Commercial flights coming into Bush Field this weekend might get a surprising reception, as an assembled mass of thousands, faces turned expectantly toward the sky, fill one of the airport's two runways for Skyfest 2000.
Blue Angels bring a passion for flying to shows
For more than 50 years, the distinctive blue and gold of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, has represented the pinnacle of piloting skill and aircraft technology.
Dancer works to entertain, inspire others
When Benjamin Westafer steps onto the Imperial Theatre's stage with North Carolina Dance Theatre tonight, it will be a homecoming.
Soaring like an Eagle
The National Science Center's Fort Discovery is celebrating Masters Week with an Eagle.
Artist calls work fingerprint of spirit
As artist Brian Cote began work on his painting The Mean Reds he filled the canvas with blue.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Country Music Magazine will be missed
It's always sad when a good publication goes under, but the recent death of the Music City News sent shock waves through the country music world.
Davidson Senior art show
Seniors at John S. Davison Fine Arts Magnet School are creating a graduation ritual that has nothing to do with prom dresses or Pomp and Circumstance.
Morris exhibit showcases
When artists of the loose-knit community of 19th-century painters known as the Hudson River School created landscapes, they were painting more than an attractive view.
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index narrowly averted its worst day in history Thursday, ending a volatile session sharply lower as investors bailed out of the high-tech stocks.
SMG: No layoffs expected at civic center
SMG, the company that recently acquired Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center management company LMI, said Thursday it will offer jobs to all of the merged company's employees and no layoffs are expected.
A crew from Costa Vinyl Siding of Atlanta works on the awning of the clubhouse at the new 200-unit Walden Hills apartment development, located on Alexander Drive.
Business briefs: Tech stocks drop as Dow posts gain
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks tumbled for a third-consecutive session Wednesday, dragging the Nasdaq composite lower and providing the only blemish on a broad-based advance by the Dow Jones industrials.
Officers dial up victims
ATLANTA -- Georgia detectives are using telephone-scam artists' primary tools against them by setting up a phone bank to call a list of 18,000 likely victims.
Red Carpet Tour to arrive in Augusta during Masters week
City officials and business leaders will be soft-selling Augusta to 41 corporate executives when the state's annual Red Carpet Tour rolls into town next week.
Scientists have finally figured out the aerodynamics of bumblebee flight. New calculations show that the key is something that could send an airplane tumbling -- eddies in the air, caused by beating wings.
Lantana is the perfect option for colorful gardening displays
It's a great, drought-tolerant plant. It even does well after floods. You'll also have mounds of flowers from early May to October, with peak bloom in August, without any deadheading or pruning.
Heralds of Spring
On Henry Street in the Summerville neighborhood, homes range from the quaint to regal, but they all have one thing in common: a breathtaking view of one of the Garden City's most picturesque drives.
It's a Wednesday afternoon in a hair salon tucked inside a Gordon Highway strip mall. A stylist has just finished touching up a woman's hair, and he's beaming over his work.
Masters is trying for Augustans
We'll have a lot of people in town next week thinking Augusta is just about the best place in the world that first week in April.
Augusta Chronicle reporter Brandon Haddock (in front seat) gets an upside-down view of Augusta as pilot Kent Gorton rolls through a few maneuvers in a Toyota Airsports Corolla stunt plane Wednesday morning. Full story -- The Augusta Chornicle
Botched bank robbery
An armed man held a Bank of America worker for nearly half an hour Wednesday morning in an attempt to rob the bank's vault before escaping empty-handed. About 8 a.m. a female employee unlocked and entered a door on the east side of the Washington Road branch office when she was approached from behind. The suspect placed a semiautomatic handgun to the back of her neck, ordering her inside the bank, said Chief DeputyRonnie Strength of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. full story -- The Augusta Chronilce
Developers wrangle over building site
Members of the Laney-Walker Development Corp. are confused and shocked after learning this week their pet project -- to build phase II of the Armstrong Galleria -- is being snatched out from under them by another developer.
View makes up for blacking out
Taxpayers of America, take a deep breath. For several short moments Wednesday, this reporter got to fly one of the U.S. Navy's crown jewels -- a Blue Angels' $33 million FA-18 Hornet.
