Business briefs: Nasdaq index falls from Microsoft fears
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index fell sharply Monday as investors feared a possible breakup of Microsoft and a slowdown in personal computer sales.
Hybrid brokerage opens office
An Austin, Texas-based real estate company, a hybrid of traditional and ``100 percent'' brokerages, has opened an office in Augusta.
Sees environment as campaign issue
A recent Gallup Poll shows the modern environmental movement is viewed quite positively by most Americans.Sam Booher, Martinez
In the know
Two-for-Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday beer promotions return to Augusta GreenJacket home games this week.
Locals keep promise,strive for better health
Evy Williams has lost 12 pounds. Muriel Daniels has lost 2, and Bridgette Westbrook has lost 16.
Weight-loss success is not always measured in numbers. Sometimes how a person feels is more important than the figures on the scale.
Baseball's orderliness is relaxing
I think this is the best time of year to enjoy a GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Elections qualifying unhurried
ATLANTA - Business was sluggish Monday as qualifying began for several federal, state and local offices that will be up for grabs across Georgia this fall.
Residents welcome governor
NORTH AUGUSTA - An avenue of Confederate flags lined the approach to Old McDonald's Fish Camp to greet Gov. Jim Hodges, in town for a Democratic rally and catfish dinner Monday night.
Departures open sheriff race
With the stroke of a pen Monday, Ronnie Strength and Leon Garvin put a combined 59 years worth of law enforcement experience on hold to become full-time candidates for Richmond County Sheriff.
Funding request gets OK
They had to wait about a month, but the folks who run Augusta Tomorrow finally got what they wanted.
Across the area: Man gets probation for tire company fire
A Greenwood County man was given five years probation Monday for starting a small blaze at an Aiken tire company in 1998.
Project ideas inundate ANIC office
What a difference $10 million makes.
Ideal Amusement owners will retire
ATHENS -- One of Athens' oldest businesses will close next month after more than half a century in business, and for record collectors, pinball wizards and pool hustlers in Northeast Georgia, it's going to leave a little hole in the universe.
Bill signing boosts Democrats' image
ATLANTA -- It's bill-signing season for Gov. Roy Barnes.
Across the area: Legislator fights contribution return
COLUMBIA -- Rep. Margaret Gamble, who switched last month from Republican to Democrat, has refused to return a $5,000 campaign contribution to the GOP.
Housing projects planned
AIKEN -- Many elderly residents might soon find their housing options in the city greatly improved.
Lack of rain would cause water limits
Billy Clayton doesn't need to look at the production charts of his water plants to see the result of drought-like conditions.
Jevey Sander, of Aiken, and his 6-month-old puppy, Lady, have a friendly stare-down contest as she sits on top of his car in downtown Aiken. Mr. Sander was waiting for his wife outside a bank Monday when he decided to plant the pooch on his car.
Dawn service is a tradition for families
About 250 people shivered early Sunday under the arms of a 10-foot concrete cross standing on a cemetery hillside in Westover Memorial Park.
Farmers, buyers test area shrimp cultivation
ATLANTA - Soon, the shrimp served in Heinz Solinski's posh Augusta restaurant could come from a south Georgia chicken farm.
Interstate ramps will close for paving work
Entering and exiting Bobby Jones Expressway should be a smoother ride in coming weeks as the state Department of Transportation completes paving work on 11 of the highway's on- and off-ramps.
Candidates gear up for sheriff's race
The would-be successors to Sheriff Charlie Webster officially step forward this week as qualifying for the November Richmond County sheriff's election begins today and runs until Friday.
Augusta hero fights for life in final battle
He has nightmares. In them, he is back in Vietnam, serving as a bomb disposal man with the 173rd Airborne Brigade near Bong Son, crawling through mine fields and watching people get killed just yards away.
State Republicans portray Democrats as obstacles to change
ATLANTA -- For General Assembly Democrats and some Republicans, the mantra on the campaign trail this year will be education reform.
Turbines to finance building
Turbines that once used water from the Augusta Canal to power Enterprise Mill's 908 looms could be operating again by late summer or early fall.
Doctor leaves show thousands richer
AIKEN -- Steve Clark will never forget that the United States beat Finland in ice hockey to win the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics.
