2021-10-20 E-Edition

Rodeo event pays off big for local family

For the Bradley family, the sport of tie-down roping is in their blood. Earl Bradley, Battalion Chief of the Burke County EMA, learned the art of the sport from his dad, Mack. Earl’s sister, Anne Williams, did her share of rodeoing in her early years. The next generation of Bradley cousins, Earl’s sons, Lane and Justin, and Anne’s sons, Travis […]

Fire destroys records at Sheriff’s Office

A cigarette apparently started a fire which destroyed some records and files at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. The Burke County EMA and Fire Department were on the scene battling the fire the night of Oct. 16, which was contained in the outdoor records storage shed. A citizen noticed the fire and notified the detention center supervisor, who called 911. […]

Claims of theft of Municipal Court fines are unfounded

Acting Mayor James Chick Jones read a statement during the Waynesboro City Council meeting October 18 updating the public on recent embezzlement accusations. “The City of Waynesboro was made aware of the accusation against the Municipal Court concerning the collection of fines around September 20, 2021, by the Waynesboro Police Department. As a result of these accusations, the city has […]

Early voting yields little participation

Debate about the changes to Georgia’s voting laws earlier this year got heated at times but not enough to light a fire under Waynesboro and Burke County voters. According to Burke County Elections Supervisor Laverne Sello, as of Tuesday, Oct. 19, only 111 residents had taken advantage of advanced voting at the Burke County historic courthouse. Sello said there are […]


Bird Dog Breakway slated for Saturday

The Bird Dog Breakaway is back after a year away! The 14th annual event comprises a 5-K run, two-mile walk, one-mile children’s derby dash, a pup trot for the littlest runners and an adaptive walk for Center kids. This popular event provides both funds and awareness for the Center for New Beginnings, which provides services and treatment to children with […]

BOC looks at slashing supplement pay

The Board of Commissioners tabled a proposed resolution ending local supplements for elected offi- cials during the October 12 monthly meeting. The proposed change would take effect only after current officials are succeeded by new ones. Elected officials receiving local supplements include the Sheriff – $29,000; Clerk of Court – $5,000; Tax Commissioner – $5,000; Magistrate Judge – $9,400; Associate […]

Shelter works hard to find new homes

The Burke County Animal Services will host events throughout the year that enable people to adopt cats and dogs for free. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved six events per-year during the monthly meeting October 12, that include waiver of adoption fees. Director of Animal Services Chaddrick Parrish approached the panel with a request to waive adoption fees during the […]

Controversy in Keysville

Some Keysville residents are up in arms after Mayor Linda Wilkes charged visitors of a camp meeting at MT. Tabor AME Church, $5 per-vehicle to park on the city’s streets. An October 10 Facebook page posting by Ramona Birt received more than 40 comments, including the mayor’s weigh-in. “In ALL my years of living in Keysville, I have NEVER seen […]

State expands funding for child-care program

More Georgia families will be getting help from the state paying for child care under an initiative Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. Starting Nov. 1, Georgia will expand its Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program by 10,000 children. The program currently serves 50,000 children from indigent and low-income families. “Since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020, […]