House OKs venue-shopping bill
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House passed legislation Monday aimed at making it easier for people to sue corporations, passing it over the objections of opponents who argued it would hurt small businesses.
College to operate business incubator
Augusta Technical Institute has been selected to operate a city-owned small-business incubator adjacent to its campus.
Business briefs: Bargain stock buys give Dow rebound
NEW YORK -- Bargain hunters grabbed blue-chip stocks Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 176 points in a sharp recovery from last week's selloff.
A brief in Sunday's business section of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Grapevine Cafe will hold its grand opening ceremony Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students.Lisa Duncan, Evans
Age old question: Finding perfect home will take some time
Q: I am planning to sell my house and move into an apartment. What features should I look for in senior housing?
In the know
PLANET POKEMON: If you thought Pokemon trading cards put kids into a fit, just wait until the Pokemon cereal and chicken nuggets join the toothbrush and vitamins already on the market. Then there's the home video release of the movie that set box-office records in November, the scheduled release of the movie sequel Pokemon 2000 in July and 100 new characters in September.
When Gloria Benning, born on Feb. 29, 1964, went to the dentist a couple of years ago, she got a reminder that she, indeed, is a unique person.
Celebrate differences on leap day
Happy Leap Year Day! In some communities, today's rare Feb. 29 date is considered a day of role reversal -- more specifically, a day when women can be the ones to propose marriage.
McCain: GOP panders to religious right leaders
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- John McCain condemned Christian conservative leaders Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as ``agents of intolerance'' today and warned his Republican Party against ``pandering to the outer reaches of American politics.'' His rival for the GOP nomination, George W. Bush, responded that McCain ``obviously wants to divide people into camps'' and accused him of playing on ``religious fears.'' In a stinging rebuke delivered in the evangelists' home state, McCain was careful to say he wasn't attacking religious conservative voters, only ``a few of their self-appointed leaders.'' McCain said his anti-abortion record was misrepresented and one of his national campaign co-chairs smeared ``because I don't pander to them.''Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Accessory in killing finishes sentence
A Columbia County man convicted in the 1994 death of Lakeside High School student Melanie Richey is free.
Brunson to lead parade
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Tommy Brunson was only 11 months old when he made his debut in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Pupils see C-SPAN studio bus
It was a strange question for a cable network representative to ask about his network.
Unkept promise slowed recovery
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. -- Four generations of Daises have lived and worked on land that their ancestors purchased on St. Helena Island in South Carolina after they were emancipated from slavery.
University may face cuts in indigent care
Success might come at a price for University Hospital as some Augusta commissioners might try to change what University is paid for indigent care because of a large surplus last year at the hospital.
Lawsuit seeks damages from police shooting
The mother of an Augusta man killed by two Richmond County sheriff's deputies has filed suit against those officers and Sheriff Charles Webster.
Committee offers incentive for completion
An Augusta commission committee voted Monday to give contractors cash incentives to beat the projected completion dates for projects intended to deliver more water to the Tobacco Road area.
Bible class scheduled for debate
ATLANTA -- With much of the controversy surrounding Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform bill now behind the General Assembly, Georgia lawmakers are about to move into a related issue fraught with emotion: whether to teach the Bible in public schools.
Pioneers develop American dream
SAVANNAH -- Liberty City doesn't look like anything special.
Two parties tussle over Georgia debt
ATLANTA -- State Sen. Tom Price calls it his ``wrong-way thermometer,'' the visual aid he has dragged to the well of the Senate several times since the 2000 session of the General Assembly opened last month.
Lawmaker backs bill on attacks
ATLANTA -- Georgia Sen. Don Cheeks plans to make certain another legislator's bill addressing attacks by teen-agers -- rather than his own on the same issue -- passes the Senate.
Man learns what counts
AIKEN -- More than 65 years after it happened, Elmer Hammonds remembers watching white children climb onto their school bus while he trudged along the side of the road.
New unit targets domestic violence
Think of it as homicide prevention, Richmond County State Court Solicitor Sheryl Jolly said of a domestic violence unit she is forming.
Evans Town Center unites health services
Next to the extended-care facility, two doors down from the dentist's office, down the street from the ambulance bay, across the road from the pharmacy and near the University Hospital campus, a physicians' group is moving into a new two-story brick building.
Headgates plan calls for change
Ellis Bell doesn't mind more people hanging around the headgates of the Augusta Canal.
