WASHINGTON - The biggest jump in demand for electronics equipment in nearly three years helped catapult orders for big-ticket manufactured goods to a surprising 6 percent increase in May.
Discount grocery will open
A discount food chain that sells mostly generic goods and asks customers to bag their own groceries is coming to Augusta.
NEW YORK - Investors lost their nerve on the eve of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates, sending key stock indexes lower Tuesday in a late-afternoon selloff.
Bank to sell credit card division
First Union Corp.'s bank branch in Waynesboro and its credit card division - which employs 150 people in Augusta - are up for sale as part of a $2.8 billion cost-cutting plan announced this week.
Chemical companies form venture
Olin Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp. announced plans Wednesday to form a new joint-venture company to produce chlor-alkali products.
Smile Gas stations lose familiar faces
Smile Gas owner Tosco Corp. has begun converting the convenience store chain to its own Circle K brand in areas outside of Augusta.
Investor buys out Martin Color-Fi
A federal bankruptcy court Monday gave Edgefield-based Martin Color-Fi the OK to merge with a Philadelphia-based buyout firm bent on returning the struggling synthetic fiber maker to profitability.
Accept their new role
Now that all the graduation pomp has begun to fade, families everywhere are beginning to adjust to their new circumstance.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week we focused on dry-cleaning. Prices were checked Thursday and Friday.
The Ebola virus, usually an agent of painful and dramatic death, can also cause a symptomless infection, a new report says. African and European researchers studied 24 people who did not get sick in recent Ebola outbreaks, despite close contact with victims' body fluids.
In the know
SURVIVOR POLL: On Tuesday, The Augusta Chronicle conducted a poll to see who readers think will be the last person left on the island in CBS's Survivor.
Diners are getting an earful as well as a mouthful. Noisy restaurants have become so common that medical experts are taking note.
An item in the Price Check column in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Vogue Cleaners charges $1.60 for dry cleaning a man's dress shirt.
Roll with it
Tortillas can be lifesavers for the busy family. They can be used to turn leftovers into a new meal, as a base for sandwich ingredients when you've run out of bread or for creating quick and easy hors d'oeuvres for drop-in guests.
Smile stores change name
Tosco Corp., which last year purchased the Augusta-based Smile Gas convenience store chain, has started converting the stores to its main Circle K brand. The company is currently replacing the familiar yellow smiley face logo with its red ``K'' in markets outside metro Augusta. Stations across the Augusta-Aiken region will be rebranded beginning in late August or early October, according to AAA Sign Co., the Augusta-based contractor hired to replace the signs. The conversion will run through February. All 67 stations will sell Tosco's 76 brand gasoline. -- The Augusta Chronicle
Augusta named "City of Ethics"
Augusta has decided it has what it takes to be a ``City of Ethics''.
Summit hopes to improve, expand airport service
Thursday morning, the Augusta Aviation Commission and the Air Service Task Force will sit down and talk about all the ways to recruit new airlines and expand existing air service at Bush Field. This summit, the first of its kind, comes at a time when there is much to talk about and much going on at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field: Full story -- The AUgusta Chronicle
Bizarre bank robbery downtown
It was take your child to work day on Wednesday for one Augusta bank robber who took an undisclosed amount of money from the downtown branch of SunTrust. Full story -- Augusta Chronicle
Motel robbery suspects sought
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning. Shortly after 1 a.m., a woman entered the Ashley Motel, 4872 Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta and inquired about a room, Lt. Michael Frank of the sheriff's department said. She was followed by a man with a handgun who demanded and received money from the clerk. The pair left in a 1990s model green, four-door automobile, headed toward Augusta.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
Exercise keeps soldiers sharp
They've learned it in the class-room, and on Tuesday it was time to put that knowledge to use.
Farmers put little faith in disaster relief plan
AIKEN - Even if Harry Kirkland is eligible for low-interest farm loans this year, he's not taking them.
Interim fire chief postponed
Fire Chief Ronnie Few had planned to tie up some loose ends Wednesday before leaving to become Washington's fire chief July 10.
Officials find body in well
Authorities found the body of a missing Appling man in an abandoned well Tuesday. They said foul play probably was the cause of his death.
Church buys land near Conger field
AIKEN - Millbrook Baptist Church has bought the property south of Ford Conger Field, where Aiken's famed spring and fall steeplechases are run.
