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.
Weekly gas update
here is a listing of local unleaded gas prices.
Winn Dixie, which ranks 10th in sales among food retailers, expects to publicly announce in about two weeks the 114 of its 1,189 stores that will be closing, spokesman Mickey Clerc said. But speculation among stock analysts is that a lot of the closures may come from the Atlanta, Tampa and Louisville divisions, which are struggling to retain market share against other chains.
National drug company buys local independent pharmacy
There's one less independent pharmacy in Augusta.
Tokyo stocks plunge
TOKYO -- The benchmark 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 3.7 percent today, and traders said the fall was related to next week's planned change in the stocks making up the index.
Area banks record increases
Two local community banks this week reported increases in first-quarter 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.
Xeriscaping saves water
With drought expected to continue into the summer, it may be a good time to try a xeriscape landscape.
Up with the Son
A youth drama team will interpret the black American spiritual Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? during one of the Augusta-area Easter sunrise services Sunday.
Vision and hearing tests, screenings and health tips will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School, 353 Laurens St., Aiken.
Salvation Army battles poverty, spiritual and material
The first night he bunked at the Salvation Army on Greene Street, William Carpenter struggled with his future. Could he make it in Las Vegas again?
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.
We still have need for Jesus
We began Holy Week last Sunday on a high note of celebration as we re-enacted and remembered the way in which Jesus entered Jerusalem.
Capitalism influences fairness
I see the boys at Atlanta's Emory University are up to monkey business.
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.
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.
Students to dictate their class line-ups
Before this school year is even over, high school administrators in Columbia County are looking for ways to offer the classes students most want next year.
Wesley Lott from Greenville, Tenn., stands in prayer at the start of a Good Friday ``Cross Walk,'' sponsored by several churches in south Augusta. The walk started at Ascension Lutheran Church on Wells Drive in south Augusta.
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.
Police search nets suspect's surrender
A 21-year-old Martinez resident who police say shot a man in the leg surrendered to authorities Friday afternoon.
Young victim seeks return to home, life
During a February camping trip, Chad Hett personified perseverance.
Savannah misses out on filming
SAVANNAH -- You can stop looking for Jodie Foster now.
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.
Augusta welcomes Stallions
They were determined to set tradition the right way. Under the cover of barbecue smoke, Joe Corbitt and his crew of fellow fans had their grills set up in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center parking lot several hours before the Augusta Stallions first-ever home opener Friday night.
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.
Inmate's appeal denied
A former Augusta resident moved another step closer to execution this week when a federal appeals court denied his latest appeal.
Port work subsidies will pay off
SAVANNAH -- Transportation expert Stephen Rutner says money spent on improving Savannah's port end up flowing directly into the wallets of local merchants, employees and tax coffers.
City's historic buildings get protection
SAVANNAH -- Dozens of historic buildings that dot Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and nearby streets don't look any different today than they did yesterday. But 44 sites won a battle against time Thursday.
Democrats to meet for state caucuses
ATLANTA -- Georgia Democrats will be well on their way toward assembling a slate of delegates to attend the party's national convention this summer after a series of caucuses today across the state.
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.
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.
Census return rates
Initial response rates, by South Carolina counties, to census questionnaires sent earlier this year.
Planners approve school proposal
Taking advice from their attorney, Aiken County planners have approved a proposed private school that nearby property owners bitterly opposed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: Sludge programs weak
Programs to ensure that sewage sludge from cities like Augusta is properly disposed of are inadequate to protect health and the environment, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.
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?
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.
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.
University tapped with designation
After seven years, Dr. Niren Vyas, head of the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Business Administration, can breathe a sigh of relief.
Spending record set in session
ATLANTA -- The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce was the top spender in a record year for lobbyist spending during the recently concluded 2000 General Assembly session.
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.
Group donates smoke detectors
An Augusta organization soon will help less fortunate Georgians protect themselves from house fires.
Plan calls for house numbers
Columbia County residents beware: If you don't post address numbers on your mailbox you could face a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail under a proposed ordinance.
Speaker of the House supports Norwood
More than 300 supporters of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood gathered for breakfast at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta on Friday and got a taste of the political workings on Capitol Hill from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
With her oversized helmet and pink protective gear, 3-year-old Hunter Christian got a little help from her mother, Terri, as she attempted to roller skate for the first time. The pair were at Virginia Acres on Friday.
