2021-09-22 E-Edition

Revitalizing a gem in nearby Blythe

Lonnie Boardman bought the Bath Gardens property on Bath Eddie Road in 1958 with a vision of replicating the Austrian-village ambience he witnessed while visiting his son in Europe. “He created the gardens for himself but he wanted to share it with people and so it was shared privately,” according to his granddaughter, Catherine Fleming. Boardman died in 1972 and […]

Community rallies around family struck by COVID tragedy

A home on Jones Avenue housed a family of five, embarking on a mother’s dream to escape Miami life and give her children a taste of rural Georgia. Rudolfo Concheso and Ivis Santana moved their 13-year- old son Lazaro Menendez to Waynesboro nearly two months ago and enrolled him in Waynesboro Middle School. Ivis’s 22-year-old daughter Kenia Penalba and her […]

Smith qualifies to run for BOE seat

Darrell Smith, 53, of Waynesboro qualified last Monday to run in the special election to fill the seat of veteran BOE chairman Johnny Jenkins. He is a lifelong resident of Burke County, a graduate of Waynesboro High School and is currently employed as an operations supervisor at EZGO Textron. His children are graduates of Burke County Public Schools (BCPS), and […]

Coach worries annexation is a game changer

Burke County commissioners have unanimously objected to a proposed annexation into the City of Waynesboro. The city has provided notice to the county that it intends to annex two parcels into the city limits, one of which Coach Eric Parker believes would cause traffic problems on Brinson Road. “Whenever a city is anticipating annexing a piece of property, state law […]

Gough: Coming into its own

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a 3-part series analyzing the challenges the Gough community must tackle in order to overcome its stagnated state. Tackling Gough’s issues requires more than just the willingness to change and grow. There is a complacency attached to the area where decades ago land was platted into parcels less than an acre. “It hasn’t […]


Reeves and Murray to wed in October ceremony

Mike and Terri Reeves of Millen announce the engagement of their daughter Katelyn Michael to Stephen Benson Murray Jr. of Waynesboro. Kate is the granddaughter of the late Mr and Mrs. Larry D. Williamson of Statesboro and the late Mr and Mrs Hoke S. Reeves Jr. of Millen Ben is the son of Stephen B. and Jennifer Howell Murray of […]


DINNER & CLOTHING GIVEAWAY The Waynesboro Homeless Taskforce dinner and clothing give away will be Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m.-until, next to Magnolia Acres Apartment Complex. Anyone in the community who is hungry or in need of clothes are welcome. ZOOM CLASS REUNION Waynesboro High & Industrial School Class of ’63 & ’64 will hold its Zoom class reunion […]


After several years of being absent from the pages of the True Citizen, well-known columnist, author and speaker Ronda Rich has returned. Rich is noted for writing about her deep Southern roots with much humor and grace. Columnist Don Lively told the Citizen that he is very happy to see Rich return to the Citizen. “In the day and age […]

Shadrack Street project heads for the finish line

“We can actually get excited now,” City Manager Valerie Kirkland told the City Council Members Monday. After many pandemicrelated material delays, the Shadrack Street Project is finally headed toward completion. Public Works Director Jody Ellison announced to the panel that the fusion machine showed up and the fusion tech is in town. He anticipated that work would resume Wednesday as […]