Company doctor testifies in labor hearing
AIKEN -- A corporate doctor for Tenneco Packaging admitted triggering events that landed a union activist at the company's Beech Island plant in a mental health facility against his will last year.
Criteria for gifted program scrutinized
It will be at least four months before federal education officials release information obtained from an audit of Richmond County's gifted program.
Conduct grades might become part of job process
SAVANNAH -- Clowning around in class, ditching school, constantly arriving late or mouthing off to teachers can rate a ``U'' for an unsatisfactory code of conduct grade on a report card.
City holds rally to promote census
Dancing girls sparkling in silver and red shimmied to the resounding thumps of the drummers following their lead through the restaurant.
Reporter tempts fate with ride
I have lived much of my life by a simple rule: to try anything once, unless it's felonious or would cause my mother to disown me.
Man receives minimum sentence for robberies
An 18-year-old Augusta man received a sentence of life in prison Thursday, plus an additional 10 years, for taking part in two armed robberies.
Man seeks attorneys' disbarment
SAVANNAH -- The other shoe fell Wednesday -- with a bang.
Environmentalists request veto of bill
ATLANTA -- A coalition of environmental groups is appealing to Gov. Roy Barnes to veto legislation that would give the General Assembly the power to override state-imposed water-quality regulations.
Parents consulted about schedule changes
Columbia County parents will get a chance to voice their opinions on possible changes to the school day and school-year calendar.
State board to buy Civil War battle site
ATLANTA -- The location of the first major battle in the 1864 Campaign for Atlanta is Georgia's newest historic site.
Judge orders psychological tests
The three Martinez boys suspected of plotting to kill their parents were ordered Thursday to undergo psychological evaluations and were sent back to the Augusta Regional Youth Development Center.
City holds rally to promote census
Dancing girls sparkling in silver and red shimmied to the resounding thumps of the drummers following their lead through the restaurant.
EPD devotes positions to water-quality
ATLANTA -- More of than half of the new employees joining the state Environmental Protection Division this summer will be working on water-quality issues, particularly curbing pollution of Georgia rivers and lakes, EPD Director Harold Reheis said Wednesday.
Few incumbents face opposition in primary
AIKEN -- The June 13 Democratic and Republican primaries promise to be largely a ho-hum affair for most incumbents. When filing ended Thursday at noon, more than half of the incumbents were given a free ride to their party's nomination, though many must face challengers in the fall.
Man holds hostage at bank office
An armed man held a Bank of America worker at gunpoint for nearly half an hour Wednesday in an attempt to rob the bank's vault before escaping empty-handed.
Judge sets attorneys' fee in case
A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the attorneys who successfully represented Healthmaster whistle-blower Michael Haddle receive $258,113 in legal fees.
School considers child facility
Athens, Ga. -- Nearly a quarter-century after it was first proposed, will on-campus child care finally come to the University of Georgia campus?
Schrenko prepares next legislative agenda
ATLANTA -- Just one week after the end of a legislative session that included the state's farthest-reaching education reform in more than a decade, the state school superintendent Wednesday released her agenda for the next session.
Census centers offer assistance
Though South Carolina residents seem to be taking their time in filling out Census 2000 forms, Aiken County is attempting to answer questions and address language barriers.
Reform Party introduces candidates
AIKEN -- Aiken County's newest political party declared its independence Thursday from politics as usual and put area voters on notice that it's out to make a difference in local elections.
A furry fan watches a baseball game between the University of South Carolina Aiken and the University of Alabama Huntsville on Wednesday.
Thousands of jellyfish jam Florida beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Thousands of jellyfish washed ashore on the beach this week in what lifeguards and longtime beach walkers called the largest infestation of the bulbous marine animals in decades.
Clinton urges racial healing in South Carolina
COLUMBIA -- In a state full of conservative Republicans and torn by divisive debate over a past that never died, President Clinton made it clear Wednesday that he wants racial healing and reconciliation to be among the hallmarks of his administration.
Juvenile escapes new law
The boy who police believe is the ringleader of three Martinez juveniles charged this week in a plot to kill some of their parents might have been charged as an adult had a law named after a local teacher reached the governor's office in time.
