NEW YORK - Stocks closed mostly lower Tuesday as investors collected profits after a three-day winning streak. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 79.73 to close at 10,735.57.
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.
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.
Gizmos flood telecom market
ATLANTA - The next generation of telephones could be ski goggles, a wallet or even a pill that monitors vital signs.
Unilever acquires brands
NEW YORK - Bestfoods, the maker of Skippy peanut butter and Hellmann's mayonnaise, agreed Tuesday to be purchased by European conglomerate Unilever for $20.3 billion, creating the largest food company in the world.
Lowe's will open new store
A month after one major retailer announced it was closing its south Augusta supermarket, another one has unveiled plans to build a new warehouse superstore in the area.
Industrial property hit by foreclosure
A local car dealer and three banks foreclosed on 69 acres of county-owned industrial land in south Richmond County on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Grilled to perfection
Steak and baked potatoes are Friday-night favorites at my house. Served along with a big green salad, they're a simple and delicious way to start off the weekend.
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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched an education campaign to persuade people to use food thermometers for food safety and quality in the home year-round.
Traveling habits vary for genders
Hitting the road this summer for a little vacation driving?
Bush visits Augusta to honor veterans
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On the anniversary of D-Day, George W. Bush today proposed honoring the nation's veterans with a more responsive Veterans Affairs system, a national memorial in Washington and a rebuilt military aimed at improving morale. The Texas governor, whose father, former President Bush, was a Navy pilot in World War II, paid tribute to the 6,600 Americans killed in the Normandy landings and to the achievements of those who survived. The Augusta Chronicle
Drowning deemed accidental
ANDERSON, S.C. - Authorities have found no evidence of foul play in the drowning death of a Franklin County, Ga., man who fell 150 feet from the South Carolina side of Hartwell Dam into Lake Hartwell.
Natural cleanup favored
The best way to clean polluted federal installations such as Savannah River Site might be to help nature take care of itself, scientists said Tuesday.
Shower only drop in the bucket
Thomasenia Roy's new hat wasn't very stylish, but at least it was waterproof.
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.
Officials dedicate park expansion
Columbia County will soon have a larger place to play.
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.
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.
Hopeful pushes positive vision
He admires Ronald Reagan because he set a tone of optimism. He admires his dad, George Bush, because he enhanced America's standing in the world. And he admires Teddy Roosevelt because he had boundless energy.
Across the area
A man whose decomposed body was pulled from the Savannah River on Monday has been identified as Pvt. Robert P. Negro, 19, a former Fort Gordon soldier with family in Nevada.
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.
Man opens fire in Warrenton plant
Frantic day-shift employees scattered in terror when a man armed with a deer rifle entered a Warrenton manufacturing plant and opened fire on his estranged wife Tuesday.
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.
Edgefield council passes $5.6 million budget
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Edgefield County Council unanimously passed a $5.6 million budget Tuesday, paving the way for employee raises and more full-time jobs.
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 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.
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.
Teachers increase technology skills
ATLANTA - Students often find themselves teaching the teachers when it comes to working with computers, but now teachers are seeking to hone their own technology skills.
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.
Bush gets warm welcome
If anyone had the star power to outshine the spotlight focused on Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush Tuesday in Augusta, it would be Raymond G. Davis.
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.
Suspects arrested in 1998 slayings
Two Augusta men were arrested Tuesday in the shooting death of a Columbia County couple.
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.
Commons project advances
Augusta commissioners took a major step to move the Augusta Commons project forward Tuesday by agreeing to buy the old county health department building on Broad Street.
County accepts package
Columbia County commissioners approved a $100 million budget for the coming fiscal year Tuesday night - a package they hope will not cause an increase in property taxes.
Goodbye, high school
Twin sisters Shameika (right) and Tameika Stokeling find family and friends in the crowd during the processional at Thursday's Academy of Richmond County High School commencement at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Four sets of twins graduated. Hephzibah and Lucy C. Laney high schools also held graduations Tuesday.
Pond purchase meets resistance
AIKEN - The proposed Langley Pond Park is on its way to becoming part of the Aiken County Park system, but not all council members are happy about it.
Doug Seely of Aiken describes how he tried to turn into the parking lot at Willoughby Direct Sales on U.S. Highway 1 near Graniteville when he was struck in the rear by another vehicle, sending his 1971 Ford F-100 pickup truck rolling down an embankment and coming to rest on its top.
MCG appoints woman to act as interim dean
Dr. Betty B. Wray has been appointed interim dean of the School of Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, becoming the School of Medicine's first female dean.
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.
Writer wins dinner with Judds
Shortly after Darcie Gore gave birth to her third child, a daughter named Cassidy, she received the sort of news that every mother fears: ``Your child isn't healthy.''
Mrs. Alsie Parks
Mrs. Alsie Helen Hawes Parks, 80, of Perry Avenue, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Annie Saylor
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Polk Linder Saylor, 79, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.
Mr. Johnnie Williams
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Johnnie Williams, 87, of Polhill Street, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mrs. Ilene Rogers
Mrs. Ilene Betty Rogers, 75, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Ernest Bryant
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Ernest Elmore Bryant, 90, of Blanchard Road, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. George Brown
Mr. George Oliver Brown, 79, of Martinez, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Miss Shanta White
Miss Shanta Denice White, of Religh Drive, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Kathleen Cheek
Mrs. Kathleen H. Cheek, 93, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Forest Lake Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Michael Mallery
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Michael Ray Mallery, 24, of Gwendolyn Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his 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.
