2018-01-10 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 16, 2008

Waynesboro police and GBI agents seized seven illegal video poker machines from two local convenience stores.

Buddy Sorrow was named head football coach and athletic director at Edmund Burke Academy. EBA Headmaster Brent Cribb said that Sorrow was selected over 30 other applicants because of his reputation and years of experience.

25 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 14, 1992

Dr. Frank Carter began the practice of family medicine with Medical Associates in Waynesboro. Dr. Russell Acree announced that Carter, a native of Lakeland, would practice in the former Burke County Health Department building on Jones Avenue. Acree added that the Burke County Hospital had an average patient census during the month of 62 percent of capacity.

Burke County Commissioners rescinded an earlier action which had placed the elected panel in the county’s retirement plan.

Members of the Edmund Burke Academy football team named to the all-region team included Phillip Story, Donnie May, Jeff Rollins, Ben Knight, Andy Waters and Ben Hankinson.

50 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 10, 1968

Waynesboro businessman Leon Mims was selected by the Waynesboro City Council to serve the unexpired term of Councilman Tracy Carter, who resigned his second ward post. A special election was to be held Jan. 17 to fill another post in Ward 2 when no one qualified to run in the regular election. Candidates included R.A. Lewis, Louie Reddick and J.V. Williams Sr.

George W. Williams was appointed principal at Blakeney High School as successor to R.E. Blakeney who retired after 30 years of service.

All hard-top passenger cars built after Jan. 1, 1968 were to be equipped with shoulder harnesses.

75 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 14, 1943

Miss Emily Bates of Waynesboro assumed her duties as assistant Red Cross field director at Gulfport Field, Miss.

Officials of the county’s public schools agreed to register boys for the Selective Service when they reach their 18th birthday.

New rules were issued for the rationing of gasoline for passenger vehicles.

Burke County Agent Joel Chappell called on local farmers to produce long staple cotton which would be of greatest use in the war effort.

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