Business briefs: Stocks fall as rate increase sinks in
NEW YORK - Investors sent stocks sharply lower Wednesday as they decided the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase Tuesday might indeed threaten stock prices.
Aiken County OKs cable pact
The Aiken County Council approved a franchise application for Knology Inc. on Tuesday, giving the West Point, Ga.-based communications company the ability to offer telephone and cable TV services in the Aiken-North Augusta market.
Phar-Mor to close store
Phar-Mor, a national discount store and pharmacy, will close its doors on Wrightsboro Road - possibly as early as July, the company confirmed Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
Electricity customers get refund
Some Georgia Power Co. customers can expect a credit added to their bills next month.
On the range
Cowboys held a special place in Michael Searles' heart when he was a little boy, but years passed before he learned some were black like him.
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.
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.
In the know
BEST TRESSED: The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center will be the site of a multicultural hair and fashion trade show from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
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.
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.
Employee arrested for arson
The head of security for James Brown Enterprises was arrested Tuesday and charged with starting the April 28 fire that destroyed the singer's west Augusta business office. Maj. Ken Autry of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department said Richard Glenn, 39, started the fire to destroy documents that connected him to a forged $75,000 check he had stolen from Mr. Brown. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle
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.
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.
Region seeks drought relief
CLAXTON, Ga. - Two dozen sun-beaten faces looked toward the stained-glass kaleidoscope of Jesus Christ at the front of the Claxton First United Methodist Church sanctuary.
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.
Augustan gets death sentence
A former Augusta resident responsible for violent shootings and killings in three states has been sentenced to death in North Carolina for a double homicide in 1997.
Jury considers death penalty
William Kenny Stephens is going back to prison for murder, but a jury's verdict today determines whether he returns to death row or a regular prison cell.
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.
Landowners propose areas for development
Four landowners have thrown their property into the ring for consideration as a future industrial park.
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.
Tank drainage heightens water concerns
Water tanks in the south Augusta area were recovering slowly Wednesday after four of the district's reservoirs ran dry from heavy usage Tuesday night.
Across the area: Local man charged in area burglaries
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Wednesday they say they believe is responsible for several area burglaries.
Delta jets to depart from area
Delta Air Lines is pulling its jet service out of Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.
New party organizes convention
AIKEN - A new political party that advocates secession will hold its first national convention June 30 and July 1 in Charleston, site of the 1860 convention that made South Carolina the first state to secede from the Union.
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.
South Carolina considers controls on 'date rape' drug
COLUMBIA - A House committee has approved a Senate-passed bill that would make what is commonly called the ``date rape'' drug a controlled substance.
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.
Officials seek cuts to budget requests
Columbia County commissioners are asking constitutional officers and department heads to cut their requests in half for new equipment and employees, to help balance the coming fiscal year's budget.
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.
Monsanto to open new plant
About 500 Monsanto Co. employees plan to raise glasses of milk today to toast the opening of a $100 million Posilac facility in Augusta. It's the only such facility in the United States and the largest in the world.
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.
Rob Gantt of Aiken gave his son Chayson, 3, a boost to the net in hopes of making a basket Wednesday afternoon at Virginia Acres, but the ball fell instead on Chayson's head.
SRS scientists mark 50th anniversary
Programs billed Wednesday's event at University of South Carolina Aiken as a ``technical symposium.'' But for the generations of Savannah River Site scientists who attended, it was just as much a reunion.
Summer sun endangers health
To Donna Reeves, it looked like a birthmark on her back. To Pam Rosema, it was just a black dot on her ankle that appeared one day. In both cases, it was cancer.
Barnes wants pupils to take uniform tests
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' idea to create a single assessment test measuring the performance of pupils in many different states met some skepticism Wednesday at a small meeting of the Southern Regional Education Board.
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.
Teen-ager wins car in police program
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Stacy LaKeesha Davis panicked when she was summoned to the principal's office Tuesday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Security chief faces charges in office fire
The head of security for James Brown Enterprises has been charged with starting the April 28 fire that destroyed the soul singer's west Augusta offices.
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.
Lieutenant governor will have challenger
ATLANTA - With this year's state elections still nearly six months away, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor already has drawn a Republican opponent to his anticipated re-election bid in 2002.
Department postpones Ossabaw Island decision
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is going back to the drawing board with its management plan for Ossabaw Island after a storm of criticism of the proposal during recent public hearings.
Mr. Samuel Goode
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Samuel Goode, 81, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lois Smith
ARDEN, N.C. - Mrs. Lois Moore Smith, 80, died Monday, May 15, 2000, in Asheville.
Mrs. Alderia Wilson
THOMSON - Mrs. Alderia Taylor Wilson, 96, of Harrison Road, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Mary Raulerson
HARLEM - Mrs. Mary Lynn Williams Raulerson, 53, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
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.
Mr. L.D. Smith
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. L.D. Smith, 84, of Veazey Road, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Mrs. Annette Grace
Mrs. Annette Grace, 41, of Douglas Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Phillip Daniels
FREDRICKSBURG, Va. - Mr. Phillip Lee Daniels, 46, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond.
Mr. James Holley Jr.
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mr. James ``Jimmie'' Holley Jr., 71, of Georgia Highway 221 North, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Peggy Stevens,
100, Army veteran
Mr. Claude Anderson Jr.
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Claude Cecil Anderson Jr., 69, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. James Davis
Mr. James Monroe Davis, 66, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Carolyn Waller
Mrs. Carolyn Phillips Waller died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, in Bath, S.C.
Mrs. Myrtie Callaway
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtie Ogletree Callaway, 90, of Greensboro Road, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Thomson.
