WASHINGTON - Americans' access to computers and the Internet has grown dramatically in the past 20 months, with computers now in more than half of all households, a new government report said Monday.
Curtain falls on Martinez dollar theater
For Mike Rogers, Columbia Theaters' last movie Sunday was the end of an era.
Poll: Businesses prefer airport
Even with the propensity for delays and cancellations, many of the area's largest companies prefer Augusta Regional Airport over Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport or Columbia Metropolitan Airport, according to a recent survey.
Age old questions: Living alone doesn't have to be difficult for seniors
Q: Do you have any suggestions for those of us who are living alone for the first time during our ''Golden Years''? - P.T., Augusta
Perks make weight loss worth it
Being mistaken for her 25-year-old daughter's sister rather than her mother has been one of the more enjoyable perks of losing weight for Cathe Beebe.
Test of endurance
Aren't Saturdays for sleeping in? Not for Andy Cassity and his 14-year-old daughter, Elaine, of Greenville, S.C., two of the more than 100 athletes who competed in the Windmill Lake Sprint Triathlon in Evans on Oct. 7.
In the know
TV VIOLENCE: TV commercials containing violence have become a staple of the annual baseball championship season, says a study by a family doctor.
Georgians weigh in on light side
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report this month warning Americans that they were in the midst of an epidemic of obesity, a label for anyone at least 30 pounds overweight.
Fourth victim's identity revealed
Even in death Tabitha Leigh Bosdell's story is not an easy one.
Tax credit plans cut into growth
McDuffie and Columbia counties are neighbors, but when it comes to industrial recruiting, McDuffie County has a larger carrot to dangle.
Members of fraternity escape charge
Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General Ralph Powell said Monday he won't press misdemeanor hazing charges against fraternity members found transporting two others blindfolded in the cargo hold of a sport utility vehicle.
This week in South Carolina
An essential tremor support group meets at 3 p.m. in Cumberland Village assisted living facility, 3335 Wise Creek Lane at South Carolina Highway 118 Bypass and Highway 421. For more information about the meeting or the support group, call 648-5182, or 641-0393.
Town fills police vacancy
WAGENER - None of Wagener's police cruisers have moved from a fenced-in field behind the fire department for more than a month.
Lab chronicles wetland avians
Warren ``Cub'' Stephens waves a ball-point pen as though it were a wand and points out tiny specks a few hundred feet below.
Educator finds ways to inspire
AIKEN - The failing grades scrawled in bold letters across every page of her brother's workbooks would seal Pamela Traylor's indecision about what to do with the rest of her life - she just didn't know it yet.
Utilities expansion advances
Less than half of the 20 or so offices being leased by the city are furnished and occupied. And several freshly-painted rooms have desks but don't yet have employees to sit behind them.
Across the area
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes celebrated Georgia's 500,000th HOPE scholarship Monday, calling the lottery-funded program a ``terrific success'' for the state.
This week in Georgia
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling will be discussed at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library, 326 N. Belair Road, Evans. For information, call 863-1946.
Miller leads in fund raising
ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Zell Miller has jumped out to a huge fund-raising lead over former Sen. Mack Mattingly in the race to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Paul Coverdell.
Sheriff spot draws two candidates
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - When Marvin Easler joined the sheriff's department more than 25 years ago, there were two patrol deputies per shift. When Adell Dobey became a deputy a decade later, the numbers had not changed.
Council OKs private docks
Residents of River Club subdivision in North Augusta have the go-ahead to construct private boat docks on the Savannah River.
Forum targets school board races
Melanie Love is pretty sure who she will vote for to represent her in District 8 of the Richmond County school board.
Across the area
An Augusta woman was attacked and raped at her residence off Wrightsboro Road on Friday night, police said.
Cities contact Richmond County
Early speculation that a savage assault on an Augusta teen-ager would be linked to another killing proved true, but no one could have guessed where the bloody trail would lead.
Women describe run-ins with suspect in slayings
The bait was fame and fortune. The hook was a ride to an empty room. The sinker, a willing young woman.
Officials identify 4th victim
Arrest warrants were issued for Reinaldo J. Rivera in the death of another Augusta-area woman late Monday.
Officials ID fourth victim
Bond has been denied for the man accused of killing four area women.
Suspect's friend feels sense of betrayal
GRANITEVILLE - Like an actor on a sitcom, Reinaldo ``Ray'' J. Rivera always seemed like he was playing a part.
