County programs face deep cuts

Even though county commissioners have pledged no millage rate increase, Burke County homeowners will still feel the effects of the economic recession when their property tax bills come. That’s because the state’s homeowner tax relief grant has been cancelled by Governor Sonny Perdue and about $180 will be added to every homeowner’s taxes. Burke County Commission Chairman Wayne Crockett said […]

Major permit issued for Vogtle expansion

Only one more approval remains before major construction begins

One of two major regulatory hurdles for Plant Vogtle’s expansion has been crossed. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the early site permit for the Vogtle project last Wednesday, approving the plant as a good place for new reactors. The request for the early site permit, filed back in August 2006, was the first of two major applications that must […]

Clunker program brings big bucks to Burke

William Mizell Ford has a lot loaded with clunkers to contend with … but nobody’s complaining. Thirty-five gas guzzlers were traded in toward new rides during the federal Cash for Clunkers program. “We sold out of Focuses, Fusions, Escapes and Rangers,” general sales manager Jeremy Parrish said, noting that Ford F-150s and SUV crossovers were also top picks. “It was […]

Bears, Spartans win

 Burke County High School and Edmund Burke Academy both recorded wins tonight over schools in higher classifications. Burke County (3-AAA) took down AAAA powerhouse Ware County 19-14 in the Bear Den, and Edmund Burke (2-IAA) defeated AAA John Milledge Academy 27-14 in Milledgeville. See next week’s The True Citizen for full coverage of the games.

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Unemployment shoots to 13.5 percent

Burke County

More than 160 Burke County residents lost their jobs this summer, pushing July’s preliminary unemployment rate to 13.5 percent. According to figures just released by the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL), Burke County’s pool of jobless workers has grown nearly 54 percent since last summer when the unemployment rate was just 8.8 percent. In June 2009, the rate was 12.2 […]

Looking Back

10 years ago: Sept. 1, 1999 Local residents voiced their support for a new library at a public meeting held here. Burke County Sheriff’s deputies made one arrest, destroyed 935 gallons of mash and 15 gallons of whiskey when they raided three illegal still operations near Girard. The Cotton Country Festival was revived after a two year hiatus when the […]

Jurors to report for state court

Jurors have been drawn for State Court criminal/civil session with Judge Jerry M. Daniel presiding. Jurors should report to the Burke County Court House at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. The list of jurors includes: Zaneta L. Lakes, Waynesboro; Sheila Reene Birdine, Waynesboro; Jamie L. Key, Hephzibah; Carolyn Alston, Waynesboro; Latasha Annita Wiggins, Blythe; Donald R. Faglier, Louisville; Rennitta Johnson, […]