August 18, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Commissioners hear reports from around county

An especially brief meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners saw little official action but heard a number of reports on progress and activity within the county.  All commissioners except Kerry McAvoy, who was recovering from shoulder More...

Qualifying for municipal elections set to open Monday, August 29 in Washington and Tignall

Municipal races are shaping up in preparation for the November 8 General Municipal Election as qualifying is set to open in Washington and in Tignall Monday, August 29.  In Washington, city voters will choose a mayor and three city councilmen, a More...

Artist unveils concept for local monument to honor all Black Revolutionary Patriots

The City of Washington unveiled the concept of Washington’s Black Revolutionary Patriot monument Sunday, August 14, in a small ceremony on The Square.  Kinzey Branham, a Washington native and renowned sculptor, showed the conceptual drawin More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

‘Redneck’ greeting unexpected

We had two interesting pieces of mail this week. One was an email from Frank Wills, one of the Wills boys (Dr. Charles and Tut’s sons), a native of Wilkes County, and now living in Thomson. More...

Opinions

The unthinkable loss of so many men hurts close-knit Navy SEAL families

I felt like somebody had punched me in the gut when I heard last week that a helicopter full of America’s best warriors was shot down in Afghanistan. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Book Review

Losing Mum and Pup By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY

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Obituaries

Cornelius Dunn

Funeral services for Cornelius “Bit” Dunn, 101, were held Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ben K. Willis officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

James Thomas

Funeral services for James Thomas, 62, were held Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Greater Level Hill Baptist Church, Crawfordville, with Rev. Samuel Duggan officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. He died Sunday, August 7.  More...

Worship

‘His Last Days’ drama set for Tallulah Falls September 3- 4

The 28 annual presentation of His Last Days, Georgia’s only outdoor passion drama, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, at the Tallulah Falls Amphitheater in Tallulah Falls at 7 p.m. each evening.  More...

Lyonsville Baptist sets revival services August 29-Sept. 2

The Lyonsville Baptist Church will have revival services August 29 through September 2.  The services will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening with Rev. Lance Pitts, pastor of Gibson Grove Baptist Church of Washington and Mt. More...

Teenagers need to make sense of death, grieve, commemorate the life lost, and go on with life

In her book, “Life & Loss: A Guide to Helping Grieving Children,” Linda Goldman writes that there are about four tasks associated with teenager grief work.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

New Ford Baptist Church will have homecoming services Sunday, August 28, beginning with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 11:15 a.m. Dinner will be served.  .  More...

List of road projects approved for transportation tax funding

If a proposed one-cent increase in sales tax passes next year, Wilkes County will finally get connected to the world by four-lane highways, and in a few years even the trip to Athens will be easier.  More...

Hunting club member killed Sat. while clearing brush with tractor

An Atlanta-area man was killed Saturday in a tractor accident while clearing brush at a hunting camp in Wilkes County, authorities say.  Christopher Wilson, 44, of Canton, Georgia, was bush-hogging in a bottom next to a creek, Wilkes EMS Directo More...

Firefighters across Wilkes County respond to increased number of hay storage fires

Hay fires have kept firefighters in Wilkes County busy over the last week as high temperatures and irregular, heavy rains have complicated the task of storing and transporting hay and straw.  More...

Wilkes school year is off to good start; board members discuss new bleachers

The Wilkes County Board of Education heard reports of a good start to the school year and discussed how best to utilize the new stands at the high school athletic fields.  More...

Early entries already coming in for fifth Miss Wilkes County Pageant

Entries are coming in for the fifth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant, set for Saturday, October 1, at 6 p.m.  “We’re getting a lot of interest so we’re encouraging everybody to enter early,” organizer Ashley Barnett said More...

News

Bringing learning to life

Donna Hardy, pictured above with her granddaughter Emily, brought learning to life during a recent visit to Washington-Wilkes Primary School. More...

Blood drive honoring Chief Poss set for today at First Methodist

The Washington-Wilkes Community Blood Drive will be held today, August 18, from 2-7 p.m. at the Washington First United Methodist Church. More...

Atlanta History curator to present program for CWRT

Gordon Jones, senior military historian and curator of the Atlanta History Center, will present “Georgia on the Eve of Secession” at the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, August 22, at 6 p.m., at the Talk of the More...

Letters

Fondest memories return

TO THE EDITOR:   Here is just a short note to say “Thank You” to the writer of the August 4 “Office Cat” for the fine article regarding Simpson Park.  More...

Sports

Girls softball team wins in tourney as season begins at Patriots Park

Silver Division Champions!

The Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigerss oftball team opened the 2011 season last weekend at Patriots Park in Evans going 4-1 and, for the first time ever, won the silver division of the Chick-Fil-A Classic sponsored by the Harlem Lady Bulldogs.  The More...

Tigers give ‘great effort, hustle’ but still need some adjustments

It seemed way too early going in to be showing up at Tiger Stadium for a football game last Friday night, but it didn’t take long to get into the spirit of the season when the Washington-Wilkes Tigers took the field, the whistles blew, and the More...

Players of the Week, game film will be featured on Mondays

There’s going to be a new thrill for Washington-Wilkes Tiger fans this year.  More...

Personalities

Lindsey Brooke Stitt to wed Bryan James Melton Sept. 10

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aiken Stitt Jr. of Newnan announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Brooke, to Bryan James Melton, also of Newnan and formerly of Washington, son of Dr. Mark Andrew Melton of Washington and Mrs. More...

New Beginnings

Edith AnnaBelle Fortson   Meghan Arnold and Adam Fortson of Washington announce the birth of their daughter, Edith AnnaBelle Fortson, on Tuesday, August 2, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. Edee, as she will be called, weighed 7 lbs. More...

Shelby Kennedy honored at pool party July 30

Shelby Kennedy, daughter of Trey and Jade Kennedy, celebrated her fourth birthday with a party at her home on Saturday, July 30. More...