Mattingly, Miller spar on records
ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Zell Miller sought to put some distance between himself and more liberal Senate Democratic colleagues Sunday night, while attacking Republican challenger Mack Mattingly's voting record when he was a senator during the 1980s.
Man dies in light-plane crash
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - An Aiken man who died after his plane crashed into a wooded area Saturday morning had altered his aircraft minutes before taking off, another pilot said Sunday.
County solves tax-check tangle
These days, Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen is seeing orange.
Board will decide alcohol clash
Congregations from two area churches will be at today's Augusta Commission meeting to oppose the issuance of alcohol licenses to businesses within eyeshot of their sanctuaries.
Mrs. Ina Harco
AIKEN - Mrs. Ina Marie Harco, 73, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Harold Parker
AIKEN - Mr. Harold Eugene Parker, 64, of Valley Drive, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Miss Anne Perry
STATESBORO, Ga. - Miss Anne Elizabeth Perry, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Joshua Goldenberg
Mr. Joshua Carl Goldenberg, 21, of Springhouse Lane, Martinez, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.
Ms. Frances Bush
JOHNSTON, S.C.- Ms. Frances Bush, 49, of Cottonwood Lane, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Rev. Thomas Mason Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Rev. Thomas E. Mason Sr., 70, of Sudlow Lake Road, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Edith Ford
Mrs. Edith B. ``Edie'' Ford, 54, of Martinez, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Helen Wolfe
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Helen McElveen Wolfe, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Sadie Cook
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Sadie Higingbotham Cook, 91, of Austin Graybill Road, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at National Health Care.
Mrs. Margaret Downes
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mrs. Margaret Jones Downes, 86, of North Hills Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Gary Westbrook
AIKEN - Mr. Gary Grafton Westbrook, 54, of Screech Owl Trail, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Mildred Barnett
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Barracott, 73, of Spring Street, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Kythia Hill
LINEVILLE, Ala. - Mrs. Kythia Mae Hill, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Clay County Hospital.
Mr. Robert Haskell
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Robert Owen Haskell, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000.
Miss Kathryn Kahn
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Miss Kathryn Alice Kahn, 56, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah.
Mrs. Jessie Jackson
Mrs. Jessie Warner Jackson, of Evans, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Gene Baughman
AIKEN - Mr. Gene A. Baughman, 62, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Katherine Schafer
Mrs. Katherine ``Katie'' Schwegler Schafer, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mr. Wallace Sellers
THOMSON - Mr. Wallace L. Sellers, 51, of Quail Farm Road, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at McDuffie County Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Nannie Chalker
Mrs. Nannie Lee Grimes Chalker, 81, of Evans to Locks Road, Martinez, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Sara Lovell
Mrs. Sara Inez Clark Lovell, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Chester Parker Jr.
GLOVERVILLE - Mr. Chester A. Parker Jr., 71, of Hillvale Street, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Aiken.
Mrs. Violet Redfern
Mrs. Violet Redlund Redfern, 46, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Robert Redd
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Robert F. Redd, 63, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Mr. Roger Roemmich
AIKEN - Mr. Roger K. Roemmich, 56, of Indian Creek Trail, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000.
Mr. Thomas Walker
SELMA, Ala. - Mr. Thomas ``Tommy'' Alvin Walker, 59, of County Road 210, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Julia Marschalk
Mrs. Julia Riley Marschalk, 86, of Troupe Street, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Freddie Dunbar Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Freddie L. Dunbar Sr., 50, of Seaborn Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Frances Simpson
HARRISON, Ga. - Mrs. Frances Simpson, 59, of West Twin Lane, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Glenna Cranford
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mrs. Glenna Stone Cranford, 75, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Stands up in fight against abortion
All my life I have been taught to stand up for what I believe and right now I feel there is a need to stand up for the life of the unborn.Joe Dominey, Augusta
The Richmond County Board of Education, not known for vigorous leadership over the past two years, helped erase that image with a bold move: Asking for the resignation of the director and assistant director of the system's public safety department.
Voters should dump Aiken County school trustees
I was at the Sept. 26 Aiken County School Board and was appalled with the behavior of the supposedly educated and civilized adults who are members of that board. Richard Posey, Aiken
Compares abortion to Holocaust
God tells us murder is never right. Our laws tell us it is wrong to murder. We have seen movies and documentaries pertaining to the Holocaust. Most are sickened by such horrific killings. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta
Stands up in fight against abortion
All my life I have been taught to stand up for what I believe and right now I feel there is a need to stand up for the life of the unborn. Joe Dominey, Augusta
South Carolina's Attorney General Charlie Condon got it right last week in stating that the state's parental notification law must be followed before teen-agers can be given the RU-486 abortion pill by a doctor.
