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Book captures summer movies of '98
Monday-morning quarterbacking is America's national pastime, and nobody indulges in it better than a journalist. In The Gross, the journalist is Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety, show business's bible. And in fairness, the period he examines - the summer movie season of 1998 - provides much fodder for hindsight.
Brauer: Taxing an item reduces demand
The story is told, and it might as well be true, that centuries ago the Duke of Tuscany levied a tax on salt. This caused local bakers to stop using salt in bread, giving us Tuscan bread.
Regional planners list priorities
A mega-industrial park in Warren County and a convention center in Lincoln County are just a couple of the projects topping the CSRA Regional Development Center's wish list.
Hokrein: Area's amenities can attract jobs
Daybreak on Thurmond Lake puts a lot of things into perspective.
Regency Mall's future remains in dark
After all the speculation, Regency Mall is still a troubled center. The city commission has discussed turning it into a government complex; and the nonprofit revitalization group, Greater Augusta Progress, paid for a $100,000 plan that calls for Regency to become a commercial center.
Companies seeking older workers
Kmart sporting goods manager Ronnie Long, 56, said he plans to retire in 15 months. But that won't be the end of his working days.
Executive sets his sights on change
Staff Writer Damon Cline sat down with Ajita Rajendra, senior vice president of Evans-based Kennametal Industrial Products Group, formerly Greenfield Industries, to discuss the progress local operations have had since Kennametal's acquisition of Greenfield in 1997.
Brannen: Human resources departments evolve
Prior to the late 1800s, personnel or human resources management departments did not exist as a separate field or distinct type of work.
Plant leader looks to future
The acrid odor of grinding metal is everywhere at the Kennametal IPG plant in Evans.
Bartering for business
When corporations build new factories and offices, they go where workers are skilled, where natural resources are plentiful and where transportation is convenient.
Internships help with recruitment
Internship programs can be a benefit to budding professionals and companies - especially in these tight labor-market times. The key to getting the most out of an internship is selecting the right programs and interns, experts say.
Don't let discipline become liability
First, the bad news: If you're a business owner, there's little you can do to keep disgruntled employees from suing you.
Deere building attracts suppliers
While John Deere completes a building project that will double the size of its plant, suppliers in the industrial park around it are positioning themselves to serve the factory.
Study finds Internet economy soared last year
SAN FRANCISCO -- The number of people employed in Internet-related jobs doubled last year to 2.5 million, according to a new study that highlights the increasing importance of the digital economy.
Business briefs: Wall Street finishes day on quiet note
NEW YORK - Stocks ended an extremely quiet session with mixed results Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average up 20.54 to close at 10,815.30.
In the know
TEENS AND PARENTS: Teens report that they interact pretty well with both their parents, but they are more likely to say they get along with Mom than with Dad.
Sabrina Sanchez has plenty of people cheering her on toward her weight-loss goal.
Age old questions
Q: I have trouble with my dentures. Should I consider dental implants? - M.L., Augusta
Slow drivers annoy other motorists
Whoa! Is that a turtle in front of you? No, it's just a car that seems to be driving at the speed of one.
Traveling habits vary for genders
Hitting the road this summer for a little vacation driving?
Felon pleads guilty, awaits sentencing
A three-time felon, who was out of jail a month before forcing his way into a south Augusta home where he sexually assaulted and robbed a child, is headed back to prison.
Drought taxes water supply
Columbia County's thirsty lawns are consuming about 23 million gallons of water a day, nearly 77 percent of water consumption, said Billy Clayton, director of Water and Sewer Services.
Across the area: Area sets record in telethon giving
Pledges poured in during the last hours of the Children's Miracle Network telethon to push the total to a new record.
Richmond County Sheriff's deputies escort the remains of a 19-year-old man from a private dock on Albeclaus Drive. Divers pulled the body from the Savannah River on Monday afternoon after a resident reported seeing it near a dock at about 4:30 p.m.
Mobile homes fill niche
ATLANTA - In a state where more than 1 million people live in manufactured homes and 60,000 are employed in all aspects of selling them, the mobile-home industry is big business.
