March 20, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Hundreds of racers, bad weather keep Wilkes EMS members busy

Members of the Wilkes County Emergency Medical Service may have had their all-time busiest weekend this past weekend, Director Blake Thompson said Monday, tending to hundreds of motocross racers in addition to caring for local residents. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Alfred's is new on The Square

We continue to have severe weather in the area, but we keep being spared from tornadoes and damaging winds and hail. That's good! More...

Opinions

An Act of God

An insurance company would not pay off because they called it an act of God and so this fellow sued God. He sued the church. Oh well, they've sued everyone else, why not God too? More...

Book Review

Maximum Ride By JAMES PATTERSON

If you are a fan of the suspense novels by James Patterson (and who is not?) you might want to pause here. It turns out that Patterson also writes young-adult fiction. More...

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Sports

Tigers still ahead in region play at 3-1, facing Patriots for the first time today

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team had a 3-0 region record going until Tuesday when the North Oconee Titans knocked a bunch of hits and home runs to take home an easy 11-2 win over the home team. More...

Turkey caller takes the prize

World-class turkey caller Jeff Murphy added another championship to his list of accomplishements when he won the U.S. Open Qualifier Championship held earlier this month in Atlanta. More...

Little League Day to be held at Ashley Park March 29 at 10

The Annual Washington-Wilkes Little League Day has been scheduled for Saturday, March 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at Ashley Park. This year's day is going to be a little different. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

..The bi-monthly meeting of the Wilkes County Cattlemen's Association will be held Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., at the McGill- Woodruff Ag Center. Reservations are requested by Wednesday, March 19, 5 p.m. More...

Easter Sunday Services

Many Wilkes County churches will be having special services on Easter Sunday, March 23, and during the days leading to Easter. More...

Board of Education starts early to make budget cuts for expected 2009 shortfall

Anticipating that tax revenues for the upcoming year may fall short of budget requirements, the Wilkes County Board of Education approved cuts in the 2009 budget at Monday night's regular meeting. More...

Commissioners agree to refinancing agreement on Persimmon building

An unusually short meeting, even for the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, saw only one item of business acted upon and after the regular reports from various departments were presented, only 13 minutes had elapsed when the meeting was adjourne More...

It ain't a crash if you can walk away

Pilot Allen Bunch (at right) talks with Wilkes Deputy Jamie Bridges Sunday evening after making an emergency landing in his ultralight aircraft on Harper Road just off Highway 78 in Rayle. More...

News

Clearing up those gas bills

Leigh Anne Aaron, of the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension, was the guest speaker at the Washington Kiwanis Club's meeting on Tuesday, March 18. More...

Washington Lions Club to resume Broom Sale for Blind' next week

After an interruption spanning several years, the Washington Lions Club will resume its popular houseto house "Broom Sale for the Blind" project next week. More...

Administrator tells state of the city

Washington City Administrator Mike Eskew (left) was the guest speaker for the Washington Rotary Clubon Thursday, March 13, and he told members in attendance about various ongoing and upcoming projects in which the city is involved. More...

Letters

Toxic words are destructive in a small community

TO THE EDITOR: I'm writing this letter as a consequence of having recently heard some vicious gossip about a friend and neighbor here in Rayle. I know the gossip is untrue and I will not repeat it here or anywhere else. More...

Spring is here: go ahead and plant

TO THE EDITOR: Some people think that due to the drought, they should not plant at all. This is not true. Changes in water restrictions now allow more flexibility for homeowners and gardeners. More...

EMA: Tornado warnings are made to save lives

TO THE EDITOR: Again this week Wilkes County was placed under two different Tornado Warnings. Both of these warning occurred on Saturday afternoon, 5:09 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Walter Lee Booker

Funeral services for Walter Lee Booker, 63, were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, at Heard's Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis J. Quinn officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Teresa Ann Davis

Graveside services for Teresa Ann Davis, 43, were held Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Washington- Wilkes Memorial Garden, Washington, with Rev. Donnie Berry officiating. She died Saturday, March 15, at Emory Hospital in Decatur. More...

Leona Strickland Hudson

A graveside memorial service for Leona Strickland Hudson, 88, of Valdosta was held Monday, March 20, 2008, at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta with Rev. Peter Ingeman officiating. She died Thursday, March 6, at South Georgia Medical Center. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

Benjamin Marshall Smith Marshall and Beth Smith of Snellville announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Marshall, on Thursday, March 13, at Gwinnett Medical in Lawrenceville. Benjamin weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. More...

Silver Streaks enjoy fellowship at First Baptist

The Silver Streaks of First Baptist Church enjoyed a cookout and game night fellowship Saturday night, March 15, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall. More...

Whitney James, Jacob Richards feted at shower

Whitney James and Jacob Richards, whose wedding is planned for March 29, were honored at a couples shower and bonfireSaturday evening, March 15, at the home of the bride's parents, Addison and Patti James, on Stoney Ridge Road. More...