Burger King recalls Pokemon toys
Just weeks ago, Burger King's promotional Pokeman toy was so hot so that restaurants were running out of them. Now the fast food chain is asking customers to bring them back.
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.
Holidays not always busy time
Though the holidays are notoriously busy for most retailers, for others it's the slowest time of the year.
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.
Business briefs: Jefferson County may get Crider plant
Officials with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce confirmed Tuesday that Crider Inc. could be interested in building a chicken processing plant in Louisville.
Heavenly Rest drew crowds
One of the stunning reminders of Grovetown's past is pictures of buildings that have now passed into oblivion.
Local architect's mark endures
The carefully painted wallpaper is shades of blue and cream with smoky green, a lush picture of palm trees and clear sky, scattered sprays of flowers or a small bird lending a vibrant touch of pink or blue.
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.
New year, old tradition
Since it's the turn of the century, I probably should suggest that your New Year's Day menu signify an ``out with the old, in with the new'' philosophy. But it's my belief that some traditions will remain well into the next millennium.
Scientists say there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne. With a suggested serving of five glasses per 750-milliliter bottle, each of us would have about 10 million bubbles in our flute.
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.
Champagne not just a New Year's Eve drink
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Scientists say there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of champagne. Is that what makes champagne so special?
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
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 Tuesday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
All signs pointing to middle age
Everybody got back to work Monday, and, naturally, we were all talking about our Christmas presents.
Tipper Gore to undergo thyroid operation
WASHINGTON -- Tipper Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore, is undergoing surgery to remove a nodule recently discovered on her thyroid gland, her spokeswoman said today.
Home sales rebound in November
WASHINGTON -- Feeling confident and with money to spend, Americans pushed up sales of existing homes in November after higher mortgage rates had helped drive sales down four months in a row.
Indigent care fund gets boost
In a late Christmas present, hospitals that serve a greater share of Medicaid and uninsured patients -- including University Hospital -- will get a bigger check from the state this year.
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
Georgia fourth-fastest growing state
ATLANTA -- The population boom that has made Georgia one of the nation's fastest-growing states throughout the 1990s is showing no signs of letting up.
Author cites Clinton affair
Texas lawyer Dolly Kyle Browning, who says she had a longstanding affair with President Clinton, was in North Augusta on Tuesday promoting her two books on the subject.
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.
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.
New Year's photographs to be shared with readers
Got big plans for New Year's? Expecting some unusual adventures?
City considers water authority
Augusta's troubled water system might yet become the charge of an appointed government authority.
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.
Payments for utilities lost in the mail
A U.S. Postal Service error earlier this month has caused some Augustans to be late on utility-bill payments.
Extra deputies set for New Year's Eve
Richmond County authorities are gearing up for a New Year's Eve celebration unlike any other.
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.
Judge allows photos in exploitation trial
A judge has cleared the way for prosecutors to use any of thousands of photographs taken from the home and office of child psychologist Robert Bruce Craft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hannah Guske, 5, shows off her talents on the monkey bars at Riverwalk Augusta's Oglethorpe Park while her father, Chris, watches with enthusiasm from the railroad ties below Tuesday afternoon.
Few vying to have first millennium baby
Instead of stockpiling water and batteries, Renee and Michael Pettinato have been stockpiling diapers. She is due Friday and her expected baby boy, John Michael, could end up as the much-hyped first of the millennium.
Pair killed in home fire
Two people died Tuesday in an early morning fire that destroyed a Beech Island home.
Museum on cotton outlined
Bill and Simmie Moore have long dreamed of establishing a cotton museum on the second floor of the historic Cotton Exchange building they bought and renovated in 1988.
Hospitals' indigent care fund gets boost
Hospitals' indigent care fund gets boost State department of health to increase trust to help shoulder costs incurred by local facilities
State's holiday sales high
ATLANTA -- Georgia shoppers gave merchants their merriest Christmas ever, according to estimates released this week.
Missing teen's body found
AIKEN -- A body positively identified as missing teen Tiffaney Shereese Wilson was found in a wooded area in Aiken County on Tuesday, police said.
