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: 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.
Champion prefers International Paper's $75-a-share offer
Champion International Corp. said Wednesday that International Paper's $7.3 billion bid is ``superior'' to a competing one from Finnish paper-maker UPM-Kymmene Corp.
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: Chairman seeks new auditing rules
NEW YORK -- Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt said Wednesday that the SEC will draft new rules to help prevent conflicts of interest between auditors and the companies they review for financial integrity.
CD prices may fall if industry, FTC cooperate
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday it has reached separate agreements with five major music companies that might lead to lower compact disc prices for retailers and consumers.
Tourism director wants visitors
The tourism industry in Augusta does not revolve solely around the first week in April each year.
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.
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.
Apart from getting hit by the occasional car, Brian Hughes says there are few downsides to riding your bike to work.
A team led by a Tuscaloosa, Ala., plastic surgeon has found that women with large breasts are more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome than their smaller-breasted counterparts.
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.
Found body identified
AIKEN -- An man whose decomposed body was found in deep in a wooded area of Aiken County was identified Wednesday as an Edgefield resident.
United Way provides extra funds
With the state cutting back on its mental health care budget, Phylis Holliday has seen a huge increase in the demand for the services of her United Way funded organization, Friendship Community Center. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
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.
Just what the doctor ordered
University Hospital radiology technicians Lucia Takacs (left) and Lisa Little take advantage of free Popsicles that were given out Wednesday afternoon as part of Hospital Week festivities.
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.
Father convicted for harming child
September Watson's first month on Earth was filled with pain, the last of which left her in a near vegetative state for which her father is responsible, a jury determined Wednesday.
Man faces additional charges
One of three men indicted on bank robbery charges in federal court last week also may face armed robbery and other charges in state court.
Committee postpones decision on galleria
Laney-Walker Development Corp. will have to wait another month to find out if it can move ahead with plans to expand the Armstrong Galleria shopping center.
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.
Group to nominate executive director
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s personnel subcommittee is expected to nominate an executive director Friday.
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.
New class schedule affects student performance little
ATLANTA -- An alternative class schedule featuring longer classes is having little effect on the test scores of Georgia high school students whose schools bucked the traditional school day, according to state data.
Police standoff leads to arrest
WARRENVILLE -- A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Tuesday after a resident surren-dered to sheriff's deputies.
Fire guts historical building
SAVANNAH -- Tywan Gonzalez was finishing one of his final exams when he heard the sirens Monday night.
Tips help preserve greenery
Charles Phillips' phone started ringing Wednesday morning with calls from Columbia County residents worried about how to save their yards now that water restrictions are in force.
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.
Stores cited for selling liquor to minors
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office wants to send a clear message to stores that sell alcohol -- don't sell to anyone underage, especially during prom season.
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.
Hopeful defends candidacy
Woodrow Fryer on Wednesday rebutted the legal challenge issued this week against his candidacy for Richmond County sheriff when he produced documents showing his fingerprints have been on file since February.
Center will receive more funding
With the state cutting back on its mental health care budget, Phylis Holliday has seen a huge increase in the demand for the services of her United Way-funded organization, Friendship Community Center.
Businesses react to local sign ordinance
When he learned that flags and signs at his produce stand would have to come down in three weeks, Franklin Neely took the news calmly -- at first.
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.
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.
Former mayor backs Strength for sheriff
It was an endorsement sealed with several pounds of fried catfish and freshwater bream.
Across the area: Woman arrested after son starts fire
The mother of a 5-year-old boy who started a fire in their apartment Monday was arrested Wednesday at her new residence.
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.
Scholar earns honor medals
ATHENS, Ga. -- His scientific collaborations with Central Europeans have earned him some important research findings and at least one star doctoral student for his University of Georgia team, not to mention a pretty good sense of daily life in the old Soviet bloc.
Student's kitten research to be televised
WINDER, Ga. -- A University of Georgia graduate student's research on kitten behavior will be featured on an upcoming segment of National Geographic Explorer.
Group approves dry docks
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Georgia Shore Protection and Coastal Marshland Protection committees gave conditional approval yesterday to locating two floating dry docks in the Brunswick River.
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.
