Business briefs: FCC fashions plan for airwaves trading
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is developing plans to treat airwaves as commodities to be bought and sold on the open market.
Venue bill wins OK in Senate
ATLANTA -- Anyone seeking damages from a Georgia corporation could soon have more options, something that worries opponents of a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.
Notes Corps has 'different agenda'
The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam was constructed in 1937 under a statute authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to construct, operate and maintain the dam in support of commercial navigation from Savannah to Augusta. This statutory authority was the legal basis for one of the many federally sponsored construction projects of that era designed to jump-start a moribund economy.Thomas J. Zwemer, Augusta
It's what you eat
As part of her weight-loss program, Mrs. Sanchez keeps a diary of all the food she consumes to help her and her dietitian keep track of her eating patterns.
Age old question: Brushes are convenient in dental care
Q: Are electric toothbrushes better for gums and teeth than regular brushes? -- D.F., Martinez
In the know
NATURAL BEAUTY: A new guide, The Waterfalls of South Carolina, offers detailed directions to 25 of the state's most beautiful waterfalls. The information was compiled by Be
Women must like tall men
It's official. Tall guys get the girls.
Kiwanis Club selects STAR student
With an SAT score of 1,590, Daniel Lassiter outscored 13 other High school seniors to become the Augusta Kiwanis club's STAR student of the year on Monday. Daniel, a student at Westminster Preparatory School, along with his favorite teacher, Randall Nichols, were honored during a luncheon at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Mr. Nichols teaches Latin and Greek. ``This is great,'' Daniel said of being the top scorer. He credited Mr. Nichols with helping him achieve. ``He's taught me the last five years in Greek and Latin and has had a lot of influence on my academic career and me as a person,'' Daniel said about Mr. Nichols. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Westminster claims top student
With an SAT score of 1,590, Daniel Lassiter outscored 13 other high school seniors to become the Augusta Kiwanis Club's STAR student of the year.
Assembly turns back to education
ATLANTA -- With the Georgia Legislature heading into its final days for the 2000 session, the year's biggest issue -- education reform -- returns to the front burner in the coming week.
MCG match plan sparks desire for service
Kristen Updegraff was sailing along her career path in banking when she decided to change course.
Some assembly required
Allen Burnette (center) and his wife, Casey, take advantage of Sunday's sunshine and put together a new bicycle for their son Avery at Riverview Park in North Augusta. The bicycle was a birthday gift to Avery, who turned 4 in February.
Phelon suit says threat was known
AIKEN -- Court documents in a civil lawsuit sparked by Arthur Hastings Wise's 1997 rampage through R.E. Phelon Co.'s plant show a security guard had warned plant officials of the need for more safety measures.
Grandmonther reaps reward of foster care
While she sees it primarily as a paying job, 98-year-old Virginia Crawford has touched hundreds of lives in the past 20 years as a foster grandparent at the Youth Development Campus.
Police look for answers in teens' deaths
SAVANNAH -- Students returned to Beach High School on Monday after a Friday-night shooting left two teens dead and another wounded. And while family members and friends continue to mourn, the question remains: Why?
School councils elicit varying interpretations
Ellie Swenson has been a school volunteer and member of parent teacher organizations for 16 years.
Executive announces Senate bid
AIKEN -- Graniteville businessman Robert G. Gossett formally announced his bid Monday for South Carolina's Senate, challenging incumbent Clearwater Democrat Tommy Moore.
Return to base
Members of the Richmond County Emergency Management Dive Team return to Lake Olmstead's boat ramp after inspecting 8,000 feet of Augusta Canal shoreline from Interstate 20 to Augusta's raw water pumping station.
Across the area: State sets detour for Highway 302
The state Department of Transportation will detour traffic on South Carolina Highway 302 near Kitchings Mill beginning today. Work on the road is expected to last at least 10 days. Detour signs will be posted. Call (803) 641-7660for more information.
Police search for car
Richmond County deputies are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left a 4-year-old girl critically injured Monday morning.
Hydrant tests cost business
Rusty water in Bob Miller's film-processing equipment has given him a scare. Despite the Richmond County Fire Department's efforts to alert residents of countywide fire hydrant tests -- and the accompanying discolored water and low pressure -- Mr. Miller was caught off guard.
