New-home starts decline in Augusta
If declines in housing starts are a measure, the Federal Reserve's efforts to slow economic growth by raising interest rates are working.
Nonprofit tax status debated
Should a privately owned nonprofit foundation pay taxes on its office equipment, furniture and fixtures?
Developer starts road work
Columbia County developer Frank Mullins has broken ground on a project to extend Owens Road across Washington Road, opening his family's 120 acres for commercial and retail development.
WAGT-TV GM quits
Hal Edwards ended 12 years as general manager of Augusta's WAGT-TV on Wednesday, the station's parent company, Schurz Communications Inc., confirmed.
Radio station dismisses disc jockey
Cumulus Media Inc. fired a prominent WZNY-FM disc jockey Monday, just one week after assuming ownership of the hit-music station.
Business briefs: Euro plunges
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro tumbled to yet another low in its steepest selloff ever Wednesday, retreating below 89 cents.
Online venture announced
Georgia-Pacific Corp. announced Tuesday it will establish a business-to-business online commerce venture this year.
Business briefs: AT&T profit report drags market lower
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell broadly Tuesday after AT&T delivered a cautious profit outlook and investors took profits from a three-day rally in technology shares. Worries about rising interest rates hung over the market, keeping volume low and buyers scarce.
Ever wonder what the difference is between soba and somen? (Two kinds of Japanese noodles.) Shepherd's pie and shepherd's purse? (Meat pie with mashed potatoes; herb in the mustard family.) How about fudge and fugu? (Yummy dessert; blowfish with poisonous innards.)
Back in style
LOS ANGELES -- So there we were, two grown-ups in a bohemian boutique, and this young man was telling us to try on these little handkerchief halters. ``They're so cute,'' he gushed.
You've had tortilla wraps and pita pockets, now try a new twist on the "wrap craze'' with today's recipe for lettuce wraps.
In the know
MORNING MUSIC: NBC's Today show will have 18 Friday outdoor concerts, beginning this week with a reunion of Steely Dan. Diana Ross and the revamped Supremes will do the only Monday show next week.
Saxophone players are more likely to die for their art than other musicians, British researchers report. The study, published in the authoritative British Medical Journal, shows that among jazz musicians, playing the saxophone is a major health hazard because the way they breathe and blow notes raises blood pressure in the neck, which reduces blood flow to the brain.
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.
Man's death in fall leads to guilty plea
An Augusta woman who fell off a second-story balcony with her common-law husband, who died from his injuries, pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter.
St. Joseph chief takes new post
The head of St. Joseph Hospital is leaving to take over a larger facility in North Carolina.
Soldiers build Bosnian village at Georgia base
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Today, the buildings in Ern Karo are freshly painted and smell of new lumber.
Robber hits Security Bank
An apparently armed man robbed a North Augusta bank Wednesday morning, taking an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot.
Across the area: Officials suspect arson in house fire
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department said it believes someone set a fire that damaged a two-bedroom house Tuesday afternoon.
School building condemned
THOMSON -- The McDuffie County school system's maintenance building was condemned and sealed off Tuesday after inspectors found improperly stored chemicals and other materials inside.
Arson confirmed in Brown office blaze
Someone entered soul singer James Brown's west Augusta office building Friday night, spread chemicals on the floor and set a fire, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department confirmed Wednesday.
Leslie Weisert watches her lobster, Mack Attack, head for the finish line as her opponent, Brannon Lamar, cheers his lobster at a news conference to announce the Lobster Races coming Friday to Aiken.
Sheriff candidate fails qualification
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Warren County's election superintendent ruled Wednesday that a candidate for sheriff did not meet qualifications when he filed the papers to run for office.
New Web site offers prison information
ATLANTA -- Just by logging on to a computer, Georgia crime victims now can find out when the state prison inmate who committed the crime is about to be released.
Audit: Fewer animals missing
The number of animals unaccounted for at the Richmond County animal shelter last year was 261, based on the facility's monthly reports, according to the city's internal auditors.
