2022-04-06 E-Edition

Sweet Surprise

Elementary students participating in the Wimberly House’s Spring Break Community Service Camp surprised The True Citizen staff (front row, left) with a homemade cake. The children, along with Director Lynn White (far right), baked cakes they delivered to local businesses. They also prepared casseroles that will help feed the hungry. The True Citizen staff members Shellie Smitley and Lavonna Johnson […]

Judging the county’s most serious crimes

As the criminal justice system inches closer to conducting trials stalled by the pandemic, the Burke County Judicial Center will soon host some of the county’s most serious criminal cases. After a case is indicted, the matter will appear on a trial calendar until disposed of with a plea or a trial. Typically, the first day is referred to as […]

BCSO assists in child pornography arrest

A Waynesboro man has been charged with 16 counts involving the exploitation of minor children. The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation collaborated in a joint operation that resulted in the arrest of Jason Bonds Connelly. After conducting a search of Connelly’s residence on East 7th Street, the agencies recovered multiple devices containing child pornography. […]

Former City Administrator Jack Brantley has died at age 89

T.J. “Jack” Brantley, who served as Waynesboro City Administrator for more than 20 years, died last week at the age of 89. He came to Waynesboro when he retired after 23 years as an officer in the United States Army. He was active in civic affairs beyond his official position. He was a long time member and past president of […]

City pays as Mayor’s case moves slowly

The City of Waynesboro has dished out nearly $10,000 in pay while its mayor sits on the court docket in another county. In July 2020, Mayor Gregory Carswell was arrested in Statesboro and charged with felony theft by taking, identity fraud and theft by deception. He was also charged with forgery in the 2nd degree. The charges were related to […]

Bridging gaps in local history

Throughout Burke County a number of bridges and roads stand as monuments, honoring the legacies of those who played a significant role in the county’s history. Many local citizens and visitors to the county pass over those bridges and highways every day without knowing the significance of those being honored. Hopefully, a short series of stories will enlighten those who […]

In Loving Memory of Warlette Warnesha Shubert Maple

ALPHA July 11, 1989 OMEGA April 6, 2015 Until we meet again We think about you aways, We talk about you still, You have never been forgotten, And you never will. We hold you close within our hearts And there you will remain, To walk and guide us throught our lives, Until we meet again. We All Love and Miss […]

So Easy to Preserve: Canning tips

When preparing to preserve food, people tend to ignore the details until they begin the process. Planning ahead can prevent problems down the road. The first thing to consider is the safety and operating condition of canning equipment. If a pressure canner has a dial gauge, it should be tested yearly. The Burke County Extension Office can provide this service. […]


Thursday, April 14 Burke County Retired Educators Association will meet at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church on West Seventh Street.