Opera's 'Regina' is first-rate performance
The opening-night performance of Augusta Opera's Regina by Marc Blitzstein was an event to be remembered.
Event includes more than country
Celebrating 15 years as a springtime standard, the Day in the Country festival continues its tradition of home-style family entertainment.
Singer has a wide variety of influences
Distilling a lifetime of listening to music isn't easy -- particularly when your list of influences is as diverse as that of New York singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz.
Bluegrass duo lived, performed in Augusta
It surprised me to learn recently from Jim McReynolds that he and his brother Jesse lived in Augusta while performing on WGAC-AM.
Singer will bring back the '60s at Paine concert
It's been 38 years since it topped U.S. charts, but the doo-wop classic Duke of Earl still lives on in the American psyche.
Click on graphic to to see a larger version of local gas prices.
Business briefs: Fed chairman warns against complacency
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that banks may be turning complacent about risks in the technology-flavored economy.
First phase of shopping area to start
Construction is scheduled to begin immediately on a new shopping center on Fury's Ferry Road in Columbia County.
WAGT-TV selects new chief
WAGT-TV announced Thursday that Marci Burdick will become president and general manager of Augusta's NBC affiliate on June 1. She replaces Hal Edwards, who resigned Wednesday.
Cumulus Media, Clear Channel complete deal
Cumulus Media Inc. will swap several radio stations with Clear Channel Communications.
Comcast explores addition
Augusta's largest cable TV provider said it is negotiating to carry Turner South, an offshoot of the Turner Broadcasting System that will televise 34 Atlanta Braves games this year.
Seminar touts online business
Online business provides a new line of communication between buyers and sellers, and small businesses need to learn how to talk the talk, a technology professor told business owners Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Venture capitalists began the year believing that the Internet remains the World Wide Windfall -- a perception industry leaders say probably will not change soon.
Why can we not talk about our faith?
Confusion often reigns when one tries to give definition to one's faith. Asking ``What do you believe?'' often sparks lively debate.
Event allows exchange of ideas along with plants
Whether you're new to gardening or a gardening pro, the Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale is the place to be Saturday.
Row for the hungry
Starving people are all around you. What can you do as an average weekend gardener to help feed the hungry?
A broader design
Visitors enter the worship area of the new Stevens Creek Community Church on Fury's Ferry Road and get the sense that they are coming into a carpeted stadium.
Beautiful rose blooms earn gardeners awards
The 38th Annual Augusta Spring Rose Show was held April 29-30 at Augusta Mall.
Carpenter hopes crosses will help end the violence
Since he made his first cross in 1996 in honor of his father-in-law, a murder victim, Mr. Zanis has crafted more than 4,700 crosses to commemorate victims of violent death.
First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, will honor its pastor, Dr. Timothy Owings, for his 10 years of leadership at 6 p.m. Sunday.
A green lawn requires a good watering system
It's been the same old story for three years: Drought and more drought.
Spare the expense for attraction
Forget those expensive perfumes and colognes.
Woman dies at zoo
A North Augusta parent accompanying her child's kindergarten class on a field trip to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia was killed Thursday morning in the zoo's parking lot when her car rolled and pinned her against a tree. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle
Ex-mayor drops bid for executive director
Charles A. DeVaney has withdrawn his name from consideration for the executive director's position at the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.
Man leaves ID at crime scene, gets 20 years
If you're going out to commit a crime, it's best to leave the parole identification card at home. Just ask Darren A. Marshall.
Bus changes put focus on start times
Columbia County school board members wanted later starting times for high schools and earlier ending times for middle schools when they asked for a study of a ``double-track'' bus system.
Auto dealer plans to foreclose on land
A local car dealer who was given the bank note to a Richmond County industrial park last year plans to foreclose on the property next month.
MCG graduates turn new leaf
Angie Moore is all smiles about her honor, the prestigious John F. Beard Award, as her family celebrates at MCG's graduation ceremony at the civic center. Ms. Moore said Friday that receiving the award was an unexpected honor.
Lobsters race for freedom
AIKEN -- They're not as sleek and graceful as the horses that break out of the starting gate in Aiken every spring, but thoroughbred lobsters drew thousands downtown Friday for spirited charity races that were only slightly subdued by a new no-liquor rule this year.
Blaze destroys condominium
A fire destroyed a west Augusta condominium Friday morning, but a fire wall spared neighboring units from the flame's wrath.
Sex law leads to arrests
AIKEN -- When Quentin Holston had sex with a 15-year-old, he didn't know he was breaking the law.
