Business briefs: Court rules against suing automakers
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says millions of Americans who drive or ride in cars built before federal regulations required air bags cannot, if they get hurt in accidents, sue automakers for not installing the safety devices.
Training for the future
Kenneth Breeden (right), commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, observes SITEL Technology Services employees Terry Miller (center) and Keith Glover during a Monday tour of the SITEL facility in south Augusta. Officials at the 650-employee call center announced they would hire 200 additional workers and train them through the QuickStart program at Augusta Technical Institute.
Labor force to increase
Manpower Inc.'s employment outlook for the third quarter revealed that 17 percent of Augusta businesses surveyed expect to increase their permanent payroll starting in July.
On a losing streak
The last time Cathe Beebe bought a bathing suit it was a size 24. This time, she searched the racks in Dillard's department store until she found some in size 12.
Age-old questions: Green tea may have benefits
Q: Are there any benefits from drinking green tea? - T.C., Blythe
In the know
NEW PRODUCT: Hasbro has launched a line of preschool products based on Dragon Tales, an animated series by the Children's Television Workshop that airs on PBS stations (8:30 a.m. Saturdays and 7 and 9:30 a.m. weekdays on WCES
Working makes us feel better
Feel bad? Go to work. Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta finished a five-year study that found people with jobs feel better (and are less likely to be sick) than people who are not working.
Richmond County trusty escapes
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was searching for an escaped prisoner on Monday who turned his position as a trustee worker into an escape opportunity.
Argument results in shooting death
An argument that began inside an Augusta apartment early Sunday morning turned deadly when four men decided to take the altercation to the parking lot, where two of them were shot, killing one and injuring the other.
Alleged victim's father testifies in abduction trial
An Augusta resident couldn't hold the man who broke into his home and attempted to abduct his daughter last summer, but he did leave his mark on the assailant, he testified Monday.
Rainfall needed in area
Thundershowers that brought an early end to the candlelit live jazz show at Riverwalk Augusta on Sunday didn't even put a dent in the drought that has parched farmer's fields and put a strain on area water supplies.
Coroner examines rail death
GLOVERVILLE - A Gloverville man was killed when he was struck by a train early Sunday on the railroad tracks near Pleasure Island Road, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.
Group names new director
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has a new executive director.
Court to hear request to join fish kill lawsuit
Oral arguments are scheduled Wednesday to discuss Georgia's request to join South Carolina's 12-year-old lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers over fish kills caused by Russell Dam's reversible turbines.
Atlanta man sought in shooting death
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was working with investigators in Atlanta on Monday to catch the suspect wanted in the shooting death of one man and the wounding of another.
Across the area: Cooling centers will open to public
In preparation for the summer months, Columbia County will open two cooling centers beginning June 1 for any Columbia County resident who needs to seek shelter from the heat. The centers will remain open through the end of September:
Augusta inmate escapes from facility
A county inmate was still at large Monday night, after he took advantage of his position as a jail trusty and a Richmond County deputy's lapse to escape the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way.
Dangers of phones stressed
He refuses to cruise Augusta's roads with one hand clutching a cell phone, but being in a business that can require constant communication, Rick Busby found a better way to dial and drive.
Across the area: Fingerprint ruling to get new hearing
The challenge to Woodrow Fryer's candidacy for Richmond County sheriff will get another hearing soon, this time in Superior Court.
Church marks big day
WARRENVILLE - As soon as Helen Barton walked into church Sunday morning, she knew it would be hard to leave.
Couple faces trial in slaying
AIKEN - Victoria Cowart was sick from dinner, causing the toddler to vomit. Then she urinated at the kitchen table and again on a chair in the living room.
County planners face challenges
Go west, young man - and take the commercial developers, home buyers and residential builders with you.
District lawmaker to be decided today
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta voters go to the polls today to fill the unexpired term of former South Carolina House District 83 Rep. Scott Beck, who resigned to take a job in the state Attorney General's office.
Officials give OK to budget
AIKEN - Aiken City Council tentatively passed a proposed $40 million budget Monday, paving the way for employee raises and more city revitalization.
Bridge accident shakes local victims
Terrell Kearse froze when the concrete overpass moved beneath his feet on the way back to his car after Saturday night's Winston all-star stock car race in Concord, N.C.
Air ambulance will save lives
The grass bends out in undulating rings, and water sloshes out of puddles as Steve Dexter passes overhead.
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters lift themselves to inspect a silo at Boral Bricks. The silo caught fire Monday.
COLUMBIA COUNTY BOX
Five decades ago, when most of Columbia County's roads were dirt and the 9,525 residents calle
Pilot escapes injury after crash landing
The pilot of a single engine plane walked away from a minor crash Monday night when he touched down at Daniel Field without his landing gear, causing him to slide to an abrupt halt on the runway parallel to Wrightsboro Road.
Collision with car kills girl
A 10-year-old girl died Sunday afternoon after she rode her bicycle through a stop sign in her neighborhood and collided with a car.
