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Recent articles by Bill:

Sept. 23, 1958: Larry Mize, Augusta native and Masters champ born this day

The only Augustan to win the Masters was born this day. → Read More

Sept. 22, 1924: No reservations in 1924 bigamy verdict

A Columbia County judge denied an unusual defense. → Read More

Sept. 21, 1989: Even Augusta felt Hurricane Hugo impact

Refugees fled to town from the Carolinas. → Read More

The Way We Were: Appling’s Willie Hawes, a legend of longevity

Time seemed to pause for Willie Hawes. → Read More

Kirby: The actress, the writer and the talker converge on the Capitol lawn

Actress Susan Hayward meets future Congressman Doug Barnard. → Read More

Sept. 20: 1965: Bridge name for booster didn’t last

Sand Bar Ferry Bridge didn’t hold on to Moody name. → Read More

Sept. 19, 1956: Deadly crash jammed 13th Street Bridge

Runaway truck led to destruction, death. → Read More

Sept. 18, 1957: Lights, cameras, crowds at Augusta ’3 Faces’ premiere

Augusta’s 1957 movie premiere had everything but stars. → Read More

Kirby: Noise ’R us is true joys for us

It’s great to hear children playing together again. → Read More

Sept. 17, 1974: Famed visionary reveals his model for Augusta

Noted architect offers glimpse of the future. → Read More

Sept. 16, 1899: Augusta sees its first car — a ’sensation’

An automobile comes to town ... and the rest is history. → Read More

Sept. 15, 1947: Opera star Jessye Norman born on this date

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE SEPT. 15, 1947 Opera star Jessye Norman was born this day in Augusta's old University Hospital and went on to a stellar career, performing around the world and singing at special events such as President Ronald Reagan's inauguration, Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. "My goal has always been to be the very best singer I can be at… → Read More

Sept. 14, 1970: Guilty verdict in death that led to Augusta riots

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE SEPT. 14, 1970 A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Sammy Lee Parks, 17, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the May 9 beating death of Charles Oatman in the county jail and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Oatman's death sparked several days of destructive and deadly rioting in Augusta, fueled by rumors that white jailers had not done enough to protect him… → Read More

The Way We Were: Augusta native becomes New York trailblazer

The first woman elected to district political leadership in New York City did not come from one of its many diverse ethnic neighborhoods.Nor was she a high society matron, a social reformer or a crusading writer.She was Dorothy Bell Lawrence, an Augusta native who would have marked her 109th birthday today.A Tubman School alum and onetime Richmond County school teacher, Lawrence got involved in… → Read More

Sept. 13, 1989: Georgia Southern becomes state’s first regional university

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE SEPT. 13, 1989 Georgia's Board of Regents voted to create the state's first regional university at Statesboro's Georgia Southern College, designating two Savannah-area schools as its affiliates. Statesboro Mayor Thurman Lanier called it "the greatest thing that ever happened since they invented black-eyed peas and the cotton gin." After lengthy discussion before a packed… → Read More

Kirby: Trying to perfect the purest of human sounds

The late Earle Hagen was a man of many accomplishments. → Read More

Sept. 12, 1946: Richmond County Historical Society elects first president

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE SEPT. 12, 1946 Brian Merry is elected president at the first meeting of the Richmond County Historical Society. Steps will be taken immediately to draw a charter for the society and various other details of organizing and planning will be completed at a later date. The list of members at present includes about 35 men and women who are intent on the aims of the society.… → Read More

Sept. 11, 1937: Miss Augusta missed out in 1937

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE SEPT. 11, 1937 When Miss America was crowned in Atlantic City on this date in 1937, Miss Augusta, Olga Strickland, was there, but she wasn't a contestant. A con man who said his name was Richard Marsden had come to our town weeks before and convinced the local Cherokee Casino to host a "Miss Augusta" pageant and the Lions Club to sponsor it. Olga, who actually came from… → Read More

Kirby: Parents in need of tutoring lessons

Sometimes we time it right. → Read More

Sept. 10, 1919: The late Jack Connell, one of Augusta’s greats, is born

Bill Kirby TIME MACHINE Sept. 10, 1919 The late Jack Connell was born 101 years ago today and spent almost a century serving his community, his state and his country. He was a successful businessman in a variety of local ventures, and he even ran the Augusta professional baseball team in the 1950s. On the state level, he represented his hometown in the Georgia House for more than three decades,… → Read More