NEW YORK - Persistent concerns about rising oil prices and their impact on corporate profits sent stocks tumbling Wednesday until a late round of bargain hunting pulled technology issues higher.
Tech stocks rally
Business plan helps minorities
ATLANTA - When Roy Barnes was learning the retail business, he met with his mentors every night at the kitchen for pointers.
Morris Comm. enlists online service
Morris Communications Corp. has aligned with a Kansas-based information technology company that allows consumers to make fraud-free online purchases.
Area bank plans eighth branch
Augusta-based Georgia Bank & Trust Co. announced it will build its eighth branch, in the Publix shopping center complex on Fury's Ferry Road.
Eatery teams KFC, A&W
The colonel's chicken and a root beer float are now available under one roof in Evans.
Restaurant serves up song with supper
If you expect them to just haphazardly belt out Happy Birthday, you're in for a surprise.
Anxious children One out of eight children ages 9 to 17 suffers from an anxiety disorder, but few are diagnosed and those who are are often under-treated.
Cooking show The Southern Living Cooking School Show will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
His & Hers
Don't be surprised if your significant other starts stealing your eau de toilette - it doesn't matter whether you're a boy or a girl to some cologne manufacturers these days.
Dressing up fettuccine
Busy families and work schedules make entertaining often impossible. But reader Carol McElmurray of Martinez has come to the rescue with a quick, easy and elegant entree that rivals restaurant fare.
Edgefield County Deputy killed in wreck
MONETTA, S.C. - An Edgefield County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday night while transporting a juvenile to Columbia, South Carolina Highway Patrol Cpl. Jeff Daniels said.
Authorities shut down boy's home
Authorities took custody of 10 residents of the Winner's Circle Group Home on Wednesday, shutting down the home for troubled boys after more allegations surfaced of sex between boys and a counselor.
Former Mayor arrested on drug charges
A Former North Augusta Mayor was arrested Wednesday for drug possession and distribution charges.
Police identify shooting victim
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Police have identified the man who was shot and killed at a popular North Augusta night spot Monday as Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, of Athens, Ga. North Augusta Public Safety spokesman Lt. Tim Pearson said police are still seeking the man who shot Mr. Williams in the chest with a revolver at around 8:30 p.m. at the Highlander Pub on Georgia Avenue. He is described as white and between 30 and 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a blue T-shirt and blue jeans. Full story
Homeless Task Force to move location
The Augusta Task Force for the Homeless announced plans Tuesday to move its operation to a new location in November.
GBI raids city offices
Armed with search warrants, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents swooped down on city offices Wednesday morning, gathering information about the fire department.
Developer addresses concerns
Columbia County's next industrial park became official Tuesday night.
Police canines face danger nose to nose
Bruno sniffed his way down the luggage conveyor belt, stopping at each of the four black bags lined up like a multiple-choice test.
Man shot at tavern identified
Police identified the man shot and killed in a North Augusta bar Monday as Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, but were still looking for his killer Tuesday.
Supporter explains benefits of lottery
Aiken - If the proposed South Carolina lottery is approved by voters in November, it could mean that schools in poor counties could win advanced computer labs, a supporter of the lottery said Tuesday.
Across the area
CHARLESTON - For the second year in a row, Nationwide Insurance is seeking a homeowners rate increase in South Carolina.
Across the area
Richmond County Animal Control officers captured 17 stray dogs at a Black Road residence Tuesday.
Deputy dies in traffic accident
HEAD:Deputy dies in traffic accident; two others injured
Census response lower than hoped
How well Augustans responded to the U.S. Census depends on whom you ask.
Officials prepare to prioritize spending
Tuesday's election was special for several reasons.
New test shows math skills below standard
A new state test that measures how well students understand course work, shows eighth-graders need help in math.
Students hold annual prayer
About 200 students clustered around two flagpoles at Lakeside High School on Wednesday to pray that God's mercy and grace would come to their campus and spread to Georgia and the United States.
Alliance of airports approved
The Mayor's Joint Aviation Committee reported back to the Augusta Commission on Tuesday with a list of recommendations that airport officials say will help Augusta Regional Airport and Daniel Field work better together.
Shooting described in report
The 47-year-old Grovetown man shot and killed Saturday by a Columbia County sheriff's deputy had barricaded himself inside his home before the confrontation oc curred, according to a sheriff's office report released Tuesday.
