Building a home for Christopher

Posted on June 20, 2019

It’s starting to look like a house. The Grubisa family proudly welcomed folks to view their soon- to-be home in Blythe last week. Thanks to the efforts of friends, including the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the Build a Home for Christopher project is continuing to progress. According to BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, a total of $76,000 has been raised


Community rallies around quadruple amputee to build new home

Posted on June 20, 2019

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WJBF) – Never give up. That’s the message one man shared from the start of his health journey when a rare case of bacterial meningitis turned him into a quadruple amputee.

With the Burke County Sheriff’s Office as the driving force, Christopher Grubisa moves closer to getting back to his normal life – with the construction of a new home, a community effort through volunteers and a Go Fund Me account. 

We first told you his story in March. Christopher Grubisa’s parents came forward then to share how their son came in contact with bacterial meningitis and lost all of his limbs.

“Don’t take everything for granted.  Hands. Feet. Don’t take them for granted,” Grubisa said in May.  And now, he’s still just as humble. “If I can make someone happy in the day, I’ve done my job.”

This part of his journey includes a cast of supporters.  Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is one of them.  He launched the project to build Grubisa a home.  

“We’re up to $76,000.  We need another $50,000 to complete this project,” the Sheriff said. 

John Highsmith, owner of Highsmith Building Services Inc., shared with us blueprints for the home.   “It’s a little closer to the ground to make it easier to access.  The doorways are wider.  We added a little extra room in front of the toilets and in front of the vanities just to make it easier to maneuver around,” he said. 

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams assembled a group of key people at the home, still under construction, on Poole Melton Road in Blythe.  

Grubisa was there with his wife, Amber, and his parents Nick and Sandra.  He recalled the day that his life changed forever back in October 2017.

“I went to sleep one night and wasn’t supposed to wake up the next day,” he said.  “You don’t never know.”

Highsmith Building Services broke ground on the ADA home January 18, Christopher’s 33rd Birthday.



Burke Man Arrested for Theft After Car Chase

Posted on June 20, 2019

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect in custody for a robbery that led to a car chase. On Thursday at 9:26 A.M. Burke county deputies were sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on the 3200 block of Stoney Bluff Road in response to a robbery.


Sheriff Williams receives Medal of Merit

Posted on June 20, 2019

Burke Sheriff Alfonzo Williams received the 2018 “Medal of Merit” from the National Sheriff’s Association, who commended him on his outstanding leadership and contributions to not just Burke County but the entire CSRA.


Burke County sheriff receives “Medal of Merit” award from national organization

Posted on June 20, 2019


Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams has received the National Sheriff’s Association’s 2018 “Medal of Merit.”

The award acknowledges outstanding leadership and contributions to the community, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The release states that Burke County has seen more than a 50 percent reduction in crimes of violence and on property since Williams took office in 2017. The solvency rate of crimes has also more than tripled, according to the release.

Williams community related initiatives and programs that work with the youth in Burke County as also noted in the release.

“You have our respect and admiration for all of your accomplishments,” said Jonathan F. Thompson, the organization’s executive director in the release.