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City works to keep incubator
The company operating the city-owned small-business incubator is pulling out amid financial problems.
Sportswear seller will be auctioned
Just For Feet is for sale. The financially troubled Birmingham, Ala.-based sportswear company has been unable to sell the company and will put itself up for auction, a recent corporate statement said. A court hearing to schedule the auction is set for today. Just For Feet Inc., a national chain with more than 100 stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Del., in November.
Business briefs: UPS declares jump in year's net income
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service reported a 37 percent increase in net income for the final three months of 1999, its first quarter since becoming a publicly traded company.
In private, Norman is down to earth
NEW YORK -- She's the diva of Girl Scout cookies. Opera star Jessye Norman sold more than 2,000 boxes in the past year -- ``my best year ever,'' she says.
In the know
You've heard of the majors in golf? Well, now you can major in golf. Johnson & Wales University's Florida campus in North Miami is offering a bachelor's degree in sports-entertainment-event management with a concentration in golf management.
Forecasters' guesswork 'troubling'
That's my conclusion after more than a week of watching dozens of television weather people stand in front of large, colorful maps with furrowed brows trying to predict whether it will snow, sleet or rain. And you know what?
Computer problem delays shuttle launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A last-minute problem with a critical computer delayed space shuttle Endeavour's launch today on a mission to map a still-unknown planet: our own. NASA held the countdown at the 20-minute mark while engineers scrambled to solve the problem. Endeavour would not have lifted off on time anyway because of rain and thick, dark clouds. Shuttle managers had two hours this afternoon to get Endeavour off the ground with six astronauts and 13 tons of radar equipment, but it didn't look good, at least from a weather perspective. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Former officer pleads guilty
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- For the longest time, Edward J. Fallen Jr. denied the crime that nobody wanted to believe he'd committed.
County seeks fund method for highway
AIKEN -- If Augusta's Bobby Jones Expressway is to get jump-started northward beyond the roadblock at the Savannah River, it will be up to Aiken County to do it.
Enforcement comes from military
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Fisher Strom went to Kosovo with a yearlong mission to restore law and order to the war-torn land. He has returned home six months later, deflated of energy, shaken by the experience and frustrated with the lack of support by the United Nations.
Crew unearths inert weapon
An Atlanta military bomb squad arrived in Augusta on Monday afternoon to investigate what was first believed to be a live explosive excavated from Augusta State University soil. But officials later learned that object was an inert practice round.
Wintry conditions freeze roadways
The wintry weekend didn't drop much snow or ice on Augusta, but it was enough to give some local pupils a break from class Monday morning.
School crime down in Aiken County
COLUMBIA -- Aiken County School Superintendent Linda Eldridge received confirmation Monday that her zero-tolerance approach to school violence works.
Evans sophomore earns wings
For four years, Jamail Larkins' age prevented him from reaching his dream of becoming a licensed pilot. And for one day, winter weather stopped him.
Jury selection begins in Hill slaying case
YORK, S.C. -- The weeklong process of selecting a jury began Monday in the death penalty trial of an Aiken County man accused of shooting three state social workers.
Variances issue hits planners' nerve
The 19 inches finally did it. One house in one Columbia County neighborhood crossed a setback line by 19 inches, touching off a brouhaha over variances that could change the way homes are built.
Across the area: State suspends Augusta lawyer
The Georgia Supreme Court has suspended Augusta attorney Wayne P. Thigpen from the practice of law.
Man shares testimony with addicts
It wasn't an enemy's weapon that caused Marvin Bowen to become paralyzed from the waist down while serving in the U.S. Army.
Birds that stalled road leave nest
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- In 1997, two nesting eagles forced Chatham County highway engineers to reroute Truman Parkway.
Police track fugitives
When Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Danny Clark is on a warrant search, he acts as cautious as he would on a routine traffic stop. Only he can't see or hear what's going on inside the homes he's visiting.
Doctor perishes in blaze
Embers from a fireplace caused the Sunday home fire that claimed the life of a local doctor, according to investigators.
