2012-05-31 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Blood drive sees 21 new donors

We have two principals in the Wilkes County school system who are retiring this year. Steve Echols has been principal of Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School for the past five years, and before that, he served as assistant principal for three years. Steve has taught in Wilkes County schools for 28 years, including middle school and high school math and social studies. He says he will retire to do some family things he needs to do and that he has children here and there and wants to be able to “go see them whenever he can.” I think that’s great and I wish him well. … Wanda Barton Jenkins is retiring as principal of the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School. I’m sorry that I was unable to get any information about Wanda, but will try again for next week.

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As guest speaker for the “now famous” reunion of the high school classes of the 1950s, Mayor Ames Barnett included some significant facts about Washington-Wilkes. The nationwide polio epidemic was at its peak with 58,000 cases in 1952, before the Salk vaccine was introduced in 1955. … Gas was 20 cents per gallon. … In 1952, there were eight automobile dealers, selling everything from Ford and Chevrolet to Buick and Studebaker. … The Lions Club carnival was a huge community event for the whole decade. … You could buy your clothes at W.T. Johnson, Belk-Gallant, Blackmons, The Little Shop, or W. Frank Lee. … Wilkes Theater and an open air drive-in were popular. … Industries included Pet Milk, Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Almar, Royal, and Russell Transfer. … W.A. Slaton was mayor followed in 1954 by Ed Pope. … The Wilkes County Courthouse was heavily damaged by fire on Christmas Eve in 1957. … Washington High School became Washington-Wilkes High School in 1957.

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Eleanor Blackmon reports that the Community Blood Drive on May 17 brought 21 new donors who contributed in honor of CJ Rogers, an elementary school student who has cancer. The Wills Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary which conducts the blood drive in conjunction with Shepeard Community Blood Center, hopes that these 21 will become regular donors.

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Sonny Johnson says that Tyrone didn’t get any rain the past week, and that he has recorded just 13 inches for this year. Norris Ware also reports no rain for his area. We’re all hoping that tropical storm Beryl is going to bring us some rain, but as of now (Monday afternoon), it’s doubtful. Bill Cannon on Tybee Island reports that the island has had some high waves and high winds, but very little rain. (Later Monday afternoon: The rain has arrived. We’ll see how much we get.)

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Individual photographs of each W-WCHS graduates receiving his diploma are available free of charge from Mercer Harris Photograpy. All you have to do is ask.

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The sign at May Sally’s Diner says, “Grand Re-opening June 4. New Ownership.”

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Misha Boyd of Washington- Wilkes has received the University of Georgia’s Outstanding Advisor Award for her work in the Odum School of Ecology’s Advising Office where she advises approximately 170 students each semester. She received a cash award and plaque during honors week at the university. Misha is the daughter of Gail Boyd Bush.

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Callaway Plantation has an updated listing on Brown’s Guide to Georgia, the largest, fastest growing, and prestigious portal website for the Georgia travel and recreation industry. You can find it at www.brown’s guide.com.

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Other Wilkes County related students have also done well in graduation exercises this year. Griffin Randall, son of Joe Randall of Atlanta and grandson of Jo and Buzzy Randall of Washington-Wilkes, was named salutatorian of his graduating class last week. … Anne Griffin Patterson, another student whose parents and grandparents are Wilkes Countians, graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College in Spartanburg last week. Her mother is Katherine Callaway Patterson, and her grandparents are the late Henrietta and Bobby Callaway, all of Wilkes County. Dr. Steve Patterson is her dad.

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Dixon Caddell has acquired a new goat for his growing number of goats for his 4-H project. Dixon and his family went to Tifton last week to get this show goat to add to the three other goats he has had for several years. As of Monday, this important addition to the family had not been named. Dixon is the son of Billy and Rosemary Caddell, and grandson of Jim and Shelby Caddell and Roger and Vivian Walker. Dixon’s dream is to be a veterinarian. I remember when Lizzie Newsome Holmes was a little girl and aspired to be a veterinarian. She also had goats for a 4-H project and got her goats from Bill and Linda Hopkins. She is now a practicing DVM having earned her degree at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Summer Drama Camp is underway at The Bolton Lunceford Playhouse on North Alexander Avenue, with final shows set for June 22-24. Libby Foster and April Shelton are directors. … Rehearsals have been underway for about a month now for Smoke On the Mountain, the next production of the Washington Little Theater Co. The shows will be presented July 26-29 with Jo Randall directing.

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Wilkes County Tourism Director Erin Pollock reports 292 visitors to Washington-Wilkes during May.

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Do you ever hear any of the mourning doves that we have in our town? They are all over the downtown area and sit high up in a tree or on a high post – even on the telephone tower. Some folks think they are morning (like this morning) doves, but they are mourning doves because of the mournful calls they make. They are especially plentiful down South Alexander Avenue. At first I thought they were owls that had not called it a night and were still out hunting. But then I found out they were not. There is a pair of them in my yard and I enjoy listening to them late in the evening even though it is a mournful sound. … Add three toads and a raccoon to my animal menagerie. I had always called a toad a toad-frog, but my dictionary says it’s a frog-like land animal. I had noticed about a fiveinch hole at the bottom of my steps and it looked as if it might be the head of a tunnel. Then one day I saw the toad looking at me, and later, two smaller toads hopped out.

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Vickie Davidson, Coach Charlie’s wife, called to say how much she enjoyed the 1950s reunion last week. She said she especially remembered riding on the school bus with the cheerleaders in those winning days of Washington High School and how they would let the windows down as they went through small towns and give their favorite cheer which was “We’re from Washington-Wilkes, etc.”

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There are still two bags of Washington Rotary Club Vidalia onions (one regular and one jumbo) available at The News-Reporter office. They may be the last ones in town so if you missed getting your onions this year, come get them now.

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It was very nice to see all the flags back on The Square for the Memorial Day observance.

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