May 17, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Wilkes Co. Commission declines to risk tax money for regeneration

Following a lengthy discussion before an overflow crowd, county backing of the proposed hospital regeneration project became a dead issue after the commissioners indicated their determined opposition and declined to put a motion on the floor at las More...

Tiger Band leader directs final concert

As his stage band and parents applaud, Ryan Dukes takes a final bow as leader of the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Band.The Dukes family will depart for Habersham County this summer, and band families wished him well at both last week More...

We still have our eggs, Mr. Kermit

Graduating Tiger seniors Brooke Dobbs, Charlton Ware, and Brantley Stevens show off the decorated Easter eggs given to them by Kermit Hocutt and teacher Debbie Lindsey when they were in the first grade. "Mr. More...

Community Partnership program kids enjoy big 'Fun Day' at Booker Center

After the storm clouds passed over Saturday, May 5, they gave way to a somber but majestic day of fun for the A-STAR, Abstinence, ORBIT, and JUMP youth at the Reese Booker Center on Whitehall Street. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

New sandwich shop opens on Square

A bby Smith is a seventh grade student at Nathaniel Greene Academy in Siloam. She loves baseball and this year played shortstop for the sixth through ninth grade boys baseball team at her school. More...

Opinions

Cartoon

Full Story

All Natural

Beware! Beware of taking ev erything that's called allnatural, especially a lot of allnatural diet pills. The natural way to diet is to watch what and how much and how often you eat. More...

.. Book Review

Sweet and Low By RICH COHEN

"Sweet and Low" may be remembered as a lullaby, but the Wisenstadt family legend says that the artificial sweetener that made their fortune was named because of a Tennyson poem. More...

Obituaries

Claude Tracy Vinson

Funeral services for Claude Tracy Vinson, 94, of West Liberty Street, Washington, were held Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the First Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Bryan George and Rev. Albert Huyck officiating. More...

Louise Harris Saggus

Graveside services for Louise Harris Saggus, 96, of Sharon were held Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in the Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ira McKeever officiating. She died Saturday, May 12, in Madison Health and Rehabilitation Center. More...

Mary Taylor Gunn

Funeral services for Mary Taylor Gunn, 93, of Crawfordville, will be held Thursday, May 17, 2007, at the Raytown Methodist Church with Rev. Arthur Gunn and Rev. Gerri Lancaster officiating. More...

Personalities

Pet of the week

This little black and white kitten is one you'll fall in love with. She's affectionate and wants a loving home. More...

Daniel J. Newsome receives degree from Mercer University

Daniel Jumper Newsome graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Mercer University School of Engineering with majors in Industrial Management and Economics. The commencement ceremony was held in Macon on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m. More...

End-of-year activities keep FBC pre-schoolers busy; six graduate in commencement May 9

Children in the pre-kindergarten program at the First Baptist Church have been involved in several endof the-year activities. More...

Robert Toombs rezoning splits council; Mayor breaks tie over public objections

In a controversial move that ends months of contention, the Washington City Council voted Monday night to change the zoning of an East Robert Toombs property to commercial from residential non- conforming to allow a food and clothing ministry to o More...

Tiger shot putter Dan Wylie takes state championships

Four super Tigers carried Washington Wilkes to a sixth place finish in the Class AA state track meet last week and junior Dan Wylie took state championship honors in both of his events while also scoring higher than any other individual at the meet More...

Prayers for rain answered just in time for Saturday night events

After all of Wilkes County had been praying for rain for weeks with barely a drop, the answer to prayer finally came in a thunder-booming deluge Saturday about suppertime. As much as the rain was needed, though, the timing was lousy. More...

Donations are needed now for July 4th fireworks

Donations are needed for Wilkes County's annual Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration - the monster fireworks show by Melrose Pyrotechnics costs $7,500, and half of that is due soon. More...

Wilkes Board of Commissioners tends to regular county business

Besides the final settlement of the hospital issue, the regular monthly meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners was relatively quiet and short last Thursday, May 10. More...

Arson of WPD officer's home leads May's trial calendar

A jury has found a Washington man not guilty of setting fire to the home of a Washington police investigator for money last year. More...

Historic Macon Foundation tours Washington; enjoys 'Backroad Ramble' to historic homes

Some 40 members of the Historic Macon Foundation made a Backroad Ramble to Washington Saturday and were wined and dined and shown the sights. The ramble to Washington grew out of a presentation that Dr. More...

News

Civic club hears representative

Mickey Channell, Georgia State Representative from District 116, was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of the Washington Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, May 15. More...

Ann Rule to sign books at library event on June 8

The Friends of the Mary Willis Library will be hosts at a book-signing for well-known mystery writer Ann Rule at the library on Friday, June 8. More...

Diabetic support group to meet Friday at hospital

There will be a meeting of the Diabetic Support Group on Friday, May 18, in the Wills Memorial Hospital Library at 2 p.m. The monthly meetings focus on topics of interest to diabetics wishing to control their blood sugar. More...

Letters

County should back hospital regeneration

TO THE EDITOR:

Although I have been gone from Washington for over 40 years I still read The News-Reporter every week and I remain very interested in the well-being of your area. More...

Hospital should have enough to make repairs without help

TO THE EDITOR:

I want to commend the members of our Board of Commissioners for their decision on the hospital issue. I regret I was unable to attend the last meeting. My husband has been critically ill and was dismissed from a hospital that very day. More...

Hillary Lindsey show made Wilkes expat proud of small town

TO THE EDITOR:

I don't even know Hillary Lindsey, but I'm still proud of her just because she is from Washington. Kathy Wickersham Grosshans and I trade calls when we hear Hillary news. Kathy was in Ricky's (Hillary's father) class. More...

Sports

Lady Bucs finish third in state track; Barnett named 1AA Coach of the Year

Washington was well represented at the GISA AA state track meet recently as three Washington students attending Briarwood Academy captured state titles. More...

Tigers fall to Callaway in 1st round of playoffs

After a rocky start, a dramatic comeback, and a defensive struggle, the Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team had to come home after the first round of the state playoffs. More...

Tiger baseball to host annual camp May 29 to June 1

The W-W Tiger baseball coaching staff and players will hold their annual summer baseball camp beginning on Tuesday, May 29, and ending on Friday, June 1. The camp is for kids ages 6-13. More...

Don't Forget

Pompey's Chapel Baptist Church will celebrate its 137th anniversary Sunday, May 27, 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be served. New Saints CME Church, 515 Baltimore Road, Washington, will hold this month's SNAP meeting Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. More...