Business briefs: Stock close higher to end slight slump
NEW YORK -- Stocks drifted to a mixed finish Monday, with the Nasdaq composite index emerging from a session-long slump to close slightly higher. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 14.68, to 11,391.08, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 5.94 to close at 3,975.38, just past its previous record of 3,969.44.
Y2K fears power generator sales
Home generator sales have been strong all year, and there's no sign of slowing during the final days of 1999.
Heavenly Rest drew crowds
One of the stunning reminders of Grovetown's past is pictures of buildings that have now passed into oblivion.
Children imagine next century
On a day deep in the 21st century, Rohan Manocha awakes and reads the newspaper on the Internet. He eats a capsule for breakfast, takes a hydroelectric bath and then goes for a walk on the moon.
In the know
Holy hot rods! Batman's Adam West narrates a look at the movie industry's love of cars in such venerable vehicles as Bikini Beach (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Love Bug (1969) and American Graffiti (1973). Hollywood's Hot Wheels airs at 8 on AMC.
Off the Wall: Ganging up on a teen evens the odds
"Mo-ther!" Rosalyn yells from inside the refrigerator, "there's something bleeding in here!"
Age old question: Enjoy good times with mother before it's too late
Q: My mother is slowly slipping away. She's all I have left. How will I handle losing her? -- M.H., Grovetown
Makeup adds glitz to the new millennium
Shiny makeup kissed by Jack Frost and fairy-dusted by Tinkerbell's wand will color the millennial party face and extend throughout the winter.
All signs pointing to middle age
Everybody got back to work Monday, and, naturally, we were all talking about our Christmas presents.
County OKs construction of new jail
AIKEN - After a delay that spanned nearly a decade, construction of a new detention center finally moved forward last week when Aiken County Council approved a nearly $15 million spending package.
Police seek Augusta resident on battery, cruelty charges
An Augusta man with a history of violence is being sought again by police on charges of battering his former girlfriend and her child.
Bomb found in mailbox
State authorities removed an explosive from a Columbia County family's mailbox Monday, less than two weeks after a similar device destroyed a mailbox at the same residence.
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about a man who was robbed by two men asking for directions.
Heavenly Rest drew crowds
One of the stunning reminders of Grovetown's past is pictures of buildings that have now passed into oblivion.
Island's retreat opening
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The 21st century, the Confederate flag issue, the Information Age, morals and ethics are just a smattering of subjects that will entertain attendees at Renaissance Weekend, a discussion forum and family retreat beginning today.
Officials say they're prepared for Y2K
ATLANTA -- The 1996 Olympics and Hurricane Floyd offered Georgia officials chances few other states have had to prepare for whatever may happen this weekend if computers crash with the onset of the year 2000.
Marines group joins monument effort
AIKEN -- The Marine Corps League of Aiken County has joined the national effort to raise money for the World War II memorial set to be built on the Mall in Washington.
Partyers prepare for Y2K
With one hand full of glittering party hats, Annette Estrada counted friends on her other hand. Instead of going out this New Year's Eve, she plans to get together at her Aiken home with family and friends.
Tammy Mitchell, right, offers a helping hand to Kristen Welther, 6, on her in-line skates at Virginia Acres on Monday, taking advantage of the cold but dry weather
Fire chief faces critics
Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few fended off criticism Monday of the fire department's response to the blaze that destroyed a 16-unit building at River Creek Apartments and left 30 people homeless.
Troubled children get help
Richmond County school officials say no warning signs pointed to the behavior that recently caused a 14-year-old pupil to viciously stab his middle school teacher.
Returns keep stores busy after holiday
Santa's come and gone. Unfortunately, many of the gifts left under the Christmas tree are the wrong sizes, wrong colors or wrong toys. Consequently, hundreds of shoppers ventured into local stores Sunday, braving long lines, bustling crowds and frustrating parking situations.
