Editorial

Michael N. Searles

THE DAY AFTER

It is interesting to write an article without knowing an election outcome. Who won and who lost is yet unknown to the writer. Even as this Wednesday issue appears on the stands, we may be heading for a runoff in the Georgia U.S. Senate race. While we live in a world of uncertainty, there are things about which we remain […]

Ronda Rich

THE LIBRARY AND THE COMEUPPANCE

In my hometown, our old, red brick library was imploded a couple of years ago and a glistening, modern marvel of gray block and glass was raised. Architecturally, I am not attracted by the cover of the book but it is not the brick and mortar to which I owe allegiance. It’s the institution and what it meant to the […]

Political Cartoon

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 7, 2012 Burke County voters supported President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a vote of 5,403 – 4,298. Incumbent State Senator Jesse Stone was re-elected with approximately 59 percent of the vote. Officials denied rumors that Burke Medical Center was closing because of financial issues, but did confirm that the facility’s labor and delivery […]

Don Lively

SEEN AND HEARD

“Are you on Facebook?” Be honest. How many times in recent memory have you asked that question, or how often has that question been asked of you? Reportedly, close to seven out of ten Americans have Facebook accounts and admit to using the social media giant at least once a week. Once a week? I know folks who check their […]

Michael N. Searles

RUNNING THE RACE

Some races are short – others are long. A race run at full speed over a short distance is called a sprint. In athletics and track and field, sprints (or dashes) are among the oldest running competitions, being recorded at the ancient Olympic Games. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians relied on messengers whose occupation was to run long distances. […]

Ronda Rich

WHEN JURY DUTY CALLS

Nowhere are the common threads that make up America’s fabric showcased more than in the courthouse in the midst of a vast jury pool. There, the tire store owner sits shoulder-to-shoulder with the high school teacher who is seated next to a grocery store baker who speaks to her neighbor, the farmer. They lay aside their work and struggles to […]

Political Cartoon

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor: The Burke County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to endorse the passage of the SPLOST V vote which is on the general election ballot on November 8th. Continuing Burke County’s SPLOST will allow our municipalities to have the necessary funding to provide infrastructure and services to residents in our community. One of the largest […]


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