Banker wins first office run
AIKEN -- Banker Pat Cunning won his first attempt at elected office Tuesday, beating opponent Jim Sutherland by a landslide in the Aiken City Council Republican primary.
Senator wants children to recite Declaration
AIKEN -- A West Columbia state senator wants South Carolina schoolchildren to know their country's founding principles -- as well as the alphabet and numbers -- so well that phrases such as ``life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'' roll off their tongues.
Across the area: Jury indicts driver in hit and run case
A Richmond County grand jury issued an indictment Tuesday against a man accused of being the driver who struck and seriously injured two children in October.
Budget set for fiscal year 2000
Augusta commissioners balanced the city's year 2000 general-fund budget Tuesday by giving more to some, taking away from others, raising fees, closing recreation centers and cutting the contingency fund to the bone.
Mrs. Mary Boddie
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Jones Boddie, 60, of Hephzibah Church Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- James Allen Dorr, infant son of Richard Allen and Misty Dee Tullius Dorr, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Magaline Screen
BATH -- Mrs. Magaline Norman Screen, 76, of Screen Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Ina Durden
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ina Chapman Durden, 85, of Gray Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Jenkins County Hospital.
Mrs. Rosa Houston
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Rosa Bell Ryans Houston, 76, of Academy Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Adelle Creech
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Adelle Still Creech, 94, of Solomon Blatt Avenue, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.
Mr. Leroy Harris
Mr. Leroy Harris, 57, of 10th Street, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Ruby Jacobs
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ruby Jacobs, 87, of Fairfield Street, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Anne Sack
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Anne Yarborough Sylvester Sack, 89, of Donaldson Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999.
Mr. James Lindsey Jr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. James ``Jim'' Morgan Lindsey Jr., 79, of Alexander Avenue, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. William Bell
Mr. William Blaisdell Bell, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Monteen Thompson
Mrs. Monteen L. Thompson, 81, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Belle Geter
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Belle Geter, 89, of Long Leaf Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Forrest Lake Health Care.
Mr. Otis Redd Jr.
Mr. Otis Martin ``O.M.'' Redd Jr., 82, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Victoria Greco
AIKEN -- Mrs. Victoria Van Coppenolle Greco, 79, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Claudine Johnson
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claudine Oglesby Johnson, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Miss Deveka Williams
Miss Deveka Wynomi Williams, 27, of Fenwick Street, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at her residence.
Ms. Mary Walker
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Mary Lue Walker died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Central State Hospital.
Mr. Hugh Rhodes Jr.
Mr. Hugh L. ``Jack'' Rhodes Jr., 72, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital.
Rev. Walter Porterfield
GLOVERVILLE -- The Rev. Walter Porterfield, 75, of Myrtle Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Ms. Clara Ransom
SPARTA, Ga. -- Ms. Clara Ransom, 92, of Providence Health Care, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Jacqueline Johnson
Ms. Jacqueline Johnson, of Bowdoin Drive, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Tennyson Branch Sr.
RENTZ, Ga. -- Mr. Tennyson Ross Branch Sr., 45, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mr. Freddie Williams
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Freddie Lee Williams, of Keron Way, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Paul Murphy
THOMSON -- Mr. Paul Murphy, 71, of Whiteoak Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Miss Katherine Perry
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Miss Katherine ``Katie'' Angel Perry, 17, of Larne Court, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in Marianna, Fla.
Mr. William Noles
AIKEN -- Mr. William A. ``Billy'' Noles, 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 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. Kyoko Holmes
Mrs. Kyoko A. Holmes, 59, of Colonial Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at her residence.
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. Stanley Hill
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Stanley Roy Hill, 40, of Route 6, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Newberry County Hospital.
Mrs. Joann Usry
GIBSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Joann Quigley Usry, 65, of Quail Road, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Michael Evans
AIKEN -- Mr. Michael R. Evans, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. R.B. Watson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. R.B. Watson, 80, of Gray Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mrs. Hannah Razis
Mrs. Hannah Razis died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.
