A New Day

Burke embraces hope, historic moment

By Anne Marie Kyzer [email protected] The promise of a new day echoed from the streets of Washington, D.C., to the rural dirt roads of Burke County Tuesday.   Barack Obama took the oath of office and became the 44th President of the United States and the first African- American to hold the nation’s highest post. He then turned to a […]

A day of dreams


Staff – Tres Bragg Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory was celebrated and his call to action echoed during a ceremony at the city park Monday afternoon. Following the annual procession through downtown, the Rev. Peter Sparks of Watkinsville Missionary Baptist Church paid tribute to the progress Dr. King sparked through his efforts. Rev. Sparks also highlighted Dr. […]

Late Breaking News – Linda Burch sentenced

Late Breaking News:   A longtime First National Bank employee was sentenced today for embezzling $608,000 from the bank over a period of 13 years.   U.S. Federal District Court Judge Randy Hall sentenced Linda Burch to 48 months in prison. She was also sentenced to five years supervised release, a $1,000 fine and ordered to pay restitution of $611,463.78. In rendering […]

Public’s help needed to solve burglaries

Call police if you know where this bar set was stolen from.   Waynesboro police are on the verge of solving a string of burglaries and need help backtracking this bar set to its rightful owner. "It’s the type of thing someone might not realize is missing until they actually go to use it," investigator Claude Wade said. Anyone who recognizes […]

Commission, BOE choose leaders

The Burke County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education chose its leaders for the 2009 year at their January meetings held last week. Wayne Crockett was chosen to serve as chairman of the county commission, while Alphonso Andrews was voted vice-chairman. This marks the first year for both men to serve in these positions. Jimmy Dixon, who retired from […]

County attorney resigns

The county’s longtime legal aide says he’s ready to “turn the reigns over to someone else.” Preston B. Lewis Jr. submitted his letter of resignation as county attorney earlier this month, citing his last day as Jan. 31. “I have enjoyed working with you gentlemen through the years,” he wrote, “and I am willing to work with you if I […]

BK is coming to the ‘Boro

Waynesboro will have Whoppers. Savannah Restaurants Corporation (SRC) has announced plans to construct a Burger King on the north end of town. According to building inspec- tor Lavern Martin, the franchise will be located on Hopkins Corner Drive, near the new Wal- Mart entrance. The site plans have already been approved, and Martin is now reviewing SRC’s construction plans. He […]

BOE passes new dismissal policy

The Burke County Board of Education is covering its bases as it prepares to possibly downsize the school system’s workforce. The BOE passed an updated “reduction in force” policy last week that outlines measures for dismissing personnel. The motion, made by Willie Jordan and seconded by new board member Lynn Crews, passed 4-1 with support from chairman Johnny Jenkins and […]

Arrest made in Jones murder

One still wanted

A Burke County man has been arrested for the May 20 murder of Johnny Paul Jones Jr., and police are on the hunt for a second suspect. Ernest Daniel Ward Jr., 35, turned himself in to authorities Friday after learning warrants had been issued for his arrest. Police say 22-year-old Al Pacino Bryant has been dodging them since word hit […]

Feeding program highlighted in national magazine

A n annual effort to make sure Burke County children eat good meals during the summer has been featured in a national publication. A five-page spread on the Summer Feeding Program operated by Burke County Public Schools graced the November issue of School Nutrition, a national magazine for school nutrition professionals. The piece highlights Burke County Public Schools’ effort to […]