Across the area
A physical therapist accused of bilking outpatient rehabilitation companies while treating nursing home residents in Augusta and Statesboro pleaded guilty to making false statements Thursday in U.S. District Court.
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. Lessie McTier
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Mrs. Lessie Mae Young McTier, 83, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Mrs. Tillie Veal
DEEPSTEP, Ga. - Mrs. Tille Veal, 95, of Veal Road, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Washington County Extended Care Facility.
AIKEN -- Mr. David Walpole, 45, of Woods Bend, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence.
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. Wilbur Noe Jr.
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Mr. Wilbur Beverly Noe Jr., 74, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Barnwell County Hospital.
Mr. Paul Williams
AIKEN - Mr. Paul Williams, 51, of York Street, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Jutta Berry
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Jutta Mae Williamson Berry, 71, of U.S. Highway 25 North, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Grover Crandall
Mr. Grover Lee Crandall, 67, of Miller Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Betty Dittman
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mrs. Betty H. Dittman, 71, of South Palmetto Avenue, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at her residence.
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. James Wilhelm
LANGLEY -- Mr. James A. Wilhelm, 57, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Annie Simmons
AIKEN - Mrs. Annie K. Simmons, 65, of Aldrich Street, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Henry Berry
Mr. Henry Richard Berry, 61, of Leeds Court, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, in Greensboro, N.C.
Mr. Warren Heath
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Warren Heath, 77, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000.
Mr. Thomas Hathcock
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Thomas Wade ``Tom'' Hathcock, 89, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Noyce Womack
PORTAL, Ga. - Mr. Noyce L. Womack, 79, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Emory University Hospitals, Atlanta.
The Rev. Elijah Mackey
WARRENVILLE -- The Rev. Elijah Mackey, 87, of Mackey Court, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
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.
Mrs. Julia Elton
OCONEE, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Cox Elton, 96, of Tennille-Oconee Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Toomsboro Nursing Home.
Mrs. Bernice Rhodes
Mrs. Bernice E. Rhodes, 68, of Martin Road, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital.
Charles Beggs III
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Charles McGill Beggs III, infant son of Charles M. and Leigh Drew Beggs Jr., died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. John Maloof
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. John Elmo Maloof, 67, of Washington Highway, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
Mrs. Marian Undertilo
AIKEN -- Mrs. Marian Undertilo, 83, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.
Mrs. Ruby Lowe
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Yvonne Richardson Lowe, 69, of Myrtle Street, died Saturday, April 15, 2000.
Mr. John Gattis
Mr. John Emmett Gattis, 82, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Jean Warner
AIKEN - Mrs. Jean LaPrade Warner, 55, of Kalmia Forest Drive, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Edna Johnson
PEEBLES, Ohio -- Mrs. Edna Johnson, 86, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati.
Mrs. Evelyn Christie
Mrs. Evelyn Christie, 77, of Martinez, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at University Hospital.
The Rev. Otis Cooper
AIKEN -- The Rev. Otis Stephen Cooper, 75, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Marjorie Perry
Mrs. Marjorie ``Tiney'' Perry, 65, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Elijah McCloud
KINSTON, N.C. -- Mr. Elijah ``Precious'' McCloud, of Scott Dougherty Circle, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
Mr. David Walpole
AIKEN - Mr. David Walpole, 45, of Woods Bend, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Ellis Webb
ADRIAN, Ga. -- Mr. Ellis Webb, 65, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Carl Vinson Medical Center, Dublin.
Mrs. Willie Oliphant
AIKEN - Mrs. Willie Mae Oliphant, 69, of Steeple Chase, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.
Mrs. Annie Bailey
Mrs. Annie Jewel Bailey, 75, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Bernard Hendrix
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Bernard Hendrix, 76, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Leon Johnson
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Mr. Leon Johnson, 43, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Edward Crockett Jr.
BALTIMORE - Mr. Edward Crockett Jr., of 30th Street, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, in Washington.
Mr. Matthew Metheney
Mr. Matthew Dean Metheney, of Silver Maple Court, Martinez, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
The Rev. Caesar Moore
The Rev. Caesar Moore, 93, of Maple Street, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at University Hospital.
Ms. Carrie Pope
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Carrie Pope, 80, of West Pine Street, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Bertha Bush
HEPHZIBAH - Ms. Bertha Mae Wesby Bush, 77, of Lincolnton Parkway, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Jessie Jones
BRUNSON, S.C. - Mrs. Jessie Mae Jones, 80, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville.
