Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Peaches belong on dinner plates, not Georgia's license plates

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More than 500 design entries were submitted by the public, and a panel of Georgia college and university art professors narrowed the selection to eight.

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-- The Associated Press

On Friday they were supposed to tell Georgia drivers what our license tags would look like beginning next year, but the Governor's Office balked at the last minute, citing "confusion" over a public referendum on the winner.

Granted, "confusion" has rarely stopped government from doing something, but this time we caught a break. Those Georgia tag choices were really ugly.

It should be a car tag, not a landscape painting. And giant peaches floating around on the finalist plates were just too much.

"Peach" is not a color that looks good on many cars. That's what most of us care about -- how will the new tag look on MY car, not sitting by itself on a wall.

To prove my point, I simply ask that you look on your summer vacation travels at the multi-colored tags other states feature.

They're just not that impressive. And let's not forget the best use of car tags, either. They help law enforcement identify your vehicle.

What's the easiest design to make this happen? White with dark numbers -- black are best.

That's what gets my vote.

STADIUM WALLS: After Sunday's column about the ballpark wall collapses, Barry Jones , of Martinez, shared this: "There wasn't only national coverage of the wall collapse last week but international also!

"I was on a trip to Osaka, Japan, and was surprised to read about this in a local English-language newspaper; in the sports section, no less.

"My wife picked me up at Augusta airport on my return and she had missed the news about the wall collapse. I was happy to be able to tell her some news about Augusta that she didn't know!"

Bill Heaton , who brought baseball back to Augusta in 1988, said the right field fence fell over during a storm that first season. He said the league told him to use the warning track as the boundary. If the ball flew over that, it was a home run.

And Runetta Rigdon tells us the specific site of Augusta's old baseball park.

"Jennings Stadium was located where Peabody and Augusta Housing Authority is now. Go to the Froghollow Neighborhood (Facebook) page and look at the stadium picture and click on the article next to it and look at the pictures.

"Bojangles is where Allen Park pool was located. The old fire station was located at the corner of (Walton Way) and 15th Street. Where the old Sears Building is was good ol' Allen Park."

TODAY'S JOKE: Everett Fernandez shares this one.

Joe sets up his friend Mike on a blind date with a young lady-friend of his.

But Mike is a little worried about going out with someone he's never seen before. "What do I do if she's really unattractive?" says Mike. "I'll be stuck with her all night."

"Don't worry," Joe says, "just go up to her door and meet her first. If you like what you see, then everything goes as planned. If you don't just shout 'Aaaaaauuuggghhh!' and fake an asthma attack."

So that night, Mike knocks at the girl's door and when she comes out he is awe-struck at how attractive and sexy she is. He's about to speak when the girl suddenly shouts: "Aaaaaauuuggghhh!"

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PghSteelersFan 07/19/11 - 12:11 pm
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Ms. Rigdon might be just a

Ms. Rigdon might be just a bit older than me and remember things about Allan Park differently but when I was a child in the early 1950's, The fire station was not right on the corner of 15th and Walton Way. Close though. On the corner was the little 'train'. Kids could ride the train around and around in a circle. I remember being taken to 'ride the train' many a times. I don't remember if the firemen took care of that train or not. After the train we went to the Pig N Whistle on 15th Street approximately where Krogers is located today. I always wanted to watch that sign on the street corner at the entrance with the pig holding that horn or whistle doing his little dance.
We also went to Jennings Stadium to see the Augusta Tigers (I believe that was the name) Never did come home with a baseball.
When I got older, I was taken for 'swimming' lessons at night at the Allan Park pool. The lessons were after the pool closed to the public for the day. I never did learn to swim well enough to get a certificate or badge. I was taken to try again later at the Highland Park pool, without success. When I was fifteen at summer camp, I finally learned to swim (sort of). I don't think I am going to swim the English Channel anytime soon though or for that matter go on any ocean going liners.
Allan Park holds many memories long before Sears showed up.

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janiceh76 07/19/11 - 01:07 pm
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None of the children of

None of the children of Augusta living during the Allen Park, Jenning Stadium days will ever forget this area. It brings out emotions and pride that most of us can't explain. I remember the Fire House, Allen Park, Jennings Stadium and our elementary school Lawton B. Evans (named after Lawton Bryon Evans, 1862-1934). I also remember the little train and the train rides. This was heaven on earth for most of the kids in the area. It was an exciting night at the Baseball Stadium, mutching on your cracker jacks and watching everyone screaming at the umpire. The park started at the fire house property line on Walton Way and ended at the Jennings Stadium property line. Next to the stadium was the elementary school lawton B Evans, most of us studied here until Jr high school. A narrow park road or lane ran in between the school and stadium, then ran behind the stadium over a little white bridge into the park. The parks depth was from 15th street at the back of the fire house at their property line to The Butt Memorial Bridge or Walton Way to the canal bank. I also took my swimming lessons at Allen Park pool and I was swimming before the lessons ended. I think the fee for the swimming pool was 15 cents, but I'm not sure. We had to wear our bathing caps to swim and there were nice showers rooms on each side of the pool house one for boys and one for girls. There was a covered patio area where we could sit and have a snack out of the drink and snack machines. If we were not playing or in the pool we were either playing in a little league game or sitting on the bleachers watching our cousins, brothers, etc. play. But those snow cones at the little stand were out of this world and I've not found anything like it since. But none of us kids born during the 30's and 40's can talk about Allen Park without mentioning the park supervisor "Mrs. Juanita Cartrett Whitfield" she became a friend, mentor, playmate, leader and in many cases a Mother figure, to countless of us children and young adults. Most of these children were from the "Harrisburg" and "Frog Hollow" sections of Augusta. She always referred to most of us, as "Her Children". So yes it brings tears to our eyes, this walk down memory lane, but it's because we have such fond memories of a place set in time that we will never forget.
Janice Beckum Herron

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bill.waters 07/19/11 - 03:42 pm
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Georgia: The only state whose

Georgia: The only state whose license plates proclaim "We're Number 3." (In peach production, that is! Behind California and South Carolina, and ahead of New Jersey.)

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