Woman wanted in heist
It was take your daughter to work day Wednesday for an Augusta bank robber who took an undisclosed amount of money from the downtown branch of SunTrust.
GOP voters give support to challenger
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Merriwether community voters ousted incumbent Danny Bishop in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff, choosing instead a fresh face in November's county council race.
Amount of tritium to go up
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Savannah River Site will release more radioactive tritium in coming years into the river the site was named after, a site official said Tuesday.
Funds will benefit area projects
AIKEN - More than $7.2 million in the $6 billion budget passed in the closing days of the South Carolina General Assembly session is earmarked for projects in Senate District 25, covering Aiken, Edgefield and McCormick counties.
Robberies net man 40-year in jail
Crime didn't pay much for Jamie Verdree, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.
'Soldiers' to raise new flag
AIKEN - Four re-enactors from Aiken and Edgefield counties plan to ignore the cheers and jeers Saturday as they raise an authentic battle flag beside a monument to Confederate soldiers on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds.
Letter yields no prints, official says
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that no discernible fingerprints were found on the threatening letter County Councilman Danny Bishop discovered in his mailbox with a black rose two weeks ago.
MCG doctor researches defect
Around the walls of Dr. Simon Conway's office at Medical College of Georgia Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, you can spot mutant mouse fetuses.
City group will decide on projects
State Sen. Charles Walker has brought home the first $7.5 million in state money for the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Now, the board must decide how to spend it.
Medical groups urge error-report network
ATLANTA - Georgia needs a system for tracking medical errors that doesn't punish doctors, nurses or druggists who report their mistakes, according to a parade of witnesses before a state Senate committee Tuesday.
Expert dispels wine myths
Author puts fun and simplicity back in the beverage, calls it a delight for the senses, a marker in history
Dogs bring cheer to nursing homes
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Melva Miller sat watching television in her room at Fairhaven Assisted Living Center when administrator Mike Battle came to her door.
County deputy indicted
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty in March has been indicted.
Luncheon honors welfare-to-work efforts
The owner of Roof Management Services, Mr. Evans hired former welfare recipients to his company's staff, offering them the same boost someone once gave him.
Former teacher will run
A Richmond County teacher recently fired for allegations of sexual misconduct against a student said Tuesday that he's running for a seat on the school board because parents and teachers need representation.
State honors Augusta for its ethical resolve
That's right: The same city being investigated by a special grand jury for government malpractice and misdeeds and misuse of funds is now one of 37 cities in Georgia recognized for its strong ethical resolve.
Airport growth on floor
The Augusta Aviation Commission and the Air Service Task Force will sit down Thursday morning and talk about ways to recruit new airlines and expand existing air service at Bush Field.
Panel denies arcade petitions
An Augusta Commission committee turned down two applications for arcade licenses Wednesday and passed on a third one in an effort to keep South Carolina's outlawed video poker industry out of Augusta.
Officials find body in well
Authorities found the body of a missing Appling man in an abandoned well Tuesday. They said foul play probably was the cause of his death.
Across the area
Aiken police say a local man made it easy to link him to a crime spree in the Highland Park community this week.
Across the area
The prosecution's main witness against an Augusta lawyer convicted of murder was indicted on forgery charges Tuesday.
New group raises fear for MCG
A new committee to study collaboration between the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia in Athens has rekindled fears in Augusta of the demise of MCG, despite strong denials by officials.
Billboard costs prompt lawsuit
AIKEN - Who was responsible for posting those billboards last year listing the latest character trait in the city of Aiken?
Troops set to go to Bosnia
An estimated 1,200 Georgia Army National Guard soldiers, including about 100 assigned to a Winder-based unit, are preparing for deployment to Bosnia.
Mr. Joseph Meadows
AIKEN - Mr. Joseph E. Meadows, 86, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. John Quattry
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. John Eugene Quattry, 96, of Clements Daniel Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
Mr. Henry Bradshaw Jr.
Mr. Henry Thomas Bradshaw Jr., 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Lakeland, Fla.
Mrs. Margaret Shurling
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret ``Kay'' Shurling, 69, of West Adams Street, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Medical Center, Macon.
Mr. Carl Lifsey Jr.
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. - Mr. Carl Samuel Lifsey Jr., 49, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Juanita Mullings
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. - Mrs. Juanita J. Mullings, 81, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Denmark, S.C.