Suspect has 3 probation violations
A man accused of opening fire on an Augusta apartment complex Sunday spent most of his adult life in Georgia's penal system, officials said.
Shooting at apartments endangers children
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man they say opened fire Sunday on an Augusta apartment complex, sending children scrambling for cover.
Across the area: Police seek 2 men in weekend shooting
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men involved in a weekend shooting that injured a Trenton man.
Father encourages increasing tolerance
As the hometown neighborhood melts into the global village, bringing more people and cultures into contact than ever before, it's imperative that we learn to live together, said the father of an 11-year-old who was one of four little girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing.
Chase Williams didn't let a little rainy weather outside spoil his Sunday afternoon. He went inside to enjoy some ice cream with his mom, Charlotte, at the Pink Dipper in North Augusta. Chase's favorite flavor is the blue, red and yellow colored vanilla ice cream known as ``Superman.''
Across the area: GBI investigating motorist shooting
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting of a fleeing motorist by a police officer over the weekend after a Screven County prison escape and a two-county car chase.
Augustan celebrates birthday on leap day
Allean Goodwin is celebrating her 24th birthday today. In attendance at her party will be her daughter, her granddaughter, her great-great-granddaughter and her great-great-great-grandson.
Court orders pollution curbs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must accelerate efforts to limit water pollution in Georgia rivers and lakes because state regulators have failed to do so, according to a federal court ruling.
Agency to revitalize Laney-Walker area
Augusta neighborhoods between Seventh and 12th streets, bordered by Laney-Walker Boulevard and Walton Way, are littered with debris and dotted with over-grown lawns and abandoned, decaying homes.
Kidnapping case set to begin
AIKEN -- A jury today will hear the bizarre case against a Jackson teen accused of kidnapping an entire family in 1998, possibly to get their unborn child.
Education bill questioned
State school Superintendent Linda Schrenko said she considers part of the governor's education reformbill unconstitutional and is checking into the possibility of filing a lawsuit.
GOP takes last stab at education reform
ATLANTA -- Republicans made a last unsuccessful attempt Monday in the Georgia House to change Gov. Roy Barnes' education-reform bill. But they say they hope their loss on the floor will translate into useful campaign fodder this fall.
Chambers find funds for rail
ATLANTA -- The on-again, off-again funding of passenger-rail service in Georgia is back in the state's midyear budget proposal.
Author's novel to hit the silver screen
SAVANNAH -- After more than two years in limbo, the film version of a Savannah writer's novel might move in front of the cameras soon -- thanks to a top star's interest in playing a one-legged nun.
District seat race draws five hopefuls
For the first time in a decade, voters in North Augusta's District 83 have a two-party race to see who will speak for them in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Augusta conference focuses on violence
Hundreds of health and public services professionals will gather today at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta to discuss violence.
Boy may get new parents
ATHENS, Ga. -- It will be three months before an abandoned baby boy found behind recycling bins on North Avenue is placed in a permanent home, according to the Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services.
Annex bears Westinghouse name
AIKEN -- The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, designed to make science ``come alive'' for pupils and teachers, celebrated Monday the addition of 30,000 square feet of classroom space and a television studio.
Butler High School students check out the ``Blast from the Past'' display set up Monday as part of the school's Sharing Fair 2000. Students, teachers and community members participated in the daylong fair that included presentations and recitals.
Mr. Robert Callaway
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Robert ``Bobby'' Eugene Callaway, 79, of Sunset Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Edsel Burch
CADWELL, Ga. -- Mr. Edsel Mallery Burch, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.
Mrs. Claire Macon
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Claire Macon, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Bernice Herron
STUART, Neb. -- Mrs. Bernice L. Herron, 58, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Margaret Jenkins
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Margaret L. Jenkins, 64, of Bobolink Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Scott
Mr. James L. Scott, 68, of Warren Street, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Mike Betsworth
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Mike Betsworth, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Ruby Barr
Mrs. Ruby M. Barr died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. George Childers Jr.
Mr. George A. Childers Jr., 68, of Southgate Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. William Driggers
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Henry Driggers, 58, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. John Logue
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. John Wallace Logue, 78, of Harling Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.
Mr. Thomas Darden Jr.
SHARON, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas E. Darden Jr., 57, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.
