Scana Energy will downsize
Scana Energy, the natural gas marketer that prided itself on offering in-town customer service centers, will begin closing its six Georgia regional offices starting June 30.
Gas prices at an all-time high
Retail gas prices have hit an all-time high, and analysts say the highest peaks are yet to come.
NEW YORK - Microsoft helped propel the Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite higher Wednesday after a federal judge delayed business restrictions against the software company.
WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan was sworn in for his fourth four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a job often called the nation's second most powerful because of the central bank's control over interest rates.
Companies complete deal
International Paper, the world's largest paper and forest- products company, completed its merger with Champion International on Tuesday.
In the know
FREE LEGAL HELP: A new Web site - MyCounsel.com - offers free legal information on a variety of consumer topics. The Web site is easy to navigate, and the information is presented in clear, simple language.
A juicy business
Standing on the street corner, doling out what everyone needs and making a killing - lemonade stands are in order during these hot, sweaty days of summer.
When the temperature rises, our taste for hot and heavy food diminishes. Salads logically take center stage at many summer meals, but with children to feed it's often a challenge to create a salad meal that they'll eat, too.
These days a surprising number of recipes call for ''jarred'' ingredients. It's rather jarring to read; don't they mean ''bumped''?
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week we focused on recently released compact discs. Prices were checked Monday and are good through at least Sunday.
Bookstore plays instrumental role in music education
The shine is rubbed off in spots, and the bodies may be a little battered, but the collection of brass and wood and strings piled around a desk is a treasure trove to schools across the country.
Local man killed in Montana plane crash
An Aiken County man and his friend died Tuesday night in Montana when an experimental airplane crashed in a heavily wooded area, Montana authorities said. Robert Dobrocke, 40, of Whisteria Lane, Montmorenci, and Henry Michael Hoye, 37, of Columbia Falls, Mont., were killed in the 8:30 p.m. crash.Full story> --The August Chronicle
LYNX ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH
The Augusta Lynx have selected Scott MacPherson to become their Head Coach and Director of Hockey operations effective immediately. Scott was chosen from thirty-seven applicants based on his scouting and coaching abilities.
Water penalty goes up
Watering when it's not your turn could leave you high and dry - and lighter in the wallet.
Nursing home faces wrongful-death suit
AIKEN - The family of a woman who suffered from senile dementia has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a North Augusta nursing home where the woman wandered away and sustained fatal injuries.
Agency assists needy
With six months left before they are mandated off the welfare rolls, more than 300 recipients in Augusta haven't secured a job or enrolled in school - considered by welfare officials tangible efforts that would inch recipients closer to self-sufficiency.
City issues fireworks ban
The severe drought has pushed North Augusta to levy a temporary ban on a staple of summertime fun - fireworks.
Commission spares department head's position
For most of last week and all of Tuesday, Keven Mack waited for the grim reaper to come and take his professional life.
Experts to study local air
Scientists will converge in Augusta this weekend to launch a study that could answer important questions about the local origins of air pollution.
Hopefuls answer to county
The two remaining Richmond County Democratic candidates for sheriff said Wednesday they are both willing to consider a citizens review board to oversee complaints against the department.
Disqualified candidate questions impartiality
Former Richmond County sheriff's candidate Woodrow Fryer said Wednesday the judge who disqualified him from the race should have recused himself from the case because he was once a member of the same law firm as the attorney who challenged his candidacy.
Augusta arts council honors supporters
So stunned was Beverly Barnhart at receiving the Greater Augusta Arts Council's arts professional award Tuesday that she almost left the banquet without it.
Augusta group tops state list for music
A recent Georgia Council for the Arts ranking rated the Augusta Choral Society the No. 1 music organization in the state.
Across the area
A mistrial was declared Wednesday after the jury deadlocked in the case of an Augusta man charged with first-degree arson.
