2010-12-30 / Front Page

Headlines chronicle events of the past year

FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2010

January 7, 2010 – Temporary tax bills are now in the mail, permanent 2009 digest ready May-June ... Georgia Attorney General’s office is considering Wilkes 2008 voting irregularities ... City Council will meet at the Pope Center to swear in new council members ... Events, programs to mark MLK Day set for weekend of January 16-18.

January 14, 2010 – Mayor Burns uses new councilmen in attempt to change city’s form of government ... Celebration events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day ... Wilkes teen is recovering from injuries sustained in fatal crash ... Revolutionary Days celebration to mark 231st anniversary of Kettle Creek battle.

January 21, 2010 – High school earns two state awards for making gains in student achievement ... Pope Center hotel hearing sees strong public interest ... Proposed county project would bring more water to Harris Road households ... ‘Dixie Swim Club’ wins Best Show’ ... Upcoming Washington City Council retreat might get unexpected public scrutiny ... Community holds MLK Day parade.

January 28, 2010 – Friday’s city council retreat expected to see many angry Washington citizens ... DDA works to create action plan to market city’s ‘unique products’ ... Wilkes schools, EMA set severe weather drills for statewide annual exercise ... Redevelopment authority votes to recommend city hotel project ... Wilkes Board of Education hears reports of awards, honors, and no more roof leaks.

February 4, 2010 – Full house hears city leaders address changes ... Josh Fair named Wilkes STAR student; Jennifer Atkinson, STAR Teacher ... New City of Washington utility bills now come in envelopes ... Wilkes County unemployment is down slightly in December.

February 11, 2010 – City council authorizes attorney to write ‘strongmayor’ changes ... SOMATA Group sees promise building in Washington, proposes pair of hotels ... City named Tree City USA for 25th year by Arbor Day foundation ... Wills Memorial Hospital granted threeyear renewal of accreditation ... Revolutionary Days to fill city with historic events, kids’ activities.

February 18, 2010 – Friday evening snowfall brings five inches to Washington-Wilkes ... County commission hears concerns on continuing delays to tax digest ... Two residential fires have fire fighters in action on a cold, windy day last week ... Man, daughter die in ‘tragic accident’ in swimming pool ... STAR Student Josh Fair is honored at Chamber breakfast Tuesday ... Wilkes man shot as possible drug deal turns into robbery.

February 25, 2010 – City council meets to consider ways to reduce residents’ high utility bills ... Wilkes County school system expects district accreditation with SACS visit ... Ty Herndon returns this Sunday for Relay for Life benefit concert. .Wilkes County students to compete in junior steer, heifer show Saturday ... Police secretary pleads guilty, sentenced to three years in jail ... Tignall gets new fire truck.

March 4, 2010 – ‘Hard work’ brings Wilkes school system fiveyear district accreditation from SACS ... Tiger basketball girls advance in state tournament ... Greg Callaway showed the grand champion steer at the 2010 Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show ... Top dirt bike, ATV racers return to Aonia this weekend for crosscountry series ... Wilkes County completes Work Ready certification to help bring industry here.

March 11, 2010 – City Council decides to maintain powers, cuts back strong-mayor charter proposal ... Springtime brings tourists to ‘quaint, graceful’ town ... 2010 Census forms should be arriving in mail soon ... Washington City Council hears updates on ongoing municipal projects Monday.

March 18, 2010 – School system adapts to $1.1 million cut in income without cutting any programs ... Family offering $5,000 for arrest conviction in Friday Scull Shoals hit-and-run ... Decision may come on hotel proposals at Thursday’s urban authority meeting ... Commissioners discuss tax assessment, LOST referendum ... Washington Police Department Lt. Joe Nelson selected as Chief of Police in Thomson ... Wilkes unemployment rises to 12.2% for January, Georgia Department of Labor says.

March 25, 2010 – Census questionnaire assistance is available at two Wilkes centers ... URA hears hotel proposal details, expect to make decision by May ... BOE accepts insurance check for 2009 old school hail damage ... Third graders visit Morris Museum of Art.

April 1, 2010 – Annual Spring Tour of Homes will offer a closeup look at historic homes, sites ... Qualifying dates set for 2010 elections for county commission chairman, district seats ... W-W Chamber of Commerce has chosen Judy Anderson as new Executive Director ... Neighborhood blitz to bring Census to Tignall Saturday, April 10 ... Former Editor and Publisher Smythe Newsome dies at age 81. .Trump to build casino-hotel complex; unemployment to be thing of the past ... Don’t believe what you read is April’s Fool.

