September 30, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Wilkes unemployment is up to 12.1 percent, but new jobs may be on the way this year

Wilkes County’s unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent in August, up from a steady l1.5 percent in June and July, with 522 workers unemployed out of a workforce of over 4,300. More...

Bond validation hearing set Friday to consider Pope Center bond issue

A bond validation hearing on the Pope Center hotel project will be held before a Superior Court judge on Friday, October 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Wilkes County courthouse. More...

Dry weather brings brush fires

Washington firefighters put out a brush fire on Alabama Street last week after a pilot flying a Georgia Forestry aircraft spotted the fire from the air. More...

Public invited to view new hospital facility

Construction on the new inpatient wing at Wills Memorial Hospital is nearly complete and the facility will be ready for use when a final state survey is complete. More...

Monday crash kills Elberton man

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a collision Monday afternoon in which a 69-year-old Elberton man, Harold Kendrell Wade, was killed at the intersection of East Robert Toombs and the Thomson Highway. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The rains finally came

The Office Cat

We finally have rain, and lots of it. It began about seven o’clock Sunday morning and continued pretty steady through about 1 p.m. Monday in most locations around the county. More...

Opinions

Old photos get new life on Facebook, transporting us on a trip back in time

I’ve just spent a rainy Sunday afternoon looking at somebody’s old pictures. Nobody forced me to, and I found a few things I thought I’d lost. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Homestead By ROSINA LIPPI

Book Review

Homestead is an unusual novel. It is told in a series of stories, linked by place and families, but happening over a long period of time. An award winner, it is set in a remote Austrian village between 1909 and 1977. More...

Sports

Tigers get confidence boost with win over Oconee, 21-20

TOM SAGGUS BOOTS HIS SECOND OF THREE PATs His perfect night at the tee helped make the difference in the game. More...

‘Charlie Davidson Field’ named to honor most successful coach; teams of 1940 and 1960 recognized for gridiron accomplishment

The most successful Tiger coach ever, Charlie Davidson, poses with the field named in his honor behind him. More...

Region 7-A SCHEDULES and SCORES

AQUINAS 4-1 35 Landmark 17 67 Telfair Co. 14 51 Social Circle 0 40 Hancock 14 7 Wilkinson 13 10/8 @ Twiggs 10/15 @ Jeff Davis 10/22 Lincoln Co. 10/29 @ W.-Wilkes 11/5 Warren Co. GLASCOCK 2-3 7 Warren Co. 40 22 Lady Mercy 52 50 Mt. More...

Worship

Third Shiloh to convene through Oct. 1

The 119th Annual Session of the Third Shiloh Baptist Association will convene at the Third Shiloh Mission Center, 219 McLendon Drive, Washington, September 29-October 1.   More...

Danburg Baptist sets homecoming for Sunday, Oct. 10

Danburg Baptist Church will have its annual homecoming Sunday, October 10, at 10:15 a.m. Revival services will begin Monday, October 11, and continue through Wednesday, October 13, at 7 p.m.   More...

Pope’s Chapel will celebrate its 54th homecoming Oct. 3

Pope’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the Broad area of Wilkes County will have its 54th annual homecoming day on Sunday, October 3.   More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

New Saints CME Church’s annual missionary program will be held Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. The speaker will be Joyce Williams, former Superintendent of Wilkes County Schools. ƒ More...

HOTEL HEARING RESCHEDULED - Free Access

Meeting time set 9:30 a.m., Monday, October 11, 2010

The bond validation hearing concerning the City of Washington's Pope Center hotel project has been postponed until Monday, October 11, at 9:30 a.m. More...

Mary Kate Reeves is Miss Wilkes County

Crowned as queens at the fourth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant Saturday were (front, l-r) Toddler Miss Carly Lamar (seated), Little Miss Belle Bradford, Little Mister Ron Grimes, Petite Miss Maggie More...

Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival ready to return for 30th annual celebration Oct. 9

A full slate of family fun and mule events is set for the 30th Annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival at Callaway Plantation next Saturday, October 9.   More...

Early voting for Nov. general election continues as new voter registration ends Monday, Oct. 4

Voter turnout has been light in Wilkes County early voting for the November general election.   More...

Friday’s Tignall drug dealer arrests lead September’s law enforcement round-up

Two Tignall men are facing serious drug charges after being arrested last week by Wilkes County deputies.   More...

Mary Kate Reeves, Kathleen Storrin are 2010 Miss Wilkes County Pageant queens

Mary Kate Reeves was chosen Miss Wilkes County and Kathleen Storrin was picked as the new Teen Miss Wilkes at the fourth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant Saturday.   More...

‘Reach for Recovery’ volunteers are needed to help new cancer patients

The Augusta chapter of the American Cancer Society is currently seeking volunteers for the Reach to Recovery program in Wilkes County.   More...

News

Business, computer classes get help with GACollege411 accts.

Students in Amy Harkins’ Business Essentials class and Tanya Morgan’s Computer Applications classes enjoyed a presentation from Linda Attebery, a regional representative from Georgia Student Finance Commission. More...

Owens represent local chapters at grave dedication

Thomas Owen, representing the Washington-Wilkes Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and his wife, Jane Owen representing the Kettle Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, presented wreaths at the grave dedication for Col. More...

Science classes complete projects; football season will be ending soon

Thursday, September 30, is the last day of the most important fund-raiser at W-WMS. The money raised will be used to reward students and thank teachers. Students have been selling cookie dough and other household and gift items. More...

Letters

‘I am from Washington-Wilkes, Georgia’

TO THE EDITOR:   When one is asked where they are from, the standard answer given is the town they are presently residing in. This is not the case if you hail from Washington-Wilkes. More...

Choices may be few when shopping locally

To The Editor :   I often read where locals are criticized for not shopping or supporting the local merchants. I would like to share a couple of my recent experiences.   More...

Current conditions make odds against city hotel’s success

TO THE EDITOR:   I am writing as a concerned homeowner and taxpayer of the city of Washington regarding the hotel project at the Pope Center. More...

Obituaries

Elizabeth Caroline Sprowls

Funeral services for Elizabeth Caroline Sprowls, 87, of Tignall, formerly of Washington, were held Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the Roadside Chapel, Pleasant Grove, Penn., with Rev. Mary J. Sprowls officiating. More...

John Wesley Terrell

Funeral services for John Wesley “Goodnee” Terrell, 102, of Crawfordville, were held Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the Greater Level Hill Baptist Church, Crawfordville, with Pastor Samuel Duggan officiating. More...

Johnny Marsh Hampton

Funeral services for Johnny Marsh Hampton, 77, of Washington were held Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at McLendon Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Quinn, Eulogist. He died September 17, in the University Hospital, Augusta. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

Brantley Burt Rogers   Brantley (Bubba) and Lindsey Rogers of Rayle announce the birth of their son, Brantley Burt, on Sunday, September 12, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Brantley weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. More...

Marie Maxwell entertained at Sip ‘N’ See September 19

Marie Maxwell, bride-elect of Brad Wells, was entertained at a Sip “N” See at her home on Sunday afternoon, September 19. More...

Margaret Rae Evans, George Burdette Newsome III exchange marriage vows on Saturday, August 28

Margaret Rae Evans and George Burdette Newsome III of Washington exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, August 28, at six o’clock in the afternoon in the Chapel of First United Methodist Church in Washington. More...