{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 22, 2010

Nearly 100 workers at oneCare (formerly Evercare), located on Burke Veterans Parkway, will be out of job by the end of the year as the facility is turned into a distribution center.

The Burke County Hospital, acting on financial forecasts for the coming year, intended to ask the county for more than $5.7 million to keep the facility open in fiscal year 2013.

The world’s largest heavy lift derrick was erected at Plant Vogtle. The 560 foot boom will be used to place components into the new reactors under construction.

25 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 20, 1997

Sonic Drive-In advertised a Sonic Burger, French fries and a Coke for $2.99.

Local pilot Robbie McMillan walked away unharmed from the crash of a crop duster he was flying. The plane experienced total engine failure as McMillan was approaching the Burke County Airport and he had to attempt a landing on a dirt road. Everything went smoothly until a wing struck a metal fence post, ultimately causing the plane to flip completely over. It was McMillan’s first incident in 24 years as a pilot.

Members of the Waynesboro Burke County Humane Society asked the county commission to hire a full-time animal control officer and build an animal shelter.

50 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 16, 1972

True Citizen publisher Roy Chalker, Jr. was scheduled to serve as interviewer in a debate between U.S. Sen. David Gambrell and his opponent, State Rep. Sam Nunn. The event was to be televised on WRDW TV Channel 12.

Final returns from the August 8 General Primary showed that 61 percent of those registered actually voted. It was a record turnout for the county.

WHS graduate Tommy Purser accepted a position as math teacher and assistant basketball and football coach for the coming year.

70 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 21, 1952

Hammond Blanchard announced that Blanchard Tractor Co. had purchased the Purina Feed dealership from Fred DeLaigle and would move the operation to his dealership.

John Reese, president of the Burke County Game and Fish Club, reminded local citizens that no license was required for anyone fishing with a pole and worms. He also said that no license was required for anyone under the age of 16, regardless of the bait or equipment used.

The local National Guard unit announced that it needed 81 enlistees to bring the unit up to full strength. Veterans with experience in anti-aircraft artillery were a special need for the unit.

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