June 17, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Fitzpatrick’s owners promise to honor all hotel reservations

Washington’s landmark Fitzpatrick Hotel is essentially closed for now, but the owners assure customers that the hotel will honor all reservations and event bookings, and they are working on a plan to reopen the classic hotel as soon as possibl More...

Commissioners work to make Wilkes lakefront ‘a better place to go’

Spurred by complaints from county residents and a request from the Sheriff’s Office, the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners has adopted a set of rules and regulations in an effort to preserve the cleanliness and family atmosphere at Holliday More...

Foundation helps Robert Toombs House

Incoming Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board members Darius Williams of Warren County and Milton James of Washington present a check for $10,500 to Mary Craven, president of the Friends of the Robert Toombs House as Curator Marcia Campbell (at left) More...

Vendor spots still open for Independence Day event

With just two weeks to go before the big Independence Day fireworks celebration in Washington, local musical entertainment and vendors are lining up to take part in the annual event.   More...

Toombs House set to celebrate 200th birthday on Sat., July 3

With drama, demonstrations, and period food, historic re-enactors will celebrate the 200th birthday of Robert Augustus Toombs Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Robert Toombs House Historic Site.   More...

Qualifying set to begin June 28 for Board of Education seats

Two seats on the Wilkes County Board of Education will be on the nonpartisan ballot in November’s General Election, and qualifying for those seats is set to run the last week of June. More...

Mini Farm owner dies by own hand Thursday, June 10

Authorities say Washington resident Vicky Lynn Moses, 53, died by her own hand Thursday night at her farm off the Thomson Road.   More...

Cullars awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Petrina Cullars is the latest recipient of the Wills Memorial Foundation’s Rhodes Scholarship. More...

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Mike and Cristy Todd say that The Fitzpatrick Hotel is open for business and all reservations will be honored. They also say that they are accepting reservations for immediate occupancy and for the future. More...

Opinions

Hotel, name change, assessments awry

TO THE EDITOR:   Why a Hotel? Are not the Taxpayers of Washington and Wilkes County not over burdened enough? More...

Community needs swimming pool in area around W-WPRD

to the editor :   I agree with Mr. Willingham’s letter to the editor in last week’s News-Reporter. A centrally located swimming pool would be beneficial to all the residents of Washington- Wilkes.   More...

Rural silence is an overlooked blessing that calms the mind and heals the heart

There’s a natural phenomenon here, a reality that’s a part of Wilkes County’s charm, which we seem to overlook but many visitors can’t help but notice. It’s the fact that it is very quiet here. More...

Worship

Beaverdam Baptist concludes revival with fellowship June 9

Revival at Beaverdam Baptist Church, June 7-9, concluded Wednesday evening with a time of fellowship and refreshments. Everyone appreciated the good messages by guest preacher, Rev. More...

Pauline Chapel plans week of special services starting June 21

Pauline Chapel Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas on Alabama Street in Washington will have a power-packed week of “women, worship, praise, and preaching” beginning Monday, June 21, and continuing each evening at 7:30 p More...

Ministerial Alliance to host ‘Juneteenth’ event June 18-19

The CSRA Ministerial Alliance in Wilkes County will sponsor a “Juneteenth Celebration” for young people in Washington-Wilkes Youth on Friday, June 18, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at the Third Shiloh Center.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Lions Club will have barbecued chicken plates for sale on Saturday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cost is $7.00 per plate.  More...

Mayor asks council to remove his name from building honoring Edward B. Pope

At the urging of Mayor Willie Burns, the Washington City Council voted Monday night to change the name of the city’s conference center back to The Pope Center.   More...

Several days of heat can be dangerous, especially to the ill, young, elderly

Although the county medical services have not yet had any heat-related calls during the current heat wave, Wilkes County EMS Director Blake Thompson says he’s concerned that several days of this heat could put some of the county’s most v More...

Junior Drama Camp to rock the schoolhouse

First-time director April Shelton leads her 20 junior drama campers in rehearsals for their upcoming presentation of “Schoolhouse Rock Live Junior.” The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. More...

Rusher Street transformation well underway

City of Washington Main Street consultant Joe Willis, redevelopment plan manager Barbara Bacon, and Main Street manager David Jenkins watch as earthmovers and trucks carve a new landscape and streetscape along Rusher Street at Hospital Drive. More...

Turnout low here for first week of early primary voting

Turnout has been slow for early voting in the July 20 primary election since it started last Monday, Wilkes County election officials said, with only 20 voters casting their ballots in the first week.   More...

Bi-Lo raffle to boost local food ministry

Bi-Lo’s Stephanie Hudson and Missy Hatsis pose with a classic 1965 Vespa 150 with sidecar, which the supermarket is raffling off to benefit Stephen’s House Food Pantry. More...

Homeowners’ Expo set for Sat., June 26 at The Pope Center

A Homeownership Expo and Family Day is set for Saturday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Pope Center in Washington, the City of Washington announced.   More...

Tea and Learn hears of flag etiquette

J.R. Suggs, vice commander of VFW Post 5899, shows the proper way to fold the U.S. flag with Bruce Bailey before a recent Tea and Learn session at Wills Memorial Hospital. Suggs spoke on the history and proper display of the national colors. More...

It’s fawning time in Wilkes County

A whitetail doe nuzzles two fawns, one of which is her own, on a hot afternoon in a shady yard off Green’s Grove Sunday as deer fawning time goes into full swing. More...

News

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... in the rugged West

A lot of John Wayne westerns were filmed in the area of the Red Cliffs near Moab, Utah, where Jennifer Shelton, Brent Sherrer, and Deana Sherrer took their News-Reporter sight-seeing recently. More...

Independence Day parade to begin at 8 behind courthouse

The annual Independence Day Parade will be held on July 4 beginning at 8:00 a.m. More...

Darriate Dubose, Dywane Hampton receive Warthen Scholarship at fund-raising service

Darriate Dubose and Dywane Hampton received the Rosa Grant Warthen Scholarship Sunday evening, May 23, at the annual Reese J. Booker and Rosa Grant Warthen Memorial Fund-raising Service. More...

Obituaries

Anne Cooper Simpson

Graveside services for Anne Cooper Simpson of Washington were held Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Ed Rees officiating. She died Thursday, June 10, at Heritage Healthcare of Wilkes in Washington.   More...

Christopher Duane Hughes

A celebration of the life of Christopher Duane Hughes, 44, of Washington will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Washington-Wilkes Airport. He died May 29, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.   More...

Juanita M. Williamson

A memorial service for Juanita M. Williamson, 69, of Oglethorpe County, formerly of Memphis, Tenn., will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Clark’s Station Baptist Church, Tignall, at 1 p.m. She died Saturday, May 29.   More...

Personalities

Lessie Heath guest of honor at birthday celebration June 12

Lessie Heath was honored on her 62nd birthday at a birthday dinner and celebration with her family Saturday, June 12, at the home of her mother, Sarah Willis, on the Greensboro Road. More...

Bryanna Dell Pilgrim to marry Jeremy Gordon Johnson July 24

Rev. and Mrs. Larron B. Pilgrim of Thomson announce the engagement of their daughter, Bryanna Dell, to Jeremy Gordon Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Johnson, also of Thomson.   The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. More...

Emilee Lauren Johnson, Michael Dennis Seymour exchange marriage vows on Saturday, May 22

Emilee Lauren Johnson and Michael Dennis Seymour, both of Washington, were united in marriage in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, May 22, at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Washington Presbyterian Church. Rev. More...