Augustan engineered success
It's common for a son to work for his father's company. But Rick Toole wouldn't know anything about that. His father went to work for him.
Hokrein: To strike balance, just say no
Balance. The older we get, it seems, the more we need equalization in diverse areas of our collective life.
E-mail privacy questions blur lines
Employees who assume that your e-mail is private, take note. Old rules about written correspondence still apply: If you don't want everyone to read it, don't write it down, managers say.
Affiliate marketing can be effective
Marketing a business on the World Wide Web presents executives with a new and often complicated path toward promoting themselves.
Exec stresses being prepared
Staff Writer Damon Cline sat down with Rick Toole, president of W.R. Toole Engineers, to talk about his involvement in various industrial development organizations and his vision of Augusta's economic future.
Delicious book tells the story of two candy men
Consider for a moment the Tootsie Roll. Sweet and innocent, it's a symbol of childhood and Halloween dreams.
Cover story: At home at work
When 28-year-old media specialist Carla Boyd married a Ford Motor Co. executive who worked in Detroit, she had to make a choice: live with her husband in Michigan or stay and work in Memphis, Tenn.
Brannen: Tight times call for tricky tactics
Recruiting employees is difficult in the current tight labor market because the demand for labor at all levels is up and the supply is not expanding as it once was.
Getaways help workers bond, generate ideas
Last year, local human resource company MAU took its officers and top managers to Beaver Creek, Colo., to go skiing. They stayed in a hotel together, ate meals together and learned to ski together.
Brauer: Education industry needs to change
For the past several years, my annual forecast for the U.S. economy has become boring, if upbeat: the longest U.S. economic expansion ever has brought us more good times, more economic growth, more income, and a higher standard of living.
Old world custom still in use today
Andrea Conrad has a vision of one day designing beautiful stained glass windows, the kind that softly light chapels and bring warmth and character to area homes. It's a skill she can't learn at any school. It's a craft that can only be learned working as an apprentice by the side of a master.
Americans are optimistic about life in 2010. According to three surveys by the Yankelovich Partners , a consumer research firm. Sixty-three percent of Americans say they will be ``as happy or happier'' in the 21st century, and 36 percent believe they'll have more free time.
E-commerce start requires savvy
The Internet is a global super-mall expected to generate $95 billion in revenue by the end of 1999, but local businesses say establishing a presence in cyberspace requires the same business savvy as opening shop on Main Street.
Building's form interferes with chamber's function
When he realized that he could make two offices out of one at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, President Jim West hired a contractor to build a door frame.
Family takes company's growth slow
Joan Clark knew she would have no problem selling her family's tangy barbecue sauce once she got it in the grocery stores.
Small business cashes in on Internet
You know that confused and helpless feeling you get when you take your car to the repair shop?
Career marked by success
Tim Maund, longtime executive director of the CSRA Regional Development Center, cleaned out his office a couple of weeks ago.
Business briefs: Nasdaq loses Qwest stock to Big Board
DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. jumped from the Nasdaq stock market to the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in a move aimed at attracting global investors and lowering the volatility of the company's stock price.
In a supporting role
Jodie Foster reveals in the January issue of Ladies' Home Journal how motherhood has changed her life and her career.
In the know
Zoom, the interactive weekday show starts its second season on PBS with a cast of seven kids solving brain teasers, playing games, trying science experiments and generally having fun. It airs at 3 p.m. on WCES-TV (Channel 20) and at 5 p.m. on WEBA-TV (Channel 14).
All Things Considered' sound bites will star on Internet
It's 3:40 on a Thursday afternoon, and Bob Boilen is wheeling his chair like a bumper car around his office at National Public Radio.
Job offers relief from holidays
Finally, the holiday season is over! Is it just me, or did this Christmas/New Year seem to go on forever?
Blue Angels show set for April
The Navy's Blue Angels air-show squadron will perform April 1-2 at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.
Fire chars open acreage
Acres of golden sagebrush quickly turned to charred soot Monday as firefighters from nine departments fought to contain a raging fire that destroyed more than 50 acres at Beech Island.
Across the area: Family identifies fourth fire victim
MORROW -- Family members identified the fourth victim of a fire that destroyed a house in Atlanta's southern suburbs as David Bradshaw, WSB-TV reported Sunday.
Woman to stay in state custody
A Grovetown woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of her neighbor will remain at Georgia Regional Hospital, a judge has ruled.
Response saved life of sailor
Riccardo Fino felt ``someone was working for me'' when he was sprayed with a caustic chemical while unloading cargo in Savannah. Burn surgeon Joseph Still at Doctors Hospital said it was a quick response that probably saved the Italian sailor's life.
Mid-year budget plan cuts taxes
ATLANTA -- A tax cut, a partial bailout of the health plan covering state employees and some new education initiatives highlight a mid-year budget plan unveiled Monday by Gov. Roy Barnes.
