The weather's wonderful; the garden looks terrific - it's a perfect time to sell your house.
Measure will limit dumping
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Legislature will close the state's low-level nuclear waste dump to most states after years of wrangling over the landfill's future as a national burial ground.
You can save hundreds of dollars a year by imple menting some simple energy-saving measures at home.
Taking the reins
Hendrik A. Verfaillie doesn't mind posing for a picture with Prilly, one of the dairy cows on hand for his company's recent celebration. As a photographer snaps away, he leans on a metal fence and smiles.
Doctor launches venture
A local physician who patented a new class of medication for arterial diseases is starting a pharmaceutical company in Augusta.
On the move
Sofia Sowinski Verney-Carron has joined Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as a financial adviser.
R.W. Allen & Associates Inc. has received a Public Safety Award and Employee Safety Award from Bituminous Insurance Companies for an excellent loss record achieved for insurance coverage last year.
Girlfriend finds habit especially repulsive
Dear Carson: I have been dating a lovely man for more than a year. Recently he has started picking his nose in my presence, especially when he is driving.
BELLINZONA, Switzerland - Italian charm meets Swiss order. Palm trees puncture the Alpine panorama. Historic villages tumble down to crystal lakes.
Wildness attracts visitors
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. - Atop a grassy plateau, a herd of 24 buffaloes peers down a wind-sculpted butte at approaching hikers.
In the know
WEDDINGS: Beginning Sunday, June 4, The Augusta Chronicle will change the format of its wedding announcements.
Bill Harley is trying to lighten the gloom in the fifth-floor room at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.
Hill home holds framed memories
Her mother's framed needlework hangs alongside photos of Prioleau Jackson Murray's children and grandchildren - so close together only a little of her creamy white wall is visible.
Southern states looked to skies in fall '73
It was a night of inky calm in the fall of 1973, a perfect night for flying.
Holiday celebrates all veterans
Most of the people celebrating this Memorial Day weekend will do so without realizing that it was only recently that the national holiday gained status in this part of the country.
Man dies in one-car accident
Neighbors on Brown Road north of Hephzibah heard a loud crash at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday but didn't discover until after daybreak that a motorist was lying dead in the woods, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. A handful of residents in the 1400 block of Brown Road went outside after hearing the noise. One man even drove a car up and down the street looking for signs of trouble but in the dark was unable to see the mangled, dark-blue Ford Mustang deep in the pine trees, authorities said. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle
Tree design picked to go to Columbia
AIKEN - The 200-pound steel palmetto tree first sprouted in architect Martin Buckley's back yard on Two Notch Road, where he added the whimsical touches that make it unique.
The Augusta Chronicle, the state Department of Transportation and city traffic engineers want to keep Augustans informed about when and where road work is scheduled to occur. An updated list of area road projects for the week appears Sundays in The Chronicle.
Senator's conduct questioned
A Wheeler Road property owner has accused state Sen. Don Cheeks of using his position as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for personal gain.
Across the area
Residents on Brown Road north of Hephzibah heard a loud crash at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday but didn't discover until after daybreak that a motorist was lying dead in the woods, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.
Veterans rally calls for help
About 30 veterans gathered at a makeshift rally outside the lobby of the downtown Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday to say the nation is neglecting its duty to them.
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day.
Holiday festival draws crowd
AIKEN - The Aiken Public Safety Department had the most popular site Saturday at Aiken's Memorial Day Festival. At least with the children.
Housing boom heads for bust
Developers with Nordahl Homes say the houses they're building in south Richmond County are being snatched up almost as quickly as they can be completed.
Task force aims to curb suicide
AIKEN - Barbie Church sat alone outside a psychologist's office at an Aiken County school. The counselor had diagnosed her with depression and was telling her parents about the treatment required.
Man remains tangled in case
James S. Faller II says he has been knocked down by a judicial nightmare but refuses to fall.
Families compete at sporting event
The one-mile lake swim race began, and the 30 or more swimmers, all neck and neck, looked like a school of piranha moving in for a distant kill.
Former POW recalls ordeal
They needed a place to remember chilly nights cuddling with wives many of them believed they would never see again.
ANIC gets lessons in city service
Perhaps, as Monty Osteen said a few months ago, the perceived problems with the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. are simply a case of growing pains.
Across the area: Motorist's death from natural cause
Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend has ruled that a man whose pickup veered off a secondary road Friday morning and crashed into a telephone pole died from natural causes.
Man intent on solving 1973 case
Despite pleas from some family and friends, Grady Abrams cannot shake the memory of Carol Greggs.
