July 1, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

New laws take effect today that ban drivers texting, teen driver cell use, and require pickup seat belt use

It’s time for truck drivers to buckle up and all drivers to put that Blackberry away. If you’re a driver under 18, put the phone down while driving. More...

Non-partisan qualifying runs thru Friday for two school board seats

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

Wills Memorial Hospital is Kiwanis topic

At the meeting of the Washington Kiwanis Club Tuesday, June 22, program host Dr. Jim Finch introduced Kelly Sisson Powell, RN, of Wills Memorial Hospital. More...

Granite truck crashes near Tignall

A wrecker crew lifts a heavy container full of black granite last Wednesday morning after the truck carrying it to Elberton left Highway 17 and overturned just north of Pecan Grove Road. More...

Early voting goes on for July 20 primary; voter turnout continues to be fairly light

Early voting continues this week for the July 20 primary election, Wilkes County election officials said, but the turnout has been light in the first three weeks.   More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Fourth of July events planned

American writer Sherwood Miller writes: “I got into the car and lit out to drift for a time. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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Book Review

A Separate Country By ROBERT HICKS

Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South, has novelized the closing years of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s life. Those years were spent in New Orleans, where Hicks lives, and that troubled city may have inspired his story. More...

The good life can be found all along the Georgia coast

SHELLMAN BLUFF – A weekend on the Georgia coast began in this fishing village that is being threatened by real estate development—or will be when banking contingencies become less restrictive. Some will like that. Some won’t. More...

Obituaries

Lavonia Sparks Ricketson

The celebration service for the life of Lavonia Sparks Ricketson of Warrenton was held Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Warrenton. Interment was in Sallie Hill Cemetery. She died Sunday, June 27, 2010, on her 85th birthday. More...

Reba Brown Baggett Pounds

Funeral services for Reba Brown Baggett Pounds, 90, of Thomson were held Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, Thomson, with Rev. John Barnes and Rev. Elton Lawson officiating. More...

Loretta J. Kilgore

Funeral services for Loretta J. Kilgore, 88, of Atlanta were held Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons with Dr. Harold Zwald officiatng. Interment was at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. She died Saturday, June 26.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Victory Baptist Church on the Newtown Road will have homecoming, celebrating 45 years, on August 8. Lawrence Griffeth, former pastor, will be preaching in the morning service.  More...

Convenience store robbed Monday night; Washington police investigating failed theft

Washington Police are investigating an armed robbery Monday night at a convenience store on the city’s west side.   More...

New phone call system to help locate missing persons

Homes throughout Wilkes County received telephone calls over the weekend from a new automated program designed to help locate missing people, Sheriff Mark Moore said. More...

Ronald McDonald visits Washington McDonald’s

The world-famous Ronald McDonald signs an autograph for a young fan Saturday morning at the Washington McDonald’s, part of a multi-restaurant whirlwind visit to several stores owned by Washingto More...

Celebrate Toombs’ 200th birthday with dramatic scenes, cannon fire

Washington’s most famous historic citizen turns 200 Friday.   With drama, demonstrations, and period food, historic re-enactors will celebrate the 200th birthday of Robert Augustus Toombs on Saturday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Mother, child safe after Sharon Road crash

Wilkes EMS and Washington Fire and Rescue personnel tend to the driver of this overturned Honda and her threeyear old daughter last Wednesday afternoon. More...

Local donors’ generosity makes Friday night fireworks possible

The Washington-Wilkes community will once again be able to celebrate the Independence Day holiday with a professional fireworks show thanks to dozens of individuals and civic groups that donated to the cause, organizers said.   More...

Young cyclists earn helmets, certificates at W-W Parks and Rec Bike Rodeo 2010

A dozen local bicycle riders took part in the Bicycle Rodeo 2010 at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Saturday morning and earned new bike helmets for their efforts.   More...

News

W-WCHS grad gets Kiwanis Scholarship

Gracen Ware, shown here with Sherry Hudson, was awarded one of the Washington Kiwanis Club’s $1,000 scholarships earlier this month. More...

Unemployment back up again, now 10.0 percent in the CSRA

The Georgia Department of Labor   GDOL) reported today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) rose to 10.0 percent in May, up five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.5 percent in More...

Presbyterian Church sets Bible School for evenings July 11-16

The Washington Presbyterian Church will have Vacation Bible School July 11-16, from 5:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each evening.   More...

Sports

Tigers working; football practice ‘just around the corner’

Washington-Wilkes Tiger athletes, especially football players, have been working hard already this summer, since school got out, playing in summer leagues and pumping iron in the weight room.   More...

Washington-Wilkes Tigers 2010 Varsity Football Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time August 20 Elbert County Away 7:30 August 27 Thomson Away 7:30 September 3 Holy Innocents Home 7:30   September 10 Open September 17 Commerce Home 7:30 September 24 Oconee County Home 7:30   October 1 Wilkinson C More...

Top sports fans will know the answers to this quiz

1. Name the last Yankees player before Melky Cabrera in 2009 to hit for the cycle in a game.   2. In 2009, the Tampa Bay Rays became the fastest team in major-league history to amass 100 stolen bases and 100 home runs in a season (77 games). More...

Worship

What do you do with all the stuff?

Your loved one has died. All of the stress of the funeral is now over. The chosen executor is taking care of the bills. The phone calls have dropped down to a trickle. Everyone else is moving on with their lives. More...

Personalities

Darcy Leanne Newsome to wed Ian Christopher Peth in July

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Newsome of Springfield, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Darcy Leanne, to Ian Christopher Peth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Peth of Woodbridge, Va. More...

Joseph Baldwin graduates from Northwestern University June 17

Joseph Brian Baldwin, son of Brian and Joann Baldwin of Washington, celebrated his graduation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., beginning on Thursday, June 17, at the annual Honors Ceremony.   More...

Reese Bailey celebrates fifth birthday June 13

Reese Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bailey, was five years old on Sunday, June 13, and celebrated with a party at his home. More...