Banks, police, stores fight phony money
Federal Reserve banks will unleash sleek new $5 and $10 bills this week designed to thwart counterfeiters, but local law enforcement officials fear the bills won't do much good if clerks can't distinguish what's real from what's fake.
Hopefuls prepare for vote
The South Carolina House District 83 special election Tuesday boils down to two men, a Republican and a Democrat, running on promises to help turn around state schools.
Laundry lists settle World War II dispute
A stack of old laundry receipts proves once and for all that some of the pilots who took part in the U.S. air raid on Tokyo in April 1942 trained in Augusta in November 1941.
Attorney requests execution
Three people accused of taking part in a double homicide nearly five years ago could face death if convicted.
Woman plays 'mom' to geese
You might see her cautiously crossing Abercorn, her six baby geese waddling behind her in single file. Or you might see them strolling down Washington Avenue, where she and the family make their nest.
P.E., health classes win support
ATLANTA - Kay Sands told the state school board during a public hearing Monday that her son wasn't the only one who suffered during the semester he went without physical education.
'Most Wanted' suspect cooks for show's host
In a bizarre twist, a cook at a restaurant who made a steak for America's Most Wanted host John Walsh while he was in Jacksonville filming recently was arrested Saturday night after being featured on the television show.
Teacher presents music culture
Eleven years worth of costumes line the walls of the small office just off the main music room at Brookwood Elementary School.
Mr. Lake Henry
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mr. Lake Wayne Henry, 53, of Henry Lane, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Richard Pardue
Mr. Richard Alexander Pardue, 76, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Raymond Clark Sr.
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Raymond Frank Clark Sr., 81, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mr. James Harbin
Mr. James Lowry Harbin, 48, of Maple Springs Court, Martinez, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Carol Wood Jr.
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Carol Wood Jr., 38, of Rabbit Hill Drive, died Sunday, May 21, 2000.
Mrs. Carrie Ligons
AIKEN - Mrs. Carrie Simpkins Ligons, 94, of Horseshoe Bend, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Susie Walker
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Susie Bryan Walker, 90, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mrs. Sara Reid
Mrs. Sara Crawford Reid died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at her residence.
Ms. Rosa Kirkland
Ms. Rosa Lee Kirkland, 86, of Clarkston Street, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Charlton Williams
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Charlton Freddie Williams, 77, died Monday, May 22, 2000.
Mrs. Leila Hooper
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Leila B. Hooper, 68, of Boykin Road, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Wilbur Locklear
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Wilbur Lee Locklear, 55, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mrs. Frances Price
Mrs. Frances Beatrice Hall Price, 64, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. William Darby Jr.
Mr. William Madison Darby Jr. died Monday, May 22, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Anne McClearen
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Anne Wilkinson McClearen, 73, of Thomson Road, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Mattie Prince
Mrs. Mattie Lee Prince, of Larkspur Drive, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. James Sechrest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. James Murphy ``Jim'' Sechrest, 84, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville.
Mrs. Cora Parkman
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Cora Leopard Parkman, 84, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Carol Wood Jr.
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Carol Wood Jr., 38, of Rabbit Hill Drive, died Sunday, May 21, 2000.
Mr. Bernard Larisey
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Bernard F. ``Cotton'' Larisey, 65, of Old Savannah Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. James Boyd Jr.
Mr. James Eddie Boyd Jr., of Laney-Walker Boulevard, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Oree Reynolds
Mrs. Oree Simmons Reynolds, 89, of Evans, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Brandon Wilde.
Mrs. Pearl Pace
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Pearl Lanford Pace, 77, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center, Saluda.
Mrs. Seabelle McKinney
JAMAICA, N.Y. - Mrs. Seabelle McKinney died Thursday, May 18, 2000.
Mrs. Ellen Burton
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Ellen Williams Burton, 82, of Maple Avenue, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Victoria Rhiannon Kennedy, infant daughter of Wayne Mark and Maria Dyches Kennedy, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. JoAnne Cantrell
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Mrs. JoAnne Cole Cantrell, 66, of Hampton Road, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Self Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Olivia Mobley
Mrs. Olivia Wolfe Mobley, 72, of Wayside Drive, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at her residence.
What state lottery?
In his May 3 letter to the editor, U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth asserts that ``you obviously have only a superficial understanding of my bill'' and how ``It would be like the federal government trying to tax South Carolina's state lottery.''Barry Doick, Hephzibah
Seal suggests Christian 'litmus' test
I write in response to your May 17 editorial titled, ``Ready to rumble,'' regarding the recently filed suit against the Richmond County Superior Court's use of the Ten Commandments on its official emblem. Robert L. Tsai, Atlanta
Contraceptives have led to downfall
A recent The Chronicle news report discussed the 40th anniversary of the oral contraceptive known as the pill. I thought it might be interesting to look at the history of contraception and its repercussions. (I will not address the physical side effects though they are numerous ...) Kathy Edry, Augusta
Fishing area overwhelmed already
As a long-time qualified user of the Fort Gordon Recreation Area, I note with interest the action of the Corps of Engineers, whereby it has again cited Fort Gordon for violating its permit. Alan Steves, Martinez
The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, lost at least a dozen congregations when it voted two years ago to approve that a wife should ``submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband.''
