June 24, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Big roof leak damages courthouse offices; cleanup, repairs expected to take weeks

A massive clean-up effort continues this week in the Wilkes County courthouse after it suffered significant water damage last Tuesday night when torrential rains got past tarps covering part of the roof under construction.   More...

Non-partisan qualifying will open Monday for 2 school board seats

Qualifying starts Monday, June 28, for two seats on the Wilkes County Board of Education that will be on the non-partisan ballot in November’s General Election. More...

Retired Navy Chief speaks on Memorial Day

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ross Maynard gave the Washington Kiwanis Club a program about Memorial Day. More...

Police take more pot off the street

Showing that it’s a bad idea to drive through Wilkes County with illegal drugs, Washington Police officers (l-r) Lt. More...

Homeowners’ Expo set this Saturday at The Pope Center

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

Art Camp kids create summer fun

Guided by instructor Laura Connely, (at rear) some 16 Wilkes County children are enjoying Art Camp this week at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department, who sponsored the camp in partnership with the Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Grad photos free from Mercer

The Office Cat

Tuesday (June 15) night’s prolonged and heavy rainstorm wreaked a lot of havoc around the county but also provided some much-needed rain to the area. More...

Opinions

Italian custom of afternoon siestas may help prevent heart disease, studies say

There’s a wonderful Italian tradition, dating back to Roman times, that is gradually losing ground to the modern world. It’s the riposo, like the Spanish siesta, from about 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Cartoon

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Sweet Mandarin By HELEN TSE

Book Review

Sweet Mandarin is the name of the restaurant owned by the writer, Helen Tse, and her sisters. They let the community of Manchester, England, where they live, choose the name. More...

Obituaries

William J. Kortrey

Graveside services for Chief Master Sgt. William J. Kortrey, 84, of Washington, were held Friday, June 18, 2010, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with full military honors. Rev. Donnie Crosswhite officiated. More...

Charles Lee Peters

Funeral services for Charles Lee Peters, 83, of Washington, were held Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Hopkins Funeral Home with Rev. Al George officiating. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington. He died Saturday, June 19, at his home.   More...

Ernest Glen Webb

Ernest Glen Webb, 79, of Washington died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at his home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Mr. Webb was a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and was the son of the late Ernest and Altha Gumm Webb. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

There will be a Country Cooking Supper Saturday, June 26, at Fishing Creek Baptist Church, 6-8 p.m.  More...

School board hears of city, PDA interest in old school property

At its regular June meeting Monday night, June 21, the Wilkes County Board of Education heard reports that the city may be interested in the old school property, and that the system is still waiting for official state numbers to set its budget for t More...

Harrises recognized for service to community

The Washington Rotary Club presented its annual Community Service Award to Joe and Dot Harris for their years of volunteer leadership in a number of local organizations including the Washington Area Faith in Action, Learning in Retirement, and the Sa More...

New texting, cell use laws set to take effect on July 1

New Georgia laws will take effect July 1 banning everyone from texting while driving, banning teen drivers from using cell phones while driving, and requiring seat belt use in pickups, but local law enforcement agencies are still working out the enf More...

JumpStart families take part in Family Fun Days in May

The JumpStart families spent time in the Liberty Street Park and the Reese Booker Park during the month of May. The Family Fun Days were coordinated by the JumpStart Home Parent Educators, Beverly Falaise and LaShaunder Lee, along with the parents. More...

Results posted from June’s Superior Court sessions

The results of the June Wilkes misdemeanor, pre-trial, and waive jury trial calendar in the Toombs Judicial Circuit, with Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr. presiding, were released by Clerk of the Court Mildred Peeler.   More...

Fitzpatrick Hotel is now open weekends, owners will honor all reservations made

Washington’s landmark Fitzpatrick Hotel is open now on a limited basis and is honoring all reservations, the owners say.   More...

Donations, vendors still needed for Independence Day festivities

Funds are still needed for the big Independence Day fireworks celebration in Washington on Friday, July 2, organizers say, and vendors are still needed to take part in the annual event. More...

Kiwanis Club raffles pedal plane

The Washington Kiwanis Club is raffling off this high-quality, all metal, child-powered, low-wing pedal plane now on display in the Washington- Wilkes Chamber of Commerce. More...

News

Kiwanis helps fund Independence Day fireworks

The Director of Tourism for the Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Barnett, spoke to the Kiwanis Club at its meeting Tuesday, June 8, after introduction by Ross Maynard, program host, and told the club of the plans and activities of the chamber that relat More...

Flippin, Smithholmes to speak at Tillman’s installation service

Rev. William E. Flippin and Dr. Ruth Smithholmes will be guest speakers at the installation of Pastor LaRay Tillman Jr. at Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church on June 27 beginning at 4 p.m.   More...

Hall, Grant receive academic honors at Georgia College

Two Wilkes County students have received honors at Georgia College & State University at Milledgeville. More...

Sports

Iron-pumping Tigers rewarded for work in daily conditioning

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers aren’t letting up on their training and conditioning as the 2010 football season begins to appear on the horizon. More...

Silverbacks to host W-W night in Atlanta Friday

This Friday, June 25, is Washington Wilkes Night with the Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s soccer team and all W-W soccer players will be admitted to the Silverbacks game free of charge.   More...

Silverbacks Soccer Camp at W-WPRD set for July 20-22

The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Silverbacks Soccer Camp Tuesday, July 20, to Thursday, July 22.   The camp will be held at the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation complex on Lexington Avenue from 5 to 8 p.m. More...

Worship

Victory Baptist sets homecoming service for Sunday, Aug. 8

Victory Baptist Church on the Newtown Road in Wilkes County will have homecoming on Sunday, August 8. The service will mark the 45th anniversary of the church which began in 1965 with Lawrence Griffith as the founding pastor.   More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

Kathryn Grace Battles   Alan and Amanda Battles of Lexington, S.C., announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Grace, on Saturday, June 12, at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia, S.C. Kathryn weighed 9 lbs. 8 ozs. More...

Ashton Hardin guest of honor at lingerie shower on June 19

August bride-elect Ashton Hardin was entertained at a lingerie shower on Saturday morning, June 19, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howard in Washington. Entertaining with Mrs. Howard were Jill Rogers, Mrs. Susan Rogers and Mrs. Mike Seymour. More...

Jessica Lee Graves and Michael Joyner Wells exchange marriage vows Saturday, May 29

Jessica Lee Graves of Fairfield, Tex., and Michael Joyner Wells of Washington exchanged wedding vows in a lovely outdoor ceremony Saturday, May 29, at six o’clock in the afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Parks Smythe Newsome Jr. More...