Mr. Sam Anderson
Mr. Sam Anderson, 58, of Appling, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Mattie Awbrey
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Mattie Lou Hall Awbrey, 86, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Martha Carson
Mrs. Martha J. Carson, 81, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Florence Baxley
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Florence Eurline Dennis Baxley, 74, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Barnwell County 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.
Mr. Alvin Hartzog
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Alvin Hartzog, 73, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000.
Richard Elliott Washington, 2, of Gibraltar Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000.
Mr. Robert Mitchell
JEWELL, Ga. - Mr. Robert Ray Mitchell, 79, of Macon Highway, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Joey Steptoe
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Joey Steptoe, 37, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Moore
SHARON, Ga. - Mr. Robert Edward Moore, 85, of Barnett Street Southeast, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Langer
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. John Langer, 93, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.
Mr. James Hill
KITE, Ga. - Mr. James Bernice Hill, 90, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Oconee Health Center, Oconee.
Mrs. Audrey Macafee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Audrey Fay Macafee, 67, of Curtis Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Robert Garrett
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert O. ``Bob'' Garrett, 63, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000.
Mr. Derick Youmans
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Derick Luvence Youmans, 33, of Myers Street, died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.
Mrs. Mary Pirus
BLYTHE - Mrs. Mary L. Pirus, 68, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Steven Atencio
GROVETOWN - Mr. Steven Larry Atencio, 34, died Sunday, May 14, 2000.
Mrs. Joanna Lehman
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Joanna Lehman, 65, of Chum Court, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Vanessa Cunningham
Mrs. Vanessa Cunningham, 38, of C Street died Friday, May 12, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Bessie Mulligan
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Overstreet Mulligan, 77, died Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Mr. Irving Mintz
BARTOW, Ga. - Mr. Irving Mintz, 83, of Bostic Mill Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Albert Hopkins
Mr. Albert Blane Hopkins, 92, of Greene Street, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at St. Johns Towers.
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. John Zeigler
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. John Edward ``Ed'' Zeigler, 61, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mr. Waldo Wilson Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Waldo R. Wilson Sr., 78, of Munnerlyn-Alexander Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Martin
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Hiers Martin, 66, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Carolinas Hospital Systems, Florence.
Mr. Romie Forrest
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Harry Jerome ``Romie'' Forrest, 86, of Bonham Road, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Chaney Wilson
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Chaney Wilson, 83, of Lawton Road, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Eloise Pendarvis
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eloise Key Pendarvis, of Euclid Avenue, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Joel Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Joel ``Joey'' Martin, 55, of Crestview Drive, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Clarence Wright
Mr. Clarence Elmer Wright, 78, of Martinez, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, in Ruffin, S.C.
Mrs. Mary Chesnis
Mrs. Mary Miles Chesnis, 90, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Audrey Macafee
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Audrey Fay Macafee, 67, of Curtis Drive, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
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
Raze crack house
What's wrong with this picture? An aging landlord once owned what narcotics investigators describe as one of Augusta's filthiest crack houses - typified by violence and prostitution.
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
Augusta race tension story not news
The reason for the May 7 Chronicle news story on racial tensions is difficult to understand. To suggest that such tensions endure is not news, as these seem universal in time and place. Joseph B. Harris, Washington
Are Chronicle editorials too P.C.?
I am aware of the editorial page's reshuffling of certain staff members and I have been quite disappointed by the new editorial regime's efforts. Frank Murphy, Aiken
Love water curbs or go to Mexico
People are beginning to complain about the water restrictions in Richmond and Columbia counties. Perhaps they should visit the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. There are very few (if any) water delivery systems there. Richard A. Hood, Augusta
NAACP is acting like a spoiled kid
Please tell me I misunderstood the article in the May 12 The Chronicle. It says that, even though we have agreed to take down our beloved battle flag and place it on a Confederate monument, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is still going to boycott our state. L. Fox Jr., Belvedere
Sports dept. asleep on girl's soccer
I'm sending this letter because I believe The Chronicle's sports department is asleep. Steve Thompson, 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?
Harbin, Williams deserve to lose
The so-called progressive leaders, state Reps. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, and Ben Harbin, R-Evans, must go. If there ever was a reason for calling for term limits, the voting record of these two are reason enough. Floyd E. Felts, Evans
Reel in fishing dispute
It's inescapable that Fort Gordon has been abusing its federal permit in operating the Corps of Engineers-owned Thurmond Lake recreation area.
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
Mom rips Columbia Co. bus plan
As a Columbia County resident and mother of two public school children, I think it's absurd that the school board wants to bus middle and high school kids together. Donna Walker, Harlem
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
Religious rights can be protected
Television news just reported that a judge ordered a private organization to build a fence around a religious statue. Charles F. Hafey, Augusta
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
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
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.
Laughing gas may help smokers kick habit
CHICAGO (AP) - Can laughing gas help smokers kick the habit? Scientists have a whiff of evidence that it might.
Investigators hit snag in building case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A senior Department of Justice official has ruled that a law investigators hoped to use against suspects in the ``Love Bug'' computer virus case does not apply to computer crimes.
U.S. contemplated detonating an atom bomb on the moon
The United States considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon during the late 1950s as a demonstration of the nation's Cold War might, a Chicago physicist says.
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.
Scientists block key proteins to stall cancer's spread
Cancer scientists working with mice have identified a way of blocking a chemical pathway that tumor cells use to spread to surrounding tissues and organs.
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.
EPA draft report cites cancer risks from dioxin
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency in a draft report concludes that the cancer risk from exposure to dioxins is significantly greater than previously estimated, agency sources said late Tuesday.
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.
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.