2021-08-11 E-Edition

East Coast Couple brings funeral home back to life

Joshua and Melissa Brownell recently purchased a Midville building, fulfilling their dream of residing in a historic southern home. The Brownells kept their eyes on the old funeral home via the internet. The listing flip-flopped from pending to up-for-sale over the course of approximately 265 days. Melissa said it has always been her dream to live “down South”. “Ever since […]

COVID victim never seen during welfare check

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a deputy followed proper procedure although he neglected to lay eyes on a COVID victim during a welfare check. Ginger Bridgers asked Burke County’s 9-1-1dispatch center July 31 at 9:34 p.m. to send an ambulance to her sister and brother-in law’s home in Sardis after she could not reach Emily Oglesby by […]


The Burke County Office Park Clinic offers free COVID vaccines August 12 from 6-8 p.m. Everyone over the age of 12 who has not been vaccinated is invited to attend. No appointment is needed. See page 1B for details.

Use of drug for COVID here questioned

In a July 29 public Facebook post, written three days before she was found dead in her Sardis home, 32-year-old Emily Robinson Oglesby indicated that she had been prescribed Ivermectin the previous day by a physician at Burke Medical Center who treated her for a probable case of COVID-19. “He told me he was going to write me a prescription […]

Master 4-H’ers named at State Congress

The best of the best from across Georgia gathered in Atlanta for the 79th Annual State 4-H Congress. Held annually, 4-H Congress is the end of the year highlight for many of Georgia’s youth. Over 400 members were joined by hundreds of staff and University specialists for the four-day event. While at State Congress, members competed in project competitions, attended […]

Second round of notices to ‘no contact’ Georgia voters

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is sending notices this week to 185,666 Georgians who haven’t had any contact with the state’s elections system for at least five years. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger described the move as another step to protect election integrity in Georgia by updating the state’s voter lists. “Accurate voter lists … ensure ineligible people cannot […]

Taylor brother anxious to reopen

Taylors Brothers X-Press, 3938 US Highway 25 N, is looking to re-open in approximately three months. The gas station/convenience store is making a comeback from a February gas fire that began in the kitchen. Owner Eddie Taylor said along with the flames, smoke damage took its toll on the building. The new-and-improved space will include self-service checkout, along with a […]

New laws cause contention

Learning the new voting laws is proving to be a cumbersome task. The Burke County Board of Elections met August 2 to further discuss the changes that Senate Bill 202 requires the panel to implement. The bill, passed March 25, amends Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to elections and primaries. Chairman Harrison […]

Burke County deals with COVID again

The Georgia Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard reported that as of August 9, the percentage of fully vaccinated people in Burke County increased by 1%. The DPH reported that 35% of the county’s residents are fully vaccinated after being stagnated at 34%. Nurse Manager Gina Richardson explained why the numbers might not be exactly right. “The Dashboard is […]