Miss Ruby Pullen
PALM BAY, Fla - Miss Ruby D. Pullen, 81, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Natherine Worsley
Mrs. Natherine B. Worsley, 82, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Paul Deer
Mr. Paul S. Deer, of Woodrow Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Richard Ergle
AIKEN - Mr. Richard ``Buster'' Ergle, 50, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Wren George
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Mrs. Wren Beckham George, 75, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Evella Lawrence
SUMMERTOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Evella Williams Lawrence, 58, of Church Street, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Robert Kitchens
THOMSON - Mr. Robert Lewis Kitchens, 64, of Boneville Road Southeast, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mr. John Fortner
POOLER, Ga. - Mr. John M. Fortner, 82, of Big Ben Road, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah.
Mr. Ronald Hodges
HORN LAKE, Miss. - Mr. Ronald Keith Hodges, 37, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Lula Perkins
Mrs. Lula Mae Perkins, 88, of Spruce Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Exie Gay
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mrs. Exie Hamilton Gay, 97, of Georgia Highway 88, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mr. Woodrow Resseau
THOMSON - Mr. Woodrow T. Resseau, 88, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mrs. Olive New
Mrs. Olive W. New, 76, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Mass Clark
Mr. Mass Henry Clark, of Wrightsboro Road, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Georgia Regional State School and Hospital.
Miss Constance Butler
HARLEM - Miss Constance Butler, of Freeman Harris Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Joe Dodson
Mr. Joe L. Dodson, 81, of Blueberry Drive, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Estelle Grubbs
HILDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mildred Darnell Grubbs, 76, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center of Aiken, Aiken.
Miss Queen Dunn
Miss Queen Elizabeth Dunn, of Harrison Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Mildred Raborn
AIKEN - Mrs. Mildred Hair Raborn, 66, of Old Barnwell Road, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. John Kendall
BELVEDERE - Mr. John R. Kendall, 80, of Fairview Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Henry Drummer
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Henry Drummer, 58, died Friday, June 2, 2000.
Rev. Leo Herbert Weaver Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - The Rev. Leo Herbert Weaver Sr., 80, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dahrl Boedy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Dahrl Boedy, 76, died Saturday, June 3, 2000.
Mrs. Odessa Wright
BEECH ISLAND - Mrs. Odessa Wright, 72, of Ron Road, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Ms. Sharieka Sherrer
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Sharieka Sherrer, 20, of Church Street, died Friday, June 2, 2000.
Ms. Debra Blanton
SPARTA, Ga. - Ms. Debra Blanton, 34, of West Broad Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville.
Mrs. Augustine Findley
Mrs. Augustine H. Findley, 81, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Paul Person
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Paul Person, 78, of U.S. Highway 1, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mrs. Natherine Worsley
Mrs. Natherine B. Worsley, died Sunday, June 4, 2000.
Mrs. Shannan Sasser
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Shannan Sasser, 23, of East 11th Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mrs. Mae Williams
ATHENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mae P. Williams, 98, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Thomas Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Handy Moore, 79, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.
Ms. Veronica Tucker
Ms. Veronica A. Tucker, 53, of Inwood Drive, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at University Hospital.
Bible settles it: No women pastors
Re The Chronicle editorial, ``The Backward Baptists.'' I know you know that's nothing new. Rev. Ray Simpson, Gracewood
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
Why not Carrie J. Mays Civic Center?
It has been a number of years since I was quoted in the paper and stood before the mayor and city of Augusta's commissioners asking that something be named in honor of Mrs. Carrie J. Mays. Rev. Larry Fryer, 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
The Chronicle reported May 30 that in Richmond County 66 percent of pupil enrollment is black. The paper also reported that 4,049 blacks, as opposed to 971 whites, were guilty of ''rules violations.'' The top violations being fighting and disruption of school. B.K. Pierce, Augusta
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
Likes ethics of Dist. 114 challenger
The political race in Georgia House District 114 pits an incumbent, wedded to political action committees, against a woman of principle. Sue Burmeister is that woman, and I would ask you to support her whether you live in District 114, or if you just still believe in good government. Bill Balez, Augusta
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
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
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.
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
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.
Pass Harrell provision
As noted in our lead editorial, education remains an important topic for South Carolina lawmakers. State Rep. Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, steered to House passage a welcomed protection for education funding.
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.
Does Beul team think voters ignorant?
It seems to me that the C-PAC group, Ron Beul's support team, must think of Columbia County voters as ignorant. E. J. McCarty, Evans
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
More traffic enforcement needed
This is in response to the May 11 letter from O. Fox about law-enforcement critics. I am a critic when I go by the local gas station or doughnut shop and see five or six police officers sitting around talking when they need to be out on the streets protecting the residents of the county. M. Cook, North Augusta
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
Dist. 114 incumbent helps community
Georgia State Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, has done many good things for this community. Let me share one. Larry N. Rogers, Augusta
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
A social observer once remarked that conservatives hate humanity in the abstract, but love their next door neighbors. Conversely, liberals love humanity in the abstract, but hate their neighbors.
S.C. Legislature: unfinished business
The South Carolina General Assembly runs five months - nearly twice as long as Georgia's - and although it adjourned last week its work still isn't completed. There's more to the General Assembly than moving the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse dome to the street.
Don't grade governor's program yet
Consternation and frustration characterize my reaction to a Richmond Academy English teacher's comments in the June 3 newspaper. Craig Spinks, Augusta
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.
Kids not getting enough exercise
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Schools need more mandatory physical education classes and parents need to unplug TVs and video games, say researchers who concluded that most young Americans, particularly blacks and females, are far too sedentary.
THE FACTS:Laura Vann, 14, rising freshman at Aquinas High School.
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