Bill Kirby began his career with The Augusta Chronicle 40 years ago and has held just about every job in the newsroom. He and his wife Carla spend their spare time doting on their West Highland terriers, Lil' Bow Wow ("Buddy") and Snoop Dog. He writes several local columns each week, as well as YouTube videos on local history called "Kirby's Augusta." From 1998 until 2001 he was editor and publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Over a 40-year newspaper career he has won more than 100 state, regional and national awards for reporting, editing, column writing, editorial writing, sports writing, business writing, investigative reporting, layout and design.
Posted January 3, 2007 02:15 pm

Where Do We Bury James Brown?

Last weekend's funeral showed just how much attention Augusta gets from one of its favorite sons. Like many, I guess I thought Mr. Brown would be buried with his family. Then before the funeral, we began to hear about a plan to bury him on his Beech Island property and turn his home into a tourist destination like Elvis with Graceland in Memphis. Then this week we reported that many in Augusta wouldn't mind having the "Godfather of Soul" buried somewhere on this side of the river. So what do you think? Would a James Brown gravesite attract visitors like his statue on Broad Street? Or should South Carolina be the final resting place for its native son?