2021-06-30 E-Edition

The hero who walks amongst us

Tracy McGee says walking 11 miles one-way to work requires “a mindset that just sets in.” McGee began walking to his job at Wendy’s in 2018. Prior to that, he walked to his job at McDonalds for two years. He showed up for work reliably in spite of the difficulty of walking from Old Waynesboro Rd. The weather often made […]

Historic courthouse will house UGA Archway office

Burke County has been selected as the most recent Archway community. “Archway works as a partnership between a community in Georgia and The University of Georgia,” Operations Coordinator Angelique Jackson said. “Burke is actually the 14th community to be established.” The organization hopes to hire someone by August for the historic courthouse location. “Really Archway is just about understanding what […]

Mad Anthony’s Big Boom is Friday

Citizens of Burke County will gather Friday night for a longstanding tradition of celebrating this country’s independence together. Mad Anthony’s Big Boom Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by the City of Waynesboro’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA), will light up the sky overlooking Jonathan Broxton Park, but there’s tons of fun to partake in before the sun goes down. According to DDA Director […]

Online farmers market is open

The online farmers market run by Augusta Locally Grown (ALG) has opened its newest location in Waynesboro. The 60-plus farmer/producer market will increase fresh-food locally grown access into Waynesboro and the surrounding communities. Customers will be able to order products ranging from dairy, vegetables, meat, eggs and live plants from 12 noon Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday. The items can […]

Nursing homes’ green light is short lived

As the COVID-19 positivity rate climbs in Burke County, area nursing homes must go back to weekly testing of their unvaccinated staff. The Georgia Department of Public Health classifies test positivity rates in each county by color. If the positivity rate in a particular county is less than 5% or fewer than 20 Covid 19 tests were conducted, DPH gives […]

Feeding the hungry

“Golden Harvest came down today to help us feed the displaced, the hungry and the elderly,” Mary Bennett said. The women of the Sisters Offering Service organization (SOS) made up of Bennett, Pat Steele and Lea Gerlach, feed approximately 70 people every Monday and Wednesday and “whenever they get food.” Area churches and Wimberly House Ministries assist with the cause, […]

CNA celebrates four decades of employment

Beginning her employment with the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehab in 1981, 67-year-old Betty Streetman has worked at the facility since before her boss was born. Administrator Tiffany Reese has nothing but praise for the certified nursing assistant, her elder by almost three decades. “She has the hardest job in the building,” Reese said of Streetman. The nursing home is […]

Another civil suit addresses legality of Augusta Judicial split

Black Lives Voters Matter Fund Incorporated filed a lawsuit June 14 in the Superior Court of Richmond County claiming the Augusta Judicial Circuit split violates the Georgia Constitution. The complaint names Governor Brian Kemp and Richmond, Burke and Columbia Counties as the defendants. Black Lives Voters Matter contend the enactment of Senate Bill 9 had a discriminatory purpose and discriminatory […]

Public given chance to weigh-in on redrawing districts

Government officials are giving citizens the chance to weigh-in on defining district boundaries. The law requires that states redraw their congressional and legislative district boundaries after every 10-year U.S. Census. The intention behind the mandated move is to accommodate population shifts that may cause districts to become unequal. The House and Senate Reapportionment Committees are holding ten meetings in cities […]