Presentation service buys Atlanta firm
Augusta is accustomed to Atlanta companies buying out local businesses and moving them to the big city. Billy Maguire, whose business has operated in Augusta for more than 50 years, has something else in mind.
Aiken Mall revamps lineup
AIKEN - If you are interested in going to the mall for a makeover, Wednesday may be a good day.
Textron will cut facilities, jobs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Textron Inc. plans to close or consolidate about 20 manufacturing sites worldwide because of declining sales in some industrial businesses.
Richmond County faces business loss
An ongoing industrial border skirmish might claim its next victim soon if Richmond County can't build up its arsenal of incentives.
NEW YORK - Blue chip stocks moved higher Monday, but technology issues lagged behind in one of Wall Street's quietest sessions in recent weeks. Many investors stayed on the sidelines after a week of hectic buying and selling.
Age old questions: Older pets need special attention
Q: Do aging pets need more frequent health checks? - E.A., Langley
Dieter is planning holiday weight-loss strategy
Sabrina Sanchez has always been a planner. And with the holidays approaching, she's planning now more than ever.
Everyone knows the old adage ''Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.'' Some nutritionists even say that breakfast should be a big meal.
In the know
MILLIONAIRE FAMILIES: The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire phone lines are open for people who want to be contestants on November shows.
Fall can just drop in on you
I like to watch high school football games on Friday nights.
Sheriff's Office releases sketch
AIKEN - Aiken County authorities are looking for a man wanted for questioning in connection with the Oct. 6 shooting death of Jason Bernard Cook.
Guidelines for media considered
At times, the Columbia County Board of Education finds media attention a bit distracting.
Bilingual police unit seeks help
ATHENS, Ga. - Topo Castro has lived in Athens and worked in construction for six months. He came here from California after leaving his native Mexico. Through a translator, he said Athens is ``safer and less expensive'' than California, but he has not seen many police officers in his neighborhood.
Across the area
BARNWELL - Barnwell police filed criminal charges Saturday against one of the suspects in the double homicide at a Sonic Drive-In last week.
Candidates discuss ways to fight bias
Two of the three candidates competing to become Augusta's next sheriff answered questions Monday during a forum sponsored by the Augusta Chapter of the NAACP at May Park.
County plans flood controls
It is here, in the woods beside a gravel parking lot at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, that Columbia County's flooding problems come to life.
Five-year-old Jared Massey of Beech Island carries his selection at the St. Bartholomew's Great Pumpkin Patch in North Augusta on Sunday.
Miller adjusts to new challenge
The hands are still there to be shaken, and the cheeks still wait to be kissed, but for Zell Miller, this fall's race for a seat in the U.S. Senate has been very different from his previous political campaigns.
Saxophone heals, inspires teen
Calvin Taylor's presence in any room is muted and reserved. He wants as little attention as possible.
Reform candidate will speak at rally
WEST COLUMBIA - The only black person ever to make a White House bid on any party's ticket will be in South Carolina today at the barbecue restaurant being boycotted by every big grocery chain in the state amid claims that its owner is racist.
Debate continues over CEO position
It's been nine months since the prospect of an at-large elected chairman was first raised in Columbia County.
Current plan 'disjointed'
ATLANTA - In 1995, a group of educators wrote a science curriculum for Georgia using a $5 million national grant that won unanimous state Board of Education approval. The curriculum, however, was never implemented, and many are wondering why.
Judge denies Lumpkin petition
A federal judge has dismissed an appeal filed by former attorney and convicted murderer William Lumpkin.
Area reaction: The Jewish stance
Rabbi Jordan Parr was all set to have been in Jerusalem this week as a show of solidarity for his brothers and sisters in faith.
Across the area
BARNWELL - The 15-year-old charged in a double homicide at a Sonic Drive-In last week waived his right to a detention hearing Monday in an Aiken County courtroom.
Lottery backers, foes prepare for vote
While some voters struggle with conflicting commentary on lotteries, Gail Crowder of Windsor and Nancy Reed of Aiken are primed to vote Nov. 7.
Area reaction: The Arab position
David Sheikh has a very simple scenario he gives people who don't understand why the Palestinians are enraged in the Mideast.
Opposition confronts extension
AIKEN - Residents of Aiken's placid Chukker Creek area swarmed city council chambers Monday night to plead for the taste of country at the edge of town.
