Mike Thompson sits 150 feet above Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta in a McKnight Construction Co. crane. The contractor was working Tuesday on the Country Suites Augusta Riverwalk hotel, being built next to the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.
Bank plans new branch near hospitals
First Bank of Georgia announced Tuesday plans to build its fourth full-service branch, near the downtown medical district.
Company prepares to merge
Apple Homes Corp.'s board of directors plans to take the Augusta-based, publicly held company private through a complex merger with two unnamed North Carolina-based Internet companies.
Business briefs: Firm to buy Lycos
NEW YORK - Spanish Internet company Terra Networks SA said Tuesday it will buy U.S. Internet portal Lycos Inc. for $12.5 billion in stock.
Electricity customers get refund
Some Georgia Power Co. customers can expect a credit added to their bills next month.
Business briefs: Carrier reverses air fare increases
HOUSTON - After leading a round of air fare increases during the weekend, Continental Airlines Inc. surprisingly rescinded its decision Monday.
May is as busy a month as December for mothers. Between children's activities on the ball field and at school, there's hardly time to feed your family, let alone entertain.
In the know
THE PERFECT MEAL: Brides-to-be can enter a national contest to determine their ``Creative RQ'' or ``Romance Quotient'' by describing in 200 words or less the perfect meal for their prospective spouse.
Customers net singing bass faster than stores can stock
Here's a fish story: The hottest gift in Augusta is a singing largemouth bass. No, really.
Reading the label
George Ball is a success story in progress. The Weight Loss 2000 participant has lost more than 45 pounds in less than 10 weeks and is still going strong.
Redeeming premiums on the Internet can save time and money
I recently used the Internet to send for a manufacturer's premium offer. Instead of having to mail in UPC codes and a check to pay for postage and handling, everything was accomplished on my computer.
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.
Nostalgia for 1980s resurfaces
When Michael Douglas' character proclaimed that line in the 1987 movie Wall Street, many began to refer to it as the defining motto of the 1980s.
Teen-ager wins car in police program
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Stacy LaKeesha Davis panicked when she was summoned to the principal's office Tuesday morning.
City puts off razing crack house
The Augusta Commission has decided to hold off destroying one of the city's most notorious crack houses - at least until it can decide what to do with the man still living there.
Mother sues Aiken Regional
AIKEN - An Aiken County mother claims an on-call doctor at Aiken Regional Medical Centers preferred to stay at a birthday party rather than come to remove a staple from her daughter's throat.
Augusta-Richmond County firefighter Lt. Willie Womack takes a water break after fighting a fire in an abandoned house at 1235 Hopkins St. The department's personnel and equipment arrived Tuesday at about 2:20 p.m. to find flames rising from three sides of the building. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to nearby houses. The department said the fire was suspicious.
Consultant prefers downtown for center
The Maryland consultant who is updating the city's master plan for Augusta Tomorrow steered city commissioners away from what might be the least expensive site for a new judicial center.
Water tanks run dry in south Augusta
Hundreds of south Augusta businesses and residences were without water Tuesday night after four water tanks bottomed out because of heavy watering throughout the day.
One man arrested in home invasion
After answering a knock at the front door, a south Augusta mother and daughter were held at gunpoint, bound with duct tape and then watched helplessly as their apartment was ransacked and robbed Tuesday.
Commission OKs sewerage contract
Augusta Commission took the advice of its consulting engineers Tuesday and awarded a $1.68 million sewer contract to the third-lowest bidder after the low bidder said he didn't want the job.
School board reviews budget
Richmond County school board members didn't ask a lot of questions Tuesday during their first discussion of next year's budget.
Transit systems get boost
The bulk of people who showed up for a public input meeting Tuesday about statewide transportation plans were asking for improvements to public transit programs. But most of the state's funding still is devoted to building and improving highways and bridges.
Indictments likely in drug trafficking
A federal grand jury is expected to hand down indictments in a drug trafficking operation that could span three counties, law enforcement officials say.
Seizure sparks eviction debate
The plight of an elderly man losing his home could serve as a warning to Augusta's inner-city landlords.
Justices consider appeal
ATLANTA - Four convicted murderers serving life sentences didn't exactly get a ringing defense Monday before the Georgia Supreme Court when the attorney for one admitted they belong behind bars.
Governor seeks firms from Israel
ATLANTA - When Georgia's Roy Barnes becomes the first U.S. governor to lead a high-tech trade mission to Israel next month, he hopes to cement ties between two regions that are relative newcomers to the information superhighway.
