Environmentalists will fight pipeline along path of Savannah River

Diesel, gasoline and ethanol could be pumping through the underbelly of Burke County in 30 months. If the Palmetto Project gets the green light for construction, 218 miles of the pipeline will be transporting fuel through Georgia. About 30 of those miles would run through the eastern border of Burke County, adjacent to the Savannah River. Several weeks ago, a […]


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – FEBRUARY 9, 2005 Waynesboro City Council was considering a proposal to use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to stabilize and renovate the city’s old ice plant on Barron street. Samsons Manufacturing laid off 64 workers. Ric Lichtenberg, president of the company, said that continued outsourcing to China in the textile industry played a […]


I must confess that I was not anticipating watching the Super Bowl with much excitement. I had no dog in the hunt for one thing — I had to use a hunting metaphor since this is Waynesboro. I figured that the Patriots were going to run away with the game especially after the poor showing the Seahawks gave in their […]

Martha Lynn Brinson

Martha Lynn Brinson went home to be with the Lord after an extended illness, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Born July 7, 1930, in Millen, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lynwood Brinson and the late Pauline Ethridge Brinson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, John Wright […]

Dorothy Bedgood

Dorothy Bedgood of Hephzibah, Ga. went home to be with her Lord and Savior, February 1, 2015. Dorothy Bedgood was the wife of Douglas W. Bedgood, Jr. Mrs. Bedgood, a native of Rhode Island, relocated to Hephzibah in 1991. She attended Open Arms Community Church and worked as a secretary for May Appraisal. She is survived by her two sons, […]


There is a good spirit in Waynesboro/Burke County. People are friendly, cordial and seem to enjoy each other’s company. A good example was the Annual Christmas Parade. Those watching cheered and those riding on the floats responded in a friendly, jovial manner. The Parade brought out a response of neighborliness that makes small town life enjoyable. There are residents who […]

Bank robber put behind bars

A former Burke County resident accused in the Jan. 9 holdup of Southern Bank is Hephzibah has been captured. On Friday, Richmond County deputies arrested Christopher Jodale Cunningham, 38, inside the Augusta home of Shontel Jones, 35, on Brandywine Place in Augusta. Jones is charged with hin- dering the apprehension of a fugitive. Cunningham already had one bank robbery on […]

County jail inmate arrested after trying to eat panties

A jailer was assaulted during a strange turn of events at the Burke County Jail. It happened Jan. 26 when inmate Jasmine Manekas, 26, tore her panties and tried to swallow them “in an attempt to hurt herself.” According to the report filed at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, a female officer was attempting to remove the panties from Manekas’ […]


Volunteers get Red Cross shelter training

If disaster strikes, Burke County will be in better hands. Eleven volunteers spent their Saturday at a basic shelter training class hosted by the Burke County EMA. “If another event like the 2014 ice storm occurs, we will now have a local pool of shelter volunteers who are trained and ready to assist,” Burke County EMA Chief Rusty Sanders said, […]