‘Drugs in every room’

Home invasion victim arrested

A home invasion victim is now in jail with the pair who robbed him, and investigators are sorting out one of their most bizarre drug finds ever. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Sgt. Dedric Smith, an investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, said while ordering more test kits for the hundreds of mason jars, film […]

One cleared, four indicted for molestation

The Superior Court grand jury cleared a Waynesboro man accused of child molestation, but found enough evidence to indict four others. During their November session, the jury’s sole “no bill” was returned on Gregory Lynn Baker Sr. who was arrested in September for child molestation and simple battery. The 37-year-old Timberwood resident had been accused of fondling a 15-year-old in […]

Looks good enough to eat!

Every inch of Pineland Bakery’s replica of the Burke County Courthouse promises a treat. The sugary structure features gingerbread bricks, steps carved from Rice Krispies treats and all of the finishings added in fondant. The gingerbread courthouse took first place and auctioned for $125 in an event sponsored by the Augusta Museum of History that featured reproductions of historical buildings […]

Six Burke communities disappear

Drivers motoring down Highway 24 between Waynesboro and Louisville are now officially in the middle of nowhere. They are no longer in the community of Vidette, according to the official state map printed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The DOT’s 2006 map left off Vidette and five other Burke County communities, including Alexander, Munnerlyn, Rosier, Shell Bluff and Saint […]

Making progress

Community leaders and volunteers dined together last Wednesday at Burke Community Partnership’s annual luncheon. Among those in attendance were Community in Schools (CIS) Student Achievement winners Tanya Scott and Jakayla Hill, pictured above with BCP Programs Director Shilo Robinson. Executive Director Deena Sams, seated, below, with guest speaker Matt Bishop of Communities of Opportunity Initiative, told the audience one of […]

Burke backs Eaton, Williams

Less than 13 percent of Burke County voters cast their ballots in last Tuesday’s heated runoff for the seats of Superior Court Judge and Public Service Commissioner for District 3. Local voters fell in line with the rest of the state in the latter race. District 3 voters gave Chuck Eaton a 4.8 percent edge over David Burgess, electing him […]

A simple step of faith

Rev. Saxon returns to Burke

Hebron International Baptist Church recently started its ministry in Burke County, but its senior pastor, the Rev. Earl Saxon, is no stranger to the area. In his 38 years of ministry, Saxon has been the pastor of many area churches including Calvary Baptist Church and Lake Park Baptist Church in Augusta and Rosemont Heights Baptist Church in Waynesboro. However, it […]

Welcome back

For the first time since 9/11, Plant Vogtle’s visitors center is open to the public. Last Thursday, a group of third-, fourthand fifth-graders from S.G.A. Elementary School officially ended the 63-month closure with a tour of the plant’s perimeter and simulated control room. “It’s an exciting time … we’re looking forward to children being out here again,” said Ellie Daniel, […]

Miller speaks at meeting

The meeting of Town and Country Woman’s Club was held at the Burke County Library, October 23. Amanda Teague introduced the speaker, Barbara Miller. Family violence was the topic of her presentation. Miller emphasized that all states now have laws concerning how to deal with family problems – including assault, child abuse, sexual and battery abuse. Miller also suggested ways […]

Community Foundation awards grants to local organizations

Three local organizations have received a combined $40,000 in grant monies. In a press release issued last week, the board of directors of The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) announced the Center for New Beginnings, Friends of the Court Inc. and Wimberly House Ministries Inc. would all receive grants from the foundation’s Unrestricted Fund. According to […]