January 26, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

City leaders network with state counterparts at GMA

Mayor Ames M. Barnett and his wife, Ashley, and three councilmen represented the city of Washington over the weekend in meetings with leaders of MEAG during Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Mayors Day in Atlanta.  More...

Super Tuesday absentee ballots available; early voting set to run Feb. 13 - March 2

Absentee ballots are available this week for the March 6 “Super Tuesday” Presidential Preference Primary, and the Wilkes County Voter Registrar has set early voting dates and deadlines for new voters to register. More...

Revolutionary heroes invite school kids to learn history with Kettle Creek posters

To help make Washington’s upcoming Revolutionary Days celebration a living opportunity to learn local history, students in Wilkes County schools will be creating graphic-novel-style posters based on what they’ve learned about the Revoluti More...

Entries sought for Miss Wilkes County pageant set for Saturday evening, Feb. 25, at W-WCHS

Entries are now coming in for the fifth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant, set for Saturday, February 25, at 6 p.m. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 17. More...

DaVita donates to T.J. and Friends

  DaVita Washington Dialysis presents a $2,000 check to T.J. and Friends Foundation. On hand for the presentation were (l-r) Dr. B.N. Kuppuswamy, DaVita medical director; William Johnson, T.J. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Read this and be happier

Washington is featured in the Georgia Living section of the February issue of Southern Living magazine. There are two full-color pages about visiting Washington-Wilkes, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do. More...

Opinions

Will our leaders ever serve the people over lobbyists and special interests?

The fight last week over our national legislators’ attempt to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act was a great example of the American people rising up and actively stopping their lawmakers from doing the wrong thing.  More...

Book Review

At the Edge of the Precipice

Restless as we are currently, over the dithering and animosity in the Congress of the United States, it’s oddly comforting to read about the difficulties of the past.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Obituaries

Maude Alice Griffith

Graveside services for Maude Alice Griffith, 99, of Washington were held Friday, December 30, 2011, in the Carter’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. She died Tuesday, December 27, 2011. More...

Lela Mae Heard Chenault

Funeral services for Lela Mae Heard Chenault, 94, of Tignall were held Friday, January 20, 2011, at the Shady Grove Baptist Church, Tignall, with Rev. Ricky C. Lockhart officiating. She died Sunday, January 15. More...

Larry Barksdale

Funeral services for Larry Barksdale, 56, of Wilkes County were held Sunday, January 22, 2012, at the Reeves Chapel Baptist Church, Tignall, with Rev. Michael Gresham, pastor, and Rev. Jesse W. Johnson Jr., Eulogist. He died Wednesday, January 18. More...

Personalities

Marvin Goldman honored by Hospital Auxiliary January 10

Retired Wills Memorial Hospital CEO Marvin Goldman was honored by the WMH Auxiliary at its meeting Tuesday afternoon, January 10, in the hospital café.  More...

Willingham presents program on War of 1812 at DAR meeting

Robert (Skeet) Willingham, local author and historian, was guest speaker at the Kettle Creek Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, Monday, January 17, at the Washington Woman’s Club.  More...

Jessie Bruce Collins marries Adam Michael Wood Dec. 23

Jessie Bruce Collins of Watkinsville and Adam Michael Wood of Nicholson exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Friday, December 23, at Watkinsville United Methodist Church in Watkinsville. The bridegroom’s uncle, Rev. More...

Wilkes public safety leaders fine-tune local preparations for Tough Mudder

Representatives from the Tough Mudder Georgia extreme obstacle challenge met with leaders of Wilkes County’s public services last week to finalize details of the local support needed to host the event. More...

Tiger teams stay in GHSA as split fails to materialize

What seemed like a revolution to take small public schools out of the Georgia High School Association’s sports program has largely fallen apart, at least as far as Washington- Wilkes is concerned.  More...

Lightning strike may have caused fire that destroyed Rayle home Saturday

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire just beyond Rayle Saturday afternoon during a heavy thunderstorm, but were unable to save the home, which was unoccupied at the time.  More...

Teen survives Highway 78 rollover crash with just a scratch

  Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brent Marxsen talks with Jordan Ryan Harper, 17, of Columbia County, after Harper lost control of his Ford Explorer and crashed on the Thomson Highway near Aonia last Friday. More...

Gala on Jan. 28 might attract ‘celebrities’

  “Sonny and Cher” (Skeet Willingham and Ginny King) were present last year for the 2010 STARZ awards at the Washington Little Theater Co. More...

News

Weather program set at primary school

First graders at Washington-Wilkes Primary School are preparing for the annual “Wild about Weather” program to be presented on Friday, February 3, at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria. More...

‘Chocolati Literati’ is annual meeting theme as Friends of Library host ‘Southern Scratch’

The Friends of the Mary Willis Library (FOL) will have its annual membership meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, in the meeting room of the library. More...

Kindergarten ‘centenarians’ celebrate

Amanda Hogan’s kindergarten class enjoyed fun, educational activities and learned all about the number 100 on the 100th day of school last week. More...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Who’s really paying the bills in Wilkes County?

It seems that on a pretty regular basis lately I read in The News-Reporter whereas some local government official is telling everyone that some sort of infrastructure improvement in Wilkes County is being paid for with SPLOST and not being paid for b More...

Sports

Tiger wrestlers finish second in CSRA Duals

Brad Jefferson set a new school record, four Tiger wrestlers went undefeated at 5-0, and Washington- Wilkes took a second place finish out of the 10 teams competing at the CSRA Duals Tournament held at W-WCHS last Saturday.  More...

Little League registration is ongoing at Ashley Park

Washington-Wilkes Little League (W-WLL) registration began last week in the upstairs office at Ashley Park. Those interested may register on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 5-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  More...

Soccer registration begins for players ages 5-14 at PRD

Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department soccer registration began on Monday, January 16, for children ages 5-14.  Anyone interested may sign up at the W-WPRD, located at 22 Lexington Avenue, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  A fee o More...

Worship

The Passover celebration according to the Gospel

The time for Passover had come, and the apostles asked Jesus where He wanted them to spread the Passover meal (the seder). He sent two of the them into the city to find a man carrying a pitcher of water. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Two fundraisers for the Villagorda Family are scheduled for the next two weeks. The first is a chicken barbecue on Saturday, January 28, sponsored by friends with pickup at the Young Farmers Building on North Alexander Avenue. More...