Brute force

Waynesboro weightlifter is Central Georgia’s strongman

It’s heavy metal. And 255-pound atlas stones. And 700-pound tires. Waynesboro’s Salvatore Rizzo, 31, muscled his way through five backbreaking lifting and carrying competitions to become Central Georgia’s Strongest Man 2012. The tasks in the heavyweight novice division were daunting, and competitors trembled as they tried to heave a VW station wagon 16 inches off the ground. Sal was a […]

Death row inmate seeks new trial

Twice convicted already

A convicted murderer sitting on death row for killing his wife and stepdaughter is asking for a fourth trial. Willie Palmer has filed a motion for a new trial and is scheduled to appear in Burke County Superior Court in May before Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. Palmer was convicted in 2007 for the 1995 murders of Brenda Jenkins Palmer, […]

Brier Creek back in danger zone

Third spill since October

Residents living along Brier Creek are exasperated. They watched in October as 12,500 dead fish washed onto shores and floated through Keysville. They shook their heads in January when 678 tons of kaolin slurry turned the waters white and coated the aquatic life. Now, they’re waiting in dread for the effects of more than 100,000 gallons of a kaolin/ red […]

Exchange Club to host Spring Music Fest Saturday

The hits will keep on coming Saturday evening in Waynesboro. The second annual Spring Music Fest, hosted by the Waynesboro Exchange Club, will bring three popular bands to the stage at the club’s fairgrounds including The Drifters, The Tams and The Swingin’ Medallions. The gates open at 4 p.m. and the Drifters will start the show at 6 o’clock. The […]

Jazzing it up

Wycliffe Gordon, Signal Corps Band perform in Burke

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and Wycliffe Gordon raised the tempo in the Burke County High School auditorium last Thursday. The Signal Corps and Gordon, a native of Waynesboro and celebrated trombonist, wowed the audience with selections ranging from Gordon’s tender, hauntingly beautiful rendition of Danny Boy to the Signal Swing’s jazzy upbeat tune, New York, New York. The […]

Electric bills will rise next week

Georgia Power customers will see their bills bumped up next week. An increase in the base rate is set to go into effect in April and will amount to about $2.46 for the average residential customer using about 1,000 kilowatt hours, according to company spokesperson Mark Williams. The higher rate is part of a three-phase rate increase that was approved […]

wearing a new hat

Former Burke County Homecoming Queen makes the grade in the beef industry

A former Burke County homecoming queen has traded in her crown for a hardhat. She’s as comfortable now handling beef carcasses in a packing plant as she once was adjusting her tiara with one hand and balancing a bouquet of roses with the other. Samorya Evans, a 2007 graduate of Burke County High School, headed west after graduating with honors […]


Looking Back

10 years ago: March 27, 2002 Ten-year-old Joe Shepherd of Waynesboro won an all expensepaid trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Work was nearing completion to repair the drainage gate to the spillway of Jones Lake in Waynesboro. The lake had been drained for several weeks while repairs were being done. Advertisers included Rhodes-Murphy Tax Service, The […]


Sylvia Griffin has good things to say about the Waynesboro Walmart. While shopping there last week, she left her purse in her cart but didn’t realize it until she had driven all the way home to the Cates Place Farm. “My whole life was in that purse,” she said, remembering the checks, credit cards and insurance cards in her wallet. […]