Assembly considers licensing home builders
ATLANTA - Consumers looking for assurances are the reason legislators are considering a requirement that home builders pass a test, be licensed and provide a written warranty.
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.
NEW YORK - Technology stocks closed higher Wednesday after a Goldman Sachs analyst predicted IBM would have a strong year.
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.
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.
Boral Bricks to add facility
Boral Bricks announced Wednesday that Augusta will be the home of its new paver-brick facility.
Gizmos flood telecom market
ATLANTA - The next generation of telephones could be ski goggles, a wallet or even a pill that monitors vital signs.
Don't touch that dial. Bacteria and viruses from germ-coated telephones easily smear onto a person's hands, new tests have found. And microbes clinging to faucet handles and sponges may be just as eager for a change in geography
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.
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.
Summerville residents turned out by the hundreds at the Augusta Woman's Club on Milledge Road on May 5, proving again that their neighborhood is unique.
In the know
LOST ITS LUSTER?: Finally - parents may say - interest is waning in the Pokemon phenomenon. ''The magic is over,'' said Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University and president of the International Popular Culture Association.
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.
No decision in double homicide case
District Attorney Danny Craig has not decided whether he will seek the death penalty in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.
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
Officials investigate hit-and-run
AIKEN - An Aiken County deputy was recovering at home Wednesday after a driver fleeing a possible burglary sideswiped his patrol car.
Equestrians bid for racing field
AIKEN - They're doing it ``the old-fashioned way, with a handshake between friends,'' but two prominent members of Aiken's horse community are negotiating to buy Ford Conger Field, where famed steeplechases are run each spring and fall.
Suspects arrested in 1998 slayings
Two Augusta men were arrested Tuesday in the shooting death of a Columbia County couple.
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.
Officials dedicate park expansion
Columbia County will soon have a larger place to play.
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.
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.
JEFF JANOWSKI/STAFFGraduate gratitudeJohn S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate Lodriguez Vontrel Murray hugged Principal Beverly Barnhart after being awarded his diploma Wednesday.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pupils' puppets teach virtues
While some pupils are spending their first week of summer in the sun or at the pool, Chris D. Smith is already working toward next school year.
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.
City postpones decisive vote on bond marketers
Augusta commissioners heard the pitches of three financial teams that want to market the city's proposed $90 million water revenue bond issue, but were one vote shy of choosing one Wednesday.
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.
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.
Musicians visit Dalai Lama
ATHENS, Ga. - It was an unlikely meeting between East and West. Thousands of mil
Schools prepare for change in testing
Richmond County school officials say they are unsure how a new standardized test differs from the one the state has used for the past 15 years.
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.
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.
Water use nears capacity
It's already been a long summer for Billy Clayton. And with water use peaking above the county's production ability last weekend, it's not getting any better for Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services director.
GBI: Sex offender left off list
An Augusta man convicted of sexual battery of a minor last week already should have been listed on the Sex Offender Registry, sources said.
Local NAACP wants state flag removed from schools
Augusta's NAACP president will present a resolution to the Richmond County school board tonight asking that members replace the state flags above local schools with ones that do not bear a Confederate symbol.
Across the area
District Attorney Danny Craig said it is too soon to decide whether to seek the death penalty against two men charged in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.
Official undecided about death penalty
District Attorney Danny Craig said it is too soon to decide whether to seek the death penalty against two men charged in the 1998 shooting death of an Evans couple.
Radiation treatment will not cut patients
John Bush had just been wheeled out of brain surgery Wednesday, but he still managed to quote James Brown.
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.
Few faces final vote by D.C. council
While some Washington City Council members have expressed concerns about Ronnie Few's connection to a local grand jury investigation, other officials in the nation's capital are confident the Augusta fire chief will come out of the probe unscathed.
Mrs. Mae Williams
ATHENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mae P. Williams, 98, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Robert Kitchens
THOMSON - Mr. Robert Lewis Kitchens, 64, of Boneville Road Southeast, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mrs. Shannan Sasser
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Shannan Sasser, 23, of East 11th Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mr. Ronald Hodges
HORN LAKE, Miss. - Mr. Ronald Keith Hodges, 37, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Graham
Mr. John D. Graham, of First Avenue, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Eddie Aycock
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Eddie Lewis Aycock, 50, of Kelley Street, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
Mrs. Miley Williams
ELMONT, N.Y. - Mrs. Miley Williams, 99, of Emily Avenue, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Franklin General Hospital, Valley Stream.
Mrs. Ezma Rourke
ANNISTON, Ala. - Mrs. Ezma R. Nabb Rourke, 83, of Kalyn Drive, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. William Sacre
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - Mr. William Ambrose Sacre, 73, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000.
Mr. Paul Person
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Paul Person, 78, of U.S. Highway 1, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Crowder
THOMSON - Mrs. Mary Helen Crowder, of Hawes Street, died Thursday, June 1, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Paul Deer
Mr. Paul S. Deer, of Woodrow Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Aletha Gregory
ATLANTA - Mrs. Aletha Gregory died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at South Fulton County Hospital.
