Lending company expands
First Bank of Georgia on Monday announced it has acquired Premier Lending Corp.'s Augusta mortgage operations and is currently negotiating the purchase of its loan portfolio.
Solutia will sell area site
Solutia Inc. said Monday that it will sell its Augusta chemical plant to Belgium-based Societe Chimique Prayon-Rupel to comply with the Federal Trade Commission's fair competition order.
NEW YORK -- Technology shares slumped Monday, pulling the Nasdaq composite index down more than 250 points and proving that the volatility that shook Wall Street last week has not left the market.
LONDON -- Increased OPEC oil production and a mild winter that eased consumer demand for heating oil are contributing to at least temporary relief from painfully high crude prices, a respected industry study said Tuesday.
Chamber seeks entrepreneurs
Bill Polonus was an anonymous guy who picked up trash for a living.
She wasn't armed and dangerous enough. That's what the group leader at University Health Care System and Nutrition Center told Weight Loss 2000 participant Sabrina Sanchez when she returned from her weeklong vacation in Virginia.
Today's recipe for filet mignon with Parmesan and hot peppers will come in handy the next time you're in the mood to entertain.
In the know
HIT CRACKERS: First came basketball-themed Oreos for the NCAA basketball tournament. Now another snack food has been bitten by the sports bug.
In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?
Age old question: Beware of telemarketing frauds
Dear Readers: It seems telemarketers call our homes every day. Take these calls with caution.
Cook limits ingredients, but not flavor
SEATTLE -- After 19 years as a homemaker, Carlean Johnson suddenly found herself divorced, unemployed and with four kids to support.
``Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don't be stingy, baby.'' That was Greta Garbo's first line in her first talking movie - but increasingly it's a line that, with variations, Europeans are speaking today.
Technology has come a long way
My wife telephoned Friday from Columbia. She had taken our son to the zoo and was calling me on a cell phone as she walked in, just to let me know they got there.
Fire destroys seafood house
AIKEN -- Rebecca Lantrip remembered a headline Monday that announced in bold letters the opening of her seafood restaurant less than two years earlier.
Grand jury indicts four on drug charges
Four men accused of operating an elaborate indoor marijuana farm in south Augusta have been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Church splits with Southern Baptist Convention
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens' First Baptist Church is severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Farmers, employees berate poultry industry
ATLANTA -- Georgia poultry farmers, chicken-plant workers and environmental advocates attacked ``Big Chicken'' during a congressional forum Monday as an industry that needs reforming ``from top to bottom.''
Bureau warns of census scam
Con artists posing as census takers have attempted to get Social Security numbers and gain entry into local homes, according to the Better Business Bureau president.
Regis Harrington folds a sign used for Harrington's Sportswear tent on Washington Road. He said the roadside tent is necessary to make up for the lack of business in his Fairway Square store during Masters Week.
SRS delays replacement bids
Savannah River Site will spend another year -- and up to $50 million -- studying possible replacements for a failed $500 million plant at the federal nuclear-weapons site.
Teen takes the stand in sex assault trial
AIKEN -- The sexual history of a 15-year-old girl took center stage Tuesday during the sexual assault trial of a Clearwater man accused of raping and molesting the teen and her 7-year-old sister.
Board votes to reject changes
Columbia County's middle school program will remain unchanged next year with physical education and foreign language courses intact.
Working and talking
Charlie Sams, the groundskeeper for Rosemary Hall, 103 W. Forest Ave., North Augusta, passed the time Tuesday afternoon by talking with a friend on his cell phone while finishing his duties at work.
Across the area
COLUMBIA -- A company that wants to develop 4,600 acres along the Congaree River has refused to allow Natural Resources Department scientists onto the property to conduct some tests.
Use of Pepsi shirts irks parents
ATHENS, Ga. -- Pepsi's sponsorship of Monday night's Clarke County School District ``Singing for the Millennium'' raised the ire of a group of parents, prompting at least two to pull their child from the 900-pupil event.