Judges send violators to pen
Melanie Sapp didn't quite believe the sentence she was handed for selling alcohol to minors.
Pros, cons of games laid out
Opposing sides plan a two-week blitz on undecided voters, hoping to tip the balance in a tight contest to see whether South Carolina can help fund education with a lottery.
Georgia expects little change if neighbor begins games
Georgia lottery officials are not quaking in their boots about the referendum pending across the state line.
MCG biologists explore using cell protein as cancer treatment
Inside the cell, it is like a cancer cop, ordering a cell to slow down until it can repair genetic damage or delivering the death penalty if it is too damaged.
When worlds collide
Michael Best never saw it coming. But the 20-year-old Columbia County sheriff's dispatcher recently spent seven days in the hospital recuperating from injuries he suffered after slamming his motorcycle into a deer.
Cities look for Rivera links
Police in Aiken and Fayetteville, N.C., are working to connect multiple-slaying suspect Reinaldo J. Rivera to sexual assaults in their jurisdictions, a Richmond county investigator said Monday.
Mrs. Rosa Welch
HARLEM - Mrs. Rosa Lee Welch, 90, of County Line Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Norma Lewis
AIKEN - Mrs. Norma Marie Lewis, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Francis Porter
Mr. Francis P. Porter, of Georgetown Drive, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Louis Johnson
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mr. Louis Cecil Johnson, 58, of Herds Bridge Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.
Mrs. Pauline Jones
MITCHELL, Ga. - Mrs. Pauline Jones, 74, of County Line Road, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Warren Nursing Home.
Mr. Gerald Poss Sr.
THOMSON - Mr. Gerald C. Poss Sr., 82, of Dogwood Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Edgar Strange
GORDON, Ga. - Mr. Edgar David Strange, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.
Ms. Rose Stiffler
UNION POINT, Ga. - Ms. Rose Christine Stiffler, 74, of Washington Highway, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Helen Hampton
THOMSON - Mrs. Helen Martin Hampton, 55, of Heritage Village, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. Luke Hendrix
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. W. Luke Hendrix, 88, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Gerry Borom
CUTHBERT, Ga. - Mr. Gerry Stephens Borom, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Milton Goldman
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Milton Mattox Goldman, 80, of Goldman Road, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at her residence.
Mr. James Styles
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. James ``Duck'' Styles, 57, of Salem Circle, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, in Burke County Hospital.
Mr. Jimmy Johnson Sr.
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Jimmy Johnson Sr., 75, of Sycamore Road, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Ruby Wilkerson
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Ruby Wilkerson, 74, of Greensboro Road, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000.
Mrs. Wilma Keel
AIKEN - Mrs. Wilma Mae Weeks Keel, 83, of Park Avenue, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at Pepperhill Nursing Home.
Mr. Jason Mills
Mr. Jason Eric Mills, 29, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Mrs. Mattie Wicker
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Lee Williams Wicker, 97, of Butts Street, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Glendale Nursing Home.
Mrs. Madie Simmons
LAKE, Miss. - Mrs. Madie Ree Simmons, 72, of Sherman Hill Road, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at St. Dominic's Hospital, Jackson.
Mr. Walter Christy Sr.
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mr. Walter H. Christy Sr., 83, of Plaza Place, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Sarah Schuman
SARASOTA, Fla. - Mrs. Sarah H. Schuman, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.
Kyree Abraham, 3, of Ruby Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
Mr. Cleveland Grant
Mr. Cleveland Grant, of Redwood Street, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Luvenia Francis
NEW YORK - Mrs. Luvenia N. Francis died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Mr. Kenneth Long Sr.
Mr. Kenneth W. ``Ken'' Long Sr., 81, of Brighton Circle, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Sylbia Crosby
Mrs. Sylbia A. Crosby, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at University Hospital.
Mr. Philip Dow
Mr. Philip Dow, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Ms. Taria Simpkins
NORTH AUGUSTA - Ms. Taria Antoninette Simpkins, 26, of Plaza Place Apartments, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
Mr. Albert Paschal Jr.
STAPLETON, Ga. - Mr. Albert Lee Paschal Jr., 27, of Georgia Highway 88 West, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital, Louisville.
