Stories by Bill Kirby

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Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

The Way We Were: 1950s Broad Street

Here is a photo that raises more questions than answers. We know it is Broad Street in the mid-1950s. You can tell by the cars - Fords and Chevrolets, mostly. We know it's a good view of the 600 ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

'Sea serpent' puzzled Augustans in 1820

On a mild September day in 1820 an Augusta laborer, anonymous to history, was cutting wood on the banks of the Savannah River. That was when he glanced toward the water and saw something ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Kirby: Woman remembered with Joke of the Day at funeral

Dan Whitfield made my day with this note. “Wanted to share a story about how your Joke of the Day ended up in a funeral service,” he wrote.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Bill Kirby: Girls have been hard to fathom for centuries

Does birth month determine a woman's lot in life? They used to think so; at least, that was the somewhat questionable speculation in a century-old newspaper article shared last week.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

The Way We Were: Hood's Chapel School

Hood's Chapel School has been gone for decades, but it once provided an education for youngsters living in the region of Richmond County that is now part of Fort Gordon.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Kirby: Senior moment might be sign of things to come

And there was me. A slightly groggy, not-yet caffeinated man in the early years of Social Security eligibility staring at the house alarm security keypad and realizing that I had no idea what the ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Two centures of 'the greatest hits' of Augusta

As most of you know, The Augusta Chronicle has been around a long time. With that in mind I will be sharing two centuries of Augusta’s greatest hits at 2 p.m. Monday at the main library ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Kirby: What's in a name? A lot, actually

I told you about my country neighbor years ago who had a brother named Gooey - spelled G-U-Y. A longtime reader shared this story about a similar name challenge.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Kirby: Alaska was most popular postcard this summer

Alaska has long been our nation's largest state - this summer, it was apparently the top one to visit.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Kirby: Former Chronicle reporter gets the scoop in Atlanta

You remember Chronicle reporter Johnny Edwards, don't you? For a decade his award-winning investigative reporting kept our region's public figures on their toes.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Kirby: Prepare for winter 2014's sequel

The Old Farmer's 2015 Almanac is out with its annual forecast for the year ahead and winter sounds a lot like winter 2014 - colder than normal with tree-snapping iciness.
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
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Solar 'farm' for Fort Gordon?

ATLANTA -- Georgia military installations at Fort Stewart, Fort Gordon, Fort Benning and Kings Bay will one day be housing solar farms that can make them independent of the power grid in ...
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