Dillard's will move to Aiken mall
AIKEN -- Mildred Morgan is ready for one-stop shopping.
Morris: Web can help papers
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Newspapers must make the most of online immediacy and space while serving as truth-seekers in the Internet age, the chairman of the Newspaper Association of America said Monday.
Business briefs: Investors' flight hurts Nasdaq index
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index fell sharply Monday as investors once again moved money out of newer technology stocks and into shares of more established computer makers and traditional industrial companies.
Augusta golf shop adds 26th location
Golf Augusta Pro Shops on Monday announced the purchase of a Baltimore-area golf shop, bringing its total number of locations to 26.
Urges S.C. support for lock and dam
Save Our Savannah had a well-attended meeting on March 14. In at-tendance were Augusta Mayor Bob Young, former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Ga., U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and representatives of U.S. Sens. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., and Max Cleland, D-Ga.Wendell Hall, North Augusta
Although a walk around Augusta's Highland Avenue reservoir is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, it's a risky activity.
Can't be topped
It's official: Spring is here. And for drivers of convertible cars -- ragtops -- that means finally being able to put the top down on a consistent basis and let the wind blow freely through the hair.
In the know
GETTING HOSED: Pantyhose for men? Yes -- a struggling Granville, Ohio, women's hosiery company has found new life by marketing what it calls ``legwear'' for men. ``Guys who like silk boxers like these,'' says Steve Katz, who with his wife, Connie Barsky, sells the ComfiLon brand waist-high and knee-high hosiery via their Internet site (http://www.comfilon.com/). Runners, hunters, skiers, utility workers and others wear them for insulation, to improve circulation, to prevent chafing or to provide extra leg support.
Age old question: Breaking bad habits can have serious health benefits
Q: Can old habits affect my health now? -- H.C., Aiken
Good attitude is key to shedding the pounds
As he sat in the waiting room at Professional Health Control, George Ball Jr. looked around at the ``before'' and ``after'' pictures of successful PHC clients.
People, like trees, can surprise you
The dogwoods surprised me this year. One minute, I was waiting to see if the blooms on the Bradford pears (those high-bred white puffballs) would last more than a week, when the dogwoods suddenly began to break out.
Speaker dissuades teen sex
Most teen-agers have heard about the birds and the bees. But have they listened? Some teen pregnancy experts say not closely enough.
Texas crash jeopardizes show
The Air Force pilot who crashed his F-16 Fighting Falcon during a weekend air show in Kingsville, Texas, was scheduled to fly the same jet at Augusta's SkyFest 2000 air show April 1-2.
Legislators face packed agenda in final week
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are breathing a sigh of relief now that the General Assembly's biggest, most time-consuming priority for the year is history.
Trial of robbery suspect continues
Gang names, secret signs and initiations that have been connected to a 1999 robbery and shooting at a Tobacco Road pawnshop are fictitious creations of three convicted youths, defense attorney Pete Theodocion said Monday during a trial for the man charged as ringleader.
Georgia Senate OKs juvenile assault measure
ATLANTA -- Georgia senators on Monday passed a House version of a bill prompted by a 1999 attack on an Augusta teacher, Linda Gail Hendrick.
Slaying suspects arrested
ELBERTON, Ga. -- An Elbert County father and son were being held in an undisclosed jail Monday, charged with the fatal shootings of an Elbert County man and woman.
Chambers OK accord on budget
ATLANTA -- The General Assembly late Monday overwhelmingly passed a $14.4 billion state budget that includes the down payment on Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform plan.
Gun bill sails through House
ATLANTA -- Georgia's House unanimously passed legislation Monday to strengthen penalties for defendants convicted of bringing handguns near children.
Across the area: Blowtorch mishap burns mobile home
A man using a blowtorch to cut the tongue off a mobile home frame Sunday afternoon accidentally set the residence on fire, destroying it, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department officials said.
