WASHINGTON - Mutual fund companies should be required to give investors clear, specific information each quarter on the fees they are paying, congressional investigators are telling the Securities and Exchange Commission.
World stocks, for the most part, were slightly down Tuesday, and U.S. financial markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.
German company eyes Sprint
The $120 billion WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. deal is falling apart, but other mergers with the companies might be in the works, according to analysts and recently published reports.
Publisher will keep local mill
Thomson Corp., the Canadian newspaper publisher that has been transforming into an online information service, does not plan to sell its interest in Augusta Newsprint.
Discovery Cove opens in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's exotic new sister park where guests can swim and frolic with dolphins, is more like an exclusive private club than your typically crowded Orlando tourist attraction.
Could an entree prepared with only four ingredients actually be good? That's a question I've asked while browsing the aisles of cookbooks in bookstores. Several cookbooks claim you can prepare delicious meals with few ingredients, usually three to five.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Ever wonder if the prices at your regular film-processing location 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.
Every wearer of tooth braces - and there are roughly 2 million of them in America alone - should be grateful they weren't born in the early 1900s.
If every cooking tool mentioned in The Essential Kitchen were in the kitchen, we'd have to cook somewhere else.
In the know
NOT TOO HOT: ``We spend too much money on vacations for them to be ruined unnecessarily by weather conditions.'' So says AccuWeather, which has come up with a summer vacation destination forecast. Using RealFeel, which AccuWeather
When plants feel a virus coming on, they reach for the aspirin - and it works, a new study suggests. Plants produce salicylic acid - or SA, a chemical cousin of commercial aspirin - naturally. They use it to generate heat and make flowers. Scientists also believe SA triggers plants' natural immune response to infection. The report is in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology.
Sheriff hopefuls address issues
Crime might be down in Richmond County, but that doesn't mean residents have stopped inundating the two Democratic candidates in the sheriff's race with issues and concerns.
Authorities search for murder suspect
Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.Richmond County police Tuesday were searching for an Augusta man after they found a body next to his home.
Blind take swing at beep baseball
SAVANNAH - This isn't how Abner Doubleday envisioned baseball. Then again, the players aren't envisioning it either - they're blind.
Charter schools struggle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.
Officers absolved in death
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Two city police officers returned to work Wednesday after state officials cleared them of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of an Edgefield man six weeks ago.
North Leg teen club put on probation
Augusta commissioners placed a North Leg Road teen nightclub - where four people were wounded in an early morning parking lot shooting in May - on six months' probation Wednesday.
No vote by board on chief
Although Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie Few officially turned in his resignation Wednesday, Augusta commissioners choose not to vote on the outgoing chief's two recommendations for an interim replacement.
MCG hunt for leader under way
The search for a replacement for retiring Medical College of Georgia President Francis J. Tedesco took another step forward Wednesday with the appointment of a Board of Regents search committee.
Surgeons' care spans the globe
Without words, the hands of the surgeons move in concert around the gaping wound in the patient's chest, clipping, suctioning and stitching in an operating room at University Hospital.
Residents air flood complaints
Three weeks and one day had done little to ease the tensions of homeowners who attended a town hall meeting organized by residents of west Augusta's Commonwealth subdivision.
Pastor tries to save old church
ATHENS, Ga. - The doors are boarded shut at the old Dorsey Tabernacle Baptist Church, hiding the ragged interior of an 87-year-old sanctuary that city officials say should be torn down before it collapses from disrepair.
City works to evade water woes
AIKEN - With water woes all around them and a drought in effect, Aiken city officials are implementing a long-term water supply plan that's expected to ensure adequate water supplies for the next 20 years.
The calendar in Tuesday's Xtreme section of The Augusta Chronicle contained the incorrect date for Savage Garden's performance at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. It should have said the group will perform July 14.
Parades, fireworks mark day
With the first flashes of blue, green and red, Dusty Limon Navarro clapped in excitement. The 4-year-old, perched on her father's shoulders, had a perfect view of the fireworks at Riverwalk Augusta.
Across the area
Aiken County authorities arrested a man Wednesday who they say donned a Scream movie mask to rob the Food Lion store on U.S. Highway 1 on the Fourth of July.
Experts say be wary of distance-education offers
ATLANTA - Web sites, commercials and pamphlets paint a rosy picture of learning via home computer, but experts in the field warn students should study the offerings before enrolling.
Across the area
An Augusta woman was found lying in River Watch Parkway near the Augusta Canal bridge Tuesday afternoon.
Charter schools battle for rights
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kathy Harwood had a sinking suspicion she'd already lost her fight for a charter school in Bulloch County.
GOP candidates vie for city council
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two Republicans are running for the seat Don Smith vacated on the North Augusta City Council when he was elected to the South Carolina Legislature in May.
Convict wins his appeal for new trial
A Barnwell man convicted of robbing and killing a restaurant worker as she left with the day's earnings will get a new trial because the judge didn't allow his sister to act as one of his attorneys, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
Camp meets special needs
At a recent outing to Brunswick bowling lanes, about 40 campers got a little help with their games.
