November 19, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Board of Education to join county in petition for interim 2009 tax collection

Faced with having several months with no income, the Wilkes County Board of Education joined with Wilkes County Commissioners in filing suit to collect taxes while the tax digest is being finished. More...

Rayle Volunteer Fire Department responds to chimney, roof fire

Bad weather last week contributed to chimney damage and a possible fire, a homeowner said, but quick action by the Rayle Volunteer Fire Department kept the home from danger. It was around 3:45 a.m. More...

Local complete count committee needs volunteers, to meet today

Meeting today at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners' board room of the courthouse, the Wilkes County Complete Count Committee still needs volunteers for a public awareness campaign aimed at getting the most complete local census count possible in 2010. More...

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The Office Cat

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Salvation Army needs bell ringers

R ay Moore Jr. (who lives on Pembroke Drive in Washington) has returned from his seventh mission trip to Cange, Haiti. More...

Opinions

New flu-fear hand-washing habits possible, it just takes the right amount of motivation

They say that old habits are hard to break, and that's true. I've had more luck substituting one habit for another, replacing a bad habit with a good one, or at least a better one. More...

Book Review

The Fires of Vesuvius By MARY BEARD

Vesuvius and Pompeii have a magical sound today. A lost city, found years later under a layer of ash -- what was it like before the volcano exploded? Who were the people there? More...

Cartoon

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Obituaries

Blanche Peterman Armour

Funeral services for Blanche Peterman Armour, 91, of Washington were held Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at Rock United Methodist Church, Rayle, with Rev. Sandy Heslop and Rev. Ron Fearneyougyh officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Frank Henry Andrews

Funeral services for Frank Henry Andrews, 95, of Atlanta, were held Friday, November 13, 2009, at Lindsay Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, with Rev. Anthony A.W. Motley officiating. More...

Dorothy Brewton Slaton

Dorothy Brewton Slaton, 94, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Washington, died October 18, 2009. She was the oldest of three children born to Dr. J.H. and Lucille Rippard Brewton. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Christmas Tree of Love sponsored by the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to benefit the hospital will have its fund-raising program during November and December. More...

Shop at home at Christmas Candlelight Shopping Tue.

Next Tuesday's annual Christmas Candlelight Shopping event will have the usual sales, refreshments, giveaways, and Downtown Dollars, and if everything works out, there will be snow. "It's going to 'snow' at Candlelight Shopping! More...

Wilkes County will petition court to collect 2009 taxes prior to new digest's approval

Wilkes County Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard sent a request to the Board of Commissioners that it petition the courts for permission to proceed with the sale of motor vehicle tags and to collect local timber taxes prior to the approval of the new ta More...

City council retreat hears status reports on ongoing city projects, 2010 city budget

The Washington City Council met in retreat Friday and heard updates on all ongoing city projects including the Rusher Street revitalization and hopes for a hotel at the Pope Center, and agreed to try levelized utility billing on a limited basis. More...

Couple hit in crosswalk

As Washington Rescue and Wilkes EMS personnel help one victim on the pavement, others comfort driver Michelle White, of Wilkes County, after she hit a man and woman in the crosswalk at West Robert Toombs Avenue and Spring Street last Thursday. More...

News

Community Learning Centers grant will help students in reading, math

As we have passed the mid-term day of this grading period, students received progress reports on November 17 to let parents know how they are doing in their classes. More...

Investment Strategies

Now may be the right time to make an investment! More...

Christmas parade on Dec. 13 will have 'Winter Wonderland' theme

The Washington-Wilkes Christmas parade will be held Sunday, December 13, at 3 p.m., using as a theme, "Washington-Wilkes' Winter Wonderland." The parade will line up at the Pope Conference Center on Lexington Avenue and will end at the Washington- More...

Letters

Modern-day hero to perform at benefit

TO THE EDITOR: So many times in today's society we hear the negative, especially in relation to the rich and famous. I would like to share a positive and, hopefully, a word of encouragement to others in similar situations. More...

Sports

Tigers fall to Bowdon 49-35, begin prep for next season

While the Washington-Wilkes Tigers did not go out with a win at the end of their 2009 football season, at least they went out in style as they turned in probably their best game of the year. More...

2009-10 W-W Tigers Wrestling Schedule

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W-WMS boys win against Red Devils in overtime, 47-42

The Washington-Wilkes Middle School boys basketball team beat Lincoln County for the second time this season last week when they travelled to Lincolnton and came home with a 47-42 overtime win. More...

Personalities

Larry and Mary Turpin McPherson honored at anniversary reception

Larry and Mary Turpin McPherson of Wilkes County were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception Saturday, October 24, at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Thomson. More...

Kathryn Suzanne Flake to marry Blain Albert Echols on January 2

Mr. and Mrs. Cary Flake of Concord announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Suzanne, of Augusta, to Blain Albert Echols of Guyton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Echols of Tignall. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. More...

Amy Turner and Jay Griggs united in marriage Oct. 17

Amy Alyssa Turner of Tignall became the bride of James (Jay) Marshall Griggs III of Washington in a beautiful outdoor ceremony Saturday, October 17, at three o'clock in the afternoon at the lake house of the bridegroom's cousins, Mr. and Mrs. More...