2007-05-24 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

We'll be closed for Memorial Day

School's out for the summer. So watch out for children on bikes, walking, and skating.

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When Louise Burt read the item in this column last week about the old school bus with the wooden body mounted on a Model A chassis, she remembered some things about her early school days in Wilkes County. In 1934, her dad, the late Raymond Dunnaway, volunteered to drive a school bus in his part of the county so that Louise could come to school in Washington. The bus he made his rounds in was like the one described by

O'Neil Adams last week. It, too, had a wooden body mounted on an Model A chassis. On the inside there was a bench-like seat on each side and another one that ran down the middle. Mr. Dunnaway began his route in Aonia, then to Big Cedar and Mount Zion. His last stop before coming into Washington was at Lundberg where he picked up Sarah Newsome and Winston Williams. Louise says that sometimes the students had to get out and push the bus up the hill in the Rocky Creek area. Matt Callaway drove the bus sometimes. . . . I remember in the late 1930s when us city children waited until mid-morning on rainy and muddy days for the buses to arrive from out in the country before we started classes. We huddled around the radiators to keep warm. The radiators were considered "uptown, bigtime" because nobody else had anything like that to heat houses or buildings. The bus children would come in with tales of getting stuck in the mud and having to get out and push the bus.

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W-WCHS graduate Olivia Rogers will be training in the nursing field at Athens Technical College this fall.

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Forester Cliff Hargrove says that the smoke that we had covering the town and county Wednesday mornthor. ing was from the wildfires around Waycross and Florida. He brought a printout of the fire area and the pattern of the smoke and where it was drifting. Another wildfire in the northwest Georgia area was brought under control last week and one in New Jersey was causing lots of problems the last I heard. Cliff says there is absolutely no outside burning allowed without permission from the Forestry Department and that it's probably going to be that way for quite a while. He explained why the Waycross and Florida fires are burning so long and that it may be six months or more before they are brought under control. He says that the only thing that is going to completely douse them and put them out is a hurricane-type soaking rain . . . . Read about it elsewhere in this paper.

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When I win the big lottery, I'll be "Miss Goody Two Shoes." First, I will give a good portion to my church, and do lots of things for my family. I will regenerate Wills Memorial Hospital with one small stroke of my pen. I will save the old North Alexander School and give to other worthwhile county projects. . . . But that's not going to happen. You have to buy a lottery ticket to win! I've never bought one. Maybe I will.

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Bonnie and Gene Allison live right in the middle of town, next door to The Cedars on Sims Street. Bonnie says that one night recently they came home rather late and when they pulled into the driveway their headlights caught five coyotes prancing through the yard. Just last week she heard a lot of noise in the backyard very early in the morning. When she looked out the widow, a crow was chasing a coyote away, almost riding on his back and fussing all the time. . . . That's getting too close to human territory.

.. Rev. Randy Hardy preached his last sermon as pastor of the Washington Presbyterian Church Sunday; and Nora Dukes played her last service on the organ for the church. Both are leaving Washington Wilkes soon and will be missed.

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Most people who have called to tell me about hummingbirds in their yards report that they had lots of birds before that cold snap we had a few weeks ago, but since it has warmed up a little, they have only one hummer. That's my situation.

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Not only does the Watson Brown Foundation present monetary scholarships to students in the CSRA, it also presents grants for historical preservation. Washington Wilkes has been the recipient of some of these grants. The Watson Brown Junior Board of Directors (high school students) assists with research on deserving historic sites and participates in presenting the grants. This week members of the board are out giving these grants.

Molly Newsome is the current president of the Junior Board. Other Wilkes County members of the Junior Board are Bonnie Bounds, Liz Grant, Spencer Swinson, and Delaney Russell. Wilkes County students who received scholarships this year are Donna Dove, Elizabeth Duggan, Lindley Hall, Krystle Kvalheim, Molly Newsome, Les Robb, and Jessica Watson.

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We have found that even when we are open at The News-Reporter on a Monday holiday, nobody comes in. They wait until Tuesday, saying, "We thought you were closed Monday." So we are going to close Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day. That means deadlines are moved up. The deadline for classified and legal advertisements and society news is 5 p.m. Friday, May 25. All other news and retail advertising is due by 12 noon on Tuesday, May 29. Community correspondents, please slide your news under the door Monday at your regular time. Some of us will be here.

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An editorial cartoon in Monday's Athens Banner-Herald shows a herd of Republican elephants bearing a warning sign: "Who will save us from Hillary?" The Grand Old Party's best strategy for retaining the Presidency and regaining congressional control may lie in an intensive "grass-roots" campaign. The objective would be to unite and mobilize the vast "Moral Majority" of American voters as identified by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. If the GOP does that, there could hardly be a better example and rallying point than an already established Bush-Cheney neighborhood in Washington-Wilkes. . . . Gail Boyd recently married Ted BUSH and they live in the stately Wynne-Boyd home near the by-pass end of North Alexander Avenue. Across the street, Irvin and Carol CHENEY occupy the beautifully restored former home of legendary third grade teacher May G. Van Saun. . . . This item has nothing to do with anyone's individual political preference, but as another notable coincidence, if you look closely you might see some similar family characteristics in Dick and Irvin.

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