Secret donor helps disabled resident
SAVANNAH - To Darlene Dean, the 14 steps leading to her Tattnall Street apartment are a mountain.
Director's pay request prompts debate
Crunched for time amid pending special election poll results, Augusta commissioners came out of closed session Tuesday without rendering a decision concerning the salary of the city's new public works director.
MCG committee gets staff input
Wanted by Medical College of Georgia faculty and staff: vision and chief executive officer qualities.
Finance reform draws debate
AIKEN - The only shadow between South Carolinians and the sunshine is Gov. Jim Hodges' pen, an Upstate representative said.
County plans facility for seniors
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Jim Griffith hopes Edgefield County's senior citizens won't have to rub elbows with criminals much longer.
More sites violate law
A computer specialist who allegedly set up a site to download music using a server at Medical College of Georgia has been fired by the school. That kind of music technology has become an increasing headache for the recording industry and a concern for Georgia universities, officials said.
Homeless groups join under 1 roof
Leroy Newby is who many people picture when they think of the homeless.
Former mayor arrested
He was once the top policy maker in North Augusta politics. Now police are saying D. Kim Ledford has been dabbling in a darker arena.
Tax: Sales stays, property goes
Preliminary results from Tuesday's special election showed that roadwork and infrastructure improvements will be funded for the next five years, but the bulk of identified drainage work will have to wait awhile.
Barnes' wife backs day-care initiative
Georgia's first lady, Marie Barnes, delivered statistics that unnerved several of Augusta's educators Wednesday.
Board moves to limit flood plain building
One of two city ordinances is on its way to becoming more restrictive with the approval of Augusta commissioners.
Deputy's death stuns officers, family
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Sheriff Billy Parker had the difficult duty Wednesday of telling his deputies that one of their own was dead after a man suspected of drunken driving crashed into his cruiser.
Care home owners appeal facility's close
AIKEN - The owners of an elderly care home, whose license was revoked and whose business was locked down, have appealed the state's decision.
Hairdresser sentenced in molestation
SAVANNAH - A federal judge in Chicago sentenced former Savannah hairdresser Joel Moore to 41 months in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.
Agents confiscate fire records
The probe of Augusta's government heated up Wednesday as Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents seized records concerning the city's fire department.
Officials remove juveniles
Authorities took custody of 10 residents of Winner's Circle Group Home on Wednesday, shutting down the facility for troubled youths after allegations surfaced of sex between boys and a male counselor.
Center combines job services
AIKEN - People who are out of work can do more than line up and sign up at what most call the ``unemployment office'' in Aiken.
Doctor blamed in death
AIKEN - Two months after Aiken County settled a wrongful-death lawsuit over an inmate's death inside the county jail for more than $250,000, the executor of the victim's estate has filed a suit against a doctor for ``ignoring clear symptoms'' of pneumonia.
Panel names shelter for retiring official
AIKEN - A major part of Aiken County Administrator Bill Shepherd's legacy to the county he has served for nearly nine years is a state-of-the-art animal shelter, Councilwoman Susan Giddings said.
Parole board frees arsonist after 9 years
An Augusta man convicted of arson in a 1991 homicide was paroled Monday, nine years after the crime.
Mrs. Joanne Autry
AIKEN - Mrs. Joanne Autry, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at We Care Residential Center, New Ellenton.
Mrs. Gaynell Clark
LANGLEY - Mrs. Gaynell Kent Clark, 78, of Pelzer Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Ethel Pardue
COLUMBIA - Mrs. Ethel ``Mae'' Jones Pardue, 84, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Baptist Hospital.
Mrs. Carolyn Varner
KENNESAW, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn Varner, 65, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital, Marietta.
Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr.
Mr. Rufus Taylor Sr., of Branch Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Robert Tucker
Mr. Robert ``Jerry'' Tucker, 57, of Mike Padgett Highway, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Christine Daniels
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Christine A. Daniels, 61, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Deborah Brown
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mrs. Deborah Mealing Brown died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Otis Boykin
SUMTER, S.C. - Mr. Otis E. Boykin, 65, of Marilyn Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Columbia.
Mr. Clifford Williams
Mr. Clifford Wayne Williams, 48, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Mellie Keller
CAMERON, S.C. - Mrs. Mellie W. Keller, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ronnie McKie
AIKEN - Mr. Ronnie McKie, 51, of Converse Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at his residence.
