contains too much land
I read that volunteers are needed to plant 1,000 trees at Fort Gordon to help check erosion. This brings up two points: Lindsey H. Howard, Grovetown
Believes GOP field isn't `limited'
Having just watched the Fox News broadcast of the New Hampshire GOP presidential debate, I can only hope every American of voting age will take the opportunity to explore the platform of each candidate carefully and vote his or her conscience. Dave Caddell, Augusta
Roger Clinton, dupe
There now emerges a new cheerleader for one of the world's worst dictatorships: First Brother Roger Clinton.
Calls Texas school's bonfire 'wasteful'
I don't want anyone to think I am not sympathetic toward the families of the tragedy at Texas A&M University, but I am going to stick my neck out to be gunned down by some Texas cowboy. ... Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah
Slams Clinton-Gore Red China ties
There was fund-raiser Johnny Chung, on the Fox News network, describing how he carried money from the Chinese Communist government to the Democratic National Committee. He minced no words as he told how, at one time, he was given a large amount of cash by the general in charge of the People's Liberation Army, along with the express statement, ``We like your president, and want to see him succeed.'' Robert Smock, Hephzibah
Internet and taxes
According to most retailers in our area and around the country, this is shaping up as one of the best Christmas buying seasons in years. But as good as it is, it would even be better if not so many shoppers were doing their buying over the Internet.
A military `defeat'
Is it time Puerto Rico was given its independence? The U.S. commonwealth, which pays no federal taxes but receives billions in U.S. aid and benefits, has decided it doesn't want the Navy to ``practice bomb'' Vieques island.
Raps lack of construction information
Why does the city decide not only to block roads but also not warn drivers where there is no construction? I was driving down Wheeless Road and instead of getting to my destination I had to turn around at the end of the road! There were no signs posted at the intersection of Deans Bridge and Wheeless roads informing drivers that the constuction was at the end of the road. Carin V. Tichgelaar, Augusta
SATs good or bad?
There's a difference of opinion between the Democratic governors of our two-state area regarding SAT scores.
Declares tax-cut editorial was faulty
Re the Dec. 3 editorial ``Bush's bold tax cuts'': Chuck Tatum, North Augusta
Ford quits lobbying group that attacks global warming
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. has withdrawn from a lobbying group that leads opposition to the Kyoto climate treaty, saying credible evidence of global warming exists and companies should work together to find technological solutions.
Post-traumatic stress linked to traffic injuries in children
CHICAGO -- A study of children and teen-agers injured in traffic accidents found that 25 percent suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, but most parents sought no help for them.
Dell extends its Linux use to PowerEdge
AUSTIN, Texas -- Red Hat Inc. got red hot Monday when Dell Computer Corp. announced it was factory-installing the Linux operating system on a line of computers, becoming the first major manufacturer to do so.
NASA tools keep elderly balanced
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The same technology used by NASA to measure the equilibrium of space shuttle crews when they return from flight is hard at work at Arlington Hospital, where it's being used to help patients, particularly the elderly, prevent falls and the resulting fractures.
Mars lander investigation continues
PASADENA, Calif. -- With hope fading fast for the Mars Polar Lander, NASA investigators may have to face the possibility of never really knowing what went wrong with the spacecraft 157 million miles from Earth.
The idea of an ice hockey league for youth was hard to imagine for 17-year-old Ben Lesshafft when he moved to the Augusta area from Lexington, Ky.
The second posthumous release from slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. hits record stores. The album, Born Again, has guest appearances from just about everyone in rap, including Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Nas and Eminem.
Editor's note: The Y2K bug apparently struck early at Advice Line, so no calls were recorded for this week's problem. So, you get a second chance at helping solve this teen's situation.
THE FACTS: Shannon Lynn Hutto, 15, a sophomore at Cross Creek High School.