Drawdown allows fish to make safe passage
The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to lower the Savannah River again -- but only by 18 inches, and only for about three weeks.
Teens rescue suicidal woman
While most bystanders stood screaming, two teen-agers with a personal watercraft saved a woman from drowning in the Savannah River after she leaped from the Fifth Street bridge Friday.
Because of incorrect information received from the Columbia Police Department, Amy Patrick Edwards was incorrectly identified in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.
State OKs purchase of historic battle site
ATLANTA -- The State Properties Commission formally approved Friday preservation of the site where Union and Confederate troops first clashed in the 1864 Civil War campaign that ended with the infamous March to the Sea.
Residents assemble for prayer
Residents across the Augusta area united in prayer Thursday on behalf of government, schools, churches and businesses on the 49th annual National Day of Prayer.
Students indicted in deadly crash
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Oconee County grand jury has indicted four University of Georgia freshmen who survived a deadly crash during a fraternity road trip.
Woman files lawsuit for wrongful jail time
SAVANNAH -- Sheila Elaine Neville spent 18 months in jail for crimes she denied committing. Even after officials knew they had the wrong person, the doors did not open for her.
Across the area
The National Association of Letter Carriers, the AFL-CIO, Saturn of Augusta and Campbell's Soup Co. will hold an annual food drive May 13.
Planned gas pipeline could aid air quality
A proposed expansion of a natural gas pipeline could lead to reduced emissions from a steam generating plant in Beech Island and lower air pollution levels in the area.
Emergency workers preview terrorism drill
Local emergency workers got a sneak preview Friday of high-tech equipment they soon will see again.
Augusta pollution rivals Pasadena
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- For years, environmentalists have warned that if something is not done to clean up Georgia's air, it will become as polluted as the infamous Los Angeles basin.
EPD orders removal of waste from school
THOMSON -- Hazardous waste stored in the McDuffie County school system's recently condemned maintenance building must be removed immediately, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.
Sting nets arrest for exposure
AIKEN -- A television anchorman and reporter for WIS-TV in Columbia has been charged with exposing himself at an interstate rest area near Aiken, part of a continuing undercover operation by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to discourage sexual activity there.
Community honors leader during service
It was a reunion of comrades who had journeyed decades to reach a time when racial harmony would be commonplace.
Augusta man recalls Cardinal O'Connor
Cardinal John O'Connor, as chief of U.S. Navy chaplains, worked in the 1970s to bring minorities fully onboard with the Navy chaplaincy, according to an Augustan who served with him.
Mother dies on zoo trip
A North Augusta woman died Thursday in an freak accident while accompanying her son's kindergarten class on a field trip to Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.
Tip leads officials to goggles
SAVANNAH -- When investigators went to a Long County home looking for stolen Army night vision goggles, they found two pairs plus about $10,000 worth of military equipment.
Felon's sentence reduced
Back in court Thursday, this time with an attorney, Bernard Raines fared much better.
Woman jailed for contempt
Some people will do anything to get out of jury duty. In the case of one Clarke County juror, an attempt to shirk her civic responsibility landed her in the county jail.
MCG guest speaks on funding, diversity
Teaching hospitals not only must fight to maintain federal funding, but also must diversify to meet a growing population of minority and underserved patients, said the president of a group representing medical schools.
Officials putting dent in insurance fraud
ATLANTA -- Government officials say they are beginning to put a dent in the epidemic of insurance-fraud cases in Georgia, with more arrests in a nine-month period than the previous year.
Retailers ready for big sales
Feeling lucky? Lottery ticket buyers are four times more likely to be struck by a falling airplane than they are to win tonight's drawing for a $220 million jackpot in the Big Game lottery.
Across the area: Woman charged in boyfriend's death
Accompanied by her attorney, an Augusta woman surrendered to authorities Thursday after being charged with murder in the death of her live-in boyfriend.
Area fire crew inducts first women into squad
For the first time in history, male Richmond County firefighters will have women battling blazes alongside them.
Junkyard dealer to move some cars
AIKEN -- A junkyard dealer whose collection dots both sides of the road at Aiken's western gateway has agreed to move some of it so the city can plant a screen of greenery on the south side of U.S. Highway 1.
Residents question water restrictions
If Thursday night was any indication, the city's water and sewer master plan might be pummeled when the government starts holding public meetings citywide next week.
Disney delights local woman
AIKEN -- The Minnie Mouse Mother's Day flag on the side of the house is the first clue. Next is a touch lamp in the foyer, where Mickey and Minnie hold hands on the shade.
Steve Guthrie uses his mortarboard to question life after college as he prepared Thursday night for the graduation ceremony at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mr. Guthrie received his degree in fine arts.
