Ivey Jones, Kassidy Saling and Katie Jensen got 3-D’d at Friday night’s Movie Under the Stars. According to organizers from the Downtown Organization of Retailers, nearly 200 children and adults showed up at the Waynesboro city park and put on anaglyph glasses to watch “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” which was sponsored by William Mizell Ford. For more […]

No swine flu reported

Officials say it's probably already here

Burke County still hasn’t had any confirmed cases of the swine flu … but that doesn’t mean it’s not here. “In all likelihood it’s probably everywhere,” said Emmitt L. Walker, public relations officer for the Georgia Department of Community Health. “Most likely, the cases were so mild that the persons affected may not have acquired health care.” With school back […]

Keysville fights financial woes

Just after marking 20 years as a reactivated city, Keysville is struggling. Officials are trying to dig their city out of a financial crisis but are finding it difficult with mounting expenses and little resources, according to Mayor Maggie Cartwright. Nearly $200,000 in debt and with overdue balances piling up, the city cannot pay its bills and is barely able […]

Two creeks contaminated in Sardis

Former public works director charged with falsifying water reports

Sardis’ recently resigned public works director could go to jail. Jackie Mitchell Taylor, 63, has been charged with 22 felonies, all dealing with false statements he allegedly made on reports required by the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. According to U.S. District Attorney Edmund Booth Jr., a federal grand jury in Savannah returned the 22- count indictment […]

Take-home policy stays ‘as is’ for now

In Waynesboro

When it comes to what to do with the City of Waynesboro’s take-home vehicle policy, councilmen have decided not to decide … for now. “It’s not something we’re going to solve in the next month but it does need to be addressed,” finance and personnel committee chairman Herman Brown said during a meeting Thursday night. The committee meeting was called […]

Hospital loses money in 2009

Running Burke County’s hospital was a losing venture in fiscal year 2009. For the first time in 12 years, Health Span LLC, a management company comprised of local doctors, lost money operating Burke Medical Center, according to a report at the hospital authority meeting. Authority chairman Gerald Murray told members that Health Span lost about $190,000. Around $120,000 was lost […]

Movies Under the Stars

Looking Back

10 years ago: August 11, 1999 Two brothers, one a starting tackle for the Burke County Bears, were killed in an automobile accident. Ricardo Gross, 17, and his 11-year-old brother Zachary were killed in a collision with a log truck at the intersection of Highway 56 and Henry Rowland Road. Burke County Commission Chairman Ellis Godbee announced he would not […]

Library News

The Burke County Library, located at 130 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro, has received the following books: Fiction Adler, Elizabeth: There’s Something About St. Tropez Albert, Susan Wittig: Wormwood Atkins, Ace: Devil’s Garden Baart, Nicole: The Moment Between Barnard, Robert: The Killings on Jubilee Terrace Bass, Hyatt: The Embers Briscoe, Connie: Sisters & Husbands Bunn, T. Davis: Gold of Kings Burke, […]

Town hall hysteria

It’s a shame that the discussions about health care reform have been reduced to shouting matches at socalled “town hall” meetings across the country. Congressmen from both parties have been pilloried by opponents of legislative proposals advocated by the Obama administration, and proponents of the plan have been shouted down by what appears to be an organized, orchestrated effort. We’re […]