2020-11-04 E-Edition

Chalker hits 50-year milestone as True Citizen publisher

He started out sweeping floors for a quarter an hour when he was eight years old. At 24, he assumed publisher responsibilities. Today, at 74, he still hand delivers newspapers every Wednesday morning. Aside from a stint as a summer lifeguard in the ’60s, Roy F. Chalker Jr. never worked anywhere else but at The True Citizen. In October, he […]

Abrams, Martin, Smith re-elected

With 16 precincts reporting and approximately 1,000 absentee ballots left to count, there are few clear winners in the general election. Locally, County Commission District 1 and District 3 incumbents, Lucious Abrams and Evans Martin, respectively, look to have large enough margins to declare victory. Abrams garnered 1,139 votes (57.26 percent) to challenger Rodney Braswell, who had 42.74 percent with […]

Valerie Kirkland is new City Manager

Waynesboro has a new City Manager. Interim manager Valerie Kirkland was unanimously approved for the permanent position at Monday night’s council meeting. The Girard native is an Honor graduate of Burke County high School and has Bachelor of Science Degree in Administrative Services from Valdosta State University. A Certified Finance Officer, she is also taking classes at the Center for […]

The battle is on

Guns & Hoses Blood Drive underway

This week the blood battle is on, but the good news is everyone wins. Though the team with the most blood donors does get bragging rights and a shiny trophy, in the end, the Guns & Hoses Blood Drive is all about saving lives. Now in its fifth year, the annual event, which is cosponsored by Queensborough National Bank and […]


This week, the Georgia Department of Public Health showed a total of 374,589 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the entire state as of Tuesday afternoon, including 8,029 deaths and 31,893 hospitalizations. On Tuesday, 1,738 newly confirmed cases were reported as well as 30 deaths. Locally, according to the B. Lamar Murray Public Health Center, Burke County has reached a total of […]

BMC’s Varnadoe named CFO of the Year

HomeTown Health, an organization of 70 rural hospitals in the Southeast, announced Tiffany Varnadoe as the 2020 Chief Financial Officer of the Year at the HomeTown Health 21st Annual Fall Conference held at Callaway Gardens Oct. 20-23. During the conference, HomeTown Health recognized hospital leaders who are dedicated to the cause of rural healthcare through their proven service to their […]

Calling all kiddie cooks

We need your help in creating the best Thanksgiving feast around. Whether it’s the star of the table (the turkey of course!) or the various side dishes and desserts, we want to know how to make them! We are now collecting recipes from children in first grade and younger for our annual “Let’s Talk Turkey” special. Our favorite entries will […]

This con promises fast money on Cash App

Want to turn $500 into $10,000 with very little effort? Of course, you do! Scammers are taking advantage of people’s get-rich-quick dreams by promoting “money flipping” scams on social media, and BBB is seeing dozens of reports each month about these cons. Is “money flipping” a new scam for you? Here is how it works. You see a photo of […]


OPINIONS MATTER The Burke County Public School System wants to hear from you! One of the core beliefs BCPS operates under is the belief that we must be diligent in our efforts to foster positive relationships. One of the intentional actions we are utilizing to focus on this belief is to provide regular opportunities for our stakeholders to provide input […]