2019-02-06 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 11, 2009

After a five-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court, Paul F. Blevins was found guilty of the 2007 murder of former Edmund Burke Academy Headmaster Danny L. Jones. He was sentenced by Judge Michael Annis to two life terms plus 23 years in prison.

A man and a teenager were both shot during a brawl at the Social Club in Sardis. No arrests had been made at that time.

Burke County deputies had delivered 59 eviction notices since January 2 to local renters who had fallen behind on their payments. Major Larry Lewis said the numbers had tripled over the last year.

25 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 10, 1994

The Waynesboro City Council adopted a policy which would require future city employees to live within 10 miles of Waynesboro.

Sheriff Greg Coursey said his office had worked out a plan to provide crossing guards for Blakeney and Waynesboro Elementary schools.

Official inspection of locally operated golf carts was underway in the City of Sardis. Only senior citizens were exempt from the required inspections by the police department.


J.W. “Jake” Wilson became the first black deputy sheriff in Burke County history. The 40 year-old son of Mrs. Ethel Walker, he was a graduate of Waynesboro High and Industrial School and had received military police training during his career in the army.

Plans were in progress for the restoration of the “Sapp House” for use as a historical museum. Funds for the project were obtained from Gov. Lester Maddox through the efforts of Rep. Preston B. Lewis, Jr. and Sen. Jay Cox.

Gail Hilliard became the first local girl to bring home a state pageant title when she was named the “Fairest of the Fair” at the 56th annual convention of the Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs in Atlanta.

75 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 10, 1944

A.C. Hallman was notified by the Veterans Service Office that he would be supplied with forms for veterans to apply for mustering-out pay.

Candidates in the upcoming election included: For Ordinary, Frank S. Burney; for Clerk of Superior Court; H.M. Blount, John Teddy Palmer and J.H. Reese; for Sheriff, J.L. Herrington; for Tax Commissioner, Mrs. Frances Cates; for School Superintendent, Frank Palmer and S.L. Price; for City Court Judge, G.C. Anderson; for Coroner, J.D. Cates; for County Commissioner Mrs. Inman Belt, F.M. Cates, L.L. Chandler, E.L. Mulkey, T.W. Radford and M.K. Tucker.

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