NEW YORK - Stocks closed modestly higher Wednesday as investors surveyed a new economic outlook that includes stable interest rates.
Tires concern consumers
Bridgestone/Firestone is struggling to replace 6.5 million tires and assure the public its products are safe, but safety groups and some customers - including a Beech Island woman - are concerned that tires not included in the recall also may have problems.
Goshen course goes on market
National Golf Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust that owns nearly 150 golf courses, wants to sell Goshen Plantation, an 18-hole course in Augusta.
NEW YORK - Blue chip stocks rose Tuesday after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged, indicating inflation fears are moderating.
Age old questions: Separation for a time will end squabbles
Q: Our 5-year-old daughter and our next-door neighbor's 3-year-old daughter play together a good amount. The problem is
In the know
Unsung women of achievement get their due in the new Romance Classics cable network series Cool Women, debuting at 8 p.m. Friday. Those profiled include a breast surgeon, a NASA scientist and a pediatrician who brings medical care to uninsured children in Appalachia. The series is produced by Debbie Allen, an actress, director, dancer and rather cool woman herself.
A compound that reduces the body's absorption of fat from food by 30 percent causes weight loss and a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 16 million Americans.
Genetically modified foods have arrived on your dinner plate, whether you want them there or not. And if you're a little confused about how safe they are, where they are and whether you ought to be doing anything about it, you're in good company.
Hot chicken salad a perfect welcome-home meal
Never underestimate the gift of food. Whether delivering a casserole to a family with a new baby or a dessert to neighborhood newcomers, something made in your kitchen is always appreciated.
The pleather principle
Move over, leather. Fall promises to provide a plethora of pleather, a shorthand name for plastic leather that's sexy, supple and synthetic. Pleather can be made to be a dead-ringer for real leather, or to look as fake as singer Gwen Stefani's hair - and just as pink.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores. This week: pain relievers. Prices below were checked Friday. No coupons or discount cards were used.
Across the area
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of an Augusta man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1999.
Group wants more SRS plant research
The National Academy of Sciences has pushed for more research into possible replacements for a failed $500 million plant at Savannah River Site.
Police create profile of teen-ager's killer
AIKEN - Jessica Carpenter's killer is probably reading this. At least that's what police think.
Officials veto plan for condo
AIKEN - Developer Peggy Penland described the hilltop condominiums she wants to build at Houndslake as ``peeking over the treetops'' at a scenic lake and links below.
County aims to address school system concerns
While Columbia County school officials are still working out transportation problems, Superintendent Tommy Price said he feels sure all concerns will be addressed.
State may let schools manage themselves
ATLANTA - The governor said Tuesday he thinks local school administrators soon will find more freedom to make managerial, financial and curriculum decisions, with less state bureaucracy than in previous years.
Sheriff hopeful vanishes
MACCLENNY, Fla. - Lorraine Allbright has this funny feeling, but she can't tell whether it's fear or anger.
Officers respond to story
AIKEN - A day after several basketball players complained about harassment by campus police at the University of South Carolina Aiken, the officers got to tell their side of the story.
Athletes accuse officers
AIKEN - Campus officials at the University of South Carolina Aiken have asked independent investigators to see whether campus police harassed a group of men's basketball players late Monday.
Official bows on prayer issue
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Edgefield County's school superintendent said Tuesday that she won't fight a battle she's already lost.
Aiken County rallies against lottery
AIKEN - Aiken County is expected to play a crucial role in defeating a bid to make South Carolina the 39th state with a government-run lottery, key opponents told a small but earnest crowd Tuesday at a No Lottery 2000 rally promoted by local Republicans.
South Carolina aims to revamp aging bus fleet
AIKEN - School transportation directors in South Carolina are concerned about aging buses and the lack of a state plan to replace them.
Judge denies appeal of convicted killer
Another Augusta native stands closer to execution after a judge's decision to deny his state appeal.
Williams granted reprieve
Alexander Williams already had set the menu for his last meal - three fried-egg sandwiches with a cola and a candy bar - when the Georgia Supreme Court voted 5-2 Tuesday to grant a stay of his execution.
Raceway noise garners debate
A group of residents near the Silver Eagle Raceway wants Columbia County officials to ask a Georgia Institute of Technology scientist to check the noise levels at the track.
Teacher drug bust nets ninth arrest
Another man has been arrested in connection with a weekend drug raid that involved a Westside High School teacher.
Mayor's car gets lighting makeover
It's lights out for Mayor Bob Young. A blue light mounted to the windshield of Mr. Young's 2000 Crown Victoria will be swapped out today for an amber one. City officials were worried about a state law that puts restrictions on who can have blue lights in their cars.
Traffic derails school schedule
By the end of the week, Columbia County school officials hope to make a decision on altering the school schedule for some middle and high schools to help alleviate transportation problems.
Schools seek methods to reduce classroom size
ATLANTA - The recent Georgia education reform law requires school administrators to create smaller classes by 2004, but principals across the state say they simply don't have the space - or the money - to make the mandate reality.