Hunting ban on roadsides inches ahead
COLUMBIA -- Property owners who pinned their hopes on a politician's promise to ban roadside hunting statewide came up far short of their goal Tuesday.
Nathaniel Wiginton, 16, picks up trash along Berckmans Road on Monday. He said Masters guests didn't throw away anything exciting.
Jury: Inspector Guilty of assault
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- A jury found an Edgefield County building inspector guilty Tuesday of assaulting a man shortly before a zoning meeting last summer.
City honors late florist
Those who knew James John Harbin speak often of his love of all things beautiful -- flowers not the least among them.
City cut from national contest
Augusta missed the cut Tuesday when officials from the National Civic League read a roll call of the 30 communities named as All-America City Award finalists for 2000.
Lawsuit filed over toxic site
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- The owners of a Burke County hazardous waste site want a jury to force chemical companies who contributed to the contamination to share in past and future cleanup costs.
ANIC officials say funds require plan
Like an expectant mother, Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has waited nine months for its baby: $10 million in state economic development money.
Leaving a mark
Jesse Kirkland (left) and David Best, both of Best Painting Services, paint the roof of the Turner Keyboard building on Washington Road Monday morning. Best said they started last week and plan on finishing at the end of this week.
Across the area
EDGEFIELD -- An Edgefield man drowned Monday after swinging from a tree rope and landing in frigid water near his home off Blair Road.
Burglar poses as cable man
Columbia County sheriff's authorities were searching Tuesday for a man in his early 30s who posed as a cable television worker to burglarize a Harlem woman's home.
Project's funding on hold
In 1982, Augusta Tomorrow developed its first master plan, a road map that helped guide the development and funding of projects such as Riverwalk Augusta and Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.
Grand jurors return indictments
Richmond County's grand jury issued indictments Tuesday accusing one man of murder and two others of kidnapping, robbing and sexually assaulting separate victims, one of whom is a child.
Court officials petition for space
Augusta judicial officers want a real courthouse, a building not seen in this city in 44 years.
Authority approves improvement funds
For months, Bernie Silverstein has talked of how the arrival of $10 million in state economic development funds will really ``get the ball rolling'' for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.
Juvenile trial set to begin
Three Martinez boys charged in an alleged plot to kill their parents will go before a Juvenile Court judge Thursday.
Clarke and Rita Holtsberry of Waynesboro, Ga., enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Monday.
Newspaper plans diversity seminar
A weeklong effort that focuses on improving newspapers' accuracy through diversity is bringing an acclaimed speaker to Augusta next week.
Teen charged in father's attack
A Martinez teen is accused of stabbing his father in the back with scissors Monday after the fa-ther tried to make his son go to school.
Housing authority plans to build new homes
AIKEN -- Reggie Barner knew something had to be done when painters complained that the walls of Busch Homes, a low-income housing project, were too cold to hold any paint.
Census Bureau readies for door-to-door count
Midnight Tuesday was the official U.S. Census mail-back deadline. Now the bureau is gearing up to send workers out for home visits.
Mr. Clifford Carroll
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Clifford R. Carroll, 86, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Frank Donaldson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Frank Donaldson, 56, of Apollo Circle, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Margarette May
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margarette May, 82, of Morningside Drive, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Claude Proctor
THOMSON - Mr. Claude M. Proctor, 88, of Mount Pleasant Road, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings
Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Greenway
Mr. James Greenway, 79, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Paul Hardie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul M. Hardie, 70, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Helen Moody
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Helen Tinsley Moody, 74, of Silver Run Falls, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mildred McArthur
THOMSON - Mrs. Mildred McArthur, 68, of Murray Lane, Monday, April 10, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Darryl Stephens Jr.
