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ack Williams said the past year was the worst of his professional fishing career, but the “worst” year for him still isn’t that bad. J Williams, along with teammate Craig Aycox, recently placed ninth in the Clark Hill Division of the Southern Anglers Challenge, facing stiff competition. It was a respectable finish, and Williams remains optimistic for the next Southern […]

Man shot at Legion party

Investigators are looking for witnesses in a weekend shooting outside the American Legion post on Highway 80. According to Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigator Matt Raulerson, a fight broke out in the parking lot just before 2 a.m. Saturday and ended with at least three shots fired. Ron Dale Washington, 20, of Waynesboro was hit in the hip, leg and […]

Teen sentenced for molesting 1-year-old girl

A Waynesboro teenager was handed an 18year sentence last week for molesting an infant. Jerry Lovett, 18, will spend the next eight years behind bars and serve 10 years probation after pleading guilty to child molestation before Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. The charge stemmed from a January 2005 incident in which Lovett, then 16, was linked to the […]

Woman buried two years after death

Two years after her death, Mildred Pawnouise Allen has finally been laid to rest. To most Burke citizens, her name will not ring a bell, yet to a handful, her story, or lack thereof, has been touching and at times heart-wrenching. When Burke County Coroner Betty White came into office in May of this year, she had never heard the […]

Board denies Sheriff’s request to designate school bus stops

Despite a request from Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey, the Burke County Board of Education opted to stand their ground on not designating bus stops. Official designation of school bus stops would be mandatory for full enforcement of Georgia’s new sex offender law. Among other provisions, the law states that a convicted sex offender can not live within 1,000 feet […]

City hires Stein as downtown director

The City of Waynesboro’s two-year search for a downtown director has finally ended. Andrea Stein, a former Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) staff member, will take the helm in late August. “Waynesboro has such a charming downtown,” Stein said after taking the job. “There are so many good ideas already implemented, an abundance of creativity and an air of […]

Gov. Perdue: Burke could get disaster aid

If the U.S. Department of Agriculture grants a request from Georgia officials, Burke County farmers could be eligible for disaster aid this growing season. Burke County, along with 154 other Georgia counties, was part of a written request made by Governor Perdue last week for a USDA disaster declaration due to drought conditions across the state. A disaster declaration by […]

CPR, First Aid classes free to local citizens

Local citizens will soon be able to learn how to save the lives of others, thanks to the Waynesboro Fire Department. The department plans to offer free classes in CPR and first aid to the public. Instructors will teach basic resuscitation skills and first aid, as well as how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants. However, the course […]

Burke chooses differently than state in primary run-off

While Burke voters went with the rest of the state on a couple of candidates in the primary run-off, they had different candidates in mind for two other elected offices. According to the unofficial results from last week’s run-off election, Georgia Republicans chose Karen Handel as their secretary of state candidate and Gary Black for the commissioner of agriculture nomination. […]

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