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Jackson spared 65 years ago from SRS construction

Jackson, a small community in Aiken County, was originally slated as one of a handful of towns that would be demolished or moved to build a plant that manufactured plutonium and tritium to fuel ...
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Why Sherman didn't burn Augusta

For many years after the war, Augustans wondered why Gen. William T. Sherman had ignored Augusta on his famous "March to the Sea."
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Looking back on LBJ visit 50 years ago

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson came to Augusta for a campaign speech and was jeered by the crowd.
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

The Way We Were: Older Memories

The intersection of Columbia Road and Louisville Road was called Lucky's Corner after the family who ran the country store and gas station. It was later called Maddox Corner after the new owners. ...
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

The Way We Were: Columbia Road

A 1975 photo shows a time when both Columbia County and Columbia Road were getting ready to boom.
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

The Way We Were: The Bell Auditorium

Last week we asked readers to share memories of the Bell Auditorium. Here are a few.
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

The Way We Were: 1960s Augusta

You can see many landmarks, both old and new, for the 1960s.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Way We Were: Remembering Allen Park, Sears

Last week we showed a photo of the Walton Way and 15th Street intersection in the 1960s as the area began to transition into a commercial center. Here is how some of you remembered it and that ...
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Way We Were: Allen Park

Many growing up in Augusta in the 1940s and 1950s remember summers at Allen Park, the city's recreational wonderland of water pools, baseball fields and tennis courts.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Way We Were: Walton Way and 15th Street

It is the mid-1970s and Augustans are just getting used to the expansion of the Walton Way-15th Street interchange.
By Bill Kirby | Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Way We Were: Julian Smith Casino

Do you remember? We all have memories of special events there. What are some of yours? Share with an e-mail to bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Store's lights 'waterfall' of colors

In the photo the edge of the Lamar Building points to a corner store that once was Sears Roebuck, then later Penney's.
Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Way We Were

This is what Broad Street looks like if you are a bird. Or Batman. This view from three decades ago, looks down from the corner of Lamar Building and takes in the highlights of the 700 block.
Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Way We Were

Look real close and you can see the late 1950s. This undated aerial photo from The Chronicle's archives looks west over downtown Augusta and shows a city on the verge of change.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sibley Mill mysteries include 8-foot fossil

One of Sibley Mill's oldest mysteries - a prehistoric fossil nearly eight feet long - is stored in a dusty boiler room building.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Canal center celebrates 10 years and 150,000 visitors

The Augusta Canal visitors center at Enterprise Mill got a new name for its 10th birthday, officially becoming the Augusta Canal Discovery Center.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Petersburg once rivaled Augusta

The waters of Georgia's largest lake conceal the legacy of Petersburg -- a lost city that once rivaled Augusta in wealth and prominence.
By Rob Pavey | Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vienna was site of famous duel

Vienna, whose remnants lie beneath today's Thurmond Lake, was a tidy Colonial town with its own tailor, a blacksmith and two fine hotels. But on a Saturday morning in 1851, it was also the chosen ...
By Rob Pavey | Friday, April 12, 2013

Town of Ellenton casualty of 'bomb plant'

The town of Ellenton, S.C., was erased from the landscape when the government came in 1950, but soon re-appeared in a new form just 14 miles away.
By Rob Pavey | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Edgefield pottery began in Pottersville

Almost two centuries ago, slave artisans in the lost community of Pottersville began making stoneware vessels that are highly sought artwork today.
By Rob Pavey | Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Spring fever usually means more motorcycle crashes

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle fatalities begin to rise in March and double by June. The numbers continue to creep upward through August before seeing a ...
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