Business briefs: Contact lens maker reveals buyout deal
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Bausch & Lomb Inc. abandoned its pursuit of Wesley Jessen VisionCare Inc. on Tuesday after the Des Plaines, Ill.-based cosmetic contact lens maker revealed it had accepted a $785 million buyout offer from CIBA Vision.
Avondale Mills plans $115 million initiative
Avondale Mills announced Tuesday a $115 million plant modernization plan that will pump about $21 million into its South Carolina facilities.
Monsanto sells NutraSweet
J.W. Childs Equity Partners II LP purchased NutraSweet Co. from Monsanto Co. - now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pharmacia Corp. - for $440 million Thursday. Company officials made the announcement Tuesday.
Business briefs: Markets worldwide post modest gains
Stock markets around the world rose Monday, but gains were modest as traders behaved cautiously while U.S. markets were closed for the Memorial Day holiday.
Local man to head Topeka newspaper
John Fish, assistant general manager of The Augusta Chronicle, will leave the newspaper after 12 years to become publisher of The Topeka Capital-Journal.
City park plans proceed
After nearly six years of planning, the Augusta Commons project could see construction begin this fall.
Road hazards: Drivers' pet peeves sought
Have you ever been driving down the street and the car in front of you is going five miles under the speed limit in the passing lane?
In the know
CONTEST OF THE WEEK: If you're getting married and enjoy the music of Kenny G, you may want to share your big day with Korbel Champagne. Korbel and the world's best-selling instrumentalist are sponsoring a Wedding Song serenade contest.
Exercising regularly requires a commitment
Weight Loss 2000 participant LaSaundria Walker has such a hectic schedule that it's hard for her to find time to exercise. In addition to taking care of her 4-year-old daughter, Jasmine, Miss Walker, 21, works full time at Sitel and Long John Silver's restaurant.
Perfect for a picnic
Summer is here, and with it come picnics at the lake and backyard cookouts.
Age-old questions: Be sure to protect your skin this summer
Dear Readers: With summer right around the corner, it is important to remember the first rule of fun in the sun: Protect your skin.
The Vidalia onion's mellow flavor is the result of the mild climate and unique soil combination found in a small region of Georgia, which designated the Vidalia the state vegetable in 1990.
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. Prices below were checked Monday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
Fight over court seal is minor
As you might recall, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court earlier this month to stop Richmond County's Superior Court from using a seal that appears to depict the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
Foundation honors schools for successes
ATLANTA - Barrow Elementary School pupils aren't allowed to make excuses for poor academic performance. They can't blame poverty, parents or uncaring teachers.
Good rating earns Wackenhut bonus
Savannah River Site's security firm will receive a bonus of more than $1 million for its recent performance.
Rest areas remain unfinished
Renovations to Columbia County's two rest areas on Interstate 20 began two years ago, and officials say it could be the end of the summer before they're complete.
Schrenko examines platforms
State Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko said her support for state House candidate Ron Beul won't be automatic. She'll have to study his platform before deciding to back him.
A list of graduates from North Augusta and Cross Creek high schools were left out of the Class of 2000 special section published Sunday. The lists will be printed in Sunday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle.
Court shoots down ex-assessor's appeal
Aiken County Administrator Bill Shepherd was justified in firing the county tax assessor for insubordination in 1996, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled.
State group eyes Chinese markets
ATLANTA - On the heels of House passage of the U.S.-China trade bill, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin plans to promote the state's agricultural products during a trade mission scheduled for June.
Officials predict high hurricane activity
Above average. Active. Dangerous.
Edgefield County welcomes new plant
TRENTON, S.C. - A New York-based manufacturing company announced Tuesday that it will bring 175 jobs to the area - five more than were created in all of Edgefield County last year.
Officials field calls on dirty water
Dirty water coming from faucets in downtown Augusta triggered a rash of calls to the city's utilities department Tuesday but posed no hazard to public health, Utilities Director Max Hicks said.
Shortages threaten science fair
The chance for pupils across the area to win blue ribbons for exploding volcanoes may be gone when they return to school next fall because funding and volunteers are missing at the nonprofit organization that oversees science fairs.
Judge dismisses ineligibility petition
Georgia Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, was cleared Tuesday of an accusation that he should be ineligible to seek a fourth term in District 119 because he allegedly doesn't live in the House district he represents.
Cab companies cry foul
Fort Gordon is set to review its taxi service contract with Radio Cab in June. But smaller taxi services contend the contract and its beneficiary do not allow them their fair share.
Educators enrich low-income pupils
ATLANTA - Approximately 58 percent of the nation's low-income fourth-graders can't read, and 67 percent of impoverished eighth-graders can't perform basic math calculations, according to education watchdogs.
Area veterans offer tribute to comrades
Jesse Mayes flinched as the shots rang out during the 21-gun salute given for his fallen comrades.
Officials encourage pool care
ATHENS, Ga. - Although summer may not have officially arrived yet, summertime temperatures certainly have. And, as a result, pool lovers everywhere are making a splash.
Across the area: City names public safety director
GROVETOWN -- As of Thursday,Grovetown will have a new director of public safety.
