WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court gave railroads greater protection Monday against being sued over allegedly inadequate warning devices at rail crossings, the scenes of hundreds of fatal accidents each year.
Deal will increase holdings
Morrison Knudsen Corp., the owner of Savannah River Site's contract operator, is acquiring Raytheon Co.'s engineering and construction division in a deal that will more than double its annual revenue.
Urges support for health care bill
On April 11 The Chronicle ran an editorial about the Norwood (H.R. 3573) and Coverdell (S. 2003) bills that would keep America's broken promise that in exchange for 20 or more years of honorable military service to the United States, retirees and their families would receive adequate health care for life.Dick Manion, Appling
Diet modifications help with weight loss
George Ball Jr.'s pants fit a little looser these days. That's because the Weight Loss 2000 participant has lost a whopping 25 pounds after being on the Professional Health Control system for only one month.
In the know
THREE-RING CIRCUS: Get ready for a new wave of hype that promises to rival the hoopla surrounding Star Wars.
With bathing-suit season just six weeks away, many people are concentrating on strengthening and toning their abdominal muscles.
Judge fits punishment to crime
Last month when Henry Nelson and Jon Driggers pleaded guilty to violating an Alexandria, La., noise ordinance for blaring music from their car stereo, the judge selected a unique punishment.
Trunk draws $6,600
A trunk once owned by Augusta native Archibald Butt sold for $6,600 at an auction in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday.
City council meeting nets lower speed limits
Commuters, watch out: Speed limits along a short stretch of Interstate 20 soon will drop.
National study on health goes to Savannah
During the next month, Savannah residents will be questioned and tested in the name of science. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey -- a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- randomly selected Chatham County as one of 15 counties nationwide in which to collect data this year.
Student achieves perfection
AIKEN -- Joshua Johnson, a junior at South Aiken High School, has achieved perfection. At least on the American College Test.
Vigil memorializes slain boy
Anna Hill gingerly sheltered the flame of her tiny candle from the steady breeze Monday night, as she stood among the more than 150 people who had gathered in the courtyard of First Baptist Church of North Augusta.
School safety idea upsets board
The duties of Columbia County's newly-created school safety department are taking a turn school board members said they didn't intend.
Georgia Medical Center Authority signed into law
Augusta is ``uniquely suited'' to tap an underutilized resource for economic development in Georgia -- biomedical technology, Gov. Roy Barnes said Monday.
Barnes signs $10 million grant
People who have worked with State Sen. Charles Walker often say projects he supports are solid enough to take to the bank.
Across the area: Truck hits, kills 23-month-old girl
A 23-month-old girl died late Sunday after she was hit by a truck in the parking lot of Ryan's Restaurant on Peach Orchard Road.
Deadline taxes many people
The dog ate Deborah Spargo's taxes.
President disappoints pupils
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Rachel Allen has heard her parents say the words ``government bureaucracy'' before, but the Merriwether Elementary pupil didn't know what the phrase meant until Monday.
GHB may offset narcolepsy
Eva Bonner doesn't know the meaning of the word cataplexy, but she can describe what it's like.
Walker considers run for statewide office
ATLANTA -- There was a time when Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker of Augusta let concerns of voter prejudice temper his ambition to make a bid for statewide office.
Safety of new battery plant questioned
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Jerry Long is proud of the growth and prosperity that have brought jobs and factories to Burke County in recent decades.
GOP vote for seat 83 held today
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Republicans must go back to the polls in North Augusta today to decide who will face Dr. Nathaniel Irvin, a Democrat, in the South Carolina House District 83 special election.
Rape trial under way; suspect faces 8 charges
AIKEN -- An Augusta man charged with breaking into a former neighbor's Aiken apartment and raping her is facing evidence that he left behind his driver's license and social security card in the woman's home after the alleged attack.
Personnel agreement approved
ATLANTA -- Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics employees with 10 or more years of service will be allowed to keep their state benefits when they start working for MCG Health Inc. under an agreement approved Monday by MCG Health's board of directors.
A story in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a man who suffered a heart attack at the Masters Tournament had an error caused by incorrect information provided to The Chronicle.
Pupils honor teacher with run
On Monday, as a local doctor prepared to run the Boston Marathon in honor of a comatose teacher, pupils from the teacher's school also ran to support the educator.
Alcohol case goes to court
ATLANTA - By not defining vicinity and trade area, an Augusta ordinance controlling alcohol sales is too vague, an attorney for a businessman told the state's highest court Monday.
Diversity program begins downtown
If a company wants to achieve true diversity, its racial makeup should only be one part of the equation, said an expert on the topic Monday at the beginning of Time Out for Diversity Week.
