2010-07-29 / The Office Cat

Chillin’ dogs, but what about the frogs?

Kathy Nash Callaway, a popular kindergarten teacher at the Washington-Wilkes Primary School, and her husband

Terry Callaway, moved to Virginia a good many years ago because of Terry’s job transfer. Kathy loves Washington-Wilkes and comes “home” every chance she gets. She visited in Washington-Wilkes last week. Her “headquarters” was the homes of good friends, Amelia Wheatley and Becky Hughey, and they made pop calls around town. I was privileged to be among those they visited and it was a most enjoyable time. Kathy lives in Gloucester, Va., where she teaches the second grade. She plans to retire after this next school year. She will be moving to Tennessee to be near her son

Kenneth. Daughter Melissa lives in North Carolina. At least, Tennessee is closer to “home” than Virginia.

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Many folks in Wilkes County read Bill Kirby’s folksy column in The Augusta Chronicle every other day. Bill encourages travelers from the area to send him post cards and he tries to collect one from each state during the summer. A recent column named our Jimmie and Libbie Bowman who were visiting their children in Maryland. He says they also thanked him for warning them about driving slowly through West Virginia. . . . I remember a time about 20 years ago when Smythe and I, along with Elberton Star editor and publisher Bob Williford and his wife Betty, were returning from a Government Affairs press conference in Washington, D.C. It was very early on Sunday morning when we made our way on country roads through West Virginia and there was not a car within 20 miles of us. But the sheriff of the little county we were traveling through was out doing his job and stopped Bob for speeding.

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The first day of school for Wilkes County students is Friday, August 6. Teachers have pre-planning August 2-5.

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It's not too early to mention that a special ceremony on Friday, September 24, will honor former Tiger football coach Charlie Davidson by naming Tiger Field, Charlie Davidson Field. It will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tiger state championship in 1960, the first of four titles under Davidson. Members of the 1960 team will be recognized as will members of the undefeated, unscored-on team of 1940. So, all you former players, get your gear together and head for Washington- Wilkes for a weekend of honor, fun, and recognition.

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One day last week, I went home to turn my sprinkler off my flower bed. As I started down the driveway, I noticed three dogs along my backyard fence. Since I've been having trouble with strange dogs, foxes, and coyotes in my yard I was a little bothered. I went to the kitchen door, turned the sprinkler off and started to go to the car. I heard all this splashing and sputtering and looked over to see all three of those dogs in my rather small frog (aka fish) pond! They were having a great time, cooling off and playing. I called Diana and she said Gloria was on her way to pick her up so they could pick up a dog in Tignall and they would swing by and check out the situation. It was my intent to go on back to work, but when I came out the door, the dogs were out of the pond and one was marking his territory around my steps and car. So I waited until I thought they were gone to go to the car. By that time Diana and Gloria had arrived and one of the dogs had reappeared. Of course, we all recognized Newt, the dog belonging to Peyton McGill, who had visited me before. He is the most joyful dog you have ever seen! Diana and Gloria had recognized the older Blue Heeler as he came up the driveway and said he was old and sick and didn’t need to be out in the heat. So, as soon as they got Newt in the van, they went on up the driveway to find the Blue Heeler. I don’t know where the third one was. I was glad my little pond could give them a few minutes reprieve from the heat.

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David Harris, who lives “in the country,” tells me that we can no longer assume that coyotes are nocturnal animals. He says that he and Fifi see them at all hours on their property. Fifi encountered one eating apples mid-morning from a tree just a few yards from the back door. . . . Mike Hardy does his morning walking very early in the morning and says that he saw four coyotes crossing the street in front of the Toombs House. He shouted at them and stomped his foot, but they never broke stride and continued on their mission.

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When Jerry Stover was looking for a place to get his campaign signs when he was running for a County Commissioner’s seat, he received in the mail a brochure advertising such signs from a company in Omaha, Nebraska. The cover sheet with the brochure from Kirby Ralston said, “My wife, Nancy Morrow, sends her regards.” Jerry recognized the name immediately and knew that Nancy is the daughter of Marjorie and (Dr.) John Morrow of Washington Wilkes. He promptly ordered his signs from them, glad to do business with a hometown young lady. And they were very professionally done signs.

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I tried to find out who is the "caregiver" responsible for the beautiful flower garden at the entrance to the

Bi-Lo parking lot. I just didn’t get to the right person. They are beautiful and are such a relief in all that asphalt and concrete. If anybody knows who he or she is, please call me at 76-678-2636.

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No rain! 100+ degrees every day. When is it going to end?

The new Community Medical Associates (CMA) will begin scheduling appointments Tuesday, July 27, in anticipation of the opening of its Washington location on August 2. The telephone number to call is 706-678-6944. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and the location is in the Georgia Pines Building on Hospital Drive, just west of Dr. David Kirk’s

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