October 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Elementary, middle schools honored for improving students’ performance

The State of Georgia has awarded highest marks for improvement to two Wilkes County schools, Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell told the Wilkes County Board of Education Monday. More...

Runners hit the road in memory of Jason Chapman

Some 46 runners of all ages take off on a 5-kilometer run Saturday morning, the second annual Jason Chapman Memorial 5k Walk and Run on October 18. More...

Resthaven Revisited sees record crowds

A mourner watches as ghostly girls Reese Rogers, Bree O’Shields, and Ava Simmons play ring-around-the rosie among the headstones. More...

Mule Day vendors show old-fashioned handmade products

Mule Day demonstrators showed how things were done in the old days, including Windsor chair maker Matt Hanewald, who showed Elliot and Tobias Hunt how to bend wood. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Do two squirrels make a scurry?

I ’m sorry that I had not heard this amazing group of singers in time to alert you readers to it before The Akins, a father and sons group, began a series of services Sunday at First Baptist Church. More...

Opinions

We shouldn’t fear an Ebola epidemic in Georgia as much as the incompetence epidemic in D.C.

Everybody’s talking about Ebola right now, but unlike everybody else in the media, I don’t believe there’s a good reason to stir the pot of fear and misinformation that’s already brewing. More...

Book Review

The Good Luck of Right Now

Bartholomew is not quite “all right,” as we say in the South. However, he is very perceptive, and he is unusually kind and tolerant. He is 38 years old and has lived all his life with his mother. More...

Good clean comedy is much better for health-bringing laughter

Some people just make you laugh. Not talking about stand-up comedians, although good ones – those who don’t belong to the nasty mouth club – can provide enlivening entertainment. More...

Obituaries

Johnnie Lou Mathews Stevens

Funeral services for Johnnie Lou Mathews Stevens, 82, of Washington, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19, in Lakeside Bible Chapel with Mr. Austin Meadows officiating. Interment followed in Resthaven Cemetery. More...

Virginia Nadine Gilder Marshall

A graveside service for Virginia Nadine Gilder Marshall, 75, of Rayle, will be held Saturday, October 25, at 11 a.m. in the Washington Wilkes Memorial Gardens with Rev. Alec George officiating. More...

Douglas Merlin Nelson

Funeral services for Douglas Merlin Nelson, 59, of Washington, were held Friday, October 17, at 3 p.m. in the Danburg Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Thigpen officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. He passed away Friday, October 10. More...

Personalities

Sarah Elizabeth Echols to marry Richard Trey Berry November 15

Lisa and Randy Echols of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, to Richard Trey Berry, son of Kay and Lamar Berry of Rayle. More...

Cynthia J. Hardy, David Wideman united in marriage on September 21

Cynthia J. Hardy and David Wideman of Washington exchanged wedding vows Sunday, September 21, at twelve-thirty o’clock in the afternoon at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Washington following the morning worship service. More...

New Beginnings

William Aaron Smithgall Elizabeth and Jason Aaron Smithgall of Atlanta announce the birth of their son, William Aaron, on Monday, October 13, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. William weighed 8 lbs. 3 ozs. and was 21 inches long. More...

Glenn turns over bank account so Wilkes kids can receive gifts

A settlement was reached late last Thursday afternoon in the civil suit between former Washington police chief Theodosia Glenn and the City of Washington after Glenn finally agreed to turn over to the city more than $9,000 held in a bank account that More...

Toys will still be given at Christmas

The needy children of Washington will still get their toys for Christmas, and this year so will children all over Wilkes County, now that money donated for those toys is being turned over to the U.S. More...

Yes, celebrate Halloween on Friday, but Wednesday is option for children

For families with young children, trick-or-treating on Halloween night might not be the safest idea this year, and Sheriff Mark Moore has a suggestion – but it’s only a suggestion. More...

Shane Allen new GSP post commander as Waller moves up to Troop E assistant

Washington’s Georgia State Patrol Post 17 has a new commander and the outgoing commander has been promoted to a new job. Former post commander W. More...

Early voting set for this Saturday; nearly 300 have already cast votes

Polls will be open from 9 to 4 this Saturday, October 25, for early voting for the November 4 General Election. More...

News

Pancake supper is tomorrow night

The popular annual Rotary Pancake Supper will be held this Friday, October 24, at the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School cafeteria beginning at 5 p.m. and tickets are now available. More...

Lions Club to offer chicken barbecue Sat., Nov. 1,11:30-1

The Washington Lions Club is cooking one of its famous chicken barbecues on Saturday, November 1. The menu includes one-half of a barbecued chicken, slaw, baked beans, tea, and bread. Extra cups of the delicious sauce will also be available. More...

New Life Baptist to have ‘Fall Ball’ on Friday, Oct. 31

New Life Baptist Church will hold its first-ever “Fall Ball” on Friday, October 31, before the W-W Tiger football game against Oglethorpe County. The church is located at 808 E. More...

Letters

Help at Callaway contributes to success

TO THE EDITIOR: I’d like to take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to the many people who volunteered their time to make the Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival a success. More...

Sports

Tigers beat Redskins 41-3, brace for revenge-minded Wildcats

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers made it two in a row last Friday as they cruised to an easy first-half win over the still-winless Social Circle Redskins 41-3. More...

Washington Optimists to hold annual 5k race Nov. 1 at 8:15

On Saturday, November 1, the fourth annual Washington Optimist 5K will kick off at 8:15 a.m. at the Wilkes County courthouse. Previous races have attracted more than 100 runners from all over the state. More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

Let’s sing the National Anthem

The 2014 World Series is in full swing and the Kansas City Royals are battling the San Francisco Giants in a match up that some are calling boring. More...

Worship

Jesus, the encourager

While in Jerusalem for the Jewish holidays, Jesus walked past the pool of Bethesda. This pool was thought to have healing power, and people with all kinds of ailments flocked to it, waiting for an angel to stir the water. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Washington Optimist Club 5k race will be held on Saturday, November 1, beginning at the Wilkes County courthouse at 8:15 a.m. Registration opens at 7 a.m. More information is available at www.active.com. . More...