September 16, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Citizens hot about higher summer power bills

The regular September meeting of the Washington City Council Monday night heard citizens’ complaints about high electric bills generated during the unusually hot summer.   More...

Rat rods draw crowds at Fall Cruise-In

Crowds of car enthusiasts are drawn to a 1923 Dodge Brothers rat rod owned by Marcie Simpson (at right), one of dozens of cars on The Square Saturday night for the Fall Cruise-In put on by Memory Lane More...

Early voting starts Monday for Nov. 2 general election

Early voting for the November general election begins Monday, September 20, Wilkes County election officials said, and registered Wilkes County voters stationed or living overseas now have a quicker way to receive their absentee ballots.   More...

Mule Day preparations well along, but vendors still needed for event

Preparations are well underway for the 30th Annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival at Callaway Plantation Saturday, October 9, but organizers say more food and crafts vendors are needed.   More...

Chamber After Hours to taste Southern Scratch

The foods of Southern Scratch will be featured at the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber After Hours today, September 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber. More...

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The price of The News-Reporter increased to 75 cents two weeks ago. If you have paid more than 75 cents anywhere around the county, please call and tell us. The 75 cents More...

Opinions

The Gulf War made the world forget Liberia, but I’ll never forget little boys with big guns

Maybe it’s just my brain getting to middle age, but it seems to me like somebody’s cranked up the calendar and made the years go by at a tremendous speed. More...

The Same River Twice By TED MOONEY

Book Review

Sometimes a “suspense novel” comes along that is also a “literary novel.” I’m not really sure what either of those terms means, but the publishers bandy them about. The Same River Twice seems to fit both categories. More...

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Obituaries

Linda Lucas Hopkins

Graveside services for Linda Lucas Hopkins, 66, of Lexington Avenue, Washington were held Sunday, September 12, 2010, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Sid Hopkins and Rev. Stacey Rushing officiating. More...

Mary Claire Cofer Hall

Funeral services for Mary Claire Cofer Hall, 83, of Augusta were held Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at Lord and Stephens Oglethorpe Chapel, with Rev. Dr. O.C. Dean officiating. Interment was in Sunset Cemetery, Maxeys. More...

Joann Willis Pettus

Funeral services for Joann Willis Pettus, 63, of Washington, were held Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Charles Belton and Rev. L.V. Turman officiating. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

Paris Naomi Carter   Dajuwan Carter of Screven County and Shareika Norman of Tignall announce the birth of their daughter, Paris Naomi Carter, on Thursday, August 19, at University Hospital in Augusta. Paris weighed 6 lbs. 11 ozs. More...

Marie Maxwell entertained at bridal shower Sept. 11

Marie Maxwell, bride-elect of Brad Wells, was entertained at a miscellaneous shower on Saturday, September 11, given by his aunts, Evelyn Barwick, Salley Bolen and Pat Miller of Williston, S.C., at the Barwick home.   More...

Ashton Marie Hardin and Joseph Gaynor Hardy exchange marriage vows Saturday, August 14

Ashton Marie Hardin of Washington and Joseph Gaynor Hardy of Rayle exchanged wedding vows in an impressive double-ring ceremony Saturday, August 14, at five o’clock in the afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Washington. Rev. More...

Elba pipeline tax windfall may mean a property tax rollback for next year

Just a few days before the final settlement of the county and school system budgets for FY 2009 on Tuesday, the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners was notified that sales tax receipts for the month of June amounted to well over $600,000 more than More...

’09 property tax rates formally adopted after school, county hearings

After final hearings on Monday, the Wilkes County Board of Education and the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners formally adopted tax rates for 2009. More...

Wilkes deputies find marijuana farm, seize 141 plants and indoor nursery

A Wilkes County man already out on bond for growing marijuana near Rayle has been arrested by Wilkes County deputies for a much larger pot-growing operation near his home on Moore Road.   More...

Young musician Al Moses to perform in acoustic set Saturday night at VFW post

A young musician and composer with Washington roots will perform Saturday night in concert at the Washington VFW hall on Andrew Drive. More...

Dove shoot benefits youth program

Claibourn Darden welcomes hunters young and old to the fifth annual Darden Dove Shoot, a benefit shoot for the Georgia Outdoor Network SEEDS youth program. More...

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Cailyn and Maggie Craycraft took their News-Reporter with them when visiting Mingo Falls in North Carolina. More...

Boyd Farm named in Forestry Stewardship Award recognition

The Boyd Farm owned by Gail Boyd on North Alexander Avenue in Washington has received the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Forest Stewardship Award and obtained Forest Steward recognition.   More...

Cookie dough sales begin today; eighth-graders march with band

W-WMS students will begin selling cookie dough and other products Thursday, September 16. The sales will benefit programs such as teacher and student recognition. Please say “yes” when a student asks you to place an order. More...

Sports

‘Charlie Davidson Field’ to be named in Sept. 24 ceremony

The official naming of the athletic field at Tiger Stadium in honor of the most distinguished man who coached there will take place during a special ceremony on Friday, September 24, just prior to the football game between the W-W Tigers and Oconee More...

W-W and Commerce are both looking for first win on Friday

Staying at home this Friday night, the Washington-Wilkes Tigers will host another breed of Tigers, those from Commerce, as they continue to look for the season’s first win. More...

Lady Tigers beat Oglethorpe 4-3, prepare for weekend Coke Classic

Last week the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers softball team traveled to Oglethorpe and beat the Patriots 4-3 in their only game of the week. Cayla Gilland picked up the win for the Tigers on the mound. More...

Worship

New Sutton Temple hosting conference for women September 24-25

New Sutton Temple will be hosting a women’s conference entitled “I Love Me Better than That” Friday and Saturday, September 24-25.   Friday’s conference will be held at 7:30 p.m. More...

God’s Marketplace will re-open Sept. 28 for USDA distribution

God’s Marketplace Food Pantry will close Tuesday, September 21, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 28, at 9:30 a.m. for a USDA food distribution. The pantry will stay open until all of the food is distributed. More...

Broom is featured pastor at Smyrna revival Sept. 19-22

Smyrna United Methodist Church, 100 South Smyrna Church Road, will have revival services September 19-22, at 7:30 p.m.   A covered dish fellowship meal will be served at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, September 19.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Wilkes County Board of Registrars will meet Thursday, September 16, Room 323, 2 p.m., Wilkes County courthouse. ƒ The Friends of the Mary Willis Library will meet at the library at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 7. ƒ More...