2018-12-05 / Editorial


{this week in Burke County history}

10 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 10, 2008

A developer from Dunwoody, Ga. said he would try again to get city approval to build a retirement community in the historic Academy Avenue neighborhood. The proposed project, which would include one of the former school buildings, had been rejected by the city council earlier in the year.

Waynesboro native Dr. James Oliver was recognized for his 35 years of service to Georgia Southern University. The university’s Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology was named in his honor.

Advertisers included; Our Family Café, Dodson Construction Co., Lights of the South and STL Book Warehouse Outlet.


Burke County High School football coach Tom Temple was found dead in the athletic weight room at the high school. Coroner Craig Kennedy and Sheriff Greg Coursey said preliminary investigations indicated the coach committed suicide by hanging.

Waynesboro native Harry G. Coursey was promoted to the newly-created position of executive assistant director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He had been with the GBI since 1971.

19 year-old Wilbert Holmes was credited with saving the lives of three people in a house fire in Sardis. The Burke County High School junior was hailed as a hero by law enforcement officials and the family he rescued from the fire which totally destroyed their wood-frame home.

50 YEARS AGO – DECEMBER 11, 1968

Waynesboro High School football players honored for outstanding performance during the 1968 season included; Lawton Tinley, Danny DeLaigle, Marty Banks, Johnny Scott, David Carswell and Rudy Glisson.

Burke County Board of Education members refused to approve the use of a predominantly white school for use by the Headstart program. Federal agencies had said the county would not be funded for the program unless a predominantly white school was made available. Schools approved by the board for the program were Blakeney High, Gough Elementary, Cousins Elementary and S.R. Dinkins Elementary.


“News from our boys and girls in service” Lt. Emmett Gresham was confined to the hospital with a broken collarbone. He was stationed overseas.

James Dwight Knight of Waynesboro was in training at the U.S. Maritime Service Station in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Warrant Officer Wiley Vinson was home on furlough visiting his mother, Mrs. Clara Vinson.

Former Burke County School Superintendent T.J. Lance was named state supervisor of public schools in northwest Georgia by State School Superintendent M.D. Collins.

T.W. Radford, M.K. Tucker and F.M. Cates announced their candidacy for posts on the county commission.

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