New-home sales decline in area
In contrast to soaring new-home sales in July nationally, local home building declined slightly during the same month. Real estate and building professions attributed the mild slowdown to caution spurred by increased interest rates.
Energy company struggles
ATLANTA - A natural gas supplier with a small share of Georgia's market asked a federal court in Texas on Tuesday for protection while it restructures, bringing to three the number of bankrupt companies since the state allowed competition within the industry.
Owners will cater to tradition
For 24 years, Dan and Lillian Smoak have risen at 2 a.m. to begin preparing pastries, cookies and pies for Augustans. But on Thursday they will hand over their aprons.
NEW YORK - Sony Corp. announced plans Wednesday to launch a hand-held computer that uses Palm Inc.'s operating system and offers some entertainment features.
NEW YORK - Profit-taking left stock prices narrowly mixed Tuesday, with bank and pharmaceutical stocks declining and securities firms gaining ground.
MCG merger rumors put to rest
The chancellor of the University System of Georgia and the president of University of Georgia said Tuesday they do not intend to merge Medical College of Georgia into the university.
Judge ready to order recall in Ford case
DETROIT -- A California judge is prepared to order a recall of up to 2 million Ford Motor Co. vehicles over concerns that the vehicles are prone to stalling, the company said Wednesday.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers price comparisons on goods at area stores.
In conjunction with the Southern Living Cooking Show, the Chronicle is holding a recipe contest.
People often ask my mother if I get my love of cooking from her. Her response is usually a quick ''No.''
Raze some eyebrows
If eyes are windows to the soul, then eyebrows are . . . crown molding? . . . awnings?
Drinking four or more cups of green tea a day may help you stave off skin cancer. The brew contains antioxidants that are known to prevent skin cancer in mice and may prevent it in humans, a report summarizing recent research into green tea said.
If you are hot-tempered or feel like hitting someone when you get angry or feel annoyed, cool it. You may be setting yourself up for a heart attack.
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures.
Foley charged with 2 more crimes
The Westside High School teacher arrested nearly two weeks ago on three drug charges had two additional charges added to her criminal file Wednesday.
Pollution study completed
Air pollution in Augusta tends to be at its worst when nearly-stagnant air blows from the southeast, according to preliminary results of a first-ever air monitoring study conducted this summer.Full story
Middleton waives right to hearing
An Augusta woman who delivered a newborn girl and put it under a bathroom cabinet four weeks ago waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and forfeited an opportunity to request being released on bond pending her trial.
4-year investigation of killing nets arrest
After nearly four years without an arrest, authorities charged a suspect Tuesday in connection with the 1996 home invasion slaying of a Madison County woman.
Gore stumps for husband
SAVANNAH - Highlighting issues she's championed for decades as the wife of a senator and vice president, Tipper Gore told Savannah residents Wednesday that her husband, Al Gore, should be their next president.
City denies racetrack request
AIKEN - City planning commissioners refused Tuesday to recommend an ordinance that would have allowed the owners of McGhee's Mile Track to keep living there in a manufactured home until they could build a permanent one.
Cheney touts military boost
ATLANTA - Republican vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney told a gathering sponsored by a Georgia think tank Wednesday that he plans to boost military readiness.
Firm will assist president search
A California-based search firm has been selected to help Georgia's Board of Regents look for a new leader for Medical College of Georgia. Korn/Ferry International was named Tuesday by the state chancellor and Medical College of Georgia Presidential Search and Advisory Committee members, the group charged with finding five unranked candidates for the MCG president's position.
Schools' enrollment outdoes projections
Before it even opened, Greenbrier Middle School had more pupils enrolled than expected. And just one week into the school year, Columbia County's newest middle school has 645 pupils - 40 more than projected and only five away from reaching its ideal capacity.
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have explained that a quote from Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke about SAT scores referred to information that Richmond County scores rose 7 points from last year and 37 points in the past five years.
Grieving parents question police
It's been almost a year since Navy Seaman John Duncan died in a brutal motorcycle wreck in south Augusta, and his parents still don't have closure. Not because they haven't made sense of the crash, and not because the guilty party was never brought to justice.
