Golfer's wine takes off during Masters
One of Greg Norman's latest business ventures has taken off in Augusta. Greg Norman Estates wines, a Chardonnay and a Cabernet-merlot Coonawarra, are hot sellers at many restaurants and wine retailers across the area.
TAX TURMOIL If you've been dabbling in day trading, be prepared to spend a lot of time on your tax return.
Endorsements lucrative for pro golfers
This year's winner of the Masters Tournament will earn $750,000, a hefty sum by any standard but a drop in the bucket compared to what companies will pay him to wear their hat.
On the move
Kimberly Buckalew, a personal banker with Bank of America, has been promoted to banking officer.
Says HDTV not future of television
Is High Definition Television (or HDTV) progress or rip-off? Touted by one local TV station as being ``eagerly awaited,'' this is a perfect example of progress for progress' sake, and that alone. I have not met one person who is eagerly awaiting the chance to spend a reported $4,000 to replace each of their television sets currently owned -- and likely more on top of that to replace VCR equipment, which will also become obsolete when HDTV replaces the current transmission system.Edward H. Johnson, Augusta
Calls pro-life a patriotic position
In a recent letter to the editor, Mary Beth Pieruci of Planned Parenthood protested the invocation of the Pledge of Allegiance by pro-life demonstrators. She stated the American flag is a ``symbol of liberty throughout the world'' that is being ``cynically appropriated'' by pro-life forces to impose a ``religious viewpoint'' on others.William J. Conkright, M.D.Augusta
Comment can hurt a lady's feelings
Dear Carson: I find it offensive for a waiter or waitress to address restaurant patrons as "you guys." I am not a guy but a lady and a senior (age 68) at that. Am I too stuffy or outdated? -- Gal, Not Guy
Wearing the jacket
Men, women, children and pets slipped into our paper version of Augusta National's famous green coat.
Soaking up Spain
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- It seems that everything about this nifty neck of Spanish terrain requires a wait. But when whatever you desire arrives, the wait seems well worth it.
Mayan civilization flourished for centuries
Centuries before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World, a mysterious civilization flourished in the jungles of Mexico and Central America.
Old family home gets modern touch
It's not the pair of towering oak trees in the front yard or the historic neighborhood that Laura Maxwell Hollingsworth likes best about her new home.
Nickname grew from the truth
Augusta has been known as the Garden City for as long as we can remember.
Rural mayor to receive award
KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- When Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham walks onto the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday to accept an Essence Award, the surroundings will be a far cry from her workplace, the small mobile home that serves as Keysville City Hall.
Port Royal's history buried deep in sand
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Spain's first known settlement in what is now South Carolina was founded, ironically enough, by the French.
Inmate's father to keep home
The local prosecutor has agreed not to seize an elderly Augusta man's property if he ensures that his quadriplegic son will keep marijuana and friends off the premises.
Storm downs trees, causes brief outages
Albert Rosenthal returned from the Masters Tournament to his home in the 2900 block of Stratford Drive on Saturday to find an 80-foot tree lying in his front yard.
Two brothers collect pros' autographs
Five hours before Vijay Singh sank a birdie putt on Augusta National Golf Club's 18th hole and won the Masters Tournament, he met Reed and Taylor Burton.
Dress code part of school fabric
Like a pair of jeans, Columbia County seems to have broken in its stricter dress code. But that's not to say there aren't snags in the fabric.
Long agenda awaits Ethics Commission
ATLANTA -- The halls of the Georgia Capitol are quiet these days, lawmakers having gone home to their regular jobs and, later this year, to campaign for re-election.
Party lines blurred by candidates
ATLANTA -- Perhaps only political junkies will read this story, and that might be among the reasons why traditional party-building activities such as canvassing, conventions and calling lists are giving way to money, media and message.
In need of repair
North Augusta Public Works Department signal technician Mike Strauss replaces wires in a traffic signal on Georgia Avenue. Public Works Superintendent Ricky Stewart said Sunday is an ideal day to work because of less traffic.
Groups bolster new bill
ATLANTA -- Seventy-year-old Chuck Ware figures Georgians will be able to rest a little easier, as in eternal rest, because of legislation he helped push.
Improvements sought for lock and dam
Future renovations to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam could include accommodations to improve upstream passage of migra-tory fish, according to federal authorities.
Artist sees downtown growth
One of downtown Augusta's biggest cheerleaders happened to arrive at a time when it wasn't looking so hot.
Ex-servicemen seek benefits
For more than 20 years, Maury Rice held the front line against America's enemies.
Golfers, fans flood airports
As Vijay Singh clinched his first green jacket and the 2000 Masters Tournament became a memory, the frenzy at Augusta's airports began.
Across the area: Group uses pistol while stealing CDs
A group of men used a long-barreled pistol to take their pick of CDs at Sound Selective Music on Saturday afternoon, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Department.