Mr. Frank Brooks
Mr. Frank Brooks, of Amsterdam Drive, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Roy Gordy
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Roy Quincy Gordy, 35, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home, Swainsboro.
Mr. Johnnie Davis
AIKEN - Mr. Johnnie Davis, 75, of Whispering Pines Terrace, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Angela Randolph
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Angela Randolph, 38, of Melears Bridge Road, died Monday, April 17, 2000.
Mrs. Helen Strong
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Strong, 74, of Short Avenue, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ida Brinkman
Mrs. Ida Margadene Brinkman, 74, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
Mr. Russell Shephard Jr.
Mr. Russell ``Dude'' Shephard Jr., 18, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Georgia Regional Medical Center South East, Brunswick.
Mr. Charles McKevie
AIKEN - Mr. Charles McKevie, 45, of Congress Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Jeanette Hampton
THOMSON -- Mrs. Jeanette Wilcher Hampton, 66, of Scott Drive, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Takes issue with airport editorial
In response to the April 18 editorial ``Airport high jinx'' I would like to share a few comments. I take issue with the negative tone of the statement made about ``mob mentality taking over.'' W. Rodger Giles, Augusta
Wants peace on Sunday mornings
I'm not a Methodist. I am simply an avid reader of the Gospels. This I know: Two of the most inconsiderate and unchristian acts are the parking on both sides of the street on Sunday morning and the ringing of bells at uncivilized hours. Tom Zwemer, Augusta
Earth Day progress
The nation's 30th annual Earth Day is not going unacknowledged in Augusta. It will be celebrated in exhibitions, competitions, entertainment, food and other family fun events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, marking the historic opening of the 1,100-acre, ecologically diverse Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to the general public.
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.
Reminds readers of slavery history
With all the controversy about the Confederate flag flying over the Statehouse in South Carolina, I decided to re-read The Leading Facts of American Historyby D. H. Montgomery, first published in 1891. P.A. Goad, North Augusta
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.
Lax security peril
Lax security has been a problem throughout President Clinton's administration.
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
Attacks editorial, defends Wilheli
As a staunch conservative, I often find myself in agreement with the editorial staff of this paper. David Hogan, Augusta
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
Claims Reno promotes Communism
Another master blunder is in full swing by Attorney General Janet Reno. This woman refuses to rest until she gains control in every area of our lives, whether promoting child pornography, hindering investigations involving illegal money from China or road blocking President Bill Clinton. Kim D. Burson, Williston
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
Promotes private preschool
In the article in The Chronicle on April 12 regarding the lottery funded Pre-K program I feel the private sector was very unfairly represented. Debi Blankenbeckler, 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
Sisler: Reflect on memory - and Easter
IT WAS ONE OF those memories which springs to mind for no apparent reason. I was lured in by a newspaper article entitled, "Twins are making money on the Internet." My twin sons Michael and Matthew surf the Net, so it was a natural attraction. Jason and Matthew Olim, the story said, started an Internet business which sells compact disks. Annual sales were good, and a profit was expected soon.
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
Editorial cartoon: A tradition with a mission
A newspaper's editorial page is the place for ideas and opinions on issues of the day. One of its historic features over the past 200 years is the editorial cartoon. The Chronicle's editorial page is no different.
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.
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.
Long-dead boy identified as Louis XVII
PARIS -- Scientists have cracked one of France's most enduring mysteries, saying an ailing boy who died in a Paris prison more than 200 years ago was the son of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette and heir to the French throne.
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.
Critics assail RJR's plans to test-market reduced-smoke cigarette
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco's claims that its reduced-smoke cigarette is safer than other cigarettes is being met with some skepticism.
Bristol-Myers delays launch of highly touted blood pressure pill
NEW YORK -- Bristol-Myers Squibb has withdrawn its application for federal approval of a highly touted blood pressure medication that was expected to be the industry's next blockbuster.
Letter from South African president escalates controversy
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In a letter to world leaders published Wednesday, President Thabo Mbeki compared the criticism of his AIDS policies to the censorship of political ideas under apartheid.
Discovery suggests dinosaurs were warm blooded
WASHINGTON -- A modern medical X-ray of a dinosaur fossil named Willo suggests the extinct animal may have had a four-chambered heart typical of warm-blooded animals instead of the simpler heart of cold-blooded reptiles.
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.