Getting a handout
Isabelle Holland, 2, keeps a watchful eye on a llama as she feeds it a few treats. Isabelle was visiting The Zoo at the Mitchell Center in Aiken, which opened Wednesday and will run through Sunday. The Zoo offers children and adults a chance to see a camel, tigers, monkeys and other exotic animals.
Computer virus hits e-mail systems
A love bug bit e-mail users in Augusta and elsewhere Thursday, causing some electronic messaging systems to shut down temporarily while technicians eradicated it and erected new barriers to keep it out.
Family shaken by loss
The 3-year-old boy who witnessed his mother's fatal accident at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden on Thursday seems to be doing fine, according to friends of the family.
Mr. Frederick Williams
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Frederick Williams, 35, died Monday, May 1, 2000 at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Clara Grant
Mrs. Clara Harrison Grant, 78, of Villa Marie Apartments, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Ralph Egan
AIKEN - Mr. Ralph M. Egan, 87, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Vickie Williams
NESSES, S.C. - Mrs. Vickie Lynn Duffey Williams, 50, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Lexington County Hospital, Lexington.
Mr. Mathis Thomas
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Mathis ``Mack'' Thomas, of Perry Street, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mr. Matthew Bridges Jr.
LOUISVIILE, Ga. - Mr. Matthew Osborn ``M.O.'' Bridges Jr., 82, of Bridges Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.
Mrs. Helen Olson
Mrs. Helen Wolfe Olson, 90, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Ashley Rowland Jr.
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mr. Ashley ``Asa'' Rowland Jr., 75, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.
Mr. Willie Simpkins Jr.
Mr. Willie Simpkins Jr., 52, of North Pines Drive, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Lovie Evans
CINCINNATI - Mrs. Lovie Evans, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000.
Mrs. Elouise Flemister
THOMSON - Mrs. Elouise Grant Flemister, 80, of McCommons Street, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.
Mrs. Daisy Blakes
WASHINGTON - Mrs. Daisy Bentley Blakes died Friday, April 28, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Evie Brown
AIKEN - Mrs. Evie Parker Brown, 84, of Wildwood Road, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Bobbie Burns
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Bobbie Hayes Burns, 85, of New DeLaughter Drive, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
The Rev. C.W. Rutland
LANGLEY - The Rev. C.W. Rutland, 81, of Cato Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Robert Ashmore
AIKEN - Mr. Robert Evans Ashmore, 85, of Interlachen Court, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Willie Hampton
Mr. Willie Hampton, of Mill Street, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Helen Lewis
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Lewis, of Quaker Road, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Hugh Waters Jr.
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Hugh E. Waters Jr., 58, of Old Apache Lane, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Dallas.
Mrs. Sandra Rogers
LEBANON, Ill. - Mrs. Sandra E. ``Sandi'' Rogers, 48, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at Forest Park Hospital, St. Louis.
Ms. Ruth S. Dorsey
Ms. Ruth S. Dorsey, of Anthony Road, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home. She was 102.
Mrs. Bernice Hutto
AIKEN - Mrs. Bernice Louise Toole Hutto, 80, of Charleston Highway, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
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. Scott Tarity
AIKEN - Mr. Scott D. Tarity, 29, of Chime Bell Church Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his residence.
WARD, S.C. - Allison Faye Hall, 15, of Richland Springs Community, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Walter Walker Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Walter Walker Jr., of Crosscreek Road, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Lula Roberson
Mrs. Lula Roberson, 90, of Gracewood Drive, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Arthur Blystone Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Leroy Blystone Sr., 78, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Conversation's direction definitely disturbing
ONE OF THE parts of the paper I always read is the comics section. Being a creature of habit, I start with Non Sequitur (I miss
Brown loss staggering
The best thing that could happen to James Brown this month is to lose $20,000 -- that's the reward money the internationally renowned rock star has put up to apprehend the contemptible creature who torched his West Augusta Parkway office last week.
Military retirees better stay healthy
Mr. Williams, the best is yet to come. Once you retire on the huge salary you are drawing, Uncle Sam will deduct the housing allowance that pays your rent. Boyd Simmons, Augusta
James Brown not the only victim
The suspected arson that damaged James Brown's office building and much of his personal history and memorabilia has many victims. It is, of course, a tragedy for Mr. Brown, his family, fans and friends. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta
Columbia Co. lawmakers: spenders
All four of our local delegation members to the Georgia General Assembly are tax-and-spend liberals who act like Democrats, rather than the Republicans we thought we had elected. Larry Boyd, Martinez
Every generation has someone whose moral leadership brings hope to the nation. Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor was such a man.
