International bids for rival
International Paper Co. is offering $6.2 billion to buy rival paper-maker Champion International Corp. The deal, if approved, would scuttle a competing and friendly bid from Finnish paper company UPM-Kymmene.
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.
Business briefs: Bargain hunters, reports boost stocks
NEW YORK -- Bargain-hunting investors pounced on the technology sector Tuesday, helping the Nasdaq composite index and the Dow Jones industrial average gain more than 200 points apiece.
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.
County seeks industrial park land
The Columbia County Development Authority is advertising to find property owners willing to work with it to develop an industrial park.
Sees environment as campaign issue
A recent Gallup Poll shows the modern environmental movement is viewed quite positively by most Americans.Sam Booher, Martinez
Says 'servant' rocked 'good ol' boys'
When publisher William S. Morris III announced the appointment of the new editor of the editorial page of The Chronicle, Suzanne Downing was described as a woman of experience and judgment, possessing a good heart andthick skin, and a tradition of community leadership.Roy and Susan Schepens, Augusta
Weight-loss success is not always measured in numbers. Sometimes how a person feels is more important than the figures on the scale.
Good recipes are like good friends. You turn to them time and time again. This week's recipe comes from my friend Susan Crocker. Last week Susan served this delicious chicken and rice salad at a ladies luncheon. She not only sent me home with the recipe, but also a plate of the salad to use for my photo shoot that afternoon.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular grocery store are cheaper or more expensive than those up the street? Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
Locals keep promise,strive for better health
Evy Williams has lost 12 pounds. Muriel Daniels has lost 2, and Bridgette Westbrook has lost 16.
Age old question: Love, friendship have no age
Q: I'm a 65-year-old widow. Is it too late to start dating? -- E.S., Bath
In the know
Two-for-Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday beer promotions return to Augusta GreenJacket home games this week.
Those of you looking forward to Georgia's sweet Vidalia onions may be left with a bitter taste when you see higher prices. They may be up about 10 cents a pound because farmers are peeling back production. `
Baseball's orderliness is relaxing
I think this is the best time of year to enjoy a GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Barnes signs reform bill
Surrounded by a group of eighth-graders at Burke County Middle School, Gov. Roy Barnes took what he called the first step on the long road of education reform in Georgia.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle
Man arrested after series of robberies
AIKEN -- A Wagener man was arrested Tuesday in a string of early-morning convenience store robberies, according to police officials. Troy Randall Kooy, 35, of 514 Shadow Lane Road, was charged with three counts of strong-arm robbery by the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. Police said the spree began at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Starvin Marvin Food Store, 1100 York St., when he asked the clerk to give him two dimes and a nickel in exchange for a quarter. The employee said the cash drawer couldn't be opened unless a purchase was made, said Capt. Tom Galardi of the public safety department.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Funding request gets OK
They had to wait about a month, but the folks who run Augusta Tomorrow finally got what they wanted.
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.
Brush to face GOP opponent
ATLANTA -- Veteran Columbia County state Sen. Joey Brush will face a challenge this summer from within his own party.
Bus schedule could lower paychecks
If Columbia County revises school bus scheduling, it could save the school system roughly $1 million, officials said Tuesday.
Across the area: Wagener festival to begin Thursday
WAGENER -- The 32nd annual Wagons to Wagener begins this week with camper registration at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wagon House in downtown Wagener and continues through Saturday with a gala street dance.
Juvenile suspects face bias
Minority youths are more likely to be arrested and incarcerated in state juvenile facilities than their white counterparts, according to a national study released Tuesday.
Barnes tours area schools
Surrounded by a group of eighth-graders at Burke County Middle School, Gov. Roy Barnes took what he called the first step on the long road of education reform in Georgia.
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.
Pond's fishing areas at center of debate
A popular public fishing area off Lock and Dam Road is becom-ing a little too popular for the operators of nearby Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.
Firm seeks big names for arena
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center might be getting some big-name entertainers in the coming years.
With the winds just right for going airborne, M.J. Weaver, 2, of Aiken, keeps a steady eye on his kite as it catches a breeze outside H. Odell Weeks Activity center in Aiken. M.J. enjoyed flying kites Tuesday with his sister Anessia Harris, 4, and his dad, Mark.
Decision from jury expected
By all accounts Tuesday, Frank Grant was innocently walking down Sixth Street one spring night last year when one man cursed him and another shot him.
Man held in 3 store robberies
AIKEN -- A Wagener man was arrested Tuesday and charged in a string of convenience store robberies, according to police.
Gold Kist might face hefty fines
ATHENS, Ga. - The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed levying a $117,000 fine against Gold Kist Inc. for safety violations at the company's Athens poultry-processing plant.
