December 10, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Washington council set to approve $18 million city budget on Monday

Little public interest was apparent at an open hearing Monday night to receive public input for the City of Washington’s 2010 budget, as no citizens attended the hearing and no one looked at copies of the proposed budget in the week before. More...

Annual breakfast hears doom and gloom: ‘It hasn’t been this bad since the Thirties’

Local and state leaders at last week’s 2009 annual Legislative Breakfast said that the enormous shortfalls in federal, state, and local tax revenue caused by the recession are fundamentally changing the way government works, and they expected More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Gets his strength from pumping trees

Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, is the time for the annual Christmas Tour of Homes. More...

Opinions

Blame misplaced ... it’s business

A letter has been circulating since Saturday that seeks to blame the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce for the author’s perceived notion that “the business hub of the county is rapidly disappearing as stores continue to close.” More...

The mighty Florida Gators finally beaten so next year the Bulldogs can take a bite

Although their season is over, Georgia Bulldog football fans finally have something to cheer about – the mightily hated Florida Gators are finally defeated.   More...

Book Review

Playing the Enemy By JOHN CARLIN

The quotation on the opening page of this book, subtitled “Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation,” is by Nelson Mandela: “Don’t address their brains. More...

Sports

Girls split, boys drop two openers

Tiare Tatum looks toward the hoop as the Tiger girls roll over Calhoun Falls 58-35 in the home opener last Saturday. More...

Dorminy All-Academic at Shorter

Josh Dorminy, a junior at Shorter College, was named to the Mid- South Football Conference All-Academic squad for the second time.   More...

Tigers still looking for first win

Tiger Basketball Head Coach Don Keiser said he got a whole lot meaner at practice on Monday after his team dropped the home opener to Calhoun Falls last Saturday. More...

Don't Forget

Don't forget

The Wa shing t on-Wi lke s Christmas Parade will be on Sunday, December 13, at 3 p.m. Entries are needed. Contact Blake Thompson at 706-319-2237; Ronnie Huffman, 706-678-1210; or Pete Gartrell, 706-401-5900 to enter or for information.  More...

Low demand, increased supplies make H1N1 vaccine available to all in Wilkes

The H1N1 “swine flu” vaccine is now available for anyone in Wilkes County who wants to take it. More...

A Toombs Family Christmas

Volunteers, including Patti (left) and Elle Lindsey, have decorated each room of the Robert Toombs House Historic Site for the season, and the Toombs Family historical re-enactors will be presenting l More...

Last week’s rare winter storm brings tornado alarm, high winds bring minor damage to trees, power lines

A rare December storm Wednesday afternoon, December 2, brought a line of severe thunderstorms through north Wilkes County, triggering a tornado warning for the whole county and downing trees, limbs, and power lines through Rayle and Tignall.   More...

News

... in the Magic Kingdom

Curt, Kara, and Kaci Gammon, children of Craig and Sandra Gammon, and grandchildren of Richard and Carolyn Gammon of Tignall, took their News-Reporter with them on a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during the Thanksgiving holidays. More...

FBC senior choir to present worship in music on Dec. 20

The Senior Choir of the Washington First Baptist Church will present a worship service in music on Sunday evening, December 20, at 7 p.m.   More...

Director tells of GMI’s functions

Explaining that “We don’t sell clothes, we build relationships,” God’s Marketplace director Dave Toburen (left) told members of the Washington Kiwanis Club all about the faith- More...

Letters

Help each other to survive

TO THE EDITOR:   When first moving back to Washington, I was just going to “live here as a retreat,” but after a year of being here with my stepmother, I said Washington is my “home.” Then, it became a farm.   More...

Jesus shows us joy and peace during life’s difficult moments

TO THE EDITOR:   Thank you,   More...

Animal Shelter needs help now more than ever

TO THE EDITOR:   I remind our readers to remember our animal shelter at Christmas.   This time of year our animal shelter needs help more than ever. More...

Obituaries

Carrie Johnson

Funeral services for Carrie Johnson, 95, of Wilkes County were held Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Rayle, with Rev. James McIver officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. She died November 28.   More...

Nell Lorine Wilson Atwood

Graveside services for Nell Lorine Wilson Atwood, 88, of Washington were held Wednesday, December 9, 2009, in the Burdett-Ayers family cemetery with Rev. Stephen Rayner officiating. She died Sunday, December 6.   More...

Larry Gladmon

Funeral services for Larry Gladmon, 54, of Washington were held Friday, November 27, 2009, at the Flint Hill Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Dennis J. Quinn as eulogist. Interment was in City West Cemetery, Washington. He died November 23. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

Conner Byron Cressman   Jonathan Whitney and Leslie Cressman of Rayle announce the birth of their son, Conner Byron Cressman, on Tuesday, November 24, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Conner weighed 6 lbs. 6 ozs. More...

Hannah Grace Moon celebrates second birthday Nov. 20

Hannah Grace Moon, daughter of John and Karmen Moon, was two years old on Friday, November 20, and celebrated on several occasions. More...

Mary C. Reid Women on Mission members meet December 1 at FBC

The Mary C. Reid Women on Mission met in the conference room of First Baptist Church Tuesday morning, December 1.   Mrs. Dennis Hopkins opened the meeting with the reading of the WMU Watchword, the WMU mission statement and prayer.   More...