Firm buys Savannah plant
SAVANNAH -- Kerr-McGee Corp. moved one step closer Thursday to becoming the world's third-largest maker of titanium dioxide pigment -- the powder making your whites whiter.
Courthouse security increases
AIKEN -- By the end of May, people with business at the Aiken County Courthouse will have to submit to security checks before entering the building.
Across the area: Pedestrian hit near Augusta National
A New Castle, Ind., woman was hit by a car Sunday morning as she crossed Washington Road heading to enter the Augusta National Golf Club.
Colonial history sits beneath landmarks
HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Gutierre De Miranda's home doesn't look like much. It doesn't look like anything, in fact.
Surgeon seeks spot on show
AIKEN -- Dr. Steven Clark is an armchair millionaire. But Thursday, he'll try to become ABC's fourth big-money man -- for real.
Ms. Cynthia McKinney
Ms. Cynthia Ann McKinney, 43, of Columbia Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Cozumel, Mexico.
Miss Sadie Hopkins
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Miss Sadie Mae Hopkins, 97, of La Prade Street, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Thereasa Dixon
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Thereasa Dixon, 86, of West Roundtree Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Ms. Betty Riley
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Ms. Betty J. Riley, 45, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Anthony Philbert
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Anthony Philbert, 39, of Second Street, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. William Owens
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. William Robert Owens, of Big Oak Drive, died Saturday, April 8, 2000.
MITCHELL, Ga. - Samantha Carol Beggs, infant daughter of Steven and Teresa Beggs, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Merle Dawson
COLUMBIA -- Mrs. Merle Gleaton Dawson, 84, of Blossom Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Magnolia Monor.
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Katherine Hope McBride, infant daughter of Chris and Shirley McBride, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Willie Addison
AIKEN - Mr. Willie G. Addison, 52, of Outing Club Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
MITCHELL, Ga. -- Samantha Carol Beggs, infant daughter of Steven and Teresa Beggs, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Edward Akins Jr.
HARLEM - Mr. Ernest ``Edward'' Akins Jr., 53, of Appling-Harlem Highway, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Horace Ashley
NORWOOD, Ga. -- Mr. Horace Raymond ``Ray'' Ashley, 44, of Massengale Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Lionel Blackstone
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. Lionel Blackstone, 70, of Hephzibah-McBean Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Julia Bostic
BARTOW, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Gibbons Bostic, 95, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.
Mrs. Rosie Trimble
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Rosie Trimble, 86, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lila Mock
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Lila Doyle Mock, 85, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mrs. Clara Smith
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Clara Smith, 70, of West Roundtree Road, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mrs. Dolores Ash
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Dolores Woods Ash, 72, died Friday, April 7, 2000.
Ms. Leada Duffy
Ms. Leada Laverne Duffy of Augusta, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. John Doolittle
Mr. John E. Doolittle, 49, of Forrest Drive, Martinez, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Katherine Hope McBride, infant daughter of Chris and Shirley McBride, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Joe Hunter
NEW ELLENTON -- Mr. Joe Hopkins Hunter, 78, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Johnnie Kimble Sr.
Mr. Johnnie Kimble Sr., 55, of Froham Street, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Edna Raley
Mrs. Edna Allen Raley, 84, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Margaret Hensley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Margaret M. Hensley, 85, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Glover Jr.
Mr. James Glover Jr., of Lazenby Drive, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Simon Lipham
JACKSON - Mr. Simon C. Lipham, 78, of Fourth Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Frank White
Mr. Frank White, of Hester Street, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Anna Harris
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mrs. Anna Jane Harris, 79, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at Plantation Nursing Home.
McDill still under fire; crazy vehicle policy
THE EXCITING Skyfest 2000 last weekend at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, featuring the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Army Golden Knights Skydivers and other aerial acts, was marred by massive traffic gridlock.
Scolds mayor for traffic mix-up
I don't think Augusta Mayor Bob Young realizes how arrogant he came across in his advice to people trying to attend the airshow. ``Come early,'' he says. ``You should know better,'' he scolds. Joel Cheek, Augusta
Suggests model for air show
If organizers of Skyfest 2000 in Augusta would like to learn how to ``do it right the first time,'' they need to go down to Beaufort today and see first-hand what it's like when it's done professionally. K. Brown, N. Augusta
End this grisly act
Ranking as one of the worst legacies of the Clinton-Gore administration, along with the impeachment and numerous scandals, is the president's continued, unbending approval of infanticide -- partial birth abortion.
Egg on census faces
Census officials who've been haranguing the Central Savannah River Area for having one of the lowest response rates in the nation should be wiping egg off their faces today.