County to market Wildwood to tourists
As he rides around Thurmond Lake, Jay Jennings wonders when Columbia County would mine its jewel: Wildwood Park.
Obligation to register falls short
ATLANTA - Chris Stuart didn't know that in three years he'll be expected to register with the selective service. In fact, he thought the draft had ended in Vietnam.
Graduates urged to aim high
Graduates of Richmond County's 10 public high schools received the same lesson Sunday at their baccalaureate that they learned in kindergarten years before - the Golden Rule.
Bald eagle deaths alarm wildlife experts
Bald eagle populations appear to be gaining ground in most parts of Georgia and South Carolina, but this year's annual nesting survey along Thurmond Lake was a disappointment.
Bush will visit Augusta
Texas Gov. George W. Bush will visit Augusta on Tuesday for the first time since entering the presidential race.
Laughter helps woman recover
Betty Porter grips an ice cream cone-shaped cardboard cylinder and drags it through the air, placing it on top of another cone. She does this again and again until there are eight cones forming a tower.
Travelers give aid to Polish city
Pam Tucker's recent trip to Poland taught her to be thankful.
Pupils' ID badges lose appeal
Tiffany Folger would prefer that a photo identification badge not be a part of her wardrobe when she begins her junior year at Evans High School in the fall.
T.W. Josey High School seniors listen to speakers during graduation at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Graduation services also were held Monday for Butler and Glenn Hills high schools.
Bush will attend ceremony
From Staff ReportsTexas Gov. George W. Bush will be in town today to take part in the observance of the 56th anniversary of D-Day.
SRS work plan draws criticism
Savannah River Site officials defended a plan Monday to suspend work at a $100 million, 3-year-old waste incinerator, saying the stoppage would allow taxpayers' money to be put to better use.
Shower only drop in the bucket
Thomasenia Roy's new hat wasn't very stylish, but at least it was waterproof.
Preparing to take off
Danny Altman (left) and John Tompkins, of the Augusta Museum of History, wipe down a fiberglass and wood miniature airplane for the Susan Still Children's Discovery Gallery, which will open June 11. thatThe gallery will also contain a child-size space shuttle and a carved-out fur trader's canoe.
Aiken County will buy pond land
LANGLEY - The Aiken County Park system very likely will include almost all of Langley Pond in the not-so-distant future, but as of today county officials are preparing to buy a 10.73-acre parcel at its northwestern tip for the new Langley Pond Park.
Across the area: Area man charged in armed robbery
GRANITEVILLE - A North Augusta man was charged Sunday in connection with the armed robbery of a Graniteville convenience store May 30, Aiken County sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said Monday.
Doctors see more Munchausen cases
One mother injected urine into her child's IV. Another was caught smothering her child to try and fool doctors that the child suffered from breathing lapses.
Lake levels continue to fall
ATLANTA - State-imposed water restrictions, already in effect in metro Atlanta, could be coming soon to other urban areas unless a three-year drought loosens its grip, the Georgia's chief environmental regulator warned Monday.
Ms. Debra Blanton
SPARTA, Ga. - Ms. Debra Blanton, 34, of West Broad Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.
Mr. Johnnie Williams
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Johnnie Williams, 87, of Polhill Street, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mr. Richard Ergle
AIKEN - Mr. Richard ``Buster'' Ergle, 50, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Frank Herrington
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Frank Hinson Herrington, 89, of Youngblood Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mrs. Odessa Wright
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Odessa Wright, 72, of Ron Road, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Mary Creson
Mrs. Mary Cleckley Creson, of Westminster Court, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Melburn Smith Jr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Melburn John Smith Jr., 56, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Augusta.
Mrs. Linda Nevil
REGISTER, Ga. - Mrs. Linda Vickery Nevil, 56, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. John Fortner
POOLER, Ga. - Mr. John M. Fortner, 82, of Big Ben Road, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.
Mrs. Mildred Hall
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Lee Logue Hall, 68, of Underwood Drive, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Wren George
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Mrs. Wren Beckham George, 75, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Clarence Williams
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Clarence Williams, 77, of Holmes Street, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Ms. Sharieka Sherrer
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Sharieka Sherrer, 20, of Church Street, died Friday, June 2, 2000.
