The Race Is On

Qualifying begins next month for the majority of county offices

The gates of Burke County politics are wide open. Qualifiying begins next month for the bulk of the county’s elected offices, including sheriff, tax commissioner, coroner, clerk of court and three judgeships. All five of Burke County’s commission seats are up for grabs, as well as two of its five board of education posts. All but three of the 14 […]

Dr. Alexander retires after more than 40 years of service to the community

The doors aren’t closing, but he’s putting down his stethoscope and picking up a fishing pole … or maybe a rake. After 43 years, Dr. Jim Alexander has sold his veterinary business and decided to retire, even if that retirement means working a day or so each week – between fishing trips, gardening, traveling and attending dog shows. The 70-year-old […]

Beef recall incorrectly tracked to Burke

There is no recalled beef in Burke County Public Schools after all. School officials had a scare last week when they were notified they had received and fed students beef that is part of a national recall activated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After Burke County school nutrition director Donna Martin investigated the specific shipments affected by the recall, […]

Hospital may need to tap county coffers

For the first time in 15 years, the hospital may need help from local taxpayers. The Burke County Hospital Authority sat down in a rare meeting with the Burke County Commissioners last week to discuss the possibility. According to hospital authority chairman Gerald Murray, changes in the healthcare industry are shrinking profit margins and could eventually eliminate them for the […]

Hundreds to participate in county-wide drill Saturday

Several hundred volunteers and emergency workers will come together in Waynesboro Saturday to test Burke County’s ability to deal with a health crisis. The Burke County Health Department’s mass immunization drill will mock an outbreak of the pandemic influenza, also known as bird flu. In order to deal with such an epidemic, health department officials and emergency workers would need […]

Students graduate from high school, technical college at the same time

A step ahead

When Curtney Lewis graduates this May, she’ll mark two notches in her belt. On top of her diploma from Burke County High School (BCHS), she’ll receive certification as a criminal justice specialist from Augusta Technical College (ATC). She’s earning both at the same time by leaving school for a few hours each day to attend classes at ATC. “I was […]

Good News rally at park

This Saturday

Good news spreads fast. “Good News on the Move,” an evangelistic group of 11 young men, from ages 17-21, will be visiting schools, churches and clubs all week. The boys, who hail from as far away as Wisconsin and California, arrived Monday and went straight to work with visits to Burkehaven Chapel, Teen Scene and with numerous families around town. […]

Library News

The Burke County Library, located at 130 Highway South, has received the following books: Fiction The Serpent’s Daughter by Suzanne Middendorf Arruda; Wild Inferno, Sandi Ault; The Reserve, Russell Banks; Death of a Gentle Lady, M. C. Beaton; The Ghost War, Alex Berenson; Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance, Gyles Daubeney Brandreth; The Opposite of Love, Julie Buxbaum; […]

Capital City Bank names market leader

Valerie Crawford has been named market leader for the Capital City Bank office in Waynesboro. In this role, she is responsible for business development in the community, as well as overseeing the day-today activities of tellers and pers onal bankers in the office. Valerie joined the Capital City Bank team in October of last year, and previously owned and operated […]

Rotary club’s ‘Project Hugs’ is huge

Waynesboro Rotary Club members Patricia Keefer and Billy Joe Johnson braved Wednesday’s high winds in front of their 10 by 10 storage room. Two weeks ago, it was empty. Today, it’s packed to the gills with teddy bears, monkeys and frogs. “These will be the first toys some kids ever see,” Johnson says as he sorts through bags of stuffed […]