Here is a list of events scheduled for the Augusta area.
They talk turkey at this museum
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With the press of a button, the elderly Cherokee Indian comes to life; first speaking in his native tongue, then in English.
Labor Day festivities
Labor Day weekend means more than backyard barbecue and the last big holiday before Thanksgiving.
Jazz will float over river
Be it swing or be-bop, fusion or Dixieland, jazz has established itself as the great American art form.
Cheery outlook colors artist's works
An artist and musician, he produces work that embraces the joyful. His goal is not to expose political injustice or reveal his own dark underbelly, but to perhaps have people hum a catchy tune or smile at one his paintings.
Here is a list of art exhibits in the Augusta Area.
Album's promise unfulfilled
Have you ever picked up a CD and felt your stomach drop, sure that you knew what it held in store and that listening would only cause pain?
Comedian now addicted to honest performances
From George Carlin to Cheech and Chong, the idea of lighting up or drinking down has provided comics the fodder for a thousand jokes and a million laughs.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Nominees for honors not secret
At 10 a.m. today in Atlanta, Gov. Roy Barnes will announce nominees and performers for the 22nd annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame show.
Here is a list of clubs in the Augusta Area.
NEW YORK - Investors optimistic that the U.S. economy is growing at a healthy but noninflationary pace sent stocks broadly higher Thursday.
Alltel plans local business service
Alltel Communications plans to offer local telephone service to business customers in the Augusta market Sept. 18. The service will be available to residential customers sometime during the first quarter of next year.
Pressures mount on tiremaker
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s latest tally of recalled tires that have been replaced is approaching 1 million, about 15 percent of the total estimated to be on trucks and sport utility vehicles.
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.
Monsanto will take stock public
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co. expects to sell 35 million shares for $20 to $25 each in an initial public stock offering, the company said Wednesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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.
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.
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.
Weeding helps drop extra weight
If you can think of your yard as a health club, you will perform double duty by keeping your yard and your body in shape.
Raze some eyebrows
If eyes are windows to the soul, then eyebrows are . . . crown molding? . . . awnings?
Making stumps rot takes time, patience and a good fertilizer
Q: I recently had 20 trees cut down in my yard - 19 pines and one black cherry. The big decision for me is whether to pay to have the stumps ground or to let them rot, with me helping them along.
Weekend travel may be a labor
Traveling this holiday weekend? Many of you are, and most of those trips will average five hours. That estimate comes from a survey conducted by Response Insurance.
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.
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.
Man invades Augusta home
A clean-shaven man wearing a pin-striped baseball cap kicked in an elderly woman's front door Thursday, forced her to the floor, tied her hands in front of her, then stole money from her purse, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. The woman, 76, told investigators she was alone in her home on the 1700 block of Wrightsboro Road when she heard her doorbell ring at about 8:15 p.m. She looked outside and saw no one.Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle
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.
County needs more funds to build tech school branch
Columbia County officials will have to wait at least another year to get a branch of Augusta Technical College in the Horizon South Industrial Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jury report vindicates city
Augusta's contract with a company to operate the city's sewage treatment plants came out smelling like a rose in a Richmond County special grand jury interim report returned Thursday.
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.
Police show sketch of teen wanted for questioning
AIKEN - Detectives investigating the slaying of 17-year-old Jessica Carpenter have released a sketch of a young man who was seen loitering at a store near the victim's home Aug. 4.
Law office killing ends with arrest
UNION, S.C. - The man charged with killing a woman Wednesday at a Union law office told police he considered killing more people. Benjamin Coleman, 36, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Betty Gault Wade, 61. Police said the shooting occurred after a foreclosure hearing at a law office. Ms. Wade died a few hours later.
Condon errs in opinion on sex classes
COLUMBIA - A recent opinion issued by the attorney general about a federally approved sex education program in some South Carolina schools is ``poorly researched'' and riddled with inaccuracies, a spokesman for the state Department of Education said.
Transit will add bus route
AIKEN - Jimmy Reynolds rides the Best Friend Express every weekday to work. When his workday is done, Mr. Reynolds boards the bus again for the trip home to North Augusta.
