State Golden Gloves champ trains in Burke

A life size drawing of himself with the words “2012 Summer Olympics” is what 16-year-old Divante Jones looks at every morning before starting his day. With just under three years before the torch is lit in London, Divante is well on his way. The previous Junior Golden Gloves Champion and Ringside Classic Champion recently won his biggest title yet, state […]

Driver gets 13 years for two deaths

On Nov. 19, 2006, Williams swerved into the path of Lavender’s oncoming pick-up on Highway 80. Officers described a tragic scene in which a bystander was attempting to pull Lavender’s body from his burning truck. Though Williams was nowhere to be found, his first cousin, Parris, died at the scene and another cousin, Marcus Rogers, was injured. Hours later, state […]

Grand jury indicts two men for Jones murder

Two Waynesboro men have been indicted for murdering Johnny Paul Jones Jr. and shooting his girlfriend in the neck. Last week, a grand jury returned indictments on Al Pacino Bryant and Ernest Daniel Ward for a slate of felony charges including murder and aggravated assault. In May 2008, 22-year-old Jones was shot to death inside his aunt’s Fuller Street home […]

Burke Medical Center partners with MCGHealth

  Burke Medical Center partners with MCGHealth   Burke Medical Center has signed an affiliation agreement with MCGHealth Medical Center in Augusta. The partnership will provide Burke County patients with greater access to many specialized services not typically available in rural communities. For the full story, see next week’s edition of The True Citizen.

Couple jailed for staging robbery

A Burke County couple was arrested last night (Wednesday) for staging a robbery at the Dollar Tree. According to Chief Investigator Gene Boseman, Joseph Sapp called police around 11 p.m. last night and told them Tonya Sapp, an employee at Dollar Tree, had not come home after the 8 p.m. closing He told them the store’s door was unlocked and that […]

Marchman named AD of the Year

 Burke County athletic director Wade Marchman has been named Georgia’s AD of the Year for AAA. He was selected by athletic directors from around the state and presented with the award at the Georgia Athletic Directors Association conference earlier this week.

Long children will remain in foster care

A Superior Court judge has stepped in to prevent DFACS from returning four of the older Long children to their mother, Christine. Yesterday (Tuesday) Judge David Roper blocked the move at the request of DA Ashley Wright. Both the DA and court appointed advocates for the children said it was unprecedented for children to be returned to a parent who faces unresolved […]

Vogtle opponents, supporters offer opinions to judges

Another round of hearings on Plant Vogtle expansion brought another round of arguments for and against the project this week. Residents from Burke County and across the state spoke out at hearings held Sunday and Monday in Waynesboro before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB), an independent panel of judges within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that hears challenges to […]

Retirement complex, dollar store

Variances granted for developers

Two developers were granted the variances they need to move forward with construction plans. Last Thursday, Waynesboro’s Zoning Board of Adjustments agreed to make exceptions to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow for the development of a retirement community at the old Waynesboro Elementary School site and for the construction of a Dollar General at the former Link Chevrolet parking […]

American hero honored

The late Capt. Lonnie Dales was recently inducted into the National Maritime Hall of Fame. Dales’ widow, Marjorie Dales, along with their children Dottie Salyer, Donna Lovett and Cliff Dales recently traveled to Kings Point, NY to accept the honor in his name. “I really wanted this honor for my children’s sake,” Mrs. Dales commented while flipping through a scrapbook […]