Manager awarded for works
AIKEN -- An international association has named Aiken City Manager Roger LeDuca National Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year, recognizing his innovation in financing a $6 million sewer project and an initiative for a citywide seat belt program.
Holocaust victims honored
It is not necessary to go back 60 years to the Holocaust to find examples of bigotry, Robert Altman said.
Columbine crosses, speaker visit school
With three of the Columbine memorial crosses in front of him, Jerry Johnston challenged Evans High School students to examine their own lives Wednesday.
Groups squabble over center
A few days after the April meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee, Hardy Bennings phoned Marshall Curtis and asked why the two men could not talk about building Phase II of the Armstrong Galleria together.
Farewells abound at college
AIKEN -- The University of South Carolina Aiken bids farewell today to its largest graduating class ever -- and its chancellor of 17 years.
Church offers shelter in storm
SAVANNAH -- If the winds howl and waters rise this hurricane season, Windsor Forest Baptist Church is prepared to offer a unique refuge to its southside Savannah neighbors.
Lobsters running in Aiken
AIKEN -- Crawling crustaceans will infiltrate Aiken on Friday for the city's favorite spoof on horse racing.
Unreleased recordings lost in fire
While investigators await lab results on a suspicious fire that ravaged James Brown's office building last week, representatives say the singer is reeling from a devastating loss of unreleased recordings and personal mementos.
Museum battling tax board
Should a privately owned nonprofit foundation pay taxes on its office equipment, furniture and fixtures?
Deal might be imminent
AIKEN -- A familiar landmark at the west gateway to Aiken is about to disappear -- maybe.
New sign law keeps billboards off two roads
Augusta's new sign ordinance went into effect Tuesday, minus a provision that would have allowed billboards on River Watch Parkway and Tobacco Road.
Fort Gordon sergeant admits to molestation
A Fort Gordon sergeant and Augusta resident admitted Tuesday he sexually assaulted a child. He was sentenced to spend 10 years in prison for the crime.
Pupils' scores improve
Eight-graders in both Richmond County and Columbia County schools show the most improvement locally on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
Augusta National announces gifts to charity
Augusta National Golf Club will give more than $3 million in charitable contributions this year, Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Tuesday.
Housing department faces reorganization
Augusta commissioners split Tuesday on reorganizing the city's housing department and hiring two new inspectors and a development manager, leaving it up to Mayor Bob Young to cast the deciding affirmative vote.
Departure of Kirch opens door
Medical College of Georgia's dean of the School of Medicine will be moving on to the medical school at Penn State University and its affiliated medical center, officials formally announced Tuesday.
Across the area: Police seek gas station robber
Police were searching Tuesday for a gunman who robbed a Lincoln County gas station earlier that day.
Budget will keep same millage rate
AIKEN -- No new property taxes or additional fees for service are in store for Aiken County resident in 2001. But if they approve a local sales tax referendum in November, residents could see another penny added to the sales tax.
Finding safe harbor
In the wilds of Manhattan, thousands of books are dumped on the market by hundreds of publishing houses with millions of dollars behind them. Like a literature machine, the New York publishing world supplies hungry readers with page upon printed page of novels and nonfiction, children's books and how-to guides. A big, noisy industry full of self-promotion and publicity, big-time publishing bears little resemblance to the quiet basement office in an unassuming West Augusta neighborhood, home of Harbor House Publishing.
City will see new projects
AIKEN -- Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh could have summed up the state of the city Tuesday in a few words -- absolutely great and getting greater.
Officials say fire was set
AIKEN -- Three weeks after a popular Whiskey Road restaurant caught ablaze, arson investigators said it was torched intentionally.
Boy gets five-year sentence
Despite pleas from family and friends for leniency, a Juvenile Court judge sent three Martinez boys who plotted to kidnap their families back to jail Tuesday, handing down the maximum sentence for the group's ringleader.
High-technology house is live-in laboratory
ATLANTA -- If Cory Kidd oversleeps, his boss can check up on him instantly by glancing at data coming from appliances in his home that monitor his health, habits and activity.
