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.
State pushing for minority contracts
ATLANTA -- Of the $3.6 billion the state spent on medium to large contracts last year, just 3 percent went to companies owned by members of racial minorities.
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index continued its steep slide Wednesday, plummeting 286 points and closing below 4,000 after a Goldman Sachs analyst lowered his expectations for Microsoft's revenues during the just-ended quarter.
Center's addition readied
The owner of Surrey Center plans to expand the upscale retail complex with the addition of a two-story building at the northwest corner.
IRS will offer late service
Internal Revenue Service agents will be burning the midnight oil Monday, helping last-minute filers get their taxes in on time.
In the Know
BOOK SIGNING: Celestine Sibley Fleming will read from her book Celestine Sibley: A Granddaughter's Reminiscence at 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. In the book, Ms. Fleming shares
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.
``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.
A dentist can detect the warning signs of cavities, gum disease and -- perhaps -- a stroke or heart attack.
In the Know
Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street?
Searching for stardom
``Intense and very real.'' That's how actress Joelle Carter, a former resident of Augusta, described the controversial and recently suspended drama Wonderland, in which she portrays an intern at a New York psychiatric hospital.
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.
Tourney loses Williams to boycott
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday, the biggest sports name to back NAACP's boycott of South Carolina for flying the Confederate flag. Williams, the sixth-ranked tennis player in the world, was the first to commit in January to the yearly clay court tournament at Sea Pines Racquet Club. But she rethought the decision last month when told of the flag controversy.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Gang leader gets maximum term
A young Augusta man convicted of persuading three teen-agers to rob and shoot a pawnshop manager received a prison sentence of life plus 25 years Wednesday. As he has contended since his arrest, Lawrence ``Rambo'' Miller again Wednesday insisted he was not responsible. ``I had no knowledge of what they were going to do.'' Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
SRS to decide on layoffs in July
Savannah River Site workers will know by mid-July whether layoffs will occur at the federal nuclear-weapons site, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Father tends to recovering girl
Divine Germany Monroe spent her first moments out of a hospital bed Wednesday since a hit-and-run driver put her there a month ago.
Aiken photo will mark time
AIKEN -- Wanda Lista carted her 1-year-old son, Sam, around Aiken's streets in a wagon Wednesday, rustling up locals for the biggest family portrait ever to be taken in this town.
Board votes to reject changes
Columbia County's middle school program will remain unchanged next year with physical education and foreign language courses intact.
Official: Technical training needed
WARRENVILLE -- Aiken County's economy is in good shape, with unemployment below the state average at 4.1 percent. But what for all practical purposes would seem to be good news also may come with a downside.
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.
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.
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.
Gang leader gets maximum term
A young Augusta man convicted of persuading three teen-agers to rob and shoot a pawnshop manager received a prison sentence of life plus 25 years Wednesday.
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.
City, county make dam offer
Ownership of New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam could be transferred from the Army Corps of Engineers to Aiken County and the city of North Augusta under a partnership proposal unveiled Wednesday in Washington.
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.
Educator considers her return
Richmond County Board of Education Trustee Kingsley Riley says she's feeling better after her stay at Georgia Regional Hospital, but she'll let the Lord decide whether she should attend tonight's board meeting and whether to resign her seat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workers added to compensation plan
Savannah River Site employees finally are included in federal plans to help those who were sickened from work at U.S. nuclear-weapons sites.
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.
Youths' argument escalates
Pupils riding a bus home from Merriwether Middle School on Wednesday told sheriff's deputies that a dispute between two classmates prompted one child's mother to board the bus and threaten to kill them all.
Court officials petition for space
Augusta judicial officers want a real courthouse, a building not seen in this city in 44 years.
Politician recounts his mother's advice
Even though he had spent 31 years as a politician, speaking before national audiences, Ronald Dellums said he was a little nervous about speaking Wednesday to students at Paine College.
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.
A sedan overturned Wednesday on the shoulder of Interstate 20 after colliding with another vehicle near Belair Road. The occupants of the sedan were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.
