2022-04-13 E-Edition

Business mascot leaves behind legacy

A posh pointer left behind a legacy of love and loyalty for her owner. Casey Lewis was 19 years old when she adopted a German shorthair pointer puppy and named her Cornbread. She took the dog with her while she attended college at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Lewis lived alone off-campus and she originally obtained the dog for […]

Running for public office

Local candidates spoke about why they are running in the upcoming elections. The Nonpartisan General Election is held in conjunction with the General Primary, therefore nonpartisan races appearing on the ballot on May 24 will be decided then. The only contested nonpartisan race is for Board of Education District One. County Commission District 4 also has two candidates, but since […]

Mayor Carswell pleads guilty

Waynesboro Mayor Gregory Carswell pled guilty Tuesday, April 12, to a felony count of identity fraud, a felony count of theft by taking and a felony count of theft by deception. The state elected not to prosecute him for a fourth charge, forgery in the 2nd degree. As part of his sentence, the Bulloch County judge ordered Carswell to 10 […]

The race to sell liquor begins

The Waynesboro City Council will soon be tasked with deciding who gets to open a liquor store as people begin to turn in applications. As of April 7, the city had received four applications. According to the new ordinance the council will address the applicants’ requests during a public hearing, separate from the monthly city council meeting. However, the applicants […]

Transforming Vidette to a city of compliance

City officials have a new vision for Vidette that includes a new-andimproved City Hall and compliance with Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) requirements. “We have not been in compliance because we were not aware,” admitted Councilwoman Monalisa Pollex. The City of Vidette has hired Attorney Chris Dube to advise them at a retainer of $300 per month. “He said he will […]

Local woman needs help with medical expenses

A controlled burn that went feral Feb. 24 left Marsha Neely of Waynesboro with second and third degree burns. “When we lit the bamboo, it just went wild,” she said. “It was like gasoline.” Neely, 59, said she got trapped on her 4-wheeler, unable to do anything but put the vehicle in reverse. As she was forced to rush toward […]

Big band music coming to town on Tuesday

What do you call the fusion of big band with contemporary pop music? The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience, and you’re invited to witness it live on Tuesday as part of the Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series’ season. This high-spirited, energetic ensemble indelibly stamps vocal jazz and swing with a contemporary punch. Johnson, an Emmy award-winning crooner and lead singer of the […]

Pay raise for teachers coming soon

ATLANTA — Friday was payday, of a sort, for 270,000 state, public university and K-12 employees in Georgia. For the 100,000 state and university employees, it was the first day that a $5,000 pay raise kicks in. Meanwhile, for the 170,000 K-12 employees, a $2,000 bonus is on the way before June 30. The more than $800 million in additional […]

Local women weigh-in on gun carry law

Georgia’s state Senate and House passed the constitutional carry bill last week that Gov. Brian Kemp signed Tuesday April 12. Georgia is the 25th state in the country to allow legal gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a gun carry permit. The new law will mainly affect private business owners. Guns will not be allowed in the Judicial Center […]