2012-08-29 / Editorial

Looking Back

10 years ago – August 28, 2002

Retired educator James D. Smith was honored by Augusta Technical College for his longtime support of the technical school and education in Burke County.

BCHS baseball head coach Donald Wheeler resigned his position as coach but would remain as a teacher at the high school and a coach at the middle school.

Burke’s unemployment rate remained steady at 9.2 percent.

The Waynesboro Shrine Club was seeking contestants for a talent show to be held in conjunction with the club’s new Farm Festival, scheduled to be held in October.

25 years ago – August 27, 1987

Atlanta businessman Ben Seay bought Boll Weevil plantation and announced plans to convert the former peach farm into a commercial shooting preserve.

Department of natural Resources ranger Glenn Whitaker said that Canada geese which had been transplanted to Burke County were “doing very well here”. Over the previous two years geese had been released in the Rock Creek and Vidette areas in western Burke County and in the eastern part of the county near McBean, Girard and Munnerlyn.

10 burglaries in two weeks caused the Waynesboro Police Department to plot new strategies to deal with the problem. Chief H.L. Ivey said that enforcement of the city’s 1984 loitering ordinance would be one tool the department would utilize.

50 years ago – August 29, 1962

Burke Academy, a recently founded private school in Waynesboro, would open its doors for business for the first time with 21 students enrolled. According to Mrs. Ronald Land, teacher for the school, hours for the academy would be virtually the same as the public schools. Dr. Lamar Murray was chairman of the executive board of the school.

Elaine Mooneyham was named as the first recipient of the Waynesboro Exchange Club’s nurse-training scholarship.

Approximately 800 school children would be examined by local and state dentists as part of a plan to determine the effectiveness of the city’s fluoridation program. Local dentist included Dr. Cicero Garner and Dr. Joe Cooley.

75 years ago – August 27 1937

John B. Scoggins began his first year as superintendent of the Waynesboro schools, succeeding W.T. Knox who accepted a position at another school. County superintendent F. S. Palmer announced there would be a delay in the opening of schools here because many of the system’s text books had not been received.

Mayor D.L Stone invited local residents to inspect the new Waynesboro water filter plant near Brier Creek to assure themselves that they are “getting clean, pure water, absolutely free from all foreign matter”.

Demanding an across the board 20 percent pay hike, railroad workers threatened a nationwide strike on September 6. Railroad employees earned between $5.07 and $7.15 per day.

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