Educators praise program
Teaching a child to read is no easy task. But this year Georgia educators have the chance to better prepare themselves to teach reading. And local teachers said the opportunity has been well worth it.
Barnes withholds bill's details
ATLANTA -- Next week's presentation of Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' sweeping education-reform legislation could catch parents and teachers off guard, even after he has led hours of public meetings on the topic.
Augusta State University student Bethany Seepe, 19, sits by Augusta Canal at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with Tucker, her 4-month-old yellow Labrador. Monday was Tucker's first visit to the canal. Rain and lower temperatures are forecast for today.
Alibi put man on list of suspects
Investigators considered Sajid F. Leslie just another interview subject three days after firefighters found his ex-girlfriend's body in a burning car.
Shooting under investigation
A former deputy killed last week during a standoff with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office was being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at the time of the shooting.
Documents define 'relative' differently
It's all relative when it comes to city officials and employees' families.
Lawmakers consider changing tax structure
ATLANTA -- The way the state of Georgia gets its money has changed in the past five years, reflecting a shift in the economy toward greater reliance on the service sector.
City's water among best in America
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greenville's water supply is so well protected and well managed that it is among the best in the nation, water quality experts and environmentalists say.
Board will elect new mayor pro tem
Five Augusta commissioners will be sworn in today, and a new mayor pro tem will be selected.
Volunteer makes 'VOICE' her priority
AIKEN -- On most week days, Geneva Riley Greene can be found in the activity room of the new Valley Outreach Interfaith Center, or VOICE, as the service is known throughout Horse Creek Valley.
Across the area: Sheriff's deputies net 30 holiday DUI arrests
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested at least 30 people for driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, including one driver who also was charged with child endangerment.
Project almost finished
Two new rest areas west of the Appling-Harlem exit along Interstate 20 in Columbia County are just weeks away from being completed, officials said.
Highway exit numbers change
Interstate 20 exits across metro Augusta will be renumbered next week as part of a statewide plan to put Georgia's freeway system in line with the rest of the nation.
Courthouse declared oldest in Georgia
It was probably the most historic case Columbia County Probate Judge Pat Hardaway had ever seen.
Braves' loss hindered career
AIKEN -- He has moved from a three-bedroom trailer on Redd Street to a partially bricked home on Alan Avenue.
State Capitol renovations enter second phase of work
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers will have access to 21st century technology when the General Assembly convenes for the 2000 session at the Capitol next week.
Mrs. Pauline Harris
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Pauline Graham Harris, 99, of Kinney Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mr. William Lindley
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Franklin Lindley, 66, of Tracey Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Roberta Cribb
Mrs. Roberta Royall Cribb, 80, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. John Kreashko
GROVETOWN -- Mr. John Kreashko, 69, of Katherine Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Sammie McClain
LANGLEY -- Mr. Sammie Gary McClain, 87, of Dunbar Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ruth Davis
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Ruth Bryan Davis, 83, of Honeysuckle Road, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Clayton Polk
AIKEN -- Mr. Clayton Alan Polk, 48, of Bluff Pointe Way, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Freddie Whittle
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Freddie Fellows Whittle, 75, of Church Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Madge Abernathy
CENTRAL, S.C. -- Mrs. Madge Mitchem Abernathy, of Vickery Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Anderson Medical Center.
Mr. Crawford Gilmore
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Crawford L. Gilmore, 65, of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Robert Harvey
Mr. Robert Lee Harvey, of 13th Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. E. Clyde Murphy
AIKEN -- Mr. E. Clyde Murphy, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Muriel Ingram
AIKEN -- Mrs. Muriel Astor Garvin Ingram, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Pepperhill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Mrs. Marion Miller
Mrs. Marion L. Miller, 75, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital, Clayton.
Mrs. Bernice Gladin
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Bernice McAfee Gladin, 86, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Westbury Medical Care Home, Jackson.
Mrs. Marcella Thompson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Marcella Thompson, 80, of Timberwood Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Willie Mickens
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Neal ``Chuck'' Mickens, 83, of Augusta Highway, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. William Jennings
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William L. Jennings, 74, of Curtis Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Charlotte Dent
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Mrs. Charlotte Beaufort Dent, 82, of Stanley Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Ollie McGowan
Mrs. Ollie Sutton McGowan, 84, of Burton Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.
Mrs. Jeanette Dicks
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Jeanette H. Dicks, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Alex Quattlebaum
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. Alex Quattlebaum, 49, of Plain Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Johnnie Coleman
UNION POINT, Ga. -- Mr. Johnnie Coleman, 75, of Washington Road, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Grace Muns
GARFIELD, Ga. -- Mrs. Grace Smith Muns, 56, died Monday, Jan. 3, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.
Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr.
