Burke Community Partnership

DeAndre Davis has been named the new Executive Director of Burke Community Partnership.  Davis has been with BCP for five years and will replace Deena Sams, who is moving in July.

Qualifying begins Monday for State Court, BOE seats

Anyone interested in running for State Court Judge or the Burke County Board of Education (BOE) must put it in writing next week. Qualifying begins Monday for the non-partisan judgeship and two of the county’s five BOE seats. Current State Court Judge Jerry Daniel says he plans to run for his third consecutive fouryear term. Judge Daniel was first elected […]

Plant Vogtle to be drilled on emergency readiness

Federal officials want to know how Plant Vogtle would handle a disaster that resulted in radiation releases. During a drill next Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grade the plant’s response to a simulated emergency that will reach the severest of circumstances. “This is our big one,” Southern Nuclear spokesperson Carol Boatright said, explaining that the FEMA evaluation […]

Later start could help schools

If Georgia schools started the year a couple of weeks later, their ability to meet federal standards could improve. State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox is discussing the option of allowing schools to use scores from summer retakes of the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in determining whether or not they make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Up until this year, only […]

How sweet it is

Phillip Kilgore of Eastman puckers up to the redbreast bream he landed to win the Ogeechee River Redbreast Fishing Tournament last Saturday. Kilgore and teammate Derek White picked up a $300 check after weighing in the heaviest redbreast at .53 pounds. The annual softball tournament was also held over the weekend, attracting a dozen teams from around east Georgia. The […]

BOE approves $44 million budget

$8 million deficit possible

The Burke County Board of Education gave the final nod last week to next year’s budget, but not all were happy with the planned increase in spending. The $44.4 million spending plan could create a shortfall of about $8 million if local taxes don’t go up. Business manager Les Peel said the deficit could fluctuate depending on the school tax […]


In last week’s edition of The True Citizen, an article about the budget for the Burke County Public Schools nutrition program inaccurately stated that the 2009 budget showed a possible $2 million deficit. The actual possible deficit is $200,000. The True Citizen regrets this error. School nutrition director Donna Martin said her department may be able to work through the […]

FSA County Committee nominations being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for Burke County’s local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee. Elections take place this fall. “I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline,” said Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer. “We are counting on as much participation as possible, because county committees are an important […]

Areva announces expansion

Areva keeps getting bigger. Last week officials broke ground on yet another expansion, this one to add 13,000 square feet of office space and employee comfort areas. Participating, above, were Jerry Long, Executive Director Burke County Development Authority; Greg Kirby, contractor with Kirby Fahrion Construction Co.; Ron Hetzler, plant engineer; Steve Nagy, unit managing director; Marcel Rosin, unit operations director; […]

Georgians still under water restriction

Iowans may have water up to their knees, but Georgians have to budget every drop. According to the Environmental Protection Division, Georgia is under one of the most severe droughts in history, and Gov. Sonny Perdue has ordered continued water restrictions for the entire state, in varying degrees. Fifty-five counties are under Level Four restriction, which is the most severe […]