2021-04-14 E-Edition

Masters in the Boro

While the tournament was in full swing in Augusta, Burke County folks found a way to celebrate the Masters right here at home. On Thursday, the Downtown Development Authority held a Masters Night Out event, and Jesse Palmer III, president of First National Bank of Waynesboro, pictured above, was one of the first to test out the putting green. At […]

Hunters find human remains

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating human remains that were discovered Sunday afternoon. According to a report from the BCSO, deputies went to the area of Highway 305 and Pinestraw Road at 12:13 p.m. on April 11 in response to a reported “suspicious situation.” The officers were met by hunters who said they believed to have found human […]

City panel okays two new projects


The City of Waynesboro could soon be home to loft-style apartments as well a new venue offering a bowling alley, skating rink and arcade. The projects were presented to the city’s planning commission on Monday, with both getting the green light to move forward. Developers Brian Brookins and Jorge Ungo of Vida Properties Texas requested a conditional use permit to […]

Sheriff gets backlash for education comments

Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams received backlash for comments he made regarding the need for higher education in America’s police departments. A March 23 article in USA Today and a March 22 article in The Augusta Chronicle featured Williams speaking against the GED requirement for police officers. “You can be from Georgia — small-town Georgia — attend an 11-week police […]

Couple budgets time for volunteerism

Editor’s note: As part of the 1000 Points of Light campaign, President George H. W. Bush designated April as National Volunteer Month. The True Citizen is dedicated to promoting and celebrating volunteerism in Burke County throughout the month. A local couple offers their services as they labor in love. Carol and Jesse Palmer, III volunteer at the Waynesboro Care Pregnancy […]

Area students tasted a bit of community service

Wimberly House sponsored its first Jr. Taste of Burke County Cooking camp April 5-9 for elementary students. The group of 13 attendees learned how to prepare meals from preparation through clean-up. The menu consisted of Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, ice cream and a taco bar. Learning how to cook was just one of the purposes of the camp, according to Executive […]


A feature story published April 7 incorrectly stated the Burke Medical Volunteer group had given well over $800,000 to Burke Medical Center. The story should have read that the group had given well over $100,000. Additionally, an article in the same publication incorrectly stated that State Rep Barry Fleming had been fired as Randolph County attorney. The True citizen apologizes […]

Guest Columnist-Alfonzo Williams


The job of a police officer is ever-changing. Over the past three decades (since I was hired right out of high school by the APD), I have seen a marked evolution in the way law enforcement conducts business. Far too many changes have come not from learned experience but on the heels of civil unrest by people of color, emotionally […]


The Burke County High School will hold its prom on Saturday, April 17, with the traditional grand march taking place at the football field, 6-7 p.m. The prom will take place on the practice field from 7-11 p.m. Couples tickets are $60, and individual tickets are $30. Tickets to the grand march are $5 in advance and $10 at the […]