Business sells off division
Monsanto Co. is selling its NutraSweet business to a Boston-based investment firm for $440 million, the company announced Monday.
Bruce Siewert of North Carolina picks up his tractor at John Deere in Grovetown. On Monday, it became the 300,000th compact utility tractor off the assembly line. Workers received belt buckles for the event.
Business briefs: Microsoft lawsuit punches markets
NEW YORK -- Microsoft deflated every major stock market index Monday, falling sharply after the government reportedly rejected the company's offer to settle their antitrust case.
P&G seeks to sell brand
Procter & Gamble Co. is soliciting offers for its Oxydol brand laundry detergent -- a product made in Augusta and a mainstay of the consumer products giant since 1927.
FedEx will build Aiken distribution center
AIKEN -- Federal Express, the world's largest express transportation company, is coming to Summit Business Park, opening an 18,000-square-foot distribution center in August, City Manager Roger LeDuc said Monday.
Feels sadness over fear of religion
As I read Ellen Goodman's March 16 column, I felt great sadness. If I understand her correctly, she believes our schools shouldteach only evolution as the scientific ``truth'' of the beginning of the universe and man.Melanie Kurdys, Augusta
Charges Augusta poisoning farmland
Augusta's industry is poisoning Jefferson County's farmland. Almost 8 million gallons of waste treated daily at Augusta's waste water plant comes from industry.Thomas Black, Louisville
In the know
GRUNGE RETURNS: Think you've seen the last of grunge? Of jeans so ripped up and dirty they hardly hang on a body? Think again. Grunge is back and will be for some time.
The skinny on dieting
Cathe Beebe never thought she was bikini material, and she really never expected to be a super model.
Age old questions: Chronic coughing could be sign of additional problems
I've had a cough for several weeks. Is this normal? -- N.A., Grovetown
Bandits get what's deserved
Crime is a funny thing ... particularly when it happens to criminals.
Class cuts pose challenges
With no warning, a third-grader burst into tears.
Across the area: Lumber-yard fire under investigation
A weekend fire at a Columbia County lumber yard was under control but still smoldering Sunday afternoon.
Governor triumphs in session
ATLANTA -- The 2000 General Assembly session that ended last week was typical in at least one respect: few got everything they wanted other than Gov. Roy Barnes, who saw the majority Democrats pass all 10 of his bills.
Soldiers use simulators to train for battle
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- It's like a giant arcade.
Teachers shoot hoops for injured girl
Staff members of Meadowbrook and Hephzibah elementary schools will trade in hall passes for basketballs during a fund-raising tournament Friday for the 4-year-old girl injured in a hit-and-run accident.
Bail is set in trial of area man
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Benton County Circuit Judge David Clinger set a $200,000 bail for a South Carolina man charged with paying to have his wife and her ex-husband killed.
Authorities identify shooting victims
Officials have identified a man and woman found dead on the doorstep of their next-door neighbors' south Augusta home.
Teachers plan trip to China
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- One year after Truett-McConnell instructors canceled a trip to China fearing backlash from the accidental NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia, three instructors from the college's Watkinsville campus will venture to the Orient for three weeks to conduct an oral English and American culture workshop.
State proposes halfway house for Phinizy Rd.
The state plans to build a 200-bed halfway house on Phinizy Road to help prisoners re-enter society, but some Augusta commissioners have reservations about extending a city bus line to make the facility possible.
Study cites lost roads funding
ATLANTA -- More than $1 billion in state and local taxes generated each year by transportation-related activities are not being plowed back into Georgia's crucial transportation needs, the University of Georgia reported Monday.
Hearing begins in Tenneco case
AIKEN -- Officials at Tenneco Packaging are expected to testify in a labor hearing today that they feared workplace violence last July when they had veteran employee and union activist Gary McClain arrested.
Company promises new jobs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- An Italian company planning a $30 million battery factory in Burke County promised residents Monday it would bring jobs -- and not pollution -- to the rural community.
Augusta's size hurts airport expansion plan
ATLANTA -- When Savannah tourism recruiters realized they couldn't lure conventions from the Midwest without direct flights, they launched a campaign that's been copied by other cities wanting the same success.
