Business briefs: Stocks end mixed after Fed rate rise
NEW YORK -- Stocks struggled to a mixed finish Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's widely expected interest rate increase did little to calm turbulent U.S. financial markets.
Earnings up for Aiken bank
Aiken-based Security Federal Corp., the holding company for Security Federal Bank, reported third-quarter earnings of $498,000, a 4 percent increase from the same period the previous year.
Group gave $1.235 million in '99
The CSRA Community Foundation awarded $1.235 million to about 190 area groups and organizations during 1999, it reported this week.
Fed raises key interest rate for a fourth time
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate today by a quarter-point -- the fourth increase since June -- in an effort to slow the red-hot economy and keep inflation from becoming a problem.
Business briefs: GM rises, Chrysler falls in auto sales
DETROIT -- Major U.S. automakers turned in a mixed performance for January sales, with General Motors Corp. showing a strong gain, Ford Motor Co. seeing a modest increase and the Chrysler division of DaimlerChrysler AG posting a decline.
Watchdog group criticizes Georgia payday loan bill
A nonprofit watchdog group disputes a lawmaker's claim that his bill will protect consumers from payday lenders. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says the bill weakens usury laws, not strengthens them.
Wireless phone companies to trade networks
Alltel will trade wireless networks with Bell Atlantic Corp. and merger partner GTE Corp. in 13 states, the company said Tuesday.
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 Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
Just in time for Black History Month: Good Things to Eat, a reprint of a charming cookbook first published by Rufus Estes in 1911 (Howling at the Moon Press, $19.95).
The Asian markets
Last week we took a trip via a dish with a Mexican flair, so why not put another stamp in your culinary passport with an excursion to the Orient?
In the know
American Movie Classics is offering Goin' Elvis, a 12-hour festival of six Elvis Presley films beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The line-up includes G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout and Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
LOS ANGELES -- Clip after clip in It's Black Entertainment reminds us of the joyful depth of black contributions to movies, music and dance, but the celebration is bittersweet.
If you're still looking for a good reason to watch your diet and exercise, how about seven extra years of life?
Reward offered for information about woman's death
AIKEN -- The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, in cooperation with the Aiken County Sheriff's office, offered a $5,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Tiffaney Wilson. In a press conference, Foundation Director Kim Petersen and Sheriff Howard Sellers announced the reward and asked for the public's help in the case. ``It is our goal to bring loved ones back to their homes and to secure the arrest and conviction of criminals responsible,'' Ms. Petersen said. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Parachute team to drop in at air show
Another group has been added to the list of participants at Skyfest 2000.
Joan Tower, civic leader, dies at age 72
AIKEN -- Joan Tower, one of Aiken's most vivid figures and a driving force behind preserving its landmarks, died Tuesday after a long illness. She was 72.
Senate moves ethics bill to new committee
ATLANTA -- In a move hailed by its sponsor as a victory for open government, the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly agreed Wednesday to send a Republican-backed ethics bill that had been languishing in one committee to another panel more likely to consider it.
Shadow program teaches students
AIKEN -- When Brian Vasser agreed to shadow a city employee Wednesday, he had no idea he would end up rappelling from a 75-foot tower. Before he knew it, the South Aiken High School junior was strapped into a harness and lowered five stories by members of the city's Special Operations Rescue Team.
'Security czar' says SRS leaks no secrets
No nuclear secrets were contained on surplus Savannah River Site computers sold to an off-site contractor, the U.S. Department of Energy's ``security czar'' said Wednesday.
Photographs to be reviewed
A judge ruled Wednesday a child psychologist accused of taking pornographic photographs of children has no right to sit down with his attorneys to review some 37,000 photographs seized from his home.
Inmates' tryst prompts probe
GROVETOWN -- Grovetown's police chief is investigating a May incident in which two prisoners might have had sex while on a work detail.
Reading with Rachel
South Carolina first lady Rachel Hodges reads the book, How are You Peeling? to second-grade pupils at North Augusta Elementary School on Wednesday.
Council may add officer
AIKEN - An additional deputy is very likely to be added to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office when Aiken County Council meets again later this month. But approval of the position did not come easily at the council meeting Tuesday.
Across the area: Ramp connecting I-20 to road closes
The Department of Transportation has closed down an access ramp that directly connected the westbound exit ramp off Interstate 20 at Washington Road to Stevens Creek Road.
Reward money posted in teen mother's slaying
AIKEN -- Short on clues in Tiffaney Wilson's mysterious death, Aiken County sheriff's officers offered $6,000 in reward mon-ey Wednesday to anyone who pro-vides information helping them solve the case.
