Stories by Bill Kirby

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kirby: Test your knowledge of April history in Augusta

It's time for our monthly quiz on Augusta's history, today with a focus on April.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kirby: School unites to pay tribute to cancer victim

There's something neat going on in Waynes­boro this week, and Martha Barnes let me know.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kirby: 'Fountain things' draw questions

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kirby: There's plenty I can do when I'm retired

My wife doesn't want me sitting around the house all day when I'm retired, so I made her a list of things under consideration.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kirby: There's no dependable route during Masters

I went to work seven days last week and drove seven different routes. I figured I might learn something about the nuances of Masters traffic.
By Bill Kirby

River Watch lane closures return

A mostly clear and free River Watch Parkway will return to lane closures today as state Department of Transportation contractors return to complete a median and lighting project.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Way We Were: Bel Air Elementary

Columbia County announced plans last month to demolish the former Bel Air Elementary School. The school actually closed  years ago, but had served as interim site of Martinez Elementary for a ...
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Views of Augusta: Lake, 'casino' hot attractions in heyday

When the 1900s were new, Augustans took their leisure at Lake Olmstead They came by trolley. They came by buggy. They came by bicycle.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: Georgia has problem matching city, county names

When fourth-grader Moon Denter wrote us from Charlotte, N.C., last week to ask that we explain Georgia to his classmates, I considered many options.
By Bill Kirby

Friday, April 8, 2016

Historic church almost as old as city

The old headstones in the graveyard testify that St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Reynolds Street near the Savannah River has been part of the city's history since its beginnings.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: One Masters champion born in April

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. - Bill Shakespeare The Masters Tournament is held each April, but did you know only one of its champions was born this month. Today would have been ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kirby: Azaleas bloomed on time

In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur Someone at my house remarked about all the azaleas we had enjoyed in recent weeks. "Right on time," I said. "How ...
By Bill Kirby

Views of Augusta: Bon Air Hotel once drew wealthy golf tourists

The Bon Air, once Augusta's premier hotel, was long a symbol of tourism, hospitality and golf.
By Bill Kirby

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kirby: Tom Watson enjoying his last Masters bid

Tom Watson was working the room. Tan slacks. Striped shirt and colorful tie. He greeted everyone with a Masters champion's smile and handshake as firm and focused as a tap in.
By Bill Kirby

Views of Augusta: Meadow Garden has curious history

Meadow Garden, considered the oldest house still standing in Augusta has one of the city's best legacies. Make no mistake, it is old.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kirby: Familiar faces frequent the fairway

The theme of Masters Week might be golf, but what most of us actually see are faces. Tournament crowds are full of faces, and we should not really be surprised when we see someone we know.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, April 4, 2016

Views of Augusta: Street featured broad array of stores

Before malls and strip centers and online computer commerce, most people came to town to do their shopping.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: How do you say 'pecan'?

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea. - Mortimer Adler How do you say "pecan"? There are several ways - I can think of at least three: PEE-can, pick-KAHN or ...
By Bill Kirby

Views of Augusta: The Arsenal

A federal arsenal built near the Savannah River in the 1800s was plagued with problems. Then it moved to The Hill.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Views of Augusta: Old courthouse marked 130 years

This old courthouse is gone. For almost 130 years, however, it sat in the middle of the 500 block of Greene Street as the seat of government and courts for Augusta and ...
By Bill Kirby
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