Revenue loss stresses Aiken medical center
WARRENVILLE -- Aiken Regional Medical Centers is feeling the stress of declining revenues and increasing demand for services, the hospital's chief executive officer told the Midland Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
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.
Ja'waun Walker, 2, and his sister A'nya, 16 months, have a little driving competition as they race their toy trucks. The pair was waiting for their mother Wednesday afternoon in Aiken.
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.
North Aiken poised to grow
AIKEN -- When Don Sprawls decided to relocate his car business five years ago, everyone told him to move to the thriving south side.
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.
X-rays lead to identity
AIKEN -- The body of a man found in an Aiken County pine thicket four days ago was identi-fied Wednesday as an Edgefield resident.
'Chronicle' promotes new editors for sports, metro
The Augusta Chronicle named two interim editors to permanent positions Tuesday.
Few reportedly on short list for new post
A television station in Washington reported Wednesday that Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few is at the top of the list of three fire chief candidates presented to the city's mayor.
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.
S.C. House votes to remove flag
COLUMBIA -- After two days of emotional, sometimes tortured debate, South Carolina's House of Representatives voted 63-56 late Wednesday to go along with a Senate compromise that will take a Confederate flag off the Capitol dome and put an authentic battle flag on the grounds with a monument to Southern soldiers.
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.
Screening shows lungs damaged by lithium
After 47 years, former Savannah River Site worker Elton J. Bush finally knows what destroyed his lungs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medicaid to widen medical coverage
Expanding Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured is just one strategy Georgia is pursuing to address the growing problem of the uninsured, according to Department of Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal.
Engineers suggest solutions
John Kenner lost his left leg in a cotton gin more than 50 years ago, but the 70-year-old doesn't let that slow him down.
Mr. Jack Cox
Couchton, S.C. -- Mr. Jack D. Cox, 67, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Memorial Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Brunell Cox
MIDVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Brunell Johnson Cox, 81, of Old Savannah Road, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000.
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. Redena Lorentz
Mrs. Redena Slack Lorentz, of Parkway Drive, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home. She was 105.
Mrs. Theresa Elliott
Mrs. Theresa Lee M. Elliott, 53, of Southgate Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. W. Clair Warner
YOE, Pa. -- Mr. W. Clair Warner, 86, died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Martinez.
Mrs. Patti Day
BEAVERDAM, Va. -- Mrs. Patti Wilson Day, 50, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in Richmond.
Mr. Willie Marshall Sr.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Willie Lee Marshall Sr., 93, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Sunbridge of Cartersville.
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. Myrtice Eubanks
Mrs. Myrtice R. Eubanks, of Fall Line Drive, Martinez, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation, Gibson.
Mr. James Heath
VAUCLUSE -- Mr. James S. ``Jamie'' Heath, 40, of Lott Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Rawls Jr.
WRENS, Ga. -- Mr. Charles Rawls Jr., 73, of Cemetery Street, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Emmie Turner
GLOVERVILLE -- Mrs. Emmie Boatwright Turner, 76, of Charles Street, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Donna Hammond
AIKEN -- Mrs. Donna Jean Hertenstein Hammond, 64, of Willow Woods Drive, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Noah Kirkland
SALUDA, S.C. -- Mr. Noah Gerald Kirkland, 86, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.
Mrs. Mary Neely
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Mrs. Mary Frances Sturgis Neely, 76, of Pointe Circle, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Louis Butler
AIKEN -- Mr. Louis Michael Butler, 64, of Eastwood Court, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Robert Sumner Sr.
Mr. Robert Hugh Sumner Sr., 70, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Meryl Bennett
AIKEN -- Mrs. Meryl Elizabeth Bennett, 85, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Douglas Williams
Mr. Douglas Nebit Williams, 77, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Walker
HEPHZIBAH -- Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Danforth Walker, 74, of Walcott Lane, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. George Williams Sr.
Mr. George H. Williams Sr., 81, of Dent Street, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Dennis Miller
METTER, Ga. -- Mr. Dennis Owen Miller, 33, died Monday, May 8, 2000.
Mr. Morgan Allen
Mr. Morgan Elmer Allen, 58, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Kenneth Sansom
AIKEN -- Mr. Kenneth Sansom, 57, of North Silverton Street, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Billy Powell Sr.
