Teen kills mother’s boyfriend

A Waynesboro teenager gunned down his mother’s boyfriend in the middle of East Twelfth Street. Lorne Letwaine White, 34, was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday, just minutes after he was shot five times. Robert Terrell Smith, 18, the son of Mr. White’s girlfriend, pulled the trigger after a heated argument spilled out of his mother’s North Liberty Street […]


Youngsters at the annual Farm Fest sponsored by the Waynesboro Shrine Club enjoyed a number of country pastimes, such as the Cooperative Extension Service’s Lil’ Pig Scramble pictured above and the Ladies Auxiliary Pie Eating Contest, at right. Other events included a parade, pony rides, face painting, sack races and a variety of musical entertainment throughout the day.

In Sardis

Church members rescue mother from house fire

Church members on a prayer walk rescued a mother inside her burning trailer Saturday afternoon. Jennifer Jester, 31, of Dorris Lane in Sardis, was cooking in her mobile home when grease caught fire in a pan on her stove. When Jester tried to carry the flaming pan to a door, she was burned. Members of Sardis Baptist ” Church who […]

Sheriff Coursey says he’ll run again

Sheriff Greg Coursey says he’ll give it one more go. The 60-year-old sheriff says he’s changed his mind about retirement after “a lot of prayer and a lot of encouragement.” “So many people have been asking me to stay,” he said. “With the state of affairs I see our community in, I believe we need somebody with my experience to […]

Rehab facility for boys opens in Burke

Teenage boys heading down the wrong path will soon have a place to go that’s 100 percent dedicated to helping them. Katherine Lewis appeared at the Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 11, to announce that WestCare, a group of nonprofit organizations that offers treatment for adults and children with substance abuse problems, will be locating in […]

In Waynesboro

Alcohol ordinance passes first reading

Come November, restaurants and retailers will probably sell alcohol until 1 a.m. Waynesboro’s proposed alcoholic beverage ordinance mustered a 3-2 approval from city council Monday – and will become city law if it passes again Nov. 5. Council members have been tossing around the idea of a later last-call since early summer, and on Aug. 6, a similar ordinance with […]

Local eateries to face stricter requirements

Local restaurant owners are busy readying their establishments for a stricter health code that will be enforced later this year. The Georgia Division of Public Health has expanded their guidelines for food service establishments, nearly doubling the number of pages in the code. According to Burke County environmental health specialist Stephen Murray, the requirements will “be quite a shock” for […]

New parking ordinance takes toll on truckers

A Waynesboro woman wants city council to rethink their parking ordinance before police start writing tickets. Last month, city council passed the ordinance intended to get parked trucks off city right-ofways and into privately maintained lots. While its purpose was to minimize road damage and traffic hazards, Waynesboro resident Irene Pitts, whose fiancé drives a rig, says the ordinance is […]

Commissioners accept contracts for senior nutrition program

After months of consideration, Burke County Commissioners have decided to renew two of three contracts to agencies that provide for the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program. The question the commissioners faced was never whether they wanted to continue the approximately $400,000 program – they sought alternative routes to save taxpayers’ money. In the end, however, county administrator Merv Waldrop advised the […]

New School Day Dawns

Scheduling changes prove positive for BCHS

After spending nearly two years planning, administrators and teachers are seeing the fruits of their labor on a new scheduling mode at Burke County High School. The school moved from a traditional six-period day, in which each class lasted about an hour, to an innovative composite scheduling model that combines a mixture of 45- minute and 90-minute class periods. The […]