SRS under budget almost $25 million
The federal nuclear-weapons site is on track to save about $25 million from its $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2000. The financial year ends Sept. 30. But the savings will be short-lived, site officials said Tuesday.
Dispute over zoning ends in compromise
BURNETTOWN - Burnettown's first zoning controversy ended in a compromise earlier this week when the town council made a zoning change on Mustang Drive that tried to please both sides. It is the first time the town council has been asked to settle a zoning problem since its Land Use Plan went into effect in 1997.
Hope for Rose Hill estate fades
AIKEN - Ernest Walker has seen Rose Hill estate two ways - as a wide-eyed child growing up in the shadow of the estate, outside the walls, and as the man who finally saw inside for himself. Today, at 75, he can stand in his own front yard on the property where he was born and see Rose Hill's walls.
SAT average by state for 1990 and 2000
Need to boost pupils' test scores gains attention
Students in Carl Hammond-Beyer's biology class eagerly asked questions Wednesday about dissolving oxygen levels. The Lucy C. Laney High School group was preparing graphs for an experiment that would allow them, during an after-school trip, to collect and compare water samples from the Augusta Canal and Lake Olmstead.
Slain officer moved to avoid city's danger
WOODBINE - A Camden County sheriff's deputy fatally shot during a traffic stop Monday had come to Georgia to get away from the dangers and problems of big-city life.
Student refuses to testify
AIKEN - The college student who blamed a men's basketball player for selling her marijuana at the University of South Carolina Aiken says she will not testify against the athlete if he is charged.
21-year-old pleads guilty in arson case
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A North Augusta man accused of dousing a historic building with gasoline and lighting it has pleaded guilty to arson in an Edgefield County court, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Juvenile Justice board OKs budget
ATLANTA - The state Board of Juvenile Justice on Wednesday adopted a 2002 budget request laden with plans to get more nonviolent young offenders out of Georgia's overcrowded juvenile detention centers.
States aim to snuff out litter of cigarette butts
Look at any busy intersection, along any highway or outside any public building, and there's usually clusters of cigarette butts scattered there.
Terminal plan dies on 5-5 vote
A tense debate and a split vote killed Augusta Aviation Commission Chairman Ed Skinner's request to resume a $25 million airport terminal improvement project at Bush Field.
Larmer barred from shelter
Former Animal control Director Jim Larmer has been barred from returning to Richmond County's shelter after allowing a quarantined dog to be adopted Saturday. Now ,Mr. Larmer is on ``vacation'' until he uses up stored time, Augusta Assistant Administrator Walter Hornsby said.
Firefighters in short supply
Burke County Emergency Management Agency Chief Earl Porterfield says low pay and poor benefits have thinned the ranks of emergency personnel to the point there might not be enough people on some days to open all fire stations.
County addresses absences
For the past three years, attendance has dropped at Columbia County's high schools; it even has fallen below 90 percent during the past school year. It's the first time school Superintendent Tommy Price - who has been at the central office for more than 16 years - can recollect the average daily attendance rate dropping that low.
Amoco employees remain in hospital
One of two men burned in an industrial accident at BP Amoco Augusta Polymers on Friday was in critical condition Tuesday and the other was in stable condition, said a spokeswoman at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.
Knology installation cuts service cables
Although Jones Creek residents will soon have the option of choosing Knology for their cable, phone and Internet service, they have had nearly every utility disrupted while contractors install the service in the subdivision.
Mother loses lawsuit to keep teen in school
A mother who sued the Burke County school system to keep her learning disabled son in school lost her battle Monday.
Teacher faces two new charges
The Westside High School teacher arrested nearly two weeks ago on three drug charges had two additional charges added to her criminal file Wednesday. Deborah Lynn Foley, 45, of the 500 block of Oak Brook Drive in Martinez, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interfering with parental custody.
Across the area
Employees of two local video arcades were indicted Tuesday on charges of commercial gambling. A Richmond County grand jury issued an indictment against Patricia Marguetitti Heron, 38, of Belair Road, on a charge of operating and participating in the earnings of Pot of Gold Game Room.