Officials investigate dead body
ATHENS, Ga. - Oglethorpe County authorities are investigating the death of a Madison County man who was found encased in cement in a wooded area of the Stephens community Monday afternoon.
Residents reel as water recedes
Floodwaters might have reced-ed by Wednesday morning, but old tensions resurfaced, particularly for residents of flood-prone areas.
Murder added to list of charges against teen
The 17-year-old Augustan who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Monday was charged with murder Tuesday after the victim died at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Man dies in river at state park
KITCHINGS MILL, S.C. - An Aiken County man apparently drowned Wednesday in the South Edisto River, one of his favorite swimming holes, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.
States score low on child survey
AIKEN - Although Aiken County has dramatically reduced its infant mortality rate during the past decade, a national report released Tuesday shows South Carolina has a long way to go.
Woman challenges dismissal
AIKEN - A former security officer who worked at the Savannah River Site is suing Wackenhut Services, alleging the private security firm violated her civil rights by firing her because she was black.
Shelter agrees to settle with girl claiming rape
AIKEN - A shelter for abused and neglected children has settled a lawsuit with a girl who said she was raped while living at the home and later gave birth to her assailant's child.
Senators criticize security at SRS
U.S. senators criticized Savannah River Site security Wednesday during a congressional tongue-lashing of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.
Arrest may be near in slaying
In the corner of his office at the Richmond County Law Enforce-ment Center, homicide investiga-tor Wayne Bunton has a daily, waist-high reminder of Sam's Club manager David Holt.
Commission regulates arcades
South Carolina's outlawed video poker is not welcome in Augusta, city officials indicated Tuesday.
Town Center plans move to next level
On Tuesday night, the Evans Town Center moved out of a four-year planning phase and became a reality when the Columbia County Commission approved an ordinance creating the district.
Commission regulates arcades
South Carolina's outlawed video poker is not welcome in Augusta, city officials indicated Tuesday.
Service agencies submit wish lists
ATLANTA - One by one, more than 30 representatives of social-services agencies stood Wednesday to thank the Georgia Board of Human Resources for its commitment to helping children, senior citizens, the mentally retarded and the developmentally disabled.
University seeks ban exemption
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Athletic Department announced Tuesday it's seeking an exemption to a statewide watering ban because it needs to water a new layer of turf at Sanford Stadium every day.
Commission OKs design of new terminal
The Augusta Commission has given airport officials the long-awaited go-ahead for 100 percent completion of the design phase of the new terminal at Bush Field.
Testimony begins in robbery trial
Sonsara Jones knew it was a bad day at work one Sunday morning in November 1997 when the first ``customer'' through the door was a masked man holding a gun.
With victims lying around the floor simulating an accident, Sultana Chandler, 13, and others attending Tuesday's camp try to locate injuries and make decisions in treating them during the Aiken Department of Public Safety's camp about life as a firefighter.
Across the area
A Richmond County Superior Court trial began Tuesday for an Augusta man accused of setting fire to the only two exits from his ex-girlfriend's mobile home last fall.
Langley Pond park proposal gets support
AIKEN - Horse Creek Valley community leaders went before Aiken County Council on Tuesday night in support of Langley Pond Park.
Survey targets slaying
After two years, countless hours and piles of evidence, closure in the David Holt homicide case could come via the U.S. mail.
State law prohibits cash payoffs
The Georgia code (16-12-35) that regulates amusement machines - which include but are not limited to simulator, trivia and novelty arcade games - requires that operating owners pay an annual license fee.
SRS safety tops list for discussion
Last week, U.S. senators criticized Bill Richardson's empty chair at a hearing about security at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Report: Dropout rates falling
Educators in the South might finally have something to shout about - they are doing more than the rest of the nation to keep children in school.
Advocate's bicycle stolen during stop
A bicycle team riding cross-country to raise awareness and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is stuck in Augusta until it finds a new set of wheels.