Woodside annex OK'd
AIKEN -- After delaying the project for weeks, the city council approved Monday the annexation of 22.23 acres for expansion of Woodside Plantation.
Reform plan threatens paraprofessionals
Columbia County schools' paraprofessionals aren't paid a lot of money.
Democrat files to run for fifth Senate term
CLEARWATER - Veteran lawmaker Tommy Moore is seeking re-election to the S.C. Senate District 25 seat he has held for the past 19 years.
Fire district lines disputed
BATH -- Bath Fire Chief David Cunningham wonders why it took 20 years for the Clearwater Fire Department to demand a change in fire district lines, especially when officials of both districts agreed to the coverage area assigned to the departments as recently as 1996.
Local panel makes plea for repairs
AIKEN -- Some local residents seek to end delays of needed improvements to Savannah River Site's aging infrastructure.
Across the area: Heavy rains force road closing
The city has closed Alexander Drive for emergency repairs after heavy rains undermined the road's support. The road is expected to reopen by this weekend, City Administrator Randy Oliver said.
Woman turns trash into treasure
Margaret Jones is a firm believer in the adage: If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, and he'll never go hungry again.
Jet joins lineup for Skyfest
Skyfest 2000 officials announced Monday that an F-15 will replace a planned F-16 tactical demonstration now off the bill at this weekend's show.
Panel OKs money for pharmacy
Pharmacist Marshall Curtis says he has just the tonic for continued economic growth in the Laney-Walker neighborhood.
Board prepares to make use of state funds
If there was a theme song to Monday afternoon's meeting of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp., it might have been Taking Care of Business.
Oscar night gala glows at Bell
It was all glitz and glamour Sunday night at Bell Auditorium, complete with limos, red carpet and stars.
Fire still smolders at lumber company
A fire at Pollard Lumber Co. is still smoldering two days after it began. The good news is that the scrap lumber pile that spontaneously combusted represents no monetary loss for the company, said Andy Pollard, vice president.
Uncollected property tax figure grows
Richmond County tax collectors said they failed to collect more than $2.8 million in property taxes billed in 1997 and 1998 because they did not have an adequate computer system.
Raceway's first tests are positive
Silver Eagle Raceway owner George Bryan gambled $1 million renovating the half-mile oval clay track formerly known as Gordon Park Speedway, and he appears to have won.
Five battle for House seat
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Education has become a hot-button issue in South Carolina politics, on the local level and statewide. It's a problem that the five candidates for the House District 83 seat say must be solved if the state is to prosper.
Jurors bemoan DA's quarters
The most recent group of Richmond County grand jurors to tour the district attorney's office wasn't about to venture up to the fourth floor.
State: Man should not be set free
AIKEN -- Billy Ray Tucker of Graniteville served five years in prison for repeatedly raping a 6-year-old boy in 1994.
Church building opens
The Rev. Hubert Flanagan (left) completes the ribbon-cutting ceremony during Sunday's opening of a new classroom and office building at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church. Named Flanagan Hall, the two-story building is the centerpiece of the church's $4 million renovation project.
Mr. Donald Ruehle
NEWNAN, Ga. - Mr. Donald J. ``Pop'' Ruehle, 80, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Peachtree Regional Hospital.
Mr. Lonnie Higdon
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Lonnie A. Higdon, 64, of West Greene Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hyman Striesfeld
AIKEN - Mr. Hyman Striesfeld, 81, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Catherine Kelley
MITCHELL, Ga. - Mrs. Catherine Kitchens Kelley, 55, of Edgehill-Mitchell Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Armstrong
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Cecelia Conlon Armstrong, 86, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, in Columbia.
Mrs. Catherine Butler
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine Lark Butler, 89, of North Bouknight Ferry Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Willie Fambrough
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson Fambrough, 94, of Hillman Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Minnie Boswell Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Billy Wise
MONTMORENCI - Mr. Billy Wise, 64, of Old Barnwell Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Emma Chatman
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Emma Kate Howell Chatman, 79, of James Drive, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mildred Sweet
Mrs. Mildred Davis Sweet, 79, of Greene Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Joan's Personal Care Home, Evans.
Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mimmie Winfrey died Sunday, March 26, 2000.
Mrs. Gladys Baughman
AIKEN - Mrs. Gladys C. Baughman, 74, died Saturday, March 25, 2000.