Counties continue water restrictions
It wasn't that long a summer for Columbia County's water department, but it was a very tough spring. ``We had a terrible spring,'' said Water and Sewer Services Director Billy Clayton. ``Spring is what put us where we are today.''
Tougher air controls not likely
ATLANTA - Georgia regulators aren't likely to impose stricter pollution controls in Augusta even if Richmond County's air quality runs afoul of federal requirements, a high-level state environmental official said Tuesday.
Panel seeks health fund supplement
ATLANTA - State officials say rising costs for prescription drugs and nursing-home liability coverage are two of the reasons the state must add $59.4 million to the Department of Community Health beyond what is budgeted for the current year.
Teen alleges sex with counselor
AIKEN - An employee of a home for troubled boys near New Ellenton has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old resident and providing him pornographic magazines, authorities said Tuesday.
Across the area
An Augusta woman who delivered a newborn girl and put it under a bathroom cabinet four weeks ago waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and forfeited an opportunity to request being released on bond until her trial.
Condon: Sex classes break law
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Attorney General says schools that use a federally sponsored program to teach children about sex are breaking the law. Charlie Condon made that decision late last week in a 16-page opinion requested by Charleston Sen. Glenn McConnell.
State's SAT scores rank worst in nation
Educators and politicians throughout the Palmetto State announced with pride Tuesday South Carolina's double-digit increase on national SAT scores. What they didn't mention was that the state was dead last in the rankings, 51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Raphael DiFilippo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Raphael Dominick DiFilippo, 84, of Hunters Lake Circle, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.
Mr. James Turner
AIKEN - Mr. James Turner, 55, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.
Mr. Richard Hargrove Sr.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mr. Richard Scott Hargrove Sr., 70, of McPherson Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Douglas Carr Jr.
Mr. Douglas Carr Jr., of Wymberly Drive, Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. James Abney
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. James ``Bo'' Abney, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mr. John Woodward Sr.
GRANITEVILLE - Mr. John C. Woodward Sr., 68, of Whaley Pond Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. James Bragg Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. James Norman Bragg Jr., 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Ms. Kathleen Davis
PETERSBURG, Va. - Ms. Kathleen B. Davis, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000.
Dr. Matthew Howard,
NORTH AUGUSTA - Sarah Elaine Cheeks, infant daughter of Gerald and Rhonda Belcher Cheeks, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Chester Van Dyke Jr.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Chester Lee Van Dyke Jr., 81, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000.
Mrs. Annie Gray
OCALA, Fla. - Mrs. Annie M. Evans Gray, 102, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.
Mrs. Ivry Louard
HARLEM - Mrs. Ivry L. Louard, of Bell Street, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Lois Garrard
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lois King Garrard, 98, of Metasville Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center.
Mrs. Annie Thompson
EARLY BRANCH, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Thompson, 90, of Boles Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.
Miss B. Janet Cornwell
AIKEN - Miss B. Janet Cornwell, 59, of Brandy Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Lucille Hill
WASHINGTON - Mrs. Lucille Hammond Hill, 89, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Northwest Health Care Center.
Mr. Ruben Hunter
Mr. Ruben ``Red'' Hunter, 72, of Wharton Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at University Hospital.
Miss Pennie Swan
Miss Pennie Swan, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Mildred Jones
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Proctor Jones, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mrs. Rufina Reid
Mrs. Rufina C. Reid, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Dr. Matthew Howard,
Mr. Richard Carter
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Richard Carter, of Carter Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Joseph Perry Sr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph T. Perry Sr., 91, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Mrs. Carolan Vickers
LULING, La. - Mrs. Carolan Salley Vickers died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.
Mrs. Alline Robbins
Mrs. Alline L. Robbins, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, in Smithfield, Va.
Mrs. Viola Dean
AIKEN - Mrs. Viola Johnson Dean, 84, of Marlboro Street, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Carriage Hill Plantation.
Mrs. V. Janell Snyder
AIKEN - Mrs. V. Janell Snyder, 69, of New Holland Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at her residence.