Columnist hit on Bush Field view
Re the April 30 Phil Kent column, ``Where does Bush Field go from here?'': Rodger Giles, Augusta
NAACP doesn't speak for Georgians
Now that the battle over the Georgia state flag is literally being fought right here in Augusta, I felt compelled to voice my concerns. Hugh Williams, Martinez
There's a new saying: ``Dumb as a relief pitcher.'' Relievers everywhere can thank their colleague John Rocker for that denigrating epithet.
South Augustan hits Winn Dixie closing
Once again residents of south Augusta are getting shorted. We must not allow the Winn Dixie grocery store on Tobacco Road to close. Laurie Peacock, Augusta
GOP gets cold feet
Republican congressional leaders are displaying a lack of courage in backing off hearings on the Justice Department's snatch of Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives' home.
Flag burning not a free speech issue
Professor Hubert P. Van Tuyll is worried about erosion of our freedom. ... It is true that the U.S. Supreme Court opened a can of worms by calling actions ``speech.'' Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta
Reno doesn't deserve criticism
Janet Reno deserves a medal. To execute a warrant and recover the Elian Gonzalez without a shot being fired was a masterpiece. Allan C. Miller, Aiken
The American Civil Liberties Union's court campaign against any symbol that smacks, however remotely, of state approval of religion has led to an absurd, albeit ironic, twist in Alabama.
Woman cadet was wrongly punished
The Citadel is engaged in ``war games'' under the tables at the mess hall (The Chronicle story, May 1). A freshman cadet, a ``knob,'' is ordered to carry out a guerrilla attack with a specific objective, ``wiping out the shoes.'' Bob Welk, Martinez
Local charities boosted
Three million dollars will be given to nonprofit organizations this year by the Augusta National Golf Club. Both local charities and national and international golf organizations will be the recipients. It's a generous donation, and much of it will benefit our Central Savannah River Area.
Valley-Columbine cartoon 'appalling'
As a graduate of Midland Valley, I am writing to show my disgust and hurt over the editorial cartoon printed in The Chronicle April 20. We must not take lightly issues of violence, and your ``cartoon'' was appalling. Jason Fulmer, Clearwater
NRA's Australia crime data `wrong'
The Chronicle has posted several letters claiming crime is up in Australia since it removed 640,000 firearms from the community. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro
'Stars and Bars' the wrong call
In the Sunday April 30 Chronicle, the editorial page included an editorial dealing with the Confederate flag and the Augusta/Richmond County school system. Ken Stephens, Martinez
Columbia school board `scams' public
Once again, the general public has been scammed, this time by the Columbia County School Board. About a month ago, Columbia County students brought home a survey regarding a time change in the school day. Pam Smith, Martinez
Conversation's direction definitely disturbing
ONE OF THE parts of the paper I always read is the comics section. Being a creature of habit, I start with Non Sequitur (I miss
Two more laptop computers are missing
WASHINGTON -- The State Department has discovered two more laptop computer to be missing. One was signed out to a senior official, Morton H. Halperin, the assistant secretary of state for policy planning.
Area businesses recover from virus
Augusta-area businesses recently afflicted with the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus began returning to health Friday, even as the cyber-ailment spread elsewhere in mutated or variant strains.
Officials: 10 percent of Florida's manatees could die this summer
TAMPA, Fla. -- An average of one manatee a day is dying in Florida waters, a pace that would wipe out 10 percent of the mammal's population by the end of summer, state officials said.
Computer killed by virus disguised as love note
A software virus that seduced computer users with an e-mail note proclaiming ``ILOVEYOU'' crippled government and corporate computer networks around the world Thursday and destroyed video files and pictures.
Passenger creates health scare on plane
SEATAC, Wash. -- An Alaska Airline passenger sparked a health scare after vomiting blood, splashing seven passengers and telling crew members he might be infected with hepatitis C.
'ILOVEYOU' computer bug spreads to U.S.
A new computer virus spread quickly around the world today, swamping U.S. corporate networks with e-mails entitled ``ILOVEYOU'' after crippling government and business computers in Asia and Europe.
Stroke patients fare better after early discharge
DALLAS -- Stroke victims appear to make a faster recovery if they are sent home earlier from the hospital, a study found.
New aliens-and-lingerie video game incurs wrath
NEW YORK -- A video game in which sex-obsessed aliens seek photographs of lingerie-clad models has become a target of outrage and ridicule even before its release on the market.
Digital `skins' show off computer users' a-peel
What do Frank Zappa, the Loch Ness Monster and powder blue have in common?