2022-12-07 E-Edition

Joy to the World

Elementary students at Faith Christian Academy presented the story of Christmas December 6.

Girard man arrested for murder

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office arrested thirty-seven-year-old Joshua Glendell Hammock Monday for the murder of Jason Fort. Deputies found Fort, 41, lying deceased in the doorway of his home on Tom Bargeron Road in Sardis. Fort’s death is a result of a gunshot wound under the chin. A preliminary investigation found that Hammock, who lives in Girard, shot Fort during […]


The Burke County Board of Elections hosted 4,062 people at the polls Tuesday and had 461 ballots returned by mail. Advance in-person voting turned out 3,409 ballots, bringing the total of Burke County voters to 7,932. “The turnout of this Runoff at 49.29% was only slightly lower than the General Election,” said Director Beau Gunn. “Our early voting total of […]

The dual role of SRT

Lieutenant James Kelly believes a Special Response Team (SRT) is a necessary part of law enforcement in today’s society. SRT members possess a skill set that differs from most road patrol deputies. Those deputies who serve on the SRT are more tactically efficient in handling situations like the November 16 incident in which Kevin McCardell used two toddlers as human […]

The Reason for the Season

Editor’s Note: The Reason for the Season is a three-part Christmas series featuring local stories of faith, hope and forgiveness. Facing life’s storms with faith “God is just good,” said Wanda Cooper Jones of Waynesboro. “If you have faith of a mustard seed, that faith will get you through your biggest battles in life.” On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, […]

WPD Sergeant to open new eatery

Waynesboro Police Department’s Sgt. Gary Jenkins is bringing a bit of family tradition to Waynesboro’s downtown area. Gary and his brother Mandrell have leased the building that hosted The Rabbit Hole restaurant at 609 Liberty Street. They intend to open a new establishment in mid-tolate January. “This has always been my dream,” Gary said. “I come from a family of […]

Artist hopes to host sip and paint events

Tucked away, approximately five miles out of Waynesboro, is the county’s only at-home contemporary art gallery. “It’s a contemporary gallery, which simply means all of the artists are alive,” Robin Gibson said. Gibson earned a masters degree in art history from Savannah College of Art and Design. Although she does paint, she is most interested in art theory. She is […]

Allie R. Crockett elected to Brier Creek Soil and Water Conservation District

Allie R. Crockett of Waynesboro was elected on November 8, 2022 to represent Burke County on the Brier Creek Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). She will serve the Conservation District for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2023. Allie was raised on Bland Farms, a 2000 acre Vidalia Onion farm in Tattnall County, Ga. She learned the importance of […]

BOC moves toward curbside pickup??

The Burke County Board of Commissioners met during a special called meeting Wednesday, November 30 to discuss the issue of solid waste again. “We have been talking about solid waste for two or three years now,” Chairwoman Terri Lodge Kelly said laughing. After nearly 30 minutes of conversation, the panel decided to put a decision off a little longer. However, […]