2023-02-01 E-Edition


STAR students to be honored

Three seniors have been selected to represent their high schools as the 2022-2023 STAR students. Those receiving the prestigious distinction include Burke County High School’s Michael Corbitt, Edmund Burke Academy’s Mary Benton Sylvester and Faith Christian Academy’s Benjamin Ford. The trio, along with their parents and their STAR teachers, will be recognized during the annual awards ceremony, hosted by the […]

Inmate triggers jail house flood

Brandon Gardner, 25, caused havoc at the Burke County Detention Center when he intentionally broke a sprinkler head, causing water to flood his cell and the bottom floor of the block. Patricia Mayo was on her post when she noticed Gardner standing on a table hitting the ceiling outside of his cell with a lunch tray. Gardner successfully broke a […]

Body found in Gough

A volunteer discovered a body in a wooded area off of Gough Red Hill Road Friday, January 27, determinded to be 89-year-old Robert Walker Jr. Walker was reported missing after members of his family had not heard from him since the previous day. The area where the body was found was part of the search area near where Walker was […]

Hospital approved for coronary care

Burke Health now offers roundthe clock, coronary care in their state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab, allowing immediate treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack. The hospital announced Monday that emergency cardiovascular care would be available beginning Wednesday, February 1. Corazon, a national leader in providing accreditation for the heart, vascular neuroscience and orthopedic specialties, performed onsite program verification earlier this month. […]

Tickets on sale for Wimberly gala

It’s time for a southern soirée, and guests are invited to dine on some of the best local food while dancing the night way for a good cause. Tickets for “A Taste of Burke County,” the Wimberly House’s annual gala, are on sale now, and organizers have been busy planning the event, which serves as the ministry’s largest fundraiser each […]

Deciding “weather” to report damages

When Burke County residents experience damage due to severe weather, it is important to report the destruction to the Burke County EMA. Public Information Officer Amylia Lester points out that flood, tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) are often predecessors to conditions that result in reportable damage. “We use Code Red weather alerts in […]

Will a new SUV bring in more jobs?

In spite of an unimpressive track record, the Development Authority Board is considering the purchase of a new SUV. Director Jonathan Lupo said he has gotten stuck in the mud at the Raymond Tract driving the 2014 Ford Taurus purchased new in February of that same year. He is allowed to drive the car back-and-forth to his home in Columbia […]

No one to work, no place to live

There may be a consensus that Burke County doesn’t need housing to improve its workforce. Development Authority of Burke County Director Jonathan Lupo said future workforce concerns were a hot topic at this year’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast. As part of the official kick-off to the State’s legislative session, the Georgia Chamber hosts the annual event in January with a […]

Envisioning the future of nuclear energy

The nuclear industry predicts a new generation of reactor systems will make their debut by 2030. The U.S. Department of Energy and its national labs are supporting research on three new reactor designs, with the intent of improving efficiency and safety. Although, Plant Vogtle’s Units 3 & 4 are being constructed using advanced pressurized water reactor technology, in the future […]