2018-11-07 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 12, 2008

Federal agents joined the search for two Burke County farmhands wanted for murder. Brothers Emerino and Lino Miguel had been on the run since the farmer they worked for found the body of Alajandra Canche, 32, while checking his crops.

Walgreens was scheduled to open in Waynesboro. It would be managed by pharmacist Walt Seeger, formerly owner of Burke Apothecary.

The Georgia Public Service Commission heard arguments for and against the construction of new units at Plant Vogtle.

25 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 11, 1993

Burke County Chief Magistrate Patricia McDonald said citizens had been abusing the warrant process by taking out warrants and then dropping them. She adopted a new policy of not allowing people to drop them. “I want the people of Burke County to know that once a warrant is issued, unless there are some unusual circumstances, it’s going through the judicial system.

Forrest Lyndell Mitchell retired after 44 years as an employee of the Burke County Roads Department. He said that all during that time, he was able to find a shade tree and eat lunch prepared by his wife, Miriam.


Richard M. Nixon was elected President of the United States. Nixon ran third in Burke County behind George Wallace and Hubert Humphrey.

Ralph Elliott was elected sheriff, defeating J.W. Bailey 3370-1165. Bill Barton was elected District Attorney and William M. Fleming retained his post as Judge of Superior Court.

Jimmy Buxton defeated Roy Cates for a seat on the county commission and Jay Cox was elected to the state senate.

75 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 11, 1943

Grand Ole Opry stars Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys performed a concert in downtown Waynesboro.

Charles E. Johnson, Jr. was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Force and was awarded his wings as a pilot.

Evans V. Heath entered Officers Training School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

S.L. Price said he would be a candidate for school superintendent, opposing incumbent Frank S. Palmer.

Return to top