Teen center vandalism cuts deep for non-profit

The timing couldn’t be worse. Just after Communities In Schools (CIS) of Burke County lost a $60,000 federal grant, the nonprofit organization’s Davis Road teen center was broken into. Nothing appears to be missing, but the vandals did $8- $10,000 in damage. “This really makes me mad,” executive director Deandre Davis said, pointing to the kicked in 65-inch television he […]

Fair weather

Fall is in the air and so is the annual Exchange Club Fair. Coping with two days of rain, workers put in hours after dark Monday to ready the midway for opening night. Fortunately for fair patrons, the rainy weather began to clear out by Tuesday afternoon. Fair week kicked off last night and will run through Saturday. Gates open […]

Burke County High makes AYP

After years of striving to meet federal benchmarks and overcome a number of challenges, Burke County High School marked a critical academic milestone. Administrators were notified Friday afternoon the school has met criteria for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a set of stringent requirements for school improvement set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act. The law has continuously raised […]

Burke County Public Schools

District accreditation recommended by team

A group of visiting educators gave Burke County Public Schools an overwhelmingly positive review after spending two days evaluating the system. The public schools were up for their quality assurance review, which determines whether or not they maintain their SACS district accreditation bestowed by AdvancedEd. According to Lucille Wolfrey, who gave the teams’ final report, Burke County Public Schools will […]

Contested races in 3 cities

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting for Waynesboro’s next mayor and Ward 3 city council member will begin on Monday. From Oct. 17-Nov. 4, any of Waynesboro’s registered voters may cast ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election by mail or at the Burke County Courthouse, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays. While only 901 of Waynesboro’s 2,398 registered voters cast ballots in the last […]

Speedy swine hit the track

When the starting gates open, local businesses have a shot at taking top prize à la pork. Pig races kicked off last night at the Burke County Fair. Each competitor has a sponsor just like NASCAR, only they’re officially fueled by animal crackers not Sunoco racing gasoline. Chases’ Racing Pigs are the featured entertainment at this year’s fair, which is […]


Twins take different paths to success in medical field

They share a birthday, plenty of resemblance and their fair share of success. Jerry and Terry Arrington are twins who embarked on different professional paths but also have a common work site these days… the operating room. The Arrington twins graduated from Burke County High School in 1996 but parted ways for their higher educations. Terry left Waynesboro to attend […]



I have a couple of pet peeves which get under my skin easily. One is “Yard Sale” signs. When you have a yard sale and you go around town a couple of days before the sale and place your advertising signs with your address, date, time, etc., don’t forget to pick them up after the sale. Correct me if I […]

Don Lively


I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but folks in other sectors of America, far removed from the Blessed South, talk funny. Yes, I know the polite, grammatically correct way to say that would be that those less fortunate citizens of the USA “speak oddly “, but I prefer my term. They just talk funny. Like folks in the Midwest […]