Fire destroys home just days before Christmas

A Waynesboro family lost its home in a devastating fire just two days before Christmas. According to a spokesperson for the Burke County EMA, a call came in just before 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 in reference to a structure fire on Timberwood Drive. Upon arrival, EMA saw heavy smoke coming from the home as well as fire at the […]

‘True Citizen’ Award recipient


Anslee Mangieri may have seemed shy when True Citizen staff paid her a surprise visit at preschool, but she was very quick and confident when it came time to answer some questions. The four-year-old is a recent recipient of the publication’s “True Citizen” Award, which is presented to members of the local community for great acts of kindness. Thanks to […]

SRP, Southern Bank merger is canceled

A little more than a year after it was announced, the merger between Southern Bank and SRP Federal Credit Union is off. In a brief announcement this week, the two financial institutions said they had mutually agreed to terminate the agreement which was dated Nov. 28, 2017. It had recently been announced that the merger would be effective on Dec. […]

2018 year end review


JANUARY 3 Thanks to the combined efforts of both the Burke and Richmond counties sheriff’s offices, more than $50,000 in stolen landscaping equipment has been returned to its owner and a Burke County man now faces felony charges. On Dec. 28, Cory Whisnant, 30, was arrested by Richmond County Sheriff’s Office investigators after they found him in possession of a […]

Sheriff reflects on 2018

Two-hundred thirty-six. That’s the number of arrests the Burke County Sheriff’s Office made in 2018 on drug-related charges alone. One of the goals Sheriff Alfonzo Williams set when he was elected to office was to rid Burke County streets of drugs, and the BCSO has proved to be diligent in just that. In the past year, the department has seized […]

St. Nicholas’ Toy Box helps 80 families in need its first year

They’ve taken the Secret Santa idea to a whole new level, and thanks to the Wimberly House Ministries and Spring Creek Auction Company, 80 families in both Burke and Jenkins counties were able to celebrate with gifts on Christmas morning. The nonprofit ministry, located in Waynesboro, teamed up with the auction company out of Millen for the first ever St. […]

SHERO donates to Toys for Tots

Kim Danner and Janice Jamison, officers of Camp SHERO, a nonprofit advocacy support group for women veterans living with Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, donated bicycles and other toys to the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. On hand to receive them was Chief Augustus Palmer of the Waynesboro Police Department.


“Well, I hope this happens,” and “we hope we can do this!” Comments and thoughts like this are not very powerful without the energy exerted or the action taken to get it done. Hope is difficult to define. It’s more than optimism. It’s more than just being positive. Hope is a way to smooth out the ground underneath you that […]

American Pickers to film in Georgia

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to Georgia, and they plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region in February 2019. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers […]

Five ways technology can help you achieve New Year’s resolutions

You may have a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, these days, your efforts can be simplified with the use of technology. Check out these high-tech ways to achieve your 2019 goals:  Focusing: An ancient practice with renewed popularity today, the benefits of meditation can’t be overstated. If you’re resolving to meditate in the New Year, you may […]