Rain causes flash floods
For the past several weeks, Augusta-area residents and officials had been praying for rain.
Hospital stroke programs save lives, doctors say
Elouise Hampton knew something was wrong when she was brushing her teeth and suddenly couldn't pull her right hand away from her mouth. But like many of the 750,000 people a year who suffer a stroke, she didn't know how serious it was because she felt no pain.
Commission backs off sign ban
Augusta business owners countywide can display one temporary sign outside their businesses for the next 90 days with no fear of being fined by the city, and outdoor cafes on Broad Street will be legal with a permit.
Pupils learn firefighting skills
AIKEN - Girls outnumbered boys 12-to-3 at a summer camp teaching pupils about life as a firefighter.
Two die in plane crash
An Aiken County man and his friend died Tuesday night in Montana when their experimental airplane crashed in a heavily wooded area, Montana authorities said.
Mr. William Olsen
Mr. William Edward Olsen, 71, of Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Eugene Ashmore
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Eugene ``Gene'' Talmadge Ashmore, 63, of Ludwig Road, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Rev. L.V. Davis
BATH - The Rev. L.V. Davis, 86, of Dixie Clay Road, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Home.
Mr. William Williamson
PERKINS, Ga. - Mr. William Denny Williamson, 53, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Sarah Atterbury
Mrs. Sarah T. Atterbury, 82, of 12th Street, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Josephine Caldwell
Mrs. Josephine Clark Caldwell, 83, of Hemlock Hill Road, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Murray Gunter Jr.
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Murray L. Gunter Jr., 80, of Johnston Highway, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mr. J.H. Atkins
Mr. J.H. Atkins, 91, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Charles Harrison
KITE, Ga. - Mr. Charles Emerson Harrison, 81, died Tuesday, June, 20, 2000, at Carl Vinson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Dublin.
Mr. Ronnie Lamb
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mr. Ronnie Lamb, 57, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000.
Mr. John Perkins Jr.
Mr. John Perkins Jr., 68, of Carrie Street, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Ms. Christy Cantrell
Ms. Christy Cantrell, 19, of Shallow Creek Crossing, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Richard Swim
Mr. Richard K. Swim, 67, of Martinez, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Eloise Craig
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eloise Busbee Craig, 68, of Short Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in Aiken.
Mr. James Smith
Mr. James W. Smith, 66, of Augusta, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mrs. Lane Hill
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Julia Elaine Mathis ``Lane'' Hill, 51, of Bland Street, died Monday, June 19, 2000.
Mr. William Trapnell
PORTAL, Ga. - Mr. William Lamar Trapnell, 81, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Candler County Hospital, Metter.
Mr. G. Dalton Brown
Mr. G. Dalton Brown, 69, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Alice Martin
Mrs. Alice Suber Martin, 58, of 13th Street, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Dorothy Jones
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy Jones, 67, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Johnny Hill
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Johnny P. Hill, 64, of Wilson Road, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Bernard Milligan Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Bernard Milligan Sr., 53, of Kelly Street, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Minnie Wright
Mrs. Minnie Wright, of Penny Street, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at University Hospital.
Augusta zoning enforcement lax
Perhaps residents of Edgefield County who do not like the new zoning laws should hire Richmond County enforcement officials. That way they could still do what they want, and nobody will do anything about it. Cecil Long, Hephzibah
Reps thanked for battling trade bill
The people of the 10th Congressional District need to know that our most honorable congressman, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., voted ``no'' to the China Trade bill - the latest giveaway of grass roots American jobs. Robert F. Periano, Augusta
Blind trust fair option
The Georgia Legislature next year should address the law on elected officials' financial disclosure requirements and blind trusts.
