{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 7, 2012

Tony O’Neal Grubbs, who murdered Ralph and Trudie Gordon in June, 2010, was sentenced to Life without the possibility of parole by Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Craig. Grubbs avoided the death penalty by entering a guilty plea for the murders.

Newt Gingrich won 49.5% of the votes in the Republican Presidential Primary in Burke County. Rick Santorum followed with 27%, Mitt Romney with 17.5% and Ron Paul with 5.5%.

25 YEARS AGO – MARCH 5, 1997

With a resignation bringing its police force down to two members, the Sardis City Council was considering the possibility of merging the city’s police department with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. At full capacity, the department had four officers.

Waynesboro Elementary School’s reading program was declared as the state’s best. The school won the 1996-97 Georgia Exemplary Reading Program Award presented by the International Reading Association.

Wesley Williams was named STAR Student at BCHS. Beth Kozinsky and Pam Johnson shared the honor at EBA


50 YEARS AGO – MARCH 1, 1972

The Waynesboro rotary Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual Ladies Night banquet. When the club was founded in 1922 there were 1,095 clubs. In 1972 there were 15,053 in 149 countries.

Billy Tinley accepted the position as chairman of the county’s Easter Seal Program. M.K. Tucker of the Bank of Waynesboro was treasurer of the campaign.

The West Burke Civitan Club donated $100 each to the cities of Vidette, Gough and Keysville to be used for civic improvements.

70 YEARS AGO – MARCH 6, 1952

Local furniture dealer Dan Shuman was among 2000 others attending a four-day appliance convention in San Francisco.

Walter Yelton, owner of the Southern Auto Store in Waynesboro, was appointed by Mayor H. Cliff Hatcher to head up the county’s annual Red Cross Campaign.

William M. “Bill” Smith was elected president of the Waynesboro Rotary Club.

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