Across the area: Convicted killer sentenced to die
BRUNSWICK -- A 51-year-old McDonough man was sentenced to death Sunday in the Jan. 12, 1998, slaying of Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Lyle Dinkheller.
An article in Sunday's editions incorrectly stated that Rick Bernardi of North Augusta had carried and flown a Confederate flag in Vietnam.
Congress members lobby for dam solution
Augusta's congressional delegation is mulling changes in federal law to compel the Army Corps of Engineers to finance repairs at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.
Mr. Roland Whittle
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Roland Wesley Whittle, 61, of Yarbrough Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mildred Dockins
WARRENVILLE -- Mrs. Mildred W. Dockins, 87, of Goldfish Lane, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Brian Center-St. Andrews.
Mrs. Annie Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Ms. Annie Sellars Smith, 83, of Georgia Highway 24, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Cora Steele
HAMPTON, S.C. -- Mrs. Cora Lee Steele, 80, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.
Mr. John Tompkins
Mr. John W. Tompkins, 77, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Robert McKane
AIKEN -- Mr. Robert H. McKane, 85, of Aiken, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Linda Briggs
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Linda Gail Briggs, of Eisenview Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Rev. Henry Walker
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. -- The Rev. Henry Grady Walker, 85, of Liberty Church Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital.
Mrs. Mamie King
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Mamie Elizabeth Callaway King, 88, of Lexington Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Bertha Videtto
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Bertha W. Videtto, 73, of Nectarine Street, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at The Jane Adams House.
Mr. Walter Offermann
DEARING -- Mr. Walter Offermann, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Rev. John Evans
COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Rev. John W. Evans, 76, of Newton Ridge Road, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Newton General Hospital.
Mrs. Virginia Dunn
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia Christelle Foster Dunn, 92, of Route 3, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Putnam General Hospital.
Mrs. Sarah Tutt
Mrs. Sarah Bennings Tutt, of Blount Avenue, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Ms. Janice Coleman
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Janice Coleman, 44, of Overstreet Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Vernon Ogletree
Mr. Vernon Allen Ogletree Sr., 72, of Wilkinson Circle, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Ms. Tyra Trotty
Ms. Tyra LaWanda Trotty, 27, of Morgan Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at University Hospital.
Ms. Donetta Wright
Ms. Donetta Wright, 56, of April Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Ester Groat
Mrs. Ester R. Groat, 95, of Evans, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, in North Augusta.
Mrs. Esther R. Groat
Mrs. Esther R. Groat, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, in North Augusta.
Mrs. Louise Sayer
Mrs. Louise B. Sayer, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000.
Mr. John Dominick
BATESBURG, S.C. -- Mr. John Frank Dominick, 83, of Mount Willing Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Alfred Harper
BELVEDERE -- Mr. John Alfred Harper, 74, of Audubon Circle, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Louise McGahee
STAPLETON, Ga. -- Mrs. Louise McGahee, 88, of Georgia Highway 296, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Dr. Thomas Blanchard, 65, Augusta urologist
Dr. Thomas Walter Blanchard, a urologist in Augusta for 30 years, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his residence. He was 65.
Mr. James Hendley
Mr. James V. Hendley, 70, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Helen Bilton
Mrs. Helen McCormick Bilton, 70, of Norfolk Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Willie Johnson
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Edward Johnson, of Meadow Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Ruby Thomas
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ruby Griffin Thomas, 87, of West Five Notch Road, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at National Health Care.
Mrs. Sarah Cowan
BATH -- Mrs. Sarah Marlar Cowan, 71, of Railroad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Ernestine McCanna
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Ernestine Barnes McCanna, 81, of West Summit Avenue, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at National Health Care.
Mr. Horst Ehntholt
Mr. Horst A. Ehntholt, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Azerene Bussey
BELVEDERE -- Mrs. Azerene Hacker Bussey, 92, of Teresa Avenue, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Shirley Black
Mrs. Shirley M. Black, 67, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Jerry Garner Sr.
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Jerry Lee ``Bill'' Garner Sr., 76, of Stephens Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Adrian.
Mr. Reuben Robinson
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Mr. Reuben Allen Robinson, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000.
