April 15, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Wilkes 2010 Census response rate over 70% with heavy local efforts

More than 71 percent of Wilkes County residents have mailed back their 2010 Census forms, census officials say, but households that send in their forms after Friday, April 16, may still get visited by census workers when they begin going door-to-doo More...

Helping out at the Robert Toombs House

Nine members of the Washington Kiwanis Club contributed their Saturday morning to building planting beds at the Robert Toombs House Historic Site as part of a worldwide Kiwanis-family public service e More...

Wilkes unemployment shows drop in initial claims for jobless benefits

The latest numbers released from the Georgia Department of Labor state labor force statistics show that there were significantly fewer initial claims for unemployment in Wilkes County in February 2010 compared to January.   More...

Qualifying for commission election set for week of April 26 to April 30

Qualifying for this year’s Wilkes County partisan elections for Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Commissioners from District 3 and 4 begins just over a week from now on Monday, April 26, and runs through Friday, April 30. More...

Jerry Stover seeks third term as Dist. 4 county commissioner

Jerry Stover has announced his plans to seek re-election as County Commissioner for District Four of Wilkes County   Stover has served as County Commissioner for the past eight years and is a certified commissioner by the Association of County More...

Scholarship deadline is Friday

The deadline is Friday, April 16, for the $1,000 scholarship that the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is offering to a 2010 graduating senior who will be attending college this fall.   More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Tallyho! with a joyful beagle

The Office Cat

Hummingbirds and foxes are in the news this week. There have been many reports of the beautiful little birds having arrived in Washington-Wilkes. Some arrivals were reported in this column last week. More...

Opinions

Passing heavy-handed health legislation will require the heavy burden of VAT tax

At this time of year when we taxpayers are most feeling the burden of supporting the government with our income taxes, it was a shock to hear White House economic advisor Paul Volcker calling for a new national sales tax – a value added tax or More...

The Gift of Rain By Tan Twan Eng

Book Review

Beautiful description, exotic setting, gripping history -- The Gift of Rain is a novel to enjoy. It takes place in Penang, the second smallest state in Malaysia, during the years of World War II. More...

Cartoon

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Obituaries

Mary Katherine Meadows Echols

Funeral services for Mary Katherine Meadows Echols, 83, of Norcross, formerly of the Carter’s Grove community, were held Wednesday, April 7, 2010, in the Carter’s Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Brian George officiating. More...

David Otis Simons

Funeral services for David Otis Simons, 69, of Crawfordville were held Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Margaret’s Grove Baptist Church, Crawfordville, with Rev. Tommy Hammond officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Ann Brown Gunter

Graveside services for Ann Brown Gunter, 75, of Washington, were held Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Dr. Leonard Dupree officiating. She died Wednesday, April 7, at Athens Regional Medical Center.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Hilliard Station Baptist Church will celebrate the pastor's anniversary on Sunday, April 18, 2:30 p.m. Rev. Samuel Duggan of the Greater Level Hill Baptist Church will be the speaker. Dinner will be served.  More...

Online county property tax records will soon include residential photos, aerials

When the 2009 Wilkes County property tax notices finally go out “maybe by next week,” owners will have more to look at than just their updated assessments. More...

City councilmen take quick action to help Wilkes students get GEDs

Members of the Washington City Council took quick action on one issue Monday night, personally paying the needed fees for four Wilkes County GED students to graduate.   More...

4-H Clovers & Co. to perform April 24 at W-W Elementary

The nationally acclaimed Georgia 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Co. will perform in Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Washington Wilkes Elementary School. More...

Home cooking oil recycler plans move to Washington, expects to hire 15 to 20 in next few weeks

An Atlanta cooking oil recycler says it will move operations to Washington soon and hire 15 to 20 employees to operate the company’s biodiesel recycling business. More...

City’s Homebuyers’ Club graduates 19 now ready to become new homeowners

The City of Washington’s Housing Program has graduated 19 members of its first Homebuyers Club.   More...

Farmer’s Market blooms in spring

Crowds fill the Farmer’s Market behind the Wilkes County courthouse Saturday morning as the market opens for the season. “We’ll be open every Saturday morning 9 to 12,” said Sandy LeGette. More...

Energy audits offered to help 350 low-income families save money

The City of Washington will be conducting some 350 energy audits in single-family privately-owned homes with low and middle-income families beginning in the next few weeks, a city official has announced.   More...

Young Farmers to hold tractor pull Saturday at Wilkes County facility

This Saturday, April 17, will see the first pull of the year at the Wilkes County Young Farmers Truck and Tractor Pull at the facility off Highway 78 at Big Cedar Road in Aonia.   The first pull is at 3 p.m.   More...

Kiwanians hear about Wilkes 4-H

Members of the Washington-Wilkes 4-H presemted a program to the Washington Kiwanis Club at a recent meeting, including (l-r) Rick Smith, County Extension Coordinator; John Pope, 4-H’er; Steve Blackmon, club program host; Audra C. More...

News

... on the gulf coast

Jack and Tommie Heard and their News-Reporter attended the Tampa Fair in Tampa, Florida, recently and Jack invites readers to pick out “which one’s the clown” in the photo above. More...

Six W-W FCCLA members attend leadership conference in Athens

Students from the Washington- Wilkes chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) participated in a weekend leadership conference held March 18- 20, at the Classic Center in Athens.   More...

School almost halfway to Relay goal; FBLA is holding a membership drive

Students and staff enjoyed spring break April 5-9. The last week of school before the break was filled with many activities.   W-WMS yearbooks have arrived! More...

Sports

Tigers still unbeaten in Region 4, face Aquinas, Glascock this week

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team continues to enjoy its top spot in Region 4 with a comfortable 7-0 record just past the halfway mark in the region schedule. More...

Tiger golfers 8-2 for season, begin prep for region

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger golf team is competing in three matches this week as the linksmen prepare for region competition set for next Tuesday, April 20, at Forest Hills in Augusta. More...

Round of golf at Reynolds Landing is baseball’s big prize

The grand prize raffle benefitting the Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team will award a round of golf for four at Reynolds Landing when the winning ticket is later this week.   More...

Personalities

Washington Personal Mention

Lisa Florence and daughter, Hannah, of Madison visited Sunday with Edythe McCall and all enjoyed dinner at Alfred’s. More...

Allyson Hucke celebrates fourth birthday March 30

P– Allyson Lynn Hucke, daughter of Chris and Jeri Hucke, was four years old on March 30 and celebrated on several occasions.   More...

Helen Marie Maxwell to marry Robert Bradshaw Wells Jr. Oct. 2

Richard and Rosie Maxwell of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Helen Marie, to Robert Bradshaw Wells Jr., son of Jean Wells and Sonny Parker of Tignall and the late Robert Bradshaw Wells. More...