Across the area: Police seek area teen-ager's shooter
WAGENER - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office continues to look for the person who shot a 15-year-old boy in the back during the weekend, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.
Dress code necessity disputed
Richmond County school officials passed a mandatory uniform policy last year hoping to decrease discipline problems.
Aiken architect Martin Buckley designed a bent palmetto tree for a public art display on Columbia's city streets. Mr. Buckley's tree is one of 89 steel palmettos decorated by South Carolina artists.
Teachers take on 'special' task
AIKEN - As Mary Ann Brock recited The Three Little Pigs to her pupils, she passed around bundles of straw, sticks and bricks to keep their attention.
Harlem approves plans to update water system
HARLEM - Harlem officials approved several measures Tuesday designed to upgrade the city's water system.
Agencies prepare to battle fires
During a normal year, Richmond County's Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Jesse Townsend should be taking it easy.
Gas-can fills can generate fire hazards
Soaring gas prices aren't the only way of getting burned at the pump as summer approaches.
New law prohibits van use
Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law Tuesday a bill that will prohibit private schools and child care centers from using 15-passenger vans to carry children.
Mr. Clifford Napier Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Clifford L. Napier Sr., 66, of Marion Avenue, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Harriet Shultzaberger
Mrs. Harriet Francis Shultzaberger, 71, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Allen
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Allen, 57, of Ward Street, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at his residence.
Ms. Maggie Rolling
Ms. Maggie Pearl Rolling died Wednesday, May 24, 2000.
Mrs. Genevieve Howard
Mrs. Genevieve Elam Howard, 75, of Anthony Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Beverly Manor Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Daisy Johnson
AIKEN - Mrs. Daisy W. Johnson, 85, of Adams Avenue, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Pearl Williams
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Pearl S. Williams, 73, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Statesboro Nursing Home, Statesboro.
Mr. Herbert Howland
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Herbert Thomas Howland, 58, of Mountside Drive, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Thelma Miller
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Thelma Hutchings Miller, 82, of Springfield Road, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Silver Springs Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mary Briggs
NEW YORK - Mrs. Mary Briggs, 81, of Bronx, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000.
Emanuel Washington Sr.,
101, construction worker
Mrs. Pearl Dunn
Mrs. Pearl Dunn, 95, of Evans to Locks Road, Evans, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Harold Fordham
DUBLIN, Ga. - Mr. Harold Eugene Fordham, 73, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Shamrock Nursing Home.
Mrs. Eva Smith
Glascock County native
Mr. Sam Wilson Jr.
Mr. Sam Wilson Jr., of Strother Drive, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Jeanette Burnette
LANGLEY - Mrs. Jeanette McGraw Burnette, 73, of Dunbar Street, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mrs. Mary Foss
Mrs. Mary Ellen Arrington Foss, 88, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.
Mr. Edwin Wilensky
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Mr. Edwin Wilensky died Sunday, May 28, 2000.
Mr. George Coakley Sr.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Mr. George Edward Coakley Sr., 82, of Woodland Way, died Monday, May 29, 2000.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Samuel Logsdon ``Sam'' Miller, 3, died Monday, May 29, 2000.
Mrs. Mildred Brooks
THOMSON - Mrs. Mildred Ross Brooks, 73, of Pine Court, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Graham Barclay
Mrs. Graham Hinson Barclay, 83, of Owens Road, Evans, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Fernie Faulk
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Mr. Fernie E. Faulk, 75, died Monday, May 29, 2000.
Mr. Darwin Peters
Mr. Darwin C. Peters, 80, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Myrtle Kemp
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtle Lee Kemp, 96, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Mrs. Lisa Kloiber
Mrs. Lisa M. Kloiber, 33, of Evans, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Roberta Pollard
Mrs. Robert M. Pollard, of Jonathan Circle, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Lois Dixon
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Sterling Dixon, 78, died Monday, May 29, 2000.
Mr. Remus Riner
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Remus C. Riner, 97, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.
Mrs. Elizabeth Dykes
RUSKIN, Fla. - Mrs. Elizabeth M. Dykes, 73, died Monday, May 29, 2000.
Mrs. Mildred Lord
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Tharpe Lord, 80, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mr. James Pitts
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mr. James Hamilton ``Jim'' Pitts, 30, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center, Swainsboro.
Mrs. Doris Bonds
Mrs. Doris Earline Bonds, of Bayvale Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. William Sheppard
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. William ``Shep'' Sheppard, 81, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Beverly Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mr. Joseph Seber
Mr. Joseph Seber, 79, died Friday, May 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Robert Wright Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee ``Rob'' Wright Sr., 51, of Corker Road, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Jeannette Burnette
LANGLEY - Mrs. Jeannette McGraw Burnette, 73, of Dunbar Street, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mr. Walter Parkman Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Walter Parkman Sr., 80, of Bradleyville Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Sarah Clifton
NEWNAN, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Clifton, 78, died Monday, May 29, 2000, in Augusta.
