2016-04-20 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – APRIL 26, 2006

The community was shocked by the murder of 32 yearold Stephen Harley of Millen. Harley, who was active as a coach with the Burke County Recreation Department, was killed in what appeared to be a home invasion. Neither his wife, Tracy, a teacher at Blakeney Elementary School nor his children were injured.

The 22nd annual Ogeechee Redbreast Festival was scheduled to take place in Midville.

The Burke County Bears ladies track team won their region championship and headed for the state competition.

Burke County Extension Service Secretary Louise McClain was named Southeast District Secretary of the Year by the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

25 YEARS AGO – APRIL 25, 1981

World Champion Palomino horse Paul F Bar died at his longtime home at Windy Hill Ranch. He was 19 years old and had stood as grand champion 135 times. He was owned and trained by J.W. “Squat” and Betty Bailey.

Hopeful Baptist Church, located on Winter Road and organized in 1815, barely avoided serious damage when strong winds downed two large trees on both sides of the building. Heavy damage from wind and hail was reported throughout the county from the Friday night storm.

50 YEARS AGO – APRIL 20, 1966

The Board of Directors of the Bank of Waynesboro approved a preliminary design for a new building to replace the one destroyed by fire the previous Christmas. The design was rendered by the firm of Thomas, Driscoll, Hutton from Savannah.

Walt Seeger was named Most Valuable Player on the Waynesboro High School State Champion basketball team. Other players honored were; Johnny Riggs – Sportsmanship, Johnny Lovett – Outstanding Player and Ed Byne – Most Improved Player.

Members of the First Congressional District Republican Party passed a resolution urging Burke County farmer Porter W. Carswell to be a candidate for the U.S. Congress.

75 YEARS AGO – APRIL 24, 1941

William Francis Evans, Jr. was scheduled to attend flying school at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. The son of

Mr. and Mrs. Will Evans was a graduate of Young Harris College and Louisiana State University. He had also completed primary flight training in Albany, Ga.

U.S. Congressman Hugh Peterson announced that federal funds totaling $5,481 had been approved to expand the sanitary sewer system in Waynesboro.

R.C. Neel was elected president of the Burke County Farm Bureau at the group’s annual meeting.

A new soft drink bottling plant opened in Waynesboro “Refreshing Beverages, Inc.,” owned by Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Jones, C.W. Skinner, Jr., F.M. Skinner and E.J. Smyly, Jr. It was located on Liberty Street in a building owned by E.E. Chance.

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