Augusta soldier writes poetry, publishes book

...he made to Gray, whom he met in 2008 while in the Army Reserve in Augusta, to keep up his creative writing and do poetry readings at nightclubs and biker bars to further his career."The lease we have on life is short. It is unpredicted," Jones, 44...

Business news

...Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped this month to 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in January. The February and January readings are the highest since before the recession started in December 2007.

US consumer confidence slides after big January gain

...that its consumer confidence index dropped this month to 96.4 from a revised 103.8 in January. The February and January readings are the highest since before the recession officially started in December 2007.Consumers are modestly less confident about...

Record books record Masters win, but not the anxiety

...nervous hours until his Sunday afternoon tee time."I bought the Sunday papers on Saturday night, but I purposely held off reading them 'til Sunday morning," he told reporters.More fidgeting ensued, and finally it was time to tee off."I thought...

Sign-spinners remain popular for advertising

...I know I've won," Cartwright said. "We want people to read the sign. So if they're being rude, they're at least reading what I'm holding."The 20-year-old Martinez native has a passion for being a human billboard, and he takes a job some...

Hundreds gather to mark 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's death

...He ended his speech with chants of "Long Live Malcolm X!" as people stood and clapped.The ceremony concluded with a reading by actor Delroy Lindo of a eulogy for Malcolm X that was written by the late actor and activist Ossie Davis.

Home construction slipped in January

...builder sentiment index dropped in February, falling to a reading of 55 from 57 in January. Much of that decrease came from...winter storms this month cut into model home visits. Still, readings above 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions...

Upcoming calendar

...comYOUNG CHILDREN'S STORY TIME: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; songs, finger plays and story readings; for up to age 3; registration required for groups of six or more; free; (706) 772-2432, arcpls.org

Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 283,000

...have been near or below 300,000 since September, a very low reading by historical standards that points to solid hiring. The average...said earlier this month. While economists cautioned against reading too much into one month's figure, it suggested employers...

Rants & Raves

...people don't work in government to make money. They seek jobs in government to feed their souls. What ever happened to reading the Bible, going to church and praying to God to feed your soul? If this does not show the people that our government is...