August 19, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Pearl Fryar, famous topiary artist, to headline fall Art Festival in Nov.

The Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation has announced that a world-famous topiary artist will be featured at the Fall Arts Festival set for November 5, 6, and 7 on The Square in Washington.   More...

Ten-foot-tall marijuana plants found by eradication task force helicopter

A large outdoor marijuana growing operation was found and seized last Tuesday off the Lincolnton Road, Sheriff Mark Moore said, as officers of the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication made a surprise visit to Wilkes County. More...

August term of Wilkes Co. Grand Jury returns indictments on 44 individuals

The August term of the Wilkes County grand jury has returned indictments on 44 individuals charged with crimes ranging from armed robbery to aggravated assault to insulting a school bus driver.   More...

John Mock’s unique performance set for Saturday at Retro

John Mock, acclaimed composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist will perform at the Retro Cinema on Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. More...

FSB becomes Wills Memorial Patron

Representing Farmers State Bank, Branch Manager Donna Bufford adds the bank’s name to the list of patrons for the Wills Memorial Hospital Foundation. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Hackers no match for a young mind

The Office Cat

Ann Rogers at Otter Creek Gardens had an interesting experience last week. She has been running an advertisement on the internet for a new line of hydrangeas called “Invincible Spirit,” so named for breast cancer survivors. More...

Opinions

Television’s explosion of ‘reality shows’ make me want to vote with the remote

Maybe it’s just me, but don’t reality TV shows seem to be getting really desperate for the latest chunk of “reality” to expose to the American public? More...

1848 By MIKE RAPPORT

1848 is sub-titled “Year of Revolution.” I’m afraid that I and many other Americans think of “revolution” only in terms of our own American Revolution. Europeans look at the term differently. More...

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Sports

Tigers’ pre-season jamboree set Friday in Elbert County

As the Washington-Wilkes Tigers prepare for this Friday’s pre-season scrimmage jamboree with the Elbert County Blue Devils, Head Coach Lee Hutto has announced that there are still season tickets available for the six home games scheduled for 2 More...

YF tractor pull set to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday in Aonia

The summer Wilkes County Young Farmers Truck and Tractor Pull is set for Saturday, August 21, at the facility off Highway 78 at Big Cedar Road in Aonia.   The first pull is at 3 p.m.   More...

Lady Tigers start slow at Patriots Park; weather forces rescheduling of games

The Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers got off to a slow start last week going 1-4 over the weekend at Patriots Park in Columbia County. Their only win came Saturday against Washington County by the narrow margin of 4-3.   More...

Personalities

Bryanna Dell Pilgrim marries Jeremy Gordon Johnson July 24

Bryanna Dell Pilgrim of Thomson and Jeremy Gordon Johnson of Norwood exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, July 24, at five-thirty o’clock in the afternoon at Antioch Christian Church in Thomson. More...

Margaret Rae Evans honored at bridal shower August 7

Bride-elect Margaret Rae Evans was entertained at a miscellaneous shower on Saturday, August 7, at The Sandwich Shop in Washington.   Hostesses for the occasion were Shane Newsome Gaines of Nicholson, Mollie West Skeens and Peggy West. More...

Darcy Leanne Newsome weds Ian Christopher Peth July 24

Darcy Leanne Newsome of Springfield, Va., and Ian Christopher Peth of Woodbridge, Va., were married Saturday, July 24, at five o’clock in the afternoon at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash. Rev. More...

Local sales tax revenues stay steady; commissioners favor SPLOST renewal

County Administrator David Tyler reported that Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenue received by the county for the month of May (the most recent) amounted to $94,434.02, and that Local Option Sales Tax revenue for the same month w More...

County tax bills delayed; property taxes decrease

Yet another snag has delayed the last step toward getting the 2009 county tax bills out in their final form. More...

School board celebrates system-wide SACS accreditation

At the regular August meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Education Monday night, the principals of all four Wilkes County schools reported “a great start” to the school year, and received plaques com- memorating Wilkes County’s More...

Clean-up needed on Aisle 17

A South Carolina-based Bi-Lo truck driver escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when his southbound truck left the road surface on Highway 17 just south of Tignall and rolled over on its side. More...

Pilot identified in Lexington Road plane crash

The pilot killed when his private aircraft crashed in a wooded area west of Washington early last Tuesday morning has been identified. More...

Tea and Learn on women’s health

Wills Memorial Hospital Director of Nursing Jane Echols, RN, speaks to last week’s Tea and Learn session on the topic of women’s health issues, including hormone replacement therapy, breast health, and high blood pressure, followed by a q More...

News

Rotarians enjoy dual program

Ansley Newsome (left) and Kristin Lukich were the first part of the program for the Washington Rotary Club during which they told of their experiences at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Camp held earlier this summer. More...

Casting call dates set at Mark’s Tabernacle for ‘What Da Devil’

Three casting call dates remain for a new live stage play, “What Da Devil,” written by Nathaniel Fanning, a playwright born and raised in Washington, and will be held August 23, and 24 at 6 p.m., and August 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. More...

...on the Carolina Coast

Jackson Pope, Logan, Levi, and Kelsie Scott, and Katie Pope had their News-Reporter along for a vacation at Fripp Island, S.C., where they enjoyed playing at the beach, riding golf carts, and feeding the deer that roam the island. More...

Letters

Deck stacked against innkeepers here

TO THE EDITOR:   More...

New hotel properties are under more financial stress than ever

TO THE EDITOR:   More...

New family is blessed to live in town such as Washington

TO THE EDITOR:   As a new resident of Washington, Georgia I wanted to share some observations about my new home town. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and in the last 20 years have lived in eight cities in the U.S. and Canada. More...

Obituaries

Thenia Jenkins

Funeral services for Thenia Jenkins, 100, of Tignall were held Saturday, August 7, 2010, at the New Ford Baptist Church with Rev. H.M. Easley officiating. Interment was in the St. John’s Baptist Church Cemetery. She died August 3.   More...

George Eben Garrard

Funeral services for George Eben Garrard, 96, of Washington were held Sunday, August 15, 2010, in the Smyrna United Methodist Church, Washington. Interment was in the church cemetery. He died Friday, August 13, at Washington Manor.   More...

Annie Sarah Hill Key

Funeral services for Annie Sarah Hill Key, 84, of Washington were held Saturday, August 14, 2010, at Flint Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Norman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Worship

New Sutton Temple sets yard, plate sale for Sat., August 21

New Sutton Temple will be having a yard sale and plate fund-raiser on Saturday, August 21, beginning at 7 a.m. at the church located at 107 Alabama Street.   Yard sale items will be marked $0.25 and up. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Class of 1968 of Washington Central High School is planning a Pre-Labor Day reunion Saturday, September 4. Class members who are planning to attend should call Loretta at 706-717-0200; or Claudell at 706-401-1797.   ƒ   More...