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Jamarvus Jaqua Lewis, infant son of Tim Lewis and Salantria Walker, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, in Milledgeville.
Dr. Thomas Blanchard
Dr. Thomas Walter Blanchard, a urologist in Augusta for 30 years, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at his residence. He was 65.
Lashes NAACP 'quest for power'
The actions of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the flag uproar plainly show that it is not concerned with whether the flag stands for slavery, which of course it does not, but rather its undying quest for power. William C. Myles, Hephzibah
Says Rooney's remarks crossed line
The remarks by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes on Jan. 23 about symbols crossed the line on objective reporting. The Confederate flag is a banner representing states' rights for a generation of my ancestors who possessed a will to fight for personal beliefs. Jack I. Ramage Sr., North Augusta
Blasts governor's `alliance' on schools
Georgia and its illustrious Gov. Roy Barnes are at it again. A typical Barnes response to a problem is, when in doubt, throw more money at it and maybe it will goaway. I recently read the article on the governor's crony-filled organization called the ``Breakthrough Alliance'' and its million-dollar ad campaign to push education reform in the state. Steve Grinstead, Martinez
Tighten Senate ethics
The Georgia House approved an ethics code earlier this month. Now it's the Senate's turn, and that body has even a larger responsibility to OK a tough ethics agenda in the wake of last year's convictions of two senators for misappropriating state money.
Wants national teacher of year allowed to speak
Kudos to Andy Baumgartner! Debra Samples, Wrens
Feds now help smoking
In the name of saving the nation's children from a fatal addiction, the Clinton administration has waged war against tobacco -- most recently filing a lawsuit that could cost the industry billions.
Lauds lawmaker; jabs old opponent
This letter is in reference to the Jan. 26 article ``Lawmaker quits House for new job.'' Richard A. Wilson, Aiken
Say 'no' to scalping
Before this session of Georgia's General Assembly ends there is a good, albeit deplorable, chance that a scalping bill will be sent to the governor's desk. The measure passed the lower chamber last year by a whopping 159-14 margin and the Senate is expected to follow suit this year.
Seeks protection if lock and dam closed
River Plantation, a painting done sometime around 1855 by Thomas Addison Richards hanging in the Morris Museum of Art, depicts a broad shore-to-shore Savannah River at the very site where the museum is now located on the Augusta Riverwalk. It was not in ``riverine'' condition. Since that time, great alterations to the river have been made as people transformed not only that landscape but landscapes all over the globe. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta
Wants several politicos committed
If Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker is forced to take some sort of Rorschach or TAT psychological exam because of some politically incorrect comments, then Al Gore, ``Louis the Lip'' Farrakhan, ``Queasy'' Mfume ... and Al ``Dullton'' (Sharpton) should be institutionalized, given Thorazine and placed on a one-to-one watch indefinitely. Mike Henchy, Hephzibah
Sees opportunity to bridge racial divide
We have lived in South Carolina for about 30 years and in Georgia for about 30 years; therefore, we write this letter with a considerable amount of experience and knowledge. Paul and Anne Cook, Augusta
Wants libraries to stay open longer
Recently you had a page on families doing things together. It also had suggestions for what parents could do with their children. One was to take small children to area libraries and listen to their storytime. Heather Powers-Snyder, Martinez
Hits rhetoric of Confederate flag flap
The rhetoric behind the Confederate flag is malarkey. Is this outcry over the flag being used for political gain, to promote votes? Is it election time once again? This is a state issue, not a federal issue to be used as an aid for an election. S. Tool, Hephzibah
It's so sad to see the Republican Party make the same mistake again. Gov. George W. Bush is a bought-and-paid-for candidate. Witness the gross amount of money that's backing his candidacy. Larry Jarrett, USAF Retired, Warrenville
Favors decommissioning lock and dam
At the public meeting regarding the lock and dam, it was obvious that riverside property owners, and many others in the community, want to have their cake and eat it, too. Wesley Ross, Augusta
Calls for 'lending a hand' to river
Thank you for your latest editorial regarding the future of our Savannah River. I am certainly in favor of doing what we can to save her and maintain her depth. Deborah Tudor, Augusta
Rejoices Fonda was converted
I'm overjoyed concerning the good news that Jane Fonda came to know Christ personally. Surprised? No.Donna Boland, Waynesboro
Finds cursing to be bad manners
Well, now we have another excuse to use bad manners and no self-control. Dr. Timothy Jay, ``a cursing expert,'' says it's ``more democratic and less oppressive.'' Give me a break! Joanne Paulos, Augusta
Rips military leaders over vaccine case
The article on Maj. Sonnie Bates indicates how out of touch military leaders are with the troops. The Department of Defense is out of control. Bob Cipperly, Evans
Laments loss of liberty in dam debacle
I wonder if anyone who has suffered extensive damage by the actions of the Corps of Engineers now feels we are living in the land of the free and the home of the brave? I have serious doubts that they do. Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta
Fund Ga. charities
Why not let Georgians decide in a statewide referendum if they want any of their tax money to be spent on faith-based charities that help the needy?<
Defends right to fly Confederate flag
Re Ken Gott's Jan. 26 letter. S. F. Chance, Perkins
Is this Cuba?
