2022-07-06 E-Edition

Bird dog retires to the capital

After a long and successful career, a local German Shorthair Pointer will spend the rest of his life living out his retirement in the Bird Dog Capital of the World. The start of a canine-owner power team began on a humble note. Fawn Kovach’s family birthed a litter of German Shorthaired Pointer pups. One of the males struggled to begin […]

Waynesboro FUMC faces theological debate

Members of the Waynesboro First United Methodist Church (FUMC) must decide whether to disaffiliate from the denomination, as an unprecedented divide unfolds. Leaders of the North Georgia Conference voted June 2 to allow more than 70 churches, the majority of which exist in rural parts of the Peach State, to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church (UMC) over LGBTQ+ inclusivity. […]

Where the BOC stands on trash

During the called meeting June 28, the Board of Commissioners continued discussions about the dilemma of how to do away with the county’s 108 dumpster sites. The current proposal is to construct 10 manned drop-off sites, each one monitored and staffed with specific hours of operation. The plan would include locating the sites approximately five miles from each residence. Burke […]

Burke Health celebrates one year anniversary

Burke Health celebrates its first anniversary since acquiring the former Burke Medical Center last June, differentiating itself in rural healthcare by specializing in orthopedics and cardiology. Soon after its acquisition, Burke Medical Center underwent a complete re-branding initiative. In addition, the hospital’s clinics were also re-branded to create consistency in their efforts to offer comprehensive services and care patients could […]

BOC designates their share of SPLOST V

The Burke County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, June 28 in a special called meeting to approve their SPLOST V budget. At the top of the list, the panel discussed how much to put toward remedying the county’s broadband issue. They voted unanimously to budget $18 million of the estimated $27,183,600 they intend to collect beginning in two years and […]

BCHS graduate publishes book

“Grieve with Grace” is a book inspired by the personal tragic loss suffered by 1996 Burke County High School graduate Shuntoya Chatman. Chatman lost her oldest son, Christopher, in an accident in 2006. He was 4 years old. The tragic loss inspired her to help others who are trying to cope with grief. After receiving therapy to help her process […]

Lost pet scams, are you at risk?

A lost pet is a devastating experience, but the BBB warns pet owners to be wary of scammers that defraud heartbroken pet owners who have publicly advertised the loss of a pet. The advertisement can help you get your pet returned but it can also open you up to potential scams. Below are some of the more common scams that […]


Discover an ocean of fun events this summer at Midville Library! Friday, July 8 – Make an octopus Friday, July 15 – Finding Nemo Friday, July 22 – Make an ocean wreath Friday, July 29 – Kinetic sand fun-day

Kemp extends gas tax break

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday extended Georgia’s gas tax holiday through August 13. The General Assembly suspended the fuel tax in March as inflation began raising pump prices above $4 a gallon. Kemp extended that break in May and again on Friday. The state gas tax is around 29 cents per gallon. Kemp also suspended the state sales tax on […]