Mrs. Ethel Avery
Mrs. Ethel Jenrette Avery, 93, of Russell Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mr. Charles Oliver
WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Mr. Charles T. Oliver, 63, of York Street, died Tuesday, May 30, 2000.
Mr. Ernest Partridge
NORFOLK, Va. - Mr. Ernest Orville Partridge, 88, of Faulk Road, died Thursday, June 1, 2000.
Mrs. Natherine Worsley
Mrs. Natherine B. Worsley, 82, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Alsie Parks
Mrs. Alsie Helen Hawes Parks, 80, of Perry Avenue, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Evella Lawrence
SUMMERTOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Evella Williams Lawrence, 58, of Church Street, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Verlie Jones
GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Verlie M. ``Tommie'' Hedgecoe Jones, 73, of Leisure Drive, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Toombs Nursing Center, Lyons.
Mrs. Estelle Grubbs
HILDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mildred Darnell Grubbs, 76, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center of Aiken, Aiken.
Mrs. Barbara McIlwain
Mrs. Barbara Ann Walker McIlwain, 55, of Columbia Drive, Martinez, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at University Hospital.
Miss Shanta White
Miss Shanta Denice White, of Religh Drive, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Jean Stowell
NEW ELLENTON - Mrs. Jean K. Stowell, 75, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Rev. Leo Herbert Weaver Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - The Rev. Leo Herbert Weaver Sr., 80, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lula Perkins
Mrs. Lula Mae Perkins, 88, of Spruce Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Dahrl Boedy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Dahrl Boedy, 76, died Saturday, June 3, 2000.
Miss Ruby Pullen
PALM BAY, Fla - Miss Ruby D. Pullen, 81, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Augustine Findley
Mrs. Augustine H. Findley, 81, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Elnora McManus
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Elnora Parker McManus, 87, of McManus Road, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Nursing Home.
Ms. Veronica Tucker
Ms. Veronica A. Tucker, 53, of Inwood Drive, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Henry Drummer
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Henry Drummer, 58, died Friday, June 2, 2000.
Mrs. Kathleen Cheek
Mrs. Kathleen H. Cheek, 93, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Forest Lake Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Ilene Rogers
Mrs. Ilene Betty Rogers, 75, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. George Brown
Mr. George Oliver Brown, 79, of Martinez, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mrs. Mildred Raborn
AIKEN - Mrs. Mildred Hair Raborn, 66, of Old Barnwell Road, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
No 'inside' info on median cut
I was somewhat shocked to read the editorial ``Cheeks disappoints.'' I know that the voters know and I, along with my God, know that I have done no wrong and have not violated any laws. State Sen. Don Cheeks, Augusta
It matters which flag waves in sky
A letter in your April 23 issue suggests that America should forget about ``whether or not any particular flag waves in the sky'' and focus on the problems of today. I approve the writer's list of problems but not his view of the flag issue. Roy C. DeLamotte, Augusta
Condemns 'sheer ignorance of sin'
Bravo to the May 30 letters by Kim Maney and John Bryan regarding the high standard of values and morality of the Boy Scouts of America. Carol McElmurray, Martinez
Got it wrong?
The May 24 letter by Kathy and Earl Williams expresses their view of ``Backward Baptists'' and says that ''Jesus was and is the penultimate advocate of women ...'' Charlie Giuntini, North Augusta
Drive-away cheats hurt honest folks
I want to thank Robyn Logan for her May 26 letter-to-the-editor about people who drive off without paying for gasoline. I also work as a cashier at a local gas station and it hurts honest people, who have to put up with the pre-pay system. Augustine Rhodes, Hephzibah
I can't believe that the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. wants to spend $250,000 to see if we need a fish aquarium. The answer is no. We can't even furnish enough water to our taxpayers, let alone fill up a large fish tank. John D. Cartwright, Augusta
Partisanship fades away when it comes to key projects affecting elected officials' constituencies. This is why state Sens. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken - with an able assist by Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-W. Columbia - are to be applauded for breaking the Bobby Jones Expressway logjam.
