2011-09-29 / The Office Cat

Wild dogs attack goats

Can you read about another squirrel tale ( tail)? W. C. and Cheryl Bentley on the Tignall Road have been plagued by squirrels since Spring. They got them out of their attic, and then W.C. set traps in the front and back yards and has caught 15 squirrels, four ‘possums, and one raccoon. He doesn’t kill the animals. He takes them far out into the country and turns them loose. His children and grandchildren teased him about that, saying that he was just catching the same squirrels over and over. So just to prove that not to be true, he started putting a little yellow paint on the tips of the tails of the ones he caught. And he has not caught any with yellow tails yet. ... Animals B-Gone has not yet come to solve my problem but will probably be here this week. Meanwhile, I have had three calls from local people who would also like to benefit from their service. So, if you have a problem, I will be glad to pass it on to the company.

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Lauree Shelton was honored at a reception Sunday afternoon for 25 years of dedicated service as office manager and secretary of the Georgia Baptist Association. Lauree does many other things at the Center on North Jefferson Street. I have even seen her out cutting grass and doing other yard work. The reception was to be held at the center but it was flooded last week so it had to be moved to the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church.

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We really got lots of rain in the rainstorm that drenched us last Thursday night. I couldn't believe it when I went to see my gauge the next morning and it was overflowing with seven inches of rain. I thought that couldn't be true, but when I got to town and got to checking on it I found that others had comparable readings. Green's Grove got about 5½ inches, as did East Robert Toombs Avenue. Logan Woods had about 4½ inches, and others reported similar readings. ... Sonny Johnson at Tyrone says he got 3.6 inches for the week and that’s the most he has had in three months. He reports 27 inches for the year, which is very low. ... Norris Ware on Hill Street reports 5.3 inches.

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A sad thing happened Sunday night. Jerry Hackney and Bill Hopkins on Lexington Avenue have kept 13 goats (sometimes more) in the pasture behind their houses and my house for many years. They were nice goats and they were huge goats. Some of them were so large that standing on their hind feet they could reach up to tree limbs and get a nibble of greenery. But a pack of dogs got into the pasture Sunday night and killed 10 of the goats. Some of them were found in the pond where they had apparently gone to try to get away from the marauders. Jerry and Bill went hunting for the dogs Monday morning and killed three of them. They spent the rest of the day burying the carnage. The donkey that had been put in the pasture as a deterrent to wild dogs was helpless against so many, but escaped injury.

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When Fire Chief Alan Poss died last month, and Darrell Rogers was named the chief to succeed him, Darrell was just the fourth chief in the 92-year history of the Washington Fire Department. The other three chiefs were Hillyer Johnson, Rufus Rider, and Alan Poss. ... You can read about Darrell in a news story by Kip Burke this week, and in a history of the fire department in next week’s edition..

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A group of 25 to 30 teenagers is meeting every Tuesday morning at seven o'clock for prayer before going to school. Led by First Baptist Youth Pastor Chris Townsend, they meet at McDonald’s and have breakfast in the play area before the prayer session. Chris says it’s not just for First Baptist young people, but for anyone interested.

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In preparation for open house at the Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter Sunday afternoon, there will be a work day at the shelter Saturday, October 1. If you can help, it will be appreciated.

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Kohen Wolfe, a junior at Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, has been named to the prestigious Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board. He is the son of Jack and Mary Lois (Akins) Newsome.

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Gas prices have come down a bit. From west to east on U.S. 78 through town, prices are $3.37, $3.44, $3.35, and $3.49.

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Marvin Hudson, our Washington- Wilkes Major League Umpire, will be one of the umpires for the American League play-offs beginning next week.

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Next week is "Spirit Week" in the schools, leading up to homecoming Friday night in Tiger Stadium. Students (and teachers?) are looking forward to all the dress-up days.

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