All mixed up
``I don't think we were prepared for the unabashed audacity of these people to do personal business along with what they conceive to be their constituents' business.''
Let sugar subsidy die
Government critics have often said, correctly, that the problem with federal programs, even ones that are expensive and don't work, is that they're virtually impossible to repeal.
What state lottery?
In his May 3 letter to the editor, U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth asserts that ``you obviously have only a superficial understanding of my bill'' and how ``It would be like the federal government trying to tax South Carolina's state lottery.'' Barry Doick, Hephzibah
Water problems are inexcusable
The water problems in Augusta and surrounding communities are inexcusable. The history of events of the past three years proves to me that we need a professional water company to take over the water systems in our metropolitan area. Frank D. Harrisson, Augusta
Moms defrauded into anti-gun march
The recent Million Mom March was misnamed. It should have been called the March of Thousands of Liberal Democrats plus Dupes. This was a purely political exercise instigated and orchestrated by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Robert Smock, Hephzibah
What long whiskers that bass has
Because I am a local bass fisherman who does quite a bit of fishing at J. Strom Thurmond Lake, for some time I have been rather ``snagged'' on this one particular matter. Nick Faulkner, Martinez
Looking for NAACP official's courage
Life, as we all know, is full of tests. During the Summer of 1999, two tests were begun in South Carolina that will undoubtedly shape the future of race relations in our state, maybe even help determine the destiny of South Carolina itself. Michael T. Terry, New Ellenton
Blythe water No. 1
Our area is blessed with more water than most other parts of our nation. But for three years in a row, Augusta-Richmond County is experiencing water restrictions (earlier than ever) until a big 60-inch pipe and other infrastructure is upgraded.
Will estate tax die?
Nothing is certain, the saying goes, except death and taxes. Since 1916, in a very literal sense, this has been true.
Hold Internet tax hearings
Along with many people, we're against new taxes. Indeed, there are many taxes we'd like to see repealed or reduced. That said, we are troubled by the lack of e-commerce taxes - and for the same reason Augusta City Administrator Randy Oliver is.
Tranquil pond deserves protection
During the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to explore Folly Pond on Germany Creek and the surrounding area in McDuffie County. Richard Lux, Augusta
No problem at SRS
Brandon Haddock's news report, ``Panel: SRS needs easy procedures,'' in the May 12 Chronicle (Page 2C), stated that there have been 22 ``criticalities'' worldwide since 1953, seven in the United States. Harry Smiley, Aiken
Flag debate stalls work on problems
Don't you think this so-called ``flag controversy'' has gone on long enough? It is quite obvious that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will never accept any sort of compromise. Les Barrett, Augusta
Have faith in self-governance
Recent editions of The Chronicle have led me to believe that many fiercely-debated topics are rooted in one group's apparent belief in its authority over others. Justin Horton, Waynesboro
Smoking-related deaths still rise
WASHINGTON - Americans are rejecting the smoking habit at a surprisingly rapid rate, a trend that is going global.
New drug could stop cancer
NEW ORLEANS -- A new drug that targets one of the basic genetic flaws in cancer shows promise in early tests on humans, halting the growth of tumors and making them more vulnerable to chemotherapy.
Astronauts turn attention to inside repairs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Their outside repairs to the international space station completed, space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts turned their attention Monday to the more important task awaiting them inside: replacing the dying batteries.
House members see no rush for new internet privacy laws
WASHINGTON - Following the Federal Trade Commission's request to Congress for authority to tighten online consumer privacy standards, House Republicans voiced concerns that election year politics could be behind the request.
Astronauts to fix space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After an impeccable linkup with the international space station Sunday, the astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis geared up for their next 200-mile-high feat: a spacewalk to fix broken equipment on the outside of the station.
Database Goliath aims to rule the Internet
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Oracle Corp. has rocketed from the humdrum of data crunching to the forefront of Internet computing so quickly that even the pilot feels lightheaded.
Internet not expected to increase voting
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even though half of all potential voters now use the Internet, public opinion researchers do not expect the wealth of new political information available electronically to increase voter participation in this year's presidential election.
Anti-depression pills are effective treatment for hot flashes
NEW ORLEANS - Evidence is growing that low doses of anti-depression pills are effective at helping women going through menopause avoid hot flashes, even if they are not depressed.
THE FACTS: Stephen Zinnerman, 19, a senior at T.W. Josey High School.
The high cost of graduation
The goodies that go along with graduation can be costly for teens and their parents.
Xtreme advice: Disability shouldn't matter in good relationship
''My boyfriend has a disability but I still love him. Some of my family and friends think I'm weird. What can I do?'' - 19-year-old Hephzibah girl
Pick the best five photos from prom night. Try to include pictures of your whole crew (not just a bunch of you and your date).
Calling all teens!
Athletes. Movie buffs. Actors. Students. Those are just a few of the many traits to describe members of the current Xtreme Teen Board.