Smitty's Lounge is lighted only by a few overhead lights, the fractured shards of illumination provided by an aging disco ball and the incandescent glow of beer signs.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Flag fuss could keep 'Beach Music' out of S.C.
Novelist Pat Conroy says his most recent best seller, Beach Music, may not be filmed in South Carolina if the Confederate flag isn't removed from atop the Capitol in Columbia.
Swamp party will celebrate park opening
The 30th observance of the ecology-awareness event also will mark the public opening of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.
Concert will include spirituals
The Augusta State University Choir will hold its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on campus.
Business briefs: Stocks close lower as indicators fall
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell Wednesday as investors took some profits from a powerful two-day run and sold shares that failed to live up to high expectations for corporate earnings.
Business briefs: Corporate strength boosts Dow average
NEW YORK -- Blue-chip stocks rose sharply Thursday on the latest round of strong corporate profit reports. Technology stocks ended modestly lower as investors took some profits from the big gains of Monday and Tuesday.
Meybohm splits sales, service
Agents with the metro area's largest residential real estate brokerage no longer will perform nonsales-related services as part of a new service the company announced Wednesday.
National drug company buys local independent pharmacy
There's one less independent pharmacy in Augusta.
Area banks record increases
Two local community banks this week reported increases in first-quarter earnings.
In the know
REGIS WANTS YOU: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is seeking contestants for shows being taped in May.
Even after your blood-alcohol level is back below the legal driving limit, your brain still knows that you've been drinking.
In the hot seat
The Dixie Chicks, the hottest group in country music, have some people hot -- as in steamed -- over their new single, Goodbye Earl.
Whether you are trying to kill weeds in the lawn, keep pests away from your vegetables or just get your flowers to grow, be aware that some techniques are easier on the environment than others.
Xeriscaping saves water
With drought expected to continue into the summer, it may be a good time to try a xeriscape landscape.
Capitalism influences fairness
I see the boys at Atlanta's Emory University are up to monkey business.
Infant dies of injuries
An infant delivered by Caesarean section after an April 6 car crash died Tuesday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Two commissioners have different styles
ATLANTA - The seat shifting at the board table for the state's industrial-recruitment agency Thursday was rather low-key compared to the magnitude of changes represented by the personalities taking the new jobs.
HOPE improving student quality
ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia is getting more and better students since the HOPE Scholarship program began in 1993, a system researcher told the Board of Regents on Wednesday.
McCain recants on flag
COLUMBIA -- U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona now says he lied to South Carolinians about the Confederate flag to get their votes in February's Republican presidential primary.
Area man pleads down charge
The Augusta quadriplegic facing a possible fourth marijuana conviction -- and a long prison sentence -- pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense Thursday.
Astronaut shares space travels with area students
As astronaut Story Musgrave showed students slides of what it's like to work in space and how the world looks from hundreds of thousands of feet in the air, several Cross Creek High School students were more interested in how the presentation was affecting their lunch hour.
Woman convicted for throwing acid
An Augusta woman was convicted of aggravated assault Wednesday for throwing acid on a man.
Youth training camp at area fort studied
Georgia lawmakers met with National Guard representatives Wednesday to discuss a proposal to bring to Fort Gordon a military training facility for the state's at-risk students.
Across the area: U.S. House speaker to help local GOP
U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will be featured at a breakfast fund-raiser Friday in Augusta for fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood and to aid the local GOP.
Duke shareholders veto MOX ban
Duke Energy stockholders voted down a proposal Thursday that would have barred the company from using a controversial nuclear-reactor fuel slated to be produced at Savannah River Site.
Surgeon stays quiet on 'Millionaire' debut
AIKEN -- Will lights flash and confetti fall on Dr. Steven Clark on Sunday night as he sits in the hot seat on America's favorite game show?
New addition will facilitate jail sentences
With the opening of an addition to Columbia County Detention Center only about a year away, some area judges say criminals should think twice.
77-year-old found dead on canal bank
A North Augusta man was found lying dead Wednesday on the bank of Augusta Canal beside the rushing waters at the base of Rae's Creek Aqueduct.
As others wait to add items, city of Aiken Director of Public Safety Pete Frommer adds a fireman's helmet to the city's time capsule, located in downtown Aiken. The capsule, which will not be opened for 100 years, was filled with T-shirts, photos and personal items Thursday.
Hardwood plant will reopen
SAVANNAH -- Ever since Smurfit-Stone Corp.'s Port Wentworth plant shut down in October 1998, former employees heard rumors of new owners and reopening dates.
