Business briefs: Economic forecast gauge posts drop
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of future U.S. economic activity fell 0.3 percent in February, the biggest monthly drop in more than four years.
Business briefs: Raw material prices see fast increase
NEW YORK -- With prices for energy and industrial raw materials rising in March at their fastest rate in five years, manufacturing executives are worrying that the added expenses might dampen business, a private report said Monday.
Advocates warn of fraudulent charities
In the world of scams, bogus police and firefighter charities are considered ``oldies but goodies.''
Golf pros available online
There are two Internet games that will let you sell shares of professional golfers as if they were companies on the New York Stock Exchange: golfinvestors.com and golfstockmarket.com.
Market duffers take aim
Having trouble on the links?Maybe it's time to invest in your golf game -- by buying a piece of the companies that make golf merchandise. Golf stocks investing took off in the early 1990s with the popularity of Callaway Golf's Big Bertha clubs.
Factory to open in Johnston
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- With a fleet of tractors behind him, Larry Connelly put on a hard hat Monday and broke the freshly graded ground where his new company will stand.
Groups master hospitality
It's no secret Fortune 500 companies come to the Masters Tournament to treat themselves and their clients to the exclusive.
Golfer sued for $14 million in Florida
Status-One Investments Inc. is suing professional golfer Greg Norman and his company, Great White Shark Enterprises Inc., for $14 million.
Age old questions: Real men enjoy gardening clubs
Q: Are there any organizations for men who enjoy gardening? -- N.C., Grovetown
A pro golfer on the PGA Tour, Davis Love III has been plagued by back problems the last six to eight years. And he's not alone. Swinging a golf club can be ungodly torture for the back, area doctors who specialize in sports medicine say.
Hectic schedule hampers participant's weight loss
Sometimes the pressures of everyday life can get in the way of even the best intentions. That's what happened to Weight Loss 2000 participant LaSaundria Walker.
In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?
Magazine promises an extreme look at golf
The hip nightclub oozing with attitude is the perfect site for Maximum Golf -- which promises an unconventional, unpredictable, uncensored approach to golf. (Unofficial motto: ``not your father's golf magazine.'')
Restaurants plan special meals to tempt palates of Masters fans
Pan-seared veal chops stuffed with dried cherries and herbed bread crumbs, with an apple/cardamon glaze and rosemary Dijon cream sauce. This is just one of the many specialties Augusta chefs will serve during Masters Week, their busiest time of the year.
Although Jose Maria Olazabal may not be served paella while visiting Augusta this week, I suggest that you tip your hat to the defending Masters champion with a culinary trip to his home country of Spain.
People's top peeves pack list
There I was Saturday, sitting in traffic on my way to the air show, and with nothing else to do I began thinking.
Resolution sought for proposal
An Aiken County employee inadvertently bypassed the county's purchasing system, resulting in a $42,000 expenditure of taxpayers' money.
Vice president touts computer literacy
ATLANTA -- Vice President Al Gore came to Atlanta on Monday to make his call for greater computer education in schools as a way to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Boarding a pet no easy task
If you think it's hard getting a room for the night during Master's Week, try getting one for your dog.
State system helps control heavy traffic
For the third-straight year, state transportation officials brought their traffic control system to Augusta for Masters Week. But in three more years, the technology might be here permanently.
Teen dead after fight turns to gunfire
WILLISTON, S.C. -- A birthday party turned deadly outside the American Legion Hut in Williston during the weekend when a Columbia man was shot in front of a large crowd of onlookers, police said Monday.
Gathering goes well in Florida
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With video cameras perched on their shoulders, a group of young men gathered in front of a woman posing in a short, red spaghetti-strap dress as rap music blared in the background.
Edgefield passes zoning law
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- One of the most controversial ordinances in the history of Edgefield County goes into effect today.
Telemedicine links rural areas
Patients in rural clinics benefit from a high-tech hookup with specialists at Medical College of Georgia -- hookups that can help them avoid long trips to Augusta, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.
Savannah landmark an eyesore, city says
SAVANNAH -- Gehrard Schwisow sat in his small apartment on an industrial stretch of Louisville Road, flipping through a scrapbook on his sailing ship, the 105-year-old Barba Negra.
Historical field gets renovation
Historical Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta is getting a new lease on life through a $1.4 million renovation to rebuild the 50-year-old football facility.
Maryland county seeks help from Georgia school
A Maryland county wants the Savannah College of Art and Design to help it create a thriving arts community in its dreary, old industrial zones.