Suspect killed in collision
Suspect killed in collision Man who allegedly stabbed his estranged wife dies after possibly fleeing scene, crashing with truck
Labor board finds cause in complaint
AIKEN -- The National Labor Relations Board has found reasonable cause to believe that officials at Tenneco Packaging had an employee, Gary McClain of Jackson, arrested and put in a mental hospital to squelch his union activity.
South Carolina farm group sets business agenda
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina farmers for years have said they are the Rodney Dangerfields of the business world -- they get no respect in a state that is tops at attracting every other kind of economic development.
Group seeks unified option to Corps plan
Cities, agencies and industries that would be most affected by the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to decommission New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam agreed Tuesday to work together to find a solution.
Lawyer: Trooper was in debt
To hear his attorney tell it, there was no one reason why Trooper Edward J. Fallen Jr. chose to rob a BP gas station in Newberry, S.C., at gunpoint last spring and ruin a promising career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Senate approves ticket resales for state events
ATLANTA -- Licensed brokerages and individuals soon could resell tickets to concerts, plays and sporting events if a bill approved by the Georgia Senate becomes law.
Ex-deputy indicted in string of local crimes
A former Columbia County sheriff's deputy was indicted Tuesday in a string of crimes -- including reporting a bomb at a school that turned out to be fake -- in what authorities say was an effort to get attention.
Cellular One disputes 911 tax
Cellular One disputes owing $394,956 for emergency 911 taxes Augusta officials contend the company should have billed its customers on behalf of the city between December 1998 and August.
City votes to settle discrimination suit
City commissioners voted Tuesday to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit by an assistant chief tax appraiser for $50,000.
Barnes unveils land preservation plan
ATLANTA -- Forty counties containing 73 percent of Georgia's population would be eligible for land preservation grants under Gov. Roy Barnes' green-space initiative, the governor said Tuesday.
Subdivision ordance struck down
A Richmond County Superior Court judge has ruled unconstitutional an ordinance that prohibits developers from building subdivisions with smaller houses than those in adjacent neighborhoods and ordered the city not to enforce it.
Surplus computers contained SRS data
A local businessman said Tuesday that several surplus computers he received from Savannah River Site contained data not meant to leave the federal nuclear-weapons facility.
Mistrial declared in shaken-baby case
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of an Augusta man accused of critically injuring his month-old baby.
A dirty job
Erin Harris (from left), 8, her brother Will, 5, and friend Joey Baldwin, 5, take advantage of Tuesday's higher temperatures to build some sand castles at Hammond Hills Elementary School near their North Augusta homes.
Leslie gets life sentence plus twenty years
Lori Hastings' family and friends expressed no malice toward the man sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for her murder.
Across the area: Man changes plea as jury is selected
An Augusta man accused of trying to force his way into a woman's apartment while demanding an act that would constitute aggravated sodomy pleaded guilty but mentally ill Tuesday.
Drawdown reveals sewage sources
SewagepermitscheckedDrawdown allows for locating potential pollution sources; EPD checking to ensure procedure followedDrawdown reveals sewage sources
Ms. Inez Miller
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Ms. Inez Smith Miller, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Sylview Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mae Tipton
ERWIN, Tenn. -- Mrs. Mae Lewis Tipton, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, in Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Morgan Pender
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Morgan Leroy Pender, 89, of Railroad Avenue, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital, Bamberg.
Mrs. Willie Mae Parker
Mrs. Willie Mae Parker, 78, of Dent Street, Martinez, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Verdine Price
Mrs. Verdine Price, 77, of Appling, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Ralph Newman
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Ralph Newman, 73, of Briarcliff Place, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, in Marietta, Ga.
Mr. Hugene Jones
Mr. Hugene Jones of Greene Street, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Beverly Manor.
Mr. Quber Baxley
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Mr. Quber Clude Baxley, 73, of Elko Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Col. Homer E. Shields
Col. Homer E. Shields, tournament director of the Masters Golf Tournament from 1965 to 1971, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000. He was 84.
Mr. Thomas Callaham
NEW YORK -- Mr. Thomas ``T.L.'' Callaham, 80, of Quincy Street, Brooklyn, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital.
Mr. Ron Harding
THOMSON -- Mr. Ron K. Harding, 43, of Central Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Mrs. Margaret Williams
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth McCarty Williams, 74, of Piper Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Auby Womack
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Auby Lester Womack, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.
Mr. Carl Irvin
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mr. Carl E. Irvin, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000.
Mr. Charlie Key
BELVEDERE -- Mr. Charlie Butler Key, 72, of Sycamore Street, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Judith Benton
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mrs. Judith Grandy Benton, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Fairview Memorial Hospital.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Breana Jean Coursey, infant daughter of Michael and Shannon McCary Coursey Jr. of Seymour Drive, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Ms. Annie Salter
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ms. Annie Ruth Salter, 55, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000.