Island festival honors boycott
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. - Penn Center's popular Heritage Days Celebration has been canceled for the second time in two years and for the same reason as last time.
Commission OKs bond issue to improve sewerage
The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue a $98 million revenue bond issue that will pay for continued infrastructure improvements to the city's water and sewerage systems.
Agency disputes specialist
A state agency is moving to stop an Augusta man it found to be practicing psychology without a license.
Sludge charges rejected
SA pair of federal lawsuits claiming improperly treated sewage sludge poisoned crops and cattle on two dairy farms were dismissed Wednesday in favor of the city.
Across the area
A Harlem High School student was arrested Tuesday after a security officer found a 9-inch knife in the student's boot.
Group OKs rail request
ATLANTA - The Georgia Rail Passenger Authority on Wednesday approved a state budget request of $44.6 million, primarily to ratchet up work on two planned commuter rail lines linking Atlanta with Athens and Macon.
Williams' execution draws fire abroad
Before the Georgia Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to Alexander Williams on Tuesday, an Atlanta attorney explored a second avenue of appeal for the Augusta man.
EPD orders fines for city sewage spill
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division wants the Augusta to pay fines totaling $25,000 for a May 10 sewage spill caused by a collapsed pipeline off Columbia Nitrogen Road.
H&D Stables to take over Ford Conger Field
AIKEN - They always said the sale of Ford Conger Field, where Aiken's famed steeplechases are run each spring and fall, would be done the old-fashioned way, with a handshake between friends.
Loss of lottery sales won't affect Georgia
Every day, Lelia Brown leaves her Aiken home armed with a note pad with lucky numbers and heads to the same gas station in Augusta.
Grant brings technology to school
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The chalkboard Betty Sharrock used during her 20-year teaching career in Edgefield County is quickly becoming obsolete.
County searches for chief
AIKEN - The hunt for Aiken County's new administrator began Tuesday when the search committee placed an advertisement for Bill Shepherd's replacement in a number of national trade magazines and area newspapers.
Five jurors voice reversal of death penalty opinion
If they had known then what they know now, five of the jurors who sentenced Alexander Williams to death in 1986 would have voted for life in prison, they wrote in letters to the state parole board.
Day care gets fine reprieve
Although the Richmond County Board of Health decided earlier this month to adopt a policy that would penalize day-care centers in violation of the state immunization law, one center will get another shot at redemption.
Mrs. Ruby Peek
VIDALIA, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Williams Peek, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Meadows Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Wilmont Hiers
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Wilmont Clyde Hiers, 70, of Mixon Street, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Robert Mitchell
AIKEN - Mr. Robert E. Mitchell, 78, of Crepe Myrtle Court, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Hitchcock House.
Mr. Andrew Christensen Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Andrew P. Christensen Sr., 40, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Swarthmore, Pa.
Mrs. Reba Sapp
Mrs. Reba Sapp, 88, of Walker Street, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Lois Walker
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lois Sara Walker, 83, of Jones Street, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.
Mr. Charles Johnson Jr.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Mr. Charles Putney Johnson Jr., 75, of Hillside Drive, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
Mr. Joseph Barden
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Joseph Woodrow ``Red'' Barden, 83, of West Avenue, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Charles Chavous
NEW YORK - Mr. Charles Lee Chavous, 68, of King Street, Brooklyn, died Friday. Aug. 18, 2000, at Brookdale Medical Center.
Mrs. Cynthia McCaskill
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Cynthia Taylor McCaskill, 62, of Kinney Street, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Robert Yarborough Sr.
AIKEN - Mr. Robert Eugene ``Bob'' Yarborough Sr., 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Eva Rabun
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eva Robinson Rabun, 82, of East Avenue, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Paul Wanninger Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Paul L. ``Louie'' Wanninger Jr., 73, of Shaddohil Place, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dora Googe
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Dora M. Googe, 59, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at Roper Hospital, Charleston.
Mr. Roy Burke Jr.
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Roy Franklin Burke Jr., 48, of Eastview Circle, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Ethel West
ESTILL, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Thomas West, 92, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Harper Nursing Center.
Mrs. Aileen Boyer
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Aileen Tanner Boyer, 74, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Macon.
Mrs. Nora Brown
WARD, S.C. - Mrs. Nora Lee Bartley Brown, 80, of Richland Springs Community, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington.
Ms. Estelle Hampton
NEW YORK - Ms. Estelle Hampton, of Manhattan, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at Manhattan Presbyterian Hospital.
Mr. Andrew Girolamo
AIKEN - Mr. Andrew Joseph Girolamo, 75, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Patricia Finch
AIKEN - Mrs. Patricia Stone Finch, 63, of Oriole Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Antonetta Vericella
Mrs. Antonetta E. Vericella, 86, of Waverly Drive, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Annie Womack
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Annie Susie Womack, 87, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.