Victim's mother charged in wreck
GRANITEVILLE -- South Carolina authorities charged an Augusta woman Monday with causing a log truck to overturn, pinning its driver for almost two hours.
Officials ends talks with team
After a year of talks, Columbia County officials have abandoned efforts to negotiate a contract with the volunteer rescue team.
Across the area: Weeklong initiative aims at diversity
The American Society of Newspaper Editors kicks off its second annual Timeout for Diversity Initiative today.
Photo captures Aiken 2000
AIKEN -- Smiling from ear to ear, Pearl Mathis posed for a pic-ture Sunday that she hopes will be seen one day by her 9-year-old granddaughter's grandchildren.
Mrs. Donna Sauls
AIKEN - Mrs. Donna Spencer Sauls, 52, of Magnolia Street Southeast, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, in Franklin, Tenn.
Mr. Sylvester Price
COLUMBIA - Mr. Sylvester Theodis Price, 54, of Marion Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Margie Dyches
LEESVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Margie J. Dyches, 74, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center.
Mr. Sidney Rouse
Mr. Sidney Rouse of Walton Way died Saturday, 15, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Allie Crozier
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Allie Mae Mobley Crozier, 92, of Jones-Martin Road, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.
Mr. John Hudson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. John Wesley Hudson, 59, of McGarrh Mill Pond Road, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. George Green
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mr. George Woodrow Green, of Solomon Blatt Avenue, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Regional Medical Centers, Orangeburg.
Mrs. Virginia Norris
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Virginia Harris Norris, 95, of Cason Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Clyde Williams Jr.
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Clyde McKinley Williams Jr., 75, of Williams Evans Road, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Joseph Childs
Mr. Joseph W. Childs, 49, of Holiday Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Troy Bolander
THOMSON - Mr. Troy Eugene Bolander, 19, of Clark Reese Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Nathaniel Robinson Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Nathaniel Robinson Sr., 74, of Thorpe Lane, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Flossie Droze
DEARING - Mrs. Flossie Marie Black Droze, 88, of Iron Hill Road, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Florence Kennedy
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Florence A. Kennedy, of Georgia Highway 80 East, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Sue Lindsey
INMAN, S.C. - Mrs. Sue Kearsey Lindsey, 55, of Apple Orchard Road, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Eudora Markham
WINNSBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Eudora Dover Markham, 89, died Saturday, April 15, 2000.
Mrs. Hannah Servant
Mrs. Hannah P. Servant, 97, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Westwood Convalescent Center.
Mr. Bruce Pierce
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Bruce G. Pierce, 50, of Fairwood Avenue, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Cuba O'Bryan
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Mrs. Cuba Lean O'Bryan, 72, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Houston Medical Center.
Ms. Barbara Boll
GRACEWOOD - Ms. Barbara Ann Boll, of Myrtle Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Gracewood State School and Hospital.
Ms. Eloise Poole
UNION POINT, Ga. - Ms. Eloise E. Poole, 75, of Rhodes Street, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Leon Farmer Jr.
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Leon Jackson Farmer Jr., 80, of Atwell Station Road, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Richard Middleton
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mr. Richard Middleton, 53, of County Route 1, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Bessie Jones
NEW YORK - Ms. Bessie Mae Jones, 64, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Earline Reid
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Earline M. Reid, of Screven Street Extension, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Alice McNair
THOMSON - Mrs. Alice Mae McNair, 82, of Dixie Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at McDuffie County Hospital.
Blasts 'inept' 911 emergency service
In response to recent negative publicity directed against the personnel of the 911 emergency service of Augusta-Richmond County, I, unlike many others, was willing to give this organization the benefit of the doubt. Fay H. Gilchrist, Augusta
Mocks 'argument' by pro-gunners
I am amused by the argument by Second Amendment advocates that it will help defend us in a war against the federal government. They site Federalist Paper No. 46 Michael Ledo, Windsor
Urges support for health care bill
On April 11 The Chronicle ran an editorial about the Norwood (H.R. 3573) and Coverdell (S. 2003) bills that would keep America's broken promise that in exchange for 20 or more years of honorable military service to the United States, retirees and their families would receive adequate health care for life. Dick Manion, Appling
We feel your pain
Ouch! We feel your pain. Those taxes can be a world of hurt. And we don't just mean the paying of them either.
