June 18, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

School board concerned that new school complex still not turned over to school system

The Wilkes County Board of Education, in its regular June meeting, passed a tentative 2009-2010 budget and honored the departing Superintendent Joyce Williams but was disturbed by her report that the new school complex has not yet been turned over More...

Tignall pastor passes returning from mission with youth of church

A popular Tignall pastor died suddenly Saturday while returning from a church mission trip with his youth group. Rev. More...

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The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Young brothers are entrepreneurs

Two young brothers are starting early to learn about the business world. Mil is the 12-year-old son of Betsy and Rodney Shedd of Rayle; and Matt is his nine-year-old brother. More...

Opinions

Getting stranded alone with kids in Italy is what makes our military wives heroes

In a Navy career that had us moving 10 times in 15 years, easily one of the worst things I ever did to my longsuffering wife and children is to move to Italy ahead of them and force them to fly halfway across the world without me. More...

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Book Review

Three books Reviewed by PEGGY BARNETT

Three special books by writers that you don't want to miss, whatever your chronological age: MARTHA TO THE RESCUE By Janet Gates Bonney It was a very snowy day in Maine. More...

Sports

Future Tigers hoop it up at Blue and Gold Camp

Some 20 boys and girls ages 11-13 had fun and improved their skills at the Blue and Gold Basketball Camp last week. Camp for 14- to 16-year-olds begins June 15; and for 6- and 7-year-olds June 22. More...

W-W Little League will host tourneys for District All-Stars

The Washington-Wilkes Little League will be the host for the District 6 All Star Tournaments for nine and ten year old baseball and 11 and 12 year old softball. More...

Tiger Club memberships, season tickets now available as teams prepare for '09-10

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger Club and the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Lee Hutto have begun a membership drive encouraging all current, former, More...

Personalities

Crystal Purdy entertained at bridesmaids' luncheon May 23

The home of Kyle and Sandra Brown on Broad Road in Tignall was the scene of a bridesmaids' luncheon honoring Crystal Purdy on Saturday, May 23. Co-hostesses with Mrs. Brown were Jeana Worley of Elberton and Jenny Reville of Tignall. More...

Camille McAvoy celebrates second birthday May 31

Camille McAvoy, daughter of Richard and Mandy McAvoy of Washington, was two years old on May 31 and celebrated on two occasions. On her birthday Cami l le was treated to a pink and yellow flower cake. More...

New Beginnings

Athen Laurie Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Adam Laurie Andrews of Washington announce the birth of their son, Athen Laurie, on Friday, June 12, at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens. Athen weighed 5 lbs. 15 ozs. and was 19 ¾ inches long. More...

Rabies cases increase sharply

The number of confirmed cases of rabies in Wilkes County has shot up in the last several months, authorities say, and a rabies vaccination clinic has been scheduled to help fight the spread. More...

Hundreds of BRAG riders enjoy warm welcome as they camp, shop, dine throughout Wilkes County

A welcome spray of cool water met the 1,400 BRAG bicycle riders who arrived Friday morning as members of the Washington Fire Department manned their laddermounted hose high above Hospital Drive as the riders finished the day's portion of the 2009 B More...

Commissioners discuss options for Robert Toombs house

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners meeting for June was largely devoted to various housekeeping chores but Chairman Sam Moore did report on some discussions he had with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) concerning the "closin More...

Beef is big business in Wilkes

Auctioneer Wesley Quarles (upper left) calls for bids on a pair of Wilkes County calves, some of the thousands of beef cattle that are born and raised here, making the county a vital player in the state's beef industry. More...

News

Magician and Vern to entertain at library

Keith Karnok , better known in Georgia as "Mr. Keith the Magic Man," is participating in the Georgia Public Library Summer Reading Program, "Be Creative at Your Library," and will be performing at the Mary Willis Library on June 30 at 10 a.m. More...

Where in the world is The News-Reporter ...

... cruising the high seas!

Sisters Victoria McClendon and Mariah Jones spent their after school vacation hopping the islands of the Bahamas on a Carnival cruise. Where in the world is your News-Reporter? More...

Laytoya, Kimberly Jenkins receive Rosa Grant Warthen Scholarship

Laytoya and Kimberly Jenkins received the Rosa Grant Warthen Scholarship Sunday evening, May 24, at the Reese J. Booker and Rosa Grant Warthen Memorial Fundraising Service at Mark's Tabernacle Baptist Church. More...

Letters

Join the debate and share thoughts

TO THE EDITOR: I am afraid that, in a rush to judgment, the Pelosi Democrats in Congress will enact a cap-and-trade energy tax that will have dramatic negative effects on our entire economy by causing significant increases in the cost of power g More...

Second Time Around Mini Farm has closed 'with much sadness'

TO THE EDITOR: Second Time Around Mini Farm has closed its gates and we are officially out of business after our huge sale. The animals have all been placed with much sadness on me and my staff's hearts. More...

Thanks to Barnett for outstanding job on BRAG visit

TO THE EDITOR: I want to congratulate Ashley Barnett, Director of Tourism, for an outstanding job in planning Washington's participation of the BRAG visit. More...

Obituaries

Maxine Dunn Coleman

Funeral services for Maxine Dunn Coleman, 93, were held Thursday, June 11, 2009, in the T.A. McLendon Memorial Chapel of Davenport-McLendon Mortuary Inc., with Rev. Demetrice Porter officiating. Interment was in the City West Cemetery, Washington. More...

Benjamin E. Smith

Funeral services for Benjamin E. Smith, 85, of Washington were held Monday, June 15, 2009, at Hopkins Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Cates officiating. Interment was in Washington-Wilkes Memorial Gardens. More...

Dale Fincher

Funeral services for Rev. Dale Fincher of Tignall were held Tuesday, June 16, 2009, in the Tignall Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Standard, Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr., and Rev. Kevin Hanel officiating. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Heard's Chapel Baptist Church will have Men's Day June 28, 3 p.m. Rev. Reginald Hunter and New Springhill Baptist Church will be in charge of services. . Rev. More...