Stories by Bill Kirby

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Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Kirby: Area seeing colorful leaves in autumn

Give me a bright, fall day with the sunlight hitting those leaves just right and making them glow - yellow, orange and red, and I will tell you there are few things more beautiful.
By Bill Kirby

Former Gov. Carl Sanders dies

Former Gov. Carl Sanders, the last Augustan to hold that office has died, Gov. Nathan Deal's office confirmed this morning. He was 89.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

The Way We Were: Augusta trains

These days, most of us complain about the trains delaying our cars on city streets. But trains weren't always scorned.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Kirby: Sometimes finishing a job takes awhile

Almost 40 years ago, Georgia's secretary of state dared me to photograph all 159 county courthouses. It took awhile.
By Bill Kirby

Why Sherman didn't burn Augusta

For many years after the war, Augustans wondered why Gen. William T. Sherman had ignored Augusta on his famous "March to the Sea."
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Kirby: Barrow back in Athens

Most of us would admit it was always a little odd to see John Barrow's name in the wire service stories identified as "from Augusta," when everybody knew he was just a political transplant.
By Bill Kirby

Courthouse architecture captivates

As you turn the pages of Courthouses of Georgia, a photo collection by University of Georgia Press, there is something missing in the pictures of these grand, old buildings.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Kirby: Augustan's obituary leaves out achievements

When Charlie C. Stulb Jr. died in 1975 at age 81, a death notice in The Chronicle was modest to say the least.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Way We Were: Racing Fireball

Fifty-one years ago this week Glenn "Fireball" Roberts won the first big race at the Augusta International Speedway.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Kirby: How well do you know Augusta's past?

Car races, old faces and forgotten places are in this month's history quiz.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Kirby: Crape myrtles thrive in Augusta

Crape (or crepe) myrtles are not native to the region but have certainly thrived. I looked back in the newspaper archives and found an early reference to "crape" myrtle was in a really bad poem ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Kirby: Campaign ads make candidates easy to ignore

The candidates are becoming easier to ignore because they have become so silly. Last week I heard a political radio commercial making fun of political radio commercials.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

The Way We Were: Bamboo Room

The drinks were flowing, the cheeks were glowing, the lights were lowing at the Partidge Inn Bamboo Room.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Kirby: I found out many things I didn't know in October

Unlike youth, maturity is marked with the constant reminder that the things we don't know are limitless. October was a good month for finding out such things.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Kirby: Giant got start in Augusta

Wasn’t that a great World Series? And wasn’t former Augusta Green­Jacket Madison Bum­garner, now of the San Fran­cisco Giants, outstanding with one of the best pitching ...
By Bill Kirby

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

ARC honors Hall of Fame grads

One of the nation's oldest high schools honored 10 of its former students as well as a championship football team Oct. 19, but many of those accepting the accolades, said it was the Academy of ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Kirby: Halloween candy is sweet temptation

Don't buy your Halloween candy too early or it will vanish.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

The Way We Were: Surrey Center

You're looking down at what would become Surrey Center in a photo taken in December 1967.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Kirby: Walking the dog and finding philosophy

If your dog wants to go out, you might as well look on the brighter side.
By Bill Kirby

Augusta's grip on LBJ apparently hurt

Lyndon Johnson, one of the physically largest presidents in American history, who grew up in the rough Texas Hill Country and still loved to ranch and ride, had a soft spot.
By Bill Kirby

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Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary because of excessive absences caused by an outbreak of influenza, strep infection and stomach viruses, the McDuffie County School System has decided to enact an ...
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