Award-winning country music video urges violence
As executive director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Center of the Central Savannah River Area, to say I was appalled to see the Dixie Chicks win all the Country Music Association awards for their video, Earl Must Die, would be an understatement. I am very disturbed by the negative message this controversial video sends about domestic violence. Sandra K. Johnson, Augusta
Jews own Palestine, Bible says
There they go again. The news on Oct.10 said that Israel has extended the deadline for the Palestinians to stop their violence. It's about time that Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his cohorts read their Bibles. Art Cabot, North Augusta
Perceives Al Gore as opening door to the anti-Christ
Presidential candidate Al Gore and his new Democrats call themselves ``the family values'' party. Congressional voting records confirm that this party is comprised of leftist and nihilist liberals who are destroying America's culture. Gene Boles, Augusta
Why not let Nader in debates?
I heard on National Public Radio that Al Gore and George W. Bush were hard at work rehearsing for the next exclusive debate. The thought occurred to me, Why do they have to rehearse? Why don't they just tell the truth? Marguerite S. Rece, Augusta
Abortion is murder
Having an abortion is murder to an innocent child. People never know what that child will grow up to be. That child could be the doctor who finds a cure for cancer or other diseases. Children are so precious. How can anyone kill them? There are couples who cannot have any children and would love to adopt one. So think twice before having an abortion. Jessica Carter, Augusta
Abortion procedures described
A few weeks ago you printed a letter from a reader who referred to abortions as ``a safe, humane way'' to terminate a pregnancy. This was in response to another reader who asked what the difference was between an abortion and a young girl letting her newborn die stuffed in a cabinet. May I answer? Timothy Walker, North Augusta
Man of vision best sheriff candidate
On Sept. 26 I attended the candidate forum sponsored by Augusta Pride and Progress and heard both candidates for sheriff. Ernestine R. Crews, Hephzibah
Rivera case questions
The sick, sordid story of Reinaldo J. Rivera, charged with brutalizing and killing four young women in our area, is now out in the open.
Gardner is her school board pick
I support Richmond County School Board candidate Bob Gardner. Mr. Gardner is an ardent, active supporter of public education. He volunteers in various schools - giving demonstrations, taking photographs, chaperoning field trips, and attending special activities. Jeanne Stroebel, Augusta
S.C. to kill car tax?
The lottery isn't the only referendum South Carolinians will be voting on Nov. 7. They'll also be voting on whether to eliminate or sharply reduce the car tax.
Fortier backed for commissioner
I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran who for the last 16 years has voted almost exclusively Republican. While I like to think of myself as an independent and educated voter, I found myself more aligned to the policies of the Republicans than the Democrats. Mike Deal, Martinez
Learning COPS lesson
The Clinton-Gore administration is tooting its horn about this decade's drop in violent crime. The president gives much credit to his COPS (Community Oriented Police Services) program of putting 100,000 new law-enforcement officers on the nation's streets. This, incidentally, would include 25 new Richmond County Sheriff's Department deputies hired in 1996.
Ebola outbreak in Uganda
GULU, Uganda - The death toll from an Ebola virus outbreak in northern Uganda rose to 35 on Monday, with 38 more people infected and officials trying to keep it from spreading, the nation's health minister said.
Astronauts head out on second spacewalk
SPACE CENTER, Houston - A spacewalking duo drifted out of space shuttle Discovery on Monday to help install a docking port on the international space station.
Astronauts wire up space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With a joyous whoop, two astronauts floated out of space shuttle Discovery on Sunday and hooked up cables and antennas on the newest addition of the international space station.
Going to the mat
Nikki Loftin wants the ring. The wrestling ring. The 16-year-old wants to be a professional wrestler, and she's already training for that goal.
Fox scores a hit with 'Dark Angel'
Writer/director James Cameron (Titanic) has made the transition from the silver screen to the small screen.
THE FACTS: Brittany Smithson, 13, an eighth-grader at Greenbrier Middle School.
Xtreme advice: Friend should ignore others' hurtful words
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I really am having a problem with my friend. He's gay. I'm not gay, but I like hanging around him. People laugh at him. Some people say that if I keep hanging around him people will think I'm gay. What should I do? - 17-year-old Augusta boy