Galleria's Phase II postponed
A citizens advisory committee voted Monday to wait a few weeks before it approves or rejects pharmacist Marshall Curtis' bid to develop the second phase of Armstrong Galleria.
Historic church seeks more land
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- One of the most historic churches in southeast Georgia has run out of room to worship and wants land from neighboring Fort Frederica National Monument to build a second sanctuary.
Social Security checks late because of truck
Thousands of Social Security recipients in parts of Georgia and South Carolina did not receive their checks Monday because a tractor-trailer making the delivery suffered unknown mechanical failure.
Mutations researched in fight against cancer
Somewhere deep in the microscopic machinery of her cells, a brain tumor might be lurking, waiting to emerge in Brenda Jackson. Or it could be inside her sister, Shirley Smith.
Across the area: Masters traffic flows easily so far
Traffic to and from the Masters Tournament posed few problems Monday, Richmond County's traffic engineer said.
Irvin nominated for state position
The Rev. Nathaniel Irvin on Tuesday became the first North Augusta Democrat nominated in a decade to run for the South Carolina House of Representatives. Republicans, however, must wait for a runoff April 18 to learn who will carry the GOP banner in a special election for state House District 83.
Robbery suspect at large
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed an Augusta bank at gunpoint Monday.
'Coneman' promotes road safety
Some adults got a sneak peek Tuesday at a character that state officials say they hope will be all the rage among children.
Dispute over school may spark suit
AIKEN -- County planners are reconsidering a plan for a private school in a small town where few people want one.
Bus route extension fails vote
Augusta commissioners nixed a city bus line extension Tuesday that would have paved the way for a 200-bed transition center for state prisoners on Phinizy Road.
Athens editor to retire in June
ATHENS, Ga. -- After more than three decades of reporting, editing and sharing his opinions about local news, Hank Johnson is retiring as editorial page editor for the Athens Daily News and Banner-Herald.
Genetic researchers seek new treatments
Retired dentist Dr. Robert Bailey stopped his Christmas decorating for just a second to collect himself.
Across the area: Fire department investigates blaze
The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department is investigating a fire late Tuesday that destroyed an isolated, abandoned house with no electricity.
Factory to open in Johnston
JOHNSTON, S.C. -- With a fleet of tractors behind him, Larry Connelly put on a hard hat Monday and broke the freshly graded ground where his new company will stand.
Census Bureau readies for face-to-face campaign
All of the census forms that were returned by April 1 have been tallied, and the results are disappointing, local coordinators said Monday.
Soda helps river bass eggs study
SAVANNAH -- Striped bass and Orbitz soda have a lot in common.
Widespread Panic concerts draw fake tickets, drugs
ATHENS, Ga. -- The hundreds of nomadic followers of the rock band Widespread Panic brought a communal love of music and a free-spirited outlook on life to Athens during the band's weekend performances.
Fair features pigs,demolition derby
Richard Morrison Jr. has always had a need for speed and destruction.
Group may face fine over gas marketing
ATLANTA -- Natural-gas customers who complain about door-to-door sales agents might get some vindication as the Georgia Public Service Commission considers fining Energy America.
Opposing marchers set to meet
AIKEN -- While Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley leads a 120-mile march to convince lawmakers that South Carolinians want a Confederate flag off their Statehouse dome, many who disagree plan to meet the entourage Thursday when it arrives at the Capitol.
Mrs. Daisy Gregory
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Daisy Evans Gregory, 60, of Gregory Road, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. George Calvin
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. George Calvin, 69, of Washington Highway, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Hazel Green
Mrs. Hazel Vivian Green, 87, of Greene Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Kelly
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Bunyon Kelly, 97, of Paul Street, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center.
Mr. Billy Meyer
LANGLEY - Mr. Billy Ray Meyer, 70, of Chaffee Street, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Annette Rainwater
EATONTON, Ga. - Mrs. Annette Cannon Rainwater, 65, of Lakeview Estate Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Herman Smith
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Mr. Herman Smith, 60, died Saturday, April 1, 2000.
Mrs. Odessa Osborne
AIKEN - Mrs. Odessa Mae Rhinehart Osborne, 97, of Augustus Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.
Mrs. Mary Fuller
Mrs. Mary T. Fuller, of Laney Walker Boulevard, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Lillie Garnett
Mrs. Lillie Mae Garnett, 62, of Poreet Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Elige Green Sr.