Mr. Melvin Wilson Sr., of Laurel Street, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Reba Freeman
Mrs. Reba Jane Freeman, 72, of Broad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Lois Driggers
BATH -- Mrs. Lois Jackson Driggers, 80, of McKinney Street, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. James Burke Sr.
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. James D. Burke Sr., 81, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Columbia.
Mr. Henry Hightower
BAMBERG, S.C. -- Mr. Henry Reed Hightower, 46, of Third Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Shirley Powers
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mrs. Shirley Dicks Powers, 66, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Columbia.
Mrs. Mary Harmon
ALEXANDER, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary C. Hadden Harmon, 56, of Church Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Richard Regan Jr.
BUFORD, Ga. -- Mr. Richard ``Rich'' D. Regan Jr., 29, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Joan Glancey Memorial Hospital, Duluth.
Mr. Coley Jennings
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Coley Jennings, 74, of Marion Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Earnestine Wilson
Mrs. Earnestine M. Wilson, 77, of Tobacco Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Ms. Mary Wiley
Ms. Mary Wiley, of 9th Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Central State Hospital, Milledgeville. She was 109.
Mrs. Ester Powell
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mrs. Ester Lee Powell, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Treutlen County Nursing Home.
Mr. Charlie Sapp
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Mr. Charlie Dean Sapp, 69, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999.
Mrs. Gladys Atkinson
ATLANTA -- Mrs. Gladys Proctor Atkinson, 92, of Clifton Road North East, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Wesley Wood Hospital.
Mr. Ralph Dixon
AIKEN -- Mr Ralph Oliver Dixon, 79, of Horry Street, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Beatrice Lewis
Mrs. Beatrice Lewis, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Alice Campbell
WINDSOR, S.C. -- Mrs. Alice K. Campbell, 64, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Margie Danforth
Mrs. Margie Thomas Danforth, Old McDuffie Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Joe Whitener Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Mr. Joe Whitener Jr., 75, of Delhi Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Wilbur Toole Sr.
LANGLEY -- Mr. Wilbur A. Toole Sr., 83, of Augusta Road, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Ackerman
AIKEN -- Mr. Charles Henry Ackerman, 77, of Wrights Mill Road, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Claude Lloyd Jr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Claude James Lloyd Jr., 69, of Crane Court, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Effie McKay
AIKEN -- Mrs. Effie Lou McKay, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Carriage Hills Plantation.
Mrs. Gladys Fulmer
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mrs. Gladys Shealy Fulmer, 89, of Hollywood School Road, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Lucious Pope
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Lucious Pope, 92, of Peter Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.
Mr. Joe Moran
Mr. Joe O. Moran, 96, of University Drive, Evans, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.
Mr. John McDonald
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. John Zachary ``Zac'' McDonald, 19, of Stella Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Hits decommissioning Lock and Dam
Now that we have a date that the so-called ``test'' will be run to decide if the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam should be decommissioned, as citizens we should get together to stop this tragedy.
Slams candidacy of George W. Bush
To quote Gov. George W. Bush, ``The government ought to trust local folks to make decisions.'' Is this his answer to Dr. Sam Francis (The Chronicle, Nov. 24) whose column recommended the press ask questions about El Cenizo, Texas. He also states the laws and ordinances enacted by the city council is tantamount to treason against the United States. Hila S. Long, Augusta
Rips Braves' Rocker for comments
While I agree in principle that Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker has the right to say whatever he wants, and while I agree that he has the right to earn a living, I also have the right not to support his way of living. If he cannot respect those who make his millionaire salary possible, why should I patronize his team? Luis R. Scott, Grovetown
Wants tough laws
Re the attack on teacher Gail Hendrick: Gloria Smith, Martinez
Fears Russia will ignite World War III
The Russians are relentlessly forging ahead toward the total destruction of the tiny Republic of Chechnya. Thanks to the generosity of the International Monetary Fund, billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have been funnelled into financing the murderous Russian attacks! This again proves that bombs and missiles triumph over inept and feeble diplomatic efforts and that small countries are prone to subjugation by large, unscrupulous nations. Al Kotras, Augusta
The first big news of the new year was Boris Yeltsin's surprising announcement that he was resigning the Russian presidency. Such A move had been long rumored, but it was still a shock when it came.
Ruminates over various topics
No wonder teachers are having such a hard time. Our president says that nine years now make a decade. I wonder what he thinks the ``dec'' denotes? Would he accept nine ones in exchange for a $10 bill? Robert L. Murray Sr., Augusta
Blasts critic of fire department
It really bothers me when I read a letter like the one from Fran Hall on Dec. 29. Does she have nothing better to do than to downgrade a fire department and its command? Kim Noble, North Augusta
A 2000 tribute!