330 Clinton women?
Here's a coincidence. Three women prominently linked to Clinton sex scandals are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Clinton received the wrong medal
Re the Carroll C. Kenny letter: Bill Clinton should have received the ''Santa Claus'' award rather than the Charlemagne Medal. Lucy Cline, North Augusta
Signs of peace
The Augusta Commission and local businesses, including those in the downtown area, reached an uneasy peace this week, after which city fathers wisely loosened up, at least for now, on the most criticized aspects of the city's controversial new sign ordinance - the prohibition on temporary signs and sidewalk cafes.
MAD pacts top missile defense plan
Re The Chronicle's June 5 editorial, ''Clinton plays with fire'': Howard Rosen, Augusta
Augusta water woes anger taxpayer
Apparently incompetence is rampant at Augusta's water department. Once again they proved that with another bumbling episode. Buried on page 9C of the June 15 Chronicle was another article about our wonderful water department. As important a topic as this is to Augusta, I do not know why it was not on page 1.Donny Gray, Augusta
VA let him down for a long time
I have written many letters over the years expressing my opinion or reporting what I believe to be an injustice. I personally felt that it was my civic duty to inform the public that I had either a solution to a problem or knowledge to fight an injustice. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken
Motorists: Bikers have rights, too
I very much support bike paths and consider them a great benefit to communities. Biking is a wonderful recreation for the family or great as an individual exercise routine. David Sullivan, Evans
I encourage voters to re-elect Robin Williams, R-Augusta, to the state House of Representatives. Adam Brockman, Augusta
Rips advocacy groups; praises God
This letter is very hard for me to write, because I do not wish to offend anyone, yet I am offended at what the American Civil Liberties Union, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Ku Klux Klan and various other groups are doing.Tina Cloer, Augusta
Ga. Rep. Harbin doing a great job
As a resident and taxpayer of Columbia County, I am pleased to have someone like Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, representing me in Atlanta. Barbara Parish, Martinez
WW II vet will miss his old friend
June 16 was a sad day for me and for Richmond County. I lost a caring friend and our community lost a valuable, forward-looking citizen as Sydney Carter left us to join his Lord. Walter S. Williams, Augusta
Woman Methodist preacher lauded
I live in the village of Mesena in Warren County and attend the Mesena United Methodist Church. Vernon Johnson, Mesena
Teacher: Texts ignore black history
I have waited patiently and passively, wondering who will make a comment about the education system's curriculum. Rose Walker, Augusta
Legislator helps keep boaters safe
I want to thank State Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, for his efforts in making the Savannah River a safer place for boaters. James M. Bates, North Augusta
School counselors should do better
In response to the June 10 article, ``Dropout prevention evaluated,'' I think blame should go to where it's due. I understand the reasons stated for the dropout rate. But at the same time I feel that the schools should be held responsible for their goof-ups and blunders. Sheryl Land, Grovetown
Since the Internet has become a dominant force in U.S. society, ugly incidents of pedophile crimes have been on the increase. There's a reason for this, says FBI child molester investigator Cynthia McCants.
Encouraged by education team player
As a Richmond County public school teacher, it is encouraging when people give of their time to work with students, teachers, parents and administrators. It is especially important to meet those people who bring people together and build foundations of trust and integrity. Georgia House District 114 candidate Sue Burmeister is one of those people.Julie Purvis, Evans
Why not extradition?
Police report William ``Junior'' Downs confessed to two murders a year ago and he still sits in an Aiken County cell waiting for trial. What's the hang-up?
Scary bounty hunters
There is no excuse for the two Georgia bounty hunters who fired their guns in a North Augusta neighborhood while chasing a man who failed to show up in court on a suspended driver's license offense.
Mars may have surface water
WASHINGTON -- The Mars Global Surveyor has radioed data to Earth suggesting there is surface water on the Red Planet, which could boost the possibility of finding evidence of life, experts say.
Government can't stop online crimes
WASHINGTON - Attorney Gen. Janet Reno warned Monday that computer hacking and other proliferating forms of online mischief are confronting law-enforcement agencies with fresh challenges, but she said the government alone cannot solve the problem.