Major gasline rupture is under investigation


Authorities still don’t know what caused a major explosion and leak in a natural gas pipeline between Waynesboro and Millen on Saturday afternoon. The rupture forced the evacuation of Perkins residents and visitors at Magnolia Springs State Park, including some who had evacuated there in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The pipeline is owned by Southern Natural Gas, a subsidiary […]

Ex basketball star charged with murder

A former Burke County basketball star has been jailed for murder. Shakara Shanese Harden, 28, of Waynesboro was arrested Oct. 7 in what Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators are calling an “old case.” While other media sources have reported that Harden has been charged in the May 24 killing of 38-year-old Marcus Scott of Keysville, Richmond County authorities say that […]



The Burke County Lady Bears defeated Thomson last Thursday to become the first fast-pitch 3-AAAA Champions in Burke County High School’s softball history. The Lady Bears (15-10, 10-1) claimed their trophy after a 5-2 win last Thursday. Head Coach Lee Smoak said the girls showed up with a level of focus, effort and passion that he’s never witnessed before. “They […]

The Fair is here

S.G.A. Elementary School students Jordan and Tairq Wright, ages 5 and 7, enjoyed rides at the opening night of the Waynesboro Exchange Club Fair Tuesday. The county fair will continue through Oct. 15. The gates on Manau Lane will be open 5:45-10 p.m. through Friday and 3-11 p.m. Saturday.

Hurricane Matthew barrels through Georgia’s coast

It began on Thursday when cars filled the highways as evacuees made their way to safety. Stores and restaurants received an influx of customers as evacuees stocked up on food and other necessities. All hotels in the area were completely booked the entire weekend as Hurricane Matthew prepared to make his grand entrance into the coast of Georgia. Last Wednesday, […]

Early voting begins on Monday

A big turnout is expected as advance voting gets underway at the Burke County Courthouse on Monday. Nearly 44 percent of Burke County’s ballots were cast early during the last presidential election, back in 2012. Burke County voters will have a number of big decisions on this year’s General Election ballot. In addition to their pick for the next President […]

What’s Next?

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Burke County Library will be having Storytime for preschoolers (newborn to 5 years) every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Area. We explore stories, sing songs and always end with a fun craft. It’s the perfect time for your child to interact with children their age. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 Burke CountyLibrary will be having a Halloween […]


Next week’s elementary school lunch menu for Burke County Public Schools: MONDAY: Yogurt & Granola w/string cheese & crackers or Lasagna w/Parmesan Roll Choices: House Salad, Potato Rounds, Corn on the Cob, Fresh Cantaloupe, Pineapple & Cherries TUESDAY: Corn Dog or Turkey & Cheese Wrap w/ lettuce and ranch Choices: Cole Slaw, Peas & Carrots, Refried Beans, Apple Wedges, Cookie […]

Political Cartoon


(Reprinted from 2008) Like most boys raised in the South, I’m a shooter. Gunpowder is in my blood. I learned at an early age how to hold a weapon on target and make a clean shot. By the time I was six or seven years old Daddy had trained me how to prop his old twenty-two rifle over a log […]