Fears radical environmentalists
With the current cost of fuel having risen to unprecedented levels and slated to continue to rise, the following question needs to be asked: Why are we allowing ourselves to be held hostage to foreign sources for our energy supplies? Robert E. Smock, Hephzibah
Slams hi-tech traffic system
Day three of Masters Week and traffic is the worst that I have experienced since moving here three years ago. Jacki Fernandez, Augusta
Suggests changes for next air show
Skyfest 2000 was very poorly planned. James Foyle, Martinez
Discusses p.c. threat to free speech
In the March 31 editorial, ``Free speech threat,'' The Chronicle correctly opposed limitations on free speech imposed by efforts to be ``politically correct.'' John Culbert, Williston
Resents comparing golfer to God
Re ``Tigermania extends beyond golf'' in the Chronicle's ``Masters Wednesday'' edition: Now I have seen it all. Seth Benson, Millen
Edgefield job coup
Whenever a community recruits a firm that provides more than 100 new jobs, it's good news; when it's a small, rural community with a struggling economy, it's huge news.
Calls pro-life a patriotic position
In a recent letter to the editor, Mary Beth Pieruci of Planned Parenthood protested the invocation of the Pledge of Allegiance by pro-life demonstrators. She stated the American flag is a ``symbol of liberty throughout the world'' that is being ``cynically appropriated'' by pro-life forces to impose a ``religious viewpoint'' on others. William J. Conkright, M.D.Augusta
Common-sense aviation bill
Shouldn't a national policy be established to protect general aviation landing strips, especially in rural areas, from neglect or sudden closure while preserving Federal Aviation Administration jurisdiction over aviation?
Blames troubles on lack of God
For many years I have heard about everyone having the right to ``to do their own thing.'' Well, it's come full circle now where the rights of the few have turned on the masses. Barbara Mohler, Augusta
Anti-free market power play
Did you know that under current law, the federal government subsidizes state and municipal electric utilities by exempting them from some taxes?
Says HDTV not future of television
Is High Definition Television (or HDTV) progress or rip-off? Touted by one local TV station as being ``eagerly awaited,'' this is a perfect example of progress for progress' sake, and that alone. I have not met one person who is eagerly awaiting the chance to spend a reported $4,000 to replace each of their television sets currently owned -- and likely more on top of that to replace VCR equipment, which will also become obsolete when HDTV replaces the current transmission system. Edward H. Johnson, Augusta
Hits Sheriff's Department's criticisms
An April 3 front page story started with the Skyfest officials stating the event was a success. Give us a break. Joe Sellars, Martinez
Slams the Barnes education bill
We are very fortunate to have Linda Schrenko, Georgia's superintendent of schools, speak out onthe full impact of the Barnes education bill for 2000. Arlene Sprowls, Evans
Sees America losing its 'soul'
There has always been something great about this country of immigrants, as if it had a ``soul.'' We emerged from World War II as history's greatest superpower because of the indomitable American spirit and, I believe, through divine intervention. Hubert Baker, Aiken
Opposes changing school calendar
I am interested in my child's education. I am very active in our schools' parent advisory committee. Lori Reynolds, Harlem
Supports truckers in parking flap
In response to the letter from the president of the Fairington/Town and Country Neighborhood Association, I find no problem whatsoever with a trucker parking his vehicle (not the trailer) at his home. Thomas Canan, Augusta
Farmer overcomes accident
ACKLEY, Iowa -- Winter or summer, before he heads out for chores, Darwin Hofmeister pulls a heavy wool sock up over much of his left arm. The colder it is, the more socks he puts on.
Republicans embrace low Internet tax burden
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans rushed Thursday to embrace a federal commission's report urging that taxes not block growth of the Internet and that lawmakers repeal the 102-year-old telephone tax while extending a moratorium on new Internet taxes.
Group finds worth to Internet e-politics sites
WASHINGTON -- A study on e-politics discounts as unfounded worries that the Internet is a ``vast bastion of unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo.'' One-quarter of Americans report getting at least some campaign information online.
FDA approves stomach 'pacemaker'
WASHINGTON -- The government has approved a novel pacemaker-like device to zap the stomachs of a few thousand Americans a year who are at risk of literally starving to death from a mysterious stomach disorder.
After Mars flops, NASA might have to cut back, official warns
Embarrassed by two recent launch failures, NASA might have to conserve its resources by developing a less diverse array of space missions to Mars, a high-ranking space agency scientist says.
Tech executives say government little help in fighting cybercrime
STANFORD, Calif. -- Threats from cyberterrorists have become almost routine at Oracle Corp., the leading developer of database software.
Internet users trying to fight Web tracking
TORONTO -- Internet users concerned about privacy are looking to technology, education and government to ease their fears about Web sites that can track their every click.
Men undergo mass DNA tests
SYDNEY, Australia -- Police searching for the man who raped a 91-year-old woman began Australia's first mass DNA screening today, starting tests on the entire adult male population of a small rural community.
Americans want more nukes, researchers say
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Most Americans support a strong nuclear weapons arsenal -- increasingly so over the last several years, say two University of New Mexico researchers who have surveyed public attitudes on the subject.