December 17, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Salvation Army needs more donations

Volunteer bell ringer Lois Strong welcomes another donation during the annual kettle drive, but the Army’s Wilkes County unit is desperately in need of more donations. More...

County commissioners take only 9 minutes to tend to regular business, appointments

A short list of routine reports and appointments made for a near record-setting regular meeting for the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners last Thursday as only nine minutes passed from gavel to gavel.   More...

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The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Delivering good news from home

The Christmas Tour of Homes was a big success last weekend with many visitors coming for the whole weekend. I can comment only on the attendance at More...

Opinions

The great truth of the Christmas season is that it’s far more blessed to give than to get

There’s nothing like the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas to bring out the open-handed generosity of people here toward those who are in need, and it’s always heartwarming to see the community’s response.   More...

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Book Review

A Passion for Nature By DONALD WORSTER

A Passion for Nature is “The Life of John Muir.” For those of us who watched the television series about our National Parks, John Muir became a familiar figure. More...

Obituaries

Anne Wilson Brown Kimsey

Funeral services for Anne Wilson Brown Kimsey, 93, of Blue Ridge, were held Thursday, December 10, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Epworth with Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. More...

Frances Marion Faust Moore

Funeral services for Frances Marion Faust Moore, 89, of Jackson, formerly of Rayle in Wilkes County, were held Friday, December 11, 2009, at the Washington Presbyterian Church with Rev. Glen Kohlhagen officiating. More...

Irene Carney Schmeelk

Funeral services for Irene Carney Schmeelk, 88, of Lincolnton will be held Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Washington at 11 a.m. She died December 13 at her home.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't forget

Wilkes Transit and the Roy L. Burns Sr. Senior Center will be closed Dece,ber 24, 2009, until January 4, 2010.   .   More...

W-WCHS again named a ‘best school’ for readying students for college work

For the third year in a row, a national news magazine has again rated a Wilkes County school one of the top in the nation for preparing students from the least advantaged groups for college-level work.   More...

Washington City Council approves budget, applauds departing District 1 councilman

The Washington City Council passed the city’s 2010 budget and saluted a departing council member at Monday night’s regular December meeting.   More...

Chamber presents awards at banquet

Buddy Lindsey (left) was presented with the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award by Chamber board member Tammy Bryngelson at the organization’s annual banquet last T More...

Christmas Tour and dinner brings crowds to Washington

Carol Harris welcomes guests to her home with stories about her family’s residence in the family home, Haygralin, during the annual Christmas Town and Country Tour and Colonial Dinner. More...

News

Middle school selects top students

Washington-Wilkes Middle School Students of the Month are (front, l-r) D.J. Martin, Tabitha Welch, (back) Logan Warrenfells, Lacey Doe, Thomas Fain, and Antonio Jackson . Two students are chosen from each grade level for this honor. More...

First Baptist choir to present musical worship 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...

Jackson is ‘Friend of Youth’

The Washington Optimist Club named Frank Jackson (left) as recipient of the its 2009 Friend of Youth award in honor of his dedicated work with the young people of Wilkes County over many years. More...

Letters

Event successful; future looks bright

TO THE EDITOR:   It is with heartfelt joy and gratitude that I write this letter of thanks to you, the editor, and the staff of The News-Reporter; and the many citizens of Wilkes County and the surrounding areas.   More...

Life begins at the animal shelter

TO THE EDITOR:   I’m writing this letter today because I think there is something everyone needs to know about the Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter.   More...

Sports

Tigers to host Lincoln, Hancock, Taliaferro in first Christmas tournament this weekend

For the first time maybe ever, the Washington-Wilkes Tiger basketball teams will be hosting a Christmas Tournament involving four area teams in a two-day, eight game event. More...

Tigers beat Calhoun Falls but can’t handle AA Greene Co.

After suffering a pair of disappointing losses to open their 2009-2010 season, the Washington-Wilkes Tigers got at least a little revenge in Calhoun Falls last Friday night when they returned the favor on the Blue Flashes and beat them handily 68-48 More...

Keen gets High School Heisman at Briarwood’s sports banquet

Briarwood Academy recognized its fall athletes at a sports banquet last past Thursday that started with Lizzie Keen being awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.   More...

Personalities

Matt Shedd celebrates tenth birthday Nov. 18

Robert Matthew Shedd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Shedd of Rayle, celebrated his tenth birthday on November 18.   Matt was treated to a family party on Sunday, November 22. More...

Brittney Elizabeth Brown to marry Christopher Brian Dyson on July 24

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brown of Thomson announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittney Elizabeth, to Christopher Brian Dyson of Washington, son of Mrs. Betty Dyson and Bill Dyson, also of Washington. More...

Kristina R. Knollenberg to wed Daniel L. Savage Jr. on March 9

Irma Alcantar of Greenville, S.C. and Donald Knollenberg of Grovetown announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristina R. Knollenberg to Daniel L. Savage Jr., son of Mrs. Audrey Tanner-Austin and Alan A. Austin of Lincolnton.   More...