March 18, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Wilkes unemployment rises to 12.2% for January, GDOL says

Unemployment in Wilkes County went up in January, rising to 12.2 percent from an adjusted 11.5 percent in December, and still higher than the state and national average rates.   More...

Commissioners discuss tax assessment, LOST referendum

The Concerned Citizens of Wilkes County (CCOWC) asked the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners if pictures of houses and also aerial photographs could be included in the Board of Tax Assessors’ online information website at www.qpublic. More...

Off the road, in the mud

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating an accident that saw an out-of-town driver lose control of his truck last Thursday morning and crash into trees off Harris Road south of Washington. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Plenty of weekend food available

The Office Cat

This beautiful mild, sunshiny weather is a reminder that we’ve got to get busy cleaning our property before the annual Tour of Homes on April 2-3. More...

Opinions

Positive parts of Daylight Savings Time aren’t worth losing our precious sleep

“Spring forward” sounds so chipper and hopeful, doesn’t it?   More...

Benjamin Disraeli By ADAM KIRSCJ

Book Review

Less well-known in this country than in Great Britain, Benjamin Disraeli was a leading politician and statesman in the Victorian period. More...

Cartoon

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Obituaries

Alma Thornton Gilreath

Graveside services for Alma Thornton Gilreath, 82, of South Pecan Street, Washington, were held Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr. officiating.   More...

Rose Emma Mays Andrews

Funeral services for Rose Emma Mays Andrews, 80, of Washington were held Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. George Booker officiating. The interment was in City West Cemetery, Washington. More...

William Stevenson McClearen

Graveside services for William Stevenson “Billy” McClearen, 67, of Tifton were held Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Tifton, with Dr. W. Ches Smith III and Dr. Wayne Roe officiating. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

John Daniel Tyler   Mr. and Mrs. Brad Tyler of Montgomery, Ala., announce the birth of their son, John Daniel, on Wednesday, March 3, at Baptist East Hospital in Montgomery. John weighed seven pounds and was 19 ½ inches long. More...

Ava Wright enjoys princess party for fourth birthday

P– Ava Melinda Wright, daughter of Paul and Hannah Wright, celebrated her fourth birthday with a party on March 5. Her birthday was March 7. More...

Jennifer McIntyre to marry Erich Verdery on July 17

Daryl and Arlene McIntyre of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, of Lawrenceville, to Erich Verdery of Winder, son of Tyler and Rita Verdery of Washington. More...

School system adapts to $1.1 million cut in income without cutting any programs

Facing a funding shortfall of more than $1.1 million, the Wilkes County Board of Education met in a workshop Friday afternoon to hear Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell’s plan to deal with the problem.   More...

Decision may come on hotel proposals at Thursday’s urban authority meeting

The Washington Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will meet at City Hall Thursday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. to consider proposals to build a hotel adjacent to the Pope Center.   More...

Family offering $5,000 for arrest, conviction in Friday Skull Shoals hit-and-run

Authorities are seeking information and a family is offering a $5,000 reward in connection with a hit-and-run accident Friday night on Skull Shoals Road in Washington that has left a Washington woman in a coma.   More...

WPD Lt. Joe Nelson selected as Chief of Police in Thomson

Washington Police Lieutenant Joe Nelson has been hired by the City of Thomson to be its next Chief of Police. More...

News

High school, middle school to hold open house Mon.

Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School (W-WCHS) and Washington-Wilkes Middle School (W-WMS) have announced Monday, March 22, as the date of a joint open house for parents and students of each school.   More...

West, Lukich qualify to attend National Leadership Conference

Nine members of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School attended the Georgia HOSA State Leadership and Competitive Events Conference in Athens March 4-6.   More...

Dr. Rich conducts geology course for Washington OLLI

Sixteen members of the Washington Chapter of OLLI@UGA (LIR) attended the winter course titled “Geological Aspects of Great Human Endeavors.”   More...

Letters

‘Let’s put the focus back on God’

TO THE EDITOR: For the Mayor and City Council:   One thing is for sure. We as a people have lost our focus. We have taken our eyes off of the prize – Jesus Christ. It is about God. More...

Sports

Turkey season opens Saturday in Georgia with a population of about 300,000 birds

Turkey hunters across the state are practicing their yelps and clucks in preparation for the upcoming turkey season. More...

Tiger track teams take second place in opening tri-meet at Madison Co.

Both the boys and girls Washington Wilkes Tiger track teams got the season started off with second place finishes in the first meet of the year competing against Madison County and Taliaferro County on March 9.   More...

Diamond girls keep the program running

The W-W Tiger Diamond Girls assist the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school baseball teams by being in charge of selling tickets, running the scoreboard, and announcing the players during the games. More...

Worship

Worldwide ministry ready for shipment

Tanya Fair, manager of the Sewing Center at God’s Marketplace, and Jennifer Slaton, GMI volunteer, prepare a shipment of over 225 pounds of clothing to be sent to a church in the Ukraine. More...

First Baptist seeks applicants for Harris music scholarship

The First Baptist Church of Washington invites any high school or college student who is a resident of Wilkes County and is majoring in or intends to major in the area of fine arts to apply for the Troupe M. Harris Jr. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Wilkes County Young Farmer Equipment Auction will be held Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m., at the McGill-Woodruff Ag. Center on U.S. Hwy 78 By-Pass, Washington. Buy or sell.  More...