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Elige Green Sr., 88, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mr. William Butler
GOUGH, Ga. - Mr. William C. Butler, 77, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Ted Holt Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Ted Holt Sr., 76, of Pinelane Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Anna Buczynski
Mrs. Anna M. Buczynski, 69, of Murry Road, Martinez, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Ollie Frazier
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Ollie Joan Burns Frazier died Sunday, April 2, 2000.
Mr. Clarence Frady
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Rufus Clarence Frady, 92, of Old Cherokee Trail, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.
Sister Mary Eleanor Moore
ST. LOUIS - Sister Mary Eleanor Moore, CSJ, of Hartsville, S.C., a former principal of St. Mary on the Hill Schools, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Nazareth Living Center. She was 65.
Mrs. Mary Gray
BLYTHE - Mrs. Mary Margaret Videtto Gray, 51, of Murrow Road, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Charlie Fullington Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Charlie Fullington Sr., 85, of Ellis Street, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital.
Mrs. Eva Allen
Mrs. Eva A. Allen, 91, of Martinez, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Jane Warner
Mrs. Jane Warner, 59, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Wanda Brush
Mrs. Wanda Kay Brush, 58, of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000.
Mrs. Jean Ferrari
Mrs. Jean Ferrari, 84, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Fred Sapp
Mr. Fred Sapp, 69, of Milledgeville Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Blair House Nursing Home.
Mrs. Barbara Inman
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Clarke Inman, 75, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, Brunswick.
Mr. John Harris
Mr. John David ``J.D.'' Harris, 73, of Walton Way, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Robert Johnson
WINNSBORO, S.C. - Mr. Robert L. Johnson, 84, of Greenbrier Mossydale Road, died Thursday, March 30, 2000.
Mr. Herbert Grosberg
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Herbert ``Herb'' L. Grosberg, 78, of Hastings Place, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Nellie Wright
WARD, S.C. - Mrs. Nellie Padgett Wright, 89, of South Carolina Route 1, died Sunday, April 2, 2000.
Mr. Travis Brown
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Travis Brown, 21, of Jones Bridge Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mrs. Pauline McCoy
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Averett McCoy, 73, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Ernest Mackie Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Ernest Mackie Sr., 80, of Celeste Avenue, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at National Health Care and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Isaac Taylor
Mr. Isaac Taylor, of Belfonte Drive, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Stephens
Mr. Charles ``Poncho'' Samuel Stephens, of Belmont Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Ronald Smoldt
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Ronald F. Smoldt, 80, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Annie Boyette
Mrs. Annie Lou Boyette, 81, of New McDuffie Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Blasts SkyFest traffic problems
'm sure I am not the only person to write a letter in regard to the traffic fiasco at the air show on Saturday. The show in itself was an outstanding performance. John Oliphant, Aiken
Condon's bad idea
As this week's Confederate battle flag protest march from Charleston to Columbia picked up steam, what does South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon do?
A champion honored
Clouds parted and bagpipers heralded the unveiling of the Jack Nicklaus sculpture at the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and Augusta Golf & Gardens on Tuesday.
Blasts insurance firms that don't pay
A friend of mine was in a very serious automobile accident in Georgia. The other driver was at fault. My friend's doctors and hospital bills are thousands of dollars. G. T. Cealey, North Augusta
Considers reasons for today's violence
I am a child of the 1950s and 1960s. Violence in the media with the Three Stooges, Road Runner, James Cagney, etc., was common back then. Richard M. Albert, Graniteville
Scorns Vermont's 'civil union' step
I disagree with most of the statements of The Washington Post guest editorial in The Chronicle on March 21 titled ``A healthy civil union in Vermont.'' Evan J. Bartell, Aiken
Backs truckers in flap over parking
Truckers can be your best friends. If you have car trouble a truck driver often will help you faster than anyone. Bettie Lee Clark, Augusta
Ungarbles 'revisionist' history
The March 25 letter of Archie Field was written like a true liberal. It's just garbled facts and revisionist history. Bob Line, Martinez
A key S.C. election
The GOP presidential primary set turnout records in South Carolina two months ago.
Hits paper for publishing letter
I read the Don Lansing's March 24 letter with great surprise. I thought that the Religion section came out on Saturdays. Rabbi Jordan M. Parr, Augusta
Disrespect for law
The first American city to make English and Spanish equal languages in the eyes of the law now has a mayor who is instructing local police not to assist federal authorities if they lawfully remove little Elian Gonzalez and return him to his Cuban father.