Young victim seeks return to home, life
During a February camping trip, Chad Hett personified perseverance.
Rural areas lag behind, study says
SAVANNAH -- There are two Georgias, according to the old political standard -- Atlanta and everywhere else.
Savannah misses out on filming
SAVANNAH -- You can stop looking for Jodie Foster now.
Coach pulls no punches with students
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Eric Taylor and Shauwntrell Roberts are soaked in sweat as they punch and jab at each other, dancing with staccato steps and breathing hard.
Across the area: Authorities search for slaying suspect
Police released new details Thursday in the slaying of a York Street man whose body was discovered Tuesday.
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle erroneously stated that Southeastern Newspapers Corp. owns a recycling plant in Dublin, Ga., that processes old copies of The Chronicle. Southern Paper Recovery recycles the newspapers.
Trucking ordinance will stand
A ruling issued last week by Chief Magistrate Court Judge William D. Jennings III upholds a county ordinance that prohibits truck drivers from parking their big rigs in residential neighborhoods.
Committee seeks ideas on funding
Augusta commissioners will look south -- and within -- for ideas about how to solve the longstanding problem of funding health care for the poor and uninsured.
Goodwill fosters new outlook
After 11 years of unemployment, Cheryl Hall wasn't optimistic about re-entering the work force.
Fund-raiser to honor student
During a school assembly Wednesday, nearly 900 students at Silver Bluff High School stood in reverent silence to honor one of their own and show commitment to fund raising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Schools see low turnout
LANGLEY -- Nearly half the freshman class at Midland Valley High stayed home Thursday, the day two classmates had allegedly planned to blow up the school.
Firms vie for airport plan
A group of Augusta Aviation Commission members took the first steps Thursday toward mapping out the future of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.
Commission approves new judicial building
City commissioners voted Wednesday to build a new judicial center somewhere in downtown Augusta, breaking a four-year impasse over how to solve overcrowding at city hall.
Law enforces stricter penalties on abuse
AIKEN -- A little boy's wheelchair rolled through Anne Laver's mind for a decade.
Fund-raiser will aid minority students
Sometimes when they are talking about medical or dental specialties, they can count their members on the fingers of one hand.
Ex-convict receives five-year sentence
An Augusta man previously convicted of murder for stabbing a man to death received a five-year prison sentence Thursday for stabbing another man.
City police seek clues in killing
AIKEN -- City police investigators continued to look for clues Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an Aiken man who was found by a friend inside his York Street home the night before.
Release of teens refused
AIKEN -- Two boys who allegedly told classmates they would bomb their school and shoot survi-vors of the blast were taken back to juvenile detention in shackles Wednesday after a judge said they posed a danger to the community.
Barnes' reforms increase
MACON -- Even as local school officials struggle to understand the sweeping changes in the 180-page education reform bill the Legislature passed last month, Gov. Roy Barnes told administrators Wednesday to get ready for another round of changes next year.
Pop star to perform at Greenbrier prom
The genie's out of the bottle, and she's headed this way.
Murder suspect given option of posting bail
A judge granted bond Thursday for an Augusta man who was accused, but never indicted, in a murder case in the three months since his arrest.
BARNWELL, S.C. - Bailey Katherine Sanders, infant daughter of Donnie and Christy Sanders, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000.
Mr. Byron Broome
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Byron Broome, 60, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Mr. Charles McKevie
AIKEN - Mr. Charles McKevie, 45, of Congress Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. David Walpole
AIKEN - Mr. David Walpole, 45, of Woods Bend, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Beatrice Gallop
Mrs. Beatrice W. Gallop died Monday, April 17, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Paul Williams
AIKEN - Mr. Paul Williams, 51, of York Street, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Angela Randolph
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Angela Randolph, 38, of Melears Bridge Road, died Monday, April 17, 2000.
Mrs. Willie Oliphant
AIKEN - Mrs. Willie Mae Oliphant, 69, of Steeple Chase, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.
Jessica Rose Hensley, infant daughter of Kalani Hensley, of Wrightsboro Road, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Noyce Womack
PORTAL, Ga. - Mr. Noyce L. Womack, 79, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Emory University Hospitals, Atlanta.
Mrs. Bertha Butler
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Bertha Lee Butler, 96, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Bernard Hendrix
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Bernard Hendrix, 76, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Willie Oliphant
AIKEN - Mrs. Willie Mae Oliphant, 69, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.
Mrs. Tillie Veal
DEEPSTEP, Ga. - Mrs. Tille Veal, 95, of Veal Road, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.