Dorsey's right; dry up ball parks
I applaud Rick Dorsey's column blasting sports teams and stadiums for the selling of beer during the contests. I agree 100 percent with his assessment that taverns are the place to buy beer, not ball parks. Justen Wonderly, Evans
Schools should observe Memorial Day
If Memorial Day is a federal and state government-recognized holiday, then why do Columbia County schools refuse to observe this national day to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom? William M. Getha, Evans
NAACP slammed for stand on flag
We need to read and heed the words of people like the Rev. Todd Upchurch (letter, May 17) before we are subservient to a radical, subversive group like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It represents what is wrong with this country. Charlie J. Connell, North Augusta
Confederate president respected slaves
In 1861, as eleven states seceded from the Union, a new government was formed and patterned after the U.S. Constitution with few changes. Its president, Jefferson Davis, knew the issue of slavery would have to be dealt wiith eventually. Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta
Clinton plays with fire
President Clinton wants to level the military playing field between the United States and other nations. Because of resistance from allies to the proposed National Missile Defense system, Clinton's latest move is to share missile technology with Europe and other ``friendly'' nations.
Brown's name for civic center backed
What a wonderful opportunity to boost and boast Augusta by renaming the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center the James Brown Memorial Civic Center (even if he is still alive.) Johnny Hensley, Augusta
Bravery foils robbers
Not many people would have the presence of mind to do what Theodore Gillyard did when a gun-wielding, stocking-headed bandit shoved a pistol in his chest at a Broad Street ATM machine at 3 a.m. last Thursday.
Watch out, Tiger Woods. Charles Howell could be nipping at your heels soon. The Augusta native shattered a pot full of records in winning the individual NCAA golf championship in Opelika, Ala., over the weekend - including turning in a 265 card, 23 strokes under par.
Wonders if blacks vacation in Africa
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has accomplished its goal: the flag came down from the Statehouse of South Carolina. R. Waters, Hephzibah
It's always maddening when driving down an Augusta thoroughfare and debris comes hurtling out from the unsecured top or back of a trash-hauling truck.
Your cartoon on the May 28 opinion page was very offensive to me and my family. Earl Thompson, Augusta
Bible doesn't reflect cultural periods
Sadly, the writer shows her ignorance of the Bible when she writes, ``The quote from the Bible that is used reflects the cultural time period.'' Ken Chumbley, Belvedere
Blacks intimidate 'gutless' politicos
Gov. Jim Hodges, in his speech to the Legislature, equates capitulation to threat and intimidation as constituting a ``spirit of mutual respect'' between the races. Elia Angeloff, Evans
Link between smog and heart attacks found
LOS ANGELES -- Smog apparently doesn't hurt just your lungs: New scientific research suggests that even moderate smog may induce sudden death in people with existing heart problems.
Who wins in Microsoft breakup?
SAN FRANCISCO -- The potential impact of a court-ordered breakup of Microsoft Corp. remains as murky as the millions of lines of code that made the software giant's ubiquitous operating systems successful, with corporate friends and foes alike poised to benefit.
New schedule will cause trouble
Everyone who drives to Lakeside High School would agree that traffic congestion on the way adds five to 10 minutes to the daily trip. So what's the Columbia County Board of Education going to do about it this fall?
Graduations gifts vary
It's not your average Hallmark card and there's no money in it. Nope, this graduation greeting takes up half a basketball court in Alston Carter's backyard. The 18-year-old Harlem High School senior received the ``card'' from her mother, Elaine, for graduating Saturday with fellow Columbia County public high school students.
Xtreme advice: It's high time that girl got over her ex-boyfriend
''I'm still in love with my ex-boyfriend. His girlfriend has a problem with me calling up every now and then just to say hey. We agreed to be friends when we broke up. Now I'm to the point where I want to beat her down. Should I fight her or quit calling him?'' - 15-year-old Augusta girl
THE FACTS:Laura Vann, 14, rising freshman at Aquinas High School.