2018-07-11 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – JULY 16, 2008

In a referendum on animal control, almost 80 percent of voters expressed support for the county to build and operate an animal shelter, along with the creation of an animal control program.

Sterling Wimberly garnered 54 percent of the votes against two opponents to win election as Burke County Chief Magistrate. Other winners included county commissioner Wayne Crockett and incumbent Rep. Gloria Frazier.

Officers arrested 18 year-old Kellington Chandler in connection with the July 7 holdup of the Southern Bank in Waynesboro. Another suspect, Leonard Davinci Hardwick, was already in custody.

25 YEARS AGO – JULY 15, 1993

Major portions of downtown Waynesboro were named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Burke County Board of Education voted to ban smoking on all school campuses, beginning with the upcoming 1993-94 school year. The ban would affect students and all employees.

Extremely hot weather decimated crops in the county and was believed to be the cause of death of at least one person. 71 year-old Prince Albert Stevens was found on a farm on Hendon Road after having suffered from heat prostration, according to Coroner Craig Kennedy.

50 YEARS AGO – JULY 10, 1968

Former UGA quarterback and football team captain Kirby Moore joined the staff of the Bank of Waynesboro.

The Georgia Power Company announced plans for an open house at its new office at the corner of Liberty and Eighth Streets.

Waynesboro’s new city hall was completed and administrator Billy Hopper said it would be occupied within the next two weeks.

75 YEARS AGO JULY 15, 1943

Dr. W.D. Lundquist defeated R.C. Neely in the finals of the Waynesboro Golf Championship.

Local men serving in the war effort included Airman C.E. Johnson, Jr., Army Air Corps Cpl. Joseph G. Mallard, Marine 2nd Lt. William L. Wilson and Paul B. Sapp was attending Navy Officer’s Training School at Emory University.

Roy B. Hargrove, Jr. was appointed cadet second lieutenant at The Citadel in Charleston.

County Agent Joel Chappell said there was a serious farm labor shortage in Burke County and the rest of the state. He said that migrant workers would help, but not solve the problem.

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