Six dead dogs lead to arrest

A Waynesboro man has been arrested for starving his hunting dogs to death. Stephen Matthew Crooms, 27, was jailed last Wednesday and is charged with 10 counts of cruelty to animals. According to Investigator Gene Boseman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the first grim discovery was made last month after Crooms’ family sold a portion of their Highway 56 […]

Burke man ID’d in Southern Bank heist

Suspect served time for 2005 hold-up of Regions Bank in Waynesboro

The manhunt has expanded to Burke County. Richmond County officers and U.S. Marshals were here Monday searching for one of the robbers accused of holding up Southern Bank in Hephzibah on Friday morning. They were looking for Christopher Jodale Cunningham, 38 – a Burke County man they had hoped to find inside a Ben Hatcher Road trailer he lived in […]


Burke County residents will join the nation in celebrating what would have been the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1986, the third Monday in January was declared a national holiday to honor the slain civil rights leader, whose actual birthday was on Jan. 15. Among the slate of community events will be a commemorative parade through […]

Jaimee Paul performs Jan. 24 for Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series

All the great girl singers will be celebrated in Waynesboro next Saturday night. Jazz vocalist Jaimee Paul will be in town to recreate the aura of a 1940’s jazz club with the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney and other female greats. Her husband, renowned trumpet player Leif Shires, will head the jazz combo as Paul performs “At […]


Concerned citizens group won’t distribute pills yet

A citizen group in Burke County will hold off on distributing potassium iodide pills to residents around Plant Vogtle until residents can be properly educated. The Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff announced last week they plan to provide the tablets to residents who live within a 10- mile radius of Plant Vogtle, so they may take them if there is […]


Wimberly benefit gala tickets go on sale

Tickets are on sale for the event Burke County stays hungry for all year long. A Taste of Burke County is slated for Saturday, Feb. 21 and dozens of the community’s best chefs and cooks are already lined up for the food-focused gala to benefit Wimberly House Ministries. As always, the event will be held at First Liberty Market in […]

Burke County’s Relay For Life to kick off Tuesday

A new hunting season will open in Burke County next week. Relay For Life will kick off its annual campaign next Tuesday, introducing this year’s theme “Hunting Down a Cure.” The annual Relay For Life campaign calls on community teams to raise thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society to fund the cancer re- search. The kickoff celebration will […]

What’s Next?

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 Free Diabetic Teaching will be offered in the Burke Medical Center classroom, 6-8 p.m. The course is designed to help diabetics learn how to better control their diabetes through healthy eating. Participants should eat before they come and are encouraged to bring along their partners or anyone who helps with food preparation. Space is limited and preregistration […]


New years, new beginnings, with all of the promise of new opportunities and fresh starts often have the reverse effect on me. Instead of spending a lot of time wondering what the new year will bring, because part of what I do is write about the past, I often find myself thinking back. Pondering. Reflecting. Remembering. Not just on the […]

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