Santa at Healthy Start

Santa will be at the Healthy Start Office, located in the Health Department in Waynesboro, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22. Bring you little one and they can have the picture taken with the big guy. For more information, call 706-437-6912. Coat Drive Free Indeed Ministries will hold a coat drive through Dec. 15. Drop-off locations will be at attorney Jackson […]

Church News

New Springfield The youth ministry of New Springfield Baptist Church in Alexander will present its annual Christmas program 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 12. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Nakia Williams. Refreshments will be served. Ellis A. Godbee Jr., pastor, invites the public. Neely Grove Neely Grove CME Church will celebrate its 116th church anniversary 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. […]

Georgia Family Council


Virtually every major news outlet in the country shouted it and every talk show discussed it: “Marriage is becoming obsolete.” The interest in the apparent obsolescence of marriage came from a highly publicized survey of Americans conducted by the Pew Research Center titled, “The Decline of Marriage and the rise of New Families.” If you care about the state of […]

Other Voices


Before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, the seeds in the cotton had to be extracted by hand. It was a tedious and time consuming job. On large plantations, there was probably plenty of help, but if much cotton was made it still turned into a formidable task. Freeing the seeds from the lint cotton could certainly tire the worker […]

Dixie Divas


When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest, and myriad conflict h e brought to the world around around him. He was not boring. Not ever. And that, my friend, is the boldest mark of a fabulous character. Southern or not. Actually, I […]


Christmas on Liberty Square was a tremendous success thanks to all who participated. A great big thank you to the patrons, also. Nan Palmer Lynch and Amy Lane Livley of First National Bank of Waynesboro spearheaded the event and kept all the volunteers on track. Thanks, “NAmy!” ****** A great big thank you to the Burke County High School Bears […]

We welcome your letters

Letters to the editor of The True Citizen are welcomed and encouraged. These are pages of opinion, yours and ours. Letters to the editor voice the opinions of the newspaper’s readers. The True Citizen reserves the right to edit any and all portions of a letter. Unsigned letters will not be published. Letters must include the signature, address and phone […]

Don Lively


Dixie dirt farmers, that’s what we were. I employ the term with the utmost affection. I had to admit at a very young age that was not cut out to be a full time farmer, but, I wouldn’t swap the farm years for forty fortunes. You can love something even if you don’t have an aptitude for it. I enjoy […]

Looking Back

10 years ago: Dec. 6, 2000 The Waynesboro Child Development Center would remain open after city council members voted 5-1 to override Mayor Martin Dolin’s veto of the center’s funding in the 2001 budget. Nine year Burke County EMA veteran Willie Jordan was named Battallion Chief after receiving the highest score among those taking an exam for the post. Members […]

Ray DeLaigle’s Bridge

A bridge was dedicated this week in memory of former Burke County Commission Chairman Ray DeLaigle. It was an entirely appropriate honor and we join with those who celebrated his service to the county over two decades. Speakers included Sheriff Greg Coursey and former County Administrator Billy Hopper, both of whom knew and worked with Ray DeLaigle for many years. […]