Tourism director wants visitors
The tourism industry in Augusta does not revolve solely around the first week in April each year.
Area groups combine efforts
The revitalization of Augusta is a common goal of local improvement organizations, and coordinating their efforts is a necessary step.
Business briefs: Fears of increase send stocks down
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell again Tuesday as a nervousness about the Federal Reserve's upcoming meeting squelched investor's enthusiasm for technology shares.
Bank gets foothold in Augusta
Louisville-based First National Bank & Trust Co. received federal regulatory permission Monday to open a full-service branch in Columbia County.
Business briefs: Stock exchange has quiet, mixed finish
NEW YORK -- Stocks drifted to a mixed finish in the quietest session of the year Monday.
Business takes old carpet
Environmental Waste Solutions Inc. is the middleman in a revolutionary recycling business to turn old carpet into something useful.
Gluteus to the Max
Don't get left ``behind'' trying to squeeze into that old bathing suit this summer.
Tequila fans can quench their thirst for knowledge with Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico (Abbeville Press, $35), a coffee-table book that celebrates the potent libation. Author Enrique Martinez Limon provides a comprehensive history, complete with anecdotes (true and tall) and drinking tips.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if 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.
Age old question: Sniffles caused by variety of irritants
Q: How will I know if my runny nose and itchy eyes are just symptoms of a cold or something more serious? -- R.T., Belvedere
Meal for Mom
It's time for a little conspiracy. Mother's Day is Sunday, so hide this section before Mom has a chance to read it and surprise her with a gourmet meal on her special day.
In the know
CONTEST OF THE WEEK: To honor moms who've mastered the art of juggling several roles (chef, chauffeur, caregiver, breadwinner and many more), Reynolds is holding the Moms Who Make it Look Easy contest. Children, friends, spouses and even co-workers can nominate a special mom by submitting an essay of up to 100 words describing how Mom makes everything she does look easy.
Encouragement an important step to weight-loss goals
Sabrina Sanchez walked into the University Health Care System wearing a sleeveless blue-and-white sundress she couldn't fit into one month ago.
Distraction makes cars dangerous
Highways are dangerous places, made more so because three-fourths of drivers on the road are probably distracted.
Airport directors cooperate
On Sunday morning, away from the distractions and hectic pace only a workweek can bring, Tim Weegar and Buster Boshears sat down and talked about their airports.
Former mayor backs Strength for sheriff
It was an endorsement sealed with several pounds of fried catfish and freshwater bream.
Man riding four-wheeler discovers body
AIKEN -- An Aiken County man riding a four-wheeler deep in a wooded area off Shiloh Church Road on Monday afternoon found the badly-decomposed body of an elderly man, authorities said.
Outdoor watering ban set
Billy Clayton had his own version of meter shock Tuesday morning -- and that kicked the county's water restriction plan into high gear.
Questions linger in man's death
AIKEN -- Forensic pathologists who performed an autopsy on a man found dead in a wooded area Monday have ruled out homicide, but the exact cause of death is not yet known.
Child starts fire with lighter
A 5-year-old Augusta boy whose mother is missing was placed in foster care after he started a fire in his apartment Monday morning.
Bush touts education platform
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When presumptive Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush wanted to find out how parents like the English as a Second Language program at High Point Elementary School in this Atlanta suburb, he went straight to the source.
Panel studies CEO options
For Ed Rees, the mission of Columbia County's Chairman/CEO Task Force is simple: research all options as thoroughly as possible and make a solid recommendation by the end of August.
Lawyer disputes hopeful
Woodrow Fryer's candidacy to become the next sheriff of Richmond County in November was challenged Tuesday because he allegedly didn't fulfill a qualifying requirement.
Man works to revitalize black district
ATHENS, Ga. - Last weekend's Hot Corner Celebration is just the beginning, Homer Wilson says.
