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 March 29, 2007 10:57 am

Who would you name something for?

. Naming things after celebrities brings up all sorts of possibilities, mostly because celebrities dote on attention, and often show up when anything -- from an elementary school to a star on the sidewalk -- has their name on it. Our fair city can always use the positive attention. I suggested we might look for some new names on such items as the 13th Street Bridge, which links Augusta and North Augusta, S.C. I think the Calhoun Expressway is good for renaming. And someone else has suggested naming Walton Way Extension (and Davis Road) after Jack Nicklaus. Such a suggestion drew notice, and the usual competitive response of “What about Arnold Palmer Parkway?” Well, what do you think? What do we have around town that we can easily name for somebody famous, and get them to show up for dedication?