Mr. Calvin Blount
Mr. Noble Calvin Blount, 62, of Luckey Street, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Alice Farmer
WARRENVILLE - Mrs. Alice Ferguson Farmer, 81, of Flint Drive, died Tuesday, Aug., 22, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
Don't prosecute tragic teen driver
Can anyone tell me what good will come from charging a 15-year-old girl with two counts of vehicular homicide?Katie Lovett Thompson, Augusta
Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig and the Richmond County Sheriff's
A letter written by Zameer Sheikh that appeared in Monday's paper contained a paragraph that was edited in such a way that its meaning was reversed.
Building is an Allgood achievement
The Chronicle's news and editorial page coverage of Augusta State University's 75th birthday and dedication of the new Science Building was spectacular and greatly appreciated. William A. Bloodworth Jr., Augusta
Christians unfairly rapped; do plenty
Clyde Howell's letter of Aug. 16 was an unjustified condemnation of Christians. The acts and words of the few do not represent the beliefs and actions of the majority. Harry A. Thomason, North Augusta
Why fund Reform?
Will Tinney, one of the Reform Party's Aiken delegates who went to the Long Beach, Calif., convention earlier this month, says he's confident that the Pat Buchanan wing of the party will be awarded the $12.5 million in federal campaign funds by the Federal Election Commission, possibly as early as this week.
Give Congress credit for prosperity
To borrow a cliche from the late Ed Sullivan, ``We've just experienced a really big show'' - the unfolding of the many, many Al Gores, the mother of inventions, including the Internet. Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta
Pay teachers for their extra work
Not only is pay an issue in recruiting and keeping good teachers (as a Chronicle editorial recently noted), but new job requirements keep coming and all without pay.Dan White, Evans
Researcher Tom McClusky of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation has compiled a study heretofore unseen: the cost of all proposed spending programs by the two main presidential candidates.
Time to quit
Regarding Bush Field's plans for a new terminal and runway: When Delta left they should have taken Marcie Wilhelmi, Roger Giles and the remaining board members.M.S. Harvard, Augusta
No politics here
``I don't do things based on politics. I realize that politics will be hurled around my head. I just sit there and duck as it comes.''
A brainless plan
State Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, is drawing up legislation that would require South Carolina teachers to undergo random testing for illegal drug use. He calls the proposal a ``no-brainer.''
Don't let Atlanta raid the river
Rob Pavey's Chronicle article on thirsty Atlanta's eyeing of the Savannah River as a drinking water source should be a wake-up call for residents of eastern Georgia and western South Carolina.Thomas H. Robertson, Augusta
OMI success story
Augustans hungry for good news got something to chew on last week when Operations Management International, the Colorado-based contractor hired a year ago to manage the trouble-plagued Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, issued its annual report.
Garbage trucks strew most debris
Regarding the large amounts of garbage that literally line our yards and streets: Sharron Deziel, Augusta
Fifteen-year-old driver is no criminal
I am a 17-year-old student of Harlem High School. About two years ago I was involved in an accident that took the life of a fellow student. Sara Lucas, Harlem
Storm water utility fee called unfair
Columbia County is about to assess a storm water utility service fee to homeowners in parts, but not all of the county. It seems farfetched to assess this fee on a segment of the county instead of all of it.Ann H. Sprinkle, Evans
Has 'Chronicle' lost fairness sense?
The Chronicle's July 26 editorial about the appointment of former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, a Democrat, to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Paul Coverdell, a Republican, states that it's not fair for Gov. Roy Barnes to fill a ``Republican seat'' with a Democrat, but it is a silver lining if Connecticut's GOP governor appoints a Republican to fill the unexpired term of Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman (if Lieberman is elected vice president).Giri Venkatraman, Evans
A 'thank-you' to President Clinton
I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, ``Thank me, I voted for Clinton-Gore.'' I sat down and reflected on that and I am sending my ``thank-you'' to President Clinton for what he has done:Floyd Brown, Evans
Supports killing the death tax
Recently, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, the House passed legislation to phase out the estate taxes. Our president says he'll veto the bill.J. Robert Richards, Augusta
Must sell the tax
``Only in counties where there has been an organized effort have the voters approved a local option sales tax referendum.
Sorting through rhetoric for leader
As the political season rolls into the third trimester and the conventions become a memory, the Americans are left with a decision: George W. Bush or Al Gore.Amanda Ebersole, Ft. Gordon
Get U.S. out of U.N. - right now
These critically important year 2000 elections will determine if our country will remain a free and independent nation or become just another voice in a One World Government dominated by the United Nations.Mildred W. McNair, Aiken
Mother Nature aids SRS cleanup efforts
For years, engineers could not strip tritium from thousands of gallons of polluted ground water at Savannah River Site.
Boeing's Delta III rocket shines after back-to-back flops
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Boeing's newest Delta III rocket delivered a dummy satellite to orbit Wednesday, blasting away the stigma of back-to-back failures.
Ozone levels spike in Augusta
Augusta got a breath of Atlanta air last week when ozone levels hit a record high for the year.
Microsoft denies trying to delay judgment
WASHINGTON - Denying it merely seeks to delay a final decision, Microsoft Corp. again asked the Supreme Court to let a federal appeals court next handle the antitrust fight that threatens to break the computer software giant in two.