Hot Wheels

A Sunday afternoon drive was spoiled for one family when their pickup truck burst into flames. The incident took place a few miles north of Waynesboro on Highway 25 just in front of the soon-to-open Dinwiddie Flea Market. The 1990 Chevrolet 1500 burned out of control until Burke County EMA firefighters arrived and doused the flames. the truck appeared to […]

Shooting suspect hangs himself in jail

The suspect in the Aug.18 shootout with police hung himself in jail last Wednesday and died the following night. Quilton Patrick Thomas, 34, of Waynesboro had just been released from the hospital and was being booked into the Burke County Jail. According to a press release from the BCSO, he’d been in the medical holding cell for just two hours […]


The City of Waynesboro will hold a dedication ceremony for the new entrance sign on Burke Veterans Parkway on Monday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. Waynesboro Mayor Greg Carswell Jr. and other speakers will conduct the ceremony at as veterans hoist up new flags. The public is invited to attend. Parking will be available at the southern end of the […]

Seventeen qualify for local offices

There’s going to be a race for quite a few municipal offices in Burke County. The top spot in both Keysville and Sardis will be on the ballot in November. Keysville’s incumbent mayor Linda Wilkes Davis is being challenged by Harold Kight, and Sardis Mayor Preston Conner has two opponents: Lee Chance and Carol Edmonds. For city council seats, Sardis […]


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting donations to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. They are stuffing a semi-truck full of supplies that will be delivered to Texas. According to Lt. Tommie Walker, items needed include socks, diapers (adult and child), blankets, bottle water, paper products and T-shirts size large to 3X. Contact the BCSO at 706.554.2133 with questions. […]


The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Burke County Public School Nutrition Department partnered together for the “Feed My School For A Week” program, which began on Monday. Special guests spoke at S.G.A. Elementary on Tuesday, including Dr. Lilly I. Bouie, Southeast Region, Division Director I/Special Nutrition Programs; Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; State Rep. Rick Allen; and Georgia Department of […]

Event to support furry friends

Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series

The Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series is teaming up with Old Fella Rescue to bring awareness, not just about the upcoming season of music but about the needs of animals in our area. Dubbed “Yappy Hour,” planners say the event will be a “waggin’ good time” complete with live music and food named for our furry friends. It will take place on […]

Q&A with Don Lively

Columnist celebrates 10 years with True Citizen

He’s the lead page four guy in The True Citizen. And he’s been offering tales about the beautiful Southland and beyond for our readers for a decade. Don Lively didn’t get his start at The True Citizen, but he’s sure made an impression here in his hometown, and across the world. Over the years, he says he has received emails […]

Grief group at First Baptist

For those dealing with grief, First Baptist Church of Waynesboro is offering a workshop to help. Beginning next Wednesday, Sept. 6, FBC will hold workshops from 5:45-7 p.m. “Grief is one of the realities of life in this world,” said Dr. G. Al Wright Jr., pastor of FBC, adding that grief is expressed through various emotions and is often accompanied […]


Next week’s elementary school lunch menu for Burke County Public Schools: MONDAY: NO SCHOOL TUESDAY: Taco Meat & Cheese w/chips & salsa or Turkey & Cheese Wrap w/lettuce & ranch dressing Choices: Spanish Rice, Lettuce & Tomato, Refried Beans, Apple Wedges, Cookie WEDNESDAY: Hamburger on bun or Tuna Pasta Salad w/lettuce & crackers Choices: Cabbage, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans, […]