Miss Doris Proctor
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Miss Doris E. Proctor, 44, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dorothy Elliott
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Dorothy ``Dot'' Elliott, 69, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Nelson Cullars Sr.
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Nelson Cullars Sr., 80, of Ashley Avenue, died Friday, June 23, 2000.
Mrs. Marian Myers
Mrs. Marian Knuck Myers, 76, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Charlie Boatwright
Mr. Charlie Boatwright, 75, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Willie Bell Sr.
WRENS, Ga - Mr. Willie James Bell Sr., 58, of Industrial Street, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Jesse Sapp
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Melvin Sapp, 63, of Washington Drive, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Pearl Griffin
Mrs. Pearl Griffin, of 10th Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Perry Heath
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Perry Lee Jenkins Heath, 78, of West Artesian Street, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Annie Wright
HEPHZIBAH - Mrs. Annie C. Wright, of Hephzibah-Keysville Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
Mr. Judson Simons
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Judson L. Simons, 85, of West Main Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at the Evans House.
Mr. Virgil Lowe Jr.
GREEN BELT, Md. - Mr. Virgil Lowe Jr., of Lakeside Drive, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.
Mr. William Kitchens
Mr. William B. ``Ben'' Kitchens, 76, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Dorothy Shelton
DEARING - Mrs. Dorothy G. Shelton, 73, of Adams Reeves Road, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Pauline Jones
Mrs. Pauline Rose Jones, 74, of Martinez, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lillian Hester
Mrs. Lillian Mallard Hester died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
Mr. William Anthony
Mr. William Anthony, of Bolt Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Ronald Yarbrough
Mr. Ronald Earl Yarbrough, 41, of Cornell Drive, died Saturday, June 24, 2000.
Mrs. Olga Rickman
Mrs. Olga Rose Rickman, 80, of Forest Hills Drive, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Estelle Joyner
OLAR, S.C. - Mrs. Estelle Fail Joyner, 78, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. Arthur Verenes
AIKEN - Mr. Arthur Verenes, 78, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Annie Kelly
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Annie Mae Kirkland Kelly, 61, died Thursday, June
Mr. Joseph Walden
CLEARWATER - Mr. Joseph Thomas Walden, 19, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Florence.
Mrs. Irma Spigener
ALLENDALE - Mrs. Irma Warren Spigener, homemaker, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at John E. Harter Nursing Center, Fairfax. Mrs. Spigener was 104.
Mr. Julian Eubank
LOTTSBURG, Va. - Mr. Julian Buffington Eubank, 86, of Cowart Road, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in North Augusta.
Mrs. Anne Googer
DACULA, Ga - Mrs. Anne Rhodes Googer, 82, of New Hope Road, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Lula Williams
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Mrs. Lula Flenoyl Sharpe Williams died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Brandywine Convalescent Nursing Center. Mrs. Williams was 107.
Mrs. Dorothy Stoudemayer
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Dorothy McGee Stoudemayer died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
Mr. Sidney Jones Sr.
Mr. Sidney Jones Sr., 83, of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Ruby Darley
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Kersey Darley, 74, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000.
Mrs. Adele Key
Mrs. Adele R. Key, 94, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Roy Morgan
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Roy R. Morgan, 73, of Elam Lunceford Road, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mae Cromer
SALUDA, S.C. - Mrs. Mae S. Cromer, 85, of Butler Road, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Laurens County Health Care.
Miss M. Mozelle Wells
Miss M. Mozelle Wells died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Virginia Johnson
INDIANAPOLIS - Mrs. Virginia MacDonald Johnson died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Harold Starr Sr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Harold Frederick Starr Sr., 76, of Keith Circle, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. Peter Franklin Sr.
Mr. Peter A. Franklin Sr., 74, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Savannah.
Mrs. Maria Martinez
Mrs. Maria ``Mary'' M. Martinez, 66, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon.
Mr. James Vickery
AIKEN - Mr. James Derrick Vickery, 21, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Reba Whitaker
Mrs. Reba A. Whitaker, 66, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Inez Williams
Mrs. Inez T. Avery Williams, of Mill Street, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Guy O'Neal
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Guy Robert O'Neal, 71, of East Broad Street, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Joseph Feagin
BATH - Mr. Joseph Oliver Feagin, 79, of Flint Drive, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mrs. Ella Lane
Mrs. Ella Mae Lane, 77, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mrs. Mary Dillman
Mrs. Mary E. Dillman, 84, of Evans, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.
