The Burke County 4-H Forestry teams won first place this year in both
the Junior and Senior divisions, at the District Forestry Field Day competition.
The senior team also went on to win second place at the state level competition.
In addition to all of this, there are about 15 students who now know
tree identification, insects and diseases, how to estimate board feet
and how to pace and use a compass – and had a good time learning
None of this would have occurred if it had not been for the untiring
work of three special people. We would like to publicly thank Mrs. Jane
McDaniel, Mark Raines and Roosevelt McWilliams for their investment in
the lives of these children. Many, many hours were spent by each of these
adults to give these students valuable encouragement, experience and
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Shepherd
I received my True Citizen today and read of Mrs. Emily “Lou” Applewhite
I am a United Methodist minister specializing in Christian Education
for the past 32 years. In classes with Sunday School teachers over all
of these years, and in sermons, I have often cited an experience I had
with Mrs. Daniel in her class when I was just 5 years old. My mother
came to pick me up, and I overheard Mrs. Daniel say to her, “Myrtle,
Grady has just been fascinated with our American flag today, and I’d
like for you to let him take it home this week. He can bring it back
next Sunday.” I do not remember what that Sunday’s lesson
was about. I do remember well my surprise that Mrs. Daniel had noticed
what I was interested in, cared about what I was interested in, and trusted
me with that flag for a whole week. In that moment I learned that the
church cares about me, that God cares about me, and that both God and
the church saw me as important and to be trusted.
I have used the example, calling Mrs. Daniel by name, to emphasize that
while our lesson is important, our planning is important, the most important
element in our classroom is the student and how we relate to him or her.
That is what really teaches and is the way Jesus taught. I will forever
be grateful to Mrs. Daniel for that wonderful lesson. I am sure her ministry
with 4 and 5 year olds over so many years affected
Grady W. Mills, II
The True Citizen carried a front-page story in its Oct. 15, 2003 issue
detailing the county administrator’s proposed 2004 budget.
The writer erroneously stated that the present 2003 budget contains
$244,000 in surplus revenue, which was returned to the taxpayers
in December of 2002 through their tax bills.
As of this date, the taxpayers have not received one cent of the alleged
surplus. The commissioners approved the rebate in February, 2003, well
after the mailing of the 2002 tax bills. The much ballyhooed surplus
is nothing more than wishful speculation at this time.
If, and that is a big if, the surplus materializes it would be rebated
in the millage rate to be set by Burke commissioners over the next few
weeks. Whatever the case, do not count on your property taxes going down.
The private side of the tax digest took a huge hit this year due to the
tax assessor’s revaluation of property. Many property owners are
reeling from the shock of the new assessments placed on private property.
It appears that Burke’s land gentry will bear the brunt of the
tax assessor’s blow.
Make no mistake about it folks, we are witnessing a major shift of the
tax burdens in this county. It should be painfully clear to property
owners that the onus of maintaining the fat budgets of Burke commissioners
and the board of education has now been placed squarely on our backs.
This trend is certain to continue with future devaluations of the utility
Bill S. Hargrove
Last Tuesday night, Oct. 14, Jesse Stone, Republican candidate for mayor
of Waynesboro, made a feeble attempt to dupe the Burke County Commissioners
into voting to keep the closed by owner’s representative,
Templeton Circle, in the county maintained road system.
The ultimate purpose being to allow the out-of-state owners to develop
the property and circumvent the county requirement to pave this overgrown
pig path. The net result is we, the citizens, would pay to pave the three-mile
private road for the financial gain of the developer Davio Hogan, and
the out-of-state descendants of the original owner. Talk about sticking
it to us.
B. S. Harrison
(Editor’s note: This road was among 26 the Burke County Commission
approved for removal from the county road system last Tuesday night.)
In the almost eight years that I have worked in Waynesboro, I have grown
to love this community. Its spirit and unity have always impressed
me. Waynes-boro is the kind of place you rarely find, where neighbors
truly know each other and care about the community in which they
However, there are times I wonder if we are losing that spirit and the
ability to “rally around each other.” Will Waynesboro become
just like the other small “ghost” towns we drive through?
These are places where small businesses are gone, the downtown is empty
and people have to go elsewhere for events and entertainment.
People often comment they “wish we had this in town” or “would
love to have that.” But look at what we have here. Are we supporting
the businesses and events we already have?
Take for example, Waynes-boro Antiques & Fine Living. As a whole,
the event far exceeded expectations. We had a great crowd, and I think
everyone who attended had a wonderful time. On the other hand, there
were many who could have attended but chose to “wait and see” rather
than show up. If you can believe it, several walked through the market
before the event began, rather than purchasing a ticket. And then there
were those who told me over and again about the antiques, similar to
the ones the event highlighted, which they planned to purchase elsewhere.
Waynes-boro will never reach its full potential without a commitment
from the community to support what’s already here. We can’t
get more stores if the ones we have aren’t profitable.
Our restaurants won’t survive if people go to dinner in Augusta
because its $3 cheaper. And if we have a complaint or suggestion for
a business, let them know. They can’t be what we want if we don’t
tell them what we expect! And so the future of Waynesboro’s charming
downtown and community events rests in our hands.
Do we want to preserve the charm and history of Waynesboro? Do we want
our children to grow up and decide to stay in the community? Do we want
this place to be one we can continue to be proud of?
If our answer is yes, then we know what to do. Support what is here and
work to make it even better. The only thing limiting us is ourselves.
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