May 3, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Georgia wildfire risk highest in 50 years; outdoor burning ban applies to Wilkes

As wildfires burn some 65,000 acres in south Georgia, Wilkes County firefighters have been battling a series of smaller wildfires, and warn that the danger of wildfire is at a record high. More...

Zaxby's opens in Washington

Folks from all over Washington-Wilkes have kept the new Zaxby's restaurant on East Robert Toombs Avenue busy since their opening Monday. More...

Special Election set for District 24 seat of Sen. Whitehead

A special election has been called to fill the unexpired term of District 24 State Senator Jim Whitehead, who resigned from his office to run for the U.S. Congress seat of the late Rep. Charlie Norwood. More...

Elba III pipeline public hearing set for Monday night at 7 p.m.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night in Washington to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Elba III pipeline project. The public comment meeting is set for 7 p.m. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Wilsbary's May Fest is Friday

A my Treadwell from the Wilkes County Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission is expected home Thursday (May 3) after two weeks in Waycross with the Forestry Commission's Emergency Management Team. Beth Richards has been there for a week. More...

Opinions

Sometimes you can go home again

Hillary Lindsey's concert last Saturday night was the best thing that has happened here for a long time. It was first class from start to finish and only those who attended can fully appreciate what it meant to this community. More...

Make a good and faithful decision

It's time for action. The time for indecisive and deliberate avoidance of the hospital regeneration issue has passed. More...

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Sports

Tigers wins two, lose two in tourney, will enter state playoffs in No. 4 spot

The Region 8-AA tournament didn't come out the way the W-W Tigers had hoped but at least the team still gets to enter the state baseball playoffs next week even if it is with a No. 4 berth. They will play the No. 1 team from Region 5-AA on the road. More...

Family Fun Trail Ride as Aonia Pass Sunday will benefit Dream House for fragile children

Registration will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, for the fourth annual off-road Family Fun Trail Ride at Aonia Pass Off-Road Park. "Mr. More...

Top sports fans will know the answers to this quiz

1. Four pitchers in baseball history have recorded 400 or more saves for their career entering 2007. Name three. 2. Name the last Rookie of the Year to be a member of a pennant winning major-league team before Detroit's Justin Verlander in 2007. More...

Worship

Georgia Baptist Assoc. gathers for 17th inspirational meeting

When the Georgia Baptist Association (GBA) met with Beaverdam Baptist Church April 24 for the 17th in- spirational meeting, those in attendance heard reports of the work of the Association from Rev. More...

Beaverdam Baptist holds fifth Sunday fellowship meal

A fifth Sunday fellowship meal was enjoyed after worship services at Beaverdam Baptist Church Sunday. The floral arrangement used on the Communion table Tuesday night was still beautiful. More...

Don't Forget

The Regions Bank Relay for Life Team will sponsor a cookout on the parking lot of the bank on Robert Toombs Avenue Friday, May 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be hotdogs, hamburgers and lots of goodies available. More...

Board of Education hears experts on new school costs, funding gap

The Wilkes County Board of Education took another step last week toward the decision to build a new school complex, holding a construction workshop with representatives from engineering firm Southern A&E and bond company Merchants Capital to ascerta More...

'Hanging on to innocence'

Joined by a group of young girls who belted it out as good as anybody, Hillary Lindsey sang some tight harmony with young cousin Jesse Echols during Saturday night's rendition of "This One's for the Girls" on stage at the Country Club. More...

Washington man is bound over on three molestation charges

A Washington man has been bound over to Superior Court on charges of child molestation. Thomas Braden Burk, 38, was arrested first on Saturday, April 19, and charged with aggravated child molestation. More...

Mayfest preparations complete, vendor applications available

Preparations for the annual Mayfest celebration are nearing completion, organizer Sheila Hill says, and the Saturday, May 12, event will be even bigger than in years past. "This year, it's going to be huge," she said. More...

Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honors '23 fantastic volunteers' at annual lunch

The Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its third annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon Friday at the Mary Willis Library. More...

News

Tiger Tellers will perform May 10 for Friends of Library

The Washington-Wilkes Elementary School Tiger Tellers will perform at the Friends of the Library meeting on Thursday, May 10, at 3 p.m., in the Mary Willis Library Meeting Room. More...

Wilsbary's May Fest is planned for Friday on the lawn at library

Books, plants and baked goods will be offered for sale on Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Mary Willis Library. More...

Quick study and 'awesome' talent save concert

A Sunday afternoon presentation of the Washington Music Festival billed as "An Afternoon of Classical Music" featuring four nationally acclaimed musicians was almost cancelled due to the illness of one of the stars, but a local talent saved the day. More...

Letters

Washington-Wilkes music: 'We are blessed'

TO THE EDITOR:

To get from the Ryman Auditorium to Carnegie Hall, you can go through Washington, Georgia. I was reflecting upon this while relaxing after a terrific music weekend in Wilkes County. More...

Blessed, thankful, filled with joy

TO THE EDITOR:

I have been a daily visitor at the Senior Center for 25 years. I am about to celebrate my 92nd birthday. During these many years at the Senior Center I have enjoyed the programs and the many friendships of so many people. More...

Citizens request that Wills Memorial issue be put on agenda

TO THE WILKES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that this issue of the county endorsing the Wills Memorial Hospital project be put on the agenda for the May 10, 2007, meeting, invite an expert in the area of revenue bonds and someone who has the knowledge More...

Obituaries

Frank Fanning

Funeral services for Frank "Boss" Fanning, 97, were held Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Twin Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Maddox officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. He died Wednesday, April 25, at his residence. Mr. More...

Leonard Johnson

Funeral services for Leonard "Pete" Johnson, 88, were held Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, Washington. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington. He died Saturday, April 28. Mr. More...

Bonnie Creel

Funeral services for Bonnie Creel, 75, of Rayle were held Monday, April 30, 2007, at Hopkins Funeral Home with Rev. G.L. Avery and Rev. Dale Fincher officiating. Interment was in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. More...

Personalities

Chapman receives top awards at ABAC Leadership Banquet

Jason Chapman of Washington- Wilkes received several awards at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) Annual Student Leadership Banquet held Thursday, April 19, on the campus. More...

Choral group to present concert on The Square

"Exaltation," a Christian choral group from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, will be performing on The Square beginning at 7 p.m. next Monday, May 7. More...

Eta Omicron Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi celebrates Founder's Day on April 19

Members of Eta Omicron Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, met on Thursday evening, April 19, at the home of Debbie Bennett to celebrate Founder's Day. Others hosts were Sabrina Bennett, Lee Durham and Dawn Pickens. More...