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November 10, 2004

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Veteran's Day ...
Remember Those Who Served

By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Staff Writer
hen Luther Robinson opened his eyes, he was lying on the edge of a cobblestone street and German women were coming at him with butcher knives and pitchforks.

He was only 20 and too stunned to be scared.
Minutes before, he and nine crewmates had bailed from their B-17 bomber, the “Queen of Hearts.”

It was April of ’45, and they’d almost reached their target, a jet airfield near Berlin, when Robinson, the top turret gunner, spotted two black dots in the distance. The dots grew into fighter planes that spat out 40 mm. shots like a hundred little cannons. Both of the bomber’s engines were knocked out, and 100-octane fuel spewed from the cracked tank.

Fire shot out like a blowtorch as Robinson squinted down into the gaping side of the plane. The aluminum blew off and tumbled 23,000 feet into the village below. The crew would soon follow.

“ I said I’d never jump,” Robinson said, squeezing his hands together, “but when I saw that fire, I was the third one out.” Dread filled his chest as he rolled out of the burning plane and dropped through the curtain of smoke.
“ There was so much flack you could almost walk on it,” Robinson said. (Read Rest of Story in The True Citizen.)



Record Voters Turn Out For
General Election
By Jimmy Ezzell
True Citizen Editor
Burke County turned out in record numbers in the Nov. 2 general
election with 8,571 of the 11,000-plus qualified voters casting ballots for an 81.82 percentage. State and local election officials had predicted a large turnout with most expecting the vote to be in the 73 percent range.

Even though this was a presidential election year, local races in Burke County brought out the voters. In the presidential, U.S. Senate, 12th Congressional, State Senate and County Tax Commissioner races 8,000-plus votes were cast in each contest. The contest for sheriff between veteran Greg Coursey and challenger Susan Salemi drew 7,549 votes, and the Clerk of Superior Court race between Sherri Cochran and Sylvia D. Glisson saw 7,831 votes. The contest between incumbent Democrat State Rep. Alberta Anderson and Republican George DeLoach drew nearly 7,400 votes in the county.

In the 2000 general election in which most local constitutional officers were unopposed, a record 7,522 Burke Countians voted out of 11,080 qualified voters for a 67.69 percentage rate.

Another vote record was also broken in this year’s general election as 2,015 absentee ballots were cast, breaking the previous record of 850 votes, which came during this year’s July State primary election. More than 1,000 of the absentee ballots were cast in one week set aside for “advanced voting,” which is another form of absentee balloting.
(Read Rest of Story in The True Citizen.)

Cemetery Is Nearing Capacity
By Elizabeth Billips
True Citizen Staff Writer
Waynesboro City Council may have reached a dead-end when it comes to selling lots at historic Magnolia Cemetery. With new lot sales migrating into the rear portion of the cemetery, high groundwater levels have thrown up a caution flag at recent burials.

“ When they (funeral homes) dig, they hit water,” Willie R. Williams, chairman of the committee overseeing local cemeteries, told fellow council members at their Nov. 1 meeting. “It’s going to be a problem shortly.” Although no formal action was taken, Williams recommended that the city discontinue the sale of cemetery lots.
City administrator Jerry Coalson echoed the recommendation, citing problems in South Georgia in which coffins were actually swept away by flood waters.

“ We shouldn’t sell anymore until we’ve talked to an engineer,” he said of the roughly 40 remaining lots. “We may be limited to above ground burial in that area.” Council members still plan to sell a limited number of lots in the older portion of the cemetery which were purchased some years ago and later sold back. Sales will also continue in the neighboring Pines Cemetery which has been traditionally though not intentionally limited to the black community.

“ Although the Pines Cemetery has historically been utilized by African Americans, the City of Waynesboro does not discriminate when selling cemetery lots,” the committee minutes read. (Read Rest of Story in The True Citizen.)
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