Savannah native in line for brigadier general
SAVANNAH -- Marine Col. Walter Gaskin will sit before a panel of U.S. congressional leaders in a few months to explain why he should serve as a general.
Abandoned site will get cleanup
CLEARWATER -- The long-abandoned Clearwater Finishing Plant on U.S. Highway 1 is about to take on new life.
Mr. Freddie Harris
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Freddie Harris, 71, of Bradleyville Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Ruby Kendall
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Hollingsworth Kendall, 79, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
SALUDA, S.C. - Elliot Zachary Beasley, 6, of Hunter's Lane, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. George Fox
HARLEM - Mr. George Fox, 78, of Fox Road, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Connie Storey
Ms. Connie Storey, 57, of Hamilton Drive, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Care, Appling.
Mr. Leo Oscar
Mr. Leo Oscar, 84, of The Pass, Martinez, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Viola Green
SEYMOUR, Texas - Mrs. Viola Carter Green, 83, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Mr. Wattie Branch
Mr. Wattie C. Branch, 72, of Goldfinch Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Cornett
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Cornett, 84, of Willow Run Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Andrew Harley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Andrew Walden Harley, 87, of East Avenue, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Betty Barefield
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth ``Betty'' O'Kelley Barefield, 85, of Academy Avenue, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Miss Cora Jordan
LAKE CITY, Fla. - Miss Cora Beatrice Jordan died Friday, April 21, 2000, at National Health Care Center. Miss Jordan, a former resident of Tennille, Ga., was 106.
Mrs. Edith Klapper
AIKEN - Mrs. Edith Irene Wilednik Klapper, 81, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Betty Barefield
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth O'Kelley ``Betty'' Barefield, 85, of Academy Avenue, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mr. John Gattis
Mr. John Emmett Gattis, 82, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong
DORAVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy H. Armstrong, 76, of Gladney Drive, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home, Evans.
Mr. Fred Hamlet
AIKEN - Mr. Fred H. Hamlet, 66, of Mosley Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Viola Evans
THOMSON - Mrs. Viola Bouttry Evans, 90, of Willow Street, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Jack Wilson
TUCKER, Ga. - Mr. Jack Edison Wilson, 77, of Marlborough Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Carl Kent
GROVETOWN - Mr. Carl O. Kent, 65, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. LeRoy Stanley
BELVEDERE - Mr. LeRoy Stanley, 83, of Jesse Dee Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at National Health Care.
Mr. Robert Toves Sr.
Mr. Robert Toves Sr., 55, died Monday, April 17, 2000, in Fort Bliss, Texas.
Mr. John Osborn
Mr. John Willie Osborn, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Frances Jones
EASLEY, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Louise Bauknight Jones, 61, of Dacusville Highway, died Saturday, April 22, 2000.
Mrs. Jettie Murphy
Mrs. Jettie M. Murphy, 65, of Rhodes Drive, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Herbert Johnson
JACKSON - Mr. Herbert F. Johnson, 84, of Atomic Road, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Eden Gardens, Aiken.
Mr. Charles Trussell Jr.
MINNEAPOLIS - Mr. Charles Harvey Trussell Jr., 77, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Veterans Nursing Home.
Mr. Algier Elkins
AIKEN - Mr. Algier W. ``Bill'' Elkins, 79, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Wood
Mr. John H. Wood, 87, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Motlena Harmon
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Motlena Padgett Harmon, 53, of North Main Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.
Mrs. Mattlean Brown
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Mattlean Brown, 92, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Bamberg County Hospital.
Mrs. Hazel Brantley
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Hazel Lucille Brantley, 81, of Georgia Highway 15 North, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Martha Wendt
Mrs. Martha F. Wendt, 79, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at her residence.
Says cartoon should not have been printed
The drawing -- one cannot call it a cartoon -- Thursday's editorial page was in very bad taste. Pam Mance, Augusta
Blasts 'joke' about Midland Valley High
I am having a really hard time trying to understand how you can possibly joke about the situation at Midland Valley High School. Jennifer Ellison, North Augusta
Slams defiling of Columbine anniversary
Your editorial cartoonist showed outrageously poor taste in his Thursday cartoon. How dare he defile the anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School with such a disgusting picture? ... Susan Phillips, Augusta
Captions need to be changed
The caption of and the labels in the Thursday editorial cartoon should be changed. J. Lockwood McCraney, Augusta
Calls Midland Valley cartoon 'offensive'
I am a student at Midland Valley High School and find the editorial cartoon in the Thursday paper very offensive. I know you have probably already received a lot of letters, e-mails and phone calls concerning this subject, but I would like to say that Midland Valley is a really good school. Becky Proctor, Aiken
Accept the 'Challenge'
The Youth Challenge Academy that the Georgia National Guard is proposing for Fort Gordon deserves all the encouragement it can get.
