Stories by Bill Kirby

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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Kirby: What's your favorite Halloween trick?

Let's have a Halloween contest. Send me an e-mail describing your best Halloween trick. To get it going, here's mine.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Kirby: Lawmaker's simple farewell lives in memory

Longtime state lawmaker Jimmy Lord, of San­ders­ville, passed away last week, and I almost missed the notice. To old legislative reporters, he is perhaps best known for his farewell.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

The Way We Were: Fair has long history of entertainment

When the Exchange Club of Au­gusta first considered putting on an annual fair in 1923, not everyone thought it was a good idea. Some Augustans feared a "vulgar carnival" was being planned.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Bill Kirby: Holidays clean, easy, cheap after kids leave

I no longer buy a new Halloween pumpkin every year. I simply scramble up the steps to the attic, open the big black and orange Halloween container and take out a perfectly shaped fake pumpkin.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Kirby: Autumn's here, and with it, fall vacations

Summer's over, but folks also take vacations in fall.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Kirby: Rainy days are challenge when dogs need to go

For two weekends now I have struggled with a family problem: When you get days of steady rain, how do you let your little house dogs outdoors to relieve themselves?
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

The Way We Were: Calhoun Expressway

It cost millions of dollars to build, forced thousands of people to move, took more than 10 years to finish … and 10 minutes to name. We call it the John C. Calhoun Expressway.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Bill Kirby: Test your knowledge of October events

October is often when Augusta picks up some momentum after enduring those warmer months of our delightful summers. It's the same with news.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Bill Kirby: Best weather week ahead

I know, it might rain again this weekend, but if we make it to next week, most forecasts show what might be the best week of the year - six days of sunny, dry weather with highs in the low 70s. It ...
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Walk with Spirits tour returns

The annual Walk with the Spirits program of Historic Augusta returns to Magnolia Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday with a new selection of grave subjects.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Kirby: As my father said, you should never mow wet grass

The first thing my father told me years ago when he handed me the starter rope to the family lawn mower was: "Never stick your hand under this thing!" 
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Community made effort to save iconic oak

We asked your memories of the old Arsenal Oak, the old tree that served as an Augusta College meeting place as well as its logo, before disease forced its removal
By Bill Kirby

The Way We Were: High water

When you live on the banks of the state's largest river in a region known for rainfall, you better have a boat. And maybe a hat.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Kirby: No more hurricane chasing for me

My wife and I were watching the Wea­ther Channel news about Hurricane Joaquin on Saturday when I casually mentioned I had been in a hurricane … and would rather not do it again.
By Bill Kirby

Corps warns of rising water below dam

Weekend rains that canceled festivals and dampened football games could bring high water hazards to the Savannah River in the days ahead, officials said Saturday.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Kirby: Longtime 'Chronicle' executive had a knack for leadership

If Old School had a campus, Ed Skinner was the dean. As one of its graduates, I remain grateful for the education.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Ed Skinner, longtime newspaper executive, dies

Edward B. "Ed" Skinner Jr., one of the most successful managers in the history of Augusta newspapers, died Monday. He was 86.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

See others' gardens to really grow inspired

I have admitted on many occasions my shortcomings as a gardener, even confessing to the use of green spray paint to enliven long-dead shrubbery.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

The Way We Were: The Arsenal Oak

For perhaps four centuries a symbolic tree sunk its roots into the community around it.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Kirby: Nobody likes a sad tail

When you have two dogs in one household, something has to give.
By Bill Kirby
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