{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MARCH 27, 2013

Carlos Newton, a pastor at Reveling Word Fellowship Ministries, was arraigned in Federal Court on 22 separate felony charges of tax fraud.

Waynesboro police were looking for 25 year-old Bruce Brihm, Jr. in connection with the shooting of two men outside the Cash for Gold office on North Liberty St. Calvin Bailey, Jr. of Augusta was hit in the back and Justus Davis was grazed on the ear.

EBA senior Austin Daniel signed to play football at Mercer University, which had not fielded a team in nearly 70 years.

25 YEARS AGO – MARCH 25, 1998

Terri Conrad, 51 of Hephzibah, was killed in a fall at Plant Vogtle. EMA Chief Earl Porterfield said Conrad, a pipefitter, died from severe chest injuries after she fell more than 20 feet.

Burke County and the City of Waynesboro decided on a 50-50 split on the costs to provide utilities to the new Waynesboro campus of Augusta Tech. The cost for the utilities was expected to be around $500,000.

Waynesboro native Dr. Gary L. Abbott was named moderator elect of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia.

50 YEARS AGO – MARCH 21, 1973

The State Transportation Board of Georgia adopted a resolution honoring retiring board member Jesse C. Palmer of Waynesboro. He had been a member of the panel since 1968.

Construction was complete on the $30 Million gas turbine plant at Plant Vogtle. While work on the main units at the plant had been suspended, the diesel fueled facility was built to provide auxiliary power during peak demand periods.

70 YEARS AGO – MARCH 26, 1953

Three men, M.K. Tucker of the Bank of Waynesboro, Roy F. Chalker of The True Citizen and radio engineer Howard Gilbreath, filed a request for a license for a radio station in Waynesboro. The group had requested the position of 1310 on the dial, but no call letters had been selected.

The First Baptist Church of Waynesboro broke ground on the construction of a three story, 25-room Sunday school building.

Advertisers included H.C. Joyner Oldsmobile, Daniel Furniture and Jewelry and Chance & Hopkins Chevrolet.

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