Mr. Jack Hazel
LUDOWICI, Ga. - Mr. Jack Hazel, 52, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, in Charleston, S.C..
Mr. Edward Crockett Jr.
BALTIMORE - Mr. Edward Crockett Jr., of 30th Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in Washington.
Mr. Dorsey Ard
AIKEN - Mr. Dorsey Ard, 78, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Thomas Stephens Sr.
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Stephens Sr., 70, of Quaker Spring Road, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
Mr. Russell Shephard Jr.
Mr. Russell ``Dude'' Shephard Jr., 18, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Georgia Regional Medical Center South East, Brunswick.
Mrs. Ruth Abney
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Ruth Bluford Abney, 78, of Abney Road, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.
Mrs. Louise Oakman
NEW ELLENTON - Mrs. Louise Buester Oakman, 80, of Hickory Avenue, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Mr. Grover Crandall
Mr. Grover Lee Crandall, 67, of Miller Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Luther Davis
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Luther Davis, 88, of Peachtree Street, died Friday, April 14, 2000.
Ms. Bertha Bush
HEPHZIBAH - Ms. Bertha Mae Wesby Bush, 77, of Lincolnton Parkway, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Virginia Turner
BELVEDERE - Mrs. Virginia J. Turner, 72, of Northview Street, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Bernice Rhodes
Mrs. Bernice E. Rhodes, 68, of Martin Road, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Vennie Newman
Mrs. Vennie M. Newman, 85, of Brooks Drive, Martinez, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Windermere Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Frank Brooks
Mr. Frank Brooks, of Amsterdam Drive, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Harold Black
PLANO, Texas - Mr. Harold Jackson Black, 73, of Covinton Lane, died Saturday, April 15, 2000.
Mrs. Lessie McTier
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Mrs. Lessie Mae Young McTier, 83, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Mr. Harold Collier
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Mr. Harold Eugene Collier, 92, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Mrs. Annie Simmons
AIKEN - Mrs. Annie K. Simmons, 65, of Aldrich Street, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Joan Raley
MACON, Ga. - Mrs. Joan Good Raley, 61, of Tatershall Court, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Mrs. Audrey Benson
THOMSON - Mrs. Audrey Benson, 85, of Manassas Drive, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Helen Walton
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Scott Walton, 97, of Hospital Drive, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center.
Mrs. Glenda North
Mrs. Glenda Ann North, 59, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Alvin Lewis Sr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alvin Lewis Sr., 73, of Clair Road, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Ora Miller Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Ora G. Miller Sr., 81, of Pear Road, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in Statesboro.
Mrs. Ruby Lowe
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Yvonne Richardson Lowe, 69, of Myrtle Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000.
Mrs. Victoria Martin
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Victoria Louise Martin, 78, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Green Acres Nursing Home, Milledgeville.
Mr. Warren Heath
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Warren Heath, 77, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000.
Mr. Arthur Ruiz Jr.
Mr. Arthur C. ``Chico'' Ruiz Jr., 47, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Johnnie Davis
AIKEN - Mr. Johnnie Davis, 75, of Whispering Pines Terrace, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Ophelia Polk
Ms. Ophelia Polk, 68, of Tobacco Road, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Robbie Brooks
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Robbie Faye Brooks, 53, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Ida Brinkman
Mrs. Ida Margadene Brinkman, 74, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
Mrs. Jessie Jones
BRUNSON, S.C. - Mrs. Jessie Mae Jones, 80, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.
Mr. John Maloof
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. John Elmo Maloof, 67, of Washington Highway, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
Ms. Carrie Pope
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Carrie Pope, 80, of West Pine Street, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Helen Strong
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Strong, 74, of Short Avenue, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Jean Warner
AIKEN - Mrs. Jean LaPrade Warner, 55, of Kalmia Forest Drive, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Marjorie Perry
Mrs. Marjorie ``Tiney'' Perry, 65, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Christie
Mrs. Evelyn Christie, 77, of Martinez, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital.
The Rev. Caesar Moore
The Rev. Caesar Moore, 93, of Maple Street, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Roy Gordy
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Roy Quincy Gordy, 35, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home, Swainsboro.
Gives views on airport, recycling
I travel from Bush Field to airports in towns and cities across the country three or four times each month. When purchasing a ticket, I always ask the fare for leaving both Augusta and Columbia. Kay I. Hays, North Augusta
A bonus for census
Georgians, could your county use an extra $10,000 for parks and recreation supplies? Of course, it can. Would any county ever say it doesn't need any more supplies?
