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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Kirby: Counties mushroomed to fight cities

Georgia's 159 counties, a lot in anybody's book, developed as a way for rural-minded politicians to fight urban growth.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Kirby: Expensive meds have furry friend covered (again)

December chill has both my little dogs glad they can wear their colorful doggie sweaters.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Kirby: Sun visors turn to suicide

The sun visors in our cars have started falling apart, so I have to fix them on the cheap.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Christmas tree troubles of all shapes, sizes

As a child, I would creep back into the living room after the house had gone to bed, turn on the tree lights and just stare at the ornaments and bulbs. I was as happy as a boy could possibly be ...
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Kirby: Ahead of the curb with last year's resolutions

I'm getting a jump on 2015. Yes, a month from now, it will not only be a new year, but many will be well on the way toward breaking their New Year's Resolutions. Not me. That's because I am - as ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Forget cops, put cameras on crooks

If we can make convicts wear ankle bracelets, why not dress them out with cameras? The expense could be defrayed by making daily encounters pay-for-view programming - the ultimate in reality TV.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Army recruiters absent from Augusta when Japanese struck Pearl Harbor

Seventy-three years ago today Augusta – like many communities around America – reacted quickly to the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Kirby: Ridding of leaves used to be fun

Raking is not my idea of fun. The worst part is probably not the repetitive ground scraping. No, it's getting rid of the piles of leaves.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Kirby: How downtown Augusta's streets became numbered

Marbury, Kollock, Cumming, Campbell, McCarten, Jackson, Washington, Centre, Lincoln, Houston and Elbert all became numbered streets.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

'Haunted' pillar one stubborn myth

I have said for years, written about it often and even did a history video pointing out the haunted pillar's failures as folklore, but the stories keep coming.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Kirby: Eater's Triple Crown just about survival

As horse racing gives us the Derby-Preakness-Belmont, late fall provides Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas to make sure we have enough fat to get through winter.
By Bill Kirby

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Kirby: Have yourself a spice-filled Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving probably requires more spices than all the other holidays combined, and no one wants to be caught late on Thanksgiving Eve without that crucial ingredient that will make or break a ...
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Being happy is easy - just act it out

Here's something to help you through the stress of this holiday week: If you act happy, you're likely to be happy.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Kirby: Never forget the first rule of journalism

Story involving the Johnson County courthouse in Wrightsville is one I often recall when we old reporters compare career notes.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

It's colder outside - my body is living proof

Until this week I'd forgotten how unpleasant temps in the 20s can be. I'd forgotten how unpleasant dry, itchy skin is. Or cracked fingers. Or a scratchy throat. Or a runny nose.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Kirby: Area seeing colorful leaves in autumn

Give me a bright, fall day with the sunlight hitting those leaves just right and making them glow - yellow, orange and red, and I will tell you there are few things more beautiful.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Kirby: Sometimes finishing a job takes awhile

Almost 40 years ago, Georgia's secretary of state dared me to photograph all 159 county courthouses. It took awhile.
By Bill Kirby

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Kirby: Barrow back in Athens

Most of us would admit it was always a little odd to see John Barrow's name in the wire service stories identified as "from Augusta," when everybody knew he was just a political transplant.
By Bill Kirby

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Kirby: Augustan's obituary leaves out achievements

When Charlie C. Stulb Jr. died in 1975 at age 81, a death notice in The Chronicle was modest to say the least.
By Bill Kirby

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Kirby: How well do you know Augusta's past?

Car races, old faces and forgotten places are in this month's history quiz.
By Bill Kirby
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