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You Remembered: Residents recall Wrightsboro Road drive-ins

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:15pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we showed a photo of Wrightsboro Road before the heavy mall traffic widened its lanes and increased the vehicles. Here is how some of you remembered it, perhaps before it was paved.

I remember a drive-in movie theater located at the intersection of Jackson and Wrightsboro roads. As a young child my parents would take us to the outdoor movie. We would take a picnic dinner to eat in the car. Often I would fall asleep before the movie ended.

Great memories.

– David B. Bell

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The Way We Were: Duke Restaurant

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 7:16pm

Before Facebook, before the Internet, before 24-hour news media coverage, the place to find out what people were talking about was a place like Duke’s, the old diner on Walton Way.

For almost 50 years, news, opinion, rumor and camaraderie mixed with grits and eggs to produce an Augusta landmark.

It all began in the early 1950s when James Duke rode into town on a Trailways bus, hoping to get work in the restaurant business.

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Killer never found of two women in 2010 case

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 7:08pm

On Thanksgiving Day 2010, Rich­mond County sheriff’s investigators found themselves working the unusual case of two women gunned down in an empty lot off Twiggs Street. The killer of these two friends is unknown.

“They were young,” Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon Beckman said. “... And it was two females. That doesn’t happen often. Usually when females are involved, it’s some sort of domestic, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.”

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Volunteers needed for Thurmond Lake cleanup

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 6:26pm


Volunteers are needed for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign.

The cleanup will run for one month starting Thursday, but it will conclude with a major, organized cleanup day on Sept. 26, which is also National Public Lands Day. The final cleanup will consist of a variety of projects including debris cleanup, brush clearing and trail and park cleanup around the shorelines, islands, recreation centers, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.

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Officials: Tax referendum failure will delay projects

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:48pm

Failure of a Nov. 3 sales tax referendum is not an option for Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis, but if voters reject the tax, the city is faced with either doing without needed capital projects or going further into debt, officials said.

Augusta Commission members weren’t unanimous in approving a set of projects last week to fund with the city’s seventh levy of a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax, and Commissioner Marion Williams said he’ll campaign against it.

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Test your knowledge of August in Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:21pm

August, the summer’s last messenger of misery.

– Henry Rollins

August and Augusta are very much alike, so let’s celebrate the city and the last full month of summer with a quiz. See whether you know the answers about these local events, which all took place in August.

1. This future Georgia governor came to Augusta in August 1940 to make his first political speech as a last-minute substitute for his ailing father.

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