Columbia County OKs outdoor watering plan
The decision to put Columbia County under outdoor watering restrictions will be made by the committee that oversees the county's water department.
Spotlight back on ex-mayor
SAVANNAH -- John Rousakis, Savannah's influential mayor for 21 years, watched quietly as qualifying for political hopefuls came and went last week.
Woman, son plead guilty to bank fraud
A former Burke County bank employee and her son pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering Wednesday in federal court.
Experience helps land airport job
Although his ascension to airport director might have been turbulent, Tim Weegar seems to have steadied the plane that is Augusta Regional Airport and is preparing for what he hopes will be a long, smooth ride to success.
Fraternity brothers disagree
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity accused of hazing a group of pledges from Georgia Tech was ``scapegoated'' by the Atlanta fraternity as the Tech students sought to place blame for hazing allegations that surfaced there, their attorney alleged in a campus hearing Monday.
Group analyzes need for disaster planning
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Georgia authorities say better and earlier communication between neighboring states is needed during hurricanes and other weather disasters.
Mr. Rhett Fulmer
AIKEN - Mr. Rhett Harvey Fulmer, 19, of Fulmer Road, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in Edgefield County.
Mrs. Viola Reed
AIKEN - Mrs. Viola J. Reed, 51, of Edgefield Avenue Northeast, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Richard Story Sr.
HARLEM - Mr. Richard Tommy Story Sr., 75, of Louisville Road, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Arthur Blystone Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Leroy Blystone Sr., 78, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Jimmie Vinson
Mr. Jimmie C. Vinson, of Hester Street, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Warren Gowers Sr.
Mr. Warren Harding Gowers Sr., 77, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Willie Dennis
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Willie T. Dennis, 84, of Columbia Highway, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.
Mr. Curtis Butler Sr.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Curtis Butler Sr., 76, of Able Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. William Parker
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. William T. Parker died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Lamar Barnes Sr.
Mr. Lamar George Barnes Sr., 76, of Hillsinger Road, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Beleda Mosley
Mrs. Beleda Mae Mosley, 91, of Yorkshire Drive, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Dr. Isaiah Washington
Dr. Isaiah ``Ike'' Edward Washington, 91, of Kent Street, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Laura Albright
AIKEN - Mrs. Laura Mae Johnson Albright, 50, of Sumter Street Northwest, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Nancy Cooper
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Nancy Wilkins Cooper, of Brentwood Drive, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center. She was 101.
Mr. Wilbur Phillips
DEARING - Mr. Wilbur Phillips, 65, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
John Sprowls II
CLAYSVILLE, Pa. - John Mark Sprowls II, 18, died Sunday, April 30, 2000.
Mrs. Maxie Brooks
AIKEN - Mrs. Maxie M. Brooks, of Edgefield Avenue Northeast, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Frances Milne
AIKEN - Mrs. Frances Ewing Milne, 81, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, in Bradenton, Fla.
Mr. Robbie Collier
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Robbi Collier, of Barker Drive, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. George Salter
CASSELBERRY, Fla. - Mr. George Eugene Salter, 82, of Ivy Farm Lane, died Sunday, April 30, 2000.
Mrs. Mary Page
Mrs. Mary A. Page, of Palm Court, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Bernard Cameron
Mr. Bernard Cameron, 80, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Windermere Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Sara Leimenstoll
Mrs. Sara E. Leimenstoll, 36, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Permod Agarwal
Mr. Permod K. Agarwal, 54, of Evans, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Pendleton
Mr. Charles Buckner Pendleton, 75, of Wilkshire Drive, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Edward Usry
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Edward John Usry, 43, of Rabbit Trail, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Augusta.
Mrs. Elease Donaldson
CHICAGO - Mrs. Elease Maria Garrett Donaldson, 75, of South Laflin Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
Mrs. Louise Planer
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Louise Bledsoe Planer, 83, of Pecan Street, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Evelyn Reeves
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Evelyn Blackwell Reeves, 81, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Catherine Mura
Mrs. Catherine Fix Mura, of Martinez, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at her residence. She was 100.
