Decision reversed for fired officer

A Waynesboro police officer who was fired for refusing to be shocked with a taser may keep his job … he thinks. “I’m not really sure where I stand,” Sgt. Curt St. Germaine said on Tuesday. One week after the veteran officer’s Oct. 22 termination, he received a letter advising that he was, instead, being placed on unpaid administrative leave. […]

Candy call

Burke unemployment below state average

Burke County’s jobless rate has fallen below the state average for the first time in recorded history. According to figures just released by the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL), Burke’s unemployment rate was down to 10.2 percent in September – it’s lowest mark since April. Comparatively higher jobless ratios were reported for the CSRA and state of Georgia, which were […]

Nov. 8 Election Day

Mayor, council seats to be decided Tuesday

The race for Waynesboro’s mayor will be decided over the next five days, as will council seats in three cities. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to fill two seats in Waynesboro and one each in Midville and Sardis. In Waynesboro, 2,744 voters are registered to cast ballots in the mayoral race. Incumbent George DeLoach is […]

Laura McKerley joins husband at DeLoach-McKerley

The face is new but the name’s the same. Laura McKerley has joined DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service, now working side-by-side with her husband Jason. Her new role allows her and Jason to become more involved in the community and also helps her gain experience as a funeral service apprentice. It’s a partnership the pair says they have been […]

Wimberly House welcomes new counselor

Wimberly House Ministries welcomes a new counselor whose focus will be on marriage and family therapy. Dr. Maxwell Kennedy will be an affiliate of the local ministry, which secures professional counselors through the Center for Care and Counseling. He will begin providing counseling services for individuals, couples and families beginning Nov. 7. Dr. Kennedy’s appointment comes as Wimberly House bids […]

Bankruptcy said not to affect local Jameson

Management for the Jameson Inn says it will be business as usual following a bankruptcy filing that includes the hotel on the north side of Waynesboro. The Jameson Inn brand is licensed to independent operators with its largest portfolio being managed by Park Management Group LLC (PMG). According to PMG, the corporate owner of that group of Jameson Inn prop- […]

Millen prison hiring underway

The new Jenkins Correctional Center in Millen has created more than 200 openings for professional positions there. Hiring officially began last week for jobs in operations, security, administration, health services, inmate programs, maintenance and other areas. The 1,150-bed facility is set to open in March 2012 and is a project of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private corrections management […]

Chamber Connection

Chamber to host annual Legislative Breakfast

One of the many objectives of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce is to serve as a voice of advocacy for businesses and the community in which we serve. We do this in a number of ways throughout the year. In addition, five years ago we began hosting a Legislative Breakfast where we strive to provide opportunities for our members […]

Bynes to roll out covered blueberry line

A Waynesboro farm family plans to unveil a sweet sensation just in time for the holidays. Organic blueberry producers Dick and Linda Byne have been working for months with chocolatiers in North Carolina to develop their latest creation, chocolate covered blueberries. Milk and dark chocolate varieties will soon be ready to market and caramel covered berries are being perfected by […]