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: Stocks end mixed after volatile day
NEW YORK -- Technology stocks suffered another bout of volatility Wednesday, giving up a major advance to finish with slender gains.
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.
Advocates warn of fraudulent charities
In the world of scams, bogus police and firefighter charities are considered ``oldies but goodies.''
Krispy Kreme goes public
Southern icon Krispy Kreme now has a home on Wall Street, too.
College procures new grant
A Thomson foundation is endowing the largest individual master's of business administration scholarship ever established at the University of Georgia, the Terry College of Business announced this week.
Groups master hospitality
It's no secret Fortune 500 companies come to the Masters Tournament to treat themselves and their clients to the exclusive.
Age old questions: Real men enjoy gardening clubs
Q: Are there any organizations for men who enjoy gardening? -- N.C., Grovetown
In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?
See how the classic green jacket may have looked if it kept up with the style trends of the times
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.
If Vincent Price comes back from the grave to film a sequel to The Fly, he should probably consult a genetics manual.
Recruiters are becoming crucial to armed services
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For two years, Sgt. Revita Page has been one of the first faces new recruits see as they enter basic training.
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.
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.
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.
Resolution sought for proposal
An Aiken County employee inadvertently bypassed the county's purchasing system, resulting in a $42,000 expenditure of taxpayers' money.
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.
Council members saved by a glitch
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- A computer crash at the state Ethics Commission two years ago kept some Edgefield County Council members from paying a hefty fine for failing to disclose their campaign finances.
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.
'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.
Hundreds neglected by census
The federal government hasn't counted Lt. Michael Frank's four-member household yet, and the North Augusta resident said it's not his fault.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist paints Nicklaus' career
James Connell seems to have hit a hole in one in the art world.
Fondness for city, science center brings Frey bck
When Glenn Frey takes the stage at Bell Auditorium tonight, he will play not only for his assembled fans but also for the countless children enriched daily by The National Science Center's Fort Discovery.
Bank robbery suspect in police custody
Police say they believe they stopped a local crime spree with the arrest Wednesday of a 28-year-old Martinez man.
Skyfest refunds offered
Ticketholders caught in Saturday's Skyfest 2000 traffic debacle will be eligible for refunds, event organizer Al McDill said Wednesday.
First weeks develop soldiers
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- She will get to wear her surgical scrubs one day, but Erika Richardson first must get used to Army fatigues.
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle had incorrect information regarding the state's Navigator traffic management system. A Georgia Department of Transportation official proposed that Augusta National Golf Club consider locating a satellite traffic command center there to help manage Masters Week traffic, but DOT has not asked the golf club to pay for its installation in other parts of the city.
Masters not hurt by boycott
AIKEN -- An economic boycott of South Carolina, designed to force a Confederate flag off its Capitol, hasn't affected spillover from the Masters Tournament.
While others are out practicing golf this week in hopes of making it to the Masters one day, Allison Grimes II, 14, uses his spring break this week to practice his motor cross skills. Allison, of Windsor. was out Wednesday on his bike, jumping over a hill where railroad tracks once were.
Across the area: UPS driver hurt in truck wreck
A pregnant driver involved in a crash on Wheeler Road early Tuesday was discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Wednesday after being treated for minor injuries, officials said.
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.
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.
Soda helps river bass eggs study
SAVANNAH -- Striped bass and Orbitz soda have a lot in common.
Sheriff candidate loses his job
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Luther ``Luke'' Gadson was the first black police officer in the city of Barnwell. His dream was to become the first black sheriff of Barnwell County.
Mr. J.C. Hughes
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. J.C. Hughes, 60, of Pecky Lane, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mr. Charles Gainous
GROVETOWN - Mr. Charles Wayne Gainous, 65, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Carolyn Hearn
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Carolyn Faye Couch Hearn, 52, of Hillman Street, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Mary Fuller
Mrs. Mary T. Fuller, of Laney Walker Boulevard, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
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.
Mr. Turner Brown
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Turner Brown, 82, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital.
Mr. Arthur LeClair
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Arthur Joseph LeClair, 78, of Swiss Street, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. John Riley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. John Jack Riley, 71, of Thistle Court, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ollie Frazier
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Ollie Joan Burns Frazier died Sunday, April 2, 2000.
Mr. Allen Sears
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. Allen F. Sears, 92, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Bamberg County Memorial Hospital, Bamberg.
Mr. Charles Stephens
Mr. Charles ``Poncho'' Samuel Stephens, of Belmont Avenue, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. William Thomas Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. William Thomas Sr., 77, of Effingham Highway, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at his 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.
Mrs. Archinell Smith
Mrs. Archinell Scott Smith, 77, died Wednesday, April 5, 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. Alice Dunbar
AIKEN - Mrs. Alice S. Dunbar, 68, of Dry Branch Road, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Herbert Grosberg
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Herbert ``Herb'' L. Grosberg, 78, of Hastings Place, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Ralph Scott Jr.
