The Augusta Chronicle stands today as one of this community's oldest institutions. When it began in 1785 in a printing shop on what is now Fifth Street, George Washington was not yet president, much of Georgia was still Indian territory and no one knew what the future held for the town that was growing on the banks of the Savannah River. For 225 years, however, that future has been told regularly in the pages of this newspaper.
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Augusta changed considerably between 1885 and 1950. The town that folks began to call The Garden City attracted Northern guests because of its mild winters. As Augusta changed, The Chronicle changed with it.
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Augusta began the latter half of the 20th century with high hopes and brimming optimism. Why not? Everything kept getting bigger. The Augusta Chronicle grew, too, joining resources with its old rival, the Herald. But the challenges also got bigger, particularly when it came to civil rights.
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So, what's next? If we have learned anything from the first decade of the new millennium, it is that we often don't fare well at predicting the future. We get parts of it right, and there are always a few who like to brag that they saw this or that coming. But no one sees it all.
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