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News

Minimum wage goes to $7.25 this Friday

Beginning Friday, Burke County's lowest paid workers will get slightly fatter paychecks. Effective July 24, the minimum wage will bump up to $7.25 per hour. For a fulltime worker, that means about $28 extra a week or $120 a month. More...

Groups file suit to stop Vogtle financing plan

Environmental and taxpayer groups have filed a lawsuit to stop Georgia Power's plans for financing expansion at Plant Vogtle. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has filed a suit against the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and Gov. More...

Barrow urges input with online healthcare survey

Congressman John Barrow wants to get Burke County's take on healthcare reform. More...

Sports

THE NEXT BATCH OF BEARS

Camp will teach youngsters the basics

The Bears are getting the next group of gridiron greats ready to play. Burke County High School's football coaching staff will offer a camp for children ages 6-12 Saturday, Aug. 1 at the school. More...

Obituaries

Mr. David Christopher "Chris" Corley

David Christopher "Chris" Corley, 51, of Hephzibah, Ga., entered into rest on Monday, July 13, 2009. He was born in Augusta, Ga., on Jan. 9, 1958. He was a diesel technician for Testmaster of Augusta where he had worked for 28 years. More...

Mr. Donald J. Larkin (U.S. Army Ret.)

Mr. Donald J. Larkin, 48, of Milledgeville, Ga., entered into rest on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Oconee Regional Medical Center. Funeral rites were held Monday, July 20, 2009 at noon from Oak Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Virgil J. More...

O.B. Johnson, Jr., M.D.

O.B. Johnson Jr., M.D., 70, died Sunday, July 19, 2009. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, (today) at 11 a.m. at Dublin First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jack Key and Dr. Bob Williams officiating. More...

Burke Happenings

Burke Happenings

Freshmen Orientation All rising freshmen and their parents are invited to attend the Burke County High School summer orientation program 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday July 24, at the high school. For more information, call 706-554-6691. More...

Church News

Church News

Jones Grove Jones Grove Baptist Church will hold its annual revival, 7:30 p.m. nightly, July 27-31. The Rev. James O. Strowbridge, pastor of Franklin Covenant Baptist Church, will be the revivalist for the week. More...

People

Wedding

Johnson, Baughman unite in marriage

Together with their parents, Pamela Johnson and Benjamin Baughman would like to announce their recent wedding, a private ceremony that took place on July 4, 2009, at the Overlook Inn on Fort Mountain near Chatsworth, Georgia. More...

People in the News

Calandris P. Cooper Army Pfc. Calandris P. Cooper has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. More...

Dancers meet famous choreographer

Quick Steps dancers recently attended the Tremaine Dance Convention in Orlando, Fla. More...

Class of '69

Years, miles can't keep them apart

Even 40 years apart can't break a bond that's thick like family. That bond is the very reason Benny Lewis will fly 2,000 miles back to his hometown, why Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. More...

Phony funeral director scams job applicants

A Waynesboro man is accused of posing as a funeral home employee to collect identity information from at least five job seekers. More...

Editorial

Minimum wage impact

The national minimum wage goes up this week to $7.25 per hour. More...

Political Cartoon

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RFD

Botsford Baptist Church will mark its 236th homecoming celebration this Sunday and everyone is invited. Janice and Ken Widener will present the worship message in song at the 11 a.m. service. A nursery will be provided. More...

For The Record

Missing man calls deputies after seeing himself on news

A Burke County man feared dead by his family is safe and sound. Burke County deputies had been on the hunt for 35-yearold Silas Fletcher since July 18 when his mother called them from Florida with worries over his well being. More...

Deputy returns to work after arrest

The case against a Burke County deputy has been closed. Sgt. Gregg Stroud, 29, entered a plea of nolo contendere to one misdemeanor count of simple battery in Richmond County State Court July 7. More...

From the Blotter

A bite out of crime A would-be prowler got more than he bargained for. More...

Fields & Yields

In the Furrow

Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification Rules

Many of the folks that come to the Extension office need assistance with pesticide applicator training and certification. More...

Ag Briefs

Farm loan funding made available Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that $760 million from the Supplemental Appropriations Act signed by President Obama is available for approved but previously unfunded USDA direct farm ownershi More...

Home & Garden Tips

Getting Bats Out of Your House

There is an old saying about people being driven batty by their problems. The saying never meant much to me. I often get questions from someone concerning bats in their house. These people are truly, being driven batty. More...

School News

Deficit smaller than expected for schools

Burke County Public Schools ended the fiscal year in the red but in much better shape than the budget predicted. More...

Middle school will meet federal standards for progress

Summer school success

Burke County Middle School hit the mark this year. The school will make adequate yearly progress (AYP), federal standards for improvement in schools, thanks to a second chance given to several middle school students with disabilities. More...