2021-12-15 E-Edition

BCHS students earn rare “perfect” scores on AP Exam

Burke County High School is celebrating Sophia Dye and Morgan Chancey for earning perfect scores on a college-level Advanced Placement® (AP®) Exam in spring 2021. Dye and Chancey are two of only 46 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP 3-D Art and Design Exam. “Their dedication to the process and product has distinguished them […]

Not out of the woods

The Coronavirus continues to pose a threat as the newest variant begins to spread just in time for the holidays. The Burke County Public Schools system reported a slight increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week. Seven new cases were reported among students, compared to no new cases two weeks ago. No new cases were reported among faculty/staff over […]

Relief efforts here to help tornado victims

Local groups are uniting to help the victims of the devastating tornados in Kentucky last weekend. Edmund Burke Academy, Burke County Young Farmers and Waynesboro First United Methodist Church are raising funds and collecting donations for the effort.. Allie Crockett, BC Young Farmer teacher and EBA parent, issued the following statement: “The Burke County Young Farmers is partnering with the […]

Young father of four killed in car crash

Daniel Oliver, 33, died Wednesday, December 8 after a vehicle traveling southbound struck the driver’s side of his automobile as he was entering Mike Padgett Hwy. at Mc- Combs Road in Richmond County. Daniel resided in Waynesboro with his wife Tyfani and their four sons, Seth, Levi, Jaxon and Lincoln. Tyfani is expecting their fifth son, Waylon,in April. Daniel was […]

A lifetime of tragedy, but keeping the faith

Sometimes life is tough, but for one Waynesboro family “tough” might be an understatement. Vernell Davis is a survivor. Her twin brother died at birth. Life began its painstaking process for Vernell as a toddler when an intentionally set housefire claimed the life of one sibling, injured another, and left her with life-long disabilities. Family members were originally told Vernell […]


An outside-of-the-box solution

Cpl. Gary Jenkins of the Waynesboro Police Department has an idea. “It’s no secret that the cost of food has risen drastically during the pandemic,” Jenkins said. “It has affected a lot of households here and we realize that you don’t necessarily have to be homeless to be hungry.” Jenkins said participating in local food distributions opened his eyes to […]

Bryan Ellis named GSU assistant coach

Former Waynesboro resident Bryan Ellis has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia Southern University. He was hired by head coach Clay Helton, who had worked with Ellis at the University of Southern California (USC). Ellis is the son of former Edmund Burke Academy football coach Ricky Ellis and Sandy Shields of Waynesboro. Bryan moved here as a […]

City of Midville contracts with BCSO

The Midville City Council voted unanimously December 7 to contract with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services for six months while they search for a new police chief. Police Chief Robert Baynham announced his retirement effective December 31. He served the city for 16 years. According to the contract the BCSO will assume all law enforcement services […]

Georgia Supreme Court upholds judicial appointment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a lower court decision denying a challenge to Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment of former state Sen. Jesse Stone to a judgeship in Augusta. Kemp appointed Stone to a Superior Court judgeship in the Augusta Judicial Circuit last February, one year after the resignation of former Judge Michael Annis. Lawyer Maureen Floyd filed […]