Masters guests filling local hotels, B&Bs

Several hundred expected to stay here

Thousands of golf fans will spend their days in Augusta next week … but hundreds will spend their nights in Burke County. “A lot of our guests say they’d rather get out of the hustle and bustle of Augusta,” Jameson Inn manager Pat Shaw said. “They spend the day at the Masters, then come back to Waynesboro to eat dinner […]

Man, dog killed Friday in Hwy. 56 collision

A Waynesboro man and his dog were killed Friday morning when their Ford Ranger drifted into the path of an oncoming semi. According to a spokesperson from the Georgia State Patrol Office, Albert Kesterton, 52, was traveling south on Highway 56 when he crossed the center line and struck the front end of a semi pulling half of a double-wide […]

Chambers win ag family of the year

Fred Chambers was speechless when he and his wife, Martha, stood to receive their award for Agricultural Family of the Year last Thursday night, but the broad grin on his face said it all. The Burke County Chamber of Commerce honored the couple at the 10th Annual Agriculture Appreciation Cookout at Smith Farms. Chambers pointed to his “great family” and […]

Fruit producers escape damage from weekend frost

Good crop expected for strawberry, blueberry growers

Locals will still be able to pick up a bucket of juicy, red strawberries soon or enjoy plenty of locally grown blueberries this spring even though a frost threatened local crops over the weekend. The county’s lone blueberry and strawberry producers escaped potential damage to their crops from the frost by, surprisingly, making ice. Dick Byne of Byne Blueberry Farm […]

DAR Mad Hatter’s Brunch is Saturday

Grab your favorite hat, whether it’s silly, sassy or simply pretty, and join the Edmund Burke DAR for the Mad Hatter’s Brunch Saturday, April 1. Bring a friend and enjoy food, fun and fellowship with ladies, young and old, at the historic Wilkins-Hagood House, 207 Eighth St. There will be two seatings, one at 10 a.m. and the other at […]

Tedrick Kelly releases first album

Not a Game'

A homegrown singer and songwriter is getting his shot at stardom. Tedrick “Tetris” Kelly released his first album, “Not A Game,” yesterday (Tuesday) following a whirlwind of performances and appearances. Besides opening for Ciara and performing for Gov. Sonny Perdue, Kelly is landing spots on radio shows and singing his way across South Georgia. “I feel so blessed … performing […]

Plant Vogtle conducts safety response drill

In the case of an emergency at Plant Vogtle, surrounding citizens can rest assured knowing that the plant’s response plan was found to be “more than adequate.” Officials from several state and federal agencies visited Plant Vogtle last Wednesday for an emergency drill to test its emergency response plan. Plant employees and outside organizations, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, […]

They mean business

Local entrepreneurs got a business lesson last week at the Burke County Chamber of Commerce’s Resource Seminar. Representatives from seven state and federal organizations were on hand with information about low interest loans, workshops, local resources and support systems. Pictured above, Rick Alley, center, of Alley Cat Construction, talks to Kathy Ross of USDA and Gil Hayes of SCORE. Below, […]

Shepherd wins state championship

Waynesboro’s own spelling superstar is continuing to capture championship titles. While Joe Shepherd is no longer spelling his way to the top, he still proves that practice pays. Earlier this month, the 14year-old home-schooled student won the Georgia state championship in the fourth annual Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge, a competition based on the magazine’s popular spelling capture no […]

Sardis applies for block grant

The City of Sardis may soon receive half a million dollars for city repairs. During the city council’s meeting held last week, council members adopted a resolution to authorize a Community Development Block Grant Application (CDBG). The grant, which would come from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, would provide the city with $500,000 to be used toward two target […]