Pain Pill Plot

Prescription scam busted by WPD

Waynesboro police have popped open an illegal prescription drug operation starring a suspected dealer disguised as a nurse. So far, three Augusta residents are charged with filling fake prescriptions forged on stolen prescription pads. Their operation began unraveling last Wednesday when a Walgreens pharmacist spied a methadone prescription that didn’t seem right. Although written out correctly, it was supposedly signed […]

Abuse detailed in Long divorce action

Ramen Noodles. That’s the only thing Jeremy Long allegedly provided for his family on a regular basis. Not beds, warm clothes or an education – but rather a packet of flimsy noodles with a seasoning pouch. His 11 children, 10 of whom are minors currently in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), along with their […]

Girard man killed in nightclub shooting

A Girard man is dead following a shooting at a Screven County nightclub. Jermaine Milquell Scurry, 20, was killed early Sunday morning after gunfire broke out inside the Space Ship Lounge off Burtons Ferry Highway near Sylvania. According to Chris Hosey, special agent in charge of the Statesboro GBI office, two men from Millen have been jailed in connection with […]

Chamber names Citizen, Small Business of the year

Jimmy Allen, Salter Building Supply

A Waynesboro Shriner who’d rather stay out of the spotlight and a local business whose owners are on a firstname basis with the majority of the community received high praises at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet last week. Jimmy Allen was named Citizen of the Year while Jerry and Greg Salter and Al Perkins accepted the Small Business of […]

Bears fall to Washington Co.

 The Burke County boys basketball team lost to Washington County 67-43 Friday night in the second round of the region tournament. The Bears will play Thomson at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to determine seeding (third and fourth) for the state tournament.

Bears advance to state

 The Burke County boys basketball team defeated West Laurens 55-37 Thursday night in the first round of Region 3-AAA playoffs to make state for the second time in three years. The Bears play Washington County at 8:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 20) in the second round of the region tournament, which is being hosted by Burke County High School. The Lady […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Vogtle safe site for new reactors

A major milestone has been marked in the federal approval process for additions at Plant Vogtle. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff issued the final safety evaluation report last week for potential Plant Vogtle expansion, indicating that the site is a safe place for two new reactors. The 800-page report detailed NRC staff’s review of applications Southern Nuclear filed for an […]

Nuclear financing bill passes Senate

The Georgia Senate passed legislation last week that would allow Georgia Power to begin charging customers during construction to pay for expansion at Plant Vogtle. Senate Bill 31, which passed 38- 16, calls for increasing power bills gradually while the proposed new reactors are being built instead of a lump increase when the two units are completed. Georgia Power estimates […]

BOE encourages retirement

To avoid cuts

In light of a looming deficit, the Burke County Board of Education is encouraging some educators to retire. The BOE passed a resolution last week offering longtime educators a one-time supplement equal to 10 percent of their current annual salary if they will voluntarily retire this year. The offer is open to teachers, administrators and other professionals who have worked […]

STAR student finalists selected

Two of the brightest students in the county will be honored next week at an awards luncheon sponsored by the Waynesboro Jaycees. Burke County High School’s Krystina Johnson and Edmund Burke Academy’s Michelle Luck received the award at their schools after recording the highest SAT scores among their peers. Krystina plans to attend Georgia Southern University where she will pursue […]