Originally created 04/12/06

Second century dawns on city



NORTH AUGUSTA - Fifth-grader Alexis Hancock, 11, thinks her hometown will look quite different in 100 years.

"I think there will be a lot of flying cars because they'll develop new ideas," said the North Augusta Elementary School pupil.

Alexis was one of about 200 people at John C. Calhoun Park on Tuesday to help the city celebrate a century of incorporation.

North Augusta was chartered as a town of fewer than 1,000 residents on April 11, 1906. It now has a population of almost 20,000.

"At a centennial we pay homage to our forefathers who planted our roots," said Mayor Lark Jones. "There are those in my lifetime who cultivated those roots and fertilized our growth into a city. There are countless hundreds of folks who have made North Augusta what it is today."

Jack Alexander, grandson of North Augusta founder James U. Jackson, unveiled a historic marker in the park .

A time capsule, which is to be opened in 50 years, will be buried in the park. Its artifacts include a 1964 North Augusta High School class ring; bicentennial mementos; centennial souvenirs; a copy of Mr. Jackson's original plat of North Augusta; city brochures, CDs and DVDs; a Sno-Cap Drive-In menu; and miscellaneous business cards.

"This is just a sampling because we can't put everything in from everybody," said Mim Woodring, a member of the North Augusta Centennial Committee.

Elementary school pupils released about 150 balloons at the close of the ceremony.

Fifth-grader Fallyn Partridge, 11, said she enjoyed the centennial celebration.

"I think it's exciting because we're out of school, and we're getting to learn history about North Augusta," she said.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (803) 648-1395, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.

North Augusta will hold an all-day centennial celebration April 22. For details about the events, log on to www.north augusta100 .com or call (803) 441-4224.