October 23, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Lots of kids' fun, music from Nashville to Rayle highlight Saturday's big annual Rayle Ramble

A big kids' fun section and music from both Nashville and nearby will headline the annual Rayle Ramble Fall Festival Saturday. More...

Wilkes workforce academy plan agreement to be signed at Co-Op ceremony here Friday

Local leaders will sign a contract with state officials Friday afternoon to take Wilkes County into the second phase of the state's Communities of Opportunity (Co-Op) initiative that is planned to bring a workforce academy to the county. More...

Harlem Globetrotter adds to lineup of Market Days Street Fest on Sat.

Adding to a lineup of music, food, and crafts vendors, legendary Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas will be showing off basketball skills and signing autographs at this year's Market Days 2008 Street Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Paper arrives on time in Clemson

H ilda Wright brought me a 1958 copy of "The Lucky Bag," annual publication of the Brigade of Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. More...

Opinions

A Cloud of hopelessness

By GARY TOOLE There's a cloud of hopelessness and despair hovering over America. Believe it or not. And I'm not being cynical. Satan is working overtime to destroy this society as we know it in these last days. Drugs are destroying America. More...

Book Review

Shakespeare: The World as Stage By BILL BRYSON

Eminent Lives is a series of brief biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures. The editor has shown great perspicacity in choosing Bill Bryson to write this one. More...

Political Cartoon

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Obituaries

Bertha S. Lasher

Bertha S. Lasher, 87, of Echols Personal Care Home in Rayle died Wednesday, October 15, 2008, at Wills Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Lasher was cremated and her cremains will be buried at St. More...

Anne Giardini Bennett

Memorial services for Anne Giardini Bennett, 79, of 425 Thomson Road, Washington, were held Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Washington, with Rev. Deni Moss officiating. She died October 18. Mrs. More...

Walter Lee Elam Jr.

Funeral services for Walter Lee Elam Jr., 49, were held October 10, 2008, at McLendon Memorial Funeral Home, Washington, with Rev. Dennis Quinn officiating. He died October 2. Interment was in City West Cemetery, Washington. Mr. More...

Personalities

Evan Harper celebrates sixth birthday Sept. 20

Evan Harper, son of Wendi Harper of Tignall and David Harper of Anderson, S.C., celebrated his sixth birthday September 20. Evan enjoyed a celebration with his kindergarten class at Washington Wilkes Primary School on September 19. More...

Melody Monique Gartrell weds Rodney O'Neal Jones on Sept. 20

Melody Monique Gartrell and Rodney O'Neal Jones of Conyers exchanged wedding vows in an beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, September 20, at five o'clock in the afternoon at The Pope Center in Washington. Rev. Norman L. More...

New Beginnings

Joshua Wayne Brannen Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Brannen of Fort Gipson, Miss., announce the birth of their son, Joshua Wayne, on Thursday, October 9, in Jackson, Miss. Joshua weighed 7 lbs. 15 ozs. Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. More...

Board of Education struggles between saving tax money and buying locally

The Wilkes County Board of Education struggled with the competing desires to cut the budget and to use local companies whenever possible in its regular October meeting Monday night. More...

Clarks Hill Partnership sees early success in bringing tourist attention to region

Jim Whitehead was like a proud papa at the meeting in Washington last week. More...

Pre-K teacher Jillian Andrews is Wilkes Teacher of Year

Pre-K teacher Jillian Andrews was named Wilkes County Teacher of the Year Monday night at a reception prior to the October Wilkes Board of Education meeting. "I am extremely excited to be the Teacher of the Year for Wilkes County," Andrews said. More...

News

Band 'excellent' in performance at Hartwell Festival

The Washington-Wilkes Marching Band was rated "Excellent" after performing a Beatles-themed show at the Hartwell Marching Festival on October 18. More...

W-WMS Corner

Brooke and Lott are the bluest; eat pizza to support our school

W-WMS encouraged students to wear blue on the Wilkes County school system's "Blue Out" day in anticipation of the varsity football game against Lincoln County Friday. More...

Top sellers named at W-WES

Students at the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School have completed a successful fund-raising drive through the sale of Sally Foster products. As a school, the students sold a total of $9,046 in items and will keep a half of this amount. More...

Letters

There is no better place

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, The News- Reporter, and all the citizens of Washington-Wilkes for their support of the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Celebrity Waiters Dinner. More...

Sports

Tigers keep game close but Devils get away with win, 6-14

On Friday, October 17, the Washington Wilkes Tigers traveled to neighboring Lincoln County to take on the Red Devils in the annual "378 War." The game was close, with Lincoln County coming out on top by a score of 14-6. More...

Nancy C. Long golf tournament start time advanced to 10 a.m.

Hosted by the Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the Nancy C. Long Golf Tournament - "Playing FORE the Cure" - will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club. More...

THE DIXIE DOZEN

The top 12 teams in the South this week area: 1. Alabama 2. Florida 3. Georgia 4. LSU 5. South Florida 6. FSU 7. Georgia Tech 8. Vanderbilt 9. Virginia Tech 10. North Caroline 11. Maryland 12. Virginia More...

Worship

McMillians honored at Beaverdam Baptist on appreciation day

Beaverdam Baptist Church observed pastor appreciation day by recognizing Rev. and Mrs. John McMillian at the conclusion of the morning worship service on Sunday, October 12. Richard Byrd, chairman of the deacons, asked Mrs. More...

Many activities, opportunities available at Sardis Baptist

Sunday morning was another exciting day at Sardis Baptist Church. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The annual Rotary Pancake Supper will be held on Friday, November 7, 5 p.m., at the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School on East Street. More...