2017-02-01 / Editorial

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 7, 2007

Best Office Solutions was named Small Business of the Year and James D. Smith was named Citizen of the Year at the annual banquet of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce.

A suspected drug trafficker was found dead in his cell at the Burke County Jail. Ezumer “Shorty” Palmer apparently hanged himself after he had been arrested when two kilos of powder cocaine had been found in his home.

The Burke County Department of Family and Children Services reported that the number of Burke County families receiving public assistance had decreased by 77 percent over the last decade.

The Waynesboro City Council approved the first reading of a building code amendment that would relax some restrictions for historic buildings.

25 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 6, 1992

Burke County Commissioners were struggling with a plan to form new election districts in the county. The plan was drawn up because of the threat of a lawsuit due to changes in population in the 1990 census.

Dennis Taylor announced plans to close Taylor’s Drug Store in Waynesboro. It had been in business here for 33 years.

A new Georgia law provided that photographs of threetime DUI offenders would be published in local newspapers.

A 200-acre ostrich farm was started between Telfair and Shell Bluff. The enterprise was owned and operated by Marie Vann.

50 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 1, 1967

Marie Hickson, Waynesboro High School sophomore, was crowned Miss Waynesboro at the second annual beauty pageant sponsored by the Waynesboro Jaycees.

Local efforts were underway to beautify the grounds of the Burke County Hospital and clean up the Old Confederate Cemetery. It was a joint effort by the City of Waynesboro and local garden clubs.

A local survey revealed that 59 percent of Burke County citizens were regular churchgoers. First Baptist Church Pastor Harold Rowland spearheaded the group that completed the survey.

75 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 5, 1942

A large group of soldiers from Camp Gordon was scheduled to visit the First Baptist Church on Feb. 22. They would also be Sunday dinner guests in local homes.

It was reported that a number of suicides have occurred in Berlin, Germany, as a result of a new decree requiring Jews to wear badges displaying the Star of David. Jews were also forbidden to rent automobiles, ride in ambulances, eat in certain restaurants and use depot waiting rooms.

“Down Mexico Way” starring Gene Autry was playing at the Grand Theatre.

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