Woman grabs chief role
COLUMBIA -- When Jean Hoefer Toal left the state Legislature for a seat on South Carolina's Supreme Court bench in 1988, she said goodbye to fellow lawmakers with lines from Shakespeare:
Across the area: Mother sentenced to weekends in jail
The jail sentence for a former plastic surgeon who slashed her 7-year-old son's throat in an attempted murder-suicide has been changed from 90 days in a work release program to 45 consecutive weekends in jail, court officials said.
Craft sexual exploitation trial opens
Once, after a visit with Robert Bruce Craft, a 4-year-old boy mentioned that the child psychologist had touched his penis like his physician did, a mother testified Monday.
School board requests charter standards
AIKEN -- During a joint meeting with the Aiken County school board, members of the county's legislative delegation were told that standards for charter schools should be much the same as for public schools.
An announcement in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle for a meeting of Columbia County Special Education PTO was based on incorrect information and specified a wrong date. The organization will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Evans Elementary School gymnasium.
City hears development proposal
North Augusta officials are about to kick off an ambitious plan for developing the city's riverfront.
Lack of funding scuttles cleanup plans
Augusta will get a spring cleaning this weekend, but some lower-income neighborhoods may not be able to take part in traditional pre-Masters Tournament cleanup efforts.
Hunt, hounds run deep with tradition
AIKEN -- George Thomas was a 6-year-old in Maryland when he first heard hound dogs make their music.
RiverCenter takes shape
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- There is a sound to the city of Columbus.
Trial of accused child molester set to begin
The bench trial of a Martinez child psychologist charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation and child molestation will begin today in Richmond County Superior Court.
Justice leaves legacy
COLUMBIA -- Nearly half a century after becoming a lawyer in a state with separate and often unwritten laws for his race, Ernest A. Finney Jr. is retiring this week as chief justice of South Carolina's Supreme Court.
Sign honors historic Hampton hotel
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Clenching his grandfather's top hat in one hand, George Jackson Alexander proudly used the other to touch the shiny new sign that will remind passers-by of the history he's cherished for years.
Woman fights to save 1800s cemetery
Jean Atilano of Waxhaw, N.C., has been digging through the historical records of Columbia County in search of her family lineage for nearly four years.
Advertising can save missing pets
Goofy and affectionate, Hobie has been the perfect dog for the Dunham family since they brought the boxy-faced golden retriever to their home when he was 7 weeks old.
Senator accuses colleague
ATLANTA -- Augusta Sen. Charles Walker was accused by one of his colleagues Monday of conflict of interest and using pressure to stop creation of a committee designed to investigate the issue.
Illusionist David Copperfield brought his Journey of a Lifetime magic show to enthusiastic audiences for two shows at the Bell Auditorium on Sunday evening. Mr. Copperfield is known for his theatrical style of magic and his large-scale illusions.
Legislators debate bills on tax relief
ATLANTA -- A tax-relief movement begun last year by Chatham County lawmakers is picking up steam as the General Assembly nears adjournment for this year.
Ms. Alisha Myers
Ms. Alisha Catchings Myers, 24, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, in Savannah.
Mrs. Geraldine Alexander
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Geraldine Alexander, 60, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Henry Odom Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Henry Everette Odom Sr., 62, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Providence Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Paul Flanders
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Paul C. Flanders, 82, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mr. William Charlton
AIKEN - Mr. William Gibbs ``Bill'' Charlton, 75, of Citation Drive, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Dimetri Roberts Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Dimetri C. Roberts Sr., 33, of Cherry Street, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. J. David Hendrix
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. James David Hendrix, 68, of Sample Street, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Collie Collins
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Collie R. Collins, 57, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Frances Milner
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lelia Frances Lunceford Milner, 73, of Bartram Trace Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Thomas Shields Sr.
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Thomas R. Shields Sr., 80, of Pughsley Road, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.
Mrs. Evangerline Drummings
AIKEN - Mrs. Evangerline Thomas Drummings, 65, of Carriage Hill Place, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Rev. Herbert Johnson
TENNILLE, Ga. - The Rev. Herbert ``Herb'' Johnson, 84, of Georgia Highway 272, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. L.C. Hall
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. L.C. Hall, 73, of Mayview Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Mr. William Tharpe
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. William Cecil Tharpe, 81, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mr. Donald Crawford
AIKEN - Mr. Donald Jackson Crawford, of Oak Place, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Ms. Lanni Smith
BARNWELL, S.C. - Ms. Lanni Sue Long Smith, 44, of Caro Kee Park, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Bessie Thompson
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Mae Thompson, 94, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.
