Blessing of the Animals is Sunday

Creatures great and small will be blessed at the city park in Waynesboro this Sunday, Oct. 3. At 4 p.m.., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church members will host their annual Blessing of the Animals for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The custom is conducted in remembrance of the Saint’s love for all creatures. The ceremony will be led by […]

Burke Happenings

Retired Educators The Burke County Retired Educators Association will meet 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Burke County Senior Citizens Center. Georgia REA President Dorothy Wilson of Savannah will be the guest speaker. WHS Class of ‘76 Members of the Waynesboro High School Class of 1976 will meet to discuss the upcoming reunion 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at […]

Church News

McElmurray Tabernacle McElmurray Tabernacle Baptist Church will celebrate its 110th anniversary 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3. The Rev. Walter Dukes will be the guest evangelist. First Baptist – Waynesboro First Baptist Church of Waynesboro will have new worship times beginning Oct. 3. Sunday school will begin at 9:15 a.m. and worship service will follow at 10:30 a.m. The public is […]

First full day of fall

Before noon, I had worked up a sweat. How? Sitting on my shady screened porch reading the newspapers. It’s hot here where I live. I don’t yet know the official reading but the prediction was that we would reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It was humid, too. And what’s wrong with this picture? Overnight, the seasons officially changed. Summer ended. Fall […]


I guess we will finally see residents using the new sidewalks on Manau Lane soon. The Waynesboro Exchange Club Fair is set for Oct. 19-23, and fair-goers will likely use the new sidewalk on their way to the event entrance. on their way to the event entrance. I know the sidewalks are part of the greenway, but to me it […]

Looking Back

10 years ago: September 27, 2000 The Bank of Burke County announced it would relocate its Waynesboro office from East Sixth Street to 855 North Liberty Street, the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Harold Rowland. Local industries reported their employment numbers as follows: Kwikset, 650; Samsons, 420; Globe Furniture, 185; Helmac, 150; Ritz, 130; Ramstar Mills, 90; Gary Safe, […]

Don Lively


There’s nothing left. Not a nail. Not a stone. Not a scrap of wood. It’s hard to remember exactly where it It’s hard to remember exactly where it sat and the only way I’m able to get my bearings is to look toward Mr. D and Miss Joanne’s home, across the road, still as stately as it was when they […]

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BOE to adopt code of ethics

Burke County Board of Education members must develop a code of ethics, thanks to requirements by a state law passed this year. Earlier this month, the state Board of Education adopted Local School Board Governance Standards and a Model Code of Ethics policy for local boards to follow. Burke County’s BOE, along with all the state’s other local BOEs, now […]

AYP update: Middle, high schools fall short

Despite improvements during summer school and the filing of two appeals, Burke County Middle and High schools will not meet federal standards for progress this year. BCMS missed the mark for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by one student, according to Allen Kicklighter, who oversees Title One programs and testing for the school system. The school met the overall pass percentage […]