{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – APRIL 18, 2012

Gerald Murray, chairman of the Burke County Hospital Authority, told a crowd of more than 100 that “no one should fear the closing of the hospital’ short of a major financial or natural disaster. Two proposals were being considered for the ongoing management of the facility after HealthSpan’s contract expires May 31.

Burke County native Sonny Bargeron was the new plant manager at Plant Vogtle. He had worked as an engineer at the site for 26 years.

Former Deputy Coroner Susan Salemi announced she would challenge incumbent Coroner Lee Webster for the top job. Both candidates would run as Democrats.

25 YEARS AGO – APRIL 16, 1997

Reapportionment maps drawn by the Georgia General Assembly resulted in State Rep. George DeLoach no longer representing Burke County. Rep. Alberta Anderson represented the entire county. Sen. Don Cheeks was the county’s new state senator, replacing Charles Walker.

21 year-old Tiger Woods set ten records while capturing the Green Jacket at the 61st Masters Tournament. His score of 18 under par broke a record held by Jack Nicklaus and Ray Floyd.

Burke County Museum curator Bob Hammond invited the public to celebrate Confederate History and Heritage Month with a visit to the museum.

50 YEARS AGO – APRIL 12, 1972

Fleetwood Enterprises, a leading national manufacturer of mobile homes, acquire 7.6 acres in the Burke County Office Park located off Highway 24 South. A proposed manufacturing plant on the site was projected to employ up to 150 workers.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Gaines took over as the new Sears Merchant in Waynesboro.

70 YEARS AGO – APRIL 17, 1952

Members of the local Georgia National Guard unit returning from active duty included Capt. Paul S. Stone, Sergeants Tracy Carter, William R. Chandler, Charles H. Ellison, Twid Quick, Jr., Wilbur R. Prescott; Corporals Thomas E. Hillis, Thomas H. Radcliff, Roy L. Reeves, Russell M. Reeves, Jr., Ray L. Smith; PFCs Ralph J. Godbee and James W. Odom.

Harthorn Flournoy, son of Rev. and Mrs. Ruben Flournoy of Waynesboro, was undergoing recruit training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego.

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