{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JUNE 12, 2013

Chief Appraiser Phillip Wren of the Burke County Tax Assessors Office said that a revaluation of approximately 600 commercial properties was set to take place during the summer. The project would be carried out by GMASS, a mass appraisal service that had worked in over half of the state’s counties.

Dr. Allison MacFarlane, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, paid her first visit to Plant Vogtle.

Retired math teacher Carol Clark was honored by the Burke County Board of Education for her 37 years of service in education.

25 YEARS AGO – JUNE 10, 1998

After a $25,000 gift from the Ric Lichtenberg family, another $125,000 was needed to reach the $500,000 goal for the Augusta Tech campus to be constructed here.

A case of Legionnaire’s disease was confirmed at Plant Vogtle. A 36 year-old female employee was in serious condition in an Augusta hospital. There was no evidence that the diagnosis was associated with her workplace.

BCHS basketball star Ralph Denmark signed to play for LaGrange College.

50 YEARS AGO – JUNE 6, 1973

John Roy Clifton was named Director of the Waynesboro- Burke County Recreation Commission. He had served as Assistant Director for the past three years under Sonny Bell who resigned.

One-time Supreme Court nominee G. Harrold Carswell was scheduled to speak at ceremonies marking the Carswell family’s 200th year in America. The event was to take place at Hopeful Church.

Tim Maund, Director of the CSRA Planning and Development Commission, urged county leaders to begin planning for the growth that would come to the county as a result of the construction of Plant Vogtle.

70 YEARS AGO – JUNE 11, 1953

Hal W. Clements of Claxton was named principal of Waynesboro High School. He succeeded Carl Renfroe who moved to Decatur.

Sardis native William W. Hillis, Jr. graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. His father, W.W. Hillis, Sr., served the Sardis area as a physician.

Wheat’s Drive-In in Waynesboro featured real pit barbecue and Brunswick stew on Fridays.

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