IRS extends tax deadlines in disaster areas

Victims of recent storms in Georgia may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Following severe storms and tornadoes beginning March 14, the federal government declared Bartow, Burke, DeKalb, Floyd, Fulton, Jefferson and Polk counties a presidential disaster area qualifying for individual assistance. As a result, the IRS is postponing until May 19 certain deadlines for taxpayers […]

Senior complex draws fire from neighborhood

An Atlanta company wants to develop a senior citizen apartment complex on the old Waynesboro Elementary School site – but city councilmen must first decide whether they’ll change the zoning to allow it. The project has already riled up surrounding homeowners who say the 57 units and 86 parking spaces could ruin their historic neighborhood. But Hammond Development, the company […]

Railroad spur helps save local manufacturer

An extension to the rail system may have helped keep a local manufacturer in Waynesboro. Stefano Rosellini, president of FIAMM Technologies Inc., said at a dedication ceremony last Thursday that the company may have been forced to consider relocation had it not been for the rail spur that now runs adjacent to their facility. FIAMM officials were joined by local […]

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Vogtle moves forward on two new reactors

Burke County is one step closer to two new nuclear reactors. Southern Nuclear Operating Company filed an application Monday morning with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct and operate two additional reactors at Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Generating Plant. The construction and operating license (COL) application, however, still does not mean the company has definitely decided to build […]


• Bids due to PSC on May 1 for meeting energy demand in years to come. Southern Nuclear will submit a bid that includes more nuclear power. • Though company officials once said site preparation could begin as early as December 2008, they have decided to hold off until the PSC approves their plans. • By 2009, the NRC is […]

Judge Bell enters magistrate race

Al Bell is the first to throw his hat into the magistrate arena. The 61- year-old senior magistrate judge will run on the Democratic ticket this July in hopes of becoming Burke County’s new Chief Magistrate Judge. That seat is currently held by Judge Curt St. Germaine who is giving up the position to run for sheriff. “There will be […]

DeLaigle looks to fill commission seat

A lifelong Burke County resident will seek a position on the board of commis- sioners come July. Allen DeLaigle, 68, ann ounced this week that he’ll run as a Republican for the District 4 seat, currently held by longtime chairman Jimmy Dixon who is set to retire after 14 years. DeLaigle openly admits to having no prior political experience but […]

Disaster center will close Thursday

Residents who need help coping with storm damage have one more day to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Center in Waynesboro. The center, set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be open until 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3. It is located in the Citizens Park Gymnasium on Highway 24 South. Since the center was opened last Thursday, […]

Customer threatens Wal-Mart employee with pocketknife

An angry Wal-Mart customer pulled a knife on an employee outside the store last Thursday. Arrest warrants were issued for Reginald Hughes, 15, after he tried to stab a woman who was escorting him from the store, according to a report filed at the Waynesboro Police Department. Hughes had been previously banned from Wal-Mart by the juvenile court for shoplifting. […]

Burke Happenings

Mentor/mentee game Burke Community Partnership will hold its annual Mentor/ Mentee Basketball Game 5- 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Burke County Middle School gymnasium. Concessions will be available. The public is invited. Yard sale The WMU Night Circle of Sardis Baptist Church will hold a yard sale 7-11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in front of the health clinic […]