Originally created 11/10/05

It's nice to be home



Just a chip shot away from Augusta National Golf Club, National Hills is a large neighborhood that is convenient to shops, recreational facilities and restaurants along Washington Road.

"I've lived here since 1962," said resident Mittie Conners. "We wanted a neighborhood with some permanence, a neighborhood that didn't change too much. To us, it seemed to be a very stable neighborhood."

Established in the late 1940s and early 1950s, National Hills is situated off Washington Road in west Augusta.

Rick Murphy, the president of National Hills Neighborhood Association, moved into the neighborhood in 1986. He said he enjoys the neighborhood's convenience.

"It was close to Whole Life Ministries," he said. "It's a nice neighborhood and located halfway between our families, who live in North Augusta and south Augusta."

National Hills is close to Eisenhower Park, where football, softball, baseball and other sports are offered to children. There also is a "members only" swimming pool in the community.

The neighborhood is made up of a diverse group of residents.

"We've got the young, we've got the old and the middle-age," said Linda Locke, a resident and the treasurer of the neighborhood association. "We have everyone, across the board."

The association is responsible for welcoming new neighbors, holding pool parties and fighting rezoning issues.

"If we are notified about a death in the family of one of our members, we send a meat tray," resident Gail Murphy said. "We also give out gifts for our new neighbors or if there's a birth of a child."

In addition, the association is a sounding board for the residents' concerns, Mr. Murphy said.

"You know, junk cars or cars parked in the yards. We always talk to the neighbor first before any other action is taken," he said.

Once a year, the association prints a neighborhood directory, which contains residents' telephone numbers and emergency numbers.

Overall, the residents tend to stay.

"When we moved in, we liked the neighborhood," said Mrs. Locke's husband, Jim. "We have no desire to move anywhere else."

Reach Rebecca A. Smith at 823-3552 or rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com.