2012-10-24 / Editorial

Letters to the Editor

Vote for George DeLoach


I would like to encourage the voters of Burke County’s Fifth Commission District to support George DeLoach in the November 6, General Election.

Mr. DeLoach recently offered me some invaluable assistance, and I would like to share that experience.

For over two years, I had been trying to obtain a clear title for a trailer and mack truck I had purchased at an auction. As a result of overbearing, bureaucratic read tape, my efforts were going nowhere. I approached Mr. DeLoach and informed him of my problem. Almost immediately, he became involved, and through his connections, he quickly resolved the situation in a most efficient manner.

In my personal opinion, the Burke County Commission would be a better board with George DeLoach as one of its members.


Rodney Barreto


Veterans Thank You


On behalf of the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs, I’d like to thank Burke County for its continued support as we continue in our efforts to serve those who have served our nations, their dependents and survivors, in all matter pertaining to veterans’ benefits to the best of our ability.

It is my privilege to provide you with a brief report of the 2011 activities of the Waynesboro division of the state Department of Veterans Service. This division serves Burke County with an estimated veteran population of 1,973.

The necessity for personal assistance to eligible beneficiaries pursuing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs results from the legal principle that no veterans’ benefits are awarded automatically. All benefits to which a veteran or his dependents may be entitled must be applied for. Our department provides free representation and advice to beneficiaries regarding all state and federal veterans’ benefits.

In 2011, we had approximately 3,448 veteran related contacts. This related in 2011 into direct payments in the amount of $23,167 to veterans in the Waynesboro division; dollars that the veterans pour back into the local economy.

The Waynesboro Veteran Field Service Office is located at the Burke County Office Park building, room 107. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Fridays, except on approved state recognized holidays. Additional information or assistance may be obtained by calling 706-554-3874.

A summary of benefits provided by the state of Georgia and the department’s 2011 annual report can be found on the department’s website at www.sdvs.georgia.gov.


Carol D. Crawford

Veterans’ Field Service Officer 2, Waynesboro Field Office

Employees speak out


We have all heard from the doctors, the hospital authority and the county commission. We would like for the employees of Burke Medical Center to be heard.

We are part of this community. We live here. Our children attend school here. We sit beside you in church and at football games. We know you. We care about you. We’ve celebrated the birth of your children and sympathized at the loss of your loved one. As such, we believe we are the greatest asset of our hospital. We want to continue to take care of you and your family and we know we have the capabilities to do so.

Longevity and experience are priceless. The average tenure of our employees is 14 years, with many of us being here over 25 years. Our employees are highly skilled and have amassed many years of experience.

We are equipped to provide efficient, quality patient care for acute and chronic illness, as well as emergency situations.

We are committed to the success of Burke Medical Center through teamwork. As a testament to our commitment, we’ve shared in the hardships: benefit cuts, reduced hours, no raises, retirement not being funded, down-sizing. Through it all, we’re still here. We’re still committed to this community.

We’ve been here when the community needed us – massive heart attacks, pulmonary disease, stroke victims, diabetics, and trauma. The survival rate of emergency patients has increased because we provide emergency services. We’re all potential patients. As such, we want to enhance our services to meet the needs of our community. While many rural hospitals are closing, we believe that success and growth are attainable with community support. While we already offer cardiology, urology, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory therapy, our vision includes opening a wellness center and adding specialties such as gastroenterology, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery. Our laboratory and radiology departments are equipped with state of the art equipment, including digital mammography. Radiology results are read by the same radiologists who read for the Augusta area hospitals.

We need your support to see our vision become reality. Consider a sales tax increase. Contact your county commissioner. Have a voice.

In addition to community sup port, we urge management, the hospital authority, the county commission and our medical staff to work together and use your influence and resources to help attain the immediate financial support our hometown hospital needs. Respectfully submitted, Employees of BMC

Christy Smith, Yashika Johnson, Danette Highsmith, Holly Wallace, Latrise Freeman, Lakeidra Hiers, Krissie Morris, Diane Hall, Tammy Hall, Tammy Salter, Chris Pabon, Nicole Vance, Julie Herrmann, Elaine Saxon, Tremika Baker, Karen Foley, Pat Hilton, Daryl Taylor, Kiah Chance, Latrecia Smith, Rebecca Landrum, Lena Barefield, Cenethia Lewis, Pauline Atwell, Justin Dixon, Joyce Sapp, Megan Forehand, Crystal Forehand, Crystal Bramblett, Maebell Jenkins, Jennifer Realy, Sylvia Register, Maxine Barnes, Maya Cabahug, Janice Jacobs, Christmas Raulerson, Jacqueline Schultz, Dana Britt, Becky Phillips, Karen Clark, Jennie Sizemore, Rubye Mack, Kelly Joyner, Rushelle Rouse, Maepearl Jackson, Jill Posey, Ruth Reddick, Stacey Manson, Stephanie Cope, Lizzie Rogers, Jamie Rodriguez, Nancy Mills, Penny Harper, Barbara Powell, Adina Flakes, Irene Williams, Rhonda Gainey, Shirlene Jenkins, Kitty Thomas, Pat Jackson.

Thank you, DeLoach- McKerley Funeral Home


Recently, my brother-in-law, Don Corley, passed away after an extended illness. Although they lived in Statesboro, Georgia, my sister chose DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home to handle the service. This has been the funeral home our family has used since my Grandfather, Otis Bailey, passed away in 1955.

Our heartfelt gratitude to Jason McKerley and his staff for making this journey a bit easier. Jason and his staff were professional, compassionate and caring. The trips Jason made to Statesboro took alot of burden off my sister.

The memorial service was definitely a celebration of Don’s life. We all left with a feeling of peace. I know Don would have been proud of the way the service was handled.

Again, thank you and your staff for the services you provided during this time of need. We will most certainly recommend DeLoach- McKerley Funeral Home if the need ever arises.

Virginia Jenkins


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