May 14, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Visitors still coming to see, stay, dine in Washington despite economic downturn

Although the ongoing economic downturn has seen the closing of some Washington businesses, tourism is up numerically over last year and some businesses are seeing excellent traffic. More...

New school complex will be open for public, rising students to tour

With Washington-Wilkes' new high school and middle school complex so close to completion, the public will be getting its first views in the next few weeks including an open house on May 24. More...

Kindergarten kids read of Model A Fords

Kindergarten dad and Model A Ford owner Chris Townsend reads the story of Milton, the Model A, to an appreciative audience of Melanie McMichael's kindergarten students including his son, Garston. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

35 years of ambulance service

C harles Kopecky came by one day last week to say that he has been enjoying watching two baby foxes (kits?) playing at the entrance to Resthaven Cemetery. I went out to Resthaven immediately and there they were! More...

Opinions

Old Mountain Dew still tickles the innards with memories of hellfire and moonshine

The folks at Mountain Dew - PepsiCo I suppose - are now marketing a "throwback" version of their classic soft drink, one with an older logo and formula, and it gave me a flashback of drinking my first Mountain Dew. More...

Book Review

Agent Zigzag By BEN MACINTYRE

A non-fiction book that has all the elements of a suspense novel may not receive awards, but this one did. Agent Zigzag is the true story of a World War II spy, with an unlikely hero. More...

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Sports

Alumni basketball game in new gym will expand to include women's game

Tiger basketball fans ready for the annual Alumni Basketball Game are in for a triple treat this year. More...

Lady Bucs take second place at state, sweep individual high points awards

Washington-Wilkes athletes contributed greatly to the Briarwood Academy track team's outstanding showing in the GISA Class A state track meet, which was held last week at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. More...

Tigers win first round of playoffs, to face No. 1 Pacelli in round two

Due to unfortunate timing of round two playoff games and press scheduling for this issue, results of baseball games between the Washington-Wilkes Tigers and the Pacelli Vikings can not be reported this week. More...

Personalities

Gresham-Saggus WOM members gather at FBC on Thursday, May 7

The Rhetta Gresham-Terry Bennett Saggus Women on Mission of the First Baptist Church met in the Jesse Mercer Chapel Thursday afternoon, May 7. Gladys Reese, facilitator, welcomed members and opened with a prayer and the WMU Watchword from Matthew. More...

Kelley Castaneda receives Doctor of Pharmacy degree

Kelley Randall Castaneda of Clinton, S.C., was awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy on Wednesday, May 6. The convocation was held at The Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, S.C. More...

Emma Scott celebrates third birthday April 24

Emma Scott, daughter of Joey and Shannon Scott of Thomson, celebrated her third birthday on April 24. For her birthday Emma and her mother made cupcakes that she shared with her classmates at First United Daycare in Thomson. More...

City agrees to apply for stimulus grant to bring roofing factory expansion here

The Washington City Council got good news and took action Monday night on a stimulus package application that is expected to bring some 25 new jobs to Washington. More...

Grassroots effort raises funds for fireworks in Washington

"Washington will have fireworks on Friday, July 3," said Ed Pope III, "thanks to Pliant Corporation, and to all the businesses, the civic groups and the individuals who are determined that we will have a fireworks celebration this year. More...

Authority on Edgefield slave potter Dave to talk, sign books in Washington today

Author Leonard Todd will be lecturing on the famous slave potter Dave in Washington Thursday, May 14. More...

BRAG's bike route through area to cover back roads of Wilkes

The route has been announced for the upcoming 2009 Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG), the Friday, June 12, event that will bring some 1,700 bicycle riders and hundreds of their friends through the county for an overnight stay in Washington. More...

News

Briarwood Academy to hold commencement Friday at 7

Commencement exercises for the 17 members of the Briarwood Academy Class of 2009 will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 15, at the Clinton H. Grant Field House at Briarwood. Baccalaureate services were held at 3 p.m. More...

Early Childhood Education program is notified of industry certification

The Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Early Childhood Education (ECE) program received notification Monday, May 4, that it has been awarded Industry Certification. More...

Community encouraged to take test drives for band fund-raiser

Residents of Washington-Wilkes will have the opportunity to earn money for Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Tiger Band by test-driving a new Ford or Mercury vehicle at the school on Tuesday, May 26. More...

Letters

Red Cross amazed by caring citizens

TO THE EDITOR: After the recent tornadoes throughout the Central Savannah River Area, volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross of Augusta responded to provide help and assistance to families whose homes were damaged or destroyed. More...

Fireworks coverage appreciated

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you so much for the coverage in The News-Reporter regarding the Fireworks meeting. It has been invaluable! The response has been terrific. There is definitely interest for the Fireworks Display. More...

Relay committee thanks Wilkes volunteers, supporters

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to acknowledge everyone in Washington-Wilkes who offered their support and their volunteer hours to make the Relay for Life-2009 such a huge success. More...

Obituaries

Sophia Boyd Bamford

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Sophia Boyd Bamford, 96, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at Independence United Methodist Church, Tignall, with Rev. Marvin Mason officiating. Dr. More...

Clement E. Sutton Jr.

Funeral services for Clement E. Sutton Jr., 95, of Boxford, Mass., were held Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the First Church Congregational, Boxford. Burial was in Village Cemetery. He died May 2, at his home. Mr. More...

Emogene McCay Standard

A service to celebrate the life of Emogene McCay Standard, 80, of Charlotte, N.C., was held May 4, 2009, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Charlotte. She died April 30. Mrs. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Rehoboth Baptist Church, Metasville, will have Vacation Bible School May 31-June 5, 6:00- 8:30 p.m. . Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Rayle, will celebrate Women's Day May 17, 3 p.m. Rev. Lance Pitts will be the guest minister. More...