November 12, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Weeks before Christmas are packed with events, parades, and shopping in the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Wilkes County, as the weeks leading up to the holidays are packed full of events, concerts, and celebrations throughout the area. More...

Kids, grownups enjoy Tignall festival

As kids played games and tested their skills, adults enjoyed music by the Newtown Rhythm Band at Saturday's ninth annual "I'd Rather Be in Tignall" Festival at the old school in Tignall. More...

Folk artist wins Fall ArtFest 2009

Debbie Wells of the Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation presents folk artist Peter Loose with the first prize ribbon and $750 in cash for his winning entry in the 2009 Fall ArtFest juried art show and sale. More...

Local census Complete Count Committee needs volunteers to help ensure most accurate count

The Wilkes County Complete Count Committee still needs volunteers for a public awareness campaign aimed at getting the most complete local census count possible, and the next volunteer meeting is set for Thursday, November 19, at 4 p.m. More...

Farmers Market open to more family vendors

Not only is the Farmers Market still in operation behind the Wilkes County courthouse every Saturday morning, organizers say they're looking for more families to sell their homemade foods and hand crafts. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

NHS needs addresses of servicemen

Members of the Washington- Wilkes Comprehensive High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) are working on a Christmas greeting to be sent to school alumni who are currently in the United States Military. More...

Opinions

Remember the unsung Cold War vets as some recall the fall of the Berlin Wall

Most of the world is marking this week the fact that twenty years ago the Berlin Wall fell, a time when millions of freedomloving people forced an end to their socialist governments, when an empire fell and the Cold War ended. More...

Book Review

You Must Remember This By RICHARD SCHICKEL and GEORGE PERRY

Y ou Must Remember This is a heavy book - not heavy intellectually, but physically, like a coffee-table book. It may not be "intellectual," but in addition to being nostalgic and entertaining, it is informative. More...

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Sports

Tigers upset by Aquinas, will travel to Bowdon in round one

What could be worse than closing out the regular season with a loss to the lowly Aquinas Fighting Irish? Not much. But that's what the Washington-Wilkes Tigers suffered last Friday night as the cap to end a week of hard luck, injury, and sickness. More...

THE DIXIE DOZEN

The top 12 teams in the South this week area: 1. Florida 2. Alabama 3. Georgia Tech 4. LSU 5. Clemson 6. Miami 7. Auburn 8. South Florida 9. Ole Miss 10. Virginia Tech 11. North Carolina 12. Tennessee More...

Registration begins for 2009 season of W-WPRD basketball

The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department has announced that registration for basketball 2009 has begun. Participants who sign-up before November 16 will receive a $5.00 discount. The final date to sign up is November 23. More...

Personalities

News-Reporter to publish annual 'Christmas Tree Babies' edition

On December 24, The News- Reporter will publish its 36th annual Christmas Tree Babies edition. The full color feature will include children born to Wilkes County families during 2009 whose announcements appeared in The News-Reporter. More...

Amanda Leigh Woods to marry Inman Curry Hogan III April 3

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Woods of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Leigh, to Inman Curry Hogan III, of Washington, son of Mrs. Lynda V. Pollock, also of Washington, and Inman Curry Hogan Jr. of Lincolnton. More...

Andrea Lynn Rollandini weds Colby Lamar Self October 10

Andrea Lynn Rollandini and Colby Lamar Self, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., exchanged wedding vows Saturday, October 10, at four o'clock in the afternoon at Lee-Fendall House Museum in Alexandria, Va. David P. More...

U.S. Census to hire hundreds in Wilkes Co. with testing set Saturday, city council hears

In its regular November meeting Monday night, the Washington City Council passed a resolution to apply for an energy-efficient-home grant, and heard a report that testing starts soon for hundreds of temporary census jobs in the area. More...

UGA graduate students develop concepts for look of county, city entrance corridors

Nine University of Georgia graduate students spent last weekend developing a conceptual design for the gateways into Wilkes County with an eye toward identifying those things that detract from the overall appeal and positive image of the county. More...

Opportunities to help folks abound in Wilkes County during holiday season

If one of your Christmas wishes is to do a little something to help your neighbors, you have plenty of opportunities in Wilkes County this year - some as soon as this week. More...

Advance tickets are available online for Nov. 21 Connye Florance jazz concert

Advance tickets are on sale now for Nashville jazz vocalist Connye Florance's much anticipated concert next Saturday, November 21, as the first musical act in the Washington- Wilkes Historical Foundation Concert Series lineup. More...

Pit bull group honors shelter's Gloria Wheatley for her efforts

A national pit bull organization has recognized the Washington- Wilkes Animal Shelter director for her tireless work saving the dozen dogs seized in dog-fighting arrests this year, even while the shelter struggles to feed and house an everincreasin More...

Job testing set for U.S. Census hiring temporary workers

Testing is set for short-term census jobs available in Wilkes County as the U.S. Census Bureau gets ready for the 2010 count of every person in the United States. Sessions for applications and testing are set for Saturday, November 14, at 11 a.m. More...

News

New member welcomed

LeAnne Mathews (left), owner of Johnson/Jones Insurance, joined the Washington Kiwanis Club and was inducted by President Sherry Hudson in a brief ceremony at the club's regular Tuesday lunch meeting last week. More...

'Operation Christmas Child' open all next week

Christmas is arriving early all over Washington as a local church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. More...

Art exhibit on display downtown; science classes wonder, 'Is this me?'

W-WMS has an artwork exhibit at the Wilkes Eye Center on the Washington Square through this week. The work can be seen in the front windows, but if you go inside, you can see more of these students' artwork on the back of the display. More...

Letters

Service, discounts make for loyal customers

TO THE EDITOR: Kip Burke's Opinion column has become one of my favorite parts of The News-Reporter. I find his pieces to be well-researched and thought out. More...

Progress in appraisal process will result in fairness, equity

To The Editor : Please allow me to respond to the letter from Michele Hamlin last week regarding the city disparity in appraisals. I would like to say first of all that Rev. More...

More than 100 kids experienced art at weekend's activities

TO THE EDITOR: We had a terrific day of Children's Art during the ArtFest 2009. More...

Obituaries

Geneva Virginia Freeman

Funeral services for Geneva Virginia Freeman, 84, of Greensboro Road, Washington, were held Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at McLendon Memorial Chapel, Washington, with Rev. Ricky Lockhart officiating. She died Saturday, October 31, at her home. More...

Emily G. Rorie

Graveside services for Emily G. Rorie, 71, of Rayle were held Friday, November 6, 2009, at Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. James M. Newsome Jr. officiating. She died Wednesday, November 4, at Echols Personal Care Home, Rayle. More...

Betty B. Redwine

Funeral services for Betty B. Redwine, 88, of Crawfordville were held Thursday, November 5, 2009, at the Crawfordville Baptist Church with Dr. Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. More...

Worship

Presbyterian Church holds annual Fall Services

Was hington New s The Washington Presbyterian Church held its annual Fall Services November 1-3 and had over 90 people in attendance. Each service was centered around a particular hymn and the services were filled with music. More...

McMillians honored Sunday at Beaverdam Baptist Church

Rev. and Mrs. John McMillian were honored at Beaverdam Baptist Church Sunday, November 8. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The First United Methodist Men will have a chicken barbecue dinner available to the public on Saturday, November 21., 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost is $7.00 per plate and you may eat-in or takeout. More...