2023-01-25 E-Edition

There’s a new BEAR in the Den!

Stephens to be next Bears’ coach

Former Bears’ player and assistant coach, Franklin Stephens, will be the Bears’ next head coach. The Burke County Board of Education approved the hiring of Stephens at last week’s board meeting by a vote of 5-0. Stephens, a Keysville native and 1991 BCHS graduate, has spent the last 16 years leading multiple Georgia high school teams. He comes from McEachern […]

Waynesboro landmark closes its doors

Waynesboro’s only remaining dry cleaning business will close at the end of the month, taking with it memories that stem from 1939. Victoria Broome Daniel (Miss Vic) was born in McBean, but she lived in Waynesboro her entire married life. She received a teaching degree from the Junior college of Augusta in 1930 and taught school before becoming a local […]

Two men convicted as feds crack down on guns

Waynesboro men, James Wayne Cooper Jr., 37, and Christopher Donnell Crumbley, 34, were both recently convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In the past four years, more than 800 defendants have been federally charged in the Southern District of Georgia for illegal firearms offenses, most often for possessing a firearm after conviction for a previous felony. […]

DABC head asks for spending changes

Other Development Authorities are laughing about the way Burke County does business, according to Jonathan Lupo, Director of the Development Authority of Burke County. “It just makes things a lot harder,” he said. “You talk to another development authority and they just kind of chuckle.” Lupo expressed his frustration and looked to the DABC board for guidance during a planning […]

Storm victims need help rebuilding

Tim and Laura Gradous were sitting in a bedroom right behind an interior wall when an enormous tree was ripped from the ground and came through the kitchen. It was raining January 4 as Tim monitored the outside video cameras. “We are losing the house, we are losing the house,” he suddenly exclaimed to Laura right before a loud “booming” […]

Tickets now on sale for Wimberly gala

Tickets are on sale now for one of Burke County’s most popular shindigs, and you’re invited to join in all the fun. “A Taste of Burke County,” the Wimberly House’s annual gala, is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at First Liberty Market in Waynesboro, from 6:30-11 p.m. Friends of Wimberly House have been busy planning this event, which serves as […]

Governor puts hitch in broadband plan

Governor Brian Kemp’s Office awarded a broadband grant to Comcast, causing uncertainty as to how that decision will affect a choice the Burke County Commission made last fall. “We had partnered with Planters which we believe provides a better service,” County Manager Merv Waldrop said during Tuesday’s Development Authority meeting. “I am disappointed.” After hearing from both Planters Communications and […]

Airport requires more than expected

County Manager Merv Waldrop said running an airport is not as simple as just selling fuel. Activity at the Burke County Airport has increased now that the facility has the capacity to sell fuel. Since the runway was expanded about a year ago, planes are beginning to fly in, he reported during the Development Authority meeting Tuesday, January 24. Hart […]

Planters EMC provides two opportunities for local students

WASHINGTON YOUTH TOUR Open to high school juniors, Planters EMC is accepting applications for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2023 Washington Youth Tour. The week-long leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience our government and history up-close while having fun, making new friends, and gaining leadership skills. Applicants must write a 500 to 1,000 word essay on a provided […]