Jamaican drug feud erupts here

Shots fired

The entire city is on alert after a carload of Jamaican drug dealers wielding semiautomatics tried to hunt down a Waynesboro man. What began with a missing shipment of narcotics exploded into a vendetta Sunday when the group of suspected drug traffickers began riding the streets of Waynesboro and dropping threats that they intended to hurt the man and his […]

Midville man arrested for rape of 16-year-old

A Midville man is in jail on accusations that he raped a teenager. Dontevius Jamal Stokes, 21, was arrested and denied initial bond Thursday after the girl told Waynesboro police investigators he forced himself on her at a friend’s Briarwood apartment. According to Sgt. Charles Prescott, Stokes allegedly made advances toward the teenager, and even offered her money for sex, […]

Still Clipping

Local barber going strong at 85

Every head is different. That’s the mantra of Ernest Johnson as he watches the traffic stop and go through his storefront in downtown Waynesboro. He should know. He’s shaved and sheared hair from tens of thousands of them on the other side of that same Liberty Street window. Forty-six years here, he ponders, thinking back to the Fairlanes and Falcons […]

Soldier impersonator dies in Florida prison

A Burke County man who impersonated a soldier at Fort Gordon and stockpiled military paraphernalia at his home outside Waynesboro died in federal prison last week. Anthony Todd Saxon, 38, was serving a four-year sentence at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida at the time of his death. The Bureau of Federal Prisons has not released his cause of […]

Painting the Town

Chamber Connection

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce will host its 5thAnnual Golf Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 25. Along with being a fundraiser to supplement programs and the growing operations of the chamber office, the tournament provides great networking opportunities as well as marketing opportunities that will give a business or organization the chance to gain exposure with dozens of golfers and […]

Plant’s layoffs surprise officials

With the announcement that nearly 100 workers would be laid off at a Waynesboro industry, Burke County Development Authority members are hoping there is still room to negotiate a lesser blow to the local employment base. The news of oneCARE’s move to eliminate more than two-thirds of the positions at its facility on Burke Veterans Bypass had come as a […]

Walmart helps raise $192,000 for Children’s Medical Center

Area Walmarts, including the one in Waynesboro, and Sam’s Club stores helped raise $191,618 for the Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center through a six-week campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hos- pitals. Customers and members together raised the campaign’s biggest Augusta-area total ever, mostly $1 at a time with donations taken at the register. The not-for-profit CMC uses Children’s Miracle […]

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Vogtle expansion

Changes in schedule, cost projected for reactors

Plant Vogtle’s two new reactors will likely be about six months behind in their completion dates, and costs are subject to rise. However, majority owner Georgia Power’s latest report to state regulators shows the reactors could impact customers’ bills less than originally projected. Georgia Power, which has a $6.2 billion stake in the $14 billion addition at Plant Vogtle, filed […]