Beyond air conditioning: Savvy ways to keep your home cool

As summer temperatures - and utility bills - rise, there are some ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning.

Actress Betty Lynn transforms from Mount Airy local to Mayberry legend

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - When actress Betty Lynn first moved to Andy Griffith's quaint hometown and inspiration for his famous TV show, she couldn't go to the grocery store without meeting fans calling out to "Thelma Lou.
By Emily Masters

Shopgirl: Livestreaming is getting more popular

We've reached new heights of narcissism as a culture - live­streaming becoming mainstream.
By Gracie Shepherd

Talking with kids about pot can be tough for parents

NEW YORK - Soon after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, Todd Mitchem's son proposed using the plant for a horticulture project at his Montessori school in Denver.
By Leanne Italie

Adult coloring books selling like crazy

NEW YORK - Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. Dover Publications has sold more than 3 million adult coloring books with titles such as Flower Fashion Fantasies.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Book briefs

William Sanders, an award-winning writer for daily newspapers including The Augusta Chronicle and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has written Staying: A Multi-Generational Memoir of Rescue and Restoration.

Rethinking gardens: Help plants survive drought conditions

LANGLEY, Wash. - Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.
By Dean Fosdick

Mystery box unearthed at Magnolia Cemetery

When Louise DeLaigle Reese died, she left one final mystery buried beneath the sexton building at Magnolia Cemetery.
By Charmain Brackett

Sid Mullis: Chinch bugs can damage St. Augustine lawns

Most of us have gotten very little rain since July 3, and couple that with above average temperatures, chinch bugs have wreaked havoc on numerous lawns, including my own.
By Sid Mullis

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Karin: Egg salad spread makes a great appetizer

Whether you're looking for a quick and easy appetizer or something savory for lunch, this week's Bacon Horseradish Egg Salad Spread will fill the bill.
By Karin Calloway

Articles from the Life section archive

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shopgirl: Android version of WifiMapper has superb features

WifiMapper, an app that can show you more than 3 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, released its Android version this past week.
By Gracie Shepherd

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Karin Calloway: Beef marinade is easy to prepare

Weekend meals and Sunday suppers in the summer often involve marinating a ribeye, flank steak or beef tips and then throwing them on the grill as our main course.
By Karin Calloway

Monday, July 20, 2015

Who were the Buggs buried in Pendleton King Park?

The Augusta Genealogical Society answers readers' family history questions.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

'Dexter' is laid to rest after series of murders

MIAMI - Spoiler alert: Book Dexter does not become a lumberjack.
By David Fischer

Keep pets away from wildlife in summer

LOS ANGELES - A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn't let their size disparity stop them from dueling.
By Sue Manning

When going on vacation, find a qualified sitter for pets

When vacations beckon, finding reliable care for a beloved family pet is too often an afterthought, a duty left to a friend, neighbor or the teenager down the block. It shouldn't be, experts warn, ...

Comic-Con isn't just cosplay

SAN DIEGO - For now, it may be just a hobby, but for the costumed fans at the Comic-Con pop culture expo this past weekend, dressing up can be a first step toward an entertainment career.
By Sandy Cohen

Right at Home: How to decorate when you move a lot

Millennials - people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s - are a mobile generation. Only about 24 percent of the total population, they make up more than 40 percent of movers ...
By Kim Cook

Friday, July 17, 2015

Church in Harlem recalls past through stories

Not much is known about the history of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. But the small white country church, set slightly off Old Louisville Road in Harlem, is full of stories of former ...
By Lisa Kaylor

A Joyful Noise: Dixie Melody Boys

The Dixie Melody Boys will perform at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Jefferson County High School Auditorium, 1157 Warrior Trail, Louisville, as part of the Jefferson Energy Cooperative's annual meeting.

Young church members fix houses

Salkehatchie volunteers from Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta and Lothair United Methodist Church in Soperton, Ga., have been fixing the houses of elderly and poor area residents ...
By Lisa Kaylor

Thursday, July 16, 2015

By the Books: Augustan brings Civil War journal to life

Vats of ink have been spilled on the Civil War, but little has been written about the final months of the conflict in the Carolinas. Augusta native and editor Thomas Head Robertson Jr. spent over ...
By Karin Gillespie

Augusta area authors publish books

Several Augusta area authors have recently published books or will soon.

What Is It?

Did you recognize last week's 1978 Camaro, and do you know the make, model and year of this week's car? Hint: Its name is just short of a century.
By Glynn Moore

Shopgirl: Madden's 7-year-old on Target with shoes

Steve Madden's daughter Stevie recently announced a new shoe line she's working on for Target, and it's nothing to sneeze at.
By Gracie Shepherd

24 Emmy nominations for "Thrones'

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones" received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Antibiotics are optional treatment for appendicitis

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that some patients with appendicitis may not need surgery.
By Anant Mandawat

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bowties with Bacon, Corn and Sundried Tomato Pesto

Pasta makes a quick and easy weeknight meal, especially with the help of a few convenience products.
By Karin Calloway

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Find traces of 'Mockingbird' in Lee's town

MONROEVILLE, Ala. - Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird is always nearby in the southwest Alabama town of Monroeville.
By Jay Reeves

Shopgirl: Matchmaking with a watch? Maybe

T3, a design agency based in Austin, Texas, has come up with a concept that would use your biorhythms to respond to potential Tinder matches through the Apple Watch.
By Gracie Shepherd

What Is It?

Did you recognize last week's 1963 Ford Thunderbird, and do you know the make, model and year of this week's What Is It?
By Glynn Moore

Find property transfers online

You can now search the most recent information available to see what properties have sold in Augusta. In the database, you can search for property sales back to 2005.
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