Ms. Jennifer Lois Rinker
BEECH ISLAND -- Ms. Jennifer Lois Rinker, 22, of Beard Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Lula Hallman
Mrs. Lula Hallman, of Horton Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Nancy Leaphart
AIKEN -- Mrs. Nancy Mildred Hair Leaphart, 78, of Edisto Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Robert Joiner
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Robert Joiner, 71, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Jesse Fortson
ELBERTON, Ga. -- Mr. Jesse Albert ``Pa'' Fortson, 70, of Sweet City Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Blair House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Mary Herringdine
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Smith Herringdine, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mr. James Baker
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. James A. Baker, 68, of Scruggs Cemetery Road, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mr. William Wilson
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Mr. William Eason ``Bo'' Wilson, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.
Mrs. Vianne Drayton
TEMPLE HILL, Md. -- Mrs. Vianne Farmer Drayton, 49, of Hargrove Road, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999.
Mr. Raymond Hannah
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. -- Mr. Raymond Hannah, 60, of Gunther Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.
Mrs. Mi Bradshaw
MARGATE, Fla. -- Mrs. Mi Young Bradshaw, 60, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami.
Mr. Larry Elliott
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Larry Herbert Elliott, 60, died Monday. Dec. 27, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Marie Bushree
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Marie Victoria Bouten Bushree, 98, of Main Street, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Silver Springs Healthcare.
Criticizes Barnes' education 'reform'
Sue Burmeister's Dec. 13 guest column on education reform was timely and well done. All of thestates that Gov. Roy Barnes says he is looking at as models for education reform have the office of education responsibility under the Department of Education. Gov. Barnes wants all of the meaningful DOE duties assigned to a new bureaucracy reporting to him. J.H. Strickland, Evans
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
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
Seeks 'equality' for Stars and Stripes
American Indians have a right todemand that every American flag beremoved if theConfederate flag is removed. R.A. Benner, Aiken
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.
Offers solutions to budget crunch
Let us keep it simple. The Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and Water Works should not be on the budget-cutting block. However, a six-year freeze needs to exist. Every other department and contribution needs to be up for consideration, including contributions to various agencies. For future budgeting, we need to do a two-time dip into the retirement, water and reserve funds to meet our year 2000 and 2001 short comings. Charlie Hannah, Augusta
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
Bashes Commission over center delay
I am a parent of a child who attends the after-school and summer programs at the current Blythe Community Center. Have the commissioners ever been to the current building? Sandra Schumann, Hephzibah
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
Rips Augusta fire chief's actions
I am writing for two reasons. First, there is something positive that has come from this fire tragedy. The management staff at River Creek Apartments have done an amazing job of providing for the families who have lost everything they owned. The community with the help of some media and local businesses have caused a staggering amount of support in donations and monetary funds. Fran Hall, Augusta
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
Don't fire Rocker
Braves' ace closer John Rocker needs a lesson in holding his tongue.
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.
Jury probe needed
What is the state of the Augusta-Richmond County's water and fire hydrant pressure? What is the state of its Fire Department's preparedness?
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
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.
Blames pet owners for control problem
Instead of blasting the Animal Control facilities, look to yourselves. If most pet owners were more responsible there would not be such a need for an animal pound or shelter. Sherry Jones, Thomson
Russia's Strategic Missile Forces pass final Y2K tests
MOSCOW -- Russia's nuclear arsenal and its defense satellites are fully prepared for a trouble-free transition into the year 2000, the head of the Strategic Missile Forces said Tuesday.
Some Web sites take Y2K precautions
WASHINGTON -- Taking last-minute precautions, the Pentagon and the federal personnel agency are shutting down some of their public Internet sites this weekend to keep them safe from computer hackers as the calendar rolls over to 2000.
Study suggests experimental stroke drugs might help MS
WASHINGTON -- Experimental drugs being tested as stroke treatments may have the potential to treat multiple sclerosis, too, new research suggests.
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.
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.
Ford Motor Co. has built a test car, the Prodigy, shown in this handout photo, with the space and convenience of a Taurus sedan that gets more than 70 mpg thanks to a long list of high-tech improvements.
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.
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.
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