2020-10-21 E-Edition

Celebrities & cowgirls

Major events in Burke County saw great attendance last week, providing not only a good time for patrons but also a chunk of change that’ll benefit the entire community. On Thursday, local “celebrities” bussed tables for tips to help support Downtown Waynesboro. At top Elizabeth Billips helped earn a wad of cash for the event, which was sponsored by the […]

Board taking heat during hunt for EMA chief

As the hunt for a new EMA director continues, Burke County commissioners have found themselves under scrutiny by the public. At last Tuesday’s regularly scheduled commission meeting, several citizens spoke out against the board’s decision to change the job description for the position, asking commissioners why they would lower their standards for such an important job and then accusing them […]

Citizens continue to take advantage of early voting

Nearly 2,000 Burke County citizens have opted to vote early for the Nov. 3 general election. As of 2 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), a total of 1,965 ballots had been cast, according to Laverne Sello, executive director for the Burke County Board of Elections and Registration. On the first day of early voting last Monday, Sello confirmed a record high 307, […]


This week, the Georgia Department of Public Health showed a total of 342,438 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the entire state as of Tuesday afternoon, including 7,674 deaths and 30,541 hospitalizations. On Tuesday, 1,174 newly confirmed cases were reported as well as 18 deaths and 153 hospitalizations. Locally, according to the B. Lamar Murray Public Health Center, Burke County has reached […]

Cold hydro testing complete on Vogtle Unit 3

Georgia Power Company announced this week the completion of cold hydro testing for Vogtle Unit 3. Unit 3 construction is now approximately 94% complete, with the total Vogtle 3 & 4 expansion project approximately 88% complete. The completion of the cold hydro testing milestone prepares the site for the last major test remaining for Unit 3, hot functional testing, ahead […]

Fundraiser brings in largest total ever despite pandemic

In just a few hours, the Downtown Organization of Retailers’ (DOOR) Celebrity Waiter Night brought in more than $13,500. In fact, Thursday’s event, which was held for the first time in three years and during a pandemic, was a total record breaker. “This event really is one of my favorites,” said DOOR co-chair Nan Palmer Lynch. “I love seeing people […]

Deadline approaching for writing contest

Just a few days remain for local students to scare us into winning free pizza. Our annual Spooky Story Contest is underway, but the deadline is peeking around the corner for writers to get their entries in. The contest deadline for emailed submissions has been extended through to this Friday, Oct. 23, but must be sent to [email protected] by 5 […]

Asking the tough questions

True Citizen Publisher Roy F. Chalker Jr. fires off the questions during a candidates forum held last week in partnership with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. Chalker served as moderator of the event, which was attended by several candidates for local and state races, and topics of discussion included everything from trash pickup to citizens arrest. To view the […]


Editor: I am writing this letter because the citizens of Burke County need to know the importance of the position of Director/Chief of the Burke County Emergency Management Agency (BEMA). In Burke County we were blessed to have one of the top directors in the United States, Chief Rusty Sanders. Chief Sanders served Burke County thirty three years building a […]