February 16, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

New Washington mayor appoints blue-ribbon panel

The Washington City Council met Monday night in the first full meeting with Mayor Ames M. More...

First ballots cast as early voting begins for ‘Super Tuesday,’ school SPLOST election

The first 11 voters cast their ballots Monday as early in-person voting started for Georgia’s March 6 “Super Tuesday” Presidential Preference Primary and for the renewal of the Wilkes school construction SPLOST.  More...

Celebrating Revolutionary Days at the library

Dressed in Revolutionary War-era attire, re-enactors Alaina Weber, Phoenix Crowe, Elias Gold, Anna Ezzell, and Lillie Crowe told the story of Georgia frontier woman Nancy Hart, who defended her cabin More...

Miss Wilkes Pageant entry deadline is this Friday, February 17, at 6 p.m.

This Friday, February 17, is the deadline to enter the fifth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant, set for Saturday, February 25, at 6 p.m.  Entry applications are online at MissWilkesCountyPageant.com or may be picked up at the Washington-Wilkes C More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

A new debut on the Spring Tour

A letter that came this week from Jean Newsome Casey who was born in Washington and lived here until she married James Casey and went to live in Polk County (Cedartown,) gives several interesting items. More...

Opinions

One Tiger’s college signing ceremony can give wings to the dreams of many

I wanted to use my column this week to tell everybody about a fine thing that happened recently, something that could have a lasting impact on our young people.  More...

Book Review

Nine Lives

William Dalrymple is a writer-historian who has traveled widely in Asia and the Middle East.  More...

There’s nothing in the world better than peas and pear relish

Serendipity is when you get a surprise package at your front door that links you to your past. More...

Obituaries

Camilla Polito Scott

Funeral services for Camilla Polito Scott of Madison, formerly of Washington, were held Sunday, February 12, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr. officiating. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington. More...

Lawrence Allen Thornton

Graveside services for Lawrence Allen Thornton, 82, of Washington, were held Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr. officiating. More...

Jack Morgan Thurmond

Graveside services for Jack Morgan Thurmond of Berkshire Drive, Washington, were held Monday, February 13, 2012, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington. He died Friday, February 10, at his home.  More...

Personalities

Students learn about Colonial times

The fourth grade students of Fowler Drive Elementary School in Athens visited Callaway Plantation on Friday, February 10.  More...

Showing off their new toothbrushes

In honor of February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, Angie Thornton RDH and Donna Osborne, from the office of Dr. More...

Jessica Danielle Fant to marry Robert Tyler Blount on May 12

Mr. and Mrs. Monty Chris Fant of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Danielle, to Robert Tyler Blount of Lincolnton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayden Blount, also of Lincolnton.  More...

Thousands of Tough Mudders challenge mud, ice water, wind

The thousands of extreme adventure challengers who came to Wilkes County for Tough Mudder Georgia over the weekend faced one big obstacle that wasn’t on the map of the 11-mile, 25-obstacle extreme challenge: a strong arctic wind that never quit More...

Commissioners hear concerns of dogs running loose in county

Reports of dogs running at large in the Jackson Heights subdivision and also in other parts of the county, prompted the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners to review and explain the county’s Animal Control Ordinance, pointing out what avenues More...

Wills Memorial donates art supplies

Showing off new art supplies donated by Wills Memorial Hospital are (l-r:) Dylan Smith, Cameron Bowen, Alma Gonzalez, Taija Briscoe, Jesus Zuniga-Angel, Serenity Bentley, (back) WMH Community Relatio More...

The Great Emu Chase ends peacefully

Sheriff Mark Moore, along with deputies and Washington Police officers, worked to keep a stray emu from getting back into traffic on the Sam McGill Parkway last Thursday. More...

Wilkes STAR student to be honored at annual Chamber dinner tonight

The Wilkes County STAR Student and teacher will be honored Thursday night at the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.  More...

Musket salute caps solemn observance of Kettle Creek battle

Re-enactors fire a musket salute at the end of Saturday’s Battleground Memorial Ceremony at the War Hill Monument atop Kettle Creek Battleground. More...

News

W-WMS CORNER

FBLA is ‘Chapter of the Year;’ school will be closed on Feb. 20

Academic news for Washington-Wilkes Middle School includes that progress reports went home on February 8 and parent conferences were held on February 9. The third nine-weeks report cards are scheduled to go home on March 14.  More...

Wilkes’ top speller wins with chocolate, tornado

Tyresius Cross, a fifth grader at Washington-Wilkes Elementary School, is the winner of the 2012 Wilkes County Spelling Bee. Tyresius competed against nine other students in grades four through eight. More...

Black History Program set for Mt. Carmel this Sunday, 3 p.m.

The annual Doris Booker Black History Program will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. More...

Letters

Who’s really paying the tax - part two

TO THE EDITOR:

Now before anyone gets their pantyhose in a knot, all I want you to do is to consider what I am saying. This country is built upon the premise that in order to grow we must challenge ourselves and each and everything that we are confronted with. More...

Sports

Tiger wrestlers qualify for state competition

Senior W-W Tiger wrestler David Martin (182 lbs.) won the East championship at Area Individuals last week and qualified for the state tournament to be held at the Gwinnett Arena this Friday and Satur More...

Tigers’ only seniors secure win to close season

The W-W Tiger boys basketball team bounced bach from a long drought to knock out the sub-region’s No. More...

TOUGH MUDDER

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Worship

UNSUNG HERO OF WILKES COUNTY – A BLACK REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO – AUSTIN DABNEY (1765-1830)

No soldier was braver than this distinguished, loyal patriot

Wilkes County is celebrating the victory by the Georgia Militia over the British military forces during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) at the Battle of Kettle Creek. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 214 E. Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington, will hold its traditional pancake supper at 6:30 p.m. More...