Pair imprisoned for Aiken car break-ins
AIKEN -- Two men charged in a string of car break-ins at three Aiken apartment complexes last year were sentenced to jail time Monday after pleading guilty and agreeing to pay restitution.
House OKs Augusta water board bill
A bill that would create a water authority to take over Augusta's waterworks passed Monday in the Georgia House and now goes to the Senate.
Across the area: Ex-band director released on bond
David Faulk, the former band director at North Augusta High School, was released from the Aiken County Detention Center during the weekend, more than a month after his arrest on an embezzlement charge.
Enterprise zones offer chance for growth
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Just a few blocks from the brick and the bustle of uptown Columbus lies a large tract of land filled with vacant lots, crumbling buildings and trailer parks that, politely put, could only be described as rundown.
Races spur Aiken economy
AIKEN -- Aiken's Triple Crown has brought Scottie Ruark out of hibernation.
Brief cold snap hits Augusta residents
A week ago, Augusta area residents could be seen strolling down the riverwalk in T-shirts and shorts. This weekend it was jeans and sweat shirts.
Legislature leaves trail of dead measures
ATLANTA -- With Georgia's General Assembly heading toward adjournment this week, some high-profile bills have been left in the dust -- casualties of a lack of consensus, politics or simply the rush to finish business by the constitutionally required 40th day of the session.
Young offender gets jail term
AIKEN -- The Windsor man pressured by his petite girlfriend to hold a North Augusta family at gunpoint in her baby-selling scheme was handed a youthful incarceration term Monday that could have him out of prison in six months.
Council holds off annexing
AIKEN -- The Aiken City Council balked Monday at annexing 186.09 acres for expansion of Woodside Plantation after learning the developer really didn't know what would be built there.
Boxer buys area home
The name of embattled former heavyweight boxer Riddick Bowe has appeared on a deed for a new home near Hephzibah.
Mrs. Maude Rogers
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Maude Oellerich Rogers, 88, of Urquhart Drive, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Anne Brown
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Counts Brown, 60, of Samaria Road, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Maxine Howard
Mrs. Maxine B. Howard, 80, of Millhollow Lane, Martinez, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Robert Flournoy
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Robert ``Bob'' Flournoy, 50, of Godbee Road, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
Mrs. Alice Roland
Mrs. Alice E. Roland, 67, of Pine Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Marion Harper
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Marion L. Harper, 82, of South Boundary Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Oneita Connell
Mrs. Oneita J. Connell, 75, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Henry Page
SOPERTON, Ga. -- Mr. Henry Milton Page, 76, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Infant girl Hughes
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Infant girl Hughes, daughter of Dylan Crawford and Zanobia Hughes, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Emma Buckner
Mrs. Emma Moye Hinson Buckner, 83, of Martinez, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Morris
Mrs. Mary Jeanette Lonergan Morris, 73, of Martinez, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Walter Jones
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Troupe Jones, 82, of South East Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Mrs. Margie McLaughlin
AIKEN -- Mrs. Margie Alene McLaughlin, 82, of Silver Bluff Road, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. John Smithwick
TENNILLE, Ga. -- Mr. John Smithwick, 85, of West Adams Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.
Mrs. Mary Parks
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Virginia Bradley Parks, 85, of Heritage Drive, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Boswell Parker Nursing Center.
Mrs. Mamie Brinson
Mrs. Mamie J. Brinson, 93, of Park Place Court, died Friday, March 10, 2000.
Mrs. Alma Dukes
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Alma Dukes, 99, of Georgia Highway 17 North, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Howell Cobb
Mr. Howell Dunham Cobb, 87, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Burke
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. John Ellis Burke, 76, of Dallas Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Richard Gordon
Mr. Richard J. Gordon, 68, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. James Crocker
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. James ``Jamie'' Terrell Crocker, of Elton Avenue, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ruth Carter
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Ruth H. Carter, 86, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Genie Swanson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Genie Golden Swanson, 95, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mr. Carl Oliver
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Mr. Carl Francis Oliver, 40, died Friday, March 10, 2000, in Smyrna, Ga.
Mrs. Louise McGraw
Mrs. Louise D. McGraw, of Hopie Road, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lena J. Abbott
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lena Johnson Abbott, of North Whitehead Street, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. She was 101 years old.
Dr. Stanley Nave
Dr. Stanley E. Nave, 49, of Low Meadow Drive, Evans, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Foskey
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn D. Foskey, 85, of U.S. Highway 1 North, died Sunday, March 12, 2000.