Confederate flag splits House
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's House of Representatives is only a few votes shy of removing a Confederate flag from its Capitol dome and legislative chambers, but those few votes were elusive Tuesday as the House painfully struggled with what members say seems simple to outsiders but clearly is not easy for them.
Spokeswoman: Fire chief won't leave
Despite interest from Washington officials as a potential candidate for fire chief, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few is not going anywhere, the department's spokeswoman said Monday.
Pill elicits controversy 40 years after approval
It has been called a liberator and a destroyer, a blessing and a curse. Even 40 years after it was first approved, the oral contraceptive known as the pill attracts controversy and praise, and researchers at Medical College of Georgia had a hand in it.
Big Game causes long trips
The drawing for the largest prize in American history isn't until tonight, but already there have been several big winners in the Georgia Lottery's Big Game.
Aiken snares prize for character effort
AIKEN -- When Mayor Fred Cavanaugh got a letter from a student who said her favorite trait was ``sincerity'' because she'd never heard of that before, he knew the city's Character First program was working.
Abstinence effort unveiled in Aiken
AIKEN -- A silver ring on her left hand reminds Mandi Rapp not to have sex until she's married.
Police standoff leads to arrest
WARRENVILLE -- A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Tuesday after a resident surren-dered to sheriff's deputies.
'79 killing goes back to court
Some were still in diapers, many didn't yet live in Augusta, and few remember the murder of Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Larry D. Stevens Sr.
Officials to attend convention
AIKEN -- Two veteran Democratic Party officeholders from Aiken County have been elected delegates to the convention in Los Angeles in mid-August.
Jury hears evidence in shaken-baby case
A jury began hearing evidence Monday in the case of an Augusta man accused of abusing his 5-week-old daughter in January 1999.
DARE program enjoys popularity
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Eva Cooper says anyone who believes the drug-prevention program DARE doesn't work needs to attend a school board or PTA meeting with her.
Across the area: Death penalty case draws local jurors
Twenty-five Augusta residents have qualified so far this week to fill a pool of potential jurors for a death penalty sentencing trial.
Community center gets private operator
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to allow a private corporation to operate the W.T. Johnson Community Center.
Sunbelt Nissan Vice President Mike Watson and his family officially opened their third dealership in the Augusta area Tuesday, at 3300 Washington Road. Mr. Watson's father, Jim, opened the first Sunbelt Nissan on Peach Orchard Road 37 years ago. Helping Mr. Watson celebrate Tuesday were his wife, Sandra (from left), Matthew, Michael, his mother, Janelle, and Courtney.
Growers set to plant in dry soil
Like many farmers in Burke County and the surrounding area, Cleve Mobley said he doesn't know where to begin when talking about the current drought choking the region.
Fire guts historical building
SAVANNAH -- Tywan Gonzalez was finishing one of his final exams when he heard the sirens Monday night.
Agents probe Coffee County sheriff's office
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents pored over documents Monday at the Coffee County Sheriff's Department as they executed a search warrant to view files involving drug cases.
Argument, beating lead to murder charge
An argument between customers at a south Augusta eatery has led to a murder charge against a 25-year-old house painter.
Gasoline prices expected to rise
Prices at the pump have fallen steadily in the past two months as oil-producing nations eased embargoes on crude oil, but that trend is coming to an end.
Across the area: Aiken Co. man killed in crash
AIKEN - An Aiken County man died Monday in an early-morning collision after his Jeep clipped the back of a van, causing the man to lose control and flip his vehicle on University Parkway, authorities said.
'Chronicle' promotes new editors for sports, metro
The Augusta Chronicle named two interim editors to permanent positions Tuesday.
House will debate flag proposal
AIKEN -- Under the critical gaze of a watching world, the South Carolina House opens debate today on a Senate-passed plan to remove Confederate flags from both chambers and the Capitol dome.
Story of brutal Marine not credible to friends
SAVANNAH -- Olivia Palmer Gaines was 15 when her boyfriend, Pfc. James ``J.D.'' Robinson, joined the Marines in World War II. She remembered him as an intelligent young man who was going away to better himself.
