2014-12-24 / Editorial

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 29, 2004

Over 3,000 county residents lost electricity after a Christmas night ice storm hit the area. The Waynesboro Fire Department received more than 20 calls about downed power lines.

A submerged 40-ton excavator at the Burke-Richmond county line caused traffic delays for several days until it could be removed by a 165-ton crane.

Fred Roberts won a trip for two to the Daytona 500 donated by William Mizell Ford during the dealership’s grand opening.

25 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 27, 1989

A ruling by the State Attorney General extended the terms of Keysville’s city officials from one year to four.

Josi Bruni retired after 54 years of service with S. Lichtenberg Co., parent company of Samsons Manufacturing.

William Chad Shivers won the 1989-90 E.G. Dawson scholarship at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture.

50 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 30, 1964

Mary O. Herrington was sworn in as the first female Judge of the Court of Ordinary in the county’s history. She had served as clerk in the ordinary’s office since 1958 and succeeded John J. Jones who did not seek re-election.

Evangelist Michael Guido was the guest speaker at the annual Waynesboro Civitan Ladies Night. The club’s president was Rev. Bob Wagnon.

A.L. Sheppard announced there would be a special New Year’s Eve midnight showing of “Muscle Beach Party” starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

75 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 28, 1939

Rev. H.H. Stembridge of Paris, Tennessee was scheduled to preach at the First Baptist Church. He was a native of Waynesboro.

Among those announcing their candidacy in the February 21, 1940 Democratic Primary were: Tax Commissioner Frances McElmurray Cates, Clerk of Superior Court H.M. Blount, Sheriff J.L. Herrington, Ordinary Joseph Law, School Superintendent Frank S. Palmer and Coroner W.C. Lewis.

“Drums Along the Mohawk” starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert was playing at the Grand Theatre.

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