Mother tells son's story
If Shayna Lively's deadly drive down the wrong side of a one-way road wasn't enough to persuade people who are drunk not to get behind the wheel this New Year's, Patricia Kelly has another message.
Rookies race for vacancy
AIKEN -- With equally clean political slates, Pat Cunning and Jim Sutherland say they hope their ideas about what's good for Aiken will win one of them their first elected office.
Lor-Jen Inc. employees William Quackenbush (left) and Howard Smalls painted the trim on windows outside the former JB White department store building on Broad Street in downtown Augusta on Monday.
Extra deputies set for New Year's Eve
Richmond County authorities are gearing up for a New Year's Eve celebration unlike any other.
Worry about upcoming millennium not new
To Richard Landes, the Y2K bug isn't all that scary.
Many to count down new year on time clock
Scot Bristow's New Year's Eve outfit will be a lopsided chef's hat with a matching white shirt and a baster.
Mortgage insurance companies face suit
Several Augusta-area homeowners have filed suit against their mortgage insurance companies, alleging illegal kickbacks to lenders that harm consumers.
New Year's photographs to be shared with readers
Got big plans for New Year's? Expecting some unusual adventures?
Across the area: Meeting to discuss dam scheduled
The city of Augusta will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Julian Smith Casino to allow residents to voice opinions and concerns about the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to decommission the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.
Welfare reform slow in area
For Stephanie Fulton, it is a crippling lifestyle that strips away much more than it gives.
Skills school readies women for jobs
A poster of snapshots of children stood on an easel in the front of Paine College Chapel.
Army Corps warns owners to move boats
Boats docked along the Savannah River near Augusta should be taken out of the water or moved to deeper channels during a scheduled river drawdown Jan. 16-21, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Falcons donate tickets to area students
With a slice of pizza in one hand and a dirty bird in the other, Columbia Middle School pupil Gary Thigpen cheered.
Suspicious package was hoax
An early morning bomb scare on Broad Street turned out to be an elaborate hoax, investigators said.
Across the area: At least 10 die in holiday wrecks
COLUMBIA -- At least 10 people have died on South Carolina roads this holiday, the state Highway Patrol says.
Augusta parents adopt daughter from Russia
Her name was going to be Nicholas. That's because Katrina Dowds parents were sure she'd be a boy.
Mr. James Baker
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. James A. Baker, 68, of Scruggs Cemetery Road, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mrs. Frances Franklin
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Frances Kirkland Franklin, of Robbie Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in Augusta.
Mr. Herbert Jackson Sr.
Mr. Herbert L. Jackson Sr., 79, of Evans, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Kyoko Holmes
Mrs. Kyoko A. Holmes, 59, of Colonial Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Clifford Golatt Sr.
Mr. Clifford Golatt Sr., 76, of Wharton Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Boddie
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Jones Boddie, 60, of Hephzibah Church Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Vianne Drayton
TEMPLE HILL, Md. -- Mrs. Vianne Farmer Drayton, 49, of Hargrove Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999.
Mr. Stanley Hill
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Stanley Roy Hill, 40, of Route 6, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Newberry County Hospital.
Mr. Fletcher Felder
SALLEY -- Mr. Fletcher Felder, 75, of Union Hill Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Anna Marie Nursing Center, North Augusta.
Mr. Tennyson Branch Sr.
RENTZ, Ga. -- Mr. Tennyson Ross Branch Sr., 45, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mrs. Leona McCord
Mrs. Leona McCord, 85, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Victoria Greco
AIKEN -- Mrs. Victoria Van Coppenolle Greco, 79, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Rebecca Sabb
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mrs. Rebecca Jackson Sabb, 80, of County Route 1, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Allendale County Hospital.
