2020-08-12 E-Edition

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Students at Edmund Burke Academy and Faith Christian Academy were excited to re-enter their schools on Monday morning after five long months away following a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured at left, Charlotte Story couldn’t contain her excitement as she found her desk inside EBA’s first ever K3 classroom. right, Aubrey Sanders, Judson Burch and Gary Williams practice […]

Two local men arrested in Texas on drug charges

Two men with Burke County connections were arrested in Mitchell County, Texas last Wednesday after marijuana and cocaine worth approximately $1 million was found in their pickup. According to information published in the Colorado City Record newspaper and from Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs, District Attorney Investigator Billy Sides stopped a Ford F350 with California license plates which had been […]


The Georgia Department of Public Health showed a total of 219,025 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the entire state as of Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday alone, 2,440 newly confirmed cases were reported as well as 32 deaths and 48 hospitalizations. Locally, according to the B. Lamar Murray Public Health Center, Burke County has reached a total of 532 confirmed positives, up […]

Body found, no foul play suspected

A body was discovered near Beedy Branch Road last Wednesday, but Burke County investigators say the victim appears to have died from natural causes. According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the body was discovered just after 9 a.m. on Aug. 5 by a crew of workers making roadway repairs in the area. The deceased man’s body was found along […]

More True Citizen pages are online

Additional years of The True Citizen are now available online thanks to the efforts of the Burke County Genealogical and Historical Society. Society president Carol Jones said this week, “I’m pleased to announce that we have digitized more of the Waynesboro True Citizen and the issues are now available and searchable online on the Georgia Historic Newspaper (GHN) website: gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/lccn/sn89053289 […]


When Charys Prox and Emma Whinghter decided they wanted to do something to make a difference, they approached Burke Feed and Farm Supply about doing a fundraiser for a local animal rescue. They settled on a dog wash, with proceeds benefiting Old Fella Animal Rescue. According to a spokesperson from Burke Feed and Farm, the pair raised $120, which will […]

BCHS student, teacher honored by Georgia DOE

A recent Burke County High School graduate as well as a BCHS teacher have received prestigious honors from the Georgia Department of Education. Recently, the GaDOE named Jesus Saenz, Class of 2020 salutatorian, and Tonya Torek, ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and French teacher, as Exemplary EL (English Learner) Student and ESOL Teacher. Thirty-three EL students out of […]

Rules changed for absentee ballots

Absentee ballots can be opened a week earlier than usual ahead of elections in Georgia following emergency steps the State Election Board took Monday to help ease a vote-tally bottleneck amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. The board also gave Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office the green light to create an online portal for […]


Clinic and tryouts for Burke County High School‘s cheerleading squad will be held in the BCHS gym Aug. 18-21 from 1-3 p.m. Join the Google classroom (code: 43riqxe) to complete an application and physical forms. The application is due Monday, Aug. 17, and a completed physical form must be turned in prior to tryouts; if the form is not complete, […]