2018-08-08 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 13, 2008

A local man was shot in the back and mouth at a Cherry Street hangout called “The Hole,” which former District Attorney Danny Craig had tried to have demolished three years earlier.

The father of 11 children found on Spring Hill Church Road turned himself into authorities. Jeremy Lane Long was arrested and charged with cruelty to children in the second degree.

Henry and Miriam McReed of Midville were arrested for growing marijuana after a task force team spotted their crop from a helicopter.

25 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 12, 1993

New traffic lights costing over $50,000 were being installed in downtown Waynesboro. Mayor pro-tem Harvey Sapp said the project was funded by the state and the only expense to the city would be the new utility poles for the project.

With a 3-2 vote along racial lines, the Burke County Commission rejected the recommendation of Richard McDaniel to fill a vacant extension agent slot. Jim Fountain of the Georgia Extension Service had made the recommendation over the objection of the three black members of the commission who wanted Grady Sampson, who already worked in the county, to be the new director of the agency.

Georgia state Fire Marshal A.D. Bell praised the fire control services of the Burke County Emergency Management Agency, saying that the county provided “the same service to residents whether they live on the outskirts of the city or in the most rural sections of the county.”

50 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 6, 1968

The True citizen increased its subscription price from $4 to $5 per year. It was the second increase in 23 years. The single copy price went from 10c to 15c.

Candidates for Burke County Sheriff included J.W. Bailey, John Ward, Buddy Benton, Billy Glisson, Bill Blackston and Ralph Elliott.

Boggs Academy Superintendent Calvin Thornton was appointed to head up the United Fund’s school system fund drive.

75 YEARS AGO – AUGUST 12, 1943

The Anthony Wayne Beauty Parlor reopened under the management of Elizabeth Netherland Doan.

Burke County farmers were encouraged to attend a public hearing held by County Agent Joel Chappell to determine the prevailing farm wage rates.

In a front page story, The True Citizen reported that food prices being advertised by the Waynesboro Groceteria were “the lowest we have seen or heard from this year.”

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