July 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Lee Anderson wins Dist. 24 state senate runoff

Only 57 people voted in Wilkes County in the Georgia Senate District 24 Republican primary runoff. More...

Get big savings on school items during annual sales tax holiday

For two days this weekend, Georgia residents will not pay taxes on computers, clothing, shoes, or school supplies, and local merchants hope Washington-Wilkes residents will shop at home, boosting the local economy, rather than take their money out of More...

Charity ride for troubled teens passes through Wilkes County

Last Thursday, three participants in the 11th annual Paul Anderson Bike Ride rode through Washington-Wilkes, completing the third leg of their six-day, 500-mile journey in Watkinsville, after traveli More...

Properties to be auctioned off for delinquent taxes August 2

As they have for the last three years now, property owners have been coming in to the Wilkes County courthouse this week to pay their delinquent property taxes to prevent their properties from being sold for delinquent taxes from the years 2014 and 2 More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Remember old times

When the month of July rolls around, it nearly always reminds me of Julys when I was a child in the 1930s and 1940s. July 4th was a special time and still remains embedded in my memory. We didn’t take weeks of vacation like families do today. More...

Opinions

Dodging poison ivy for some ‘recoil therapy’ reminds me of my brother’s hidden struggles

I found myself wearing a long-sleeved shirt in the heat of summer recently, and to my surprise, it gave me a flashback to my youth. The discomfort reminded me of a time buried among everything all wadded up in the depths of my brain. 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...

No people influenced America more than our Irish immigrants

DUBLIN, Ireland – Returning here from an 186 mile sojourn to Tralee, which is home to the famous rose festival, it was emotionally reverberating to tour Epic Ireland, a museum which came about, for the most part, by Neville Isdell, the one-time More...

Obituaries

Pembroke Derricott Jr.

Funeral services for Pembroke Derricott Jr., 85, were held Saturday, July 23, at Pompey’s Chapel Baptist Church. Interment followed at the church cemetery. He entered into rest on Thursday, July 14, at his residence. More...

Henry E. Fain

Funeral services for Henry E. Fain, 82, of Tignall, were held on Friday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. He entered into rest on Tuesday, July 19, at Heardmont Nursing Home in Elberton. More...

Benjamin Michael Long

Funeral services for Benjamin Michael Long, 81, of Tignall, were held on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at Independence United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Local youths attend River of Life in Gray July 13-17

The Washington First United Methodist Church youth attended River of Life, sponsored by the Gray United Methodist Church, July 13- 17 in Gray. Just under 300 Baptist and Methodist youth attended from Columbus, Augusta, Savannah, and Washington. More...

Lauryn Kaley Nelson to marry Douglas Wayne Gattis III Aug. 27

Rhonda Nelson Waggoner and Rick Nelson of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauryn Kaley Nelson, to Douglas Wayne Gattis III, son of Douglas and Jackie Denard Gattis, also of Cumming. More...

Rebecca Ellen McDowell weds Robert Adam Hardy on June 25

Rebecca Ellen McDowell of Louisville and Robert Adam Hardy of Washington exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, June 25, at five-thirty in the afternoon at First Baptist Church in Louisville. Rev. Jonathan L. More...

Breaking News - 11:16 AM

Brown water caused by heat, construction - Free Access

The City of Washington is advising residents who are experiencing “brown water” all over town that the problem a result of the extreme temperatures in recent days. More...

Washington becoming hot spot for Pokémon GO

Suddenly folks are seeing people, especially young people, wandering the streets of Washington in the evening, all with their cell phones held out in front of them as if they were looking for something. So what are they up to? More...

Wilkes first responders learn more about crime scene integrity

Wilkes County first responders got a morning of refresher training Friday on how to approach and maintain the integrity of a possible crime scene when responding to the scene of a medical emergency, allowing any evidence found at the scene to still b More...

See election results on our website

In Tuesday’s runoff election between Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski to settle the May 24 primary vote for the Republican nomination for the open District 24 state Senate seat, results were incomplete as of the press deadline for this edition More...

Sudden storm drops heavy rain, damages trees Sunday afternoon

Resident Ron Anderson (at left) tells his landlord William Higginbotham about the storm that blew a large old oak tree over onto this rental house on Lincolnton Road near Amity Road Sunday afternoon. More...

News

Eden Falls’ SPA-DEE-DA is site of funny and rollicking comedy

What drives a person to spend their life savings turning a dilapidated, abandoned church into a day spa? “It all started when my best friend, Vonda Joyce Kirkley, died unexpectedly,” said Sugar Lee Thompkins, owner of SPA-DEED A . More...

Retirees honored for years of service to city

Retiring employees for the City of Washington – James Gresham for 36 years of service, David VanHart for 16 years, Douglas Wheatley for 13 years, and Annais Edwards for five years – were More...

W-W Tigers gear to be fundraiser for AP students

Advanced Placement (AP) courses at W-WCHS don’t come cheap to students who can handle the studies. With costs increasing and funding decreasing, an effort to help defray expenses for those students has begun. More...

Sports

Top sports fans will know the answers to this quiz

1. Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman set a major-league record in 2015 for fastest to reach 500 career strikeouts (292 innings). Who had held the mark? 2. The 1954 World Series featured the batting-average champions for each league. Name them. More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

Baseball stories bring memories, more stories

“Baseball was and always will be the best game in the world.” – Babe Ruth More...

Registration continues for football and soccer in W-WPRD programs

The registration deadline for youth football and soccer at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department is Thursday, August 4. The fee for football registration is $49 and includes a jersey, pants, and socks. More...

Worship

Joy becoming children of God

The most wonderful thing that can happen to us while we live our life on this earth is to become a child of God and then become a joint- heir with Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. More...

Rev. Charlie M. Maddox is White Rock Baptist’s pastor after induction

Rev. Charlie M. Maddox, of Athens, is officially the new pastor of White Rock Baptist Church of Rayle, following his pastoral installation service at The Pope Center earlier this month. More...

Rev. Donald Walton to be County Line’s speaker for revival

County Line Baptist Church in Rayle will celebrate its 219th homecoming beginning with Sunday School at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, followed by the worship service at 11 a.m. Rev. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce will host “Chamber Week” August 8-13 with various activities and programs for members, non-members, and the public. See the Community Calendar for specific events. . More...