Florida seeks bill similar to Georgia's
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers want to give desperate mothers who are going to abandon their newborn babies an option that could save the infant's life and protect the woman from criminal prosecution.
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.
Support for Walker adds fuel to industry feud
ATLANTA -- An upcoming fund-raiser for Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has re-ignited a feud between the state's cemetery and funeral-home industries that erupted during the recent legislative session.
Project ideas inundate ANIC office
What a difference $10 million makes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Jack Wilson
TUCKER, Ga. - Mr. Jack Edison Wilson, 77, of Marlborough Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Edith Klapper
AIKEN - Mrs. Edith Irene Wilednik Klapper, 81, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Saul Rothchild
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. Saul Lee ``Rocky'' Rothchild, 68, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
Mrs. Catherine Moore
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Catherine Watson Moore, 67, of Timmerman Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at her residence.
Ms. Connie Storey
Ms. Connie Storey, 57, of Hamilton Drive, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Lake Crossing Health Care, Appling.
Mr. W. Albert Cheatham
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. W. Albert Cheatham, 67, of Lanham Road, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in Augusta.
Mrs. Susie Sims
Mrs. Susie Sims, 92, of Scott Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Salem Nursing and Rehab Center of Augusta.
Mr. W. Harvey Kemp
METTER, Ga. - Mr. W. Harvey Kemp, 84, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Candler County Hospital.
Mrs. Emma Hodges
NEW YORK - Mrs. Emma Hodges, 86, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Monterfiore Medical Center.
Mrs. Louise Gaines
ELBERTON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Patterson Gaines, 85, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Mrs. Jettie Murphy
Mrs. Jettie M. Murphy, 65, of Rhodes Drive, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Lynn Holliman
DEARING - Mr. Lynn J. Holliman, 63, of Neals Mill Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Fred Hamlet
AIKEN - Mr. Fred H. Hamlet, 66, of Mosley Road, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Pruitt Brantley
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Pruitt Brantley, 46, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Trussell Jr.
MINNEAPOLIS - Mr. Charles Harvey Trussell Jr., 77, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Veterans Nursing Home.
Rev. Reed Griffis
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Rev. Reed H. Griffis, 66, of Pleasant Lane, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Lexington.
Mr. James Avant
LEESBURG, Ga. - Mr. James J. Avant, 79, of Paloma Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Cochran.
Mrs. Janice Jones
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Janice Elaine Jones, 43, of Harper Street, died Friday, April 21, 2000.
Mr. John Wood
Mr. John H. Wood, 87, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Thomas Williams
ST. ALBANS, N.Y. - Mr. Thomas Williams died Friday, April 21, 2000.
Mr. Clyde Sanders
Mr. Clyde Sanders, of Forsythe Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Freddie Harris
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Freddie Harris, 71, of Bradleyville Road, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Betty Barefield
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth ``Betty'' O'Kelley Barefield, 85, of Academy Avenue, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
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. John Osborn
Mr. John Willie Osborn, of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Alton Scott
FAULKVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Alton Scott, 85, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Effingham County Hospital, Springfield.
Mrs. Viola Green
SEYMOUR, Texas - Mrs. Viola Carter Green, 83, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Mr. Robert Rabitsch
LOGANVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Robert A. Rabitsch, 72, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Snellville.
SALUDA, S.C. - Elliot Zachary Beasley, 6, of Hunter's Lane, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Richard Lindsay Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Richard James ``Jim'' Lindsay Sr., 70, of Campbellton Drive, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. LeRoy Stanley
BELVEDERE - Mr. LeRoy Stanley, 83, of Jesse Dee Street, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at National Health Care.
Mr. Anthony Gay
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Anthony Joel Gay, 33, died Monday, April 24, 2000.
Mrs. Martha Wendt
Mrs. Martha F. Wendt, 79, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Geneva Maze
Mrs. Geneva Barrs Maze, 72, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Geneva Avant
LEESBURG, Ga. - Mrs. Geneva H. Avant, 66, of Paloma Drive, died Monday, April 24, 2000.
Mrs. Ruby Kendall
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Hollingsworth Kendall, 79, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
Says 'hypocrites' cheer Janet Reno
Only a rich, cold-hearted Democrat could enjoy the scene in ``The Wizard of Oz'' when Elvira Gulch arrives to take Toto away from Dorothy ``to have him destroyed.'' Keith Shafer, 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
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
I agree with David Hogan's thoughtful letter to the editor concerning Marcie Wilhelmi. She should, indeed, ``be recognized as the community treasure she is.'' Thank you, Ms. Wilhelmi, for all that you do for our Augusta community. Pat Knox, Augusta
More Reno antics
Coincidence or collusion? The day before the Bill Clinton-Janet Reno Justice Department raided the Miami home of Elian Gonzalez' relatives, Reno's department leaked to the media this item.