School wrong to suspend child
Our opinion concerning the 5-year-old child given a on- week suspension after walking away from Copeland Elementary School is that for a kindergartner left totally alone - physically isolated from peers and without adult supervision - the simple desire to go home is understandable.Rod and Beth Scott, Ft. Gordon
Wonderful vet tells it like it is
Regarding J. Graham's Oct. 11 letter: I utilized Dr. Bonnie Bragdon's services when she was in private practice and I found her to be a wonderful vet. Jamie Gallagher, Keysville
Elect Jim Bartley, oust Diane Ford
I would like to start by saying how jealous people like myself are in Columbia County Commission District 2. Commission District 5 has the opportunity to change direction ... by defeating incumbent Diane Ford.>br> Joseph Wood, Martinez
Return legislator to Atlanta in vital leadership role
For more than 30 years, Jack Connell, D-Augusta, has served his constituents in the Georgia House. He has risen to prominence because he works hard, keeps his word, serves well those he represents, and seldom, if ever, toots his own horn. John C. McCormack, Augusta
It's wrong to let faith block science
I applaud Richard Baxter's thoughtful commentary on the importance of teaching evolution in our schools (``Creationism lacks scientific validity,'' Oct. 15). His is one of the most knowledgable statements on the issue I've read. Thad Suits, Aiken
Seeks answers in tragic death of son
Thanks for the articles The Chronicle has done on behalf of our son, John Jeffrey Duncan. From these articles and courage we have finally received the report of the criminal and internal affairs investigation. There are those who believe we have been out to get an officer or officers in the Sheriff's Department. This cannot be further from the truth. What we have been out to get is the truth. Pat Duncan, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Satire on Broad Street liquor licenses
Regarding your editorial, ``Anti-business votes,'' I would like to share a biblical parody: Rich Haas, Evans
SRS workers dedicated to their job
Regarding an event that occurred the weekend of Sept. 26-17: Savannah River Site Family Days was an opportunity for relatives of SRS employees to see the site ``strut its stuff.'' Christopher Noah, Evans
Moore is S.C. Senate's MVP
I have known Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, for many years. As a teen-ager he worked for me at Bath Pharmacy. I have called Sen. Moore on many occasions, and he has always responded quickly. Gene Sawyer, North Augusta
School wrong to suspend child
Our opinion concerning the 5-year-old child given a on- week suspension after walking away from Copeland Elementary School is that for a kindergartner left totally alone - physically isolated from peers and without adult supervision - the simple desire to go home is understandable. Rod and Beth Scott, Ft. Gordon
Reinaldo Rivera is no animal
There we go again. Even the editor of the Augusta Chronicle uses the term ``animal'' when it comes to a criminal, in this case the alleged serial killer Reinaldo Rivera. Mrs. A.E. Waters, Hephzibah
Where's tax reform?
The two major presidential candidates missed a golden opportunity to discuss radical reform of a system that Americans have been fed up with for years - the nation's antiquated tax code.
Johnson the pick for school board
I would like to see Burles Johnson elected to Richmond County's School Board District 8 seat. Mr. Johnson has been a leader in his community through his work with the Parent-Teacher Association, as a coach in the summer youth sports league and as an active member of his church. He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service in his community. Paul Kent Plunkett Jr.,Augusta
Supports Johnson for school board
fNext month Richmond County voters will elect a new representative for the District 8 School Board. I recommend Burles Johnson, a successful and experienced businessman who is also active in our school system. S. Hoover, Augusta
Columbia Co. commissioners no good
The people of Columbia County should wake up and realize that our Commission members know what is best for us. They have taken their position from our great leaders in Washington to tell us what is best. Donald L. McLeod, Grovetown
Claims Garvin signs break law
Everywhere you look there are Leon Garvin signs posted in places where they shouldn't be. I would like to know when someone is going to bring this to the attention of Mr. Garvin. A. Wooten, Augusta
Crack house razed
Remember, back in May, that filthy, crime-infested Ninth Street crack house owned by Alex Hammond that was the focus of so much media publicity?
Why are Georgia governors liberal?
You have to wonder why a southern state like Georgia would keep electing liberal governors; easy, there are no other choices. Guy Milner has nothing to offer and is clearly on the Republican ticket due to his bank account. Gregory Ford, Evans
End executive orders
Many believe impeachment will be the biggest stain on Bill Clinton's legacy. Yet overriding the U.S. Constitution with extraordinary executive orders that require massive funding ought to be the biggest scandal of the Clinton presidency.
Ga. Referendum A will help farmers
On Nov. 7 Georgians will have an opportunity to help protect our family farms. Referendum A on the general election ballot will assist farmers by reducing the property tax burden that they currently pay. Thomas P. Rider, Hephzibah
Would God be offensive to anyone?
