March 18, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Proposed Medicaid cuts could injure Burke healthcare

Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget proposal for next year could hit healthcare in Burke County hard. Faced with dwindling tax revenues, Gov. More...

News

Experts testify on reactors

Expert witnesses refuted allegations by environmental groups at an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearing in Augusta related to two proposed new reactors at Plant Vogtle. More...

SPEAK UP

Several events focused on Vogtle expansion will be held in Waynesboro over the coming week, including opportunities for local residents to address NRC staff and the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. More...

Commission considers first zoning ordinance

A first-ever zoning ordinance could be on its way for Burke County residents. On March 4, the county's planning commission called a special meeting with commissioners to pitch the idea. More...

Sports

Keller finishes second at soggy invitational

A light mist fell over the course throughout the day to make already frigid temperatures just a little more uncomfortable. It didn't bother Burke County senior John Keller too much, though. More...

Bears begin region play on diamond

The Bears are gearing up to play the games that matter most. Burke County High School kicked off its region baseball schedule Saturday in Milledgeville. More...

All-region basketball teams include Bears

Five Burke County High School basketball players were in the mix when all-region teams were named last week. Coaches in Region 3-AAA select the season's most impressive players for the recognition. More...

Obituaries

Mrs. Susie Marie Parker Weddon

Susie Marie Parker Weddon, 89, of Waynesboro, Ga., entered into rest Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Burke Medical Center, Waynesboro. Memorial Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at DeLoach Funeral Home, Waynesboro. More...

Mr. Nelms Frank Graham Sr.

Nelms Frank Graham, Sr., 85, of Sardis, Ga., entered into rest Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the VA Medical Center Downtown Division, Augusta, Ga. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 2 p.m. More...

In Memoriam

IN LOVING MEMORY MIRIAM HARRELL

Gone But Not Forgotten The years we've shared have been full of joy. The memories we've made will go on and on. We haven't stopped crying since you went away, And we asked God time and time why couldn't you stay. More...

Burke Happenings

Burke Happenings

1964 Class Reunion Meeting Waynesboro High & Industrial School Class of 1964 will hold a reunion organizational meeting 1 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Coradell's Wedding Chapel, located at 840 Academy Ave. in Waynesboro. More...

People

Master Gardener Appreciation Day

A group of green thumbs look on as Burke County Commission Chairman Wayne Crockett signs a proclamation designating March 21 as Master Gardener Appreciation Day. More...

People in the News

Andrea L. Whitaker Andrea L. Whitaker recently graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. More...

Plans for Vogtle units get state approval

The single state hurdle for constructing new reactors at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant has been crossed. The Georgia Public Service Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to certify Georgia Power's plans to build two additional reactors at the plant. More...

Sasser tapped for Blakeney

Blakeney will have a new principal, but she's not new to Blakeney. The Burke County Board of Education approved Renee Sasser as the new leader of Blakeney Elementary School last Tuesday following a recommendation from Superintendent Linda Bailey. More...

Editorial

Good advice on debt

As the unemployment rate has increased, so has the number of services being advertised to help consumers eliminate, consolidate or reduce their debt. More...

Cartoon

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RFD

It is amazing what you can do while you're at the hospital for nearly eight hours. Just recently I spent the day at University Hospital Out Patient X-Ray while my mother's husband (affectionately known to me as MacDaddy) had some tests made. More...

For The Record

Businesses, customers pay price for counterfeit bills

Funny money is back in circulation, and police say the best defense is a $4 marker. Over the past few weeks, counterfeit $20s, $10s and $5s have been popping up in bank deposits from convenience stores, restaurants and local nightclubs. More...

Teen pleads guilty before rape trial

A Waynesboro teen scheduled to stand trial this week for rape pleaded guilty after his jury was selected Monday. Kenard JoaQin Dukes was 16 years old when he was arrested for burglary and rape in May 2007. More...

Driver still critical after dumpster collision

A Waynesboro teen remains in critical condition following a violent collision with a dumpster. Alicia Ketchup, 17, was behind the wheel of an Impala Thursday night when she lost control and spun into a row of dumpsters on Porter Carswell More...

Fields & Yields

In the Furrow

Several Factors Are Influencing Peanut Planting Decisions

As recent as last week growers were telling me that they were not one hundred percent sure what they will be planting. More...

Home & Garden Tips

Mistletoe in Landscape Trees

I am often called and asked if mistletoe is damaging to a tree's health. Although mistletoe has green leaves and manufactures part of its own food supply, it does depend on its host (the tree) for water and nutrients. More...

Recipes from Louise

This week is National Agriculture Week. Agriculture in Georgia still remains the largest segment of its economy. Agriculture is not only a way to make a living; it's a way of life. More...

Church News

Church

Phillip Grove Baptist The W.J. Crockett Gospel Choir will celebrate its 33rd anniversary 5 p.m., Sunday March 21, at Phillip Grove Baptist Church. Pastor Elliot R. Bing invites the public to attend. More...

School News

Students may take fewer tests

On average, students at Burke County High School spend about one out of every five days testing. Now, school leaders are looking for a way to cut back and offer what they say may be a better way to assess what students have really learned. More...

The sound of music

Music will fill the halls of Burke County High School this week when 30 schools send their musicians this way for the district 10 band festival. More...

Waynesboro mayor visits students

"Will he arrive in a limo?" Will he have secret service or body guards with him?" These are questions heard from students before the mayor arrived. More...