Ms. Valerie Beard
Ms. Valerie A. Beard, of Royal Street, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Josephine Bussey
APPLING - Mrs. Josephine George Bussey, 82, of Pine Ridge Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. William Warren
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. William Henry ``Bootney'' Warren, of Georgia Route 6, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Hancock Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hector Roundtree
AIKEN - Mr. Hector Roundtree, 43, of Silver Bluff Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Annie Bracewell
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Eugenia Smith Bracewell, 80, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mrs. Johnetta Faulkner
Mrs. Johnetta K. Faulkner, 70, of Summerchase Circle, died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Grady Bedenbaugh
SALUDA, Ga. - Mr. Grady Graham Bedenbaugh, 86, of Cherry Hill Road, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.
Mr. Henry Moses Jr.
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Henry Arthur Moses Jr., 83, of Claxton Dairy Road, died Friday, March 17, 2000.
Sees Democrats as 'party of the rich'
Now there's no doubt: Democrats are indeed the ``party of the rich.'' Gasoline prices are at their highest levels in history, interest rates are rising, Bill Clinton is preparing to veto the minimum wage bill and taxes haven't been higher since World War II. Is relief in sight? Absolutely not. The Democratic Party thinks you're too wealthy to need any help. You should be paying more taxes, not less. Gasoline prices ought to be higher to encourage us to experiment with kinky ``alternative fuels.'' Keith Shafer, Augusta
We've got a 'Convoy'
It's a protest story that country musician C.W. McCall would love. It's another trucker ``Convoy,'' just like the name of his 1978 hit song.
Urges S.C. support for lock and dam
Save Our Savannah had a well-attended meeting on March 14. In at-tendance were Augusta Mayor Bob Young, former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Ga., U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and representatives of U.S. Sens. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., and Max Cleland, D-Ga. Wendell Hall, North Augusta
Ponders viability of right to bear arms
Should we or shouldn't we have the right to bear arms, as stated in the U.S. Constitution? Maybe this was OK back in the old days. But what about in today's world, with children shooting other children? Should we have the right to bear arms? G. Edwards, Martinez
Wants physical education preserved
It was dismaying to read in the March 15 Chronicle that Columbia County is considering the possibility of ``slashing'' the amount of physical education offered to middle school students. Bernard (Bob) Gutin, PhD, Augusta
Rebuts charge that liberals are 'sick'
In response to Milton Gresham's letter of March 10 sympathizing with ``victim'' John Rocker: The writer referred to liberals as ``sick, twisted, wretched individuals who victimize others,'' I would like to introduce him to a few people I know whom he would consider liberals. Lynda Luden, Martinez
Although a walk around Augusta's Highland Avenue reservoir is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, it's a risky activity.
Questions forfeiture law in Covar case
There are many things about the case of Lewis Covar's conviction and his sentence to prison that I don't understood. If the man is truly quadriplegic, he would not be able to even light a joint, much less actively buy and sell (marijuana) without someone doing the physical work for him. Who is in jail for that?John Ballard, Augusta
Wrong Corps priority
In the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' never-ending quest to get the injunction lifted on the use of the four Russell Dam reversible turbines built above Thurmond Lake, taxpayers have spent a whopping $34 million in environmental studies and fish-protection measures.
Blasts Barnes' moves to centralize
I am becoming increasingly concerned with Gov. Roy Barnes' consolidation of power in Atlanta. Over the last months he has tried (and in most instances succeeded) to centralize education, technology and transportation under his ever-growing umbrella. He has effectively silenced any dissent or meaningful discussion of his ideas. J. Crawford, Evans
Shreds governor's education plan
Gov. Roy Barnes' program, and the ads run by organizations promoting his plan, blame teachers and schools for the lack of students' performance. What does the governor plan to do about children who won't work to learn and parents who don't care? Jeff C. Annis, Augusta
Ga. sweetheart deal
One would think it might be hard for most Georgia lawmakers to reconcile these actions: Right after money for tobacco prevention was cut by the House of Representatives, a 127-32 House vote granted $2.4 million in tax subsidies to a Macon cigarette manufacturer.
