February 15, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Challenge grant infuses new life into project; North Alexander School Assn. seeking niche

A significant local gift has brought to life an organization which has been mostly dormant in Washington-Wilkes for about 10 years, and the prospect of the revi- talization of a historic structure is exciting to the directors who are spearheading th More...

Wilkes Board of Commissioners pass resolutions, hear from youth

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners took official action on only two matters while discussing several others and listening to various reports during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2007, at 2 p.m. More...

Two Tigers sign for UConn

With proud parents and their coach looking on, Tiger standouts Kelmetrius Wylie and Gary Wilburn sign letters of intent to play football for the University of Connecticut. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Still a pianist at 102

This year's Spring Tour of Homes will be a little differ ent from tours in the past few years. Both the day tour and the candlelight tour will be on Saturday, March 31. There will be no tourrelated events on Friday night or Sunday afternoon. . More...

Opinions

Blessed because we know her

The rest of the world is finally catching on. We knew Hillary Lindsey was a big deal the very first time we heard her sing. More...

Book Review

Rise and Shine

Bridget, who tells this story, is sister to Meghan Fitzmaurice, super morning television star. Orphaned as children, they grew up with their Aunt Maureen, who continues to love and advise them. More...

Vox Pop

A bill before the Georgia legislature proposes that the school year be cut from 180 days to 170 days claiming that students and teachers need a longer summer vacation. Do you think the school year should be changed? Why or why not? More...

Obituaries

Olin L. Lindsey

Graveside services for Olin L. Lindsey, 90, of Washington were held Monday, February 12, 2007, at Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr. officiating. He died Friday, February 9, 2007, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington. More...

Charlie Marshall Raffini

Funeral services for Charlie Marshall Raffini, 89, of Raffini Road, Wilkes County, were held Sunday, February 11, 2007, at Rehoboth Baptist Church, Metasville, with Rev. Steve Rayner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. More...

John Burdette Smith

Funeral services for John Burdette Smith, 85, of S. Smyrna Church Rd., Washington, were held Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at the Smyrna United Methodist Church with Dr. Napp Granade officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. More...

Worship

Harvest Time hosts Gospel sing benefit for Sheriff Rogers

Harvest Time Christian Center on the North By-Pass in Washington will host a gospel singing on Saturday, February 24, at 7 p.m. The Purcells from Atlanta will be in concert for this concert which will benefit Sheriff Gary Rogers and his family. More...

Global warming

So many are concerned about global warming and they should be, but some are concerned only from an economical standpoint. I heard that many were concerned in the snow ski areas of the country that by the year 2050 they would be out of business. More...

New Veggie Tales adventure to debut at Smyrna Church

"Moe and the Big Exit" is the newest VeggieTales adventure starring Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and the whole VeggieTales gang. More...

Don't Forget

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will present its annual black history program Sunday, February 18, 4 p.m., with Clara Sutton as the guest speaker. .. More...

City Council authorizes study to explore city swimming pool

The Washington City Council, at its regular February meeting Monday night, authorized a feasibility study to explore the options, costs, and expenses of a community swimming pool. More...

New Zaxby's starting renovation here

After months of rumor and speculation, the Washington location of the popular Zaxby's chain is now on the fast track. Workmen from Pacesetter, Inc. from Bostwick, Ga. begin the transformation of the former Wendy's into a Zaxby's. More...

2007 STAR student Jessica Watson picks mentor teacher for honor

Citing a special teacher who challenged her and lead her to a teaching career, senior Jessica Watson, the 2007 STAR Student for Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, has chosen that teacher, Debbie McLeod as her STAR teacher. More...

Fire department gets federal grant to buy new breathing apparatuses

Washington firefighters will soon be able to breathe a little easier now that a federal grant is enabling Fire Chief Alan Poss to purchase 20 new breathing apparatus units. More...

Another tree is planted in Tree City

Washington Mayor Willie E. Burns, Tree Board member Mike Hardy, and Iris Garden Club members Laura Toburen and Cathy Stackhouse gathered at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation center for the annual tree planting in honor of Arbor Day. More...

News

ABAC scholarship applications due by March 1, 2007

The deadline for submitting applications for scholarships at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is March 1. More...

Marion Barnett Jr. gets Historic Herd from Angus group

Marion H. Barnett Jr. of Washington has received the Historic Herd Award from the American Angus Association. The herd was started by Barnett and his father, M.H. Barnett, and they joined the America Angus Association in 1945. More...

Wilkes County Grand Jury returns true bills

The Wilkes County Grand Jury has returned the following true bills for the February term of the Wilkes County Superior Court. Valerie M. More...

Letters

Canopy will provide a place to be thankful

TO THE EDITOR: Only because I was mentioned by name in her letter to the editor in last week's News-Reporter concerning the appropriateness of the Downtown Square landscape design do I respond to my friend Chrean Brown. More...

Appreciation is expressed for new beauty on Square

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to express my appreciation to all the people in Washington who have made the wonderful landscape plan for the Downtown Square a reality. We have all watched as the old holly and oak tree died. More...

Square looks fantastic

TO THE EDITOR: When it was first decided that the tree on The Square had to come down, I was disappointed, but I don't miss that tree at all. More...

Sports

3 Tigers qualify for state tourney

At the Area 2-AA Individual Wrestling Tournament, the Washington Wilkes Tigers emerged in fifth place overall out of 13 teams and three athletes qualified for the State Individual Tournament. More...

Tigers in state playoffs for sixth straight year

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger basketball team is in limbo right now and that's because of good news. More...

Spring soccer at W-WPRD registration ends March 2

The spring soccer program for the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department got underway this week with registration beginning February 5. More...

Personalities

Kids get their bodies in shape, then enjoy birthday party

The kids from First United Methodist Pre-K visited the Washington-Wilkes Park & Recreation Department where Director Pete Gartrell lead them in an excercise program to keep their hearts and bodies strong. More...

Club informed about Islam

The Rev. Randy Hardy was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of the Washington Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, February 12. More...

W-WMS Students of the Month selected

Washington-Wilkes Middle School Students of the Month are (front, l-r) Rebecca Wilson, Cara Mason, Jarvis Williams (back, l-r) Dominique Jenkins, Amanda Wood, and James McAvoy. Two students are chosen from each grade level for this honor. More...