The Royal Treatment

The Pride of Burke County to march in London

The Queen of England sent her representative across the Atlantic to deliver a special invitation to Burke County High School. The Honorable Roger Bramble, Lord Lieutenancy of Greater London, traveled from Westminster to invite The Pride of Burke County marching band to perform in London’s New Year’s Day Parade in 2013. The annual event is the world’s largest, twice the […]

Driver sought in fatal hit and run

Pedestrian killed

A Girard man has been killed, and state troopers want to know who was driving the vehicle that struck him. The body of Charles Anthony Carter, 42, was found on the centerline of Stoney Bluff Road early Saturday morning. According to Sgt. Ben Forehand of the Georgia State Patrol, he was last seen around 2 a.m. at a local club […]

Two indicted for murder

Sardis, Hephzibah

A grand jury has indicted one man accused of shooting his girlfriend to death and another accused of killing a man with a chair. Sardis resident Nibrent Berdell Carter will face murder charges nearly 12 months after he struck 45-year-old Timothy Lawton Murray in the head with a chair during an argument. Murray remained in a coma from Oct. 26, […]

Details released in fatal plane crash

Propeller came off

Mechanical failure is blamed for a July plane crash that killed a Burke Medical Center physician. According to a preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Dr. Thomas Wilson was actually taking his recently repaired single-engine Mooney for a test run at Bush Field when things went wrong. NTSB officials reported the 53-year-old Mooresville, N.C. resident was […]

Burke economy recovering from sluggish summer

Jobless rate falls to 11.6

After a dismal summer, the local economy is showing the first signs of improvement. Following a 13.1 percent unemployment rate in July, Burke’s percentage of residents searching for jobs has dipped to 11.6 percent. According to Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) officials, the drop reflects 180 fewer unemployed residents — from the 1,316 who reported being out of work in […]

Commissioners give spending plan final nod

A plan for spending county dollars is settled for the coming year. Burke County Commissioners gave final approval to the fiscal year 2012 budget at a called meeting last Tuesday. The board gave the $43.8 million balanced budget unanimous approval, following a motion from Henry Tinley and second from Lucious Abrams. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The approved plan […]

Officials appointed to county boards

Burke County Commissioners appointed five residents to serve terms on local boards. They unanimously approved the re-appointments of W.H. “Dub” Harper Jr., Billy Hopper and Lamar Murray to the Development Authority. Harper has served as chairman of the authority for more than two decades. Hopper and Murray are also longtime members. Development authority members are appointed for four-year terms. John […]

Rep. Frazier tapped for Pacesetter award

Rep. Gloria Frazier has been chosen by the Women Legislators’ Lobby for the 2011 Pacesetter Award. The Hephzibah Democrat, who represents Burke and Richmond counties, recently joined 125 women leaders at a Capitol Hill reception where she was recognized for her accomplishments in the state legislature. According to organizers, those chosen as 2011 pacesetters have not only provided “ground breaking […]

Keysville prepares for annual festival

Residents in Keyville are making final preparations for the town’s annual celebration. The 23rd annual Come Home to Keysville is set for Oct. 8, when entertainment, food and activities will be on tap. Organizers are still signing up parade participants and vendors for the event, which is themed “Sharing and Encouraging Our Future Generations.” Georgia Power area manager Lisa Smith […]

From Waynesboro to Washington

Burke County native carves out place in publishing, broadcast

The Pacific Northwest is about as far as you can go from the coastal plains of Georgia and still be in the lower 48 states. But one Burke County native has carved out a niche for himself and his family in the newspaper and radio business in the nation’s northwest corner. Christopher Harold Bennett, known to those around him as […]