High school diplomas may be reality 30 years later

The requests are already pouring in to local school officials. A new law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last Monday eliminated the graduation test requirement for earning a high school diploma in Georgia…not only for students still enrolled in school but for anyone who was ever denied a diploma based solely on their inability to pass one or more sections […]

Highway named for city’s mayor


The highway through the town he loves will soon bear his name. An .8-mile portion of State Route 305 has been renamed in honor of Midville Mayor Sam Cummings. The decision was an easy one for Georgia lawmakers who sailed the resolution through both houses April 2 with a 52-0 vote from Senate and a 167-0 vote from the House […]

Phinazee named 2015 Mortician of the Year

Kelsey Marleau Phinazee believes his profession is built on personal relationships which are built over many years. He ought to know. The 56-year-old funeral director is the third generation owner of Phinazee and Son Funeral Home in Waynesboro. The business was started by his grandfather, Edward David Phinazee in 1919 and has been in the family ever since. Phinazee was […]


Small scale producer sees fun and money in farming on the side

Her loudest guard dogs are actually the geese. “They let us know if anyone is in the yard that they’re not used to,” Rebecca Ryan says, laughing at the gaggle and the racquet they make behind her house. Their constant honks, barks and cackles aren’t the only chatter in Rebecca’s farmyard on McBean Church Road in Burke County, though. The […]

What’s Next?

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 A Country/Western Dance will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary and Legionnaires, 9 p.m., at the American Legion on Highway 80 in Waynesboro. Free hor d’oeuvres will be served. SUNDAY, APRIL 12 Waynesboro Toastmasters will meet, 5 p.m., at 841 Jones Avenue. Toastmasters International is designed to “empower members to achieve their full potential and realize their […]


That’s how much motor fuel tax motorists will pay per gallon when they fill up with gasoline, beginning July 2016. They’ll pay 29 cents per gallon in taxes for diesel. The new motor fuel tax was part of House Bill 170, the state’s new transportation funding plan, which state lawmakers passed just two days before the 2015 session of the […]


Uproar prompts hearing for Palmetto Pipeline

Burke County residents will have another opportunity to speak up about the proposed Palmetto Pipeline … but only if they are willing to drive to Bryan County. On April 21, the Georgia Department of Transportation will host a single public hearing on the Palmetto Pipeline LLC’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. The proposed $1 billion petroleum […]


Vote today for your favorite young author

Next Monday is the last day to help pick a winner in “The Egg” creative writing contest. Hundreds of local second, third and fourth graders wrote stories for The True Citizen’s annual competition, and our panel of volunteer judges picked their favorite 10. Now readers will determine the winner by casting their votes in the online poll posted on The […]

Political Cartoon


“You’ve got mail!” That’s what I hear every time I log onto my email account which tells you how antiquated I am as far as cyber stuff. Still in the dark ages. Still using AOL. So whenever I need to check my vitally important mail I hear a voice of somebody totally unknown to me telling me “You’ve got mail.” […]