What a tribute that Augusta area residents were able to put aside concerns about the Y2K bug and terrorism scare talk (in many parts of the country) to come out New Year's Eve for the largest and, many say, the most fun street party in the city's history.
Says Dorsey needs to mature
Rick Dorsey, a fledgling sports columnist, has found a political football to kick around. He should read Cal Thomas's Dec. 28 column and learn how a mature person handles a little verbal flap. The way Mr. Dorsey rushes to the minority side, he is saying they are inferior and they need my help. A good course in ``Logic 101'' would help him. Faber Hance, North Augusta
Hits Corps over oil at Russell Dam
After reading Bill Babb's short opinion article on the pump back turbines at Russell Dam, I agreethat ``750,000 fish killed is a significant number'' contrary to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report. However, I think that he missed one of the most importent aspects of the pump back and that is the environmental damage due to water contamination by turbine oil. Ted Leavins, Leah
Defends Animal Control chief
Recent comments by Mary Kathleen Blanchard and other letter writers to your publication are wrong about Jim Larmer.
Bashes stand on homosexual rights
In response to the statement in the Dec. 21 editorial: ``If homosexuals are put on an `equal' level with heterosexuals, the former will naturally ask for the same benefits as the latter,'' I am shocked and outraged. Homosexuals are equal to heterosexuals and should be treated as such.
Hits decommissioning Lock and Dam
Now that we have a date that the so-called ``test'' will be run to decide if the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam should be decommissioned, as citizens we should get together to stop this tragedy.
Tells 'real' Buffalo Soldier story
In a Dec. 28 letter by P. K. Fitzgerald the author states that ``slaves freed by Gen. William T. Sherman followed him out West and `slaughtered' America's native `colored man,' the American Indians. These freed blacks were known as Buffalo Soldiers.'' Dennis M. McClendon, Evans
1999's worst quotes
Each year we publish the worst, most biased quotes of the past year, as determined by 44 judges recruited by the press watchdog organization, Media Research Center, headed by L. Brent Bozell.
Focus on computer flaw leads to unexpected technology improvements
LONDON -- Keeping its planes airborne and punctual at the start of the new year was satisfaction enough for Virgin Atlantic Airways, which spent $20 million to inoculate its computers against the millennium bug.
Monday could reveal Y2K glitches
Americans looked overseas Sunday for hints of Y2K trouble in the world's earliest time zones, where employees already began returning to offices for the workweek and turning on computers and other systems for the first time in 2000.
Most New Year's glitches not Y2K
Call them non-Y2K bugs. Most of the technology snags reported by governments and businesses in the millennium's dawn -- from failed cash machines in Italy to nuclear plant shutdowns in the United States -- had nothing to do with the feared computer glitch.
U.S. markets run smoothly, firms remain on alert
NEW YORK -- Investors were surprised to see the date Jan. 3, 100, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Web site Monday morning. But the minor glitch was one of only a few in the first day of trading in the New Year.NEW YORK -- Investors were surprised to see the date Jan. 3, 100, on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Web site Monday morning. But the minor glitch was one of only a few in the first day of trading in the New Year.
Americans find it's 'business as usual' in Y2K
WASHINGTON -- From Main Street to Wall Street, Americans returned to work Monday, logged onto their computers, checked their e-mail and found that whatever Y2K bug there may have been had largely crept back from whence it came.
Y2K glitch reported at nuclear weapons plant
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The Y2K bug infested a computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Y-12 nuclear weapons plant but it did not affect operations or workers, Energy Department officials said Sunday.
Wal-Mart expands Web site
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's biggest retailer, relaunched its Web site on New Year's Day with an expanded selection of clothes, books and appliances, along with such new features as e-mail reminders about anniversaries and birthdays.
Bechtel settles negligence suit
AIKEN -- Bechtel Savannah River Inc. has settled a lawsuit with a local woman who accused the corporation of negligence resulting from an accident in which a radiation shield fell on her.
Y2K no problem for SRS
Computer experts at Savannah River Site were able to quash the Y2K bug before it even began to bite, reporting two minor glitches that occurred before the new year.
Talking can help ease communication problems
``My parents are always fighting, and I can't take it anymore. I told them how I feel, but they won't stop. It's so depressing I can't even sleep at night.'' -- 15-year-old Augusta girl
Cobain's death tops teens' list
Last week, we ran The Augusta Chronicle teen board's selection of the 10 most memorable events of its generation, roughly between the years 1980 and 1999.
Fighting the abuse
``I've been going out with this guy for about two years, and I want to break up with him because he gets really violent. Sometimes when we fight he slaps me in the face. When I told him I wanted to break up with him, he said he'd commit suicide. I don't know if I should tell my mom and dad because then I'll get in trouble for not telling them he hit me in the first place.'' -- 17-year-old Augusta girl
THE FACTS: Monica Noble, 17, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.