{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – MAY 1, 2013

Former BCHS football star Cornelius Washington was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL. The 6-4, 265 lb. defensive lineman was the son of Chester and Gloria Washington and was the first Burke County graduate to be drafted by the NFL.

Sid Cox of Waynesboro was named one of the top 5 Grange Insurance Co, agents out of more than 300 in the state.

The graves which had recently been desecrated in the Old Church Cemetery were identified as belonging to: John Wright Carswell (1806-1885), Wilbur E. Lewis (1845- 1922), John William Shultz Moore (1843-1883), Genevieve McElmurray (1879 – 1880) and Emma Jane McElmurray (1883-1884).

25 YEARS AGO – APRIL 29, 1998

BCHS principal Jack Willis filed a complaint with the Georgia High School Association about Burke County’s share of the gate receipts at the AAA championship game played at Thomas County Central. Willis said the estimated attendance at the game was between 8500 and 10,000, with ticket prices at $10 and $12, and that BCHS had received a check for only $17,377.

Burke County Attorney Preston B. Lewis, Jr. said that state law prohibited a county commissioner from serving on the Burke County Development Authority. The opinion followed an inquiry by Commissioner Frank Williams.

50 YEARS AGO – APRIL 25, 1973

At a public hearing in Waynesboro, local farmers told U.S. Sen. Herman E. Talmadge that without federal income supplement payments, they would very shortly “go out of business.” A number of local farmers spoke at the meeting, chaired by County Agent Bill Craven and held in the Burke County Courtroom.

The Waynesboro Rotary Club named former Burke County School Superintendent A.H. Gnann as the club’s “Man of the Year.”

The Waynesboro Community Theater’s inaugural production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” was set to be presented on May 17 and 18. WHS drama coach William W. Garver would direct the performance which starred a number of local residents.

70 YEARS AGO – APRIL 30, 1953

Claud Brown of Brown Transport Co. said his firm was offering overnight delivery service between Waynesboro, Savannah, Augusta and Atlanta.

Local Oldsmobile dealer H.C. Joyner introduced the new luxurious, air conditioned Oldsmobile 98. It carried a sticker price of $4500 and also featured a foot switch to change stations on the eight-tube radio.

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