{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MAY 16, 2012

Davonte Lambert added another title to his track and field career by placing at the top of the GHSAAAA state track meet. He placed first in the shot put with a throw of 55’ 9 3/4” and garnered enough points in other events to win the overall title.

BCHS basketball standout Brandon Quarterman signed to play with the Albany Tech Titans. During his senior year he averaged 15.5 points per game.

25 YEARS AGO – MAY 14, 1997

Three men, one the husband of a Jenkins County woman found dead in her car on Highway 25 near the Jenkins County line, were arrested and charged with her death in an apparent murder for hire scheme. Kenneth Allan Anderson, Charles DeWayne Reeves and Bernard Edward “Bear” Meadows were identified by Sheriff Greg Coursey as the accused killers of Kristia Ann Kehr Anderson on May 4.

Link Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac dealership celebrated its grand opening in Waynesboro.

50 YEARS AGO – MAY 10, 1972

Southern Bell manager Jim Williams said that starting May 15, customers could remove their own telephones and take them to their new location when moving within the area.

A banquet was scheduled at the Waynesboro Motor Court for U.S. Senator David Gambrell. Sen. Gambrell was also scheduled to appear on a radio broadcast from WBRO.

Waynesboro pharmacist Bobby Fulcher was named Jaycee of the Year at the club’s annual banquet. He was presented with the award by club president Billy Tinley.

70 YEARS AGO – MAY 15, 1952

Porter W. Carswell and T. Watson Mobley were elected to represent Burke County in the Georgia House of Representatives.

A spokesman for Georgia Power said that plans had been completed for a new 110,000 volt line from Augusta to Wadley, via Waynesboro. Sidney Barnes added that a number of diseased and unsteady trees needed to be removed in the area in order to prevent power interruptions during bad weather.

The Burke County Hospital celebrated its first anniversary with a banquet for staff members at the American Legion Home. The hospital had 821 patients and 90 newborn babies in its first year.

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