November 8, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

School board, county leaders pass property tax increases

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education passed tax millage rate increases last week that will mean significanttax hikes for all Wilkes County property owners. More...

Best-selling author Ann Rule to sign books at Mary Willis Library Friday evening at 5

A best-selling true-crime author will be signing her new book with tragic local connection in Washington tomorrow evening. More...

Alcohol-related crimes fillroundup of October law enforcement activities

In a roundup of law enforcement action during the past month, the following arrests were recorded in Wilkes County in October: Nikita M. More...

Kids enjoy Little Theater Halloween

Boys try to squirt out lit candles inside a Jack O'Lantern at last week's Washington Little Theater Halloween Festival. More...

Volunteers needed to fill'shoe boxes of love,' bringing Christmas joy to Wilkes Co. seniors

The seniors in Wilkes County nursing homes and assisted living facilities will get a merrier Christmas thanks to "Operation Love and Care in a Shoe Box." "Your gift will make a world of difference in our community nursing homes and assisted living More...

Pipeline landowners to meet Tuesday eve at Rolling 'M' ranch

Some 200 area landowners who are potentially affected by the proposed Elba Express natural gas pipeline are invited to an informational meeting next week. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Blood drive for Christopher is Friday

The Office Cat

M aria Burgess Walker writes from Dallas, Texas, that she and husband Joel were excited to see Washington- Wilkes mentioned in a recent Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News. More...

Opinions

Do Gooders

The most hypocritical advertisement on television is the one about Phillip Morris, one of the largest cigarette manufacturers and beer producers in the world. They own the Miller Brewing Company. Miller the killer! More...

Political Cartoon

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Book Review

In Spite of the Gods By EDWARD LUCE

India has been much in the news recently. It seems to be about to become the world's third largest economy. More...

Obituaries

Leonard M. Hopkins

Graveside services for Leonard M. Hopkins, 91, of Washington were held Sunday, November 4, 2007, at Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Paul Reviere officiating. He died Thursday, November 1, in Wills Memorial Hospital. Mr. More...

Ray F. Reese

Funeral services for Ray F. Reese, 78, of Washingtoin will be held Thursday, November 8, 2007, at 2:30 p.m., at Hopkins Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Resethaven Cemetery. More...

Arnold Rigdon

Funeral services for Arnold "Red" Rigdon, 73, of Tignall, formerly of Sylva, N.C., were held Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at Melton-Riddle Funeral Home Chapel, Sylva, N.C., with Rev. Jim Ed Powell officiating. More...

All incumbents, Barnett win; SPLOST passes easily

Washington voters turned out in strong numbers to re-elect Willie Burns as mayor of Washington, to re-elect Councilmen Nathaniel Cullars in District 1 and Edward B. Pope Jr. More...

Wilkes Co. schools taking MRSA precautions for control of drug-resistant staph infections

With a reported case of the MRSA infection in Lincoln County schools last week, Wilkes County schools are working to prevent an increase in the resistant infection here. More...

Fall ArtFest 'a big success' with more than 20 artists on display on The Square

The Fall ArtFest Saturday was a great success, organizers say, with a diverse range of artists and an outstanding membership drive for the Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation. More...

Be an angel for someone this year

Hanging the season's first angels, Shelley Warrenfels holding Aaron Moore, Denise Moore, and Betsy Strother are busy with this year's community Angel Tree in the entry hall of First United Methodist Church. More...

Primary students hear about safety

Bruce Bailey of Wills Memorial Hospital presented a Halloween Safety Program called "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions" to the student body of Washington-Wilkes Primary School last week. More...

Blood drives set to replenish supply for holiday season

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it comes a plea for blood donors to replenish the supply of blood which supports Wills Memorial Hospital and other hospitals in the area. More...

News

Blood drive Friday will aid Charping's fight with leukemia

Christopher Charping, a senior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, has been diagnosed with acute leukemia after becoming quite ill at school on Tuesday, November 6. More...

Callaway Plantation sets Christmas event for Fri., December 7

Christmas At Callaway Plantation will be held Friday, December 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. More...

Middle, high schools to host open house Tuesday, 3:30-6

Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Washington- Wilkes Middle School will host a joint open house on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, for the parents and students of each school. Between the hours of 3:30 p.m. More...

Letters

No place for hatred, we need positive attitudes

TO THE EDITOR: With all the pending events, especially our city election, I felt compelled to share with you from my devotional. More...

Thanks for response to serious situation

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to thank "911," the firedepartment and the forestry department for responding to the fireon my property last Thursday. This could have been a very serious situation due to the drought. More...

CC team honors Chris Charping; blood drive is set for Friday, 9-6

TO THE Editor : On Saturday, November 3, a beautiful autumn afternoon out at the track field at Oglethorpe County High School, we spectators were watching our youngsters run their hearts out in the regional cross country race. More...

Sports

Greene edges Tigers out in final seconds, 20-27

Last Friday night, the Washington- Wilkes Tigers lost a heartbreaker to the Tigers of Greene County 27-20. Washington played its best game of the year, but came up just short. More...

Perry completes first marathon in Marine Corps' 32nd running

Daniel Perry, a 1992 W-WCHS graduate, completed his first marathon on Sunday, October 28, by finishing the 32nd annual Marine Corps Marathon in 5 hours, 40 minutes and 12 seconds. More...

THE DIXIE DOZEN

The top 12 teams in the South this week area: 1. LSU 2. Georgia 3. Virginia Tech 4. Florida 5. Auburn 6. Virginia 7. Clemson 8. Alabama 9. Tennessee 10. Kentucky 11. FSU 12. Arkansas More...

Personalities

News-Reporter to publish annual 'Christmas Tree Babies' edition

On December 20, The News- Reporter will publish its annual Christmas Tree Babies edition featuring children born to Wilkes County families during 2007 whose announcements appeared in The News-Reporter. More...

Chloé Roy chosen winner in kids' recipe contest

Chloé Helen Roy, daughter of Michele and Jack Roy of Evans, was the local restaurant winner for the Red Robin Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest in Evans. More...

PERSONALITIES! Jessica Leigh Coxwell to wed Herchell Lee Evans in April

Mr. and Mrs. L. Dan Coxwell Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Leigh, to Herchell Lee Evans Dacula, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Edwards of Lexington. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. More...