Plaintiff number reduced
Most residents suing the Southern Wood Piedmont Co. will be dismissed from the lawsuit because there is insufficient evidence their properties were contaminated by toxic chemicals, a judge has ruled.
Dispute puts fish in peril
A dispute over opening and closing New Savannah Bluff Lock to allow migrating shad to reach upstream spawning grounds could reduce future populations of the fish in the Savannah River.
Insurance costs to increase
ATLANTA -- Insurance premiums for some University System of Georgia employees likely will jump 15 percent in August if the Board of Regents approves the measure today.
Man stabs to death family, then kills self
NICHOLSON, Ga. -- Calvin Griffin, his eyesight failing, his marriage in peril, increasingly withdrew from the outside world in the final months of his life.
Parents pick design for school
The lot on Fort Gordon's Avenue of the States bears a sign proclaiming it as the site of a new Richmond County elementary school.
Group wants Scouts' property condemned
Economic development officials will ask Augusta city government to condemn an acre of property owned by the Boy Scouts of America.
Defense lawyer assails jury selection method
ATLANTA -- The judge who presided over the conviction of Jerry Scott Heidler in the December 1997 slayings of a family of four in Santa Claus, Ga., caused the selection of jurors biased toward the death penalty, his lawyer told the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.
Teen-ager is charged in shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 15-year-old Florida ninth-grader has been arrested in connection with the killing of a northeast Georgia woman who was shot as she returned to her motel room from breakfast.
Mrs. Retha Jamison
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Retha Mae Still Jamison, 73, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. Horace Wilkes
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Horace Earl Wilkes, 34, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mr. William Curran
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. William Joseph ``Bill'' Curran, 74, of Scots Pine Court, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Meryl Bennett
AIKEN -- Mrs. Meryl Elizabeth Bennett, 85, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Louise Baker
JACKSON - Mrs. Louise Baker, 93, of Second Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mildred Allen
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mildred Murray Allen, 80, of Georgia Highway 25 North, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Emmie Turner
GLOVERVILLE - Mrs. Emmie Boatwright Turner, 76, of Charles Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Walker
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Danforth Walker, 74, of Walcott Lane, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Louise Hampton
Mrs. Louise Hampton, 97, of Kent Street, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Brunell Cox
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Brunell Johnson Cox, 81, of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000.
Mrs. Janet Harvey
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Janet Bell Harvey, 97, of Gray Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Dennis Miller
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. Dennis Owen Miller, 33, died Monday, May 8, 2000.
Mr. Noah Kirkland
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Noah Gerald Kirkland, 86, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.
Mr. Louis Butler
AIKEN -- Mr. Louis Michael Butler, 64, of Eastwood Court, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Richard Bloedau Jr.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Mr. Richard Karl Bloedau Jr., 54, died Saturday, May 6, 2000.
Mr. Kenneth Sansom
AIKEN -- Mr. Kenneth Sansom, 57, of North Silverton Street, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Jane Reynolds
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Jane Fitzmaurice Reynolds, of Kirby Drive, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at NHC HealthCare and Rehab. She was 101.
Mrs. Theresa Elliott
Mrs. Theresa Lee M. Elliott, 53, of Southgate Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Ms. Joan Cureton
Ms. Joan M. Cureton, 54, of Belafonte Drive, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at her residence.
THOMSON -- Nyeshia Por'Shay Smith, infant daughter of Derrick Smith and Shumekia Hester, of Rockhouse Road, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Christine Scott
AIKEN - Mrs. Christine Scott Scott, 79, of Hayne Avenue, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Emmie Turner
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Emmie Boatwright Turner, 76, of Charles Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Fred Campbell
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Fred Campbell, 57, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Billy Holley
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Billy Alvin Holley, 55, of Old Sudlow Lake Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Angela Smith
Mrs. Angela Marie Smith, 38, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Jack Cox
Couchton, S.C. -- Mr. Jack D. Cox, 67, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Memorial Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Rae Mayson
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Rae Mayson, 71, of Sheraton Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Cora Thigpen
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. Cora Lee Rabun Thigpen died Saturday, May 6, 2000.