Rally shares anti-tobacco message
AIKEN -- Helen Richard says she might as well have eaten rat poison, shot hydrogen cyanide through her veins or swallowed formaldehyde.
Employees testify in hearing
AIKEN -- Tenneco Packaging employees continued Wednesday to paint union activist Gary McClain as a scary co-worker whom everyone feared would cause the next ``Phelon'' workplace shooting spree in Aiken County.
Leaders to discuss reform bill
ATHENS, Ga. -- Gov. Roy Barnes and state education leaders will summarize the finer points of the recently approved education reform bill as part of Law Day at the University of Georgia on Friday.
Pilot realizes boyhood dream
For a guy with an anthropology degree, Maj. Hunter Hobson is a pretty good pilot.
Across the area: Threats earn man maximum jail time
A Hephzibah man who pleaded guilty Thursday to making terroristic threats didn't improve his case by writing threatening letters to the victims.
Officials suspend chief
WAYNESBORO -- As punishment for taking on a second job as a campus police officer, Burke County's chief of fire and paramedic services has been suspended without pay.
Across the area: Police arrest teen on weapons charge
A freshman caught with a pocketknife at Cross Creek High School on Wednesday is facing felony charges of carrying a weapon on school property, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department.
Mrs. Lillian Giles
Mrs. Lillian Bennett Giles, 79, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Charlie Holmes
LANSING, Mich. - Mr. Charlie Paul Holmes, 57, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.
Mr. Charlie Williams Jr.
Mr. Charlie Williams Jr., of Spruce Street, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Spurgeon Davis
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Spurgeon Davis, 86, of First Avenue, died Wednesday, March 28, 2000, at Jacksonville Hospital.
Mrs. Gennie Smith
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Mrs. Gennie Freeman Smith, 90, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Port St. Lucie Hospital.
Mr. James Dyches Sr.
BAMBERG, S.C. - Mr. James Edward Dyches Sr., 75, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital.
Mr. Paul Ring Sr.
Mr. Paul W. Ring Sr., 70, of Glenn Hills Drive, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. John Reed Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. John Reed Jr., 67, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mr. R.T. Cox
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. R.T. Cox, 60, of Oak Grove Road, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Hospital.
Mrs. Dulcie Brown
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Dulcie McKinnon Brown, 73, of Pope Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Willie Mountain
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Lewis Mountain, 57, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Roger Johnson
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Roger Wayne Johnson, 37, of Sardis Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Eunice Widincamp
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Wall Widincamp, 92, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, on St. Simons Island, Ga.
Mrs. Jessie Tillman
BOSTON - Mrs. Jessie Tillman died Friday, March 23, 2000, at Boston Hospital.
Mrs. Rosa Wilkerson
Mrs. Rosa Lee Wilkerson, of Tate Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at University Hospital.
Ms. Janie Harper
Ms. Janie D. Harper, 94, of Ramblewood Drive, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Baltimore.
Mr. James Linscomb
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Mr. James R. Linscomb, 53, died Wednesday, March 29, 2999, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Susan Whitehead
NORCROSS, Ga. - Mrs. Susan C. Whitehead, 93, of Castle Way, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. William Gardner
Mr. William ``Billy'' Aaron Gardner, 75, of Martinez, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Frances Huguenin
Mrs. Frances Rice Huguenin, 81, of Martinez, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Emma Lutz
Mrs. Emma Siedler Lutz died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Frank Pinkston Sr.
MACON - Mr. Frank Chapman Pinkston Sr., 77, died Monday, March 27, 2000.
Petty Officer Eric Howard
SUFFOLK, Va. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Tyrone Howard, 27, of Burbage Landing Circle, died Thursday, March 23, 2000.
Mr. Joseph Jones
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph Jones, 86, of Sylvania Place, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Leadus Johnson
THOMSON - Mr. Leadus Johnson, 76, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Glennwood Barlow
LONGS, S.C. - Mr. Glennwood Charles Barlow, 47, of Warrencliffe Way, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. James Hawkins
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. James Hawkins, 69, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Willie Heath Jr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mr. Willie Robert Heath Jr.. 54. of Lowe Drive, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital.