Report raises questions about inmate's death
AIKEN - An inmate who died inside the Aiken County Detention Center last year had suffered for days from pneumonia and wasn't diagnosed because a doctor was ``too busy,'' according to a coroner's report released Monday.
Shooting suspect arrested
The man wanted in connection with the shooting of four people at a talent audition in Augusta was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of aggravated assault.
Across the area: Gas leak reroutes highway traffic
A gas leak Monday on U.S. Highway 1 caused police to reroute traffic for more than an hour, South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Bell said.
Convicted killer back in court
For the third time, a Richmond County jury will decide whether convicted cop killer William ``Kenny'' Stephens lives or dies.
Group recommends solutions
AIKEN - Stable owner and horse trainer Suzy Haslup spends $200 each month to have manure carted to the country twice a week.
Experts testify at hearing
William Kenny Stephens fired the first shot in a deadly confrontation that led to the killing of a sheriff's investigator 21 years ago, expert witnesses testified Tuesday.
Council approves spending
AIKEN - Aiken County government's proposed 2001 budget got its second vote of approval Tuesday from the county council, but some numbers are likely to change before it comes before the council again.
Meeting sets path to hope
AIKEN - By the time she was 15, Diane Valentine was living on the edge. Now, at 39, she's on a mission to keep others from taking the same path she took as a child of the streets of Yemassee.
City officials offer plan for water woes
After a less than cordial welcome more than a week ago from south Augusta residents over the city's proposed master water plan, Utilities Director Max Hicks took a one-on-one approach with residents Monday to convince them that water would flow through their pipes.
Georgia faculty creates online university
ATLANTA - Kandis Steele said the new political science curriculum she helped develop for the University System of Georgia's online learning center isn't for every student, but the virtual classroom will rival traditional classes.
Residents suggest education changes
Columbia County's Ailene Candy says she's against Gov. Roy Barnes' Education Reform Bill but she's thought of some possible solutions that may make the new law work.
Across the area: City offers copies of big group photo
Anyone who smiled and said ``cheese'' last month for Aiken's communitywide photo can pick up a free copy at the city manager's office.
Senator spends night in hospital
Strom Thurmond, the eight-term Republican senator from South Carolina, was released Monday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an overnight stay for a stomachache and fatigue.
Firm to manage hospital
Financially troubled St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta will turn over daily management to a health care consulting firm while it searches for permanent leadership, officials said Tuesday.
Initiative promotes sobriety
AIKEN - Marvin Seigler still sees the car that nearly killed him. He still feels the throbbing in his right leg, where his foot was nearly rippled from his ankle.
Augusta Canal flows again
Ten weeks of dredging, surveys and bridge repair projects ended Tuesday morning as Augusta Canal's restored downtown channel was refilled.
Richmond County faces lawsuit over court seal
ATLANTA - A nearly 2-year-old dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and Richmond County has erupted into a lawsuit.
Because of erroneous information given to The Augusta Chronicle, the wrong time was listed in Sunday's editions for a public forum about the Statewide Transportation Program. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Augusta Technical Institute.
Road construction designs prompt comments
A draft map displayed at the annual Transportation Improvement Program public information meeting held Monday encompassed road projects throughout Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.
Mrs. Alloney Clark
Mrs. Alloney Guin Clark, 93, of Deans Bridge Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc.
Mr. Albert Bartley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Albert D. Bartley, 89, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, in Anderson.
Johnny Coggins III
McCORMICK, S.C. - Johnny Marion Coggins III, 15, of Airport Road, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, in Greenwood.
Mr. Joey Steptoe
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Joey Steptoe, 37, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.
Mrs. Susie Wiggins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Susie Hendrix Wiggins, 85, of Kirby Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Anne Maria Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Mr. Claude Anderson Jr.
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Claude Cecil Anderson Jr., 69, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
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. John Langer
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. John Langer, 93, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.
Mr. Richard Soule Jr.
Mr. Richard Dale Soule Jr., 50, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Jack Reid
WINDSOR, S.C. - Mr. Jack M. Reid, 68, of Sandy Hollow Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Louise Dennis
Mrs. Louise W. Dennis, 86, of Evans, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.
Mr. Samuel Goode
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Samuel Goode, 81, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. George Crawford Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. George E. ``Booster'' Crawford Sr., 62, of Dallas Drive, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Steven Atencio
GROVETOWN - Mr. Steven Larry Atencio, 34, died Sunday, May 14, 2000.
