Stories by Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Let's celebrate our paper's 229th Anniversary

Saturday was The Augusta Chronicle's 229th birthday, so let's celebrate.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Kirby: A letter (or two) makes all the difference in the word

My father, who always encouraged his oldest child's self improvement, once suggested I keep a dictionary nearby when I read so that I might look up words I did not know. It paid off.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

Kirby: Donate a few steps to charity

Did you know that one of the early signs of Parkinson's Disease is that your handwriting gets smaller? I learned that last week at the CSRA Parkinson Support Group's breakfast. I also learned that ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Kirby: Got the blues? Get the right name

Not only does blues music give us an emotional and often raw expression of the human condition, but it also provides some of our most uniquely named performers.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Postcards come in from all over

It can't be just the cheap gas, because some of my latest postcards came in from Ireland.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Kirby: Alaska popular with area vacationers

Most area schools are back in session, and vacation days are over. Your summer post cards have shown that you like to visit every state in the union, including the biggest - Alaska.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Kirby: Goats are fun to watch if you have little sisters

The city has put goats to work eating up unwanted vegetation. Good. But as someone who has had to deal with goats, I might suggest they are sneaky animals, not to be trusted.
By Bill Kirby

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Emma Lester Sunday School class marks centennial

Heads bow and hands grip each other, grasping not only a 100-year past, but an unknown future with the faith, as they say, that God put them there for a reason.
By Bill Kirby

Augusta missionary has brushes with history

On Sept. 18, 1904, The Augusta Chronicle noted in a story about the first day of school that one of Houghton School’s teachers was not returning. Emma Lester was leaving to begin ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Kirby: "Scenic" sign is still wrong

The one on Calhoun Expressway that says "SAVANNAH RIVER SCENIC HWY" has got to be the biggest tourist deception since the Broad Street "Snake Lady."
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

Postcards from top travelers piling up

Pat and Wayne Fuller have sent many cards this season.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Kirby: Summer of 1929 was almost the end of baseball on Sundays

In the summer of 1929, the Rev. W.G. Crawley stood in the pulpit of St. James Methodist on Greene Street and called out Augusta on what he called its "sporty" element.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Success arrives from all states (and D.C.)

Once again our summer vacation contest has successfully produced a postcard from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Kirby: A numbers ninja slide rule is a thing of the past

We need to start writing stuff down because pretty soon nobody will remember all our educational low-technology that created today's successful high-tech world.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Kirby: Postcards teach lessons from abroad

You can learn from travels. For example, Tom Brandner, of Aiken, sent me a postcard from Michigan with someone showing off his "pasties." It wasn't what you might think. 
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kirby: What were Augusta's top stories since 1964?

A sharp-eyed column reader compared my latest history video on Augusta’s last duel to the latest installment of The Bachelorette.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kirby: 8 ways to avoid bug bites

Ihave been bitten and stung by just about everything, most of it before age 7. Here are eight steps to avoid insect stings offered by Dr. Bill Dolen, an allergist and immunologist at Children's ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kirby: Timing is crucial for a good trip

Before marriage. Before children. Before small dogs and domestic commitments, I was the most eclectic of summer vacationers.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three postcards shy of every state

August is getting close, but we still need postcards from three states to get all 50. That would be Nebraska, Delaware and New Jersey.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waterskiing squirrel evades alligator

I am sorry I missed seeing Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel at this weekend's Outdoor Expo downtown at James Brown Arena.
By Bill Kirby
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