Business gears up for fast lane
BRASELTON, Ga. - Growing up in Banks County, Mickey Watkins learned a thing or two about cars.
Aiken County man dies in collision
An Aiken County man leaving a Fourth of July celebration on his motorcycle was killed late Tuesday while passing a car full of friends on a double yellow line, authorities said.
Reform Party ready for convention, vote
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Reform Party are gearing up for the first primary of the party Ross Perot built. Balloting is expected to begin this week.
Sales tax puts states' gasoline costs on par
Area motorists are discovering gas isn't always cheaper on the other side.
Board invites math book reviews
If you would like to help select the types of math books Georgia pupils will use next year, now's your chance.
Paralegal arrested in forgery
A former SunTrust executive was arrested on felony forgery charges Wednesday stemming from bank loans taken out four years ago, while he was an assistant vice president.
Arcade license denials continue
Augusta commissioners denied two applications for arcade licenses Wednesday in an effort to keep Augusta from becoming a haven for South Carolina's outlawed video poker industry.
Musician enjoys the simple things in life
When Peter Mayer isn't on duty with the Parrothead army as lead guitar player in beach-bum superstar Jimmy Buffett's band, he plays music with a more reflective slant.
Authorities charge suspect in killing
A 53-year-old Augusta man who police say shot a man to death and asked bystanders to help move the body was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.
Republicans make inroads in campaign
The race between incumbent Georgia House 113 Representative Ben Harbin and challenger Ron Beul has become a walking marathon.
Teens work toward neat streets
AIKEN - Color is creeping eastward along Richland Avenue beneath the crape myrtle, dog-woods, great oaks and towering pines that already shade Aiken's parkways.
Homeowner not told of flooding
Gail Allen shakes her head with regret when she thinks about all the chances she had to live somewhere else, anywhere that wasn't fated to flood so badly her children would have to be rescued from the attic by canoe.
Mrs. Barbara Johnson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara Dowling Johnson died Sunday, July 2, 2000.
Mrs. Mary Giles
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mary Ida Giles, 85, of Columbia Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mr. Brown Wimberly
Mr. Brown Wimberly, of Old Savannah Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Lee Davis
GROVETOWN - Mr. Lee Roy Davis, 79, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in Charleston, S.C.
Mrs. Jeannette Neal
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Jeannette Youmans Neal, 84, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Home, Scott.
Mr. Hugh Nettles
Mr. Hugh Al Nettles, 50, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. William Young
WAGENER - Mr. William ``Little Bill'' McNeil Young, 22, of Gantt Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.
Mr. Jesse Zayas
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Zayas, 66, died Monday, July 3, 2000.
Mr. Charles Fell
Mr. Charles M. Fell, of Harding Court, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Ella Thompson
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ella Smith Thompson, 70, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Twin View Nursing Home, Twin City.
Mr. George Freeman Jr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. George Freeman Jr., 54, of Middleground Road, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Garwood
AIKEN - Mrs. Evelyn M. Garwood, 79, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. Heinrich Arndt
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mr. Heinrich Chandler Arndt, 66, of Ben Sawyer Boulevard, died Monday, July 3, 2000, in Charleston.
Mr. Dean Retzlaff Sr.
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Dean F. Retzlaff Sr., 63, of Cranbrook Drive, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Ms. Riva Burns
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ms. Riva A. Burns, of River Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Nicole M. Partlow
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Nicole M. Partlow, infant daughter of Dale Partlow and Christine Jones, of May Avenue, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Mary Martin
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Mary Sincler Bentley Martin, 89, of Hammond Place Circle, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000.
Mr. Cecil Brown
AIKEN - Mr. Cecil ``Charlie'' Brown, 53, of Williams Lane, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Nancy Johnson
Mrs. Nancy Johnson, of Kent Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Harvey Drew Sr.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Harvey D. Drew Sr., 89, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.
Mrs. Estelle Canady
GROVETOWN - Mrs. Estelle Allmond Canady, 90, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
AIKEN - Rodziques Terrace Danley, 7, of Pipeline Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.
Mrs. Mae Jones
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mae Belle Jones, 95, of Brentwood Drive, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.
Mrs. Julia Hagood
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Montgomery Hagood, of Eighth Street, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Sue Melton
BLYTHE - Mrs. Sue F. Melton, 62, died Monday, July 3, 2000.
Mrs. Nina Wren
Mrs. Nina Martin Wren, 84, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Myra Toole
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Myra Edwards Toole, 87, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Miss Bertha Raysor
WILLISTON, S.C. - Miss Bertha Raysor died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Linda Hodges
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Linda Holloway Hodges, 42, of New Bordeaux Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Abbeville Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Oris Smith
GRANITEVILLE - Mrs. Oris Dodgen Smith, 87, Donald Pearson Drive, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.
Mr. James Cosnahan Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. James Terry Cosnahan Jr., 36, of Moore Road, died Monday, July 3, 2000.