NIXVILLE, S.C. - Alexis Ruth Lofton, infant daughter of Richard Lofton and Latoya Ruth, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Thomas Roane
TIGER, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Van Buren ``Tom'' Roane, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Augusta.
Mr. Robert Spires
FULTON, Miss. - Mr. Robert Lewis Spires, 47, of Red Maple Lane, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Monnie Whitfield
Mr. Monnie L. Whitfield, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. Eugene Hazer
Mr. Eugene W.F. Hazer, 59, of Martinez, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Mr. David Dupeire Sr.
ROME, Ga. - Mr. David Carl Dupeire Sr., 52, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000.
Mr. Anthony Iseral
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Anthony Iseral, 32, of Smalls Lane, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Allendale County Hospital, Fairfax.
Mrs. Gladys Hair
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Gladys Elkins Hair, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Jessie Mathis
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Mrs. Jessie Lee Mathis, of Goodwin Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Albermarle Hospital.
Mrs. Eileen Akers
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eileen Pressley Akers, 76, of Corley Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Katherine Bell
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Katherine Johns Bell, 89, of Lee Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Jurdy Cody
NEWARK, N.J. - Mr. Jurdy W. Cody, 64, of Quitman Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Irvin General Hospital.
Mr. Ronnie Newman
Mr. Ronnie Gerald Newman, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
Mr. Francis Grice
Mr. Francis D. Grice, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Forest Lake Health Care.
Mr. Will Davis
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mr. Will Davis, 74, of Pecan Circle, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Paul Pago
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Mr. Paul J. Pago, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Hazel Ricard
Mrs. Hazel Kirby Ricard, 61, of Evans, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Louise Martin
Mrs. Louise Martin, of Hopie Street, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Gaynell Clark
LANGLEY - Mrs. Gaynell Clark, 78, of Pelzer Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Madarius Jatavis Rhaney, infant son of Madero J. Rhaney and Tolesa A. Ramsey, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Joe Brown Jr.
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Joe Louis Brown Jr., 52, of Battle Street, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Pulaski Nursing Home, Pulaski.
Mrs. Esther Price
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Esther H. Price, 78, of Margaret Boulevard, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.
Mr. Jasper Jamison
ISLANDTON, S.C. - Mr. Jasper Jamison, 82, of Ashton Road, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Colleton Regional Medical Center, Walterboro.
Mr. Leonard Chisolm
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Leonard Lee Chisolm, 26, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Palmetto Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Mr. Harry Hunter
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Harry Hansel Hunter, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Annie McMillan
THOMSON - Mrs. Annie Belle ``Shep'' McMillan, 86, of Cherry Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Edna Logue
Mrs. Edna Akins Logue, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Windemere Nursing Home.
Mrs. Elizabeth Baltzegar
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Elizabeth L. Baltzegar, 80, of Vireo Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Dora Sims
Mrs. Dora Dorn Sims, of Bryn Mawr Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Pierre Sturgis
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mr. Pierre Maurice ``P.M.'' Sturgis died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.
Mrs. Nivars Sarrach
Mrs. Nivars S. Sarrach, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Windermere Adult Day Health Center.
Mrs. Mattie Robinson
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Jenkins Robinson, 91, of Perry Avenue, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Screven County Hospital.
Mrs. Emmie Floyd
BROOKLET, Ga. - Mrs. Emmie Ruth Swint Floyd, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.
Mrs. Shirley Guay
Mrs. Shirley M. Guay, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Neisha Jones
Mrs. Neisha K. McFarlin Jones, 32, of Birdie Drive, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Gary Cooper Sr.
GROVETOWN - Mr. Gary Cooper Sr., 47, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Evelyn Winning
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Evelyn Theresa Winning, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.