The year is still young, but not so young we can't present to Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, D-Bremen, the award for the most petty, vindictive action of the year. He muzzled the 1999 national teacher of the year, Augusta's Andy Baumgartner!
Freed scholar returns to America on flight from China
PHILADELPHIA -- A college librarian held in China for nearly six months on charges of smuggling state secrets returned to the United States on Saturday.
NASA declares Endeavour's engines safe, aims for Monday launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With only hours remaining before liftoff, NASA on Sunday declared space shuttle Endeavour's engines safe to fly despite lingering uncertainty over two fuel pump seals.
Computer trouble, bad weather delay launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Computer trouble and bad weather forced NASA on Monday to delay the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a quest to create the finest map of Earth ever produced.
MP3 files become a decoder ring for music fans
If you're even a casual music fan, you probably have a collection of compact discs. The problem is that they're usually at home, and you're not. But if MP3.com has its way, you'll be able to play those CDs from any computer with a connection to the World Wide Web.
Scientists to 'rediscover' Earth with shuttle's map mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- To produce the consummate map of Earth, NASA will attempt a new feat: extending a boom from the space shuttle that's longer than the shuttle itself.
Internet ads, commercials pitched at women mark Super Bowl telecast
NEW YORK -- TV's priciest commercials had Internet companies digging deep in their wallets and a few messages to an audience that Super Bowl advertisers have seldom addressed -- women.
Therapy improves recovery
Radiation after angioplasty prevents future blockages in most patients, a process that University Hospital is hoping to help prove effective.n
Congress moves to improve electronic food stamp program
WASHINGTON -- People using electronic food stamp accounts could obtain groceries in every state under legislation that passed the House on Monday and goes to President Clinton for his signature.
Hi-tech video recorders gaining consumer attention
WASHINGTON -- Loren Finkelstein, a self-described ``big TV watcher,'' was never home to enjoy his favorite shows. Instead, he relied on a stack of videotapes to capture them.
FDA approves first digital mammograms
WASHINGTON -- The nation's first digital mammograms -- computerized breast X-rays to hunt breast cancer -- were approved by the government Monday.
Relationship should be built on dual trust
``I have a problem with this girl. She thinks I'm cheating for no reason. I love her with all my heart, and I would do anything for her. But she's always spying on me or thinking that I'm doing something wrong.'' -- 16-year-old Augusta boy
Caroline Kobe, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School.
School badges just another rite of passage
Teen-agers across the area are riled up due to one of the newest styles to hit our generation.
School badges become part of the problem
OK, you all know the drift by now. Wear the badge ... or else. Since the beginning of the school year, students in Columbia County have been wearing ID badges. Some students at local schools have worn them even longer than that. The issue may be old now, but the feelings are still there.
What's in an ID badge? Not much, according to some teens who attend area schools. Identification badges now are required in most schools as part of stricter dress code policies instituted in the summer in response to last spring's Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.