2017-08-09 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 15, 2007

Waynesboro Mayor Jesse Stone and Vice-Mayor Neal Leonard both announced they would not run for re-election.

Soaring temperatures were blamed for the death of 69-year-old Constance Hull who lived on Hometract Road. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees almost every day during the period.

Robertson’s Heritage Chapel Funeral Home held an open house, with free funeral services as the door prize. The lucky winner wasn’t identified.

25 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 13, 1992

Three Burke County residents were killed when a singleengine plane crashed near the local airport. The victims included 29-year-old Joyce Marie Russell, 26-year-old Kimberly Suzanne Skinner and the pilot, Allen Lynn Martin, 40.

Incumbent Burke County School Superintendent Doug Day defeated former superintendent James D. Smith in a runoff election. Former Waynesboro Mayor George DeLoach lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for the 11th District Congressional seat to Cynthia McKinney.

Ronnie Baxley, a 14-year veteran of the Waynesboro Fire Department, was named Deputy Chief.

50 YEARS AGO - AUGUST 9, 1967

Former Waynesboro resident Sue Ripley was crowned “Miss Atlanta” at the annual pageant held Friday night. The eighteen year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Ripley is now eligible for the Miss Georgia Pageant.

Rev. William Hines, who had served as the pastor of the Waynesboro First Presbyterian Church for almost ten years, accepted a position as pastor of the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Forest Park.

Waynesboro attorney Preston B. Lewis Jr. was named assistant solicitor of the Augusta Judicial Circuit by Solicitor George Hains of Augusta.

Former Waynesboro resident Jack C. Daniel was named manager of the F.W. Woolworth store in Selma, Alabama.

U.S. Army Private Ronald Reeves graduated from basic training at Fort Gordon.

Tracy Carter assumed ownership of the local Ford dealership, formerly White Ford-Mercury.

75 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 13, 1942

B.L. Sentell reported catching four mullet in Brier Creek. It was the first time the species was known to have been caught in the creek.

U.S. Army Maj. L. Donald Blount was stationed in England.

Mary Frances Scott of Waynesboro was set to graduate from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville.

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