BEECH ISLAND -- Michael Richard Lantz, 13, of Pine Log Place, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Miss Melissa Guess
NEW ELLENTON -- Miss Melissa Colette Guess, 18, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ida Edwards
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Ida Kunigunda Schmitt Edwards, 71, of Driftwood Drive, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Lexington County Hospital.
Mr. Lloyd Roberts Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Lloyd Roberts Sr., 74, of Carver Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Carl Oliver
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Mr. Carl Francis Oliver, 40, died Friday, March 10, 2000.
Mr. Walter Gibbons
AIKEN -- Mr. Walter E. ``Walt'' Gibbons, 59, of Alfred Street, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Claude Flynt
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- Mr. Claude Wesley Flynt, 83, of Lincolnton Road, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Vicki Bell
AIKEN -- Mrs. Vicki O'Rear Bell, 41, of John Scott Road, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Lois Moyers
HAMBURG, Ark. -- Mrs. Lois Eva Franklin Moyers, 76, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Drew Memorial Hospital, Monticello.
Miss Wanda Fielder
Miss Wanda Kaye Fielder, 39, of Deans Bridge Road, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. James Rhoden Jr.
Mr. James Otis Rhoden Jr., 77, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.
Mrs. Gladys Tasket
Mrs. Gladys West Tasket, 92, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Says racism still exists in U.S.
The more I read your newspaper and listen to the news media, I know that racism still exists in this country. Laws are passed when crime affects a certain group of people. This is a double standard, two-faced nation. Edith Spann, Augusta
Defeat water panel
Somehow the notion has taken hold among some in our community that a newly-created Augusta Water Authority could do more than the City Commission is doing to clear up the city's seemingly never-ending water woes.
Notes Corps has 'different agenda'
The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam was constructed in 1937 under a statute authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to construct, operate and maintain the dam in support of commercial navigation from Savannah to Augusta. This statutory authority was the legal basis for one of the many federally sponsored construction projects of that era designed to jump-start a moribund economy. Thomas J. Zwemer, Augusta
Hits wait at DMV
If you can't be at the Department of Motor Vehicles 1' hours before it opens you will probably have to return the next day. Two of my grown children spent two days over there when it should never have taken but 30 minutes. Evelyn Luke, Augusta
Another new agency
Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy is sponsoring a ``grow-the-government'' bill that our ``grow-the-government'' governor doesn't like.
Backs control of gasoline prices
Now that we have put John Rocker aside, let's concentrate on something more important -- high prices. C. Holtzhouser, North Augusta
Chides commission for vote change
With its recent approval of the ``Kelly Acres'' development off of Clary Cut Road, the Columbia County Planning Commission (with the exception of Mary Ann Trudeau) has decided to put Columbia County into the practice of making people millionaires. Philip Wyatt, Appling
Lauds legislator for 'saving' lock, dam
I give a thumbs up to Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., for his help in finding a way to save the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Now to get Georgia, South Carolina and local governments to give incentives in the form of tax credits to the party that takes over the lock and dam. This would be a win-win for all parties involved. Ronald G. Swank, Blythe
Halt DNA sampling bill
We're not comfortable siding with lawbreakers, but a bill that would require all Georgia felons to give DNA samples to the state is a bit much. Currently, the state only takes DNA samples from sex offenders.
Responds to letter on Olmsted Homes
In response to the March 4 letter, Olmsted Homes is a public housing community owned and managed by the Augusta Housing Authority. Created in 1937, the AHA is the oldest and second largest public housing agency in Georgia. It is proud of its service to the more than 6,000 families receiving housing assistance in Augusta-Richmond County. Sevi Roberson, Augusta
Punting for victory
Vision and leadership -- put the two together and you come up with last week's announcement that the Greater Augusta Sports Council will sponsor the Ray Guy Award, honoring the nation's best collegiate gridiron punter.
