{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 21, 2012

Byne Blueberry Farms chocolate covered blueberries won a first place finish in the Flavor of Georgia contest sponsored by the University of Georgia.

A Sylvania man was arrested for stealing more than 1,000 pounds of copper from Alstom Grid, Inc. Kenneth Jerome Dixon was charged with four felonies in connection with the theft, which was discovered when he attempted to sell the metal to an Augusta recycling firm.

S.A. Gray was honored for his 60 years as a member of American Legion Post 120. He had served in Europe during World War II.

25 YEARS AGO – MARCH 19, 1997

The City of Waynesboro’s water supply was threatened when the pump to its only functioning well quit working for six hours. A ban on non-emergency water use was in place for over 10 hours until the pump was repaired.

Porter Cohen was named as the new chairman of the Burke County Board of Elections, succeeding longtime chairman Pete Willis.

Ralph Dickey was named president of the Bank of Burke County. The announcement was made by bank chairman Preston Conner.

50 YEARS AGO – MARCH 15, 1972

Jesse C. Palmer, III was elected to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank at the bank’s annual stockholders meeting.

Congressional candidate Bo Ginn of Millen spoke at the Waynesboro Rotary Club as the guest of Porter W. Carswell.


Veteran county commission member and chairman W.T. McBride said he would not be a candidate for re-election.

Bobby Webster, George Holloway, Bobby Collins, Jackie Lovett and M.A. Miller were appointed to the newly created Burke County Planning Commission.

70 YEARS AGO – MARCH 20, 1952

The Burke County Band participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah. The event was the third largest in the country, surpassed only by events in New York and Boston. It included 17 bands from Georgia and South Carolina.

Mayor George Holloway and other city officials entered the City of Midville in Georgia Power’s Better Hometown contest. Many new projects were in the planning stage and would be completed by the end of the competition period.

“Show Boat” starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson was playing at the Waynesboro Drive-In Theatre.

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