Mrs. Reba Bishop
SUMMERTOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Reba Robinson Bishop, 95, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home, Swainsboro.
Mrs. Addie Lowe
ATLANTA - Mrs. Addie Flournoy Lowe, 89, of Eugenia Place, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
HARLEM - Brianna Onita Powell, infant daughter of Jason and Melissa Powell, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Edna Roberson
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Edna M. Roberson, 84, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Ray Garvin
SALLEY - Mr. Ray Garvin, 80, of Wagener Road, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mr. Marion Weathersbee Sr.
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Marion Weathersbee Sr., 80, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.
Mrs. Nona Rutland
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Nona Ree Harsey Rutland, of DuBose Street, died Monday, May 1, 2000.
Mrs. Lola Amick
BATH - Mrs. Lola Darlene Amick, 58, of Pond Row, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Ms. Mamie Norman-Myers
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Ms. Mamie Norman-Myers, 47, of Columbia Highway, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia.
Mrs. Celeste Childs
Mrs. Celeste Childs, 85, of Appling, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Eunice Jackson
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Salter Jackson, 83, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital, Edgefield.
Free press warriors
Jaime Garzon, shot down amid a fusilade of bullets while driving to his Bogota, Colombia, radio station.
Canal authority rapped for fences
For several months I have celebrated the guest column written by Frank Albert regarding the Augusta Canal Authority and the CSRA Humane Society. Bebe Townes, Augusta
Clinton's legacy: 'jack-booted thugs'
Impeached President Bill Clinton has cast his legacy in cement. So many bad things have happened under him that it numbs the mind. Even if there were some illegal acts occurring at the Branch Davidian compound, the children surely did not deserve to have flesh roasted off their bones. McLowery Elrod, Evans
Freedom depends on elected officials
The Chronicle's April 19 editorial (``Protesters' message'') states that the Washington, D.C., demonstrators opposed ``... decision-making made by a narrow group of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats at the World Bank and IMF.'' Robert F. Periano, Augusta
Center traffic blamed for accidents
I have come to realize in the past three weeks that God must be protecting me for a very special reason. Otherwise, I would be lying in state because of traffic at the new Pilot Travel Center on the River Watch Parkway. Helen P. Villasor, Augusta
Perfect couple noted
Thankfully, I am not associated with Marcie Wilhelmi in any capacity but it seems she gets her jollies from breaking careers and making people who disagree with her a target for her wrath. M. Don Williams, Augusta
Not on his watch
``Any modified ABM treaty negotiated by this administration will be dead-on-arrival at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ... I do not intend to allow this president to establish his `legacy' by binding the next generation of Americans to a future without a viable national missile defense.''
Augusta mayor needs power of veto
I am appalled at the number of Augusta-Richmond County residents who show no concern for their government. I have followed the letters pertaining to the executive powers of the mayor, especially the power of veto, and there have been a number of details that should bother residents. Stephanie Cobb,Thomson
Answers criticism of utility bill
Re your recent editorial ``Anti-free market power play,'' which criticizes legislation I have introduced in Congress - the Bond Fairness and Protection Act: U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., Washington, D.C.
Story reveals case for 'reparations'
Once there was a rich man. He lived in a palace with a high wall encircling it. He had the finest clothes, which he changed many times in the course of each day. His table groaned under the weight of the best foods. Lawrence Kelliher, Augusta
'Protective' Confederate flag lauded
Well, folks, you have been thinking about and planning your vacation - one without noise, vulgar language and total inconsideration; a vacation where you and your family can feel safe walking the streets and participating in activities that people do on vacation. Charlie J. Connell, North Augusta
Paper bashed for 'arrogant' attitude
It has long been a known fact that newspapers don't care if they insult and hurt people; they only care about selling papers and making money. Rags such as the National Enquirer have lived by this philosophy for years. Carl Wilson, North Augusta
Choice of flag can be puzzling matter
Why don't we all succumb to the pressure of the Confederate flag issues and just fly a white flag of surrender? No wait, some folks would take that as a flag of white supremacy. Jim Baggett, Thomson
Assault on freedoms causes alarm
Why is it whenever a criminal act is committed with a firearm, President Bill Clinton calls for stricter gun laws? Do laws stop a criminal from breaking laws? David Nowakowski, Waynesboro
Columbia's CEO bout
The bell clangs for another round in the bout over whether Columbia County should have a chief executive officer, elected countywide. In one corner stands governmental task force chairman Ed Rees.
