10-digit dialing begins April 3

762 area code coming

Reprogram your cell phones and start practicing. Beginning April 3, you’ll have to dial the area code when placing local calls. The mandatory 10-digit dialing was ordered by the Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC) and will affect hundreds of thousands of customers. Although most locals look at the extra dialing as an inconvenience, it will be a necessity once the […]

Greiner Circle to be closed due to highway widening

From Staff Reports Beginning March 27, the northern end of Greiner Circle, where it intersects with Highway 25, will be closed by the Georgia Department of Transportation and Shepherd Construction Company. The closure will allow contractors to construct and grade the intersection to the new four-lane corridor. The northern end of Greiner Circle will remain closed until around April 24. […]

Board member lashes out at unsuspecting coach

Discussion in the usually relaxed monthly board of education meeting heated up last Tuesday when a board member lashed out at an unsuspecting coach who was there to make a presentation. After head football coach Steve Summers finished telling the board about the school’s efforts to help football players get into college, first district board member Willie Jordan launched into […]

Residents to appeal construction of mobile home park on Four Points

Residents of Four Points Road will soon have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and possibly stop the construction of a mobile home park in their neighborhood. The Burke County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to hold a hearing concerning the matter after receiving several letters from affected property owners. In the letters, the residents requested that the board overturn […]

Fired city employee rehired following hearing

To get nearly $1,500 in back pay

A gas department employee who was fired for playing an internet card game while on city time was given his job back following a three and a half hour hearing Thursday. Aaron Grier, the gas department’s lead operator, will also get nearly $1,500 in back pay for the 136 hours of missed work since his Feb. 22 termination. According to […]

New disposal service

This billy goat was spotted eating from a polycart on Waters Street. Waynesboro City Administrator Jerry Coalson said no complaints had been made about the animal, but city ordinances prohibit livestock in town. “I wish I could say it was a smart strategy to let the goat clean up the litter along our streets, but it’s just not in this […]

Over 800 drivers stopped during roadblocks

Several out-of-towners were among eleven arrested when officers checked more than 800 drivers in roadblocks set up Friday evening. The checks were set up on Highway 56 South and Highway 56 North and were operated by the East Central Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network. The operation involved local police departments and county officials from Burke, Richmond, McDuffie, Jefferson and Glascock counties […]

A&W Oil marks 60th anniversary March 1946

Sixty years ago today A. Louis Abbott started his first job after proudly serving his country in World War II. He’d gotten out of the Army just seven days earlier. He immediately brought his war-time bride, Viola, back with him to Waynesboro, where he began running a service station on North Liberty Street. Six decades later, that spot on North […]

Turkey population remains strong in Burke

While some across the state may have a hard time bagging a bird when turkey season opens Saturday, hunters could see a good many gobblers strutting around Burke County, according to Sgt. Max Boswell of the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division. Many reports have predicted lower harvest numbers this year compared to previous years, pointing to lower poult […]

Gas prices climb back up after a short break $2.39 unleaded

By Anne Marie Kyzer True Citizen Staff Writer

Just as consumers thought their wallets were safe at the pump, gas prices started climbing again, most hovering around $2.39 per gallon for unleaded in Waynesboro. Prices fell slowly after the post-Katrina price jump, when outrageous prices shocked consumers and rumors of gas shortages caused drivers to race to the pumps. Prices finally fell below $2 per gallon a couple […]