School blows off injured kid, parent
Columbia County parents should again be asking themselves if they really want their Board of Education to have its own law-enforcement officers. Donna Woods, Martinez
The honorable veep will get his vote
I recently heard on cable TV news that Texas Gov. George W. Bush gave a death row inmate, who is probably innocent, a 30-day stay of execution. Felix L. Busbee Jr., Langley
Democrats are all far left Commies
I will not call the Democrat Party ``Democratic,'' for that elevates them to something they are not. The party of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman is gone.Robert E. Smock, Hephzibah
The biological equivalent of the moon landing - that is how the Human Genome Project's mapping of the human genetic code is being described.
Video poker cashout
Video poker - the crack cocaine of the gambling world - is very much on the minds of many in our two-state area.
Fryer ballot ouster a corrupt move
Questions for thought regarding Woodrow Fryer being disqualified from the Richmond County sheriff's race: Ronald Burke, Augusta
Cartoon hits mark
I almost fell out of my chair laughing at the Non Sequitur cartoon June 20. Carl Champlin, Aiken
Dark side of genome research
The announcement that the rough draft of the entire human genetic code is nearly complete has a dark side: The legal, social and ethical considerations such knowledge will create are mind-boggling.
Politics as usual: Kent & Williams
Phil Kent's column appears on the opinion page of a U.S. newspaper, so the author is shielded from the annoying charge of making ``libelous statements.'' However, his June 18 column sneaks in zingers the publisher should have toned down.' Joe B. Sills, Augusta
Partial birth abortion is appalling
I want to address the issue of partial birth abortion. Chris Dixon, Hephzibah
Schrenko too shrill
This newspaper supported some of Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko's concerns about the
Wants inpatient hospice unit reopened
Re Closing of inpatient hospice wing at St. Joseph Hospital: Mrs. Jason G. Sizemore, Martinez
Central Park's lesson
One example is those videotapes of women in New York City's Central Park singled out to be doused, fondled and stripped by drunken thugs.
Seeks vote on pre-game prayers
I was shocked when I heard on the news that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against prayer at school athletic games. It is our duty as citizens of the United States to be heard. A.H. Rau, Augusta
Origins of Georgia flag: Confederate
Alexander Smith, president of the Augusta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, wants to remove the Georgia state flag from schools and replace it with the pre-1956 state flag. Obviously Mr. Smith knows nothing of the origins of the pre-1956 flag or he would be pushing for a new state flag.James Isdell, Augusta
Don't put your hope in D.C. politics
A cartoon shows two young people contemplating the school shootings and asking, ``Why didn't God stop it?'' The answer: ``Because God is not allowed in that school.'' Chuck Tatum, North Augusta
Have any of the Augusta citizens ever wondered what the soldiers do for a pastime? Some of them torment and harm animals; they especially seem to enjoy tormenting animals that are not even bothering them, like ones that are in their own fenced in yards. Mabel Chambers, Grovetown
Find time to solve Greggs' murder
My heart goes out to the family of Sam's Club manager David Holt. His tragic death two years ago raised the concern of all decent citizens of this community. Grady Abrams, Martinez
Source adds context to quote in article
Re The Chronicle article on Divine Monroe leaving the Children's Medical Center June 14 after a four-month stay: The comment I made was printed a little out of context. I'd like to amend that. Rita E. Coon, Clarks Hill
Rocker being treated unfairly
Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker isn't the brightest bulb in the pack. This is obvious. Does this mean we need to treat him any different from any other player in the major leagues? Charlie Bowles, Martinez
Augusta sign proposal shortsighted
The June 18 Chronicle's Travel section page brought home from Brussels, Belgium, to Augusta a timely point: It is good the Augusta city administrators (the mayor, commissioners, et al.) don't run Brussels, too. Dan Kaufman, Augusta
Executive defends Amazon
NEW YORK - Amazon.com's chief executive fought back Wednesday against criticism that the Internet superstore's business was in trouble, saying the company can raise cash easily and some of its divisions would be profitable this year.
Study finds one-third of heart attack victims lack chest pain
CHICAGO - Debunking a medical myth, a nationwide study of 434,877 heart attack victims found that a surprising one-third of them showed up at the hospital without chest pain.