2008-12-25 / The Office Cat

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Christmas baby page is 34 years old

This issue of The News-Reporter features our annual pages of Wilkes County babies (and some grandchildren) born during 2008. All the arrivals of the babies were announced in The News- Reporter when they were born. Pictures have been made by Mercer Harris. . . . The page was begun in 1974 by Jo Randall who wrote the social news at that time. She collected snapshots from parents who had announced their child's birth in The News-Reporter and it has grown to two pages with pictures made by a professional photographer. The first one had 15 baby pictures; this year's has 39. Those first babies were Frank Pittman, Dan Dukes, Beth Lannae, Jim Baston, Opie Shelton, Amy Leard, Laurie Granade, Laura Lindsey, Holly Lunceford, Mike Seymour, Trey Thigpen, Mit Broome, Michael Gresham, Kim Whittington, and Alicia Finnell.


We need your help one more time for early deadlines in getting The News-Reporter out. The January 1 issue will have to be printed a day early because of the New Year's Day holiday and there will be no postal service. The deadline for that issue is Monday, December 29, at 5 p.m. for all classified, legal, and retail advertising, social news, community news, obituaries, and all other news.


First we had a cat on the roof over Pop-Lahr Possibilities on The Square. Now there is a Snowman on the roof over Bee Southern on The Square. If he can last until Monday, he probably can last a long time. Temperatures are supposed to be back in the 20s next week after being in the 70s this week. . . . Bee Southern owners, Angie Strother and Pam McCarty, say that their friend, Todd Blackmon, put the snowman there to watch over them. Todd lives in the apartment over

Master's Wildlife and has beautiful Christmas decorations. They are especially impressive early in the morning (6:30 a.m.) when The Square is quiet and peaceful and there are not many cars around.


Christmas is a special time of the year and comes around faster every year. Lest we forget, here is the account of the first Christmas as recorded in Luke 2 in the King James Bible:

And Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child,

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them; Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph; and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


A Christmas card and renewal of her News-Reporter subscription from Kim Tucker Wall in Lawrenceville includes the following note: "Merry Christmas and happy renewals. I enjoy my News-Reporter more each passing year. Mom and Dad are not around any more but the 'news from home' still brings back those great memories of living in a small town. I hope all is well with all the Newsomes. I enjoyed reading about Lizzie's wedding. We love hearing the news and calling sister Kay and comparing notes." Kim is the daughter of the late Doris and Hubert Tucker Jr. and grew up in Washington. She has a twin sister, Kay, and a brother Tony.


The September-October issue of "AAA Going Places, The Magazine for Today's Travelers," has a feature on "Georgia Gems, Exploring the Riches of the South," and Washington-Wilkes is included. The article is by Candice Mutschler and the magazine has a circulation of more than 2,547,092. In referring to Washington-Wilkes, the writer says, "A wealth of ante-bellum homes dots the landscape of Washington- Wilkes. Over 100 of these Southern beauties serve as gracious reminders of a bygone era, including one house that houses the Washington Historic Museum." . . . Aonia Pass Motorcross Park is also mentioned in the article.

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