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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

Hamburg lost out in competition with Augusta

The lost city of Hamburg actually died twice, and today, even its historical marker is listed as "missing."
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dunbarton: a town lost to the atom

The rural community, established in the 1800s and incorporated in 1910, was dismantled and evacuated six decades ago to make way for the Cold War nuclear bomb complex known today as Savannah River ...
By Rob Pavey | Monday, April 8, 2013

Bon Air, other hotels were hotspots of nightlife

From the very beginning of Augusta National Golf Club, the Bon Air Vanderbilt was the off-course hub for golfers and club members.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, April 8, 2013

Fort Gordon replaced Pinetucky

The tranquil community of Pinetucky thrived for more than a century among the sandy hills and ponds southwest of Augusta. Then, one day, the War Department arrived to build a new encampment.
By Rob Pavey | Sunday, April 7, 2013

Miss Golf pageant showcased beauty

From 1957 to 1966, the competition was held at the Imperial Theatre, and the winner received her crown at a large dance called the "Golf Ball" held at the Bon Air Hotel and later Bell Auditorium.
By Meg Mirshak | Sunday, April 7, 2013

Augustans share Masters memories

Bernard Mulherin remembers when patrons packed a picnic and blanket for lunchtime at Augusta National. He doesn't recall any concession stands during the tournament's early days and through the 1940s.
By Meg Mirshak | Sunday, April 7, 2013

Old South Barbecue was culinary highlight of Masters Week

The Old South Barbecue was an idea conceived by the Chamber of Commerce to help relieve the handful of Augusta restaurants from overflow crowds.
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fashion reigns among patrons at the Masters Tournament

The Masters Tournament and fashion go together like Augusta and azaleas.
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, April 6, 2013

Town Tavern was place to eat during Masters Tournament

Follow the locals. That's how Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus knew where to get the best steak in Augusta. Businessmen and bankers filled the Town Tavern during the year. But, Masters Week was an ...
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, April 6, 2013

16th green was hot spot for locals

The 16th green was the spot to see and be seen for Augusta's youth during the Masters Tournament
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, April 6, 2013

Augusta loved a Parade

The annual Masters Parade along Broad Street, from 1957 to about 1964, was a short-lived tradition that welcomed out-of-town guests to Augusta.
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kirby: Taft's Augusta diet was of epic proportions

This is a story about golf and Augusta, about love and loss and about what happens when you set your mind to something.
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, April 6, 2013

Flood of 1913 built support for levee

The mid-March flood that surged through Augusta 100 years ago wasn't the deadliest or most devastating, but it was one of the most significant.
By Rob Pavey | Sunday, March 17, 2013

Land program offers Windsor Spring permanent protection

One of the region's most historic springs gained permanent protection recently under a program administered by the Central Savannah River Land Trust.
By Rob Pavey | Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

Historic Augusta honors preservation efforts

Eight recipients received Preservation Awards from Historic Augusta at its annual meeting on Thursday.
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Veterans History Project comes to a close

Five years of collecting the stories of veterans who survived World War II came to a close this week in the south Augusta home of Bill Evans.
By Kyle Martin | Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Museum evaluates Tuskegee mementos

Mementos of a local woman's grandfather, who taught Tuskegee Airmen to fly, are being considered for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
By LaTina Emerson | Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Cold War relics preserved at SRS

A recently opened SRS facility holds Cold War artifacts from 1950 to 1989 and archaeological artifacts that span 12,000 years..
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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No murder charge for Martinez mother

There is not enough evidence to prosecute a Martinez mother charged with murder in the death of her 5½-month-old son, a judge ruled Tuesday.
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