The Famous Door Supper Club, site of many a colorful story over the years, was acquired by the City of Augusta on Friday, February 10. The site is being considered for a new office building. http://www.laneywalkerbethlehem.com/neighborhood-developments/the-boulevard/
Mayor Deke Copenhaver received an Honorable Mention as one of the 2012 Heroes of the New South by Southern Living Magazine for his role in spearheading the revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem.
Water flows again in the third level of the Augusta Canal in the historic Laney Walker/Bethlehem district. This area, the site of a coal gas plant during the late 19th Century, will soon have a multi-use trail including a walking trail, benches and signs explaining significant historic sites and events in the district.
Dr. Joseph Cannon, of GHSU, and Carl Hammond-Beyer, of A. R. Johnson High School, the faculty members who are directing A.R. Johnson High School Students in a longitudinal (multi-year) analysis of the connections among health, wellness, and infrastructure in Laney Walker/Bethlehem have been chosen to present their findings presentation at the Active Living Research National Conference in San Diego on March 12. At that time, the two instructors will describe how the project provided an opportunity for local students to present their findings to community members and city officials, and the potential for such such projects to promote civic involvement by youth.
Historic Augusta is presenting its first ever Old House Fair Saturday March 3rd 9am-5pm @ Sacred Heart Cultural Center. For more information, including vendor and sponsorship opportunities, contact Robyn A. Anderson, Preservation Services Director
The Mayor’s office is helping to promote the I RUN AUGUSTA campaign, benefitting First Tee of Augusta’s Half Marathon (Feb. 26). For a cool PSA video see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv3ENrcJPE0&feature=youtu.be
The Augusta-Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce that Mr. and Mrs. John Beck of Hephzibah have donated the letters of Mrs. Cornelia Polhill Miller to the Georgia Heritage Room. The letters were written to Mrs. Miller between the years 1848 and 1909 by her friends and family. The gift includes letters, receipts from local businesses, a very early and rare Christmas card, several wedding invitations and birthday notes from well wishers.
Mentoring for elementary and middle school boys and one-on-one homework assistance available at New Bethlehem Community Center. This is a FREE program. Call (706) 722-0086 for more information.
The Morris Museum of Art has just launched a new iphone application, art + soul of the South, free at:
Chester A. Wheeler, III, Director of Augusta’s Housing & Community Development Department, places the revitalization of Laney Walker/Bethlehem in the context of Augusta’s overall renaissance in a recent guest editorial in The Augusta Chronicle.