July 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

All Wilkes schools, whole system attain AYP first time on record

The Wilkes County Board of Education heard good news at Monday night's regular July meeting - not only did each school in the system make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the year, but the entire system made AYP for the first time. More...

Superintendent, BoE members inspect new school complex

Wilkes County Board of Education members Andrew Jackson, Kay Finnell, Superintendent Dr. More...

Volunteers needed for Recovery

Volunteers are needed in Wilkes County to help cancer patients on their road to recovery. The next Road to Recovery training is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, from 2-3 p.m. at the Mary Willis Library. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Heaven is not a state park

At a recent family meal with 10 people around the table in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Boots and Shirley Gunter's two-year-old grandson, Porter Brown, posed a question to his mother, More...

Opinions

Cronkite was a newsman whose legacy will live on in better journalists forever

A great newsman has passed on. More...

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Book Review

Just Take My Heart By MARY HIGGINS CLARK

In her new thriller, Mary Higgins Clark, one of America's bestselling suspense writers, delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. More...

Obituaries

Pearlie Downer Avery

Funeral services for Pearlie Downer Avery, 96, of Washington were held Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Flint Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Norman and Rev. G.L. Avery officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Worship

Samaria Temple's tent revival slated for July 29-31, 7:30

The Samaria Temple Church of God in Christ will hold a Summer Tent Revival Wednesday-Friday, July 29-31, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The tent location will be near Cutting Up Barber and Beauty Shop at 154A Whitehall Street in Washington. More...

Guido to speak at Fishing Creek homecoming service this Sunday

Fishing Creek Baptist Church will have a homecoming service on July 26 at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Guido of Metter. Logan Smith will present special music during the service and hold a concert after lunch. More...

PRC inmates are 'Experiencing God'

Becky Hooton spoke to the Washington Kiwanis Club and told members about the ministries she is involved in at the Wilkes Pre-release Center. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Seventh Day Adventist Church will have its food pantry open on Thursday, July 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. . Bethlehem Baptist Church will have homecoming Sunday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. More...

City hears new Country Inn and Suites proposal for hotel at Pope Center site

A new hotel proposal for The Pope Center got a tentative go-ahead for further study Monday night at the regular July meeting of the Washington City Council. More...

Car rolls into lake at Holliday Park

Allen Wolfe comes out of the dark water Monday night after examining the submerged Mitsubishi that got away from him. "Me and my girl got out to look at the water," he said. More...

Tickets still available for Casino Night set for this Friday night

There are still a few tickets left for the Casino Night sponsored by the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce set for Friday night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club. More...

Back-to-school time in Washington-Wilkes means tax-free savings, local giveaways, and one last blast

It's back-to-school time in Washington Wilkes, and that means tax holidays, local school supply giveaways, and one last bit of Fun in the Sun. More...

News

Describes ministry in Haiti

Dr. Anna Scott (left), representing the Bethlemen Ministry, spoke to the Washington Rotary Club last Thursday with assistance from Ann Lanier Gilbert (center), a student at Athens Academy and president-elect of the Interact Club there. More...

Beginners learn preservation techniques

At the recent food preservation workshop, everyone in the class gained a new skill. During the two sessions, Martha Partridge taught the women how to can tomatoes using the water bath method, and how to make grape jelly. More...

State's next sales tax holiday set to begin midnight July 30

Georgia House Bill 120 provides for a sales tax exemption from both state and local sales taxes for certain items purchased between 12:01 a.m. on July 30 and midnight August 2, 2009. More...

Letters

Opening of Toombs House is essential

TO THE EDITOR: The Board of Directors of the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation wishes to commend Commission Chairman Sam Moore and other elected officials for the effort being made to keep the Robert Toombs House open on a more frequent ba More...

Burke's comments may not have been the most hospitable

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in regards to Kip Burke's article in the July 2, 2009, issue of The News-Reporter entitled "Intolerance of Southern accents seems to be the last acceptable prejudice for some folks." Whether Mr. More...

Sports

Darren Davenport wins tournament at W-W Country Club held July 4-5

A number of "usuals" populated the championship flight of the annual Amos Martin Invitational held at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club on July 4-5 but it was Darren Davenport of Union Point who held on to win the classic with a combined score of More...

Ladies beat Harlem but tie Thomson

Last week the W-W Lady Tigers softball team traveled to Harlem and beat the Bulldogs 6-3. Cayla Gilland picked up the win. On Monday, July 20, the Tigers traveled to Thomson and came away with a 9-9 tie. More...

Gowen catches big barracuda

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Gowen caught this 28-lb. barracuda while fishing with her dad, William Gowen, and grandfather, Mike James, off the coast of South Carolina. She also caught several sharks, stingrays, and other fish. More...

Personalities

Dayzja Gartrell is state finalist

Dayzja Gartrell was a state finalist, representing Washington, Georgia, at the National America Miss Pageant held July 3-5 at the Hilton Downtown Atlanta. She was one of 156 contestants in the Junior Teen Division. More...

New Beginnings

Christopher Cale Harris Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Harris of Washington announce the birth of their son, Christopher Cale, on Tuesday, July 7, at University Hospital in Augusta. Christopher weighed 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and was 20 inches long. More...

Katie Anderson and Chris Wilson to marry in October 4 ceremony

JoAnn Neville of Hephzibah, formerly of Washington, and Jeff Anderson of Tignall announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Anderson of Statesboro, to Chris Wilson, also of Statesboro, son of Rev. and Mrs. More...