Burke County High School senior Chris Etteh received the title of Burke County STAR student Monday night during the annual banquet hosted by the Waynesboro Exchange Club. Etteh and his STAR teacher Lorri Hurst, pictured above, move on to region competition in March. Runners-up were also honored by the Exchange Club. Below, pictured from left with Hurst and Etteh, are […]

Jones sole qualifier for city council

The qualifying period to fill a vacated city council seat has ended and only one candidate will appear on the ballot. James “Chick” Jones qualified last week to fill Waynesboro’s Ward 2 spot, a seat that became open when Herman Brown stepped down to seek the office of mayor. Jones is unopposed, and since no writein candidates have advertised interest […]


Former Augusta Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright (l) was sworn in last week as the circuit’s new Superior Court Judge. Governor Nathan Deal (r) administered the oath of office to Wright in ceremonies at the State Capitol. Wright, who has worked as a prosecutor for more than 20 years and has served as District Attorney since 2008, succeeds Judge David […]

Sandeford wins big at 2016 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards

The best quality cotton in the state is right here in Burke County. Jacob Sandeford, Midville Warehouse, was recently recognized at the 2016 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards. He received the overall Best Cotton Award, which is given to the state’s cotton producer with the highest loan value and premium. For 2016, Sandeford had a loan value of 57.52 cents per […]

Readers’ Choice Awards

It’s time for you, our readers, to be heard. Between now and the end of March, you can cast votes for all your favorites – everything from who has the tastiest fried chicken to who teaches the best dance moves. There are more than 100 categories on the ballot for The True Citizen’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, which can be […]

BCHS to present play on Sojourner Truth

The Burke County High School’s Bear Stage Players will present A Woman Called Truth on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in the James D. Smith Auditorium. This play, directed by Victoria Price, is produced as an acting project for the Acting II and III students at BCHS. Written by Sandra Fenichel Asher, A Woman Called Truth loosely chronicles the […]

Meet & Greet

Last night (Tuesday) newly-elected Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams invited the public to a special Meet & Greet where locals had a chance to mingle with BCSO employees, both veterans and newly hired. The sheriff said he wanted citizens to get to know his staff and see that they are ready and committed to make Burke County safe. Pictured above, […]

Waynesboro named 2016 Tree City USA

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated the City of Waynesboro as a “2016 Tree City USA” in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. City Administrator Jerry Coalson said this week that Waynesboro achieved Tree City USA recognition “by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of […]

Local teens to compete

Two Waynesboro girls have been selected to participate in upcoming pageants. Kayla Brewer, a senior at Faith Christian Academy, will vie for the crown in the 2017 Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant, and Jayme Mallard, a freshman at Burke County High School, will compete for the title of Miss Georgia Jr. Teen. Both competitions will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, […]

Early spring or more winter?

Burke County Public School System teachers and students alike enjoyed celebrating Groundhog Day last week, regardless of what the predictions were. At Waynesboro Primary School, students in Debbie Wallish’s pre-K class watched a video about Groundhog Day before heading outside, pictured above, where they found their own shadows. However, over in Lilburn, the state’s official predictor, groundhog general Beau Lee, […]