Mr. Frank Prather Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Frank Prather Jr., 83, of Thomas Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Alfaratta O'Brien
Mrs. Alfaratta Marie Tebo Gerard O'Brien, 74, died Friday, March 23, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Charles Williams
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Charles Williams, 65, of White Hall Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000.
Mr. Walter Lindsey
HEIDELBERG, Germany - Mr. Walter Lindsey, 46, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000.
Mr. John Kirk
NEVILS, Ga. - Mr. John Kirk, 71, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.
Sgt. 1st Class Henry Bolton
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Sgt. 1st Class Henry L. Bolton, 44, of Williams Circle, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Homer Duke
CRYSTAL RIVER, Ga. - Mr. Homer Andrew Duke, 71, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Willie Peacock
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Rufus Peacock, 51, of Jackson Church Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Carrie Elzy
Mrs. Carrie Elzy, 94, of Deans Bridge Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.
Mr. Seaborn Hankerson Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Seaborn Hankerson Sr., of Utley Road, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Jessie Christian
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Jessie Mae Owens Christian, 85, of Pickrum Street, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. J.C. Stephens
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. J.C. Stephens, 75, of Peachtree Drive, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Providence Health Care Center, Sparta.
Mrs. Donna Fowle
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Donna Lee Fowle, 59, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mr. Gean Glover
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Mr. Gean Marion Glover, 25, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Jessie Crouch
Ms. Jessie Mae Crouch, 75, of Boyd Lane, died Friday, March 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing Home.
Mr. Mitchell Roberts Jr.
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Mitchell ``Jiggs'' Roberts Jr., 75, of Second Street, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. James Cranford Jr.
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. James `` Bo'' C. Cranford Jr., 53, of McManus Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Willie Williams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Willie Williams, 56, of Cherry Street, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Cecil Byrd
BELVEDERE - Mr. W. Cecil Byrd, 88, of Clearwater Road, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Florence Wallace
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Florence Conselyea Wallace, 82, of Hampton Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Plantation, Fla.
Mr. Raymond Anderson
DECATUR, Ga. - Mr. Raymond Anderson, 54, of Oakview Road, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000.
Mrs. Mamie Golphin
AIKEN - Mrs. Mamie Cook Golphin, 85, of Silver Bluff Road, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. E.M. Jay
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. E.M. Jay, 81, of Route 1, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.
Asks support of Waters Memorial tour
Yes, it was a bit chilly. Yes, it was a bit windy. No, it wasn't the Masters. It was the Kandy Waters Memorial Hooter's tour at the River Club. Don Schaum, Martinez
Protests elimination of Christianity
What is wrong with Christianity? Christianity teaches: Keep the Ten Commandments, live by the Golden Rule, obey the laws of the land, honor and respect those in authority. Janice Teasley, Evans
Seeks vote on Edgefield zoning issues
Three cheers for Edgefield County Councilman Norman Dorn and his vote against zoning at a recent ``impromptu'' council meeting. Unlike his fellow councilmen, Mr. Dorn voted based on the overwhelming input of those he represents, as well as those who elected him. Gerald R. Williams II, North Augusta
Slams Clinton's NRA criticism
How quick we are to accept Bill Clinton's attempts to demonize the National Rifle Association and spokesman Wayne LaPierre for observing that this president is willing to accept some level of violence to further his political agenda. Donald L. Davis, Evans
Worries about government programs
Many people have expressed concerns for the questions asked in the census forms. Why should some nameless government person find out about whether my house is rented or mortgaged or whether it has plumbing? Bill Wolff, Martinez
Rips those who use suffering for politics
Lynda Luden's March 20 letter seems to confuse the ability to care about people and to respond in an immediate and very personal way to their problems with the political label placed on folks like President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Richard A. Hood, Augusta
What were states supposed to use that huge $206 billion tobacco settlement for?