Wants checks on auto insurers
Re Walter Williams April 12 column, ``Monopolistic practices that are evil we need to address'' J. W. Joyce, North Augusta
Wants group to face bigger problems
I would like to ask South Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President James Gallman when enough is enough. Donald Smith, Warrenville
Why alter safety plan?
Columbia County School Board members need to ask themselves if it's a good idea to put soon-to-be armed school safety officers in charge of all criminal investigations on school grounds.
Credits lawmakers for compromise
At around 8 a.m. on April 12, in the Senate Chambers in Columbia, a new chapter in the history of our beautiful state was begun. Michael T. Terry, New Ellenton
Likes S.C. Senate flag compromise
There is a lot of squealing going on these days on both sides of the South Carolina Confederate flag compromise. Andy Lowe, New Ellenton
Believes Elian's dad should decide
The people of the United States should realize that Elian Gonzales' father has the right to do what is in the best interest of his son. No one else can make that decision for Elian except for the natural parents Herbert Parsons, Augusta
Contends that battle flag isn't racist
There is a flag flying in South Carolina that is the source of bitterness and contention. This flag has been accused of representing hatred and racism throughout the country, yet this is hardly the truth. Lawrence D. Collins, Ridge Spring
Back Taiwan sales
What sense does this make? President Clinton decides against selling four Aegis destroyers to Taiwan, but approves the sale of long-range radar designed to detect missile launches.
Aiken Co. 'honor roll'
Imagine: A school system joins historical icons, such as Henry Ford's Model T and the first atomic bomb, at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
S.C. at crossroads
Dismaying noises are being heard in the South Carolina House, suggesting that votes may not be there next week to take the Confederate battle flag down from the Statehouse dome.
Super-germs on notice
A lot has been written about the super-strains of bacteria that have developed over the past few years, those virulent bugs that have become resistant to just about all the antibiotics developed to date. Blame has been placed on the too-liberal use of antibiotics to treat illnesses that would probably go away by themselves.
Scolds world for ignoring genocide
``Look at me. Can't you hear my hue and cry? Look at me. I am a part of you.'' Mozambique screams. Milton Graves III, Barnwell
Seeks higher 'notch baby' payments
On behalf of my ``notch baby'' mother, I am writing you. Born in 1919, she and others of her ``notch baby'' generation (1917 to 1921) have been dealt a poor hand in terms of Social Security. Christine M. Steigelman, Augusta
Says law will protect bondholders
Your April 9 editorial, ``Anti-free market power play,'' contains both factual errors and misleading statements. Mayor Frank W. Thomas, Jr., Washington, Ga.
Wants DOE to uphold commitments
The U.S. Department of Energy has apparently decided to disregard commitments made to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as well as to the taxpaying public with its poorly reasoned and unwise choice to shut down operations at the Consolidated Incinerator Facility at the Savannah River Site. Chuck Clark, Evans
Rescued sea turtle returns to the Gulf
NAPLES, Fla. -- Cheered on by dozens of beachgoers, a 200-pound adult male loggerhead turtle named Lucky returned to the churning of the Gulf of Mexico after a trip by moving van from a rehabilitation clinic at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
You've got acceptance
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University is responding to successful applicants with a message attuned to the information generation: You've got mail.
Embryonic cells causing controversy
WASHINGTON -- In a laboratory in Baltimore, tangles of healthy neurons are sprouting from the spinal cords of mice stricken with a rodent version of Lou Gehrig's disease, a nerve-withering ailment for which there is no cure.
Boy charged with cyber-attacks
MONTREAL -- Canadian authorities today said they've charged a 15-year-old boy with two counts of mischief for his part in cyber-attacks against CNN, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, and other Web sites.
Studies unable to prove value of diet
Two large studies cast doubt on the widely held belief that eating low-fat, high-fiber food will lower the risk of colon cancer.
Teen almost killed when needle-nosed fish stabs her in neck
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- A 17-year-old girl snorkeling for the first time was almost killed when a needle-nosed houndfish jumped out of the water and struck her in the neck.
NEW YORK -- Mike Potts wasn't motivated by an environmental ethic when he placed shredded rubber made from recycled tires beneath the jungle gym he built for his children.
Microsoft unveils new handheld computers
SEATTLE -- Look out, Palm. There's a new organizer in town. Software giant Microsoft Corp. and three computer manufacturers are betting millions that their handheld organizer can become a direct challenge to Palm Computing Inc.
British teachers warn of test stress danger to pupils
LONDON -- Britain's drive to raise education standards is putting children under such pressure that it won't be long before schools report test-induced pupil suicides, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has warned.