Stories by Bill Kirby

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Kirby: What would ancestor think of today's America?

Vachel Hinton, my great-great-great-great-grandfather, died on this date 190 years ago. His Fourth of July passing is appropriate because Vachel was a Revolutionary War veteran.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kirby: Macon college tries goat patrol idea

Wes­leyan College in Macon seems to have taken a page from Augusta's own goat patrol as a way to get rid of weeds.
By Bill Kirby

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Way We Were: Brooks Keel

We were there in July 1974 when an incoming freshman named Brooks Keel talked to Augusta College admissions officials about beginning classes at our "Harvard on the Hill."
By Bill Kirby

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another Augustan visited White House in 1980

My old friend Clyde Wells, longtime Chron­icle cartoonist of a previous millennium, called to thank me for including his name in Sunday's history quiz about the Augustan who went to the White ...
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Way We Were: Savannah River fun

For centuries, people living along its banks have no doubt sought the Savannah's cool waters for relief from summer heat. But did you know that sometimes those people removed their clothing to do so?
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kirby: Test your knowledge of June events in Augusta

June continues its summertime presentation, and it has always been a busy month in Augusta. To celebrate the month in which summer arrives, here is a quiz on Augusta's past June activities.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bill Kirby: Postcards arrive from summertime vacations

You all are racking up vacation time. I got a big "Aloha" from Lahaina, Hawaii.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bill Kirby: Spend just a little bit to send us a postcard

In a survey last week, AAA top international travel destinations were: Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; London; Rome; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Dublin; Paris; Vancouver, Nassau; and ...
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Way We Were: Augusta's bicentennial

In this week's photo, you are you looking back in time 80 years to a dramatic depiction of the creation of the city of Augusta in the 1730s.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kirby: Mowing lawn for dad brings back memories

Daddy had an eye procedure, and they told him to avoid outdoor yard work for awhile. He likes yard work and grumbles when the grass grows too long, like a certain son's hair used to do.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kirby: Vacationing couple see blizzard in June

While we are enjoying a pleasant summer baking here in Augusta, Joe and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, have dealt with snow. They sent a postcard from New Mexico, where they report driving through a ...
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Way We Were: Parades on Broad Street

Augusta has always loved its parades, and we've got a photo of one from the late 1940s headed down Broad Street.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: Armadillo casualties piled high on interstate

I was driving back from Atlanta over the weekend, trying to stay alert by counting the number of armadillos that had not been able to cross Interstate 20. (Fourteen on the eastbound side.)
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kirby: Augusta celebrates birthday this week

Find a match and light the candles - June 14 is Augusta's 279th birthday.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kirby: O'Connor's stamp takes a licking

The New York Times editorialized a bit last week by suggesting the new stamp makes author Flannery O'Connor, who died 50 years ago, look like Betty Crocker and perhaps a little glamorous.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vacations well spent, by looks of postcards

Your postcards have come in fast, so let's see who went where.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Way We Were: Savannah River Raft Race

Beginning in the 1970s, Augusta joined many other cities in the South by featuring a river raft race.
By Bill Kirby

You remembered: Washington Road in 1956

Last week we showed an aerial image from 1956 of a road leading from Augusta. Almost all of you correctly guessed it was Washington Road before the buildup and the interstate.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Kirby: Fires a common subject in Augusta history

Last week's Marshal Square fire reminds us that large public conflagrations used to be pretty common.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kirby: Patriots won Augusta with ingenious tower

What does genius look like? I can tell you what it looked like this week in 1781. It looked like a vertical log cabin filled with dirt and soaring into the late spring sky. And it had a cannon on top.
By Bill Kirby
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$80,000 severance for director who quit

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously to approve more than $80,000 in severance pay to former Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith.
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