2021-03-03 E-Edition

Remembering Ahmaud

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Ahmaud Aubrey, who was killed while out jogging in his neighborhood. Family, friends and community and church leaders gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor and remember a life that was cut short at just 25 years. The vigil was held at New Springfield Baptist Church, where Arbery is buried, […]

Residents protest projects in north Burke County

The Burke County Planning Commission got an earful from residents of the Big Bend area at their regular meeting last week over two possible projects on the north end of the county. The first was a request for a variance for a proposed 50-space recreational vehicle (RV) park on a 581-acre tract near the intersection of Winter and Story Mill […]

Baxley retires, Parrish new chief

After a career that’s spanned nearly 48 years, Waynesboro Fire Department Chief Ronnie Baxley has decided to retire. “I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. like I do every day, but I didn’t have anything to do,” Baxley said with a laugh Tuesday afternoon, his first official day of retirement. He hinted at a new endeavor he’s already working […]


According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Burke County has had a total of 2,394 COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic. This number includes 1675 confirmed cases and 719 instances in which antigens were found which indicated an earlier infection. The agency also reported Tuesday that there had been a total of 52 confirmed and probable deaths […]

Lost after wreck, dog found after three weeks

Little Bella finally made it home safely Monday, thanks to the efforts of caring community members, family, Burke County Sheriff deputies and Facebook – and a fair amount of luck. The critter had been on the lam since Jan. 29 when the car in which she was riding was involved in a single-vehicle rollover wreck on Highway 25 about 3 […]

Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series

Kicks off its 41st season March 13

The Waynesboro- Burke Concert Series will begin its 41st season with a throwback to The Beatles — more specifically, to the one and only Paul McCartney. On March 13, the WBCS presents “Live and Let Die,” a full multimedia experience celebrating the music of Mc- Cartney, created by singer and recording artist Tony Kishman and featuring four multi-talented musicians. Kishman, […]


Editor: To Close or Not To Close December to March is the busiest time of the year for the Tax Commissioner’s Office. Late November Property Tax Bills begin hitting your mailboxes. And as that season is ending another is just beginning. Late January Mobile Home Bills are dropped into the mail stream. If you’ve ever visited our office during this […]


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 9, 2011 Two Burke County men, Lindsey Ward and Kadeem Wilkerson, were each sentenced to 30 years in prison in connection with the armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant on Jan. 10, 2010. Unrest in the Middle East had driven gas prices up across the country and the world. In Waynesboro, regular gas was ranging […]

Bird Dog Politics

Property rights are a fickle thing. Ask someone if they believe they should be allowed to do what they want on their own property and most owners will answer, “of course.” Ask that same group if they’re willing to give their neighbors the same leeway and most – although maybe a slightly smaller group – will still say “yes.”’ But […]