Mrs. Lois Smith
ARDEN, N.C. - Mrs. Lois Moore Smith, 80, died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Asheville.
Mrs. Vanessa Cunningham
Mrs. Vanessa Cunningham, 38, of C Street died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Charles Parker
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Charles David ``Ramp'' Parker, 68, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Washington County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Annette Grace
Mrs. Annette Grace, 41, of Douglas Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Arles Wiggins
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Arles Virgil Wiggins, 80, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Irving Mintz
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Irving Mintz, 83, of Bostic Mill Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Clarence Fleming
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Clarence G. Fleming, 73, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Martha Carson
Mrs. Martha J. Carson, 81, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Jesse Moyer
AIKEN - Mr. Jesse Alan Moyer, 43, of Silver Bluff Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Chesnis
Mrs. Mary Miles Chesnis, 90, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Annie Sims
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Mae Sims, 96, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.
Mr. James Dickson
SPARTA, Ga - Mr. James Curry Dickson, a retired store operator, surveyor and printer, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Home, Milledgeville. Mr. Dickson was 104.
Mr. Nathan Matherson Sr.
HAMLET, N.C. - Mr. Nathan Russell Matherson Sr., 63, of Curtis Circle, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Richmond Memorial Hospital, Rockingham.
Mrs. Alderia Wilson
THOMSON - Mrs. Alderia Taylor Wilson, 96, of Harrison Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Johnny Quarles
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Johnny Wayne Quarles, 52, died Sunday, May 14, 2000.
Mr. Waldo Wilson Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Waldo R. Wilson Sr., 78, of Munnerlyn-Alexander Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Boyd Randall Jr.
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Boyd Dewey Randall Jr., 78, of Monarch Street, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Sam Anderson
Mr. Sam Anderson, 58, of Appling, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Nick Boyd Jr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Nick Boyd Jr., 58, of Edgefield Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Salem Nursing and Rehab Center, Augusta.
Mrs. Carolyn Waller
Mrs. Carolyn Phillips Waller died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, in Bath, S.C.
Mrs. Audrey Macafee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Audrey Fay Macafee, 67, of Curtis Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Ellen Padgett
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Ellen Berry Padgett, 96, died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Winnsboro.
Dr. Abner Witham
AIKEN - Dr. Abner Calhoun Witham, 79, of Colleton Avenue, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Derick Youmans
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Derick Luvence Youmans, 33, of Myers Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.
Scouts' homosexual ban defended
First the Boy Scouts oath: ``...To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.'' And now to Mr. Tate's letter saying the Boy Scouts are taught to hate and kill is asinine. Roger P. Nelms, Aiken
Cook's letter 'belongs in garbage'
When I read the letter from Paul L. Cook in the April 29 Chronicle, I became convinced his letter belonged with the garbage that he wrote about. Melvin Hicks, Augusta
Taming a Tiger
In your promos for the Masters Tournament on vending boxes, you asked, ``How can you tame a Tiger?'' William Barkley, Augusta
Save our rowing status
Augusta business leaders are great when it comes to promoting our community and talking about enhancing its quality of life. Now they need to do something concrete: Step forward and offer jobs with flexible hours to local rowers so our city doesn't lose its prestigious U.S. Olympic training center designation.
Educator lists what teachers appreciate
Those of us in education know that any time is a good time to appreciate teachers. However, Teacher Appreciation Week in May gives reason to think it's an appropriate time to reflect on those things that are most appreciated by teachers. Judy Teasley, Evans
In wake of the fires burning up huge chunks of New Mexico, environmentalists and forestry experts are scrambling to explain to a skeptical public why it makes sense for the government to set ``prescribed fires'' or ``controlled fires'' - a euphemism for igniting forest fires.
Kent 'diatribe' a 'sickening thing'
Now that the political season has opened, a number of sickening things are happening again. Columnist Phil Kent with his ``Kent as Usual'' Sunday diatribe has started his war of name-calling (``malcontent,'' ``maverick,'' etc.) and a campaign of personal destruction against those who oppose his anointed trio of Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, and Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta. Keith L. Dykes, Martinez
Aiken Co. leadership
The Aiken County Council is showing leadership in passing a resolution this month to put a one-cent local option sales tax referendum on November's ballot.
Ready to rumble
The Georgia American Civil Liberties Union's legal director boasts that the ACLU prevails in most legal disputes involving the Ten Commandments on public property. In fact, many of the disputes are unresolved. They're either still being litigated or on appeal.
