Charlie Williams was in Preston dormitory at the University of South Carolina when he heard the announcement 50 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.
“It was broadcast all over the school,” said Williams, a North Augusta dentist who five decades ago served in ROTC and played football and baseball for the Gamecocks. “It was a sad day. All the classes on the Horseshoe were closed down.”
On that Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, shock and grief were the primary emotions across the nation. Nobody knew quite how to react.
Scruffy beards and quirky mustaches have become synonymous with the month of November. Augusta men have joined the international phenomenon of going 30 days without shaving their beards, popularly known as No Shave November. In the case of mustaches, the movement is known as Movember.
The Lowe’s and Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway have restriped three handicapped parking spaces after a site inspection by The Augusta Chronicle last month found the spots failed to satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The newspaper’s informal survey also revealed three other retailers in Richmond and Columbia counties had handicapped parking spaces that were either improperly marked, had slopes too steep for vehicular wheelchair lifts or no access aisles at all, each a violation of federal code.
Fewer people in the Augusta metro area have been going to the unemployment line this year, according to Georgia’s labor department.
Data released Thursday, covering September and October, said there were fewer initial claims for unemployment compared to last year.
Year-to-date, there have been 17,571 jobless claims in the six-county metro area, a 5.8 percent decline from 2012. Most of that decline is attributable to Richmond County, which has 549 fewer unemployment claims in 2013 than in the same time period in 2012.