Back to Class

Students in Burke County Public Schools headed back to the classroom today for the first day of school. The schools hosted open house last Sunday, giving children and their parents a chance to meet teachers and find their way around. Above, Maurice Walker and Kaylynn Hankerson, both 4, try out the blocks in Kristen Laidig’s pre-kindergarten classroom. Edmund Burke Academy […]


Deputies ask for help solving 2012 murder of pregnant mother

Justice has not been swift. For more than two years the person who murdered 27-yearold Amy Ellison Nichols has been walking free. Her March 2012 death continues to haunt the small town of Girard. The pregnant woman was shot in the stomach and left dying on the living room floor of her mobile home on Brigham Landing Road. Just before […]

4-H Forestry Team is 3rd in nation


It was the Super Bowl of 4-H Forestry and they scored big. Four Burke County teenagers represented Georgia in the 35th 4-H Forestry In- vitational and they captured third place among the nation’s top-ranked teams. After three days of putting their forestry skills to the test at the West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center, Team […]

Teens learn the ropes as summer interns

A real job. That was a big deal for the 35 teenagers who interned all over Burke County this summer. They did it through the Summer Youth Work Experience, a federal Workforce Initiative Act program designed to give them on-the-job training. It not only paid the newly mandated federal minimum wage of $10.10 an hour; the program gave the rising […]

Letting in the light

New stained glass windows were blessed in both transepts of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro on Sunday. According to Father Jim Shumard, the congregation also celebrated, honored and remembered current and late members for whom many of the windows were dedicated. “Not only do the windows enhance the beauty of our worship space,” he said. “They help us fondly […]


County librarian to retire

When she started working at the Burke County Library, there was one computer in the office of their small building on Fourth Street. As Elaine Sikes looks around the library’s 16,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility at Citizens Park now, she watches a steady stream of visitors use 30 different public-use computers there. For nearly 30 years, the county library manager has […]


Council puts brakes on used car lot

The Waynesboro City Council shot the tires out from under a prospective used car dealership. Monday night, they denied a request from businessman Kary Alexander to rezone two residential lots on West Sixth Street where he wanted to set up shop. “I’m asking yall to change it to commercial so I can go to work,” Alexander said during a public […]

School system to unveil smartphone app

Parents and students at Burke County Public Schools will soon have access to more school information than ever before on the screens of their smartphones. Next month, the school system is set to roll out its “Burke Bears” application. The new app will offer access to a range of academic information as well as calendars, bus routes, lunch menus and […]

Farm research will be shared at field day

Producers from across the southeast will be in Burke County next week to hear some of the latest developments in agricultural research. The Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center near Midville will host its annual field day, welcoming farmers and others in agribusiness to hear about field-based experiments conducted there. Among the topics to be discussed are soybean and peanut […]


Waynesboro deliveries now back to normal

The True Citizen has been inundated with calls from Waynesboro residents with empty mailboxes. Tuesday morning, two Jones Avenue residents reported that mail was not delivered there on Thursday, Saturday or Monday. A number of downtown business owners said they are in the same boat. “Everything should be back to normal today,” Postmaster Leroy Robertson said Tuesday, confirming reports from […]