Mrs. Annie Oglesby
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Bell Oglesby, 61, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Dr. James Greggi Jr.
AIKEN - Dr. James Greggi Jr., 53, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
Mrs. Rae Mayson
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Rae Mayson, 71, of Sheraton Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Roderic Freeman
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Roderic J. ``Ronnie'' Freeman, 41, died Friday, May 5, 2000.
Mrs. Lillie Perry
NEW ELLENTON - Mrs. Lillie Mae Perry, 82, of Long Street, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. Billy Powell Sr.
Mr. Billy Donald Powell Sr., 55, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Billy Holley
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Billy Alvin Holley, 55, of Old Sudlow Lake Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Billy Powell Sr.
Mr. Billy Donald Powell Sr., 55, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Claudia Britten
Mrs. Claudia Britten, 84, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Alvin Jeffers Jr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Alvin Sam Jeffers Jr., 68, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Grady Altman
SWAINSBORO, Ga - Mr. Grady Lanier ``Rabbit'' Altman, 54, of South Green Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. James Heath
VAUCLUSE -- Mr. James S. ``Jamie'' Heath, 40, of Lott Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Jesse Dickens
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Jesse A. Dickens, 57, of Travis Road, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Joe Mabrey
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Joe Mack Mabrey, 55, of Bettis Academy Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Patti Day
BEAVERDAM, Va. -- Mrs. Patti Wilson Day, 50, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in Richmond.
Keep 'em in session
As their House representatives take up the Confederate battle flag issue this week, South Carolinians need to ask themselves these questions:
Anti-Christian acts a bitter harvest
These are the facts; you be the judge. Thirty-six years after total integration, after completely taking Christ out of the schools, after making it a crime to whip unruly children with a belt, after introducing the computer, after allowing 24-hours televised adultery, murder and anti-Christian behavior, we have reaped the bitter harvest. James K. Ellis, Jackson
Official's landlord remarks off mark
In response to your March 19 editorial regarding City Administrator Randy Oliver's comments: I will address what Mr. Oliver doesn't understand. Cliff Channell, Augusta
Beckham's tax delinquency defended
I am appalled that The Chronicle would publish such a venomous attack as it did April 28 against Columbia County GOP member Bob Beckham by self-proclaimed Democrat L. Johnson of Martinez. S.F. Putnam, Martinez
Boy Scouts taught to hate and kill?
Re your editorial on May 30, ``Boy Scouts vs gays'' -- or as it should be titled, ``Let's justify discrimination and hatred again.'' Don Tate, Evans
Hospital cuts damage nurse care
As a nurse at a local hospital, this opinion is based on what I've observed: If you want to control hospital costs, instead of cutting staff -- who care for the patients -- why not trim fat from above? Deborah Walker, Martinez
Is aquarium feasible?
Before Augusta begins to study the idea of an aquarium along the shores of the Savannah River, there needs to be a sober look at other aquarium attractions in the region.
Note to cartoonist, editor: Get a job
This letter is regarding the April 20 and 26 editorial cartoon in the paper. We did not appreciate either one. David and Tina Coursey, Graniteville
Letter on lock & dam 'full of errors'
The May 2 letter from Sonny and Polly Goldston on the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam was filled with errors. Of the 11 points they made, six contained false assertions, three were misleading, one was an opinion and one was correct. Frank Carl, Martinez
Disgusted 93-year-old joins the NRA
I congratulate Mary Ann Oliphant Baggs on her April 26 Chronicle letter. Few Americans seem to be well informed about what's going on in politics. Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta
Augusta Canal's future can be great
Thanks to letter-writer Bebe Townes for her concern for the profit I could make with my canoe rental business... Jim Stringer, Augusta
Watch out for 'cycles and save a life
Once again state and local government leaders have recognized May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. This little known campaign tries to make drivers more aware of the increasing numbers of motorcycles on the roads. Mike Latka, Augusta
Drive to south Augusta not so tough
My heart bleeds for Stephen Snowberger (letter, May 1). The poor thing has to drive ``all the way out there'' to South Augusta, as if he were having to drive to the Grand Tetons to play softball. Catherine S. Newman, Augusta
'Be a tourist'
The Grand Canyon is just as much a product of Arizona's organized tourist promotion as it is a product of centuries of erosion. Similarly, most of the attractions of Augusta could stand indefinitely.
