September 15, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

You think YOUR power bill is high?

Washington resident Bettye Armour was shocked to find her Washington City utility bill to be a little higher than normal – about $97,000 higher. More...

W-W Chamber of Commerce chooses Jenny Clarke as new Chamber executive director

The Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce has a new full-time executive director and a new president of the chamber’s Board of Directors.  Washington native Jenny Lindsey Clarke, formerly director and curator at the McDuffie Museum, took t More...

Fire damages Lundburg Rd. home as citronella oil bottles catch fire

After a fire at their home Saturday, a Lundberg Road family is thankful to be safe and eager to warn others about an unexpected hazard. “We had bottles of citronella oil on the front porch,” Charles Shelton said. More...

Soto’s new facility for developmentally disabled opens

  Manager Aliana Schuyler cuts the ribbon on the new Soto ALG Learning and Activity Center last week. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Remember the Putt-Nik?

Eddie Walker near Rayle has killed three canebrake rattlesnakes in the past week, all in the same general area. His neighbor has killed two. All of the snakes were 3½-5 feet long and each had a black-tip tail. More...

Opinions

Flaming chunks of satellite expected, but chances are they’ll miss – maybe

I don’t want to sound like a prophet of doom here, but sometime in the next few weeks, hundreds of pounds of flaming satellite chunks are going to rain down somewhere on earth.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Book Review

The Love of My Youth By MARY GORDON

Their friend Valerie has engineered a meeting between Miranda and Adam, who have not seen each other for almost 40 years. They are both in Rome now, where Valerie lives, and she invites them to dinner. The dinner is a disaster. More...

Sports

Tigers will play Commerce Friday at 8; similar teams should be ‘good matchup’

After taking a week off to heal and regroup, the struggling Washington- Wilkes Tigers will have an opportunity to get on the winning track this week as they travel to Commerce to take on another team of Tigers.  More...

W-WMS girls to play in Thomson today at 4:30

Members of the Washington-Wilkes Middle School girls softball team are (kneeling left to right) Elexus Campbell, Destiny Favors, Jalecia Hearst, Quanisia Davis, Nia Fanning, Jada Brittain, (back row) More...

Lady Tigers start region schedule with wins over Glascock, Aquinas

The W-W Lady Tigers softball team got off to a smoking start in the region schedule going 2-0 in last week’s games.  On Tuesday, September 6, the Tigers beat Glascock County by the score of 9-1 in five innings. More...

Worship

Danburg Baptist sets homecoming and revival services

Homecoming and revival services are planned at Danburg Baptist Church in October.  Homecoming will be Sunday, October 9. The music will start at 10:15 a.m., with the Weaver Believer Survival Revival. More...

County-wide music concert will feature all male voices

A county-wide male concert musical will be held on The Square in downtown Washington Saturday, October 15, beginning at 6 p.m.  Churches in Wilkes County and other counties that have male choruses or groups, quartets, or soloists are invited to More...

Smyrna Methodist plans homecoming celebration Sept. 18

Smyrna United Methodist Church will hold revival services September 18-21 at 7 p.m. each evening.  Homecoming services are set for Sunday, September 18, at 11 a.m., followed by a barbecue meal. Rev. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

"The Roast of Blake Thompson," a benefit for The TJ & Friends Cancer Foundation, will be held at the Pope Center, 48 Lexington Avenue, Washington, on November 5 at 6 p.m. More...

Washington City Council discusses dog problems, hears of grant award

The regular September meeting of the Washington City Council started on a somber note as Mayor Willie Burns asked those in attendance to pause for a solemn moment of silence both in memory of Washington Fire Chief Alan Poss, who died recently, and in More...

Facing low tax collection revenue, county leaders vote for credit line

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners voted to open a $1 million line of credit at F&M Bank in order to meet the county’s financial obligations through the end of the year. More...

New W-W Animal Shelter sets open house for Oct. 2 to show off ‘top-notch facility’

The newly rebuilt Wilkes County Animal Shelter will be open to the public Sunday, October 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Director Gloria Wheatley is excited to show off the new facility.  “It’s going to be a top-notch facility that the peo More...

Sheriff asks public for information on two large hay fires Sunday, August 14

Investigators from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Fire Marshal’s office are investigating two large hay fires, one on Horace Callaway Road, and one off the Greensboro Highway, that occurred in August.  More...

Willie Burns kicks off re-election campaign citing ‘One Washington - 30673’ as slogan

Washington Mayor Willie E. More...

Voters in District 2 may vote for 2 of 3 council candidates

Candidates for city council in Washington’s District 2 say that some voters don’t realize they can vote for their favorite two Washington city council candidates out of the three running. More...

Saluting the U.S. Constitution

Lillie Crowe of the Kettle Creek DAR looks on as Wilkes County Commission Chairman Sam Moore signs a proclamation saluting the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, which will be comm More...

News

Primary school kindergarteners visit Bi-Lo

Kindergarten students at Washington-Wilkes Primary School recently visited the local Bi-Lo grocery store on a walking field trip. More...

Registration still open for A-STAR program; enrollment encouraged

The Wilkes County Community Partnership’s A-STAR (After-School Tutorial And Recreation) Program began on Monday, September 12, for the 2011-2012 school year.  More...

Where in the world is The News-Reporter ...

... in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Virginia Hendry Rountree (right), a member of the Washington-Wilkes High School Class of 1942 and daughter of long-time Washington residents James Hart and Georgia Jackson Hendry, along with her daughter, Pamela, and their News-Reporter, stands in fr More...

Letters

Thanks for new shelter; open house is Oct. 2

TO THE EDITOR:   More...

Why do pay wants differ on council

TO THE EDITOR:   Why do you think it is that three of our councilmen want to more than double their pay and the other three would do the job for nothing? Just curious.  More...

Should have kept words to myself

TO THE EDITOR:   At Monday night’s City Council meeting a person who had disturbed the session was being escorted out by the police. The person was shouting at me while leaving and I responded to them by saying they were lying. More...

Obituaries

Ola Reese Young

Graveside services for Ola Reese Young, 95, of Warrenville, S.C., formerly of Wilkes County, were held Friday, September 9, 2011, in the Wynne-Thaxton Cemetery with Rev. Leroy Beard officiating. She died Tuesday, September 6.   More...

Sara Elizabeth Timmons Cathey

Funeral services for Sara Elizabeth Timmons Cathey, 77, of Tignall, were held Thursday, September 8, 2011, in the Danburg Baptist Church with Rev. Ben Walker officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Blanche Harris Dixon

A memorial service for Blanche Harris Dixon, 86, of Athens, was held Wednesday, September 14, 2011, in the chapel at Bernstein Funereal Home, Athens, with Dr. James Griffith officiating. She died Sunday, September 11.  More...

Personalities

Jenny Maria Echols to marry Jason Grant Standard Nov. 19

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Echols of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenny Maria, to Jason Grant Standard, also of Washington, son of Mr. and Mrs. More...

New Beginnings

Henry Randall Hunnicutt   Jason and Bonnie Hunnicutt of Pawleys Island, S.C., announce the birth of their son, Henry Randall, on Wednesday, September 7, at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Henry weighed 8 lbs. 9 ozs. More...

Amis to lead OLLI ‘Health-Mind/Body’ study Sept. 19 & 26

Members of the Washington Chapter of OLLI@UGA will continue their study of “Health-Mind/ Body” at two sessions, September 19 and September 26, each at 2 p.m. at the Parish House of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator.  More...