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Darryl Donnell Stephens Jr., 5-month-old son of Darryl Donnell Stephens Sr., of Keg Creek Lane, and Terry Denise Kitchens, Wadley, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Rashid Amik Thomas, 3-month-old son of Brian C. Harris and Trina F. Thomas, of 12th Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Belinda Keys
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Belinda Faye Keys, 33, of Roundup Drive, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. George Holland
WAGENER - Mr. George Eugene Holland, 74, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Hazel Waitt
Mrs. Hazel B. Waitt, 94, of Martinez, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mrs. Senora Prouty
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Senora M. Prouty, 77, of Norwood Avenue, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr., 24, of Buttermilk Road, died Friday, April 7, 2000.
Mrs. Catherine Flynn
Mrs. Catherine Teresa Flynn, 76, of Evans, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. James Edwards
Mr. James Edwards, of 10th Avenue, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Miss Mary Sharp
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Miss Mary Elizabeth Sharp, 65, of Moores Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000.
Mr. Ray Schreiner
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Raymond Vincent Schreiner, 62, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Thomas Crim Jr.
Mr. Thomas Haley Crim Jr., 81, of Evans, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Donna Burgess
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Mrs. Donna Lou Burgess, 64, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Dorothy Hudson
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy Dix Parrish Hudson, 79, of South East Street, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Greene Point Health Care Center.
Mrs. Virginia McElmurray
Mrs. Virginia Kendrick McElmurray, 92, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Hershey Edwards Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Hershey Edwards Jr., 60, of Florida Lane, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Etta Battie
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Mrs. Etta Patricia ``Pat'' Battie, 58, of Ridgestone Drive, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Houston Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Williams Sr.
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Williams Sr., 74, of Gibson Highway, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. George Anderson Sr.
Mr. George Anderson Sr., of Basin Street, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Rosa Leverette
Mrs. Rosa Lee Leverette, of Royal Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Brown's Helping Hand Personal Care Home.
Mr. Walter Williams
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Walter A. Williams, 48, of Georgia Highway 245, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Odell Reeves
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Odell Reeves, 67, of Wiggins Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Louise Alberson
BLYTHE - Mrs. Louise Alberson, 68, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dorothy Story
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy Cason Story, 73, of Marshall Avenue, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.
Relates Delta unpreparedness story
The recent front page article on Delta Air Lines reminds me of the experience my wife and I went through. We took a delayed Delta flight (1 hour, 45 minutes) from Houston to Atlanta to connect with a Delta Connection flight to Augusta. Al Ciarlone, Evans
Senate: cut the 'pork'
What got into the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that it would vote for a porcine supplemental appropriations bill?
Blasts closed gate during emergency
After waiting hours to get into the Skyfest air show, I enjoyed it very much. I paid for tickets in advance, left my house at 8 a.m. and I made it to the gate by 11 a.m. I only live 15 minutes away. Still, I was not mad. Donna Nail, Augusta
S.C. 'grades' improve
South Carolina has finally begun to straighten out one of its most confusing educational tools: the grading of high school students.
Hits paper for publishing boys' names
Having come from a newspaper family, I was shocked to see that The Chronicle had printed the names and photos of the three youngsters who allegedly plotted to kill their parents. Erroll Methvin Hatcher, Augusta
Masters champ, 2000
What a beautiful birdie putt Vijay Singh sank on the 18th hole Sunday to close out the 64th Masters.
President Clinton signed an important piece of legislation Friday that means a great deal to Americans between the ages of 65 and 69.