Learns a lot from Elian episode
I have learned some things as I watch the unfolding drama of the plight of Elian Gonzalez. I have learned that: Don Touchton, Martinez
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
Describes shameful scene
Lower the flag to half staff, dim the flame in liberty's lamp, play taps over the Bill of Rights and let's all bid farewell to the America we thought we knew! Merle Temple, Evans
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.''
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
'Sour grape' Democrat
Just as there is honor among thieves, so there is among politicians: They may break a promise to their constituents, but never to each other.
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
Says cartoon had desired effect
By reading the online letters to the editor concerning The Chronicle's April 20 editorial cartoon, which mentioned Midland Valley High School, I feel that it has had the desired effect. Alan Horner, Augusta
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
Hits federal raid on home
The raid on the home of Elian Gonzalez' great uncle Lazaro Gonzales should remove all doubt of the dangers of giving up our guns as desired by the Clintons and the rest of the gun control lobby. Steven Lemon, Augusta
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
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.
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
Resent 'criticism' of Midland Valley
As a graduate of Midland Valley High School and a parent, I am outraged at The Chronicle for its insensitive and demeaning editorial cartoon which appeared April 20. Tiffany Johnson Coleman, 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
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.
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
Calls cartoon 'over the edge'
Your editorial cartoonist has gone over the edge of good taste again with his April 20 cartoon. L.M. Garrison, Johnston
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
Raid support troubling
Early poll results concerning the federal government's role in using pre-dawn storm-trooper tactics to grab Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives' home are disturbing.
Asks where is agony over POWMIAs?
I'm easily confused. Everyday, news commentators and politicians are on our television screens agonizing over a 6-year-old Cuban boy being repatriated. John E. Rhoades, Augusta
Praises editor for diverse forum
Kudos to the newspaper's new editorial page editor and shame on The Augusta Chronicle's management. What a nice company welcome; here only a few weeks and already Suzanne Downing is set adrift. D. K. Wharff, Augusta
Prompts her to join NRA
Well, President ``Fidel'' Clinton appears to have finally found his legacy -- this one in black and white on every front page of every newspaper across America and around the world ... Mary Ann Oliphant Baggs, Augusta
Bristles at lack of compassion
Shame on you, Rick McKee. Have you not thought of how this cartoon would affect people not only in this area, but also family members of the victims in Columbine? Krystle Bradley, North Augusta
Praises Reno's decision
I applaud the Justice Department for its belated action on the Elian Gonzalez case. The overwhelming show of force was absolutely necessary to convince those self-serving media manipulators to give up the boy. Frank Albert, Grovetown
Says 'servant' rocked 'good ol' boys'
When publisher William S. Morris III announced the appointment of the new editor of the editorial page of The Chronicle, Suzanne Downing was described as a woman of experience and judgment, possessing a good heart andthick skin, and a tradition of community leadership. Roy and Susan Schepens, Augusta
Raps poor coverage of winning Lynx
Our Augusta Lynx are enjoying their most successful season by advancing to the third round of the playoffs. Your coverage of their greatest achievement was totally lacking. Dave Johnson, Aiken
Slam Midland Valley cartoon
Re the April 20 editorial cartoon concerning the anniversary of the Columbine shooting ``celebrated'' at Midland Valley. Kelly Coyle, Gloverville
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
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.
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?
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.
College ranks 13th in wired poll
Professor Tom Smyth teaches a paperless class at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The syl-labus, all assignments and course-work, and even some class discussions are done over the Internet.
Study says depression-fighting is a key
DALLAS -- Heart patients with chronic depression are three times more likely to suffer a second heart attack within a year of their first one, a study found.
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.
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.
IBM shareholders reject employee-backed effort
CLEVELAND -- IBM Corp. shareholders rejected today an employee-driven effort to force the company to offer its traditional pension plan to all workers who want it.
High wind keeps Atlantis grounded -- again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, stiff wind prevented space shuttle Atlantis from lifting off Tuesday on a mission to fix the international space station.
Government weighs breakup, other options against Microsoft
WASHINGTON -- Justice Department antitrust lawyers were summoned to the White House today to brief President Clinton's legal and economic advisers about a range of options for dealing with Microsoft Corp., including splitting up the software giant.
United States defends itself against demands
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States is defending its record in reducing its nuclear arsenal against criticism that the world's nuclear powers aren't doing enough to rid the world of the deadly weapons.
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.
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.
THE FACTS: Steven Gillum, 18, a senior at Harlem High School.
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
Prom season is in full swing! As a special feature, Xtreme will run photos taken at YOUR prom over the next month.