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.
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.
Officers target traffic violators
North Augusta has a pretty good track record when it comes to road deaths. Only one person has been killed in traffic within city limits this year, and the March incident in the parking lot of radio stations WKXC and WSLT was ruled a suicide by North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
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.
Fire official resigns from department
Fire department public information officer Katrice Bryant - who came under fire recently for her handling of a fire chiefs' banquet and a colossal cell phone bill - announced her resignation Thursday.
Across the area
A trial date for a man accused of killing an Augusta disc jockey was tentatively set Thursday at a unified appeals hearing in Burke County Superior Court.
Man is released by judge
A Hephzibah man convicted of making death threats against his former neighbors was released on probation Thursday, but not before a Superior Court judge ordered him to take prescribed anti-psychotic drugs and stop writing inflammatory letters to government officials.
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.
Shelter kills 30 animals
Richmond County animal control officials killed 30 dogs Thursday in hopes of ending the 5-week-old quarantine at the Mack Lane shelter. ``It was based on the building they were in,'' Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon said. ``They were in the holding area, which is separated from our adoption area.
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.
Officials face fraud allegations
HINESVILLE - District Attorney Tom Durden is seeking indictments against Liberty County's Commission chairman and three other commissioners on a felony charge of conspiracy to defraud and a misdemeanor charge of malpractice in office.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Lucille Hill
WASHINGTON - Mrs. Lucille Hammond Hill, 89, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at Northwest Health Care Center.
Mrs. Melinda Spencer
ATLANTA - Mrs. Melinda Spencer, 89, of Marvin Lane, died Sunday. Aug, 27, 2000.
Mr. Richard Carter
HEPHZIBAH - Mr. Richard Carter, of Carter Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Ora Williams
Mrs. Ora Mae Williams, 52, of Solomon Place, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Annie Hamilton
BOSTON - Mrs. Annie Pearl Johnson Hamilton, 68, of Hyde Park Avenue, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Chilton House Nursing Home, Cambridge.
Mrs. Natalie Fields
Mrs. Natalie Hughs Fields, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Glenn Saverance
Mr. Glenn E. Saverance, 76, of Evans, died Tuesday. Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. George Middleton
Mr. George Frank Middleton, 58, of Hillwood Circle, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Ms. Irma Malcomb
Ms. Irma Malcomb, 67, of Preston Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 30., 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Lois Garrard
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lois King Garrard, 98, of Metasville Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Wilkes Health Care Center.
Mrs. Miriam Mauck
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Miriam ``Polly'' Rabun Mauck, 75, of Lee Street, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at National Health Care Center.
Mrs. Wilhelmina Howle
AIKEN - Mrs. Wilhelmina ``Billie'' Howle, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. James Bragg Jr.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. James Norman Bragg Jr., 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Mr. Alvin Bishop
Mr. Alvin Jerome ``A.J.'' Bishop, 64, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Mildred Jones
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Proctor Jones, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin.
Mrs. Carolyn Stone
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Mack Stone, 41, of East Broad Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Elizabeth Martin
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Steele Martin, 44, of West Robert Toombs Avenue, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Edward Youn Jr.
Mr. Edward B. Youn Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Perry Davis Sr.
UNADILLA, Ga. - Mr. Perry Kenneth Davis Sr., 50, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in Perry.
Mr. Jennings Burnett
AIKEN - Mr. Jennings Duncan ``J.D.'' Burnett, 74, of Henry Street, died Wednesday. Aug. 30, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Dr. Matthew Howard,
Mr. Thomas Sapp
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Albert ``T.A.'' Sapp, 58, of Bell Street, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Clyde Shaw
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Clyde ``Don'' Shaw, 61, of Rickeson Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. George Stewart Sr.
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. George E. Stewart Sr., 77, of Stoney Bluff Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Hilsman Dewberry Sr.
Mr. Hilsman A. Dewberry Sr., 93, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Forrest Lake Health Care.
Mrs. Claudia Quinney
DALLAS - Mrs. Claudia Thigpen Quinney, 93, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000.