Mr. Clinton Brown
Mr. Clinton B. Brown, of Grand Boulevard, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Carrie Crosby
LANGLEY -- Mrs. Carrie Ellen Sapp Crosby, 75, of Piney Heights Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Helen Jolley
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Helen Hudson Jolley, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.
Mrs. Betty Gray
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Green Gray, 76, of Titt Harper Valley Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. James Cason
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. James A. ``Jim'' Cason, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation of Statesboro.
Don Johnson III
MACON -- Don Jay Johnson III, infant son of Don Jay Johnson II and Queenie M. Johnson, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospitals.
Mrs. Joyce Wood
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Joyce Vera Crooms Wood, 54, of Central Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000.
Mrs. Birdie Molden
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Mrs. Birdie Mae Molden, 77, of West Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Park Ridge Hospital.
Mr. Roy Smith Sr.
COVINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Roy Thomas ``R.T.'' Smith Sr., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000. He was 103 years old.
Mr. Claude Whitehurst Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Claude Harril Whitehurst Sr., of Graystone Court, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. William Beiers Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. William Kenneth Beiers Sr., 72, of Amanda Court, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Jimmie Harris
Mr. Jimmie Harris, 60, of Hazel Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Irene Turner
Mrs. Irene Powell Turner, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. John Anderson
BELVEDERE -- Mr. John W. Anderson, 85, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Milledgeville, Ga.
Mrs. Lorene Hendrix
Mrs. Lorene B. Hendrix, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Ruby Schwalls
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ruby Lee Schwalls, 80, of Georgia Highway 80 East, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.
Ms. June Dorn
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. June Bryan Dorn, 63, of Ouzts Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Carlie Mosley
Mrs. Carlie Chaffin Mosley, 86, of East Court, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Dr. Mary Fortune
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dr. Mary Evelyne Fortune, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home.
Mrs. Leoma Bright
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Leoma D. Bright, 82, of Rentz Street, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Blasts proposed education reform
Sadly, the morale of teachers across the state is at an all-time low. Every day articles in newspapers cast teachers in a negative light because of the reportedshortcomings of Georgia's education system. My fear is that parents and other taxpayers read these articles and conclude that we are uneducated, lazy and unconcerned individuals who don't care about the success of our students. Lisa Duncan, Evans
Chides media for missing Keyes story
The power of the pen is not always written in black and white; at least it seems that way when a black conservative candidate goes against the grain of the mainstream liberal media. Stephen Boan, Aiken
Says British oppose EU 'superstate'
I don't think Lowell Greenbaum (letter, Feb. 11) appreciates the situation in Europe at present. A large proportion of the European Union population objects to the formation of a superstate. In Britain over a third want out of the EU and about 70 percent oppose compromising sovereignty by further integration into such a superstate, but we do have a Socialist government intent on exactly this. Sean Shaw, Augusta
Protests 'disservice' to Alan Keyes
The Chronicle's Feb. 18 editorial did a disservice to the people supporting the views of presidential candidate Alan Keyes. By dismissing him as a ``braying moralizer,'' you also dismiss their concerns about the moral drift of the country. The issues of this election are not only economic ones or campaign reform. The issue of abortion on demand, enunciated unambiguously by Mr. Keyes, cuts to the core of the future of this country of diverse peoples. Hector Guerrero, Evans
Slams S.C governor over flag issue
On Feb. 14, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges asked the legislature to vote to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse. It's a tragedy that Gov. Hodges places the value of the almighty dollar above 139 years of Southern heritage by yielding to the pressures of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People boycott to remove our flag. History proves that slavery began and ended in the North under the ``Star Spangled Banner'' instead of the Confederate flag. On that basis, if justice be served, then the U.S. flag should be removed before the Confederate flag. A.R. Fox, Belvedere
Repeal 'Security' caps
Conventional wisdom holds that nothing significant will get done in Washington this year because of partisan jockeying brought on by election-year politicking.
Red China at it again
The Communist Chinese regime is not only brutal, it's none too smart, either. Maybe that explains why it is brutal.
