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Sheriff’s budget debate continues

As the Board of Commissioners moves closer to adopting the FY 2024 budget, tensions continue to mount. Public accounting firm Lanier, Deal & Proctor reported Tuesday, September 12 to the commission that during their audit they noted there were not sufficient budgetary controls over the Sheriff’s Office’s budget. In the firm’s opinion, the most effective practice is to follow the […]

BOC hires firm to evaluate the jail

The Board of Commissioners has contracted with Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC), one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast, to assess the Burke County Detention Center. GMC will evaluate the correctional facility’s architectural condition to determine if the facility can adequately support current bed capacity as well as any additional beds. They will also examine the conditions […]

Breakaway for a good cause

The Center For New Beginnings (CFNB) is inviting the community to join them Saturday, October 21 for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the 16th Annual Bird Dog Breakaway 5K Run/Walk. The Bird Dog Breakaway has become a community-wide anticipated event, attracting runners from surrounding cities and states. Participants can run the USA Track and Field Certified 5K walk, or […]

Local candidates weigh in on their bids for office

Editor’s Note: This is part 3 on a series of interviews involving candidates running for local public offices. James “Chick” Jones Vice- Mayor James “ Chick” Jones’s has served on the city council off-and-on since 1996. However, he has served for the last eight consecutive years. His current council seat expires in December 2023 and he is running for the […]


Each year in January, some of the best senior high school football players and cheerleaders in the CSRA face off against one another in the annual Border Bowl as Team Georgia and Team South Carolina, for a chance at victory and of course, the coveted trophy. (L-R) Kaneria Wesby, Stalayah Crawford, Tommie Conner, Catelyn Rodriguez, and Kameryn Cooper are five […]

Sheriff accuses BOC of defunding; predicts catastrophic consequences

In a September 7 letter addressed to the Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Alfonzo Williams accused the panel of “defunding” the police and predicted that people will die because of their fiscal management practices. “The Commission is on a very dangerous path seeking to defund and dismantle law enforcement services, which will have catastrophic consequences on public safety,” Williams wrote. “…People […]

Keysville ignores state department

Although the City of Keysville supplied copies of their 2018 and 2019 audits to The True Citizen after a complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s Office, Keysville has failed to respond to the Department of Law. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Settlemire has given Keysville Mayor Linda Wilkes 10 days to respond to their inquiry regarding the two open records […]

Bird Dog Politics

Collateral damage is defined as “an injury or other damage that is an incidental result of an activity.” It was first used in war-time to describe actual injury or death to people or property in close proximity to military targets. In today’s world, it can mean anyone or anything that gets unnecessarily caught up in something. Currently, in Burke County, […]

Local candidates weigh in on their bids for office

Editor’s Note: This is part 2 on a series of interviews involving candidates running for local public offices. Vickey Bates Incumbent Vickey Bates has served on the Waynesboro City Council since 2020, representing Ward 3 Post 3. She is running against Portia Washington this time. “I trust in the Lord and want to do all I can to glorify God […]

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