Mr. Michael Evans
AIKEN -- Mr. Michael R. Evans, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Joann Usry
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Joann Quigley Usry, 65, of Quail Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Richard Churnside
Mr. Richard Rodney Churnside, 45, of Martinez, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Thelma Rothwell
AIKEN -- Mrs. Thelma Boyer Rothwell, 78, of Larchmont Place, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mozelle Posey
GRANITEVILLE -- Mrs. Mozelle Langley Posey, of White Way, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Earle Corley
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Earle Corley, 83, of Corley Farm Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Thomas Lowe Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Thomas B. Lowe Sr., 61, of White Pine Drive, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Christine Mobley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Christine Tobias Mobley, 71, of Willis Foreman Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lula Hallman
Mrs. Lula Hallman, of Horton Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.
Miss Fannie Carpenter
GRANITEVILLE -- Miss Fannie ``Bess'' Carpenter, 94, of Ergle Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Magaline Screen
BATH -- Mrs. Magaline Norman Screen, 76, of Screen Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Essie Spradley
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mrs. Essie Fulmer Spradley, 98, of Fairchild Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Lexington Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Joiner
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Robert Joiner, 71, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Joe Biggerstaff Sr.
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Joe M. Biggerstaff Sr., 68, of Lehigh Avenue, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Charles Walker Sr.
Mr. Charles Franklin Walker Sr., 73, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Belle Geter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Belle Geter, 89, of Long Leaf Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care.
Mr. Makeson Griffin
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Makeson Griffin, 42, of Old Greensboro Road, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Leroy Harris
Mr. Leroy Harris, 57, of 10th Street, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Margie Allen
TRENTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Margie Gray Allen, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Hannah Razis
Mrs. Hannah Razis died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.
Mr. James Curry
Mr. James M. ``Big Bubba'' Curry, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Miss Deveka Williams
Miss Deveka Wynomi Williams, 27, of Fenwick Street, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Melvin Abney
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Melvin R. Abney, 56, of Pine Grove Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Appreciates construction project
Our hats are off to the Blair Co., which has been working in Augusta's Lakemont section off Washington Road for over two months. They have been digging up the streets and installing sewer lines and a new 8-inch water line on Bluebird Road. George Schaeffer, Augusta
Clinton's 'tort reform'
The Clinton administration, in the pocket of the super-wealthy trial lawyers' lobby, is notoriously opposed to any kind of tort reform, no matter how high the litigation explosion sends up insurance, taxes and other costs to consumers.
Lauds hospital; raps O'Quinn view
As a physician on staff at University Hospital, I think the spiteful, grossly inaccurate Dec. 20 guest column by Dr. Mary O'Quinn -- a pathologist on staff of the competing, for-profit Doctor's Hospital -- must be answered. Bleakley Chandler, Jr., M.D., Augusta
$2,460 tax bite hidden
A shocking study by the National Taxpayers Union reveals that the tax burden is much heavier than you think.
One can always find reasons to be fearful of the future, and that's especially tru as the 1990s draw to a close. The Y2K millenium bug, warnings of terrorist attacks on Americans at home and abroad have a lot of people jittery as we head toward 2000.
Speaks out on three county issues
This is in response to some surrounding county governments' lack of responsibility. W. Bell, Augusta
Disputes explanation of black progress
In response to the letter by Carl Rafoth, I must take exception to his statements regarding "colored'' people. Samuel D. Dasher Jr., Augusta
Says VA bans Rebel memorial flag
My great-great grandparents were poor farmers in Yadkin County, N.C. They sent their first six sons and a son-in-law to fight in the ``War of Northern Aggression.'' Only two sons returned. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta
Vermont ruling appalls
Vermont's Supreme Court has handed homosexual lobbyists their greatest legal victory ever: Benefits and protections granted to married heterosexuals must be extended to same-sex couples.
Take issue with therapies viewpoint
We would like to applaud Shirley McIntosh for her Dec. 4 column titled ``Excessive worrying may signal a disorder.'' Such efforts provide a much needed service to the community by helping to increase awareness and decrease stigma associated with mental health problems in general and anxiety in particular. Aubrey L. Moore, Ph.D. Sabina C. Widner, Ph.D., Augusta
Finally, a new jail
For nearly 10 years building a new jail has been Aiken County's top priority -- and now, finally, the work is going to be done. The County Council, under pressure from the state and federal governments, has OK'd a $15 million spending package to put the project on a fast track.
