2018-06-13 / Editorial

LOOKING BACK

{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JUNE 18, 2008

35 year-old Cale Odom was airlifted to MCG hospital after being seriously injured in a boating accident on the Savannah River. Odom was thrown overboard when the boat he was in struck bottom in a shallow section near Sylvania.

An anonymous tip led sheriff’s deputies to two stolen 18-wheelers and 36,000 pounds of copper wiring. The trucks had been stolen from Tenant Trucking in Martinez three months earlier and had been partially disassembled. No suspects were named.

A local group filed a petition with the Burke County Board of Education for permission to open a charter school for at-risk students in the Boggs Academy facilities on Quaker Road.

25 YEARS AGO – JUNE 16, 1993

Beaulieu of America announced it would build its new $85 million plant in South Carolina instead of Burke County. Offi cials attributed the decision to a $1.22 million offer from S.C. Governor Carroll Campbell.

Greg Glover, Burke County Extension Agent in charge of 4-H programs, was transferred to Hancock County where he would become chief agricultural agent.

50 YEARS AGO – JUNE 12, 1968

Boggs Academy teacher C.W. Francis said he would be a candidate for Burke County School Superintendent. Others announcing for local posts included; J.S. (Buddy) Benton and J.W. (Squat) Bailey for sheriff and Ashley Padgett for county commissioner.

W.L. Robinson brought in the first cotton bloom of the season.

Members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church planned a farewell reception for Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Gearhart who were moving to San Francisco.

75 YEARS AGO – JUNE 17, 1943

Burke County Commissioners appropriated $175 toward the construction of an air raid lookout tower on top of the courthouse. The City of Waynesboro was asked to fund the other half of the cost.

T. R. Holton Co. Home and Auto Supply store advertised Olympian model tennis rackets for $4.98, 10 ½ inch oven proof glass pans for 39c and a 16-piece casserole set for $1.00.

The Burke County Board of Education announced that it had retired all its outstanding debt. The total had amounted to as much as $100,000 and had existed for many years.

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