President Clinton's impeachment arguments against being removed from office worked so well that he's employing the same arguments in his fight to keep his license to practice law in Arkansas.
Blow to Clinton focuses on fine record of the SLF
``A PATHETIC attempt to defend the indefensible.'' That's the characterization by Matt Glavin, president of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation, to impeached President Bill Clinton's legal response on why he shouldn't be disbarred from practicing law in Arkansas.
Sunday's editorial concerning the Armstrong Galleria Phase II development misidentified pharmacist Curtis Marshall.
Privacy hearings vital
In hearings this week, Congress is considering whether to restrict or ban the sale or disclosure of a person's Social Security number without that person's consent.
Interstates were built for 70 mph
Bela Vitez's letter claiming that low speed limits cause more accidents was right on the money. The company with which my father spent most of his life did the original mapping for most of the interstate highway system for the federal government back in the 1950s. Robert H. Rihl, Augusta
A begrudging approval
Arizona Sen. John McCain wisely endorsed Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican candidate for president. He also reiterated he doesn't have ambitions to be Bush's vice presidential running mate. Both decisions could give Bush a more comfortable lead over Vice President Al Gore.
Market for radioactive isotopes studied
By summer's end, economic boosters will know whether a market exists for locally produced radioactive materials that would treat disease.
New blood thinner shows promise in warding off more clots
LONDON -- A new class of blood thinner shows promise in warding off dangerous blood clots after surgery and is more convenient to take than the standard drug, scientists say.
Clinton proposal bans roads in 43 million acres of forests
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration on Tuesday will call for banning road construction in 43 million acres of roadless federal forests and propose allowing local foresters to decide whether to bar activities such as logging, mining and off-road-vehicle use.
Napster set back in copyright lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has rejected Napster Inc.'s defense against a music industry lawsuit that it is protected by digital copyright law.
Gates defends Microsoft as lawyers prepare counterproposal
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is exploring a number of different responses to the government's plan for a company breakup, including the possibility of allowing computer makers more flexibility in installing and altering the Windows operating system.
Expedition hopes to raise the submarine Hunley
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On the night of Feb. 17, 1864, a weird-looking vessel, the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, slipped through the waves toward the picket line of Union ships blockading Charleston Harbor.
Pentagon nearly ready for crucial test
WASHINGTON -- The glitch that doomed the Pentagon's last anti-missile test in January has been fixed and preparations for the next crucial test in June are proceeding on schedule, the Air Force general in charge of the project said today.
Conservationists warn that many primate species could vanish immediately
Dozens of primate species are teetering on the brink of oblivion in a new extinction emergency that has left scientists astonished and angry.
Couple suspected in Love Bug virus
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine police arrested on Monday a bank employee who along with his girlfriend is suspected of links to the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus that has overwhelmed networks around the world.
Printers are catching up to photo technology
Computers and digital cameras have given amateur photographers without darkrooms greater control over their snapshots through the years. The last hurdle has been printing great images.
THE FACTS: Deana Johnson, 18, a senior at Greenbrier High School.
Xtreme advice: A bad reputation can be hard to shake off
``I have a friend who messes around with a lot of boys. I don't know what to do. I try to talk to her but I'm scared she's going to end up with a bad reputation.'' -- 14-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.
Hot summer, cool jobs
As the weather heats up, so does the race for teens' summer employment.