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How Georgia's Newspapers Reported 1918's Solar Eclipse

Aug 14, 2017
Oleg Romanov / Associated Press

In a week, Georgians will be witnessing what many are calling the “Great American Eclipse.” On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will pass through the continental United States and soar through the northeast tip of Georgia. Atlanta and metro Atlanta will be able to see at least 90 to 95 percent of a partial eclipse.

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The city wants to turn 77-acres into green space and use buildings for after-school and senior programs.
Al Such / WABE

The city of Decatur wants to buy the 77-acre United Methodist Children's Home property on South Columbia Drive.

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett says the city wants to use the land for greenspace and some of the buildings for after-school and senior programs.

"It is the intention to preserve the property and sort of honor the mission of the Methodist church in the same vein," Garrett says. The home was founded in 1873 to care for the children orphaned by the Civil War.

““Map of the State of Georgia, James R. Butts, Late Surveyor General, Macon, 1859.”,” Columbus State University Archives, accessed March 31, 2016,

This legislative session, a bill came up to recreate Milton County, which was absorbed into Fulton County during the Great Depression. That bill didn’t go anywhere, but it did get WABE thinking about counties.

Georgia has 159 of them, and that’s more than just about every other state. In fact, only Texas has more.

Where did all of Georgia’s counties come from?

Stephanie M. Lennox / WABE

WABE is sad to report that a frequent contributor to its station, Cliff Kuhn, has died.

Kuhn's in-depth knowledge of Georgia history, heard by WABE listeners, was just one of his areas of expertise.

An associate professor of history at Georgia State University, Kuhn had taught at GSU since 1994.

Atlanta's 'The Temple' Bombed 57 Years Ago

Oct 12, 2015
AP Photo

A dynamite bomb crumbled walls and devastated parts of The Temple in Atlanta on Oct. 12, 1958.

“The bombing was in retaliation for the outspoken activism of The Temple’s senior rabbi Jacob Rothschild,” according to The Temple’s website. Rothschild was an advocate for racial equality and desegregation.

White supremacists, calling themselves the “Confederate Underground,” made the bomb of 50 sticks of dynamite. The Temple’s website says that although the bomb created an equivalent of $750,000 today, there were no resulting injuries or deaths.