DNC should apologize to scouts
As a former Boy Scout of Troop 110 in Aiken, I'm appalled at the behavior of the Democratic National Convention delegates. The conduct was disgraceful and merits the apology of the DNC. The U.S. Supreme Court finally ... handed down a ruling (on the Scouts and homosexuals) that was not absurd.Will Tinney, Aiken
Ga. Medical Authority
Over a year ago this newspaper editorially asked Augusta's political, business and civic leaders a big question:
'Worth' dragon lives
Free enterprisers thought they slayed the ``comparable worth'' dragon in the 1970s, but it's back big time, as Al Gore seeks to court working women into the Democratic camp by November.
Mark road deaths with a cross
The Aiken County coroner paints a cross on the road wherever a person has been killed in a traffic accident. It is a grim reminder for every driver who passes that cross.Mrs. A.E. Waters, Hephzibah
Critic of UU religion is intolerant
A recent Chronicle letter was critical of the Unitarian Universalist religion. The writer was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta many years ago who has chosen now to make a gratuitous attack on his former church and friends. Don Hostetler, North Augusta
Gun buybacks bogus?
The gun buyback program in Richmond County is a success - or a farce - depending on which way you look at it.
Will Rogers said that all he knew was what he read in the papers. Wouldn't he be confused today?Robert L. Murray, Augusta
He's living in occupied territory
I read with interest the Aug. 19 letter concerning the Confederate flag and was pleased to realize that with education the true nature of the fight to save a symbol of states' rights will be kept alive. Henry Jones, Hephzibah
Stop picking on Lucy's
It's an old cliche for drivers being given a ticket for some traffic infraction to ask why the cop isn't out busting real criminals like drug dealers, robbers or murderers.
UU minister defends his church
I read with frustration a recently published letter opposing one of the principled stands taken by our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The Rev. Dan King, Augusta
Safeguard against tyranny: Firearms
If the anti-gun lobby can falsely accuse us defenders of the Constitution as being unconcerned about firearm related crimes, we should feel free to call into question the patriotism of those who refuse to defend the Second Amendment...P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem
Public school systems insane
Regarding ``School violence drill hones skills'' (Aug. 17 Augusta Chronicle): R.E. Sutherland, Aiken
Aleta's classmate: Death to Williams
I was one of Aleta Bunch's classmates and friends. We rode to school together, worked on school projects and grew up together. I can still remember her saying goodbye to me in the hall of our school for what would be the last time. Jean Gordon, Augusta
Sees `Boondocks' as racist, so toss it
Why do we continue to allow racist media to be a part of our lives? We are in the midst of a new age, the digital age - a time when sharing information brings us closer together; a world where we can overlook things like the color of skin and continue on our way to understanding basic human needs. Jeremy Reese, Augusta
Wilhelmi on track for Augusta airport
It's absurd for The Chronicle to attack a private citizen for her community work. Marcie Wilhelmi is not an elected official paid to represent the public. She is simply an individual with an idea that she feels would enhance the city of Augusta, and frankly, I agree with her views.Kathy Gambill, North Augusta
History will remember our American presidents through the legacy of their words. Ben Easter, Evans
We note South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlain actually lectured his own Methodist minister, (who had contributed to the umbrella anti-lottery organization) by piously opining "I don't think God is happy with this."
Good people do good things
I am sick of dirty, rotten, pieces of scum being called good people. James R. Waid
Associated Press subverts freedom
On Aug. 23, The Chronicle ran a letter to the editor and two Associated Press stories about which of the two presidential candidate would be best for the military. Tom Hunter, Augusta
Abortion as bad as Holocaust
If you were given a choice between two ways to die: being shoved away in a cabinet and forgotten or being torn apart limb by limb by a vacuum device, which would you choose? According to Charles Lowe's Aug. 18 letter, the latter is the safer method. Rose Bernard, Augusta
Computer designs, manufactures robots
A computer programmed to follow the rules of evolution has for the first time designed and manufactured simple robots with minimal help from people.
Hole expected to increase in size
GENEVA - The hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic is expected to increase in size this year as early measurements show significant ozone depletion, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.