2015-07-15 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JULY 20, 2005

A report by the Associated Press named Plant Vogtle as the favored site for Southern Nuclear’s first new reactors in more than 30 years, but company officials said the decision was “pretty far down the road.”

Dick Byne of Byne Blueberry Farm said he hoped to harvest 100,000 pounds of berries before the end of the season. He said more than 80,000 pounds had already been harvested.

Bobby Braswell retired after 40 years of service with the City of Waynesboro. His retirement also brought to an end three generations of members of the Braswell family who worked for the city in various departments, beginning in 1919.

25 YEARS AGO – JULY 19, 1990

Anne Perry, Lela Stone and Johnny Jenkins were all re-elected to their posts on the Burke County Board of Education.

A joint report by several agriculture-related agencies stated that continued drought and near-record temperatures could cause up to $11 million in farm losses in the county.

A special memorial service was scheduled at Fellowship Baptist Church in honor of the late Deacon Shelley Coleman who passed away in 1988. Coleman had been active in a number of community organizations as well as the church.

50 YEARS AGO – JULY 21, 1965

Kent Canning Company, located on Barron Street, was in full operation under the leadership of co-owner Donald Kent. Local farmers brought peas by the truck load to the local facility.

Angela Jordan of Girard was attending Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant School in Miami.

Burke County Commissioners set the millage rate at 44 mills, up 3 mills from the previous year.

Some 466 local 5-and 6 year-olds were enrolled in the Headstart program here.

75 YEARS AGO – JULY 18, 1940

Ministers and leading laymen from Augusta, Waynesboro and Vidette were scheduled to take part in the ordination of Robert C. Daniel of Waynesboro into the Baptist ministry.

J.W. Borom, manager of the Anthony Wayne Hotel, landed two trout on one cast while fishing in the Savannah River. Both fish were hooked on a lure at the same instant.

Soil Conservation Service officials warned that failure to control weeds could seriously retard the growth of newly planted kudzu.

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