Mr. James Oxford
GRACEWOOD, Ga. - Mr. James Allen ``Al'' Oxford, 49, died Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Elsie Siegert
Mrs. Elsie V. Siegert, 82, of West Lake Drive, Evans, died Monday, May 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Proposes flying flag carrying swastika
I am certain this will not serve to lessen any of the controversy about the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina Statehouse capital or on the grounds; however, I would like to add my opinion to the long list of opinions. Henry Scott, Hephzibah
Complaints about Williams unfounded
A recent letter writer from Columbia County complained about the state representatives from the 113th and 114th districts and their performances. K.G. Watson, Augusta
The story behind the title, `Mr. Bass'
My letter is in reference to the baffled local bass fisherman, Nick Faulkner (letter, May 22), who is snagged on how catching the state and world record blue catfish qualifies one to be touted ``Mr. Bass.'' Enon Hopkins, Augusta
Worst RICO abuse
In defending President Clinton against scandal and impeachment charges, Democrats coined the phrase, ''the politics of personal destruction,'' to describe the GOP.
Post your own Ten Commandments
The Chronicle covered the American Civil Liberties Union and its attacks on smaller governmental organizations for ``separation of church and state'' very well. Gene England, Aiken
Top court's tough call
The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling was correct Monday, regarding the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which restricted cable companies to showing sexually oriented material, like the Playboy channel, to overnight hours.
`Hybrid' a good step
The Augusta Commission took positive action recently regarding the role of the city attorney.
Shame the deadbeats
What's more surprising than the $600,000 to $1 million Augusta taxpayers have shelled out the past three years to clean up other people's messy private property are some of the persons.
Make child abusers pay the price
I read the May 24 article about Rebecca Cowart and the beating death of her 15-month-old daughter. If the evidence presented in the courtroom proves Ms. Cowart guilty, the death penalty should be considered. Carolyn Johnson, Augusta
Editor promoting racial divide
As chairman of the South Carolina Council of Conservative Citizens, I'd like to answer editorial page editor Suzanne Downing's comments about the South Carolina Confederate flag. Frances L. Bell, Windsor
Due to a typographical error, the last line of two editorials in last Saturday's edition were dropped.
In defense of women pastors
I am responding to the gentleman letter writer who feels women are worthless in this world. I have been a Southern Baptist all of my life. T.B. Jenkins, Thomson
NAACP called economic terrorists
I am a 32-year-old white male, fourth-generation carpenter and a lifelong resident of South Carolina. Andrew L. Pridgen, Burnettown
Boy Scouts hold to high standard
The Boy Scouts of America hold to a standard of behavior above what the vast majority of our society today follows, not just homosexuals. Kim Maney, Evans
Cultural change no excuse for `error'
``That was then, this is now'' is perhaps the most common excuse given by those in the religious community for the errors that continue to be introduced into the ``Christian'' churches, reference your May 23 editorial, ``Backward Baptists.'' It may come as a surprise to some, but God was not ignorant of the cultural and social mores of the 20th and 21st centuries when he instructed the Apostle Paul to write the words of 1 Timothy 2:8-14. Southern Baptist churches that ordain women as pastors are acting contrary to the clear, and still valid, instructions of God and are, therefore, in error. Hubert Baker, Aiken
Why does attorney fear Fryer?
Attorney William McCracken's determination to dismiss Woodrow Fryer's qualification to run for sheriff of Richmond County, over fingerprints already on file, suggests the attorney has something personal against Mr. Fryer. Rev. Sam Tanksley Jr., Augusta
Georgians who expect ethics in government will be disappointed again, this time with the latest accusation that state Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, used his position as vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee for personal gain.
Boy Scouts a private organization
Michael Ledo's May 24 letter about the Boy Scouts simply shows how misinformed he is. The Boy Scouts of America is not a public organization; it's a private organization. John Bryan, Wrens
Media, not NAACP, lowered flag
An honest evaluation of the outcome of South Carolina's Confederate battle flag debate shows that fear of the media, not fear of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was the factor that paved the way for the flag to come down. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem
James Brown already has a street
With absolutely no disrespect intended to either Mayor Bob Young or to lovers of soul music, I would simply ask three critical questions before renaming Augusta-Richmond County Arena as the ``James Brown Arena,'' a tribute to local musician James Brown, the ``Godfather of Soul.'' John Sisson, Evans
Scientists pinpoint cause of lupus
German scientists have provided the first direct evidence that a key enzyme's failure to mop up dying cells contributes to lupus, a potentially fatal immune disorder.
The calamari safari
ST. PETERSBURH, Fla. - The beached sperm whale drew quite a crowd. Then the three University of Miami students showed up with the double-bladed ax.
School's almost over and prom is just a memory. Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures from their prom. See you next year!
THE FACTS: Luther Darnell Stewart, 18, a 1999 graduate of North Augusta High School.
As the school year winds down, many Augusta area teens said the main repercussion of stricter dress codes was more detention hours.
Xtreme advice: Waiting game is not really worth the effort
''I've been talking to this girl for 10 months. She knew from the beginning that I wanted to go with her. She wanted to go with me, but her feelings changed. She told me not to give up and that maybe one day she'll want to be with me. Should I continue to be friends and wait for her, or should I just leave her alone?'' - 18-year-old Augusta guy