2021-02-17 E-Edition

More than just wooden bowls

When woodworker Bill Hargrove talks of the raw product he uses to turn stunningly beautiful wooden bowls, he speaks with almost spiritual reverence. “When I make these bowls, I don’t want them to highlight my work (as a craftsman). I want them to highlight the beauty of the wood. I want them to show God’s creation,” he said. Hargrove has […]

Middle school teacher arrested on assault charges

Rashad Carter, a teacher at Burke County Middle School, was arrested Thursday on two felony charges: aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the first degree (deprivation of sustenance). According to a statement from the Burke County Sheriff ’s Office, school resource officers at BCMS “were made aware that a teacher at the school had assaulted a student in the […]

Hospital will be leased

The Burke County Hospital Authority unanimously voted Tuesday to enter into a lease agreement with a medical group to run all operations of Burke Medical Center. The facility will become a specialty center for orthopedic surgeries and procedures, but will continue to offer all current services. Hospital Authority Chairman Chris Collins said Tuesday that “leasing the hospital is the best […]


According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Burke County has had a total of 2,309 COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic. This number includes 1625 confirmed cases and 684 instances in which antigens were found which indicated an earlier infection. The agency also reported Tuesday that there had been a total of 50 confirmed and probable deaths […]

Is Black History Month a Relic of the Past?

The question usually raised each February is, “Should there be a Black History Month?” Black History Month was established in 1926 as Negro History Week by noted African American historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Woodson dedicated his professional career to uncovering and presenting the history of African Americans. […]

African American History Month

Burke County Improvement Association joins with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History commemorating the 2021 African American History Month with the theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.l The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines including history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology and social policy. […]

Osborn selected for Hull College Women’s Leadership Academy

Burke County alum Madison Osborn continues to excel both inside and out of the classroom. The former Bear turned Augusta University Jaguar was recently selected among a highly competitive applicant pool to participate in the Hull College Women’s Leadership Academy. Of the more than 50 women who applied, Osborn is one of the 15 chosen to participate in the grant-funded […]

Bill to block defunding police in Georgia advances in state House

A bill aimed at preventing Georgia city and county governments from making deep cuts in the budgets of their local police agencies advanced in the Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday. Sponsored by state Rep. Houston Gaines, R-Athens, the bill would limit local governments from reducing funds for police by more than 5% over a 10-year span. It includes exemptions for […]

Gov. Kemp signs $26.5B mid-year state budget

ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp signed a $26.5 billion mid-year budget Monday that restores $2.2 billion in spending cuts the General Assembly imposed on state agencies last June due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. During a brief signing ceremony, Kemp noted the early reopening of Georgia businesses forced to shut down by the virus allowed the legislature […]