Adds 'forgotten era' to music list
I'm past 70 but read "The Mini Page'' every Tuesday. Often I learn something new; other times I'm reminded of things forgotten. But ``The Sound of Music'' recently produced by the National Association of Music Education astounds me. Pete Cakanic, North Augusta
Wants refund for Skyfest tickets
Whoever was in charge of the parking at Skyfest 2000 on Saturday really flubbed on their job. I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours and only moved from Lumpkin Road to Marvin Griffin Road at a snail's pace when I was informed that the gates were closed and no one else would be let in, even if they had a ticket. Julie M. Gantz, Augusta
Seeks public apologies for remarks
I am referring to two Jan. 13 letters. One was from Kent Brown who quoted Sen. Arthur Ravenel, R-Charleston, calling ``The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People'' the ``Association of Retarded People.'' Ellyn Johnson-Burkette, North Augusta
Angry with Augusta-sponsored air show
After waiting hours and not being able to make it into the air show, I was angry. After reading the April 3 news article, I am livid. Randy L. Hamill, Evans
Protests church parking project
We oppose the proposed development of additional parking facilities for Aldersgate United Methodist Church, which will be followed by additional development and expansion. Paula & Samuel Schwartz, Augusta
Attorney general finds 'criminal' she will prosecute
So, Janet Reno has finally found a criminal she can prosecute. She will use every means at her command to rid us of this evil person. Elian Gonzales' great uncle has broken the law. Lester R. Coon, Warrenville
Gridlock. That was the prime complaint last Saturday as traffic snarled going into the Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field to see the popular SkyFest 2000 show that highlighted the famed Blue Angels and other aerial acts.
A pharmacist ruffled some feathers when he hatched plans to build an 11,000-square-foot drugstore along with another 3,000 square feet of retail space on the corner of Eighth Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard, near the heart of Augusta's blighted inner-city neighborhood.
Clinton wants poor to log onto Internet
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton called Tuesday for bridging the gap between computer haves and have-nots, saying it is time to harness the Internet's ``truly explosive'' potential for helping those in poverty.
Farmers shy away from biotech crops this year
WASHINGTON -- Farmers are turning away from genetically engineered crops, especially a biotech corn that's toxic to insects, amid consumer resistance that started overseas and is now being felt in the United States.
Organic cropland doubled in 1990s
WASHINGTON -- Farmers doubled the nation's organic crop acreage in the 1990s, and production of organic eggs and milk increased even more to meet rising consumer demand, the government says.
Test may help rule out need for chemotherapy
SAN FRANCISCO -- Many women with early-stage breast cancer might be spared unnecessary chemotherapy if doctors check their tumors for proteins that help reveal whether the disease will spread.
Rubber that kills germs on contact
SAN FRANCISCO -- A baby flings the pacifier onto a filthy floor. Mom smiles and puts it right back into the child's mouth. An entire soccer team sips from the same bottle of sports drink. The doctor treats one patient after another without changing rubber gloves.
Former NBA star launches Internet-only talk show
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Charles Barkley, out of basketball since a career-ending knee injury in December, has a new forum from which to spout his outrageous views: an Internet-only talk show.
Report: Coastal areas damaged by runoff
WASHINGTON -- Fish and other marine life are being killed and marshlands damaged in more than a third of the nation's coastal areas from algae blooms caused by the runoff of excess nutrients, the National Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.
Stockpiles of pollutants raise concerns in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Environmentalists in this poor East African nation are spearheading a drive to rid the country of huge stockpiles of agricultural pesticides and veterinary drugs.
Sega unveils plans for Internet access
NEW YORK -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. plans to make an aggressive push into the fast-growing online video-game market this fall by launching an Internet service provider with multiplayer gaming, chat capabilities and information about its games.
Blight-resistant American chestnut trees to be planted
Researchers recently planted almost 2,000 American chestnut seedlings as part of a multi-state effort to bring back what was once one of the most important hardwood trees of the Eastern forests.
Judge to weigh options in Microsoft case
WASHINGTON -- The judge overseeing Microsoft's antitrust case must now decide what punishment to mete out: Slice the software giant into Baby Bills? Impose a hefty fine? Force Microsoft to reveal its secret software code to rivals?
THE FACTS: Jennifer Cohen, 15, a sophomore at Lakeside High School.
Teens use Masters as chance for money
It's spring break for most Augusta-area teens, but some plan to spend it on the clock rather than sunning at the beach.
Here are results from the latest teen poll question: What age do you think is appropriate for teens to start dating?
Girls golfers go the distance
Stephanie Quinn, 17, a senior at Greenbrier High School, is heading to Oklahoma State University this fall on a partial scholarship with the hopes of someday winning a collegiate tournament for the Cowgirls, currently ranked 10th nationally.