{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 28, 2012

Salvatore Rizzo of Waynesboro, age 31, was declared Central Georgia’s Strongest Man in competition held in Macon. At 6’2” and 299 lbs., he muscled his way through five lifting and carrying events to claim the title.

For the third time since October, Brier Creek was contaminated with kaolin from spills along Reedy Creek in Jefferson County.

The Waynesboro Exchange Club’s second annual Spring Music Fest was scheduled for Saturday, featuring The Drifters, The Swingin’ Medallions and The Tams.

25 YEARS AGO – MARCH 26, 1997

Sheriff Greg Coursey personally negotiated the end of a standoff between a distraught Hephzibah man and law enforcement officers. Coursey talked to the man for over two hours and convinced him not to kill himself and surrender to the officers.

Dr. Frank Carter and Dr. Johnny Christian delivered a total of 197 babies at the Burke County Hospital in 1996. Since October of that year, each family was presented with an infant car seat, courtesy of the two doctors and the hospital.

Pamela Johnson and Elizabeth Kozinsky, both from Edmund Burke Academy, were chosen to jointly represent the county at the STAR Student district competition the following month.

50 YEARS AGO – MARCH 22, 1972

Robert L. “Bob” Costantini, a native of Savannah and a registered CPA, became the new owner of the Ford-Mercury dealership in Waynesboro. Costantini bought the business from Tracy Carter and renamed it Waynesboro Ford-Mercury.

Five year-old Henry McReed, who was seriously burned in a home flash fire the previous year, was scheduled to return for further treatment to the Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston, Texas. Henry’s fingertips were amputated in previous surgery and additional surgery on his face was anticipated.

True Citizen Sports Editor Thomas Ward named his “All County” Basketball team for 1972. It included Dale Forehand from SGA, Paul Martin from EBA, Bernard Pinckney from Boggs Academy, and Jimmy Holmes and Robert Allen from WHS.

70 YEARS AGO – MARCH 27, 1952

The True Citizen urged county officials to take steps to drain “Attaway’s Pond” which continued to plague school children and staff attending the Waynesboro School on Academy Avenue. The school had been built on the site of the old pond which continued to flood when it rained.

Emerson Dickey sold the Jitney Jungle Food Store to Floyd Edenfield. Edenfield said he would convert the store to a “cash only” operation in order to keep prices as low as possible.

Frank M. Cates was unopposed for a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Three candidates, Porter W. Carswell, Jones Bargeron and Watson Mobley contended for two seats in the House of Representatives.

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