2017-11-08 / Fields & Yields

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 14, 2007

The Georgia Department of Revenue sent an underage operative into 13 local businesses to buy beer. Seven of the stores sold the minor beer with no questions asked and were cited by the agency.

Former State Representative Emory Bargeron died at the age of 80. The 1947 graduate of Waynesboro High School had served in the General Assembly for 20 years.

25 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 12, 1992

Voters in the county’s fourth district would have to return to the polls after a Superior Court Judge voided the results of the Nov. 3 General Election. Jimmy Buxton had been declared the winner, but Tommy Nix protested the outcome because of irregularities in voting machines. Judge Marvin Sorrells of Monroe sided with Nix and called for a new election on Nov. 24.

Burke County’s unemployment rate was 14.1 percent, compared to the statewide rate of 6.7 percent.

BCHS quarterback Chris Abrams set four school records in a 17-14 win over Lakeside. He had 116 yards rushing, 122 passing and 41 yards on two kickoff returns for a total of 279.

50 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 8, 1967

Construction began on the new local office of the Georgia Power Company at the corner of Liberty and Eighth streets. B.P. Johnson, the company’s district manager, said the building would consist of 4,000 square feet and would be of colonial style architecture.

Waynesboro businessman Joe Greiner qualified for reelection to the city council.

A pre-dawn fire destroyed four rooms at Blakeney High School. According to Waynesboro Fire Chief Story Mobley, arson was suspected.

Burglars ransacked the offices of the Midville Motor Company and the Bank of Midville but left with very little loot, according to local law enforcement officers.

75 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 12, 1942

S.C. Cox Jr. was selected to replace Winston Borom as president of the Waynesboro Rotary Club. Borom had taken a job which kept him out of the city most of the time.

R.C. Lovett said he would be a candidate for Waynesboro City Council, opposing two-term incumbent C.E. Johnson.

Waynesboro City Council passed an ordinance forbidding the sale or use of fireworks in the city. Anyone violating the ordinance could be fined between $5 and $25.

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