Mr. Billy Donald Powell Sr., 55, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
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. Rae Mayson
BEECH ISLAND -- Mrs. Rae Mayson, 71, of Sheraton Drive, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Billy Holley
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. Billy Alvin Holley, 55, of Old Sudlow Lake Road, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Elmer Pickett
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Elmer Lawrence Pickett, 68, of Fox Chase Circle, died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Carlton Weeks
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Mr. Carlton L. Weeks died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Eunice Weber
JACKSON -- Mrs. Eunice A. Gray Weber, 73, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Retha Jamison
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Mrs. Retha Mae Still Jamison, 73, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Meryl Bennett
AIKEN -- Mrs. Meryl Elizabeth Bennett, 85, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Annie Oglesby
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Annie Bell Oglesby, 61, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Virgil Raines
AIKEN -- Mr. Virgil Wayne ``Buddy'' Raines, 89, of South Boundary Avenue Southeast, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Center.
Paul Cook 'lays Elian case to rest'
Finally we can put the Elian Gonzalez situation to rest, at least in the Central Savannah River Area, because Paul Cook has weighed in (letter, April 29). Merle Burkholder, Augusta
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
Teen sex challenge
It's cause for concern that 152 girls ages 14 to 17 get pregnant every year in Aiken County. That's one almost every other day -- and appears to be the highest number among all South Carolina counties.
Washington politicians untrustworthy
As the national election draws near, we are told by all the candidates they promise to be the very best for the position they are running for. I found out long ago that you can't trust most politicians, especially the ones in Washington. Billy Bedgood, Martinez
Click-on prison tour
Have you ever toured a Georgia prison? Ever wanted to? Well, now's your chance.
Lawmaker's Tubman vote 'disgusting'
Our Columbia County state Rep. Ben Harbin votes to spend lottery money in the amount of $1.75 million for ``enhancements'' to the Harriett Tubman Museum in Macon. Charles L. Cheatham, Martinez
Law-enforcement critics anger writer
I am writing in response to Misty Cook's May 2 letter about law enforcement. O. FoxNorth, Augusta
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Janet Reno raid: The Nazis are back
I'm an old World War II veteran. I was with Audie Murphy and a lot of other young men of the 3rd Infantry Division. Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah
'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.
Motorists, be aware of motorcyclists
May has been declared by Augusta Mayor Bob Young as Motorcycle Awareness Month. But what lasts 31 days should be heeded all year long. G. Keyser, 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
IRA's 'peace offensive' a sham
The Irish Republican Army's peace initiative is another in a long line of lies and distortions that has been the highlight of this group over the last 30 years, resulting in the loss of more than 1,800 lives. Steve Grinstead, 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
Scary Thomson mess
McDuffie County School Superintendent Dr. Ed Grisham and Board of Education trustees should hang their heads in shame after the discovery of a notoriously neglected school maintenance building and nearby storage shed.
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
Water parley proves unsatisfactory
The May 4 meeting regarding Augusta's water problems was a disappointment. We were given 10-, 15- and 20-year projections to the water problem that has been with us for years. Ted & Ruth McIntyre, Hephzibah
Some brain-injury victims can recognize liars
Some brain-injury victims who lose the ability to understand speech develop a talent that could come in handy during an election year: an uncanny ability to tell when someone is lying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
House passes measure to extend Internet tax
WASHINGTON -- Even though the current Internet tax moratorium does not expire until October 2001, the House today voted to extend the ban for five years but put aside for now the thornier issue of how state sales taxes should apply to electronic commerce.
Investigators search for computer virus suspects
MANILA, Philippines -- A student at a Philippine computer college wrote a password-stealing program very similar to the ``ILOVEYOU'' computer virus that has struck computer systems worldwide, a school official said today.
Napster kicks off Metallica fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Napster Inc., the online music-sharing service accused of violating recording-industry copyrights, said Wednesday it has cut off more than 300,000 users who allegedly traded songs by the heavy-metal band Metallica.
Fiber can cut diabetics' blood sugar
Many diabetics can significantly lower their blood sugar -- and maybe even reduce their medication or stop taking it altogether -- by eating lots and lots of fruits, vegetables and high-fiber grain, researchers say.
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.