2020-05-13 E-Edition

Rep. Frazier pushes for hate crime bill

He was born on Mother’s Day in 1994, the baby of the family. This year, instead of celebrating the holiday and her son’s 26th birthday together, Wanda Cooper- Jones stood by his graveside as state and local officials pushed to have a hate crime bill passed and named for the young man who was shot and killed in February. Murdered […]

Early voting for state primary begins Monday

After a three-week postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia’s primary election is slated for June 9 with early voting beginning this Monday, May 18. This also marks the second delay in the state’s presidential primary after an original March 24 date. While voters are encouraged to utilize the mail-in ballot, which can be requested by calling the Burke County […]

Juvenile court judge Douglas Flanagan dies

A well respected and much loved judge who dedicated part of his career to Burke County’s children has died. Judge Douglas Flanagan, who served as the juvenile court judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, died Thursday morning at his home. Long before entering a courtroom, Flanagan served his country on the battlefield in Vietnam. A student at New York University, […]

Kelley is candidate for Chief Magistrate

Burke County Magistrate Judge Cynthia Kelley announced her candidacy this week for the office of Chief Magistrate. The Burke County native has served in the magistrate’s office since 1991. After completing more than 150 hours of continuing judicial legal education credits at the University of Georgia, she earned her appointment as a full-time magistrate judge in 2013. A native of […]

COVID Corner

Graduation ceremonies have been announced for both Burke County High School and Edmund Burke Academy. EBA will hold commencement on May 23, at 10 a.m. on the school’s football field, and BCHS seniors will walk on July 25, at 9 a.m. The location has not been determined yet. Faith Christian Academy’s plans are still underway. According to Georgia Power, there […]

Ervin joins Blanchard and Calhoun


A top producing realtor has joined the team at Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company’s Waynesboro office. Lifelong Burke County resident Christy Ervin recently joined the West 7th Street group in Old Waynesborough, bringing with her more than three years experience in the real estate profession. “Real estate is a not only a career but a passion,” Ervin said. “I […]

Cleaning up the lake

The Community Betterment Council, which owns Jones Lake, has hired Tim Redden of Lafayette to clear weeds out of the lake. This year there is an especially heavy mat of weed material which is slowing down the water flow on both sides of the lake. Redden’s company uses a machine called a “Weedoo boat” to scoop out the mass of […]

Palmer takes oath

Burke County native and licensed attorney Andrew Palmer was sworn in as Chief Magistrate Judge for Burke County on Friday afternoon in a ceremony conducted by Superior Court Judge Carl Brown Jr. Brown, along with the other Superior Court judges in the Augusta Judicial Circuit, unanimously selected Palmer for the position following the death of former Judge Sterling Wimberly. Palmer, […]

Newborn Sweepstakes to Award $5,529 to Georgia Baby

For the 10th year, the Path- 2College 529 Plan is giving Georgia families who celebrate the birth of a baby with the opportunity to win $5,529 for college through its Newborn Sweepstakes. The hospital where the Newborn Sweepstakes winner is born will also win $1,529. “Financial planning is vital to the success of children,” said Georgia State Treasurer Lynne Riley. […]