{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JUNE 13, 2012

Two Richmond County businessmen were sentenced to federal prison for bilking a string of banks, including one in Waynesboro. Robert J. Demello, Jr. and Raymond Turner would both serve about five years for the fraud. Turner had once headed up an effort to rejuvenate Academy Avenue.

Thirteen year-old John Jewell was named Volunteer of the Year for Hemophilia of Georgia. He was the youngest person to ever receive the honor.

Burke County received more than 10 inches of rain over a two week period. It was a welcome change for local farmers and ranchers, who had seen their land suffer during a long drought.

25 YEARS AGO – JUNE 11, 1997

David McCray Heath, 27 had been missing since April 16. His mother, Sylvia Heath received a phone call from someone posing as a member of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office saying her son was dead. Sheriff Greg Coursey said the caller was an imposter and there was no evidence to indicate her son was deceased.

Earle W. Maxwell, Jr., a former top executive at the Sunbeam Corporation, was named president of Perfection Schwank, a manufacturer of gas and oil room heaters here since 1951.

Comcast Communications assumed ownership of the Scripps Howard Cable TV franchise in Waynesboro.

50 YEARS AGO – JUNE 7, 1972

Quinton (Peanut) Rogers and Ray DeLaigle qualified to run for seats on the Burke County Commission. James D. Smith and Mattie Kane Henderson announced their candidacy for Burke County School Superintendent to succeed M. W. Sessions who was retiring.

Dr. B. Lamar Murray announced that he was running for reelection as Coroner and Preston B. Lewis, Jr. was running for re-election as state representative. Lewis was being opposed by local businessman Emory J. Williams.

70 YEARS AGO – JUNE 12, 1952

The Statesboro Pickling Plant was buying an average of 73 bushels of cucumbers every day from farmers around Midville.

Bill Parker was serving as chairman of the broom sale for the American Legion. Proceeds from the sale would benefit the blind in the Atlanta Community Shop and other charities.

Postmaster S.A. Gray reported that the Waynesboro Post Office had revenues in excess of $3,000 during the month of May. Revenues during the same month in 1942 were $1,412.

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