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.
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.
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.
New strip mall to be built
Outgrowth of Augusta Exchange shopping center in west Augusta soon will include a new strip mall, adding even more retail strength to the already burgeoning area.
College to operate business incubator
Augusta Technical Institute has been selected to operate a city-owned small-business incubator adjacent to its campus.
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks soared higher Tuesday, propelling the Nasdaq composite index to a record and helping the Dow Jones industrial average extend its recovery from last week's steep selloff.
In many ways, actors -- like the rich -- are different from you and me. But when it comes to food, they are very much like us, savoring favorite recipes and meals. In Autograph Celebrity Cookbook (DuPont), 25 stars share recipes, ranging from sauteed scallops and spring vegetables (Andy Garcia) to lamb wrapped in phyllo (Richard Belzer).
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?
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.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: 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.
Chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best. The combination of creamy chicken and vegetables topped with a flaky crust is as welcome as a hug from your mom.
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.
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.
First-grader reported wounded in elementary school shooting
MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A first-grader was reported shot by another pupil this morning at an elementary school. The shooting happened at about 10 a.m. at Buell Elementary School near Flint, The Flint Journal reported. It wasn't immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or on purpose. The injured pupil was being treated at Hurley Medical Center's emergency room, spokeswoman Stephanie Motschenbacher said. The child's condition was not immediately available. The other pupil was reported in custody, the newspaper said. Mount Morris Township police said they could not release any information. Full Story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Highway wreck leaves one dead
MARTIN, S.C. -- A Florida man died Tuesday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving all but disintegrated on South Carolina Highway 125, three miles south of Martin in Allendale County. The tanker was loaded with 50,000 pounds of liquid nitrogen, apparently purchased from an Augusta company just hours before the fatal wreck, which strewed debris along a five-mile stretch of highway. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
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
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.
Burnettown gets grant for sidewalks
BURNETTOWN -- A $32,000 federal highway enhancement grant will enable Burnettown to construct sidewalks connecting the town's two major thoroughfares, Carline and Augusta roads.
Group to help raise schools' test scores
Richmond County principals say they welcome the assistance of a state group that's coming Thursday to help with pupil achievement.
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.
Technical-school funds await governor's OK
Columbia County's technical-school branch officially exists.
SRS facility may receive new work
Savannah River Site's aging F-Canyon plant would remain open for several more years under a proposal being considered by officials at the federal nuclear-weapons site.
Vandals hit McCormick's public school campuses
McCORMICK, S.C. -- McCormick police are looking for vandals who damaged classrooms at middle and high schools during the weekend.
Augustans paying old water bills
When the Augusta Utilities De-partment began cutting people's water off for not paying their utili-ty bills, the city had to buy $7,000 worth of locks.
Truck driver killed in crash
MARTIN, S.C. -- A Tampa, Fla., man died Tuesday morning when the tractor-trailer he was driving all but disintegrated in a wreck on South Carolina Highway 125, three miles south of Martin in Allendale County.
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.
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.
House OKs state green-space initiative
ATLANTA -- Georgia's House put a resounding stamp of approval Tuesday on Gov. Roy Barnes' plan to use state grant money to encourage Georgia's largest and fastest-growing counties to set aside more land as green space.
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.
Pupils see C-SPAN studio bus
It was a strange question for a cable network representative to ask about his network.
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.
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.
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.
United Way celebrates good year
As Wachovia Bank's Robert Osborne took over the position of United Way board Chairman Tuesday, he took a lighthearted jab at outgoing Chairman J. Pierce Blanchard.
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.
Across the area: Panel member says fire animal director
A 19-year-old Augusta man has been indicted on felony charges of making bomb threats.
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.
Pioneers develop American dream
SAVANNAH -- Liberty City doesn't look like anything special.
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.
Cheering Dr. Seuss
Augusta State University professor Ralph Watkins (left) cheers Tuesday as Michelle Livengood (front) declares him the winner of Copeland Elementary School's reading contest.
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.
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.
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.
Opponents seek probe of hearing
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Anti-zoning forces in Edgefield County say officials rigged the last public hearing to ensure that opponents of a proposed zoning ordinance would be treated unfairly.
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.
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.
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.
State midyear budget wins final approval
ATLANTA -- The General Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a midyear budget that compromises on financing passenger-rail studies but substantially reduces funding for separate Georgia House and Senate versions of the spending plan provided to help welfare recipients enter the work force.
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.
Senate Democrats thwart ethics bill
ATLANTA -- Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican attempt Tuesday to prohibit Georgia legislators from accepting even a cup of coffee from lobbyists.
Man tells of ex-girlfriend's desperate plan
AIKEN -- Kidnapping suspect Kristen Thompson was so desperate to collect $10,000 in a baby-snatching scheme, she lured a North Augusta woman to her home intending to steal an unborn baby from the woman's womb, the suspect's ex-boyfriend testified Tuesday.
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.
Accessory in killing finishes sentence
A Columbia County man convicted in the 1994 death of Lakeside High School student Melanie Richey is free.
Mrs. Louise Edenfield
SAVANNAH -- Mrs. Louise Burke Edenfield, 91, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Candler Hospital.