Mrs. Anita Anglin
Mrs. Anita Ann Anglin, 38, of Martinez, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Theron Tompkins Jr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Theron Wade Tompkins Jr., 22, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
America is not a Christian nation
In his Sept. 11 letter, Milton Gresham laments that we no longer live in a so-called ``Christian America.'' This may come as a surprise to many, but we have never lived in a Christian America. You see, the United States was founded with the notion of religious freedom as a guiding principal. Laura R. Withers, Perkins
Former governor always a liberal
I have been wanting to write ever since the death of U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga. Kenneth Hewett, Harlem
Sen. Tommy Moore rebuts critic
In response to the Sept. 13 letter from Lucille Brewer concerning my voting record. I urge your readers to consider the following: State Sen. Tommy Moore, Clearwater
Forest fires blamed on Clinton-Gore
Regarding James Connell's Sept. 14 Augusta Chronicle letter: He said that two Republicans on Fox News Network blamed the Clinton-Gore administration for so many big forest fires this year. Al Ciarlone, Evans
Exciting fringe campaigns ignored
I am increasingly dismayed at the overtly biased media coverage during this election year. While Democrats and Republicans are generally getting coverage through their sound-bites, public relation releases and staged events, the independent candidates are hardly seen as even a blip on the screen. Susan Leigh Giusto, Augusta
Islam: Judeo-Christian Bible corrupt
I wish to add information to the discussion about Islam and religious intolerance. While Muslims sometimes leave Jews and Christians in peace per the Koran (Islamic Bible), they almost always express much intolerance by saying that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is corrupt. Charles A. Nash, North Augusta
Is readiness bad?
Defense Secretary William Cohen is ``gravely concerned'' at a report that U.S. Army paratroopers, on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, abused and beat civilians.
Why storm water fee was kept secret
Thinking about moving to Columbia County? Think again. Do you people who live in the storm water runoff area wonder why it was kept such a secret - until after the July primary? J.K. Smith, Grovetown
Aiken County schools defended
Regarding the Sept. 11 letter by Davis Cheek concerning the Aiken County school superintendent's salary: There are a number of errors in Mr. Cheek's observations that need to be corrected. J. Brock Heron, Aiken
Cub den leader defends Boy Scouts
I have been a leader of a Cub Scout den for the last three years and I serve with pride. In all this turmoil there is one thing that people seem to be overlooking, and that's this: The Boy Scouts of America is an organization based on Christian values. Cherie Lee Portinga, Evans
Augusta stories wait to be told
I wish to acknowledge the positive note that Cynthia Inlow's Sept. 11 letter sounded: Augusta can and should market itself better by lobbying the film industry. Gracie Harison, Augusta
Early August too early for school
I am concerned for Columbia County students who will be starting school Aug. 9, 2001. I strongly feel that starting school then is too early. Sharon O'Rourke, Martinez
Islam wasn't tolerant in the '80s
I have been following the letters about religious tolerance and would like to add to the discussion. Barry Doick, Hephzibah
Comment on airport cops unjust
Regarding the Sept. 12 article about Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field: William C. Farkas, Augusta
``Thanks to the willingness of so many residents to step forward, get involved and go to work, this shoreline plan will benefit from the best public input of any Corps project I've seen.''
Fight disease with soap
It's pretty disgusting when you think about it: In a recent study by microbiologists, only 36 percent of men compared with 84 percent of women washed their hands after using the toilets during Atlanta Braves home games at Turner Field. Those numbers are lower than a similar study made four years ago.
Zell not a shoo-in
Democrat Zell Miller, appointed to be Georgia's U.S. senator after the death of Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., is not positioned to be the shoo-in on Nov. 7 that he'd like to think. This is borne out in an interesting statewide survey conducted by the respected Atlanta-based Ayres, McHenry and Associates polling firm.
Sydney vs. Atlanta
Sports fans are aware of the basically friendly rivalry in the Olympic medal chase between Australia and the United States. But there's a not-so-friendly rivalry brewing between Sydney, this year's Olympic host city, and Atlanta, the 1996 host.
Voters few, but smart
Augusta-Richmond County's special election turnout Tuesday was distressingly low - only 11,000 voters, or 13 percent of those registered. However, they were well informed on the two referenda and, we believe, made the right choices: renewing the 1-cent local option sales tax for the third time and turning down a property tax increase.
Gore-Lieberman ticket deplored
Here they go again. First we learn that (Democrat presidential candidate) Al Gore is a slum lord with poor families living in filthy conditions on his property in Tennessee. Keith Shafer, Augusta
GOP has cried `wolf' once too often
Regarding The Chronicle's Sept. 19 editorial, where you claimed the TV networks are biased in not disclosing problems about the ``Gore campaign,'' in particular, and about the ``Clinton administration,'' in general: Carl S. Champlin, Aiken
Atlantis returns to Earth in pre-dawn darkness
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven swooped through the pre-dawn darkness and landed Wednesday, ending a successful mission to outfit the international space station.
Crew packing up for landing
SPACE CENTER, Houston - Nearing the end of a jam-packed 12-day mission to outfit the expanding international space station, Atlantis' astronauts closed up their space shuttle Tuesday to return home.