2015-10-14 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – OCTOBER 19, 2005

Waynesboro police were providing around-theclock security at Burke Medical Center after an emergency room doctor and two officers were injured in incidents at the facility. At one point more than 100 people tried to force their way into the building.

Governor Sonny Perdue presented the City of Midville with a check representing a $500,000 grant for repairs and maintenance on the city’s water and sewer systems.

Rain and wet roads were said to have contributed to an accident involving an 18-wheeler near Sardis. A load of plywood spilled onto the road when the driver lost control of his rig and ran off the road.

25 YEARS AGO – OCTOBER 18, 1990

Some 10.5 to 18 inches of rainfall were reported in different parts of Burke County as the drought plagued area was inundated for two days. County Administrator Billy Hopper said roads all over the county were washed out and many were impassable. Agriculture officials said that crop damage exceeded $1 million and there was at least $200,000 in damage to farm ponds and dams.

Rev. M. F. Price retired after 24 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Midville. The Wrightsville native and his wife planned to live in Swainsboro where he would do interim and supply work.

The Burke County Bears defeated Lakeside 28-6, moving their record to 7-0 for the season.

50 YEARS AGO – OCTOBER 20, 1965

J. Frank Farmer was elected president of the Bank of Midville, succeeding the late J.B. Thurman, Sr.

Betsy Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Evans, was crowned Miss Burke County Fair for 1965.

Thieves made off with the U.S. Post Office’s safe in Alexander. Law enforcement officials said that Roy Barefield’s store, which housed the post office, was entered through the roof. The safe was found forced open about 1.5 miles from the store.

75 YEARS AGO – OCTOBER 17, 1940

Members of the Local Board for Selective Service were named by Governor Ed Rivers. They included: D.L. Stone, E.M. Price, J.B. Thurman and T.S. Hillis. Dr. J.M. Byne, Jr. was named board physician. James Adkins was the first local citizen to register for the draft. He signed up at Waynesboro High and Industrial School.

Waynesboro school children donated nine dollars in pennies for British refugee children.

“Andy Hardy Meets Debutante,”. starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland was playing at the Grand Theatre.

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