Time-honored tradition continues

As folks are gearing up for the holidays, we here at The True Citizen are also preparing something for this joyful season — our 42nd annual Magic of Christmas special edition. The tradition, which began in 1978, serves as one big Christmas card to the community, featuring page upon page of photos of children living in or connected to Burke […]

SGA goes virtual for two weeks

COVID-19 may have shut down another local school, but officials say the decision is out of an overabundance of caution. SGA Elementary School, which houses grades pre-K through fifth, transitioned to virtual learning Thursday, Nov. 12, for two weeks. According to Burke County Public Schools Public Information Officer Amy J. Nunnally, one teacher and one student were diagnosed with COVID-19. […]

Downtown Open House is Sunday

Waynesboro’s very own version of Black Friday is happening this weekend, except it’s on Sunday. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will host its annual Downtown Christmas Open House on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1-5 p.m. One of the most successful shopping days of the year locally, the event is a hit for business owners and shoppers alike who love the […]

Christmas on Liberty still a go, changes in store for annual event

Before anyone says bah humbug about the changes, Christmas on Liberty organizers are asking everyone to share in their excitement that the event will still be able to take place this year. “This year has been a sad one for many,” says DOOR (Downtown Organization of Retailers) co-chair Lindsey Keller. “We’ve dealt with several months of a pandemic, quarantining, school […]

Evans is new city clerk

Jermaine D. Evans has been appointed to the newly created position of Waynesboro City Clerk. The decision was made at the city’s regular council meeting on Monday night. Council was split on the decision, with Dick Byne, Bill Tinley and Willie Williams opposing the creation of the position and voting not do it. With the vote at 3-3 (Vickey Bates, […]

Public Service Commission runoff moved to Jan. 5

Last week, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced he was moving the Public Service Commission runoff from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5 to coincide with the state’s two high profile Senate runoffs. Republican incumbent Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. was approximately 4,000 votes shy of the state’s required 50 percent plus one vote needed to win. While he had garnered […]

CDC releases information concerning masks

The following information was recently provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is transmitted predominately by respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe. CDC recommends community use of masks, specifically non-valved multi-layer cloth masks, to prevent transmission of SARSCoV 2. Experimental and epidemiological data support community masking […]


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 17, 2010 The longtime manager of the Waynesboro Pizza Hut was killed as she stood on the shoulder of Highway 24 with a deputy by her side. Catherine Cooper, 53, hit a deer near the intersection with Thompson Bridge Road. While Cooper and a Burke County Deputy were walking near the scene of the accident, […]

Bird Dog Politics


We’ve all heard it said that “actions speak louder than words.” If you attended the regular County Commission meeting last week, there was a lot of talk but it was the actions of some of the Commissioners that said the most. Rumors began swirling last Tuesday that the Commissioners had themselves a backroom deal they had put together for the […]

Don Lively


It was going to be one of those nights, y’all. Once again I’d come up on the eve of the dreaded deadline with not a clue as to what to scribble about. So, in order to clear my mind and come up with an idea or two, I sat on the north porch with my worthless dog, Lucy AKA Loose-E, […]