OLIVER, Ga. - Mr. Ralph Scott Jr., 66, of Effingham Highway, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
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.
Mrs. Ruby Lowe
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Ruby Sharpton Green Lowe, 85, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Wanda Brush
Mrs. Wanda Kay Brush, 58, of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000.
Mr. Samuel Wingfield
Mr. Samuel Barnett Wingfield, 60, of Martinez, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Eva Allen
Mrs. Eva A. Allen, 91, of Martinez, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Robert Saturday
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Robert Sidney Saturday, 56, of Autumn Road, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Gray
BLYTHE - Mrs. Mary Margaret Videtto Gray, 51, of Murrow Road, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Ewings
Mrs. Mary E. Ewings, of Grand Boulevard, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Clarence Frady
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Rufus Clarence Frady, 92, of Old Cherokee Trail, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Lillie Garnett
Mrs. Lillie Mae Garnett, 62, of Poreet Street, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Anna Buczynski
Mrs. Anna M. Buczynski, 69, of Murry Road, Martinez, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Grace Burnett
Mrs. Grace Burnett, 90, of Martinez, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. William Butler
GOUGH, Ga. - Mr. William C. Butler, 77, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Rother Hunter
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Rother Greene Hunter, 95, of Pine Street, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at Sylview Nursing Home.
Mrs. Eudelle Williams
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Eudelle Abney Williams, 80, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Fred Sapp
Mr. Fred Sapp, 69, of Milledgeville Road, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Blair House Nursing Home.
Mr. L.D. Wheeler
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. L.D. Wheeler, 60, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Jimmy Jordan
AIKEN - Mr. Jimmy Lewis Jordan, 62, of Dogwood Road, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Hits mayor for Skyfest debacle
Congratulations, Mayor Bob Young. You really outdid yourself this time. Skyfest 2000 was the biggest fiasco I have ever been to. David Walton, Aiken
41st Red Carpet tour
As the annual Red Carpet tour of industrialists and businesspeople travels Georgia, its favorite ``business site'' unquestionably will be the Masters Tournament.
Motor racing on track
Early indications are that auto racing is making a triumphant return to the Augusta area. In a city best known for its golf, few people realize that racing in our area also has a rich tradition, dating back to 1949.
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.
Protests trucks at Aiken park
We have such a beautiful veterans' park on Highway 421. Along the Maple Street side, I see big trucks parked. Sometimes a tanker truck is parked there and usually one or two big semis. Gail Covar, Warrenville
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?
Decries traffic confusion at Skyfest
April 1 was definitely a classic ``April fool'' for most of the thousands of spectators eagerly awaiting to see Skyfest 2000. Mark Greathouse, Aiken
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.
Deeply reflective people are not common in American politics and they are often not successful.
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
Corrects inaccurate NASCAR reports
It has been reported that he is the ``only minority owner-driver in NASCAR since Wendell Scott,'' and also the only minority driver with a minority sponsor. Jay Dunham, Grovetown
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
Hit traffic confusion at air show
We want to express our disappointment with the entire traffic handling procedure en route to the airshow. We thought area law enforcement agencies had experience dealing with traffic because of the Masters. Bill and Barbara Gustafson, Waynesboro
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
Urges NAACP to regain its focus
Members and supporters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: I urge you to boycott the NAACP. Send letters of disgust and withdraw your support. W. Paschal, Evans
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
Hits lack of planning for air show
Little did I know that I was contributing to the ``Bob Young Blue Angels event,'' but worse than that was the 3 hours I was stuck in traffic only to hear on the radio that the airport was not letting anyone else in. I.M. Jones, Martinez
Share the pain
Soaring pump prices prompted the Augusta Commission to look for ways to cut back on gas usage. We'd never discourage commissioners from making savings wherever they can.
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
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
Sees little improvement in housing
Ms. Robertson mentioned some of the wonderful programs and security regulations and standards that the authority has implemented in its housing areas. Brian Green, Augusta
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.
State opens access to electronic library
ATLANTA -- It won't appeal to casual Internet surfers. Those trolling for a digital love connection will be disappointed. But serious researchers may find the state-operated Galileo electronic library service just their cup of tea.
Silicon Valley techies taken with kids' toy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Tom Stangl looks up from his narrow cubicle and admires the dozens of colorful plastic creations he built from his collection of about a quarter-million pieces of Lego building blocks.
Online grocery sites can be a bargain hunter's dream
If you're willing to add a half-hour to your shopping time each week, give up some brand loyalty and put up with an awkward Web site that can be frustratingly slow, you can walk out of your local supermarket with a load of groceries for a lot less cash than you thought by shopping through priceline.com.
Sega to launch ISP
NEW YORK -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. is playing out its future on the Internet, stepping up its Web presence with the launch of a new Internet service provider this fall.
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?
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.
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.