Resents taxpayer funded racism
The taxpayer-funded racial experiment conducted for the purpose of encouraging pride within the black community has spawned a gross-mutation, thanks to many irresponsible, race-baiting activists of the black community.
Calls lock and dam progress 'pork'
According to Sunday's editorial, we are making ``progress'' on the Savannah River Lock and Dam. Judy Gordon, Evans
Hits McKee view on Midland Valley
I am very disappointed that The Chronicle would print such a distasteful Rick McKee cartoon on Thursday concerning the Columbine tragedy and the threat on Midland Valley High School. Karen Beard, Warrenville
Pegs cartoon with poor taste
Unbelievable, offensive, evil and ignorance are words that come to mind to describe The Augusta Chronicle and editorial page cartoonist Rick McKee in publishing the editorial cartoon on Thursday. Rick K. Napier, Aiken
Complains cartoon was in bad taste
Thursday's editorial cartoon was both disgusting and in bad taste. How could you print something so vulgar in your newspaper, especially on the one-year anniversary of the Columbine High School incident. Jennifer Brannan, North Augusta
Man, your cartoonist is some kind of sick, twisted freak who needs help. Timmy Turner, Langley
Supports law enforcement officers
I'm writing in response to two letters I've seen in The Chronicle this week. One in Rants and Raves and the other a letter, April 16, by Kory W. Edwards. Suzanne Scott, Augusta
Says cartoon demeans deaths
The cartoon pictured in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle is a travesty. You have managed to demean the deaths of the Columbine students. Ann Gordon, Graniteville
Enforce 'Truth' rule
The GOP-controlled House got a lot of deservedly favorable publicity in 1997 when it passed the "Truth in Testimony" rule -- requiring witnesses to disclose how much federal money they receive.
Augusta's own Y2K
Augusta has many unique distinctions. Now it has one more. Ours is probably the nation's only city that, in order to kill off the Y2K bug, created a Y2K bug of its own -- which then took a bite of incalculable millions out of tax revenues.
Defends guns for private citizens
Re the letter of April 18 from Michael Ledo: ``Mocks `argument' by pro-gunners.'' I found his letter disgusting in his comparisons to Ho Chi Minh and what happened in the Civil War. We are still a free country, while Vietnam isn't. As far as Randy Weaver goes, it was tragic about what happened to his wife, but nobody talks about the U.S. marshal who was killed in that same action. Mr. Ledo is correct about a bunch of civilians going up against a professional Army, but we would have the right to do so if the need ever came. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah
Leo to the rescue
``This year ABC News has taken the extraordinary step of ... cheapening their environmental coverage by selecting celebrity chairman of Earth Day, Leonardo DiCaprio, to interview President Clinton ... Now, if the Earth truly `hangs in the balance,' as Al Gore and the media would have us believe -- surely the media can do better than entrusting Leonardo DiCaprio to cover it.''
Wonders why other schools not targeted
There have been many items in the paper that have prompted me to write a response, but I usually rethink and forget. However, Rick McKee's editorial cartoon last Thursday cannot be dismissed so easily. Lilian Knight Thomas, Aiken
Reno should resign
There is something awfully alarming about automatic-weapon-toting federal agents busting down the door of an unarmed family to seize a child -- a child who is safe and not being abused. Using such force to resolve a civil matter makes Americans uneasy, as it should.