Defends flying of Confederate flag
I'm really beginning to wonder about a lot of us white folks: It seems that too many of us are just refusing to disagree with anyone of the black race -- out of the fear that we'll be falsely labeled a racist. Are we being outsmarted here, or do we just not have the courage to be ourselves? P. K. Fitzgerald, Harlem
Tells tales of medical incompetence
Marsha Mason (letter, Dec 20) is not alone when she complains about the incredible incompetence of some doctors in our area. Sally Henry, Augusta
Blasts pitcher Rocker's 'trash talk'
I was very sad to find out about the comments Braves pitcher John Rocker made to Sports Illustrated. Greg Mason, Martinez
Worries that 'we would lose it all'
Thank you for Rick McKee's Dec. 16 cartoon on the editorial page and the warning it brings to the people of this blessed land of the United States of America. Don Essex, North Augusta
Comment on canal giveaway
Several letters and the Dec. 15 cartoon on the subject attest to The Chronicle's interest in this alarming Panama subject.Harold F. Truchsess, Martinez
Cites logic for continuing recycling
Betsy Hart in her Dec. 17 guest column, ``Recycling a futile exercise in atonement,'' said nothing to help me understand her negative point of view. It sounded like she was attempting to rationalize not spending the small effort it takes to reduce waste, recycle and conserve our limited resources. She does not make the point, but I would agree that some municipal recycle programs are a burden to the taxpayer. However, others (such as the program that Augusta was part of) are models of cost and efficiency. John Simpson, Martinez
Officials: All systems go for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- Eat, drink and be merry on New Year's Eve, because the advent of the year 2000 should cause few, if any, problems, a bevy of federal officials said Sunday.
Stem-cell transplant in mice successful
WASHINGTON -- Researchers have successfully transplanted cells that eventually develop into sperm, giving new hope of fatherhood to young males who undergo cancer treatments that damage their reproductive potential.
Space shuttle Discovery returns home
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew returned to Earth on Monday after fixing the Hubble Space Telescope during a Christmastime mission that gave NASA a badly needed success.
Y2K chief will report regularly to Gore
WASHINGTON -- The White House's top Y2K adviser will report regularly to Vice President Al Gore this weekend as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to monitor computer problems in this country and abroad.
Y2K worries move Peace Corps
WASHINGTON -- Fearing disruptions by the Y2K computer glitch, the Peace Corps is moving volunteers in nearly a dozen countries to locations deemed safer at the start of the year.
Internet boon escalates
NEW YORK -- The profound technological changes spawned by the Internet accelerated in 1999, making it even easier for people and businesses to buy products and services, find information and communicate with one another.
Most Web shoppers happy
NEW YORK -- Early indications are that the vast majority of Americans were satisfied with their online buying experiences this holiday season; but horror stories abound with some customers saying they won't shop on the Web again.
Year 2000 raises tech question: Have we squashed the bug?
NEW YORK -- Is time spinning technology out of control? The answer, in some measure, may come this week as Year 2000 unleashes the computer bites of Y2K, a technical bug that has grown economic, behavioral and logistical legs.
Government tips on getting ready for Y2K problems
To prepare for possible Y2K problems, President Clinton's Year 2000 team offers these tips:
Community, utilities prepare for worst case of Y2K
Many people will ring in the New Year with the ding of a time clock being punched.
THE FACTS: Brandy Collins, 15, a sophomore at Barnwell High School.
Friends' manhandling is not appropriate
``I'm having a lot of trouble with my guy friends. They're always wanting to put their hands all over me. How can I tell them nicely to stop and still be friends?'' -- 14-year-old Augusta girl
Monica Lewinsky's alleged dalliance with the president of the United States put her at the center of a sex scandal that threatened to topple a presidency.FILE