Looters dig up graves of soldiers, baby in historic cemetery

A substantial reward is being offered following the discovery of grave robberies at a historic cemetery in Burke County where Revolutionary War and Confederate soldiers are buried. At least five graves were excavated at Old Church cemetery off Idlewood Road south of Waynesboro. The bones of soldiers and a baby girl were scattered as thieves likely searched for artifacts, personal […]

Mother, children shot in South Augusta

One dead

A mother was shot to death but her wounded son and daughter continued to cling to life late Tuesday afternoon. Fifty-seven-year-old Linda Crumbley, a well known Burke County hairdresser, died after a gunman opened fire on her and her adult children outside their Biltmore Place home just over the county line near Blythe. According to friends of the family, her […]

With log truck Grandfather, grandson killed in fiery crash

Two Waynesboro men were killed in a violent collision with a log truck. Eddie Willie Boyd, 63, a longtime custodian at Burke Medical Center, and his grandson, 21-year-old Lerunta Griffin, died just after the 8:20 p.m. wreck Wednesday. Griffin’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Che’quece Herron, survived the accident but suffered critical head injuries. According to Major Larry Lewis of the Burke County […]

Burke County Library Goes Digital

The Burke County Library is wide open on the web. Now, anybody with an internet connection and a library card can download books and magazines – for free. “We have so much now that’s digital,” library manager Elaine Sikes said. She scrolls through more than 200 new issues of internet magazines, pointing out everything from Bon Appetit to Southern Living […]

Historic church to host meeting, auction Saturday

Bark Camp

They’re keeping history alive and could use some help. Members and supporters of Bark Camp Church near Midville will hold their annual meeting and dinner this Saturday along with a benefit auction that will boast a spread ranging from handmade goods and glassware to furniture pieces. Proceeds from the auction will go entirely toward the upkeep of the historic church, […]

Jurors, bailiffs won’t see more money for now

Burke County jurors and bailiffs won’t see an increase in their checks for now. Burke County Commissioners received a request from a Burke County grand jury to increase compensation for bailiffs from $70 to $75 per day and the per diem allowance for jurors from $25 to $35. While vice chairman Allen DeLaigle and Commissioner Lucious Abrams said they were […]

Commission chairman back to business

For the first time since undergoing cancer surgery, the chairman called the county commission to order last Tuesday. Burke County Commission Chairman Wayne Crockett went to Boston for surgery to treat mesothelioma in the lining of his lungs in early-February. During his recovery, he’s been absent from commission proceedings. Fellow commissioners applauded his return to the chairman’s seat at the […]

Residents complain of messy roads after rain

Dirt roads and heavy rain have made for messy travel and major inconveniences in some parts of Burke County. Half a dozen homeowners along Sam Mead Road and Mead Farm Road in the southern portion of the county voiced their concerns to county commissioners last week. Luther Henry, speaking on behalf of the group, said Sam Mead Road is in […]

Waynesboro celebrates Georgia Cities Week

Earth Day fest, Arbor Day celebration, Party DOWNtown with the Mayor, Hotdogs in the Park

The action will be in Waynesboro when Georgia Cities Week kicks off Saturday. Employees and volunteers have planned a full slate of community gatherings centered around this year’s theme, “Where the Action Is!” In addition to tours, Waynesboro will host several events with casual settings for residents to meet and mingle with city employees and officials. On Thursday, the city […]

Georgia Power offers tips to help customers prepare for severe weather

As last week’s storms marked the unofficial start of the spring and summer severe weather season, Georgia Power is reminding customers to stay safe and informed by visiting the company’s Storm Center at The online Storm Center, also available via the company’s recently upgraded mobile website, allows customers to instantly report an outage, check the status of an outage […]