Wants apology for cartoon on Midland Valley High
Students at Midland Valley High School were sickened to read The Chronicle on April 20. The editorial cartoon you allowed to be printed was grotesque and uncalled for. We think you should be ashamed. We were horrified to see a woman of bones with bullet holes in her, and coupled with the fact that the man standing there had an uncanny resemblance to Jaris Simon was wrong. We, along with many of our teachers have held The Chronicle high in standards, but Thursday that all came down. We believe that you owe not just our entire school, but all of your readers, as well as the people at Columbine, an apology. Brandon Britton, Langley
Seeks apology for Midland Valley cartoon
The editorial cartoon in Thursday's The Chronicle regarding Midland Valley High School was very uncalled for. April Barton, Graniteville
Gets angry with depiction of school
I was appalled and angered by your cartoon comparing Midland Valley High School to Columbine High School. How can you compare the so-called threats of two boys to the tragedy that actually occurred in Colorado? Pamela Waller, Graniteville
Sees environment as campaign issue
A recent Gallup Poll shows the modern environmental movement is viewed quite positively by most Americans. Sam Booher, Martinez
Finds cartoon 'tasteless'
I am a freshman at Midland Valley High School and I am writing regarding Thursday's political cartoon. I did not think that it was very funny. You should be very sorry. Sara Moyer, Langley
Offended by cartoon
After viewing the opinion cartoon displayed in Thursday's The Augusta Chronicle, I found myself reflecting back to an earlier time in history. Mary Ann Wilson, Langley
Speak out on editorial cartoon
Rick McKee's cartoon is utterly disgusting and he should be looking for another job if he does not have a better mind than that. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah
Feels Elian's well-being is forgotten
Over the course of this gruesome battle concerning the fate of little Elian, I have followed with disgust the arguments and politics presented by each side of the issue. Moniqua Acosta, Augusta
Professors' project is pitfalls of potholes
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Each day, Tom Papagiannakis and Eyad Masad wrestle with their own version of the classic question about the chicken crossing the road.
Overweight Americans say they exercise to lose weight
ATLANTA -- The vast majority of overweight adults trying to shed pounds aren't getting enough exercise, the government said Thursday.
Less free care by doctors who work in managed care
In this era of managed care and bottom-line, for-profit medicine, there's growing concern that the medical profession is walking away from a time-honored ethical principle: Providing free or discounted care for people unable to pay.
Web sites gamble on giveaways
Forget e-mail, online bookselling and digital pornography. For the next big thing to attract customers, the Internet's entrepreneurs have turned the clock back to one of the oldest tricks in the book: sweepstakes.
Archaeologists say Chinese language is 4,800 years old
BEIJING -- Chinese archaeologists have confirmed that inscriptions on a 4,800-year-old piece of pottery are the earliest form of Chinese writing ever discovered, state media said Thursday.
New cockpit gives astronauts safety edge
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The eight-minute climb to orbit will be as tense and dangerous as always. But this time, the seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis have a technological edge.
Plotting Lewis and Clark's trail with old journals, high-tech equipment
BOISE, Idaho -- For 15 summers, Steve Russell has scrambled along the same forest deadfall and rocky hillsides that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's Corps of Discovery encountered in Idaho's mountains two centuries ago.
Filters help keep junk mail out of e-mail systems
There's spam and there's real spam: Unwanted e-mail that comes from bulk mailers who send out tens of thousands of solicitations to any e-mail address they can find.
Elf Lore Family realizes eco-friendly dream in Lothlorein woods
NEEDMORE, Ind. -- It was the early 1980s and Terry Kok's thoughts were clouded: What should I do next? What was I put here for?
Speed Traps for Cable Modems?
It's one of the longest-running arguments in the small but growing universe of high-speed-access Internet users: Are we going to run out of broadband as soon as we all get it?
Project allows researchers to see inner working of cancer cells
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cancer researchers sometimes liken their work to wandering through a forest of genetic material hoping to find the paths that lead to better diagnosis, treatments and possibly cures.
The cartoon kid
Adam Finley, 14, is a budding cartoonist with big plans. For now, he's happy to have his comic strip in Xtreme. Happs and Kickflip, a comic about two teen-age buddies who love to skateboard, debuts today. It's scheduled to appear on Page 2 every Tuesday.
Prom season is in full swing! As a special feature, Xtreme will run photos taken at YOUR prom over the next month.
Xtreme advice: Changing interests can mean changing friends
``There's this girl I've known since last year, when we were best friends. Now she's with other people every weekend. I make plans with her, but she changes them and does things with other friends. I'm losing her as a best friend. What should I do?'' -- 13-year-old Augusta girl
THE FACTS: Steven Gillum, 18, a senior at Harlem High School.