December 8, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

State legislators at annual breakfast meeting say tough economy is expected to continue

Wilkes County’s state leaders gave their annual rundown of the challenges they will face in the upcoming legislative year at Tuesday morning’s Legislative Breakfast, saying that every challenge is being driven by the continued downturn in More...

Many entries ready for Saturday night’s big Parade of Lights

Organizers for Washington’s 2011 Christmas Parade of Lights, set for Saturday, are getting ready for the biggest Christmas parade in years.  More...

Art students’ work to be displayed

Washington-Wilkes Middle School students (l-r) Mylan Mahoney, Kareema Wingfield, and Noemi Ramirez were honored for their locally-themed artwork by the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. More...

Washington man arrested for break-ins at two East Robert Toombs gas stations

Washington Police have made an arrest in two break-ins to businesses on East Robert Toombs Avenue last week.  More...

Washington’s Bi-Lo will celebrate ‘12 Days of Christmas’ with events

Starting next week, Washington’s Bi-Lo Supermarket is celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with community performances, giveaways, and visits from Santa.  More...

Karen’s Affordable Flowers opens

Surrounded by Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce members, owner Karen Godwin of Karen’s Affordable Flowers cuts the ceremonial ribbon marking the grand opening of her business. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Help needed for Dec. 22 ‘Cat’

I need the help of our readers for the December 22 issue of this column. I would like to write about your memories of Christmases past. More...

Opinions

Somewhere in the former Soviet Union I’m in KGB files as being the next 007

I haven’t told many people this, but in the files of the old Soviet Union’s KGB, I am on record as being an American spy, a CIA agent posing as a journalist. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Forbidden Island

By TOM POLAND

Tom Poland, a Southern writer (in fact, he is a native of Lincolnton and a regular columnist in The Lincoln Journal), has chosen to base his novel on a mythical island he calls Georgialina. More...

Obituaries

Lucinda Cullars

Funeral services for Lucinda Cullars, 84, of Washington were held Saturday, December 3, 2011, at the Gibson Grove Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Lance Pitts officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. She died Sunday, November 27.  More...

James Norman

Funeral services for James Norman, 73, of Tignall were held Sunday, December 4, 2011, at the Reeves Chapel Baptist Church, Tignall, with Rev. Michael W. Gresham and Rev. Marilyn Smith officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Frankie Wood

Frankie Wood, 57, of Tignall, died Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Lake Crossing Nursing Home. No services are planned at this time.  Mr. Wood was born in Mecklinburg, N.C., on December 4, 1953. More...

Personalities

New Beginnings

DeLaine Joyce Steenson   More...

Trey Blackmon celebrates fifth birthday Nov. 15

Trey Blackmon, son of Becky and Bubba Blackmon, was five years old on November 15 and celebrated on several occasions.  More...

Amy Wheatley guest of honor at baby shower November 6

Amy Wheatley was guest of honor at a baby shower on Sunday afternoon, November 6, at the home of Beth Lamar. Hostesses for the shower were Mrs. Lamar and her mother, Claunette Morgan.  More...

Christmas Tour of Homes weekend brings annual peak of holiday events for visitors

Holiday activities in Washington- Wilkes will peak this weekend with the 2011 Washington-Wilkes Christmas Tour of Homes, as visitors and residents alike visit homes decorated for the season and enjoy a variety of holiday activities including shopping More...

Washington’s $19 million budget expected to be voted on in Monday’s council meeting

After hearing public input on the budget Monday morning, the Washington City Council is expected to pass the proposed nearly $19 million city budget at its upcoming meeting Monday night, December 12.  More than a dozen citizens attended the hear More...

Athens Highway curve claims another truck

The driver of this Lawrenceville-based carwash supply company truck was lucky to escape with minor injuries after the heavy-duty truck left the road Friday afternoon and flipped. More...

Children to present ‘The Legend of the Christmas King’

The First Baptist Church Children’s Choir will present “The Legend of the Christmas King,” a musical written by Ruth Elaine Schram and Dennis Scott, and directed by Ann Tiller.  “This is a delightful story of the ‘f More...

Sons of American Revolution begin events leading up to observance at Kettle Creek

Last weekend the Samuel Elbert and Washington-Wilkes Chapters of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution opened the annual historical events of Wilkes County’s participation in the nation’s road to freedom. More...

Native Lincoln writer Tom Poland to speak at Mary Willis Library

Lincolnton native Tom Poland will sign books Saturday, December 10, at the Mary Willis Library in Washington from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

News

Owen receives highest honor from W-W Chapter of SAR

The Washington-Wilkes Chapter Sons of the American Revolution bestowed the chapter’s highest award, the “Daughter of Liberty Medal,” on Kettle Creek DAR member Jane Owen. More...

Kiwanis Club awards jackets to top academicians

Ten Washington-Wilkes High School juniors were honored by the Washington Kiwanis Club in its annual presentation of academic jackets awarded to the top merit scholars in the rising senior class. More...

Optimist Club projects net over $6,000 for the benefit of local youth programs

During its recently-completed club year, the Washington Optimist Club contributed more than $6,000 for the benefit of local young people, according to an announcement made by club president Kyle Brown.  More...

Letters

Blood drives net 60 donors here; 75+ needed in Feb.

TO THE EDITOR:   The community blood drives held in Wilkes County on November 7 were successful, bringing in a total of 60 donors.  The need for blood is so dire that we would like to have at least 75 donors in the February drive.  More...

Sports

Tiger basketball team splits season’s first two, will continue on Friday

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers opened their 2011-2012 season last week at Grovetown and suffered a disappointing 29-71 loss to the AAA team. But on Friday, December 2, they bounced back at home to defeat Calhoun Falls 47-44. More...

Tigers place in wrestling tournament

W-W Tiger David Martin (right) was a perfect undefeated 4-0 at the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament held in Hiawassee, Georgia, last weekend where he took the first place trophy in the 182-l More...

Blakey wins shotgun in SOWF benefit

Jeff Blakey (left) was the winner of a Remington Model 1100 Classic Trap Shotgun in a drawing held as a fundraiser for the inaugural sporting clays shoot to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fou More...

Worship

Say ‘Yes’ to God’s call this Christmas season

We never know when God’s call might come to us, but when that happens we must respond positively. The only appropriate answer is yes. As God’s people we must obey the revealed will of God and commit ourselves to service. More...

‘God is With Us’ music program set at First Baptist December 18

The Senior Choir of the First Baptist Church of Washington will present “God Is With Us, a Festival of Carols and Classics” by Tom Fettke, on Sunday evening, December 18, at 6:30 p.m.  The program will be directed by Patricia B. More...

Live drive-through nativity returns to Thomson

It’s a sight motorists along a stretch of the Warrenton Highway in Thomson have grown accustomed to seeing each year at this time. The front of an old warehouse is transformed into an ancient inn. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Church of the Lord Jesus, 279 Springfield Road, Union Point, will have a musical extravaganza program Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m. More...