Retailer sees few gas thefts
Stuckey's Amoco is bucking a trend of increased gasoline thefts.
Flag strikes chord in Senate
COLUMBIA -- On the historic date that the Civil War began at Fort Sumter and ended four years later at Appomattox, the South Carolina Senate began debating how to remove from its Capitol dome the Confederate flag that some residents revere and some revile.
Across the area
More than 200 pupils and faculty members at Richmond County's Sego Middle School will be tested Monday for possible exposure to tuberculosis after a pupil's skin test was positive.
Sisters testify in sexual misconduct trial
AIKEN -- With her hair in pigtails and her face barely visible, an 8-year-old girl took the witness stand Wednesday and recalled being touched below her belly button by a male relative.
Mrs. Catherine Flynn
Mrs. Catherine Teresa Flynn, 76, of Evans, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Lewis Rouquie
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mrs. Lewis Davies Rouquie, 82, of Dupree Drive, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mr. James Fickling Jr.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. James Harrison ``Harry'' Fickling Jr., 79, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in Covington, Ga.
Mr. Horace Williams
CAMILLA, Ga. - Mr. Horace Williams, 76, of River Road, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Archbold Medical Center.
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. Bertha McManus
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Bertha Mae Joslin McManus, 62, of McManus Road, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Rosa Leverette
Mrs. Rosa Lee Leverette, of Royal Street, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Brown's Helping Hand Personal Care Home.
Mr. Robert Chisolm
AIKEN - Mr. Robert ``Bubba'' Chisolm, 53, of Cushman Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Eva Berrian
Mrs. Eva Lockhart Berrian, of Druid Park, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Louise Alberson
BLYTHE - Mrs. Louise Alberson, 78, died Tuesday, April 11, 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. Roainer Wright
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Roainer Kearse Wright, 96, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Harvest Heights Baptist Home Center.
Mr. Clifford Carroll
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Clifford R. Carroll, 86, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Milferd Lamb
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Milferd Gene Lamb, 32, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. George Holland
WAGENER - Mr. George Eugene Holland, 74, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Loraine Booras
Mrs. Loraine Spector Booras, 66, died Tuesday, April 11, 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.
William Hill III
PELHAM, N.C. - William A. ``Trey'' Hill III, 9-year-old son of William A. Hill Jr. and Paula Kohlmeyer Hill, of H.C. Highway 700, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Danville Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Sherlock
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Evelyn Robertson Sherlock, 81, of Kennedy Drive, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her residence.
RIVER FALLS, S.C. - Miranda Elizabeth Bowman, 10-year-old daughter of Tarra D. Sinex, of Gap Creek Road, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000.
Mr. Roosevelt Johnson
Mr. Roosevelt Johnson, of 12th Avenue, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Marvin Devereaux
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Marvin Devereaux, 49, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lula Tyler
ATLANTA - Mrs. Lula Mae Tyler, 64, of Burbank Drive, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at College Park Health Center.
Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Alphonzo Young Sr., 24, of Buttermilk Road, died Friday, April 7, 2000.
Mr. Thomas Crim Jr.
Mr. Thomas Haley Crim Jr., 81, of Evans, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Ray Schreiner
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Raymond Vincent Schreiner, 62, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Senora Prouty
SAVANNAH - Mrs. Senora M. Prouty, 77, of Norwood Avenue, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. James Edwards
Mr. James Edwards, of 10th Avenue, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Hazel Waitt
Mrs. Hazel B. Waitt, 94, of Martinez, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mr. George Anderson Sr.
Mr. George Anderson Sr., of Basin Street, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Paul Hardie
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul M. Hardie, 70, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Shomber
Mr. Charles E. Shomber, 60, of Glenn Hills Drive, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000.
Mrs. Louise Alberson
BLYTHE - Mrs. Louise Alberson, 68, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Elizabeth Peeples
AIKEN - Mrs. Elizabeth E. Peeples, 68, of Williamsburg Street Northeast, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Robert Williams Sr.