Supports two accused Aiken students
This letter is in regard to South Aiken High School students Quentin Holston and Terrence Callahan. I feel the situation with them has been taken too far. I have known these boys over the years and have always had an extreme amount of respect for them. I feel that this has turned into a racial issue. (I am not partial, either, because I am a white, 16-year-old female). Catherine Chesser, Aiken
Sees no surprise in Bauer's McCain endorsement
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer's recent endorsement of Sen. John McCain for president did not come as a surprise. After all, Sen. McCain did say that the pro-life groups were just money-making organizations. Woodrow Lovett, Sardis
Disagrees with education reform
I am a 21-year veteran of Georgia public schools who disagrees with the education reform measures now under consideration. Everyone believes he knows what is wrong with the schools, but I seldom see parents or lawmakers observing in the classroom. Lora Raines, Bartow
Questions need for hate-crime law
I confess I am perplexed concerning this proposed Georgia hate-crime legislation. Would someone enlighten me as to the difference between a hate crime and a love crime? Charlene Scharite, Augusta
Puzzles over bill
Recently in The Chronicle ``Rants and Raves'' there was an item about add-on charges on our phone bill. I also am perplexed when I get our phone bill, which is substantially higher, with charges I don't understand. I called the telephone company and got no satisfaction. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta
It still needs work
It was an old-fashioned, no-holds-barred brawl last Thursday within Georgia Senate chambers in Atlanta. The subject: The governor's retooled education reform bill, H.R. 1187 -- dubbed by some critics as ``the governor's education micromanagement act.''
Says keep 'open mind' on history
This is in response to letter writer Watson Clark's comments that there was no need for slavery. He is another dummy who does not know anything of true history. S. Hillman, North Augusta
Suggests a new cigarette warning
Re the Associated Press article on the Feb. 22 front page titled ``Nicotine fights brain ailments, survey says.'' John M. Reynolds, Augusta
Fire Jim Larmer!
Why is it that of all the animal control centers in our two-state area, just the one in Augusta-Richmond County's has to destroy the entire canine population -- 82 dogs -- to prevent the spread of distemper?
Finds closure in DSS shooting case
This past week brought to closure three years of trauma for many people involved with the Department of Social Services shootings in North Augusta. T. L. Wetherington, North Augusta
The Diallo verdict
What a stunning verdict. Four white New York police officers who shot at an innocent, unarmed black African immigrant 41 times, hitting him 19 times, were acquitted Friday on all charges of murder.
Opposes closing reservoir to public
I was incensed when I first heard about plans to restrict access to this beautiful area of Augusta -- the Augusta Reservoir. Bill Hamilton, Augusta
Likes Keyes' principles, program
So now we have seen them (GOP presidential candidates George W. Bush and John McCain) -- two kids squabbling over trivia -- making faces at each other. (George Sr. had it right when he referred to George W. as my ``boy.'' Jack Walter, Johnston
More consumers opting for wireless as principal phone
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of consumers are untangling themselves from the cords that once connected them to the outside world. Now when they make a phone call, they use a wireless.
'Y2K the Sequel' could appear Monday
NEW YORK -- Leap year's extra day arrives Tuesday, carrying the possibility of Y2K-like glitches. But given the calm that greeted the new millennium, few computer consultants are worried this time.
Governors scramble to tap states into new economy
WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors are investing billions of dollars in technology this year, from registering cars online to providing seed money for Internet startups, in a concerted and sometimes frantic effort to tap into the new economy.
Teens connect with high-tech grant
BOSTON -- Most afternoons, Sean Galloway, 17, can be found at the Computer Clubhouse playing with 3-D imagery and designing graphics.
Observatory has computer Y2K-related glitch
In a sign of the Y2K-like problems that experts around the world will be watching for today, leap day threw off computer calendars at Japan's Meteorological Agency.
Microsoft expanding its wireless Web presence
NEW ORLEANS -- Getting e-mail, stock quotes, and weather reports while on the go is great, but consumers will also need ways to control the information coming at them to prevent wireless overload, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Monday.
Adults are too quick to stereotype teen-agers
Teens face stereotyping every day. One reason may be that many adults seem to think teens are too young to handle responsibility or take on large tasks.
Teen trends dissected
As part of our experiment on teen stereotypes, we asked some Augusta-area public figures to take the Xtreme Quiz to see how well they know teens.
Advice line: Be sure of your feelings before moving on friend
``I've known this guy since third grade, and we've been really good friends. Now I'm starting to like him as more than a friend, and I don't know how to tell him. I don't want to change our friendship. I want him to like me, too, but I don't know how to do it.''
It IS what you wear...
Before and after photos of Elizabeth Barron (left), 16, and Ashley Stevens, 15, both sophomores at Harlem High School, reveal obvious changes.