May 5, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

City’s new pool takes shape

As City of Washington Building Inspector Dave VanHart looks on with construction workers, the city’s new swimming facility at the Reese Booker Park begins to take shape. More...

Top students at W-WCHS will be saluted Thursday at pre-graduation Honors Night

The top-performing students at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School will be saluted during the school’s Honors Night, Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.  More...

GSP drug interception leads off April report of Wilkes County law enforcement arrests

A Georgia State Patrol trooper intercepted a drug shipment on Washington’s North Bypass, arresting the armed man in possession.  More...

Cancer survivors, caregivers celebrate at Relay event

As students Tenise Starks and Paige Partlow sing for them, more than 130­Wilkes County cancer survivors and their caregivers remembered and celebrated at the annual Relay for Life Survivors Dinner at More...

Volunteers make a difference at Heritage

Heritage Health Care of Washington honored the facility’s volunteers at a recent reception. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Drive will send aid to Ringgold

The Office Cat

Two Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School students have been selected by the Rayle EMC to participate in this year’s Washington (D.C.) Youth Tour.  More...

Opinions

Tornado destruction all over Alabama brings to mind ‘Super Outbreak of 74’

I grew up in Alabama with tornados as a fact of life. One of my earliest memories is being suddenly snatched up out of bed by my dad, nearly flying with my sister to the basement while the wind howled. More...

Cartoon

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Lives Like Loaded Guns By LYNDALL GORDON

Book Review

Emily Dickinson is considered one of America’s foremost poets. Her work is accessible, moving, and distinctive. More...

Obituaries

Louis Harris

Graveside services for Louis Harris, 85, were held Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in City West Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. L. Dante Smith officiating. He died Wednesday, April 10, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Augusta.  More...

Carrie W. Callaway Smith

Funeral services for Carrie W. Callaway Smith, 74, were held May 1, 2011, at the Edward B. Pope Center, Lexington Avenue, Washington, with Rev. R.C. Lockhart officiating. She died April 25.   More...

Linda Ann Demastes Denard

Funeral services for Linda Ann Demastes Denard, 63, of Independence St., Tignall, were held Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Beulah Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Callaway and Rev. Johnny Griffith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Janice McAvoy speaks about mission trip to Haiti at Wheelis WOM meeting

The Frances Wheelis Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met in the home of Alicia Madden on Spring Street Monday evening, May 2.  Kay Nelms presided in the absence of the facilitator and vicefacilitator, Melanie Wells and Jackie Gillispie. More...

Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members honored at recognition reception April 21

Twenty-five years of service was celebrated at the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Recognition Reception held Thursday, April 21, in the hospital café.  More...

Kettle Creek DAR members attend state conference held in Augusta

Kettle Creek Chapter, NSDAR, members, Laura Toburen, Jane Owen and Pat Thomas, attended the 113th DAR State Conference held at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites in Augusta April 28-May 1.  About 300 women from around the state attended the b More...

City, county, schools to get public input on no-increase property tax millage rate plans

A series of hearings is set to receive public input on the city, county and school system property tax millage rates, according to notices published in The News-Reporter.  No property taxes are being raised, the notices said, and are being reduc More...

Vendors needed for Independence Day

Vendors are being sought for Washington’s annual Independence Day celebration set for Friday, July 1, Wilkes Tourism Director Erin Pollock announced, and contributions are also being accepted for the event.  More...

Local volunteers collecting supplies to help victims of tornado outbreak in Catoosa Co.

A local volunteer effort to help tornado victims in North Georgia has begun to collect items to deliver to residents of the stricken area around Ringgold.  The point of collection is a trailer set up early Tuesday in front of Mike Thornton Truck More...

Top 4-H’er named at annual banquet

Emily McNure, a graduating senior who has entertained and worked in the Wilkes County 4-H program since she was in the fifth grade, was awarded the Mitchell Willingham 4-H’er of the Year Schola More...

Local firefighters deploy with team to search Rabun tornado wreckage

Two members of the Washington Fire Department were deployed to the tornado disaster zone in North Georgia as part of their duties with the statewide search and rescue task force.  More...

New fund for first responders starts with Jockey Club’s Derby Day party

Donations to raise a fund for Wilkes County’s first responders will be the focus for the Washington Jockey Club’s fourth annual Derby Day party Saturday.  More...

News

Mt. Carmel has Easter program, egg hunt

Rev. Charles Belton, pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, led the church in an inspirational Easter sunrise service entitled “The Message of Easter” on April 24 at 6 a.m. More...

Proclamation affirms May 8-14 Toastmasters Awareness Week

The week of May 8-14, has been declared Toastmasters Appreciation Week in the state of Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal and in the City of Washington by Mayor Willie Burns. More...

Local artist will discuss restoration and his own work

The Friends of the Mary Willis Library will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, in the meeting room of the library. More...

Sports

Spring football starts Monday; scrimmage set Friday

Next week will mark the official beginning of Robbie Robinson’s duties as head football coach of the Washington-Wilkes Tigers and the new regime will kick off with a shortened edition of the annual spring practice. More...

Tiger diamondmen fall in doubleheader to end season with 11-16 overall record

The Washington- Wilkes Tiger baseball team closed out its 2011 season with a doubleheader loss to Holy Innocents in the first round of the state playoffs on Monday, May 2. W-W ended up with an overall record of 11-16 and a region record of 8-6.  More...

W-WPRD basketball camp signups begin for kids ages 9-14

Washington-Wilkes Blue and Gold Bastketball Camp sponsored by the W-WPRD sign-ups have begun. More...

Worship

Vanessa Smith guest speaker at Pleasant Grove on May 15

Evangelist Vanessa Smith will be the guest speaker for the Women’s Day program at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Rayle on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m.  More...

Dying people want to share their stories

In my discussions with those who are dying there is always one overwhelming concern on their part, did their life matter? Did they make a difference?  More...

The diagnostic power of the gospel of Jesus Christ

The Jewish people of the Old Testament and Jesus’ day were more concerned with what a person ate and how he ate it than with what a person thought or said. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Twin Oak Baptist Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary Sunday, June 26, 11:45 a.m. Dinner will be served after the service.  .  Springfield Baptist Church will have a Women’s Day Program Sunday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. More...