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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rare color photographs shot by Capa on exhibit

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rarely-seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown ...
By Pablo Gorondi

16th century harpsichord has history worth noting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears.
By Regina Garcia Cano

Friday, July 10, 2015

Aiken churches create fund to help Glover Grove

Aiken-area churches have created the Glover Grove Phoenix Fund to help support the rebuilding of Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church, which was destroyed by fire June 26.

Exterior of Union Baptist Church restored

Work has recently been completed on the exterior of Union Baptist Church, one of Augusta's historic churches.
By Lisa Kaylor

A tribute to pastors' wives everywhere

It was the early 1990s, and we had been dating a few years. We’d both just finished college and it was time to get engaged or part ways. We were madly in love, so engagement was the inevitable choice.
By Jeff Miller

Workshop to help parents talk to kids about sex

A daylong workshop Aug. 8, titled 2bPure, will help adults learn how to approach the topic of sex education in an age-appropriate way.
By Lisa Kaylor

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What Is It?

Did you recognize last week's 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, and do you know the make, model and year of this week's car? Hint: It gained body-colored urethane bumpers that year.
By Glynn Moore

By the Book: Be sure you scout out 'Mockingbird' art tribute

To honor Harper Lee, 24 Augusta artists are going to interpret "To Kill a Mockingbird" in a showing that will run from July 14-19 at the Book Tavern with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, ...
By Karin Gillespie

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Karin Calloway: Peanut Butter Cupcakes will satisfy sweet cravings

If you're a peanut butter lover, this week's recipe for Peanut Butter Cupcakes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
By Karin Calloway

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New phone apps cover Microsoft Office and voting for mayors

Android phone owners can now use an updated version of Microsoft's Office tools for writing, spreadsheets and slideshows. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are designed to provide more ...

Last two supercentenarians have seen world of changes

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two ...
By Antonio Calanni and Michael Balsamo

Friday, July 3, 2015

Faith notes

The Islamic Society of Augusta is inviting friends from all other faiths to join a community dinner at 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Church forms bonds through mission trips

TrueNorth Church goes to Guatemala every April, June and December.
By Lisa Kaylor

Glitch omitted readers' remarks

A computer glitch caused two respondents to the What Is It? feature to run together in the June 26 paper.
By Glynn Moore

What is it?

Did you recognize the Aston Martin DB5 in last week's photo, and do you know the make and year, and maybe the model, in this week's photo?
By Glynn Moore

Students do restoration work on old rides

Passion is what classic car restoration desperately needs from young people, and a few schools are stepping up to help.
By Michael Rubinkam

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mission takes church members to Honduras

After a mission trip, an Augusta family gives up one Sunday dinner out a month to sponsor a child in Honduras.
By Lisa Kaylor

Norris: People of faith can heal nation

The community of faith, composed of many different congregations, can offer a message of hope and reconciliation to a nation that is deeply divided by political and racial differences.
By the Rev. Gene Norris

Property transfers

Here are the Richmond County property transfers for June 17-18. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

White: Nation's hymn reminds of God's blessings

Today marks the 120th anniversary of the publication of America the Beautiful. On July 4th, we need to see how God's grace has been and is shed through the United States. We live in an ...
By the Rev. Dan White

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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Sheriff's office seeks comments

A national law enforcement accreditation group is seeking the public's opinions on the Richmond County sheriff's office during a public meeting next week.
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