Pet Adoptathon declared a success
I was indirectly involved in this weekend's Adoptathon 2000 at the Richmond County Animal Control Center. After all the recent negative publicity surrounding the operation of this shelter, I felt compelled to share some positive thoughts with the public about the recent activities. Lisa M. Raeuber, Augusta
Clinton, Gore make him Republican
L. Johnson's April 28 letter said Columbia Countian Bob Beckham is one of the reasons he is a Democrat. Well, I can think of a lot of people that make me a Republican and President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are two of them. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah
Notes Disney chief's high salary
Some interesting dollar amounts appeared in The Chronicle's May 8 issue. An editorial, (``AIDS & U.S. security'') says ``... the administration (wants) more AIDS relief for Africa - to $354 million, double what we're spending now.'' I have no quarrel with that. William Shackelford, North Augusta
NAACP heads list of offenses
I am still watching the powers-that-be bend down and kiss the feet of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. To say that I am offended is an understatement. Once again we are faced with a decision. Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing
Warren Co. Demo chief mistaken
Re ``Sheriff candidate fails qualification,'' news report, May 4 Chronicle. Lucy J. Bryant, Warrenton
Who invaded whom at Fort Sumter?
``On the 139th anniversary of the invasion of our state at Fort Sumter,'' the Senate voted ``a compromise bill to relocate the Confederate battle flag to an appropriate place on the Statehouse grounds.'' Carl S. Champlin, Aiken
Horseshoe Road water called 'awful'
We need help. Our water on Horseshoe Road is awful and nobody seems to want to give us any insight into what is happening out here. We had this same problem last year. Deborah Diles, Augusta
Knight: sports disgrace
You have to rub your eyes in disbelief. Why did Indiana University this week give ``one last chance'' to veteran (and winning) Hoosier basketball coach Bobby Knight to clean up his act?
Microsoft alters Outlook e-mail to block viruses
SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft is altering its popular Outlook e-mail software to prevent users from running any ``executable'' program attachments - like the infamous Love Bug virus.
Race may play a role in use of heart monitoring procedure
CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors' decisions about whether to use a common heart-monitoring procedure might be based in part on race and insurance status.
Investigators find virus similar to 'Love Bug'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A young computer graduate who insists he had nothing to do with the ``Love Bug'' virus appears to have authored a similar virus seized from the home of another potential suspect, authorities said Tuesday.
New site targets schools
Parent-teacher conferences may now be held in cyberspace. Two local businessmen have built a new e-commerce company that will allow pupils, teachers and parents to communicate with the click of a mouse.
Tobacco industry to fight against punishing verdict for smokers
MIAMI (AP) - A Florida jury that already found tobacco companies conspired to sell a dangerous product will begin this week to consider a possible punitive penalty. Anti-smoking activists are looking for a day of reckoning for an industry that has yet to pay a penny to smokers who went to trial.
Drug shows promise for keeping alcoholics on the wagon
CHICAGO (AP) - A drug widely used outside the United States to help keep alcoholics from drinking shows promise in its first American test, researchers report.
Blasting away barriers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In another symbolic farewell to the Cold War, the rocket that served as America's first intercontinental ballistic missile and carried John Glenn into orbit is set to lift off with an engine from the former foe.
E-tailers learn lessons of consumer behavior
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Drew Harris answered the call of MotherNature.com when the online retail company offered $20 off and free shipping for any purchase.
Leaders joining forces to fight Internet attacks
The Love Bug virus has given a new sense of urgency to the world's leaders as they gathered today to brainstorm about combating cybercrime, a transgression that knows no boundaries.
The 17-year-old senior at Davidson Fine Arts High School is finishing a short film for his senior project.
Seniors preparing to pick up their diplomas and turn their tassels are in store for gifts celebrating their accomplishment.
Prom season is in full swing! As a special feature, Xtreme will run photos taken at YOUR prom over the next month.
Student places second in short video contest
Three years of learning the basics of camera shots, editing and scriptwriting paid off for Judson Tucker.
THE FACTS: Kim Maddox, 16, a junior at Evans High School.
Xtreme advice: Trust has to be given in any relationship
''I have a boyfriend who used to mess around with a lot of girls. Now he claims he isn't cheating on me. I have a daughter by him, and I want to believe him. But every time he goes somewhere I feel like he's with other girls. What should I do? Should I believe him?'' - 18-year-old Augusta girl