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Williams Sr., 74, of Gibson Highway, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Walter Baughman Sr.
WAGENER - Mr. Walter H. Baughman Sr., 71, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. Simon Toole
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Simon Mark Toole, 27, of Silver Fox Way, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Robert Jarvis Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Robert L. Jarvis Jr., 60, of Trimmer Place, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
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
Courtesy not racism
Some South Carolina lawmakers didn't like Gov. Jim Hodges' proposal that would require students to address teachers as ``Sir'' and ``Ma'am,'' because, according to the lawmakers, it is oppressive.
Calls editorial on pedophile 'naive'
Recent actions of South Carolina's legal system regarding a particularly heinous crime committed by a terribly twisted felon upon a 6-year-old boy was deemed by the March 30 The Augusta Chronicle as being ``reminiscent of how the old Soviet Union did things.'' What a curious observation. Frank Murphy, Aiken
Explains use of the word 'retarded'
This is in response to Ellyn Johnson-Burkette's April 4 letter about my use of the word ``retarded'' in a letter to the editor. To take my remarks and interpret them as a slam to the mentally retarded is totally unfair. Elaine van der Linden, Belvedere
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
Advocates veto power for mayor
The position of mayor of Augusta is very weak in scope of power. The mayor ought to have the right to veto legislation passed by the Augusta Commission. For the mayor to not have this power goes against everything America stands for. Andy Riddle, Evans
Senate: cut the 'pork'
What got into the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that it would vote for a porcine supplemental appropriations bill?
Flag peace near?
With time running out on the session, the South Carolina General Assembly is finally getting serious about finding a satisfactory compromise to take the Confederate battle flag down from atop the Statehouse dome.
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
Three empty flagpoles in front of the Sheraton Augusta Hotel stand in mute testimony to the cowardice of a worldwide hotel chain's corporate management.
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
Discusses city vehicles, legal dept.
We have many people in all areas of city government who drive city vehicles home daily. These are personnel who do not have after hours need for a government vehicle. Andy Cheek, Augusta
President Clinton signed an important piece of legislation Friday that means a great deal to Americans between the ages of 65 and 69.
Wants school zone limit enforced
Devine Germany Monroe was hit by a car March 13 in a school zone on Tobacco Road. It's hard to think that in order for anything to be done to make it a safer place for our children and family members, something this horrible had to happen. V.L. Herrera, Harlem
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
Protests noise, fans at race track
I sympathize with the protesters regarding the expansion of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church parking lot. While I am not personally affected by this particular issue, the protesters are correct in stating that the ``little people'' have no say in what happens in their own neighborhoods. Margaret Ann Hogue, Grovetown
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
Awaits anti-GOP spin in Elian case
As the story of little Elian Gonzalez continues to unfold in the Cuban metropolis of Miami, I am waiting anxiously to see how the ``sharpies'' in the bowels of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will work out their plan. Raymond Hargrove, North 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
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.
Get more vitamins from food, but beware huge doses
WASHINGTON -- While Americans should have more vitamins C and E in their diets than currently recommended, huge doses of these vitamins and other antioxidants have no proven benefit and may even be harmful, government researchers said Monday.
Study finds amphibians declining worldwide
The world's frogs, toads and other amphibians are vanishing, and the decline began decades before scientists first sounded the alarm in the 1980s, according to the biggest statistical study of the topic.
'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.
Researcher focuses on cells
Understanding the mechanism by which the body releases adrenalin to prepare for fight or flight is a key ``building block'' for researchers in understanding the mechanics of life, a Nobel Prize winner told a Medical College of Georgia audience Wednesday.
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.
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.
Appleworks a major upgrade for Mac software
Apple's long-awaited update to the popular Appleworks productivity suite has arrived, and one thing is certain: This is a major upgrade.
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.
DNA test frees man convicted of rape
NEW ORLEANS -- A south Louisiana sheriff on Monday accused a man wrongly convicted of rape and imprisoned for 19 years of knowing that his own brother may have committed the crime.
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