Offers ideas for improving Augusta
I would like to thank The Chronicle for giving its readers the opportunity to recommend solutions to some of Augusta's problems: Cheri & Michael Robinson, Augusta
Calls columnist Raspberry a racist
There has been a lot said about the shooting of Amadou Dialloin New York City, most of it negative. John Williams, Augusta
Urges NAACP to focus on schools
The Richmond County School Board asked officials from the Georgia Department of Education School Improvement Team to meet with local principals. The principals should know what the problems are and have solved them by now, otherwise why are they principals? David L. Johnson, Augusta
Slams governor's education bill
Last week a local commentator referred to Georgia House Bill 1187 as the education destruction bill. Unfortunately for Georgia's school children, he was correct. H.B. 1187 will indeed set Georgia's schools backward.Davida L. Johnson, Augusta
Pass Ga. reform bill
It would be convenient if legislation could be written that pleased everyone. It'll never happen. General Assembly proposals usually contain good and bad parts and one has to weigh both before deciding whether to endorse.
Raps paper for grim reaper cartoon
I was totally appalled at the March 1 Rick McKee ``cartoon'' of the grim reaper holding the dead puppy. W. Garrison, Martinez
Slams McCormick Co. school board
The McCormick County School bond referendum was defeated recently and it's appropriate to ask two questions: Why was it defeated and what happens next? Michael J. MacDonald, McCormick, S.C.
Shorter lunches OK
Most high-schoolers we know can wolf down a lunch in seconds flat. Columbia County school administrators are considering giving the students a little more time than that -- 35 minutes for their lunch periods, but far less time than students are accustomed to.
Says education reform begins at home
Despite all the recent rhetoric about educational reform, I do not think we as a nation are serious about educational reform. Do we really value our children and their future? A recent feature story in the Feb. 27 Parade magazine proves we do not. Otherwise would Deion Sanders receive a salary of $11.5 million while a high school teacher has a salary of $33,000? Or should Steve Spurrier be receiving a salary of $193,315 instead of allocating some of that available money to teach football players like Peter Warrick and others to not make poor moral or ethical choices? Jill McCoy, Augusta
Animal-rights group in hot water for beer-over-milk ad
NORFOLK, Va. -- A new ad campaign by an animal rights group urging college students to replace their milk mustaches with beer foam has angered anti-drunken driving activists and the dairy industry.
Few heart patients taking aspirin despite benefits
DALLAS -- Too few heart patients are taking aspirin despite its widely known ability to prevent heart attacks, according to a study released Monday.
Officials: Arizona's Internet vote successful
PHOENIX -- Arizona's first-of-its-kind Internet election showed online voting can work with a relatively small population. The question now is whether it can succeed with much larger groups.
Web site helps real estate buyers
Internet real estate companies believe that eventually, consumers will push for completely paperless transactions, closing their deals online. But that doesn't mean real estate agents will disappear.
Six automakers criticized for lack of child-seat programs
ATLANTA -- The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board criticized six automakers Monday for failing to establish programs to make sure children are properly secured in car safety seats.
Experimental cream slows hair growth
SAN FRANCISCO -- An experimental cream significantly slowed the growth of facial hair on 70 percent of women in the final round of tests before the drug is presented for federal approval.
Study questions belief that estrogen prevents heart disease
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Challenging a medical doctrine that has stood for two decades, a study found no evidence that estrogen supplements protect older women from heart disease.
Microbe causes toxic mine runoff
WASHINGTON -- A super bug that eats iron and can thrive in the equivalent of battery acid may be a major culprit in causing toxic metal and acid runoff from a California mine, researchers say.
FCC to promote trading system for airwaves
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is developing plans to treat airwaves as commodities to be bought and sold on the open market.
Skaters lobbying for new park on Highland Avenue
The history of Augusta's skate park off Central Avenue is as shaky as a novice skater on his first board. Recently, the state Environmental Protection Division recommended closing the site and restricting access to the city's reservoir, where area residents often jog or walk their dogs.
Xtreme advice: Siblings should respect other's personal space
``My sister is always getting in my stuff. I'd like to know how I can keep her out of it. Or how I can hide it?'' -- 15-year-old Martinez girl
New titles to look for at your local video store include romantic comedies Drive Me Crazy, Outside Providence and the thriller The Bone Collector.
DiCaprio's adventure's no day at `The Beach'
While traveling in Asia, Richard (Mr. DiCaprio) finds a map drawn by the madman he befriends. The map supposedly leads to a tropical paradise unknown to others.
The bottom line on learning how to skateboard like a pro: It's harder than it looks. Josh Leopard, 15, has been skating for a couple of weeks. The home-schooled student visited the Central Avenue skate park for the first time last Wednesday afternoon.
Olivea Shure (left) Joyceanne Tahop (center) Tia Madoo wear their favorite outfits.