ST. LOUIS -- With a strike averted and a tentative contract in hand, troubled tire maker Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and its workers said Monday they're ready to get down to the business of making good ties and replacing bad ones.
Auto insurance could rise
Beginning Jan. 1, some Georgia motorists might pay more for car insurance - the actual increase is difficult to estimate. New laws that take effect next year will raise the state's required minimum liability coverage.
Cumulus may sell stations
Cumulus Media Inc. confirmed Tuesday the company's cluster of Augusta radio stations might be sold to Clear Channel Communications Inc. in a deal involving station swaps and cash.
Best companies for working moms
NEW YORK - Fannie Mae offers paid time off for volunteer work. The Benjamin Group/BSMG pays its employees to surf.
NEW YORK - A poor outlook for technology and pharmaceutical stocks prompted heavy selling in those sectors Tuesday, the only notable activity in an otherwise lackluster session.
Blash from the past
It's amazing how the smell or taste can bring back a flood of memories.
Manager keeps shedding pounds
Thanks to his willpower of steel, George Ball Jr. has lost 95 pounds.
Hold the bowl! Just eating the cereal in your bowl and throwing away the milk isn't a smart nutrition move.
In the know
PRICE CHECK: Each Wednesday, Price Check offers cost comparisons on goods at area stores. This week: batteries. Prices below were checked Thursday.
Age old question: Vinegar's health benefits have long been debated
Q: Does vinegar provide health benefits? - M.M., Belvedere
Supermarket loyalty programs have short memories
Dear Martin: My supermarket has a ''loyalty'' program that sends rewards (such as coupons) to participants every three months based on their spending at that store.
In the know
ROSIE'S ISLAND: You know it was killing Rosie O'Donnell. All summer long, the Survivor saga unfolded, and the queen of pop culture was on hiatus. Today the silence ends with a Surv
Translation gets lost at doctors
With our region's overabundance of doctors, you'd think we'd understand them better.
Bond denied for standoff suspect
An Aiken County magistrate denied bond for Joe Daniel Floyd early Thursday morning, hours after he was arrested for assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting at a pharmaceutical delivery man.Full story
RestFest offers one last respite
Undeterred by the humidity or threat of rain Monday, several hundred residents made the most of the last holiday of summer by heading out to RestFest in North Augusta.
Edgefield approves incentives
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Council unanimously approved an incentive package Tuesday to lure a cab manufacturing company that will bring with it a $6 million investment.
Death penalty to be sought in case
District Attorney Danny Craig said he plans to seek the death penalty against three men charged in the 1998 slayings of an Evans couple.
Sex shop votes fail passage
The Augusta Commission's decision about the fate of a local sex shop proved anti-climatic Tuesday.Two options - one to revoke the business license of Lucy's Love Shop, the other to put the store's owner on probation - failed to garner enough votes to pass, landing the issue back where it started.
Woman survives invasion
A 92-year-old Augusta woman remained in good condition Monday at University Hospital after her home was invaded the night before.
Commission rescinds suspension
City Parks and Recreation Director Tom Beck won an appeal before Augusta Commissioners Tuesday and avoided a weeklong suspension handed to him nearly three weeks ago after an investigation into his department's hiring practices.
Westside teacher loses paid leave after arrest
A Westside High School teacher facing drug charges in Columbia County was placed on administrative leave without pay Tuesday. Deborah Lynn Foley, 45, of Martinez, had been on administrative leave with pay after her arrest during a drug raid at her Oak Brook Drive home Aug. 18.
Across the area
Six Richmond County school buses were pulled from routes Tuesday as officials waited to see whether they are part of the 46,000 buses nationwide that could have faulty brakes.
Across the area
An Augusta woman walking home late Sunday was raped by a man who had been riding a bicycle.
Southern states draw Bush's eye
AUSTIN, Texas - George W. Bush's favorite room in the 144-year-old Texas governor's mansion is the library, but he hopes his political fortunes will surpass those of the three men depicted there.
Parents seek services for disabled
Like other parents, a group of Columbia County parents have big dreams for their children who are all adults with developmental disabilities.
Holiday travelers receive welcomed surprise at center
AIKEN - For Heath and Tina Wade, the welcome center on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River seemed as good a place as any to give their 2-year-old twins a break from car seats and to walk their bulldog pup.
Pawn shop killing trial opens
AIKEN - Opening statements begin this morning in the murder trial of James Vang, one of four youths charged in the 1997 slaying of an Aiken pawn shop owner.
