2020-04-22 E-Edition


Community Comes Together Under Threat

What began as a simple phone call asking for a few yards of elastic turned into a good deed that is benefiting the entire Burke County community. Chamber president Ashley Roberts recalls a Saturday morning just a few weeks ago when she reached out to a local business owner after learning the health department needed help in finding elastic to […]

Local businesses concerned about reopening

Some local business owners find themselves in a quandary after Gov. Brian Kemp issued new regulations to begin reopening the state’s economy. Kemp’s order, issued Monday, said that hair salons, barber shops, gyms/fitness centers, bowling alleys, massage therapists, nail salons, beauticians, and tattoo parlors can resume business Friday, April 24 but must still enforce social distancing, especially when 10 or […]

Vogtle cuts workforce at construction site

As the number of positive cases for COVID-19 continues to increase at Plant Vogtle Units 3&4, project management has requested an approximate 20 percent reduction in the craft workforce. According to a spokesperson for Georgia Power, a number of employees have already personally opted to stay off-site due to the pandemic, and the reduction in the workforce is through a […]

Palmer Grove pastor dies

Rev. J.J. Smith, pastor of the Palmer Grove Missionary Baptist Church, died Saturday, April 18. Though his cause of death has not been released, the church was the source of several positive cases of COVID-19 last month. Rev. Smith, 82, was well known in the county and had served as a Burke County Public Schools bus driver for a half-century, […]

Virtual Candidate Forum slated for Wednesday

In conjunction with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, The True Citizen will be hosting a Virtual Candidate Forum to introduce the public to candidates running for both local and state offices. The forum, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. will take the format of a Zoom meeting, with each candidate taking a moment to discuss […]

Quarantine fun

Local sisters Jackie (left) and Gracie Prescott of Waynesboro found a fun way to use old newspapers. We love the backdrop for their photo shoot.

Survey team confirms tornado hit Burke

Following last week’s massive storm that devastated parts of the county, a storm damage survey team from the National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina, determined Burke was indeed hit by a tornado. On Wednesday, April 15, the team visited Burke County to survey the aftermath of Monday’s storm and concluded that an EF-2 tornado with winds approximately 120-125 miles […]

Golden Harvest to provide emergency meal boxes


For families struggling to put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic, Golden Harvest Food Bank is stepping in to help. In partnership with Roberson Grove Baptist Church, Golden Harvest will hold a drive-thru mobile market food distribution this Friday, April 24, at the church (located at 985 Highway 24 in Waynesboro). Distribution will begin at 3 p.m. Anyone […]

April 20-24 is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Maintaining the state’s critical transportation infrastructure is essential — even in times of a national pandemic. Highway construction and maintenance activities are still underway, which means work zones on roadways continue to remain active with highway construction and maintenance workers regularly facing lifethreatening dangers on their roadway offices. To bring needed attention to this crucial issue, Georgia Department of Transportation […]