2009-04-01

Football star arrested for robbing fan



A star athlete has been arrested for robbing one of his team’s biggest fans. Burke County senior Rodney Moye Jr., 18, was jailed for three felonies last Thursday af- ter allegedly chasing a Waynesboro man into the woods with a shotgun and stealing his recently cashed tax return. According to Sgt. Matt Raulerson, an investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s […]

Hephzibah couple stages robbery



When police arrived at the Dollar Tree, assistant manager Tonya Sapp was face down behind the counter with both arms stretched out beside her. The 44-year-old mother “came to” with a little prodding and pointed Waynesboro police officers to the empty safe. Her purse was spilled out around her, and she moved gingerly as if she’d been beaten. “She told […]

Meteorite hunters jailed for trespassing



Ralph (Sonny) Clary Jr. Two Southwestern meteorite hunters found fame they weren’t searching for. Just one week after Las Vegas meteorite hunter Ralph "Sonny" Clary Jr. was interviewed by WJBF news reporters in Augusta, he and Arizona hunter Michael William Miller were arrested for criminal trespass in Burke County. According to officers, the pair was searching for debris from the […]

Marchman named Athletic Director of the Year



Athletic directors across Georgia have picked Burke County’s as the year’s best. Burke County High School’s W a d e Marchman received the Athletic Director (AD) of the Year award for Georgia’s AAA classification. The award was voted on by his peers in AAA across the state and presented at last week’s Georgia Athletic Directors Association annual conference. He had […]

Flood warning issued



The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Ogeechee River near Midville. For more information, go to forecast.weather.gov and search for "waynesboro, ga."

Teen arrested for Best Western hold-up



A Burke County teenager has been charged with the September 2008 armed robbery of two pregnant clerks at the Best Western in Waynesboro. Waynesboro police investigators say Jimmy Martin, 17, of Hadden Pond Road, was arrested this morning (Thursday) at the Burke County Jail where he was being held by the sheriff’s office on other charges. Another suspect is still […]

Meteorite hunters banned from Burke County



Two meteorite hunters have been banned from Burke County after pleading guilty in State Court this morning (Wednesday). Ralph "Sonny" Clary and Michael Miller were both fined $2,000 and told "to get out of dodge." Judge Jerry M. Daniel said he’d planned to put them in jail but only changed his mind when the landowner didn’t push it. After demanding […]

Dock Do-over



  City of Waynesboro workers hauled the new public fishing dock off Jones Lake after high winds knocked it off kilter. According to insurance agent Ashton Blount, who donated the dock, it will remain on dry ground while plans are made to stabilize it, most likely by mounting it to posts driven into the lake bed. While the city crew […]

More jobless in Burke



Burke County is sinking deeper into the state’s jobless pool. According to preliminary February figures just released by the Georgia Department of Labor, Burke County’s unemployment rate has swollen to 11.7 percent. While March results won’t be available for several weeks, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says 87 of the state’s 159 counties are already strapped with double-digit unemployment rates. “A […]

BI-LO to stay open despite bankruptcy



It will be business as usual at Waynesboro’s BI-LO despite the company’s recent petition for bankruptcy. Last Monday, BI-LO LLC and four affiliates filed the petition under Chapter 11 in an effort to restructure. Michael Byars, President and Chief Executive Officer of BILO, indicated the decision was made following the company’s inability to refinance a maturing $360 million loan on […]