EBA football coach resigns

Edmund Burke Academy’s athletic director and head football coach resigned Monday – just hours before a meeting in which a large group of parents intended to complain to board members about his behavior. Jeremy Blackstock, who had just been named to those positions for the 2007-2008 school term, cited his reason for leaving as “strictly a family decision.” The cause […]


Inmate dies in South Carolina

One of the Regions Bank robbers has died in federal custody. Damien Jermaine Jones, 28, died Thursday night en route from Estill Correction Institution to the hospital. According to Hampton County Coroner Gordon Rhoden, Jones became ill at the prison and was being rushed to the hospital for treatment. While Rhoden would not comment on the nature of Jones’ illness, […]

Spooky stories wanted

The True Citizen staff wants to get spooked. Between now and Oct. 26, local fourth- and fifth-graders are invited to send us their best scary stories. The first, second and third place winners will have their stories printed in the Halloween edition of the paper. Entries will be judged on readability, creativity and the ability to scare the heebie-jeebies out […]

Scoping out profits

Local economy booms with business from hunters

While deer hunters are setting their sites on the opening of rifle season this weekend, Burke County business owners are anticipating some big bucks to come their way. The influx of hunters is expected to bring a boom to local eateries and outdoor supply dealers. Hotels will likely see a boost as well since many of the hunters will travel […]

Downtown merchants scare up trick-or-treaters

Waynesboro merchants are bringing Halloween back to Liberty Square. On Oct. 31, kids are invited to “Trick or Treat on Liberty Street” from 3-5 p.m. Merchants are hoping the earlier hours will allow younger trick-or-treaters to get their fill before dark and will help alleviate heavy Halloween night traffic in Waynesboro neighborhoods. According to Nan Palmer, who chairs the Downtown […]

High school builds job opportunities for students

The sounds of pounding hammers and skill saws aren’t just coming from the construction of new classrooms outside Burke County High School. They’re coming from students, who are learning skills that could land them a job after graduation. The high school started a new construction program this year in the career and technical education department, where students will be taught […]

Big happenings in Keysville

Girard woman hopes to open clinic

Samantha Holton knows she can’t save every abandoned animal in Burke County – but that doesn’t stop her from trying. She gladly spends each day tending to her 48 dogs, going through 75 pounds of food like there’s no tomorrow. That’s her cause though – without her, there would be no tomorrow, and most likely, not a yesterday either. She’s […]

Developers Day postponed

The annual Developers Appreciation Day scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, has been postponed. Organizers decided to reschedule the all-day event due to a conflict that would have kept many of the state leaders from attending, according to Amylia Mobley of the Burke County Development Authority. Along with the tour, lunch and other daytime events, the Thursday night oyster roast has […]