Mr. Jesse Key
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Jesse Key, 80, of Fairwood Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Eugene O'Shields
AIKEN - Mr. Eugene Calvin O'Shields, 68, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Eloise Hattman
Mrs. Eloise Sheahan Hattman, 76, of Laurel Lane, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Oscar Henderson
VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Oscar Henderson, 52, of Sandy Run Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Charlie Stampley
Mrs. Charlie Mae Combs Stampley, 80, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Roy Perryman
SHANNON, N.C. - Mr. Roy Howard Perryman, 67, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Alex Edwards
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Alex E. Edwards, 82, of Old Jackson Highway, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Russell Robinson
RICHLANDS, N.C. - Mr. Russell Price Robinson, 60, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville.
Mrs. Lavada Owens
Mrs. Lavada Powell Owens, 81, of Goshen Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Forrest lake Health Care.
Mr. Rudolph Johnson Sr.
HARRISON, Ga. - Mr. Rudolph Valentino ``Rudy'' Johnson Sr., 73, of Georgia Highway 15, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Fred Jones
Mr. Fred B. Jones, 83, of Richmond Hill Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Estella Jennings
AIKEN - Mrs. Estella Jennings, 86, of Laurens Street North, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. Eron Birt
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Eron Franklin Birt, 24, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.
Mrs. Susie Blocker
Mrs. Susie B. Williams Blocker, of Audubon Place, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Raymond Harrell
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mr. Raymond W. Harrell, 74, of Glendalyn Avenue, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Lois Hucks
Mrs. Lois R. Hucks, 68, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Silliman
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Silliman, 71, of Seven Lakes Boulevard, Martinez, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Norma Sikes
Mrs. Norma Tyson Sikes, 79, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Robert Griffis
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Robert M. Griffis, 59, of Pleasant Lane Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, in Augusta.
Gang stopped, for now
It might have been a typical robbery, if not for the fact that it was a gang-initiation rite. And it might have been a murder if it wasn't for a young gangster-wannabe's bad aim.
A-NIC's magical list
It would be a magic act worthy of David Copperfield: A year ago, the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. -- a public-private partnership with a 13-member board dominated by respected businesspeople -- announced with much fanfare it would collect funds to assist low- and middle-income housing development/rehabilitation and to clean up blighted acres.
Advocates an end to abortion rights
I am 13 years old and feel very strongly about ending abortion because it is murdering an innocent baby. Why would people want to kill their own baby even before the baby has had a chance to come into the world? Anna McArdle,Augusta
Offers solution to truckers' problems
The truckers in the Augusta area need to find a place to park their rigs other than in subdivisions. I suggest they work to solve their own parking problems, security and transportation to and from ``the motor pool'' without looking for the county commissioners or taxpayers to solve their problems. Don't expect us to fund your private ventures by supplying real estate to park your vehicles or allow parking in residential neighborhoods. Raymond K. Dick, Hephzibah
Raps lack of justice in the CSRA
I have lived in the Central Savannah River Area for about two years. But I've had enough. Tom WilsonAugusta
Assails president's moral leadership
President Bill Clinton is getting a lot of mileage from another tragedy, the shooting of a child by a child. It is one of the truths of the present degeneration of our society just made to order for him. Felix Garrett, Augusta
Urges McCain to get behind Bush
I am a veteran of World War II and I don't claim to be a hero. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah
Blames parents, not guns, for violence
G. Edwards of Martinez asked some questions in his March 20 letter about the right to bear arms. President Bill Clinton's liberals want all guns with safety locks. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken
Warns liberals the 'tide is turning'
Paul Cook (letter, March 23) and the people like him are the reason this country is having so much trouble with guns and, for that matter, everything else. Charlie J. Connell, North Augusta
Urges teaching kids dangers of guns
After reading the March 20 letter by G. Edwards on gun ownership, I needed to respond. Gun ownership is and always will be a right we cannot afford to give up. Guns in the hands of responsible citizens have prevented hundreds of crimes. You won't read much about the crimes prevented because it isn't politically correct, but for every crime committed with a gun many, many more have been prevented. John Bryan, Wrens
Character plan works
Isn't it fun to watch a good plan come together -- particularly a bipartisan one designed to improve public school students' attitudes and grades?