Hits Clinton, Congress and candidates
Is President Bill Clinton still babbling about guns? I wonder whenever ``Slick Willie'' quotes some inane statistic about gun violence, does he include the innocents his palace guards killed out in Waco? Walter Huckeba, Keysville
Urges area truckers for mutual aid
A few years ago the TV stations ran programs on truckers. The reporters rode with drivers all day to see what happens on the road. All the articles were negative from the start. People complained about road hogs, driving too fast and driving too close. Ron Egan, Augusta
Wants veto power for Augusta mayor
Why is it that, as the head of the executive branch, the president has the right to veto a bill, but as the head of the executive branch of the Augusta government, the mayor does not have the right to veto a bill or ordinance? Lekha Abraham, Augusta
Wants new policies for Iraq, Kuwait
Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the Middle East, second only to Saudi Arabia. Since the Gulf War, the imposing of sanctions and an oil embargo on Iraq in 1990, that country has been deprived of its main source of revenue and the hard currency to buy needed medical supplies, medicine, and other imported commodities. H. Hashimi, Augusta
Supports 'experience' in S.C. race
I am writing this letter in support of Eddie Butler as a candidate for the South Carolina Statehouse seat from District 83. Mr. Butler has served the citizens of the district on County Council for over 10 years. C. W. ``Charlie'' Brown Jr., North Augusta
Backs a compromise in truck flap
Thank you for the March 22 coverage of the ``Truckers rally for rights.'' The picture and article tell it ``like it is'' with the big rigs. Paul Eubanks, Hephzibah
Satirizes editorial stand on tobacco
I agree with the March 23 editorial that, ``until Congress declares (tobacco) illegal, the industry should be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other legal product.'' Richard A. Arnold, Augusta
Bad S.C. offender law
A pedophile who serves only a five-year prison term for repeatedly raping a 6-year-old boy in South Carolina is getting off awfully light. These types of heinous acts deserve harsh sentences.
S.C. tax lure too much
In this robust economy, with jobless rates at near record lows, generous tax incentives to lure new business and industry aren't as needed as they were in the early '90s.
They don't makeWhen it happens in Springfield, Ore., it's one thing. If it happens in Littleton, Colo., or Paducah, Ky. or somewhere else, it's still pretty abstract.
First, obey the law
``I hope you will encourage the White House and the Department of Justice to release all records and photographs relating to the investigation of fund-raising abuses by you and your administration ...
Lawmakers ponder how rural areas can get fast Internet service
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers explored ways Tuesday to bring the next generation of Internet services to rural and low-income areas, offering tax credits and regulatory relief as incentives for businesses to reach those markets.
Study: Strong link between Agent Orange and diabetes
WASHINGTON -- An Air Force study released Wednesday confirmed a connection, long suspected by Vietnam veterans, between wartime exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange and diabetes.
Health centers aim for painless vaccines
SAN FRANCISCO -- The days of being on pins and needles while you wait for your flu shot or insulin injection could soon be a thing of the past.
Tickets.com may link to rival's Web site, judge rules
In a potentially precedent-setting decision over the controversial practice known as ``hyperlinking,'' a federal judge has ruled that it is not illegal for online ticket seller to direct customers into the Web pages of rival Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch Inc.
'Terminator' seed use to be reviewed
WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman asked an advisory committee Wednesday to review the controversial ``terminator'' technology developed by department scientists to render seeds sterile.
Neanderthal DNA different than modern humans
DNA extracted from a 29,000-year-old bone has cast doubt on the theory that modern humans evolved in part from squat, heavy-browed Neanderthals, researchers say.
New rules set for children's Web sites
Federal regulations aimed at protecting children's online privacy take effect next month, forcing Web sites that cater to kids under age 13 to get parental permission before they can collect any personal information about children who visit them online.
Study finds lingering memory problems after chemotherapy
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ordinary doses of chemotherapy sometimes appear to permanently dull survivors' intellectual powers, leaving them with poor memories, muddy thinking and inability to do math in their heads, new research suggests.
Agencies seek link between Gehrig's disease, Gulf service
WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies launched a nationwide study today to determine the rate of Lou Gehrig's disease among veterans who were on active duty during the Gulf War.
SEC automating system to catch online fraud, raising privacy worries
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators, on the lookout for phrases such as ``get rich quick,'' are creating an automated surveillance system to search Web sites, message boards and chat rooms for fraud.