Mr. John Kendall
BELVEDERE - Mr. John R. Kendall, 80, of Fairview Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Thomas Moore
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Handy Moore, 79, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Emanuel County Medical Center.
Mr. Ernest Bryant
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Ernest Elmore Bryant, 90, of Blanchard Road, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Natherine Worsley
Mrs. Natherine B. Worsley, died Sunday, June 4, 2000.
Miss Queen Dunn
Miss Queen Elizabeth Dunn, of Harrison Street, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at University Hospital.
Miss Nickey Smith
HEPHZIBAH - Miss Nickey B. Smith, of Woodlake Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
Miss Constance Butler
HARLEM - Miss Constance Butler, of Freeman Harris Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Lucille Maddox
Mrs. Lucille C. Maddox, 71, of Hickman Road, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Joe Dodson
Mr. Joe L. Dodson, 81, of Blueberry Drive, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Charleen Brega
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Charleen Steinmetz Brega, 69, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Mass Clark
Mr. Mass Henry Clark, of Wrightsboro Road, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at Georgia Regional State School and Hospital.
Mr. Jesse Weathersbee
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Jesse Blease ``Bub'' Weathersbee, 87, of David Bridge Road, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home.
Mr. Woodrow Resseau
THOMSON - Mr. Woodrow T. Resseau, 88, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mr. Laurie Gilliam
BEECH ISLAND - Mr. Laurie B. Gilliam, 89, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Trident Medical Center, Charleston.
Mrs. Olive New
Mrs. Olive W. New, 76, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
HEPHZIBAH - Esmeralda Leon, infant daughter of Jose and Cecilia Leon, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Annie Saylor
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Polk Linder Saylor, 79, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Barnwell County Nursing Home.
Mr. Tony Martin
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Tony Eugene ``Snow'' Martin, 44, of Edisto Street, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Exie Gay
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mrs. Exie Hamilton Gay, 97, of Georgia Highway 88, died Monday, June 5, 2000.
Mr. Michael Mallery
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Michael Ray Mallery, 24, of Gwendolyn Street, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Joseph Simpson
Mr. Joseph Eldridge Simpson, 86, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
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
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.
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
FEHBP is only vets' care that works
Once again Army Echoes has published its newsletter listing health care as the top issue for the Retiree Council. The article raises the same old red herrings, laced with excuses for maintaining the status quo, while pretending to improve things. Boyd Simmons, Augusta
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.
A victory for parents
The U.S. Supreme Court came out in favor of parents' rights Monday in a decision that keeps states from forcing parents to allow grandparents access to their grandchildren.
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
Candidate wrong to imply support
Jay Lacy, a candidate for Edgefield County Council, made a mass mailing to the 5th District (Merriwether/Westside) this week. He used letters to the editor from two members of the Concerned Citizens for Edgefield County, implying we support him. Bernadette Hudson, North Augusta
Moral behavior means choosing right
Kevin A. Palmer (letter, June 1) is right: The Boy Scouts are not God's chosen people. Unfortunately he seems to be confused about the difference between morality and perfection. Sam Fulton, Martinez
Bush visit illustrates differences between presidential contenders
On the same morning Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is in Augusta for a World War II D-Day celebration, introduced by a highly-decorated Marine war hero, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore is again lying about the use of unlimited ``soft money'' and being criticized by a tenant for a failure to make needed repairs on her poor family's rental home.
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.
Enforce sign law
Beautifying Augusta should be a high priority, a citywide effort, which is why we embrace a plan developed by a host of officials, both elected and civic, and formally proposed last week by the planning commission.
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
Sign anti-voyeur bill
New technologies spawn new ways to engage in old crimes. Peeping Toms and voyeurs have been having all kinds of perverse fun using video cameras to eavesdrop on other people's lives.
Hell looks better
In response to R.E. Sutherland's letter of May 25, in which she condemns all of us who do not think as she does, I can think of no worse damnation than to be stuck for eternity with Mrs. Sutherland and her sanctimonious, naive, judgmental cohorts. Nancy Wilds, Aiken
Elementary grad event too long
Recently I attended a graduation ceremony for one of our local elementary schools. The graduation class contained almost 90 children with 99 percent present. Bobbie Burke, Grovetown, Ga.
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
Traditional values equate to decency
Three cheers for columnist Mona Charen and Dr. Laura Schlessinger for ''expressing traditional views.'' I call those ''traditional views'' decency. Einar Waldun, Hephzibah
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
Letter writer 'clueless' on budget
I read with interest the May 6 letter from L. Boyd attacking our legislators for their votes in favor of the Georgia state budget. Jackie McIlwain, Martinez
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
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
Judge's ruling in Microsoft case
The text of the memorandum and order attached to U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling in the Microsoft antitrust case.
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.
Appeal uncertain for Microsoft case
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. expects a warmer welcome from a higher court when it appeals a federal judge's order to split up its software empire. But it is no sure bet.