March 12, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Armed robber hits Rayle's 'Miss Ruby's' store, evades ground, air police searches

A rare armed robbery in Rayle Tuesday morning brought out county and state law enforcement units including a helicopter and tracking dogs, but the alleged robber escaped, Sheriff Mark Moore said. At about 10:40 a.m. More...

Original Gone with the Wind posters exhibited

Some of the original hand-painted movie posters from the 1939 premier of "Gone With the Wind" are on display now through May at the Washington Historical Museum, said curator Stephanie Macchia. More...

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Taxidermist Lloyd Johnson III won the Georgia Taxidermist Association's Wildlife Artists Supply Co. (WASCO) award for his unusual mount that includes two East African impala and a Thomson's gazelle on a single base. More...

Opinions

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Vox Pop

A bill before the Georgia Legislature would allow local communities to decide whether to allow sales of beer, wine, and liquor on Sundays after noon. What is your opinion on the sale of alcohol on Sundays? Should it be allowed or not? Why? More...

Book Review

Hit and Run By LAWRENCE BLOCK

Like mystery writers Donald Westlake and Robert Parker, Lawrence Block does not let the reader down. It is not that his books are all alike or unsurprising; it is that we can count on the type of book we are about to read. More...

Obituaries

Herman Lee Mauldin

Funeral services for Herman Lee Mauldin, 88, of Rayle were held Sunday, March 8, 2009, in County Line Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Tucker officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. He died Thursday, March 5, at his home. More...

Frank Blackburn

Funeral services for Frank Blackburn, 75, of Metasville Road, Washington, were held Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Rehoboth Baptist Church, Metasville, with Rev. Steve Rayner and Dr. Leonard L. Dupree officiating. More...

Thomas Otis Smith

Graveside services for Thomas Otis Smith, 72, of Washington were held Monday, March 9, 2009, in the Phillips Mill Baptist Church Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Rob Cohen and Dr. Leonard L. Dupree officiating. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will have its pastor appreciation program Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m. Rev. Larry Carter and the New Hope Powelton Baptist Church of Sparta will be the guests. Rev. Charles Belton is the pastor. More...

Property taxes rise for '08 due to higher assessments

Even though the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners is proposing millage rates slightly lower than in 2007, and the Board of Education is standing fast at the same rate as 2007, More...

School board schedules hearings on proposed school tax increase

Facing a growing shortfall in state funding, the Wilkes County school board has scheduled hearings on a proposed 14.14 percent tax increase for Wilkes County property owners, following a 14.47 percent increase last year. More...

Washington City Council sets hearing for 'revenue-neutral' city millage rate

Indicating that city taxes are not likely to be raised this year, the Washington City Council voted to advertise the date for public hearings on a proposed "revenue-neutral" millage rate. More...

Season's first Aonia GNCC races see 1,471 racers in competition

The season's first big weekend of racing at Aonia Pass Motocross Park was a success as 1,471 professional and amateur riders competed in the cross-country dirt bike and ATV races and brought extra business to area merchants. More...

News

McAvoy discusses Haiti and art

Janice McAvoy (center) talked about her "two passions," art and Haiti, as she presented an informative and inspirational program to members of the Washington Rotary Club at their regular weekly meeting on Thursday, March 5. More...

State park will instruct in how to attract wildlife this Saturday

A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville will be hosting a "How to Attract Wildlife to Your Backyard" session on Saturday, March 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the museum. There will be no cost for admission. More...

Tour weekend to offer Gone With The Wind exhibits

As an added attraction to this year's Spring Tour of Homes, the weekend will be filled with special Gone With The Wind exhibits, lectures, sales, and book signings. More...

Letters

Church says 'Thank you' for all the help

TO THE EDITOR: This letter is written to express our sincere thanks for your recent help in assisting us in our effort to clean up and recover Wednesday's [February 18] destructive tornado. More...

Gartrells appreciate assistance following destructive house fire

TO THE COMMUNITY: We, the Gartrell family, appreciate the special support you have given us as a family. The effect of love the community has had on us was tremendous. More...

Homeowner grateful for prayers, gifts, visits after tornado damage

To the citizens of Wilkes County : With heartfelt gratitude, I, Gloria Battle extends words of thanks to each of you for your diligence in lending a helping hand, praying, donating monetary gifts, visits, cards, and thoughts. More...

Sports

Tigers get first win Monday, over Jefferson

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team got its first win of the season Monday, March 8, by beating Jefferson County 14-4 in a game called for the mercy rule after five innings. More...

Burdette bags biggest buck

Maurice "Marcy" Burdette (center) of Elberton was the winner of the Big Buck Contest sponsored by Floyd Higgins (left), President of the Fishing Creek Chapter of Wildlife Action, Inc. and Gary Dobbs (right) of D and D Taxidermy in Rayle. More...

Personalities

WMH Auxiliary sponsoring chicken barbecus March 28

The Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor a chicken barbecue on Saturday, March 28, at the VFW on Andrews Drive. Chicken plates will be ready for pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost per plate is $7. More...

Natasha Elizabeth Malone to wed Walter T. Medford Jr. on December 5

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wylie Jr. of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Elizabeth Malone, of Albany, to Walter T. Medford Jr. of Hinesville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Medford of Memphis, Tenn. More...

Woman's Club members plan for Tour of Homes at March 9 meeting

The upcoming Tour of Homes was the topic of conversation at the meeting of the Woman's Club, Monday, March 9, at the clubhouse. Barbara Roberts, Tour of Homes chairman, and her committee led the discussion of the Tour scheduled for April 3-5. More...