Mr. Russell Peel
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mr. Russell ``Rusty'' Edison Peel, 43, of Green Fork Church Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Carlton Moore
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Mr. Carlton Moore, 29, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.
Mrs. Chester Phillips
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Chester M. Phillips, 86, of Berzelia Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000.
Mr. Wyman Jones
AIKEN -- Mr. Wyman Jones, 89, of Williston Road, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Jean Kelly
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Jean S. Kelly, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Margaret Williams
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth McCarty Williams, 74, of Piper Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Pearl Cordy
HARRISON, Ga. -- Mrs. Pearl Cordy, 88, of Wrightsville-Riddleville Road, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000.
Mrs. Esther R. Groat
Mrs. Esther R. Groat, 95, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at North Augusta Health Care.
Mr. Willie Johnson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Willie James Johnson, 49, of Saddlehorn Run, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Ms. Nashia Ivey
METAIRIE, La. -- Ms. Nashia Lashandia Ivey, 23, of Caswell Lane, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, in New Orleans.
Mr. James Bush
PHILADELPHIA -- Mr. James Devoe Bush, 69, of First Street, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000.
Mrs. Nina Mathis
Mrs. Nina C. Mathis, of Walton Way, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Westlake Manor Health Care.
Mr. Lester Wilson
ATLANTA -- Mr. Lester Wilson, 37, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000.
Ms. Annie Turner
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Annie B. Turner, 89, of Five Notch Road, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.
Rev. William Jacobs
The Rev. William Edward Jacobs, 87, of Clark Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Jennings Health Care.
The 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, Athens.
WILLISTON, S.C. -- Larrykia Shadazie Dukes, infant daughter of Larry Dukes and Shanda Vanessa Hatcher, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000.
Mrs. Lela Smith
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Lela Mae Smith, 36, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.
Mrs. Patricia Marlowe
CANFIELD, Ohio -- Mrs. Patricia A. Marlowe, 70, of Lake Point Circle, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown.
Mrs. Dorothy Sims
Mrs. Dorothy Redd Sims, of Lionel Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Ms. Carrie Butler
Ms. Carrie Louise Butler, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Patience Rouse
AIKEN -- Mrs. Patience W. Rouse, 83, of Edgefield Avenue, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. Gary Hilburn
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Gary Todd Hilburn, 35, of Georgia Highway 242, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Inez Smalley
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Inez Harper Smalley, 96, of White Rock Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Center.
Mrs. Thelma Rogers
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Thelma Rogers, 87, of Railroad Street, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Johnnie Clark Jr.
Mr. Johnnie Clark Jr., of Hillwood Lane, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Douglas Busbia
Mr. Douglas Ronald Busbia, 62, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Robert Warren
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. Robert W. ``Buddy'' Warren, 56, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mrs. Minnie Harmon
AIKEN -- Mrs. Minnie Collier Harmon, 80, of Dupont Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. William Proctor
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mr. William A. Proctor, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Michelle Melisi-Smith
AIKEN -- Mrs. Michelle Anne Melisi-Smith, 33, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lillian Freeland
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mrs. Lillian Wilkie Freeland, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at McCormick Health Care.
Mrs. Ruth Carter
AIKEN -- Mrs. Ruth Carter, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Donald Kelly
Mr. Donald Allan Kelly, 78, of Kissingbower Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Council Dandridge
Mr. Council Dandridge, of Rachel Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Paul Whiteman
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Paul E. Whiteman, 75, of Lanier Springs Drive, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000.
Two N.H. shockers
In the nation's first presidential primaries in New Hampshire, rank-and-file of both parties, helped by a strong turnout of independents, mounted a revolt against their party establishments.
Complains about government, crime
We do not have any representation from Augusta Commission members like Lee Beard, who is supposed to represent Harrisburg. I think the only time he drives through Harrisburg is when nature calls. If you do not advertise on his radio station he will not return a phone call. ... I have been trying to get in touch with him for six months, with no luck. Stephen Bayazes, Augusta
Says Elian belongs with his father
Re the Jan. 27 letter by John Hopkins: K. Jeter, Augusta
Jabs pro-Bill Clinton letter writer
In regard to the Jan. 19 letter by E. Maner praising Bill Clinton as the greatest president of the century:>br> Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah
Avers there was no need for slavery
In response to Harold Salley's comments about the ``complexities'' of the slave trade, I say there was nothing complex about it. It was all about money. Watson Clark, Augusta
Mocks mayor's stand on damage
I am writing in response to Mayor Bob Young saying that the Corps of Engineers should be re-sponsible for the damages caused by the drawdown at the Lock and Dam. To this I say: ``Balderdash.'' You are not in favor of Augusta taking over the responsibility of the day-to-day operations of it (Lock and Dam) nor the financial burden of maintenance and repair. This test should give you a clue as to what will happen when the Corps of Engineers abandon andor remove it. David W. Nowakowski, Waynesboro
'Cities of excellence'
The city of Thomson has good reason to be puffed up with pride. Along with Savannah and eight other cities, it has recently been chosen as one of Georgia's most livable and best-managed communities by the Georgia Municipal Association.
