Killer gets life after guilty plea

Gordon murders

A career criminal who torturously murdered an elderly Waynesboro couple won’t pay with his life but will spend the rest of it behind bars. Tony O’Neal Grubbs, 42, pleaded guilty last Friday to all charges against him stemming from the June 2010 stabbing deaths of Ralph and Trudie Gordon, 82 and 83, respectively. His plea spared him the death penalty, […]

play ball!

Local youngsters have hit the ball fields as the Waynesboro-Burke County Recreation Department begins its spring sports season. Above, Asia Cummings, 9, catches the ball while warming up with her teammates, and, at right, 5-year-old Carliegh Woods fields a grounder during t-ball practice.

Burke backs Gingrich


Unofficial results reported by the Burke County Board of Elections as of 10: 05 p. m., Tuesday.

Confession of 10-year-old murder suspect played in court

Will tape be thrown out?

On one side, you hear the story of a 10-year-old who told lie after lie before admitting he shot his soon-to-be stepmother in the back and said, “that’s what you get bitch.” On the other side, there’s the picture of scared little boy who was pushed to his breaking point and denied his most basic rights while officers recorded his […]

Officials consider hospital’s future

They can all agree on one thing. They want to see Burke County’s hospital stay open and thrive in the future. What they haven’t come to terms on yet is how much of a role county government should play. The group of local physicians who make up HealthSpan LLC, a private company that leases and operates the hospital, appealed to […]

Aiken group buys Chalker Publishing

An Aiken County firm is buying the Chalker Publishing facility along with its printing equipment. On Tuesday, Wagener, S.C. businessman Andy O’Byrne committed to the purchase of the East Sixth Street business, which was established by the late Roy Chalker Sr. in 1957. The True Citizen will continue to operate independently and will be published on site by the new […]

Electric cooperatives make $ 10M- plus tax payment

Representatives of Planters EMC, Jefferson Energy and Oglethorpe Power Corporation presented a check for $10,162,626.60 to Burke County Tax Commissioner Cynthia McManus, second from left. Pictured with her are Planters EMC General Manager Matt Brinson, Oglethorpe Power Corporation Director of Community and External Relations Diane McClearen and Former Rural Utility Service Administrator and retired Jefferson Energy Director Jim Andrew. The […]

Lowering Jones Lake

Waynesboro city workers Grover Vickery and Jason Skinner opened the spillway at Jones Lake yesterday (Tuesday), beginning the two-day process of dropping the water level by nearly three feet. It will remain low for three consecutive weekends to allow lakefront homeowners to clear around their docks and waterlines.


Looking Back

10 years ago: March 6, 2002 The two finalists to succeed retired Waynesboro City Administrator Jack Brantley were former Sumter County administrator Darrell Hampton and current Waynesboro assistant administrator Jerry Coalson. Hundreds of local citizens turned out at a public hearing to tell Congressman Charlie Norwood and the U.S. Navy that they did not want a Navy airfield in the […]