{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 28, 2012

Tax Commissioner Cynthia McManus said that notices had been mailed for 15,716 parcels which would generate $45,687,102.39 in property taxes.

After forty years of operation the Empty Stocking Fund ceased to exist in Burke County. The fund’s termination resulted from the demise of the Waynesboro Jaycees, which had sponsored the project since its inception.

At 10.4 percent, Burke County’s unemployment rate hit its lowest point in 10 years.

25 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 26, 1997

The Burke County Bears were headed to Cairo, Ga. to defend their 10-1 record in a state playoff game. Head Football Coach Mike Falleur urged local fans to make the trip and support the players. BCHS quarterback/free safety Charles Jones was named the CSRA Player of the Year.

The Waynesboro Garden Club celebrated its 100th anniversary. A drop-in tea was held at the home of Mrs. Harold Rowland, who was vice-president of the club. Mrs. Charles Coleman served as president and hostess of the event.

The Wimberly House was among six homes to be included in the Tour of Homes sponsored by the Town and Country Woman’s Club to be held Dec. 6.

50 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 29, 1952

By a landslide margin, Richard Allen defeated Bacheller Flythe for District Attorney for the Augusta Circuit.

Raylass Department Stores announced plans to open an R-Way Store in Waynesboro. The discount department store would be built with about 31,000 square feet.

70 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 27, 1952

Candidates for the Waynesboro City Council First Ward post included Ben Brooks, Louis Abbott and A.C. Hallman. Second Ward candidates were Paul Swanson and Guy Mims. Third Ward candidates were Fred McKinney and John Broome.

Mary Dee Neely, three year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Neely, Jr., exchanged a few words with President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower on the steps of the Reid Presbyterian Church in Augusta.

Sterling Manufacturing Co. opened for business in Midville. The firm manufactured jackets and planned to add trousers and other products. They planned to employ at least sixty people.

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