Robert Tsia, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, said that even though people have not complained, political praying is not all right in the community because someday that someone may become disturbed by what they see or are asked to participate in.
Support for one-cent sales tax
I am writing in support of the countywide one-cent capital projects sales tax on the Nov. 7 ballot here in Aiken County. This one-cent sales tax will have a significant positive impact on the citizens of Aiken County and the cities of North Augusta and Aiken. The added sales tax will move from five cents to six cents but still be less than is charged ``across the river'' in Georgia. This money can be put to tremendous use to alleviate some pressing and important needs throughout the county. Ronald A. Maxwell, North Augusta
Evolution is not scientifically valid
Regarding Richard Baxter's Oct. 15 letter, ``Creationism lacks scientific validity.'' I suggest he not confine his reading to writers who accept evolutionary theories or write critically of creationism. Ken Chumbley, Belvedere
S.C. boycott fizzling
Just as expected, the NAACP's tourist boycott of South Carolina has been fading since lawmakers' compromise moved the Confederate battle flag from atop the Statehouse dome to elsewhere on the Statehouse grounds.
Backs Fortier in Columbia Co. race
Regarding the Columbia County Commissioner's District 4 Trex Bolick III, Grovetown
Dressing for the judge
Many students and parents in our area don't like mandated uniforms, or strict dress codes, in public schools. Some threaten to go to court.
Aiken Co. School Board above law
I have been preaching for over three years about the one-sided Aiken County School Board. The board thinks it is above the law and can set its own rules. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island
How to make airport profitable
Why spend millions on a new airport facility that won't be used any more than the one we have now? More airlines, more use by Augustans? ``Build it and they will come,'' only works in the movies. Ray Tudor, Augusta
Keep Rivera kin out of spotlight
While I understand that a big news scoop is important to most journalists, was it really necessary to identify by name the family members of accused serial killer Reinaldo Rivera, as was done in the Oct. 16 Chronicle? Janet Bray Solursh, Augusta
Backs Barnes' expertise in Richmond School Board race
I encourage voters to make a difference in the quality of education in Richmond County by selecting Marion E. Barnes for the Richmond County Board of Education seat in District 1. Lynn F. Brantley, Hephzibah
Educator proposes strategy for saving the public schools
Public education can be improved but are we willing to make the sacrifices? We have already poured millions into education, but standardized test scores still remain low nationwide. Wayne Frazier, Augusta
Animal rescuer unhappy with vet
I rescue animals from animal control facilities and was shocked to read that Dr. Bonnie Bragdon does not consider it her job to continue the adoption program at Richmond County Animal Control. Erika Widener, Martinez
Garvin not sheriff material
I have respect for Leon Garvin as a person, but his supporters have been saying a lot of bad, untrue things about his opponent, Ronnie Strength, and retiring Richmond County Sheriff Charles Webster. B. Crook, Waynesboro
Israel blamed for brewing war
You asked ``who is to blame for the outbreak of Palestinian-Israeli violence?'' (``Middle East tragedies,'' Oct. 15 editorial). The answer is very clear. It started with the intentional provocative visit by Arial Sharon to the Muslim Holy site, al-Haram al Sharif, with a military entourage. The Palestinians responded by demonstrating and throwing stones. The Israeli security forces responded with live ammunition, killing Palestinians including children. The escalation continues. Hossam E. Fadel, Augusta
Robomowers make lawn care easy
They've been called everything from radar devices to underground water detectors.
Bad weather means no shuttle landing
SPACE CENTER, Houston - A second day of strong wind prevented space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts from landing in Florida on Monday, and had NASA considering a California touchdown.
Want a good scare this Halloween? Think about what that heavy costume makeup or sweaty mask can do to your skin.
Green Day matures on 'Warning'
Warning: There's a new album out that's sure to wear out CD players.
Girl must not listen to old friends who treated her wrong
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Last year, the girls I hung around with treated me really bad. So I decided that this year when I went to high school I was going to hang out with different people and still talk to them sometimes. Well, they have a problem with me hanging out with the other girls because they're white. They tell me that I need to hang around with my color and that they're my friends and family. They have comments like that. What should I do? - 14-year-old Augusta girl
THE FACTS: Jennifer Bledsoe, 16, a junior at Greenbrier High School.