Christmas past

Historic Bark Camp Church hosts special service

She can almost hear the buggies pull up outside the clapboard sanctuary. Sitting on the century-old wooden pews among the glow of lamps in Bark Camp Church, Mary Ann Smith thinks of what it must have been like when her ancestors worshipped here. The earliest of them, a Revolutionary War Veteran named Jonathan Coleman, helped charter this church just north […]

Teen killed in rollover

A Burke County teen has been killed in Highway 25 rollover. Dillon Colton Bartlett, 18, died around 4:15 p.m. Monday when he wrecked his VW Beetle near Gresham Road. According to a spokesperson at the Georgia State Patrol office, he was traveling at a high rate of speed when he sideswiped a Maner Building Supply truck and lost control of […]

Mitchell, Williams named assistant superintendents

Two new assistant superintendents have been named for Burke County Public Schools. Tommy Mitchell and Angela Williams, both veteran administrators in the school system, were recommended by Superintendent Rudy Falana and approved by the Board of Education last week. They will assume their new roles in January. Mitchell, currently the Director of Personnel, will serve as the Assistant Superintendent of […]

Bikers raise $5,000 for fourth grader

Riding for Sawyer

Fifty-seven bikers hit the highway Saturday to help a 10-year-old get a double-lung transplant. “I can’t explain how perfectly everything went,” said Alexander businessman Jack Lovett who organized the 128-mile benefit ride with his son Johnny. “The support has been overwhelming.” The event was organized for Sawyer Mobley, a Martinez fourth grader who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he […]


Burke County offices: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25Burke County Landfill: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25Burke County Library: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25The True Citizen: Monday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 26City of Waynesboro offices: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday Dec. 25Commercial solid waste collection for Dec. 24 will be picked up on Friday, December […]

Coffee before Christmas

Official calendars approved for next two school terms

The people have spoken … and were mostly in agreement. The official calendars for the next two school terms have been approved by the Burke County Board of Education, which followed the recommendations of its stakeholders. About a month ago, three options for the school calendars were offered up for a vote so students, parents, teachers and others could indicate […]

Officials reassess school security

In the wake of last Friday’s tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., local officials are taking another look at security here. On Monday morning, a phone message from Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Rudy Falana was sent to parents letting them know of his plans to make sure the schools are as safe as possible. Those plans include placing […]

Police to give away toys

Waynesboro police have a room full of toys to give away. Officers spent the weekend picking out Barbies, blocks and board games, and now they’re looking for children to take them home this Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. “It’s the holidays and we want to give back,” Investigator Charles Prescott said, explaining the project was spurred by the realization of […]

New certificates needed for ag sales tax exemption

Farmers, landowners and others who want to receive a sales tax exemption on agriculture equipment and production inputs must submit new tax exemption certificates. During this year’s Legislative Session in Atlanta, HB 386 was passed in effort to help modernize Georgia’s tax code. A result of the passage of this legislation is the creation of the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption […]