Hundreds turn out to oppose project

Burke County turned up the heat on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Palmetto Pipeline in more ways than one last week. A crowd of more than 400, mostly hostile toward the pipeline, met in the auditorium at Augusta Technical College’s Waynesboro campus where the air-conditioning had been malfunctioning earlier in the day. During the two-hour meeting, the rhetoric heated up to match […]


Community mourns death of BCHS senior

He should have walked across the stage to get his diploma next weekend. Instead, the family of Burke County High School senior De’Arius Marques Lambert is preparing to lay him to rest this Saturday. The 19-year-old died after a violent wreck on the Highway 121 bypass late Saturday afternoon. According to Georgia State Patrol troopers, Lambert was behind the wheel […]


The Waynesboro Rotary Club wants to help the earthquake victims in Nepal, and they have a way to do it. But, they’re looking for some local support to make it happen. Several years ago Rotary International partnered with ShelterBox USA with a mission to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by natural and other disasters worldwide. A shelter box, which […]


Savannah pitmasters grab Boss Hog title

A team of Savannah architects built the perfect weekend in the wide world of competition barbeque. Saturday afternoon, Yes, Dear BBQ was named Grand Champion of the Boss Hog State Championship Cook-off in Waynesboro. “I was a huge Dukes of Hazzard fan when I was a kid,” teammate Frank Neagle said after taking his victory lap in the steerhorned Mercury […]

Island with Burke County ties on the market

An island once owned by Waynesboro’s namesake has been put on the market by a Burke County landowner. The 11.7-acre King’s Grant Island, nestled among Georgia’s Golden Isles, was owned by General “Mad Anthony” Wayne for some 25 years following his service in the American Revolution and its aftermath. Now, area businessman Bill Satcher holds the title. Satcher purchased the […]


Enthusiasts gear up for Saturday morning cruise-in

One Saturday a month, car enthusiasts will gather in a different Burke County parking lot to talk shop. Twelve Car Pile Up, a casual cruise-in, will get off the ground this Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., in the Lakeview Restaurant Parking lot in Waynesboro. “There is no admission, no registration, no judging, no awards … it doesn’t get any more informal […]


A newly renovated storefront in Old Waynesborough is home to Blanchard and Calhoun’s office in Burke County. A ribbon-cutting celebrated the relocation of the real estate agency’s Waynesboro office last Wednesday, when around 50 agents and community members turned out to tour the space and congratulate the agents who will be working there. Above, center, Thomas M. Blanchard, III and […]

Chamber to host expo Tuesday

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce will host its First Annual Expo next week promoting businesses, services and organizations in the community. More than 30 vendors, ranging from industry to retail to restaurants, have already registered and are ready to showcase their services and products, accord- ing to Ashley Roberts, Executive Director of the Chamber. “It’s a great opportunity for […]


STEM Day points students towards critical subjects, careers

More than 270 fifth graders in Burke County had a hand in it. Blakeney Elementary School celebrated STEM Day last Friday with two hours of hands-on activities focused on getting them more interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Engineers and other employees from Georgia Power, which organized the event, led small groups in lessons like learning math by […]


(Don Lively is on vacation. Please enjoy this reprint from 2011.) The short article reaffirmed a couple of things I’ve always known. Yankees are strange and snakes are evil. It seems that a young man in New Jersey decided to stop his car on the highway and protect a rattler from getting flattened by traffic.The genius tried to use a […]