2005-09-07 / Editorial

RFD

By Bonnie K. Taylor General Manager The True Citizen

I am sure you probably saw “Half Pint’s 50” in last week’s True Citizen. If you did not recognize her, the photo was of Debbie White. There is no way Debbie can be 50! She will always be 14 in my head and she does not look a day over 21!

Happy belated birthday, Debbie, I hope the next 50 years are as kind to you as the first 50 were!

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It is difficult to complain about the gas prices when so many Americans in the Gulf region are suffering so from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

I can’t begin to imagine what these folks are

going through. Some of the television reports have been like those you see in third-world countries.

Many businesses in Waynesboro have challenged others to match their contributions to help our fellow Americans.

I have been asked by many what can I do for them. Getting products to them at this time is almost impossible and monetary contributions will help the most at this time.

I know of two families who have located to Burke County fleeing the Gulf region before Katrina struck.

They will probably be here for some time, as they have nothing to go home to.

Clothing and other items for a boy in the 11th grade; girl in the 8th grade; boy, 5th grade; and their parents are needed. Items can be taken to S.G.A. Elementary during regular school hours. WalMart gift cards were also suggested. My suggestion would include gift certificates from any Burke business.

They include: male student: shirt, men’s large; slacks, 36W, 34 inseam; underwear, large; shoes 11 1/2; socks, men’s 6-12.

Female student: blouse, 16 or large; slacks, 16-18; underwear; girls’ 14; bra, 36B or medium sports bra; shoes, 8 1/2 ladies; shorts, large; socks, 9-12 women’s.

Male 5th grade; shirt, medium; slacks, 16 or 18; underwear, boy’s 18; socks, 6-12 men’s; shoes, 8 1/2 men’s.

Mother: slacks, 22W; blouse, 24W; bra, 44D.

Father: shirt, XXXL; slacks, 44W, 30 inseam; underwear, 42; socks, largest in men’s sizes.

Will Wade and Ross Zittrouer from Waynesboro and Glynn Bassett, Johnny Becton, Chris Drake and Brian Fields of Millen, all Planters Electric employees are taking three line trucks, three bucket trucks and service pickups to help those stranded in Mississippi.

They will be gone indefinitely. Ross is supposed to be getting married Sept. 17.

Take care guys, and thanks for helping our friends in need!

Six of the men from Battery C 1/214th Field Artillery from Waynesboro are meeting up with another group of guardsmen in Atlanta heading for somewhere in the hurricane devastation.

Jay Hollingsworth, son of Burke County Chief Deputy James Hollingsworth, is also headed for New Orleans to assist. Our prayers are with all of you!

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The Waynesboro Exchange Club Fair is set for Oct. 3-8 at the fairgrounds.

This year will be the second annual CSRA Star Search, and the Exchangites want to dedicate the finale each night to locals who are veterans or who are serving in the military now and for those who are no longer with us. We’re asking that the community bring in photos to be put in a special video which will air each night at the end of our competition.

Photos may be brought to Bob Mallard at Southern Bank in Sardis, Betty Black at Southern Bank in Waynesboro, Jennifer Posey at The Waynesboro Bank, Beverly Black at Capital City Bank, Johnny Jenkins at Goldberg’s Furniture or to Diana Royal at Headrush. Every effort will be made to return all photos.

Aside from the STAR Search competition that awards the winner $1,000 plus recording time, a junior competition for those 15 years and younger will be held, with cash prizes being awarded to the top three.

The Exchange Club members are working hard on all the planning, and they are excited and hopeful that this year’s competition will be even more successful than last year’s.

Advance tickets go on sale this week and are $10 and are good for five entries through the gate. That means one person can get in five different times, or five people all at the same time. Tickets may be purchased from any Exchange Club member.

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A hearty congratulations to Jim Andrew for his presidential appointment to serve as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service Department of Agriculture.

His nomination will be official when the Senate reconvenes in September.

Jim, you make Burke and Jenkins County beam with pride!

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