Miss Leora Maulden
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Miss Leora Rodgers ``Ma'' Maulden, 84, of Pickens Street, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. James Elledge Jr.
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. James T. ``Shorty'' Elledge Jr., 79, of Fellowship Road, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Providence Hospital, Columbia.
Flooded by trouble
Augusta flood victims, and their sympathizers, often complain that the city protects developers, builders, real estate agents, attorneys - everybody except homeowners. And that's the reason homes get flooded in heavy rains.
Another water problem: drownings
The people of the Central Savanna River Area keep complaining about the water issue. There is never enough water. ... I wish everyone would stop complaining about it and just take time to look at water from a different view. I am the founder of Children in Heaven, dedicated to those lost to drowning, and Mother's For Water Safety.Lea Owens, Beech Island
God, Jesus are no fans of the KKK
Regarding ``Klansmen defend their allegiance'' and ``KKK, flag evoke fear, controversy'' (The Chronicle, June 25), I want to say a few things to Clarence ``Shorty'' Gladden, grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and to others, such as Imperial Wizard Charles S. Beasley, who credits God with leading him to the Klan:D. Thomas, Augusta
Why Richmond Co. should ax seal
Barbara Mohler's May 26 letter suggests that Christians may find it ``illegal'' to worship for fear of violating someone else's rights. It appears she is upset because of the recent attention brought to the Richmond County seal. Laura Withers, Perkins
Out of patience
``The bill approved by the Senate with nothing but Republican votes proves once again that a partisan bill cannot become law. This monstrosity is dead on arrival in the House.''
Mayor Young wows 7th graders
Although Richmond County school bells ended June 2, the memory of our honorable mayor, Bob Young, lingers on in the minds and hearts of Morgan Road Middle School's 7th graders. Ruth Reddy, Augusta
Gun confiscation boosts crime
On June 28, CBS aired a story on the increase of crime in England. John Bryan, Wrens
Edgefield Co. setback?
The cause for sensible zoning policy was dealt a blow by the defeat of incumbent Danny Bishop at the hands of challenger Joel Hudson in last week's heated GOP primary race for the Merriwether/Westside District 5 Edgefield County Council seat.
Williams brings home the bacon
The Georgia Democratic Party has held tight control over this state for 123 years. Unfortunately, there is a local group - some from Augusta, many more from outside our borders - who, unknowingly, would stretch that political domination out even longer. Bob Gardner, Augusta
Gore's issues flip-flop
After weeks of defending the status quo and demonizing George W. Bush's tax cut and Social Security plans, Vice President Al Gore is now trying to steal both issues from the Texas governor, albeit with his own twists.
Superintendent failed, should resign
I am neither Democrat nor Republican, and have never spoken out publicly, but the latest accusations by Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko against Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, make me sick. Cathy Turner, Augusta
Hudson's GOP primary win hailed
In Edgefield County Council's Republican primary runoff election, I was very impressed with the winning candidate, Joel Hudson. He is definitely for the people and by the people. Janet Travis, Edgefield
One-voice anti-gun media draw fire
Many years ago French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville chronicled his tour of American cities. ``When communities have only one newspaper to describe the news and events, it will be one of the first liberties American citizens will lose.'' Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta
Agrees Augusta ethically challenged
I applaud The Chronicle's past editorials concerning our so-called, ``City of Ethics.'' Here's one of my own experiences with the Augusta government. Lori Broadnax, Augusta
Tuesday's editorial on actor Mel Gibson's hit movie The Patriot noted that the superstar was from Australia. Actually, he was born in the U.S. and his family moved Down Under when he was a child. He holds dual American-Australian citizenship.
No Beverly Hillbillies showed up
Regarding D.L. Tanner's June 22 letter, I am a founding member of the Concerned Citizens for Edgefield County. We do have bylaws. I know: I worded the drafting of them. They were voted in over a year ago. Roy Blackwell, Clarks Hill
Why home builder licensing needed
The June 8 Walter C. Jones article, ``Assembly considers licensing home builders,'' described the hearings that the Georgia General Assembly will conduct this summer to consider legislation to license home builders. Thomas J. Konitzer, Evans
Democrats are not far-left Commies
After having spent most of my adult life opposing communism, including service in Vietnam, Korea and Germany and retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve, I took great offense to Robert E. Smock's June 28 letter, ``Democrats are all far-left Commies.''Chuck R. Pardue, Augusta
Good health tyranny?
When federal and state governments went after the tobacco industry seeking billions in reimbursements for medical expenses associated with treating ailing smokers, the industry raised prices. Escalating costs of a pack of smokes is one reason more smokers are quitting.
Fertility treatment producing multiple births
Inducing ovulation to treat infertility carries a significant risk of producing unwanted multiple births, even when doctors carefully follow the standard guidelines, a study concludes.
Study: Dementia not treated as terminal
CHICAGO - Doctors often fail to acknowledge the final stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia as a terminal illness and subject patients to invasive procedures when providing comfort care sometimes would be more appropriate, research suggests.