2009-05-06 / Editorial

Good news for a change

It's good to have some positive news to write about this week. Too often we are overwhelmed by the bad economy, crime, accidents or natural disasters. But, in this issue of The True Citizen there are several items of very good news.

The Burke County High School golf team brought home its first ever state championship. The team, led by Coach Wade Marchman, edged by Woodward Academy of Atlanta by one shot in the tournament held at the Waynesboro Country Club. Seniors John Keller and Evans Horton, who led the team with even par 72s, were supported by fellow team members Josh Phillips with a 78 and Patrick Mobley's 82. It's quite an accomplishment and we join in extending our congratulations to the coach and team.

Waynesboro's Richard Daniels, who was instrumental in establishing the Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue generously donated $3000 to the group in ceremonies last week. The money had been awarded to Daniels by the Good Sam's Club when he was recognized as "RVer of the Year" for 2008. The work started by Daniels and others has resulted in the rescue of more than 400 dogs and cats and played a role in the passage of a referendum last year supporting a publicly funded animal control program. We encourage our county commission to implement the wishes of the electorate and expand the good work of the Old Fella organization.

And, Boss Hog makes his fourth appearance in the biggest barbecue cookoff ever held here. Thirty-six teams from five states, including several national champions, will meet in Waynesboro this weekend to see who walks away with the big trophy and the big check.

A leading contender will be Myron Mixon from Vienna, Georgia. A three-time Memphis in May champion, the legendary Mixon also holds 30 state titles and has appeared on national television competitions.

All in all, this is a week of activities and accomplishments for Burke County to take pride in.

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