Columbia Cty. offers job opportunities
For four years, Pam Croom has been making the three-minute drive from her Ashton Woods subdivision in Columbia County to Bel Air Elementary School, where she works as the school's secretary.
Father gives moral of hope
The bubbly 17-year-old had a zest for life and did everything with a passion.
Hospital seeking reversal
Management changed quickly at St. Joseph Hospital, and the new interim administration is hoping for an equally quick reversal of fortune.
Collection to honor veterans of Korea
BURNETTOWN - The young GI barely weighed 101 pounds but nevertheless carried a 50-pound equipment pack as he made his way carefully up the hill. He was ``walking point,'' the lead man of his unit, a dangerous job in a dangerous war zone of Korea.
Boss sues ex-worker for defamation
AIKEN - A Johnston woman who filed a sexual harassment claim against her former supervisor at Carlisle Tire and Wheel Co. last fall now faces a lawsuit that claims she falsely accused him.
Mr. Bruce Buffington
GROVETOWN - Mr. Bruce Buffington died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Lucie Rodems
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mrs. Lucie Mae Gray Rodems, 87, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in Charleston.
Mrs. Bernice Middleton
Mrs. Bernice Middleton, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Albert Walker Sr.
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Albert Fred Walker Sr., 49, of Edgefield Highway, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Claire Dimond
Mrs. Claire M. Dimond, 71, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. George Fuller
Mr. George Stanley Fuller, 48, of Martinez, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in Evans.
Mr. William Dixon
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mr. William ``Home Boy'' Dixon, 51, of Helen Court, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home, Thomson.
Mrs. Mary Beauford
LYONS, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Harden Rolison Beauford, 75, of Raymond Rolison Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.
Mrs. Barbara Moye
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Barbara Carol Lewis Moye, 64, of Hickory Drive, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. William Price
AIKEN - Mr. William Albert Price, 49, of Snipes Pond Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Aiken.
Mrs. Reba Bumgardner
PORTAL, Ga. - Mrs. Reba Bryant Bumgardner, 77, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro.
Mrs. Evelyn Corriher
WHITE PLAINS, Ga. - Mrs. Evelyn Marie Wyrick Corriher, 74, of Kimbrough Drive, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital, Greensboro.
Mr. Billy Smith
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Billy Sam Smith, 76, of Gilwood Street, died Friday, May 26, 2000.
Mrs. Lucille Gregory
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Lucille Land Gregory, 95, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mr. Robert Jackson
AIKEN - Mr. Robert A. Jackson, 84, of Laurens Street Northwest, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Stanley Chaney
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Stanley Chaney, 45, of Crook Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Emory Healthcare, Decatur.
Mr. James Harrison
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. James Lee Harrison, 78, of Route 2, died Thursday, May 25, 2000.
Mrs. Juanita Barnes
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Juanita E. Barnes, 60, of Skull Shoal Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000.
Mr. Leonard Delles
OLAR, S.C. - Mr. Leonard Earl Delles, 74, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.
Mrs. Mary Foss
Mrs. Mary Ellen Arrington Foss, 88, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.
Mrs. Sallie Stanley
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Sallie Inez Lundy Stanley, 90, of Richland Avenue, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Boswell Parker Nursing Center.
Mr. Clifford Napier Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Clifford L. Napier Sr., 66, of Marion Avenue, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. James Daniel Jr.
DEARING - Mr. James Nesbert ``J.N.'' Daniel Jr., 60, of George McDuffie Road, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center, Thomson.
Mrs. Barbara Paradise
AIKEN - Mrs. Barbara Storey Paradise, 70, of Trolley Line Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Lila Alvanos
AIKEN - Mrs. Lila Mae Jackson Alvanos, 80, of Vaucluse Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Lillian Miller
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lillian F. Miller, 84, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Pearl Varner
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Pearl Carroll Varner, 78, died Friday, May 26, 2000, in Barnwell.
Mrs. Lois Shaffer
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Lois Cogburn Shaffer, 89, of U.S. Highway 378, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.
Mrs. Joanne Tiller
Mrs. Joanne J. Tiller, 65, of Appling, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Laura Slate
AIKEN - Mrs. Laura Ruth Fulmer Slate, 73, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Barry Winn
Mr. Barry E. Winn, of Rachel Drive, Evans, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mary Wright
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lizzie Wright, 79, of Spring Street, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Flora McCloud
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Flora B. ``Doll'' McCloud, 94, of Route 1, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.
Mrs. Josephine Caldwell
Mrs. Josephine Clark Caldwell, 83, of Hemlock Hill Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Kent: Columbia Co. rebels; court oversight
NOW THAT PRIMARY season is heating up, some new Columbia County residents have been asking ``What is CPAC?''
