A Gift of Music

A Gift of Music

How much love can a bucket hold? Probably depends on whose bucket … If we’re talking Ellis Johnson’s, we’re talking high capacity. Like many men up in their 80s, Johnson has a bucket list, but he attends to his with more earnestness than most. That’s because he has...
Growing Their Legacy

Growing Their Legacy

After 100 years, Augusta’s Thompson Farms is still going strong   It started on a baseball field. In the years after the Civil War, a new game called Base Ball – always written as two words in those days – became a national obsession. Boys laid out baseball...
The Sturgeon

The Sturgeon

They’re ugly. They’re prehistoric. They’re protected. And they’re on their way. Here come the sturgeon. There goes the neighborhood.   Well, that’s how some people react to a Corps of Engineers plan to restore habitat for the endangered fish by replacing the Lock...
The Bells of Augusta

The Bells of Augusta

Historian Ed Cashin called him “the loneliest man in Augusta.” Every day he would climb the 110 steps up the steel tower past the huge bell to the cupola 90 feet above the intersection of Greene and Eighth Streets. There hour after hour, while buggies and pedestrians...
Longleaf Forest

Longleaf Forest

If you live in the Augusta-Aiken area, your yard was once a piece of a forest. Your lawn and garden were the domain of the longleaf pine.  That longleaf forest covered 90 million acres. It ran all the way from the sand hills to the sea, down to Florida, up to...