Visitors to Waynesboro marveled over its stained-glass windows. Residents remember squeezing in next to grandma in the pews on Sundays. Now, Haven Munnerlyn United Methodist Church sits in ruin, a charred skeleton of a once beautiful, Gothic-style church. Construction began in 1888, and over the last nearly 130 years, the historic church on Barron Street has served not just as […]

Council split on sheriff takeover

The decision as to whether the Waynesboro City Council will contract police services out to the sheriff ’s office will not be made for a least a few more weeks following a plea from vice mayor Brenda Lewis. During the city council’s meeting on Monday night, Lewis asked that they refer the proposal to the Public Safety Committee for further […]

County agrees to YMCA proposal for aquatic center

Burke County Commissioners took a big step toward the design and construction of an aquatic center here. Last Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting, the board unanimously approved an agreement with the Augusta Family Y to design and manage the facility. The county’s $3 million investment in the project will come from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax which […]


This Saturday, runners and couch potatoes, the young and the older and everyone between, will lace up their running shoes for a good cause. Hundreds are expected to turn out for the 10th annual Bird Dog Breakaway to benefit the Center for New Beginnings. Last year, more than 230 participated and raised approximately $15,000. Events include the 5K run, two-mile […]

Flea market grand opening slated for this Saturday

The love runs deep – all the way to middle school to be exact. Back then, Kevin Scott Harrison bought and sold baseball cards at the old Phinizy Road Flea Market in Augusta. As he got older, he dabbled in furniture and health and beauty products. In fact, he says, flea markets basically paid for his way through college. Harrison’s […]

County proposes $97 million budget

A $10 million appropriation for construction of the new Burke County Judicial Center tops the list of major expenditures for Burke County in fiscal year 2018. A hearing on the new budget will be held at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 20) and commissioners will approve it on Sept. 27. The total proposed budget is $97,781,110. According to county administrator […]

Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23

The Edmund Burke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be promoting Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-23. Students, parents and friends are invited to sign a copy of the Constitution at the Burke County Museum. There will also be surprises given out, and the history and importance of the Constitution will be discussed. On Saturday, Sept. 23, […]

Planters EMC – Irma punches co-op but friends help recover

Hurricane Irma is now a memory, but it was a historic storm that left its mark on the Southeast. Electric cooperatives took a direct hit from the storm, and peak outage estimates indicate that there were 760,000 coop outages in Florida, 535,000 in Georgia, and 100,000 in South Carolina. Locally, 8,400 members of Planters Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) lost power […]

Ninth traffic fatality of 2017 reported

A 37-year-old South Carolina man has died from injuries he received in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Highway 56 south of Waynesboro. At about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, Sayne Juarez Sosa was driving his 1994 Ford Explorer west on Byne-Sunshine Road when he failed to yield at the intersection with Highway 56. His vehicle collided with a southbound […]


Editor: I was one of the standing-room-only crowd that attended Monday’s Waynesboro City Council meeting to hear discussion about the Burke County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) proposal to absorb the Waynesboro Police Department (WPD) and take over law enforcement duties for the city. This meeting marked the first public discussion of a contract that, according to Sheriff Alfonzo Williams, some Council […]