Toy football sets off bomb scare at BCAS

Nearly 50 students and 20 staff members were evacuated from Burke County Alternative School last Wednesday when a suspicious football attracted the attention of authorities. What was later determined to be a light-up toy football sent the Richmond County Bomb Squad racing to the school while police and firemen blocked off the surrounding streets. According to Waynesboro Police Chief Karl […]

Joe wins!

Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge

Everyone knows that Joe Shepherd can spell victory, but now he’s got one under his belt that’s earned him $25,000. The 14-year-old home-schooled student competed in the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge last week, picking up the top spot plus a $25,000 scholarship. “We were so excited,” Joe’s mother, Sydney, said, while explaining the competition consisted of three rounds, […]

Council says ‘no’ Neighbors shoot down fourplex plan

Plans to convert a Liberty Street home from a duplex to a fourplex came to a screeching halt Monday night when neighbors bent city council’s ear about ongoing problems. Property owner George DeLoach had filed a request to rezone his R-1 (residential) lot to C-2 (commercial) in order to add two more units to a brick home located next to […]

City pay raises Deal or no deal?

In a Monday night tiebreaker, three months of retroactive pay was initially scratched for City of Waynesboro workers who’d hoped their March 11 raises would stretch back to Jan. 1. However, one misunderstanding and three motions later, city administrator Jerry Coalson was given the go-ahead to issue $19,000 worth of back-pay checks. In mid-March, council signed off on the 2006 […]

One-pound Redbreast claims top prize

Larry Purcell of Savannah shows off the winning redbreast in the 22nd Annual Ogeechee River Redbreast Festival fishing tournament Saturday afternoon. His bright-bellied fish weighed in at .99 of a pound. Purcell, a first-time participant in the contest, drove up from Chatham County the night before so he could get an early start on the river. He set out from […]

Midville could be home for county’s only package stores

If Midville’s citizens want the option to buy liquor in their city, then the town could be home to Burke County’s only package stores. City council decided several months back to pursue liquor sales in the city. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, council indicated that they would only support package sales of spirits as opposed to sales of liquor by […]

Dedication to the Lord

Hundreds gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the brand new Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, April 30. Supporters from all over the county came to Keysville, where the church is located, to be a part of the group to enter the new church’s doors for the first time. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the crowd […]

Time to improve waterfowl habitats

By Anne Marie Kyzer True Citizen Staff Writer

Landowners hoping to see waterfowl in large numbers this fall should act now to attract the birds. The spring planting season offers a prime time for managing crops for optimal habitats, according to Cpl. Matt Garthright of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division. While Cpl. Garthright often spends his time during the waterfowl hunting season watching for […]

DeLoach announces candidacy for senate

No local house candidate

Former Waynesboro Mayor George DeLoach recently announced his candidacy for Georgia State Senate District 23 representing Jenkins, Screven, Burke, Jefferson, Washington and portions of Richmond, Wilkinson and Emanuel counties. At the close of qualifying last week, no Burke County residents had qualified for the House of Representatives District 123 seat held by Alberta Anderson. The only candidate for the post […]

Industry leaders honored

Capital City Bank was host for a luncheon thanking local industries for their commitment to Burke County and networking for industry leaders Thursday, April 27, at the Burke County Industrial Park. The Burke County Chamber of Commerce honored Harold Galloway of Samsons Manufacturing for his many years of service to the existing industry committee of the chamber. For years Galloway […]