{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MAY 2, 2012

After several years of coaching at Burke County Middle School as well as the junior varsity, Billy Marchman was named head baseball coach at Burke County High School. He said, “I will stay in this position as long as they allow me to.”

EBA freshman Carter Mobley shot even par to become low medalist in the GISA Class-AA state golf tournament at Jekyll Island. He had won low medalist honors at the region tournament the previous week.

Late former Waynesboro radio station owner Bob Hunnicut Sr. was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Hunnicut had also served as Burke County’s magistrate judge.

25 YEARS AGO – APRIL 30, 1997

Frederico Palmer testified in Burke County Superior Court that his uncle, Willie Palmer, shot and killed his estranged wife and her daughter on Sept. 10 1995. Willie Palmer faced the death penalty if convicted of the two murders.

The City of Waynesboro endorsed the county’s proposal for a one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to be voted on in a referendum. County funds would be used for road improvements and the city identified needed water and sewer projects throughout the community.

Construction was underway on the Burke County Senior Citizens Center. The project was mostly paid for by a grant to the county.

50 YEARS AGO – APRIL 26, 1972

Kirby Brooks, a junior at Boggs Academy, was named president of the Honor Societies of the State of Georgia at the organization’s annual meeting at Jekyll Island. Over 500 students from 33 honor societies across the state participated in the meeting.

Mike Griffis, manager of Radio Station WBRO, invited the public to visit the station to help celebrate its 18th anniversary. The station was owned by legendary country singer Webb Pierce.

Burke County School Superintendent M. W. Sessions said the county had initiated steps to begin a program for gifted students in the school system. Emanuel Larkin, Jr. was named as coordinator of the program.

70 YEARS AGO – MAY 1, 1952

The City of Midville placed 25 large trash cans in the business section of the city in hopes that citizens would help keep the city free of unsightly trash and garbage.

The State Board of Education approved $1.5 million in funding for new school facilities in the county. Henry W. Blount of Waynesboro, First District representative on the board, made the announcement.

Advertisers included Southern Auto Store, First National Bank, Augusta Roofing and Metal Works, Dolin’s Dept. Store and Jitney Jungle Supermarket.

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