Mrs. Mattie Usher
DECATUR, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie L. Usher, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Jennings Health Care Inc., Augusta.
Mrs. V. Janell Snyder
AIKEN - Mrs. V. Janell Snyder, 69, of New Holland Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Jack Evans
ST. LOUIS - Mr. Jack L. Evans, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000.
Mrs. Rufina Reid
Mrs. Rufina C. Reid, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Vernon Thompkins
CHICAGO - Mr. Vernon Thompkins died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Annie Thompson
EARLY BRANCH, S.C. - Mrs. Annie Thompson, 90, of Boles Road, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000.
Mrs. Thelma Adams
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma Adams, 88, of East Ogeechee Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Syl-View Health Care Center.
Mrs. Erin Gay
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Erin Smith Gay, 87, of Cumberland Avenue, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at National Health Care.
Miss B. Janet Cornwell
AIKEN - Miss B. Janet Cornwell, 59, of Brandy Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Claude Turner Sr.
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Claude Turner Sr., 61, of Elam Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his residence.
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Sha'Caya Kenyatta Calloway, infant daughter of Randy Cave and Latonya Calloway, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mr. Sam Tucker Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Sam Tucker Jr., 87, of Kershaw Street, died Tuesday. Aug. 29, 2000, at his residence.
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.
Ga. Medical Authority
Over a year ago this newspaper editorially asked Augusta's political, business and civic leaders a big question:
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
Disappointing, disheartening. Those are among the discouraging words that describe the Augusta Aviation Commission's looney-tunes decision-making.
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
Stray dog worries puppy owner
Regarding the stray animal problem that we must tolerate in Augusta: The matter has gotten out of hand and I would like to see some progress be Richmond County Animal Control to alleviate it. Madison McDonald, Hephzibah
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
Chronicle neglects Silver Bluff
Zero. That's the amount of respect The Chronicle has shown the Silver Bluff football teams over the past 20 years. The coverage of Silver Bluff games is pathetic. Bill Morris, Augusta
A feud Down Under
A tasteless comment by a rival from the Olympic host country has American long-jumpers Melvin Lister and Savante Stringfellow fuming.
On the contrary, Christians do get it
In response to Mr. Clyde Howell's Aug. 16 letter, ``Christians just don't get it.'' Barbara Mohler, 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
Battered women story was necessary
What sells papers won out again. On Aug. 21 the big splash was on Tiger Woods' dominance in golf, and it covered most of The Chronicle's front page. Randall Klinger, Evans
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
Sewer commissioner disillusioned
I resigned as a commissioner of the Clearwater Water and Sewer Commission on July 13. Within a few weeks, the secretary and chairman resigned. Rev. J. F. Rodgers, Clearwater
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
A plea to pet owners: Spay, neuter
This note is a plea to all people who own pets and those who will in the future to become responsible. Gina Graham, Augusta
Will Rogers said that all he knew was what he read in the papers. Wouldn't he be confused today?Robert L. Murray, Augusta
Some Christians still don't get it
At the risk of plagiarizing a previous letter, I'd like to repeat, ``some Christians don't get it.'' Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez
Ethics and embryos
Pope John Paul II has condemned the cloning of humans and experimentation on human embryos. With the weight of his moral authority, and his influence in the Catholic Church, which has more than 1 billion members globally, the aging and frail pope made some of his most important pronouncements ever.
A global police force?
One doesn't have to be a charter member of the black-helicopter, anti-New World Order crowd to be troubled by a United Nations panel calling for more aggressive peacekeeping - make that peacemaking - missions.
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
FDA selects antibiotic for anthrax
WASHINGTON - If bioterrorists ever attack the United States with anthrax, the antibiotic Cipro will be the first line of defense for civilians who breathe the deadly bacteria, the government decided Thursday.
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.
Computer program allows hospital visits from home
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - When Jessie McCarthy was in the hospital for major surgery, she was in no condition to call her friends and family - in Curacao, the Netherlands and New York - to keep them updated on her condition.
Study tracks pollution patterns
Augusta's air pollution tends to be at its worst when slow-moving winds blow from the southeast, according to preliminary findings from an experimental air monitoring study.