Hits judgment of cartoon, article
Your Rick McKee cartoon concerning slime in the Savannah River has mountains to say about self-righteous judgment -- and ditto for the recent sports page article on John Rocker. Dick Donnelly, Martinez
Wants students kept in school longer
Re the Jan. 28 news article concerning Columbia County schools re-opening earlier in the 200l-2002 school year: Ellen Casella, Evans
Ponders abortion, capital punishment
I find it interesting that the liberals in this country are claiming to try to help all people in society. The liberals always are looking out for the underdog? Well, maybe. But maybe they're only looking out for their opportunity to obtain power. I can't swallow this stupid ``hate crimes'' law, because all crimes should be punished to the highest level. Doug Morehouse, Martinez
Encourages honest S.C. troopers
Ex-South Carolina Highway Patrolman Edward J. Fallen Jr., during his armed robbery of a convenience store, deceived for a short period of time his family and the citizens of South Carolina. Gerald A. Lee, Evans
Warns S.C. could feel retribution
U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., could possibly do harm to South Carolina. He is backing Sen.John McCain, R-Ariz., for president. Herbert L. Grosberg, North Augusta
Notes remarks open p.c. floodgates
Re demands that the Atlanta Braves change their name: Bill Trammell, Augusta
Cites steps to real education reform
Gov. Roy Barnes has decided to take on education reform in the state of Georgia. This is a good thing. For far too long, children in our state and our county have been shortchanged. Our tax money goes to administrative and bureaucracy expenditures. This is old news. Something must be done, and Gov. Barnes has decided he will do it. Penny Strader, Augusta
Even though South Carolina has one of the toughest right-to-work laws in the nation, militant union agitation has reared its ugly head.
Notes there are 'strings attached'
Your headline last Friday should have read, ``President presses for cut in taxes with strings attached.''>br> Carolyn Gatliff, Waynesboro
A lot of people are scratching their heads over Energy Secretary Bill Richardson's weekend announcement that the federal government, for the first time, says ``that people got cancer from radiation exposure in the (Department of Energy's 14 nuclear weapons) plants,'' including the Savannah River Site.
Argues against closing lock and dam
This is in reply to the letter writers in favor of decommissioning the New Savannah Lock and Dam. Ronald Swank, Blythe
Is the nation's moral compass out of whack?
Virus testing helps doctors pick most effective drugs for treatment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Doctors say they can improve the chance of successfully treating AIDS by measuring how each patient's virus stands up to the drugs intended to kill HIV.
Pupils see space litter at school
ATHENS, Ga. -- Invaders from outer space, wrapped in silver and hard plastic, have infiltrated Barnett Shoals Elementary School.
New York planetarium offers virtual tour of universe
NEW YORK -- When the new Hayden Planetarium opens to the public Feb. 19, it will not only show kids the heavens but take them there, too.
US investigating banned hormone in beef export
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials said today they are conducting a criminal investigation into the shipment of American beef to Switzerland last year that contained the illegal hormone known as DES.
Diet may play role in groundhog's sleeping habits
DENVER -- Why are Punxsutawney Phil and his kin predicting the length of winter instead of hibernating on Groundhog Day?
Researchers use DNA chips to identify cancer types
Scientists say they can more precisely diagnose cancers with a new technology that uses computers to rapidly monitor the activity of thousands of genes in cancer cells.
AOL sued over alleged problems with latest software
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against America Online Inc. on behalf of 8 million of its customers, claiming the latest version of its software cripples existing Internet accounts with rival companies.
NASA shares works
What do cable television, cordless power drills and disposable diapers have in common?
Matt Whittaker, 11, (left) and his brother Joey, 13, watch a movie of the building of the International Space Station .
AIDS epidemic traced back to 1930
SAN FRANCISCO -- The worldwide AIDS epidemic has been traced back to a single viral ancestor -- the HIV Eve -- that emerged perhaps around 1930.
Endeavour's flight off until next week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour's mission to map the Earth is off until at least next week because of an unreliable computer.
Preventive surgery may add years for gene-linked breast cancer survivors
CHICAGO -- Young women with breast cancer associated with two genetic mutations may live years longer by having their healthy breast and their ovaries removed, a study found.