April 8, 2010 – City charter change effort unsuccessful as legislators hear of heavy opposition ... Spring Tour was a success with perfect weather, happy crowds ... Ramsey and Avery are convicted in ‘09 Baltimore dog fighting case ... Wilkes 2010 Census response running much higher.

April 15, 2010 – Online county property tax records will soon include residential photos, aerials ... City councilmen take quick action to help Wilkes students get GEDs ... 4-H Clovers & Co. to perform April 24 at W-W Elementary ... Wilkes 2010 Census response rate over 70% with heavy local efforts ... Home cooking oil recycler plans move to Washington, expects to hire 15 to 20 in next few weeks.

April 22, 2010 – Board of Education hears naming request to honor legendary Tiger Coach Davidson ... City water system flushing expected to cloud tap water but no health risk expected ... Georgia 4-H’s Clovers & Co. to entertain this Saturday at elementary school ... Award-winning Young Georgia Authors honored.

April 29, 2010 – Work on tax digest is complete; notices for 2009 taxes expected to be in the mail ‘any day now’ ... Firefighters get hands-on training in controlled burns ... Local census workers will begin to count as door-to-door follow-up counts all residents ... Wilkes Ministers United planning local observance of National Day of Prayer on The Square next Thursday ... Fireworks celebration planners for July 4 to meet May 11 at CofC ... Relay for Life honors local cancer survivors.

May 6, 2010 – Hundreds to take part in 2010 Wilkes Relay for Life. . Commission candidate field set for 2010 county election ... National Day of Prayer, May ... Hearing will seek public’s input on need for community center ... Robert Toombs House cleared of big beehive, repairs to follow ... Seniors walk on “A Starlit Night” ... Concert series returns Saturday for an evening of beautiful music.

May 13, 2010 – City Council votes to rename Pope Center ‘Burns- Pope’ in honor of present mayor ... Public voices say new community center not needed with under-used Pope Center ... City police seize marijuana, arrest man awaiting trial on similar drug sale charges ... 2010 Relay for Life surpasses fund-raising goal of $55,000 ... Tiger football scrimmage game is this Friday.

May 20, 2010 – City Council could discuss hotel, redevelopment at Friday retreat ... New Community Medical Associates will recruit doctors to ‘just be doctors’ at Wills Memorial ... Class of 2010 to graduate in ceremonies Friday night with fewest grads in years ... County Commissioner reveals plans to build new Athens Tech extension campus in Wilkes ... Pope family instructs City Hall to remove longtime mayor’s name.

May 27, 2010 – Movement toward hotel on pause as council reviews developer pick ... More fireworks donations needed as plans develop for Fourth of July celebration ... Class of 2010s 76 graduates walk in new gym; Josh Fair and Jacob Davis are top scholars ... Letters address city issues. Read them on page 5A ... Police, GBI, investigating city shooting as friends pray for Chris Hughes ... City Council meets in Evans steakhouse to review ongoing city projects.

June 3, 2010 – City Council gives URA the go-ahead to develop full hotel operating numbers with Somata ... Independence Day celebration still needs donations as evening’s show adds the Newtown Rhythm Band ... New floral artwork adds to Toombs House experience ... Wilkes Relay for Life’s final numbers in: teams surpass goals, raising over $61k ... Ashley Barnett named one of “26 Women to Watch.”

June 10, 2010 – Property tax appeals due Friday, final tax bills may be out by fall. . Early voting starts for July primary as new ID check system put to use ... Old school complex on Gordon St. to be offered to City of Washington, W-WPDA ... Kitchen oil/grease recycling starts in city public housing, apartments ... Qualifying set June 28-July 2 for November non-partisan election ... Drama Camp kids ready to perform “Spectaculathon.”

June 17, 2010 – Mayor asks council to remove his name from building honoring Edward B. Pope ... Fitzpatrick Hotel owners promise to honor all hotel reservations ... Temperatures reach 106+ degrees ... Commissioners work to make Wilkes lakefront (Holliday Park) ‘a better place to go.’ ... Watson Brown Foundation gives $10,500 to Robert Toombs House ... Rusher Street transformation well underway.

June 24, 2010 – School board hears of city, PDA interest in old school (Gordon Street) property ... Big roof leak damages courthouse offices; cleanup, repairs expected to take weeks ... Joe and Dot Harris recognized for service to community ... New texting, cell use laws set to take effect on July 1 ... Non-partisan qualifying will open Monday for two school board seats.

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