Although the 2000 Academy Awards are now history, The Chronicle has some extra award nominations that we feel were overlooked.
Feels sadness over fear of religion
As I read Ellen Goodman's March 16 column, I felt great sadness. If I understand her correctly, she believes our schools shouldteach only evolution as the scientific ``truth'' of the beginning of the universe and man. Melanie Kurdys, Augusta
The Georgia General Assembly's decision last week to restore automobile emissions tests to every two years will save many drivers some money, but state Environmental Protection Division officials fear it could derail their plan to free up millions of federal road-building dollars for the Atlanta area.
Presses for zoning enforcement
This truck tractor parking situation has really captured my attention. Let me explain briefly: Here on our street, we have three ongoing operations that do not belong in a residential area. Two of these, friends of mine, have tried to get this corrected through the years, but to no avail. The third I have actively been trying to get corrected for about a year and a half. I get polite responses and agreeable comments, but no action. Individuals near the top of city and county government are aware of some of this. None of these three operations, however, are nearly as severe as having a semi-tractor parked in the neighborhood. A. B. Chipman, Augusta
Shorten S.C. session
The South Carolina House stayed in session an extra day recently to squabble over spending priorities for the next fiscal year. There'd be nothing wrong with this...except there are two things wrong.
Charges Augusta poisoning farmland
Augusta's industry is poisoning Jefferson County's farmland. Almost 8 million gallons of waste treated daily at Augusta's waste water plant comes from industry. Thomas Black, Louisville
Says his water-sewer bill unchanged
I don't know which utility department Betty Maxwell Draughton (letter, March 21) is doing business with. Barry Doick,Hephzibah
Rebuts denial of black Confederates
Once again we have so-called history monitors such as Mark Gelbart on March 18 giving us the true word on all things Southern and Confederate. K. G. Watson, Augusta
Collider will recreate universe's first moments
UPTON, N.Y. -- Deep in the sandy woods of New York's Long Island, physicists are preparing to travel back to the dawn of the universe.
Fastest documented extinction examined
When Maori settlers arrived in New Zealand from Polynesia in the 13th century, they were met by the sight of large, flightless birds known as moas. The settlers quickly developed a taste for the friendly creatures, and began killing and eating them in large numbers. Eventually, all 11 species of moa became extinct.
Smokers' lawyers: Tobacco companies try to avoid cause issue
MIAMI -- The tobacco industry has taken the mind-boggling position that three ailing smokers' collective 100 years of puffing was irrelevant to their cancer cases, their attorney argued today on their request for damages.
Particle collider probably won't destroy the world
UPTON, N.Y. -- When the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider begins operating in May, it will recreate conditions that have not existed since the dawn of the universe. Could that mean the end of the world?
New gamma ray sources found
Astronomers have spotted an unexpected and mysterious ``swarm'' of several dozen gamma ray sources where they aren't supposed to be: hovering over the Milky Way in our nearby galactic neighborhood.
Power poles prove deadly for eagles in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In life, they must have been magnificent, these dozen bald eagles that lay stiffly on the concrete floor of a government warehouse.
MCG to offer advice in online chat room
Medical College of Georgia is hoping to garner some attention for its new consumer Web site by offering advice from 17 doctors online tonight. Just be careful what you tell them: the discussions will take place in an open chat room.
Protesters stage colorful protest against biotech industry
BOSTON -- Four protesters were arrested today outside the nation's largest biotechnology conference, marring otherwise orderly demonstrations against genetically engineered crops.
Cable modem provides speed, security concerns
Q. I read what you said about people being able to get into my computer and read my files when I am connected to the Internet now that I have a high-speed cable modem. When I called my provider, they told me I have nothing to worry about. Who's right?
In this animated buddy flick, two con-men (Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline) win a map to the lost City of Gold, El Dorado, and seek their fortune. MPAA rated PG (for thematic elements and mild language).
TODAY: Day of reckoning for Columbia County students as report cards go home (ugh).
If you're ``talking'' are you dating? Or do you have to talk for a while before you date? And if you can't drive, then what's the point? Such are the dating games that teens play.
Families preparing for Masters guests
Natalie Spires knows the difference between regular clean and Masters clean.
Christina Wizorek, 15, a sophomore at Barnwell High School.