2015-09-09 / Editorial

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – SEPTEMBER 14, 2005

Governor Sonny Perdue was expected to be on hand to dedicate the new Burke County Library. The ceremony was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, September 19 and included breakfast refreshments donated by local businesses.

A new Downtown Development Authority was appointed by the Waynesboro City Council. Its members included Mayor Jesse Stone, Jesse Palmer, III, Elizabeth Billips, Rex Gerlinger, Roy Black, Sterling Wimberly and Lindsai Mobley.

Charles Brannen of Jenkins County announced that 22 lots had been sold along the Ogeechee River in Midville as part of an “upscale” residential development. “The River Landings” owners signed covenants preventing mobile homes or campers in the community.

25 YEARS AGO – SEPTEMBER 13, 1990

16 year-old Amy Johnson was named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. The Edmund Burke Academy senior was the daughter of Richard and Emma Johnson and the only Burke County student to be selected.

Local men deployed during the Middle East Crisis included: Tracy Saxon, Kevin Custer, Michael McKinney, Troyelus Schank, Donnell Jenkins and Kirk Hamilton.

Burke County’s Bears defeated Screven 31-6 while the EBA Spartans handed Robert Toombs Christian Academy a 20-6 defeat.

Surviving members of Waynesboro’s Battery A, 188th Field Artillery, which was mobilized in 1940, met for a reunion at the local National Guard Armory. Those attending included: John F. Quick, Johnnie Becton, Herbert Mobley, Irvin Reeves, Robert Palmer, Q.U. Lively, Ben T. Wood, Sim Bell, Charlie Economos, Milledge DeLaigle, Francis Hatcher and Raymond DeLaigle.

50 YEARS AGO – SEPTEMBER 15, 1965

Former Governor Ellis Arnall, who announced as a candidate in the 1966 gubernatorial election, was scheduled to speak at the Waynesboro Rotary Club.

The Waynesboro City Council endorsed efforts to secure an airport for the county.

Local schools were integrated for the first time. Twentysix black students who applied for transfer to white schools were approved by the board of education.

75 YEARS AGO – SEPTEMBER 12, 1940

Eugene Talmadge defeated Columbus Roberts and Abit Nix to win a third term as Georgia’s governor. He won the Democratic Primary in a landslide. There was no Republican candidate.

Hugh Peterson was re-elected to the U.S. Congress from the First District.

H. Cliff Hatcher discussed the pending selective service act at the Waynesboro Rotary Club. He said that registration for the draft would begin immediately after President Roosevelt signed the new law.

Waynesboro’s Battery A was scheduled to be mustered into the U.S. Army on September 16.

Return to top