CBS miniseries blasphemed Jesus
I waited with great anticipation and hesitation for the miniseries Jesus to come to CBS. The anticipation was that finally one of the major networks was actually going to air, in prime time, the life story of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Rick Haynes, North Augusta
For years, educators and social critics have made the point that education starts in the home. Schools can certainly do better, but parents are often just as much, if not more, to blame for their children's failure to learn as schools are.
Boycott of east, west Augusta urged
When I purchased my home in south Augusta in 1995, I complained to the water authority that the hydrant in my next door neighbor's yard was buried so deep it could not be reached in the event of fire. Alan D. Horner, Augusta
No way to get to transit meeting
Recently an ad appeared in The Chronicle announcing a meeting for May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. It was to be held at Augusta Tech and conducted by Department of Transportation officials. Jack Eckert, Augusta
Domestic violence is real issue
As a woman, I was appalled to read that Columbia County News-Times columnist Barry Paschal thinks Ron Beul's arrest for attacking his wife is a ``phony issue'' in this election campaign. Kathy Thomas, Martinez
Rips Columbia County mud-slinging
OK, Columbia County politicos, what's up with the mud-slinging? I guess I'm naive. I assumed that issues played a significant role in campaigns. Christopher Noah, Evans
Proposed new magnet elementary school backed
Kudos to Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. On May 20, Dr. Larke announced a K-5 fine arts magnet school will be built in downtown Augusta. Laurie Easterlin, Augusta
Augusta mayor panders to majority
In The Chronicles's report about the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against Richmond County - alleging the unconstitutional use of a seal based on the Ten Commandments . Charles E. Varner, Augusta
The late cardinal's virtues were confusing to some
Re John Cardinal O'Connor's funeral as reported: When his friend and cardinal colleague gave his sermon, he spoke of the virtues of Cardinal O'Connor - his devout morals, righteousness, truthfulness, honesty and his strong stance on pro life. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta
Honoring our heroes
Memorial Day, in a time of extended peace, has been diluted in its meaning and now stands more as the official first day of summer than it does as the day we remember our war dead.
Kent: Columbia Co. rebels; court oversight
NOW THAT PRIMARY season is heating up, some new Columbia County residents have been asking ``What is CPAC?''
Often when nationally renowned Georgia State University economist Donald Ratajczak discusses the state's economy it seems he's got encouraging words for everywhere, except Augusta.
Air merger? Just say 'No'
No one knows what it would mean to Augusta Regional Airport if United Airlines' $11.6 billion acquisition of US Airways is approved by shareholders and regulators. This is because no one can understand what the impact would be anywhere.
Challenger is better pick than Harbin
Recently, I received campaign literature from both 113th District candidate Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, and his GOP challenger, Ron Beul. Mark Pillarelli, Martinez
How safe is safe?
The 56,000 or so Augusta households that will have to cough up about $100 each to add water pollution prevention devices to their taps can't be too happy. Don't they pay taxes for things like this?
Deputies strongarming businesses
I am the owner of an Augusta-based private security company. Unlike most security companies, my officers are well trained in the law, its application and are quite reliable. Jim Vause, Augusta
Bush stands up
For a while, citizens wondered: Will the real George W. Bush please stand up? The Republican presidential candidate is standing up and letting the country know what he stands for.
Why white folks don't march, rally
Re the Confederate flag: I am a supporter of the flag and the heritage behind it. Those who consider it to be a symbol of slavery should read a history book. Donna Woods, Martinez
Ritalin sends kids wrong message
Thank you for the strong editorial on May 19 concerning the overuse of Ritalin and similar drugs. As you state, ``there are children who truly benefit from Ritalin ... but doctors and parents should proceed carefully.'' Clare Bryan, Evans
Saddened to see flag desecration
As I sadly reflected on the photo of the burning of a Confederate battle flag on the cover of the May 11 Chronicle, I wondered what it meant for the future of the South and our nation. Greg Bernard, Augusta
Editorial on exercise benefits receives praise
You described well the benefits, both for health and for family fun of regular walking and running, and the price is right. The bully pulpit of The Chronicle's editorial page is a powerful voice to proclaim a needed message. John C. Bell Jr., Augusta
Hantavirus in a California county
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The rare hantavirus likely has surfaced in Yolo County in Northern California for the second time in a month, although the latest victim has survived what appears to be a coincidental reoccurrence of the often-fatal disease.
FBI hunts for cause of virus
WASHINGTON (AP) - Computer experts and the FBI pursued yet another e-mail virus Saturday, this one using a guise of a woman's work resume to threaten the world's computers.