While South Carolina lawmakers are struggling to resolve the bitter dispute over where to fly the Confederate battle flag, they somehow managed to reach a compromise on another emotional issue, which optimists hope will set the tone to settle the flag fight.
Is first lady credible?
First lady Hillary Clinton has promised New Yorkers she will not run for president in four years if elected to the U.S. Senate - even if Republicans win the White House this year.
Pray2K: Hope for U.S.
In establishing May 5 as the permanent calendar date for the National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan said these words in 1987: ``On our National Day of Prayer, then, we join together as people of many faiths to petition to God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing.''
'Chronicle' lauded for outdoor editor
Thank you, Mr. Editor. You did well in choosing Rob Pavey to replace the retired Bill Baab as outdoor editor. For the last several weeks I have again been turning to the next to last page of The Chronicle's sports section and find my most favored topics discussed with readable realism. Tyron Morris, Waynesboro
Score one for the girls
Gov. Roy Barnes advanced the cause of female athletics when he signed the bipartisan Equity in Sports Act, sponsored by state Reps. Kathy Ashe, R-Atlanta, and Stephanie Stuckey, D-Decatur. It ensures that girls attending Georgia public schools will have the same sports opportunities and access to facilities as boys.
Filmmakers go online to show their works
NEW YORK -- When movie producer Stephen Simon shopped around his latest project, he had one condition: The film must be shown on computers, not in theaters.
FDA announcing new steps for regulation of biotech food
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration is expected to announce new steps aimed at providing more oversight of food made from biotech crops and setting standards for labeling products that don't contain gene-altered ingredients.
ABC returns on Time Warner systems
NEW YORK -- Time Warner called a sudden truce Tuesday in the corporate brawl that deprived 3.5 million cable TV customers of ABC for more than 39 hours, restoring the channel in time for viewers to see ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.''
AIDS taking toll on Tanzania's work force
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- President Benjamin Mkapa said Monday that AIDS is taking a heavy toll on Tanzania's economy as large numbers of the country's trained work force are succumbing to the disease.
Hearings begin on proposed fen-phen settlement
PHILADELPHIA -- Opponents of a proposed $3.75 billion national settlement of health claims against the diet drug combination fen-phen called the deal inadequate Tuesday as a judge began hearing testimony on the fairness of the settlement.
Regulators take steps to halt profit claims online
WASHINGTON -- Fourteen online trading firms or individuals have agreed to stop making claims that the trading strategies and systems they sell can bring investors easy money with little risk, federal regulators said Monday.
FDA approves medical device for female sexual dysfunction
WASHINGTON -- Women with sexual problems can now try the first government-approved medical device to help them achieve orgasm by pumping blood into the clitoris.
Microsoft shares rise in aftermath of government proposal
NEW YORK -- Microsoft stock rose on Monday as Wall Street painted the government's bid to split the software maker into two companies as both unrealistic and maybe even beneficial for investors.
Mexican border plant remains dumping ground
TIJUANA, Mexico -- The once-busy factory is quiet now, its roof and walls missing all but a few panels, its yard strewn with the rusting hulks of heavy machinery.
U.S. will offer more accurate satellite navigation
WASHINGTON -- Global positioning devices used to steer cars, fly planes or find missing skiers and hikers will be given pinpoint accuracy previously available only to the military under an order President Clinton signed Monday.