2018-09-12 / Editorial

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – SEPT. 17, 2008

Motorists were concerned about a gasoline shortage after hurricanes disrupted supplies from the gulf coast. The price of gasoline temporarily skyrocketed to over $5 per gallon as drivers rushed to fill their tanks, thereby creating a shortage.

The body of 42 year-old Isaiah Lockhart, Jr. was recovered from a ditch less than two miles from his Bates Road home. He had left home on his motorcycle and, according to the Georgia State Patrol, lost control and ran into the ditch. He had been reported missing the day before he was found.

Investigators were looking for a pair of gunmen who held up two pregnant women at the Best Western Hotel. The two women, both in their last trimester, were held at the point of a shotgun by one white and one black man who left with money from the register.

25 YEARS AGO – SEPT. 16, 1993

Midville residents, represented by Mayor Jeff Mulling, asked the Burke County Board of Education to consider placing a primary school in the city. He said the location of a school there would cut down on the long commute of young children and boost the economy of the area.

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce announced an open house to honor outgoing Executive Director Nina K. Powers who had resigned to accept a position with the Burke Communities in Schools.

Judy Gatliff, a second grade teacher at Waynesboro Elementary School, was named Teacher of the Year for Burke County.

50 YEARS AGO – SEPT. 11, 1968

J.D. Bargeron was elected to his ninth term as Mayor of Sardis. He received 201 votes and his opponent, John Hamilton, received 112.

WHS senior Marie Hickson won first place in a national baton twirling competition at Ole Miss University.

Tommy Weathers of Waynesboro was elected to the board of directors of the Georgia Forestry Association.

The Edenfield family reunion at Magnolia Springs State Park drew 314 participants from 10 states.

75 YEARS AGO – SEPT. 16, 1943

The Waynesboro High School Purple Hurricane football team began practice under Coach V. C. McGinty. 30 players reported for duty and a good season was anticipated.

John F. McElmurray closed his business and retired on its 43rd anniversary.

Census Agent G.A. Lewis reported that 8,795 bales of cotton had been ginned in the county through the first of September.

Pvt. Henry Hopkins completed his basic training at Fort Riley and reported to Fort Orde, California.

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