Laments firing of airport director
I believe Augusta and Richmond County residents got short-changed when the Augusta Regional Airport Board voted to terminate Bush Field Director Albert McDill's contract. Marilynn Martini, Gloverville
Blasts Augusta Sheraton as 'gutless'
The action of the Sheraton Augusta Hotel, by taking down all flags, is one that cleary points out it is standing aside until this controversy is resolved. David Titus, Augusta
Airport high jinx
The Augusta Aviation Commission made a mistake when it fired airport Director Al McGill last week. Instead, mob mentality took over and a competent manager was driven out, leaving the airport adrift at a critical time and setting back our city's progress by years. After all, Bush Field is the city's front door.
Recounts decay of modern society
That which we see in the social character represents the summary of its virtue; it is a consensus of attitude. Revenge is taken on the children for the deeds of their parents. Joseph E. Cook, Martinez
Pass 'passenger rights'
Promises commercial airlines made last year to improve service to the beleaguered flying public are failing as miserably as a deceitful politician's campaign vows.
Protests sending Elian to Cuba
The mother of Elian Gonzales was a heroine. She gave her life to save her child from Communist Cuba. McDonald Haynie, Augusta
Supports returning Elian to father
I could understand the efforts to keep Elian Gonzales here if his father were not living; but as I stated in January and have believed with all the love and sincerity a parent could have (I am the mother of three), Elian should be returned to his father. Jefiner Jones, Waynesboro
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is implementing a promise he made last summer to local educators that he'd introduce legislation to allow schools to have uniform discipline policies for both disabled and non-disabled students who bring weapons to school.
Wonders why we're in Macedonia
Re: the April 14 article about the Skopje, Macedonia, incident in which some American soldiers were involved in an "incident" with some of the populace. James R. Waid, Augusta
Nixes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling
I share Robert Smock's concern about sufficient oil for America (letter, April 10). It was obvious he did not know that in the American Southwest, the major oil companies are prepared for an oil embargo and have a huge number of oil producing wells capped for the day that prices get really high or there is an embargo on foreighn oil. Sam Booher, Martinez
Says crime up after guns surrendered
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million. And now the results are in: Roger P. Nelms, Aiken
Thanks McDill, others for show
Like thousands of others I spent two and a half hours in my car attempting to see Skyfest 2000. Although we never did see the event, rather than complain I want to thank recently-removed Bush Field Director Al McDill, all the volunteers and others who worked hard to bring Skyfest to Augusta. Hugh Hamilton, Augusta
Web sites face new privacy restrictions for children online
NEW YORK -- Several Web sites are starting to revamp the way they do business with youngsters as they prepare for a new federal privacy law aimed at protecting children online.\r
Grants to improve telecommunications for the poor
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In the shadow of prosperous high-tech businesses, President Clinton today visited a hard-luck neighborhood that has been left out of the digital revolution and left behind by the nation's soaring economy.
Chinese take great leap
It's hiding in the Shennongjia forest, eluding capture with its loping stride and superhuman strength -- marks of its origin as half man, half beast, says Yuan Zhenxin.
Report: Global environmental health under seige
WASHINGTON -- Despite greater environmental awareness, growing demand for resources is threatening the world's environmental health more than ever, a United Nations-sponsored report said Sunday. In the long term, it said, humans will pay the price.
Computer with secret information missing
WASHINGTON -- An investigation is under way into the disappearance from the State Department of a lap top computer containing classified information, officials disclosed today.
The original digital divide
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Mike Baker steps around mud puddles as he steers clear of a forklift, walks past a 20-foot-tall jumble of car axles and takes proud stock of his junkyard.
Research helps save dying dogwood trees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The delicate dogwood tree, under attack in recent years from disease and mildew, has a heartier future -- thanks to research that has developed tougher strains of the blossoming tree.
Web sites face new privacy restrictions for children online
NEW YORK -- Several Web sites are starting to revamp the way they do business with youngsters as they prepare for a new federal privacy law aimed at protecting children online.
Webcams illustrate value of Earth Day
ATLANTA -- Cammunity.com, the Internet's leading webcam network service, will celebrate Earth Day with live, breathtaking images from webcams around the globe.
THE FACTS: Rachael Werner, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School.
`You're not going to get in trouble for raking a yard, but you will for selling stuff you shouldn't be,'' said Constance Gregory, 16, a sophomore at Lucy Laney High School. ``I'd rather be here than stuck in my neighborhood watching people sell drugs.''
Xtreme advice: Age should matter in some relationships
``One of my friends is dating someone who is 19 years old. I told her I'd support her no matter what she does, but I want to know: Does age matter in a relationship?'' - 13-year-old Martinez girl
Mentoring offers teens the gift of sharing
I believe that I am blessed with many gifts. Recently I received a gift that cannot be bought at American Eagle or wrapped in a shiny package.