Soldier is assaulted in home
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is keeping mum about a young Fort Gordon soldier found viciously attacked in her home Tuesday. Maj. Ken Autry, head of the Criminal Investigations Division, would confirm only that the department is investigating an assault at 3310 Oakridge Drive - located off Jackson Road near Daniel Field.
Mine deal prompts dispute
AIKEN - The family home-stead north of Aiken that Lorenz Woodward remembers had a natu-ral spring in the woods, verdant greenery and gentle slopes.
Officers engage in standoff in Aiken
AIKEN - Aiken police were in a standoff late Tuesday with a man who allegedly shot at a pharmaceutical delivery man. The standoff led police to evacuate surrounding homes, block off a major thoroughfare and call in all available officers. Negotiators were attempting to talk the man out of the home at 11 p.m., but he remained holed up at 1212 Hampton Ave., said Capt. Tom Galardi with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
State regulates body piercing
AIKEN - When Damian Blevins moved to Aiken from California six weeks ago, his mother paid him $180 to remove a barbell ornament that ran through his upper ear halfway to the lobe.
Columbia County closes shelter
Just hours after Richmond County's Animal Shelter partially reopened Tuesday, Columbia County shut its facility's doors after an adopted puppy died from an intestinal disease.
Schools might cut out red meat
AIKEN - Where's the beef? might be a question asked during lunch at many school cafeterias this year, because the federal government won't buy the meat because of new rules on processors.
Counties support green space plan
A public hearing held to discuss viable green space projects in Richmond County brought many of the city's painful ghosts to the table Tuesday night.
France honors WWI veteran
In 1918, Pfc. Donald Cooper, serial No. 2655034, left the Army's Camp Gordon for France as one of more than 2 million U.S. soldiers to serve overseas during ``the Great War.''
Mr. Roger Bates
Mr. Roger T. Bates, of Perry Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mrs. Mary Dogan
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Ethel Dogan, of West Boundary Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Luther McKie
Mr. Luther T. ``Tommy'' McKie, 49, of Columbia Road, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Annie Brassell
Mrs. Annie H. Brassell, 65, of Augusta, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Danny Davis Jr.
JACKSON - Mr. Danny Lee Davis Jr., 36, of Main Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Olivia Oliphant
AIKEN - Mrs. Olivia Oliphant, 94, of Sunday Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.
Mr. Donald Hammett Jr.
BATH - Mr. Donald Marion Hammett Jr., 20, of Hill Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Grady Ryals
LANGLEY - Mr. Grady Landrum Ryals, 41, of Pelzer Street, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Donald Harrison
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Donald Ervin Harrison, 66, of North Hulin Avenue, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
Mr. Junior Hobbs
Mr. Junior R. ``Johnny'' Hobbs, of Hephzibah, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. John Harrell
THOMSON - Mr. John Wesley Harrell, 66, of Cleveland Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Adrian Storey Sr.
LEAH, Ga. - Mr. Adrian Clary ``A.C.'' Storey Sr., 91, of Ridge Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Edward Woodruff Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Edward L. ``Eddie'' Woodruff Sr., 72, of Gibbs Road South, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Augusta.
Mr. Winton Teston
THOMSON - Mr. Winton ``Bo'' Teston, 73, of Dixie Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Louise Usry
AVERA, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Rivers Usry, 88, of Long Branch Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Beverly Health Care, Augusta.
Mr. Bill Inman
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Lloyd ``Bill'' Inman, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Moses Germany
LOS ANGELES - Mr. Moses Germany, 67, died Tuesday, August 29, 2000, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Bobby Mathis
QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y. - Mr. Bobby Lee Mathis, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Diane Yoder
Mrs. Diane L. Yoder, of Cable Way, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Thelma Lane
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma Thigpen Lane, 94, of Highway 17 South, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital.
Mrs. Mattie Brinson
Mrs. Mattie Hicks Brinson, of Royal Street, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000.
Mr. William Simmons Jr.
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. William H. Simmons Jr., 83, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Adrian Storey Sr.
LEAH, Ga. - Mr. Adrian Clary ``A.C.'' Storey Sr., 91, of Ridge Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Frank Schillega
AIKEN - Mr. Frank Schillega, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Larry Thompson
Mr. Larry R. Thompson, 55, of Martinez, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Beatrice Evans
Mrs. Beatrice G. Evans, 93, of Gibson Road, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Beryl Norris
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Beryl Fielden Norris, 64, of Burton Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000.
Ms. Mildred Studdard
EATONTON, Ga. - Ms. Mildred Hunnicutt Studdard, 85, of Jenkins Court, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Macon Hospital, Macon.
Mr. Joseph Brassell Sr.