Urges veto power for Augusta mayor
Why does the mayor of Augusta, the head of the excutive branch of city-county government, not have the power of veto? Christie Duff, Grovetown
Bashes Skyfest 2000 operation
In reference to The Chronicle's April 4 editorial that Skyfest 2000 was a success, the writer must not have waited in his car for 2' hours to drive 3' miles, knowing that was plenty early for a noon show. Gwyn Toole, Augusta
Wants census form but can't get one
I've been reading and listening to all the comments on Census 2000. There are remarks about people taking a while to complete and mail their forms. I would be more than glad to complete a form, if I could get one. Sue Shearouse, Harlem
Slaps men for 'controlling' women
I've just finished reading Hubert Baker's April 9 letter. It implies the world has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Roe vs. Wade, and decided that there is more than one religion in the world besides Christianity. Carl Champlin, Aiken
Offers hindsight, raps the mayor
Kudos to Mayor Bob Young and others for their achievement of getting a premier air show to Augusta. What a great show for all to observe and enjoy. John N. Lovin, Augusta
Applauds benefit concert for center
It appears that Chronicle staff writer Steven Uhles completely missed the point of the Glenn Frey concert. Lisa Doick, Martinez
Cites instances of black Confederates
Several weeks ago Mark Gelbart of Augusta made several good points with his letter to the editor. However, he missed the boat when he wrote, ``There is no historical evidence that blacks were actually armed to fight for the Confederacy.'' Harold D. Meads, Lincolnton
Restore vets' benefits
After World War II, Americans held their government in high esteem, but since then it has been mostly downhill.
Praises 'world-class' Skyfest 2000
Not a bad seat in the house. I have nothing but praise for the Skyfest 2000 air show. I realize that many people had to stay in line for long periods of time. H. May, Evans
Praises library's Talking Books program
The week of April 9 is National Library Week. We all know of the good work being done by the library and its staff of helpful people. Jack Eckert, Augusta
Island nation cashes in on Internet
PASADENA, Calif. -- The tiny, financially-strapped Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has cashed in on the alphabetic quirk that assigned it with the ubiquitous ``.tv'' Internet country code.
Big animals to dominate debate at endangered species conference
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Southern African countries were pushing for the right to sell stockpiled ivory at a conference beginning today to discuss trade in endangered animals and plants.
Data adds to questions about estrogen treatment and heart
CHICAGO -- Another study has added to the confusion over whether hormone supplements after menopause help or hurt women's hearts.
Official endorses disposal plan
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has lent his strongest endorsement yet to a plan for disposing of spent nuclear fuel at Savannah River Site.
Internet users at privacy conference 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.
Newly released drug fails tests
A drug that developers hoped would cure the common cold and viral meningitis has showed disappointing results in three new studies released today. The developer's stock price fell sharply on the news.
Journalism group finds mixed bag of Internet e-politics sites
WASHINGTON -- More and more Americans are going online to get information about this year's presidential election, according to a study that details shortcomings about political sites but discounts concern that they contain mostly ``rumor and innuendo.''
Vitamin C may reduce gallbladder disease
CHICAGO -- A new study suggests another benefit to eating oranges: Women who don't get enough vitamin C may be prone to gallbladder disease.
Scientist disputes company's DNA decoding claim
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The chief scientist of an international organization trying to map the human genetic code has disputed a private company's claim to have already reached that target.
'Spammers' New Calling: Cell Phones
WASHINGTON - Mike Malarkey, a business-development manager for educational Web developer Blackboard Inc., was in a meeting last Thursday when his Nokia cell phone chirped, sounding a bit like the low-battery warning.
Company mired in money troubles
WASHINGTON -- Less than two years after the government sold its uranium business, the private company it created to take on the job is mired in financial quicksand.
Event costs add up quickly
It's every girl's worst prom nightmare: You show up at the dance and someone's wearing the same dress you are wearing.
The Listenfirst.com Tour brings Christian rock bands Bleach, Pax217 and Relient K to the New Hope Worship Center, 715 Old Belair Road, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6. Call 868-6410 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Leela Hoehn, 15, a freshman at Davidson Fine Arts High School.
Stepping shows find strength in unity
Many Augusta teens have experienced an exciting night at a Stomp A' Rama, but they may be unaware how this art form originated.
Advice line: Dating best friend's sister may be awkward
``My best friend's sister and I like each other. But it seems kind of odd because we're like family. I just don't know how to approach the situation and could really use some advice.'' - 16-year-old Augusta boy