Mr. Oneal Rawls
SALLEY -- Mr. Oneal Rawls, 71, of Brown Pond Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
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. Bernice Herron
STUART, Neb. -- Mrs. Bernice L. Herron, 58, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Rosalyn Rogers
CAMDEN, S.C. -- Mrs. Rosalyn McDaniel Rogers, 70, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.
Mrs. Margaret Jenkins
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Margaret L. Jenkins, 64, of Bobolink Avenue, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at University Hospital.
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.
Mr. John Anderson
BELVEDERE -- Mr. John W. Anderson, 85, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Milledgeville, Ga.
Mr. Claude Whitehurst Sr.
AIKEN -- Mr. Claude Harril Whitehurst Sr., of Graystone Court, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. James Scott
Mr. James L. Scott, 68, of Warren Street, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Clara Johnson
TWIN CITY, Ga. -- Mrs. Clara Whittington Johnson, 87, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.
Mr. Thomas Darden Jr.
SHARON, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas E. Darden Jr., 57, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.
Mrs. Lottie Duggan
WARTHEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Lottie Duggan, 96, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, in Sandersville.
Mr. William Driggers
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. William Henry Driggers, 58, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Betty Gray
SPARTA, Ga. -- Mrs. Betty Green Gray, 76, of Titt Harper Valley Drive, 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.
Mr. James Williams
AIKEN -- Mr. James D. ``Jack'' Williams, 79, of Henry Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Leoma Bright
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Leoma D. Bright, 82, of Rentz Street, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mrs. Birdie Molden
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Mrs. Birdie Mae Molden, 77, of West Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Park Ridge Hospital.
Mr. Mel Cecchine
Mr. Mel D. Cecchine, 55, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, in Hewitt, Texas.
Mr. Jimmie Harris
Mr. Jimmie Harris, 60, of Hazel Street, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at his residence.
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.
Mr. Wyman Hartley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mr. Wyman Hartley, 35, of Walker Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Ruby Barr
Mrs. Ruby M. Barr died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Freeman Cummings Jr.
Mr. Freeman Cummings Jr., 51, of Shadowood Drive, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. G.W. Ferguson
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. G.W. ``Buck'' Ferguson, 87, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Warrenton Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.
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
Blames racists for blacks' 'bad image'
Re Eric Dalton's Feb. 21 letter: Kellie Harper-Lee, Augusta
Laments retirement of 'Rev. Bill'
It was a sad day to area outdoorsmen when ``Reverend'' Bill Babb retired as The Chronicle's Outdoors editor. His cathedral ceiling was held up by Georgia pines and the baptismal pool was any area lake, although he occasionally sprinkled his flock with heavenly showers. His sermons could be found in most Sunday Sports sections of your newspaper, next to the last page. Tyron Morris, Waynesboro
Hits insurance rule for state employees
There is a proposal to increase Georgia's Peachcare qualification limit to $40,000 per year for a family of four. This is good news. However, I am a divorced mother of three making $21,000 per year and not eligible to receive Peachcare because I am a state employee. Diana Griffin, Augusta
Ga. ethics bill a start
The Georgia Senate is making some progress on the ethics front, but much more still needs to be done.
Whines about 'crybaby' sports column
Rick Dorsey's column should be called ``crybaby sports.'' Mr. Dorsey does not report sports, but whines about sports. David Mathews, Hephzibah
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
Fears reversal of Planning Commission
Five years ago my wife and I bought five acres on Clary Cut Road. ... We were looking to buy land in a different area, but fell in love with the beauty of Clary Cut Road. The land we bought had restrictions such as the builder had to build at least a 1,400 square-foot home and you could not have more than two out-buildings, etc. After purchasing the land, we built our first home. We were 23 years old and so proud. DeWayne & Andrea Smoak, Harlem
Slams 'genocide' of crepe myrtle
It is pruning season again and the crape myrtles are under attack. They have been sentenced to the guillotine! As I drive our Augusta city streets, it is heartbreaking to view the carnage that has happened to these beautiful trees. Dudley Baird, 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?
Quotes (from a Feb. 20 ABC-TV interview) that the Republican presidential nominee can later use against Vice President Al Gore, courtesy of Democrat Bill Bradley:
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
Don't legalize 'pot'
Special interest groups seeking to decriminalize marijuana use are making a martyr of Louis Covar. The Richmond County quadriplegic was sentenced recently to seven years at Baldwin State Prison's outpatient clinic for violating his probation on marijuana possession.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Computer industry: New anti-hacker laws not needed
WASHINGTON -- Congress appears eager to propose new or broader computer crime laws amid dramatic attacks on some of the Internet's flagship sites, but the technology industry is reluctant about broader government involvement even in online security.
Philip Morris open to FDA regulation of tobacco
NEW YORK -- A Philip Morris Cos. executive said the nation's largest cigarette maker is willing to discuss some government regulation of the embattled tobacco industry.
Leap Day causes minor computer glitches
Leap Day brought scattered and minor computer glitches around the world today in perhaps the final echo of the Y2K problem that wasn't.
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.
Study seeks pre-processing testing of beef
WASHINGTON -- The government could reduce the chance of deadly bacteria getting into ground beef by testing cattle hides and carcasses before the meat is processed, according to a study released today.
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.
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.
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.
Implants show early promise for treating hemophilia
NEW YORK -- Thimble-size implants let guinea pigs and a monkey churn out a protein that can treat hemophilia, suggesting a new approach to treatment.
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.''
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.
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.