The Trump Connection

Presidential candidate still remembered for saving Burke County farm

Long before there was any talk of running runden for President, even before the golden Trump logo appeared on hotels, casinosnos and golf courses all over the world, “The Donald” made a relatively small gestureure that had a “huge” impact on a Burkeke County family. For American farmers, the 1980s, andnd especially 1986, was a very tough period.d. The hard […]

Community mourns loss of football player

Two weeks after collapsing on the practice field at Burke County High School, a beloved member of the Bears football team passed away Monday evening. Roderick “Rod” Williams, a junior lineman, had been hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia since the incident and was surrounded by his family, pastor, close friends and coaches the day he died. As the […]

Queens of the court

Burke County High School’s volleyball team claimed its first ever championship last Saturday when the Lady Bears captured the Area 3 title.

Read more about the team’s success on page 12A.


Musician convicted of murder

A 23-year-old father will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing two men at a party in Burke County last fall. Warner Tolbert III was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of malice murder, voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was accused in […]

It’s bucking time


Same tradition. Brand new home place. This weekend, cowboys and cowgirls from all over the nation will saddle up in Burke County for the Hat and Spur Ranch Pro Rodeo. This is the third big rodeo hosted by resident cowboy Leroy Lane, but it’s first time the stock will buck under the lights at the Hat and Spur. “It will […]


Advance voting begins Oct. 12

The first votes in November’s General Election will be cast next week. Advance voting begins Monday for eight races in four Burke County cities and runs through October 30. The largest number of ballots is expected to be cast in Waynesboro where there is a threeway race for mayor and two contested city council races. The City of Midville will […]

Record rains dampen farmers’ outlooks

Record rains could be the ruin of some Burke County crops. With up to five inches saturating the soil over a five-day period, cotton and peanuts are suffering. “The actual volume of rainfall may not be what has really hurt,” Burke County Extension Coordinator Peyton Sapp said. “What’s hurt us is the duration of cloudy, misty, damp conditions over the […]

Aid to Aiken & beyond

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office staff chipped in to purchase 25 cases of water, along with crackers, to help residents in the flood ravaged areas of South Carolina. Deputies are working with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, according to Chief Deputy Larry Lewis, and water and crackers are the most needed items at the time. Officers will be transporting a […]


Authority promotes perks to spur growth

Burke County is being branded. A new marketing initiative implemented by the Burke County Development Authority aims to identify what sets this county apart and how those characteristics can help promote new business, industry or other growth here. Jessica Hood, executive director of the authority, said she hopes this initiative will guide their marketing efforts moving forward. She assumed her […]

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