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Teen murdered with assault rifle

A Waynesboro teenager was shot to death with an assault rifle. Damian Antwion Wright, 16, was murdered in the front yard of a Westgate home Sunday night following what Police Chief Karl E. Allen says was a heated argument with a man nicknamed “Miami.” The teenager was already recuperating from a gunshot he took to his lower abdomen 18 days […]


Palmer retrial to begin Monday

The retrial of a Burke County man convicted of murdering his wife and stepdaughter is set to begin Monday. Willie W. Palmer will stand trial at the Burke County Court House before Superior Court Judge William Fleming. The master witness list filed by District Attorney Danny Craig’s office includes more than 70 people. In 1997, Palmer was handed two death […]

Burke County declared a disaster area

Farmers chalking up big losses could qualify for emergency loans By Anne Marie Kyzer Staff Writer

Farmers chalking up big losses could qualify for emergency loans By Anne Marie Kyzer Staff Writer The lack of rainfall prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare Burke and 148 other Georgia counties disaster areas last week. The declaration will make farmers in Burke County eligible for low interest emergency loans, if they meet certain criteria. Burke County Cooperative […]

FBC opens heat shelter

First Baptist Church is offering relief from the summer heat. With forecasts topping the 100s, church members have decided to turn their fellowship hall into a short term heat shelter for residents without air conditioning. According to associate pastor Don Veldboom, the Liberty Street facility will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day the temperature rises to 100 […]

Underage beer sales

Store gets reprimand instead of suspension

Waynesboro City Council came close to suspending the beer and wine license of a gas station where a teenager bought beer – but decided, instead, on a reprimand. Last month, the Waynesboro Police Department launched an undercover operation after an officer spotted a 17-year-old coming out of Stop-N-Shop with a 12-pack under his arm. While no arrest was made that […]

City worker injured in freak accident with voting machine

Waynesboro’s water plant operator was seriously injured last week when he took a spill with a voting machine. Reginal Hanton was unloading the 500-pound machine from a pick-up bed when he was knocked to the pavement with the machine on top of him. He was transported to a nearby hospital with a deep laceration above his eye and a fractured […]

Drinking hours stay the same … for now

Waynesboro’s last call for alcohol will remain at 11 p.m., at least for now. Monday, city council was prepared to vote on the first reading of an amended alcohol ordinance that would push the cut-off time for poured and packaged drinks to 2 a.m. In a surprise vote, Curtis Bell sided with fellow councilmen Dick Byne and Bill Tinley, creating […]

$37,000 going, $53,000 gone

Waynesboro council approves borrower

Waynesboro finally has a taker. For months, city officials have been trying to loan out the $90,000 sitting in its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Monday night, city council unanimously agreed to loan it to David and June Johnson, a Douglasville couple who wants to move to Waynesboro and open “Forever Angels” on Academy Avenue. According to Downtown Di- rector Andrea […]

Trout Street catches some attention

Funding approved for repair of crumbling roadway

Midville drivers may soon be able to travel down Trout Street again. A portion of the street has been blocked off for some time due to a large wash in the road- way. The Georgia Department of Transportation recently approved funds for repairing the road, city council member Scotty Womack announced at council’s meeting Monday. Council voted to begin advertising […]