2014-03-12 / Editorial


This week in Burke County history

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 10, 2004

The Rev. J. Harold Rowland, former Waynesboro mayor and longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Waynesboro, died after a long battle with cancer. He had also been a writer and columnist for The True Citizen.

Funds totaling $2.5 million were included in the state budget for the Yuchi Wildlife Management Area lake by members of the state legislature. There was concern, however, that Governor Sonny Perdue would veto the project because he considered it to be “pork.”

Amanda Stone was elected chairman of the Burke County Republican Party.

25 YEARS AGO – MARCH 15, 1989

Tom Temple was named head football coach and athletic director for Burke County High School. He had coached at Greene-Taliaferro for 17 years and had compiled a record of 118 wins and 73 losses. His teams had reached the playoffs in 10 of the last 11 years.

Seven people, including Ezumer (Shorty) Palmer were arrested in a joint effort by county state and federal authorities. Those arrested were allegedly involved in drug trafficking and were named in a federal indictment brought under the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

Bishop Brannen was introduced as the new owner of the local Ford dealership. His family also owned Ford dealerships in Perry and Unadilla.

50 YEARS AGO – MARCH 11, 1964

A 62-act talent show was held by the Waynesboro Jaycettes, with the proceeds going to benefit state mental health projects. Winners in the grammar school division were a Beatles pantomime group which included Bruce Bell, Gary Selman, Al Miller and Preston Lewis. The junior high winner was Pamela Palmer, who played a piano solo entitled “Deep Purple.” The high school winner was Beverly McKinney who sang “I Enjoy Being a Girl.”

75 YEARS AGO – MARCH 16, 1939

Professor A.D. McKellar of the University of Georgia advised farmers to use pine trees as a “money” crop, saying that every acre planted in pine trees should be regarded as an “investment which will yield dividends of increasing size.”

Several men were arrested after a fight blocked traffic on the main highway through town.

Rogers Supermarket advertised “evaporated” peaches at 2 lbs. for 19c.

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