2006-02-02 / The Office Cat

Lots of activities coming up

The Office Cat

Del Branch is home for a little while from Iraq. I did

not know this last week when I mentioned two other Wilkes Countians who are currently home. . . . Please tell me when you have a family member or friend in military service and they get to come home.

Meredith Atwood has joined the law firm of Kopecky and Roberts as an associate.

Amanda Brooke is the Wilkes County STAR Student for this year. She has chosen Amy Wheatley as her STAR Teacher. Amanda is the daughter of Joe and Caryn Brooke. Joe is one of our UGA Cooperative Extension Service personnel.

We have a new restaurant in the county. It’s a Mexican restaurant and supermarket — Contigo Mexico — and it’s located adjacent to the Dollar General store on the Thomson Road. I had noticed the little signs along the highway, but never could determine what they meant until the proprietor came to The News-Reporter to run an advertisement this week.

Gerome Morgan of WashingtonWilkes is one of seven University of Georgia Tifton students who received the National Award of Excellence in Service at the National Agriculture Ambassador Conference in Gainesville, Fla., January 12. The students are called “ambassadors” and received the award for their overall charitable works in and around Tifton. Gerome is Claunette and Perry Morgan’s son.

We got just .75 of an inch of rain from Tuesday to Tuesday but the total for January is four inches and Norris says that’s good.

Whoever used the area in front of the Republican Party headquarters at the intersection of East Robert Toombs Avenue and Ann Denard Drive last summer left a mess. The wind has whipped it and the rain has done its damage and it’s a real eyesore. It’s at the traffic light at the main office of Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Not many youth groups have their own personal physician to accompany them on a ski trip. A lot of parents felt a lot more comfortable last week when they met to see First Baptist Church’s group off to Cataloochee for a weekend of skiing when Dr. Lester Johnston showed up as one of the chaperones. His wife, Amy, was also on the trip. Tom Duggan drove the church bus and it hasn’t been but a week or so since he was in the hospital for surgery.

It’s very depressing (frightening, even) to know of all the cancer in our area. It seems that we have more than our share. Every day somebody else is added to the already long list of cancer victims.

A reader called to tell me that there was an article in The Anderson Independent about Robert Glenn Rhodes of Tignall and his many enterprises. I was not able to get a paper or to read the article online, so I’m not sure about its content.

Thursday is Groundhog Day. If the furry creature comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, we’re destined for six more weeks of winter weather. But we’ve not had much wintry weather!! It’s more like springtime — rather cold in the mornings and when the sun goes down, but soaring into the 60s in the afternoon. I heard somebody say that the temperature reached 70 degrees Saturday. . . . It used to be that if we had rain in the wintertime, we would have cold weather to follow. But that doesn’t hold true any more. The world is a-changing.

Next weekend, February 11 and 12, is the weekend of lots of activities in the County, and it goes on into the week, too, with Valentine parties, etc. I’ll remind you of them next week. Looking ahead a little, the Lions Club will have a “Breakfast in the Evening” on Saturday, Feb. 25. It has been more than a year since they had one and they’re hoping to sell lots of tickets.

Be sure to call and tell me what you know. As you can see, only one person called me (or came by) this week. This column is much more interesting when you readers tell me about what you — or somebody else — is doing. The telephone number is still 678-2636.

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