Hopes Ga. prescriptive bill passes
As Yogi Berra once said, ``It's de ja vu all over again.'' Tom Hamorsky, Millen
Let teachers decide
Aiken County School Board Chairman John Bradley is fit to be tied that Palmetto State House Republicans have sent a questionnaire to public school principals to be distributed to teachers.
Says racism motivates some blacks
Of all the Chronicle's letters to the editor I've read over the years, I finally read one by F.H. Harrison (March 11) that screams ``racism'' loud and clear. Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta
Strange S.C. justice
What happened was a tragedy. A severely depressed Shirley Madison slashed her young son's throat and then her own in a murder-suicide attempt in Aiken in 1998.
Finds sewerage charge excessive
We received our water bill yesterday, and I looked at it carefully for the first time in a long time, because we had been out of town. Seems we used 12,000 gallons of water, for a water usage charge of $15.23. Not bad for a winter month. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta
Backs Schrenko in animal control issue
It is amazing how a very serious issue like the Richmond County Animal Control System can get the public's attention and start state politicians squirming. Willie L. Anderson, Augusta
Shames those who cause division
I just have to reply to David Sisler's March 4 column ``Bible course in school.'' Grady Brown, Augusta
Laments the spiraling cost of fuel
I am writing about the spiraling cost of fuel. It's climbing daily. This not only hurts the consumer when he fills his tank; it hurts all aspects of his life. R. M. Griffin, Martinez
Web site promotes access for Hispanics
NEW YORK -- In an effort to get more Hispanics online, a Spanish-English Web site is handing out more than 2 million computer disks offering free Internet access customized for bilingual use.
A better chair for the workplace
Basketball coach Bobby Knight likes to throw them, executives like to spin in them as they count their money and TV stars like to have sex in them -- at least during ``sweeps'' months. But chairs are rarely a hot topic for water-cooler conversations. Mostly they just sort of sit in the background.
Another Bird-Dinosaur link found
Paleontologists last week unveiled an analysis of a virtually complete dinosaur fossil discovered in Montana in 1993. The creature had razor-sharp claws on each foot and a relatively large brain and lived about 75 million years ago.
Controversial gasoline additive to be phased out
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration has decided to phase out MTBE as a gasoline additive on grounds it poses a risk to public health or the environment, government sources said today.
Vitamins as American as apple pie
It's as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Swallowing vitamin and mineral supplements now is a regular practice for 40 percent of the U.S. population, according to a large-scale survey published Wednesday.
Digital divide targeted
WASHINGTON -- Politicians are rushing to try to close the digital divide, the gap between Americans who have computers and Internet access and those who don't.
We're all living in the immediate past
In a way, we're all living in the past, according to new brain research. At least about 80 milliseconds in the past, that is. That's apparently how long it takes what we see to register in our conscious perception.
Police patrol cyberspace for child-sex stalkers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For five months, Bill Mannering went to work every day and pretended he was a 13-year-old boy.
Deanna Crystal Lee, 15, a sophomore at Barnwell High School.
Countdown to commencement
Students in their final year of high school have caught something and it's spreading: senioritis.
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., is sponsoring Youth Art Month, which means you can get in for just $1. Check out works by Charleston, S.C., artist William Halsey before his exhibit closes Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays.
Friend should proceed cautiously with info
``My best friend has been going out with this boy for about a month. Another friend and I found out he was cheating on her. He said he broke up with the other girl, but we don't believe him. We don't want to tell our friend, but we think she should know because she likes him a lot. We don't know what to do.'' -- 14-year-old Augusta girl
PLOT SUMMARY: Mona Dearly (Ms. Midler) is murdered by someone in her quaint town. There was a good reason for her to be murdered, too, because she was one of the most unpleasant people ever (to the townfolk at least).