February 26, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Schools to use car tag taxes to cover GATE losses

In an effort to make up for the impact that the GATE agricultural tax exemption has had on the special purpose sales tax revenues, the Wilkes County Board of Education voted Monday to transfer more than $270,000 from car tag tax revenues to cover pay More...

Community invited to cheer at Miss Wilkes Co. pageant

The public is invited to see more than 40 contestants compete in Saturday evening’s eighth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria. More...

Resurgence of measles in children is sign of reduced immunizations

From car seats and baby gates to bicycle helmets and football pads, there are numerous ways to protect children as they grow. But one of the most important ways to protect them is by getting them vaccinated, according to Dr. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Miss P has never chased a rabbit

Willard Lance, Allen and Patricia Burton, and I knew we had special Beagles, but we didn’t realize we had “show-stoppers” until this week when a four-year-old Beagle named Miss P was named Best of Show at the Westminster Kennel Club More...

Opinions

When I determined to look at the sunny side, I learned to make a way, and not an excuse

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to be able to find a dark cloud on any sunny day? More...

Book Review

Strange Glory

Strange Glory is “A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Bonhoeffer is better known to us lay people than most theologians because he resisted Hitler and the Nazi regime and was killed in 1945. More...

UGA’s Pete Dickens takes a positive approach to life

Pete Dickens met me at the Mayflower Restaurant in downtown Athens for breakfast, appropriate for a local boy who has seen the Classic City expand and prosper over the years. His family farm on the Atlanta highway is now prime residential property. More...

Obituaries

Wanda Faye Turner Kirk

Wanda Faye Turner Kirk, 60, of Rayle, passed away Thursday, February 19, at her home. A native of Washington, she was the daughter of Maude Winfrey Turner and the late Frank Turner. Mrs. Kirk was a homemaker and member of Sardis Baptist Church. More...

Frances Matthews McLarty

Funeral services for Frances “Dolly” Matthews McLarty, 98, of Anderson, South Carolina, formerly of Harlem, were held Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. in Anthony’s Chapel UMC with Rev. David Bohling officiating. More...

Maude Carmen Adams Mortti

A memorial service for Maude Carmen Adams Mortti, 91, of Clearwater, Florida, was held Friday, February 13, at St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Clearwater. She passed away Monday, February 8, surrounded by her loving family and friends. More...

Personalities

Mrs. Alberta Towns celebrates 105th birthday February 14

Mrs. Alberta Downer Towns was honored on her 105th birthday at a birthday celebration at her home Saturday, February 14. Mrs. More...

Mabel Ware Johnson honored at 100th birthday luncheon

The T.E.L.- Vannie Spratlin Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church honored Mabel Ware Johnson on the occasion of her 100th birthday at a luncheon on her birthday, Tuesday, February 17, at The Reese House on South Jefferson Street. Mrs. More...

New Beginnings

Wesleigh Brooks Callaway Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Jason Callaway of Washington announce the birth of their daughter, Wesleigh Brooks, on Friday, February 20, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Wesleigh weighed 9 lbs. 14 ozs. More...

Electric rates are reduced for city homes, businesses

Thanks to budget-cutting efforts over the last two years, the City of Washington is cutting electric rates for residents, industry, and commercial customers, city leaders announced Friday. More...

Family’s attention, quick hospital care save 38-year-old from ‘widow-maker’

A 38-year-old Washington man who recently suffered a heart attack they call “the widow-maker” is alive today because of the intervention of his family and the immediate care he got at Wills Memorial Hospital, and he wants the world to kno More...

Vintage motorcycle races Sat. kick off Aonia Pass season

Starting this weekend, spring will be a busy time for Aonia Pass Motocross Park, with thousands of dirt bike and ATV racers returning to compete in national-level races and extreme challenge sports at the Wilkes County facility. More...

Students compete Saturday in annual Washington area steer, heifer show and sale

Four Wilkes County students will be competing Saturday in the 61st Annual Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show, along with 19 other students from nearby counties, at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center in Washington. More...

Donating to Wills Memorial Hospital

Washington Mayor Ames Barnett places his and his wife Ashley’s names on the display board honoring the patrons of Wills Memorial Hospital Foundation. More...

News

Promoting renovation of old school

Henry Harris gave members of the Washington Kiwanis Club an update on progress on the North Alexander School project including a brief history of the 1897 school, which remained in service until 1971 More...

Kiwanis Talent Showcase set for March 27 at W-WES at 7

The 33nd annual Kiwanis Art and Talent Showcase will be held on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School cafeteria. The art entry deadline is March 17 at 10 a.m. More...

Reaches communication milestone

Washington-Wilkes Toastmasters member Barbara Riccuiti (center) received the Competent Communicator Award from Kathryn Anderson (left) and newly-elected club president Paige Boutwell. More...

Letters

To the Editor

Tiger Band gets congratulations as community asset

TO THE EDITOR: I want to applaud the W-WCHS Band and its fine director. This group has not only participated in all the football games, but has been a wonderful addition to all the parades in our town. More...

Sports

Shooters take part in Crittendon Quail Hunt

These young hunters’ camouflage is so good they are barely visible in this black-and-white photo. More...

Rain, Glascock spoil opening of 2015 season

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team dropped its season opener to Glascock County, 6-9, despite outhitting the Panthers 10- 5. But the Tigers were unable to get the job done on the mound with four pitchers combining for 11 walks. More...

Revamped, renewed Walk Georgia ready to get Georgians moving as spring arrives

There’s no better way to shake off those mid-winter blues than to get outside and get moving, and University of Georgia Extension has just the thing to help motivate Georgians to get active and ready for spring. More...

Worship

Jesus, sent to tell the truth

Jesus had been explaining the Gospel for a gathering of Jews who had begun believing in Him. In today’s pass age, the conversation takes a turn that almost leads to their stoning Him. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Washington Chapter of OLLI@UGA will meet Monday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Parish House. Mary Whitehead will present “Storytelling: Creating Community at the Rabbit Box.” . More...