2019-01-09 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 14, 2009

Construction was about to start on the Elba Express Pipeline, a long haul natural gas pipeline that would cross the southwest part of the county for 23 miles on its 191 mile trek from Elba Island near Savannah to Anderson County, S.C. As many as 650 workers were expected to be employed on the project.

Burke County native Alfonzo Williams was hired as the new instructor for the law enforcement academy at Augusta Technical College.

Louis Abbott retired after 62 years in the oil business here. He had owned and operated A&W Oil Company since 1950.

25 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 13, 1994

Rick Umpleby was named Athletic Director at Burke County High School and Ricky White was named head football coach. The appointments followed the death of Coach Tom Temple the previous month. Charlie Fales was named the new offensive coordinator.

Burke County Extension agent Grady Sampson and local farmer Lucious Abrams were set to travel to Japan to hopefully expand the market for Burke County soybeans.

Former Waynesboro educator J.C. Griggs died at the Burke County Hospital. He had served as a member of the Waynesboro City Council and as Mayor pro-tem.

50 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 8, 1969

The Georgia Power Company presented the City of Waynesboro and Burke County with checks for property taxes totaling $20,219. Local Ga. Power District Manager B.P. Johnson said the company paid a total of $12.1 million in property taxes in the state of Georgia.

A temperature of 13 degrees was reached here on January 6. Weather Bureau officials said it was the lowest temperature on record for the month of January in the county.

Wade Bennefield, a member of the Future Farmers of America at Blakeney High School, received a cash prize for winning the one acre corn contest sponsored by the state FFA.

75 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 13, 1944

Word was received that Pvt. Leslie Reeves and T4 Jones Tomlin had both arrived safely overseas.

$14,450 in war bonds were subscribed at a supper meeting of American Legion Post 120. Judge G.C. Anderson presided over the meeting and entertainment was provided by the Sardis members of the group.

Advertisers included; W.E. Crockett, Freddie McKinney’s Florida Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Store, A.J. Herrington Tax Service, Daniels Motor Company and the Wayne Service Station.

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