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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

Federal courthouse marks 100th birthday

One hundred years ago this morning, the brand-new federal courthouse in Augusta heard its first case, an inheritance dispute involving a wealthy north Georgia businessman. It attracted a crowd.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Views of Augusta: Shake Rag, Cow Town and elsewhere

Old Augusta neighborhoods had nicknames, some not so nice. For instance, if you lived before the Second World War, you probably knew where Dublin was, and Shake Rag, and The Island and Cow Town.
By Bill Kirby

Kirby: Masters Week weather hard to predict

The Old Farmer's Almanac says we will get "sunny and nice weather" all the way through this Masters Week. History would say this won't happen. That's because it never happens.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kirby: Forgetting cellphone turns out not to be disaster

I wasn't too far from home when I realized my phone wasn't in my pocket, but I thought, "Hey, I wonder what it will be like without all those beeps and tweets and alerts from national and local ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, March 28, 2016

Bill Kirby: Fourth-grader needs help with report on Georgia

When I grew up in a small town in Georgia, my biggest dream was one day to be able to go to Atlanta. - Herschel Walker Fourth-graders want to know.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Way We Were: First Baptist and Billy Graham

Forty-nine years ago this week, Augusta's First Baptist Church celebrated its 150th birthday, and the Rev. Billy Graham showed up to help light the candles.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Old Bel Air Elementary building will be missed

I'm going to miss Bel Air Elementary. Columbia County announced plans last week to demolish the former school that has been empty for a year.
By Bill Kirby

Former Columbia County commissioner Diane Ford dies

Former Columbia County Commissioner Diane Ford, who died Friday in Hilton Head, S.C., was recalled Saturday for her service to constituents and her ability to work with colleagues.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Evans is fourth-happiest city in Georgia

Well, what do you know? Evans in Columbia County is ranked fourth on a list of the Happiest Cities in Georgia, according to a ranking released Tuesday by, a Web site devoted to ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kirby: Where do bunnies hibernate?

Can you tell me where bunnies live in the winter?
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, March 20, 2016

You Remembered: The old Berckmans Road

The original Berckmans Road, named for the family that ran the plant nursery that became a world-famous golf course, was mostly a country lane unpaved until after World War II.
By Bill Kirby

Blame for Augusta's 1916 fire shared

A century after Augusta's Great Fire of 1916, we know many things, but still have one mystery.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Kirby: Why did the turtle cross the road?

Usually if I see a turtle trying to sneak across the road, I'll stop and carry him in that direction. But not this turtle.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kirby: We now know truth about spring

When we were little, they told us spring was the best season of all.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, March 14, 2016

Kirby: Roadwork makes green light goal tougher

All our recent road construction is messing with one of my favorite games: counting green lights.
By Bill Kirby

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Legacy of 1916 blaze discussed

Augusta's great fire of 1916 cost the city dearly, the executive director of Historic Augusta said Sunday, but the community learned from its mistakes.
By Bill Kirby
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