The very first edition of the North Augusta Star in 1954 featured a letter from then-Mayor Hammond Burkhalter welcoming the Star to the community. We asked current Mayor Bob Pettit his thoughts about how the city has changed in the 65 years since then, and what the importance of The Star has been to the community. 

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.