Mr. Joseph R. Brassell Sr., 68, of Almon Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Olden Hall Sr.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Mr. Olden ``Sandy'' Hall Sr., 83, of Shancey Lane, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Atlanta.
Corps creates `death trap' at lake
Concerning the article about the water level at Lake Thurmond. It sounds like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are patting themselves on the back because the level has only dropped to 325 feet and will probably not drop to less than 316 feet by the end of the year. Larry Newman, Aiken
Insists Islam respects other faiths
Regarding Roger L. Eden's Aug. 25 letter, ``Islam doesn't respect other religions.'' H. Hashimi, Augusta
Why Potter books are bad for kids
I will agree with Seth Benson's Aug. 26 letter that some Bible stories are not suitable for young children. But neither are the Harry Potter books. Jack Mort, Belvedere
Don't prosecute tragic teen driver
I find it sad that a 17-year-old, Sara Lucas, can write a meaningful letter (Aug. 23), and be more understanding than our judicial system. Ella-Mae Burke, Evans
The wrong incentive
Columbia County officials are rightly alarmed at declining high school attendance rates.
Miller blamed for stay of execution
Regarding the stay of execution for Alexander Williams, a convicted and admitted rapist and murderer: It might well be noted that Zell Miller's legacy of a liberal Supreme Court lives on well after his governorship. Donald L. Davis, Evans
Boot appeal hazardous
Firefighters are well-meaning when they stand at local intersections and extend large boots to drivers. It's called a ``boot block,'' and it's kind of like a road block, but it's all in the name of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Partial birth abortion is pro-death
I just have to thank The Chronicle for publishing the article, ``Liberal media `protects` public from distress,'' by George F. Will. Brian Regitko, Augusta
Why parents won't put kids on bus
I would like to address the issues made by Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price regarding the traffic nightmares. He states that there would not be a problem if more parents put their children on the school bus. Nancy Edenfield, Martinez
Let killer live; he may be innocent
Regarding Alexander Williams paying his full debt to Aleta Bunch: One, death is too easy an out if he did this. It may even be what he wants. I would prefer he suffer for the rest of his life, in prison, being examined, medicated and studied, living in the harshest conditions of maximum security, with no possibility of parole.Theresa C. Von Plinsky, Augusta
Don't fill PIO post
One of the more curious controversies former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few generated was to hire a public information officer in 1997. Why did Few need an official PIO when his predecessors didn't?
The Bible, Jesus tell it like it is
Regarding Seth Benson's Aug. 26 letter, ``X-Rated Bible stories not for children'': I have not read any of the Harry Potter books, so I will leave an argument on its content to others.Don Dickerson, Martinez
Cut regulation excess
The two-state leadership group that lobbied Atlanta last week heard the good word from David Word, assistant director of the state's Environmental Protection Division.
Reform DOT selection
The Department of Transportation board oversees myriad multimillion dollar projects across Georgia. Unfortunately, the agency has been hit by scandal. DOT board member Max Goldin quit amid allegations he used his position for personal gain, and his replacement raises questions about the selection process and how it should be reformed.
A few kind words for Delta, ASA
We've had a bellyful lately about the airport commission, the airport itself, the airlines and individuals related to air travel to and from this city one way or another. Joseph W. Rubin, Augusta
Hands off Boy Scouts
President Bill Clinton and the man who hopes to succeed him, Vice President Al Gore, no doubt wish their overzealous appointees in the U.S. Department of the Interior had kept their mouths shut - at least until after Election Day. Some Interior bureaucrats thought the exclusion of homosexuals by the Boy Scouts of America, even though upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, ran counter to a recent presidential executive order.
Great judge was a great dad, too
As the ``married daughter who lives in Augusta'' of retiring State Court Judge George Fryhofer, I commend the writer on an apt synopsis of my father's career in the Aug. 7 Chronicle. Vera Lynn Fryhofer Dent, Augusta
Countdown begins for Friday launch of Atlantis
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began the countdown Tuesday for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis, which will be heading back to the international space station with a new crew and fresh load of supplies.
Napa quake surprises seismologists
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even in earthquake-prone California, the sharp jolt that caused millions of dollars in damage in the Napa Valley caught residents and experts alike off guard.
``I've got this girl who is a friend. We've been friends for about nine years. Now I'm really starting to like her. She and her boyfriend just broke up. Should I try to talk to her even though we've been friends for so long?'' - 17-year-old Augusta boy
THE FACTS:Lauren Josey, 15, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.
WEDNESDAY: Rapper Foxy Brown is 21.
Art doesn't imitate life
Teens flocked to the debut of the perky cheerleader flick Bring It On. The movie brought in $17.4 million Aug. 25-27, making it the top movie of the weekend.