2008-06-25

Investigator solves North Augusta, Louisville armed robberies



Two armed robberies have been cracked, thanks to Chief Investigator Gene Boseman of the Waynesboro Police Department. At noon today, he apprehended two suspects wanted in recent armed robberies in Aiken and Jefferson counties. They have since been identified as Waynesboro resident Christopher Michael Walker, 27, and his girlfriend Georgeann Nixon, also of Waynesboro. Investigators believe Nixon drove the getaway car. A […]

Girard shooting suspects turn themselves in



Girard shooting suspects turn themselves in Both suspects wanted in the June 13 shooting in Girard of Charlie Edward Mobley have turned themselves in at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sgt. Dedric Smith, investigator for the BCSO, Brooks Jermaine Givens turned himself in earlier this week and Shatner "Shaq" Latron Kelly did the same late last (Thursday) night. Givens […]

Another qualifies for school board race



Another qualifies for school board race Greg Chandler, incumbent District 4 representative on the Burke County Board of Education, has officially qualified for the race to retain his seat. So far, Chandler and challenger Ray Lane have qualified to run for the District 4 seat, and Charles “T-Bo” Thames, Lynn Crews and incumbent Barrett Wimberly have officially entered the race […]

Vogtle Drill Canceled



Vogtle Drill Canceled An emergency drill planned for today (Wednesday) at Plant Vogtle has been cancelled. However, plant officials are still sending test messages over emergency radios and sounding sirens as scheduled to test the alert system for residents within 10 miles of the plant, according to Southern Nuclear Operating Company spokesperson Carol Boatright.

The Road to Miss Georgia



A small town girl could have a big-time title come this Saturday. Waynesboro resident Laura Stone, the reigning Miss Augusta, will compete against 37 other girls at the Miss Georgia pageant in Columbus. Twenty-one-year-old Laura is a soon-to-be University of Georgia graduate with a possible future in business and law. But if you ask Laura, her focus is on one […]

FEMA to grade Vogtle on disaster readiness



This week, federal officials will find out how employees of Vogtle Electric Generating Plant would handle a disaster at the nuclear facility. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grade the plant’s response to a simulated emergency today. The staged scenario will require plant staff and emergency agencies to handle a situation that could have deadly radiation releases. The drill […]

Candidates qualify for State Court judge, BOE seats



As of last night, five candidates had qualified for Burke County’s non-partisan races. Incumbent Judge Jerry Daniel is the lone contender so far for Judge of State Court. Judge Daniel has held the seat since 2000, when he was elected to his first four-year term. No one has indicated that they plan to oppose him. Three candidates have quali- fied […]

Relay For Life nets $78,885.65



While Burke County didn’t quite meet its $82,000 Relay For Life goal this year, organizers were pleased with the overall effort that netted $78,885.65. With 100 percent participation, Burke County public schools contributed a large por- tion of the monies this year, bringing in a total of $27,051.83. The top fund-raising school was Burke County Middle School with $10,116.87. Plant […]

BCP taps new executive director



The Burke Community Partnership (BCP) will soon have a new leader. Last week, the board of directors approved DeAndre Davis as executive director to replace Deena Sams. Davis currently serves as project coordinator for the organization, which works to ensure student success in school. He has worked for BCP fulltime for the past five years and volun- teered for two […]

Producers finally have a farm bill



After years of planning and months of limbo, producers finally have a farm bill. The U.S. Senate voted 80-14 last Wednesday to override President George W. Bush’s veto of the farm bill. The House of Representatives voted 317- 109 in favor of the override. Both of Georgia’s senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, as well as Congressman John Barrow, who […]