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‘SquareCrows’ contest plus ‘Shop W-W Day’ should tap Mule Day tourists’ pockets

In an effort to boost shopping in downtown Washington, the Washington Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is holding a “SquareCrow” contest and a “Shop Washington- Wilkes Day” in conjunction with Mule Day in October.  More...

32nd Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival set with more of everything visitors enjoy

The 32nd annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival set for Saturday, October 13, is expected to be the best festival in years, organizers say, with more of everything that makes the annual event draw thousands of visitors every year to Callaway Plan More...

More patrons join Foundation board

Kim Gunby, Wills Memorial Hospital’s rehabilitation services department manager, places a patron’s plaque on the Wills Memorial Foundation Patron Board, which is located in the new hospit More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Early deadlines again next week

I n The Office Cat column on August 9, I stated that “Ruth Frasier will be opening a business in Washington ... More details later.” I had checked with an attorney to make sure that was correct.  More...

Opinions

I now have the burden and the honor of my family’s family tree documents

I just received both an extraordinary gift and a tremendous burden during a visit with my family last week in Maryland. More...

Book Review

The Fires of Vesuvius

Vesuvius and Pompeii have a magical sound today. A lost city, found years later under a layer of ash -- what was it like before the volcano exploded? More...

My 98-year-old mother is still a good neighbor indeed

My mother is 98 years old and has a clear mind but limited mobility. We have round-the-clock-care for her in the northwest corner of Johnson County in a community known as Buckeye.  More...

Obituaries

William S. Murray

Funeral services for William S. Murray, 76, of Washington, were held Friday, August 17, at 11 a.m. at City West Cemetery with Rev. Demetrice Porter officiating.  Mr. Murray died August 12 at Heritage Healthcare of Wilkes. More...

Jacque P. Clary

A memorial service for Jacque P. Clary, 56, was held Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Augusta with Rev. Greg Porterfield officiating. She died Wednesday, August 15.   More...

Personalities

Jaclyn Michelle Fortson to marry Mareo Othell Alexander December 21

Fran and Mike Fortson of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn Michelle, to Mareo Othell Alexander of Houston, Tex., son of Barbara and Melville Alexander of Pooler and Tony Pettiford of Maryland.  Miss Fortson is the gran More...

Molly Dawson enjoys fourth birthday parties with family and friends

Molly Dawson, daughter of Brooke and Myles Dawson of Tignall, was four years old on July 24 and was treated to two celebrations.  On Saturday July 21, Molly celebrated with family and friends with a monkey party at the Tignall Baptist Church Da More...

OLLI to begin fall session with Registration Tea on August 28

The Washington Chapter of OLLI @ UGA will begin its fall session with a Registration Tea on Tuesday, August 28, from 3 - 5 p.m. More...

New federal school lunch food limits make minimum meat the maximum

At Monday night’s regular August board meeting, the Wilkes County Board of Education heard and saw details of the new USDA school lunch program that has brought complaints from some middle and high school students about the amount of food being More...

Renovations progressing at W-W Career Center site

Construction crews are well along on the renovations which will turn the former St. Joseph’s Academy on Lexington Avenue into the new Washington-Wilkes Career Center Athens Tech Campus.  More...

The Fall Cruise-In on The Square is Saturday, Sept. 1

The Memory Lane Cruisers Fall Cruise-In will have an evening of old cars, food, and family fun Saturday, September 1, from 5-8 p.m. on The Square in downtown Washington. More...

Wilkes County’s ‘pristine’ Kettle Creek site gets state, federal grant money to develop

Calling the Wilkes County battle site at Kettle Creek “the most pristine Revolutionary War site left in the United States,” a new advisory committee met recently to kick off a study to formulate a land use plan for the site.  More...

News

Survivor talks about prostate cancer

Capt. Gary Edwards, USN (Ret.) a former commanding officer of the USS Alaska, spoke to the Washington Kiwanis Club about his history as a prostate cancer survivor. More...

‘Living Proof Live’ simulcast slated at FUMC on Sept. 15

Best-selling author and nationally acclaimed Bible teacher Beth Moore will be featured in her “life changing” teaching and worship event, “Living Proof Live,” for women across the world through a global simulcast event on Satu More...

Where in the world is TheNews-Reporter...

... on the African equator

Shirley Barksdale Wynn traveled with The News-Reporter to Nairobi and to Kisumu, Kenya, and is shown standing at the mark of the equator located in the Maseno District northeast of Kisumu. More...

Letters

Beware of anything that’s labeled ‘free’

TO THE EDITOR:   What is “Free?” Can anyone tell me another definition besides a gift freely given? Is there anyone who believes a “free gift” has been paid for by someone? Think about it.  More...

Sports

Lady Tigers beat Thomson twice but lose 10-1 in first region game

In action during the past week the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tiger softball team went 2-1, dropping the first region game of the year but getting a pair of wins over the Thomson Lady Bulldogs.  On Tuesday, August 14, the ladies lost to Union County More...

Dove season opens on Sept. 1 with lots of WMA hunts slated

The long-awaited opening day of the statewide dove season traditionally is considered the beginning of the fall hunting season. More...

Worship

Jesus’ main purpose as He walks God’s chosen path of grace

Luke 5:27 says, “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.”  Jesus wants all of mankind to join Him on God’s Chosen Path of Grace. More...

Grieving the loss of a good friend requires no less than that of family

If you have recently lost a close friend, there is a hole that lies at the center of your universe. The death of a close friend leaves an aching emptiness that will not go away, it cannot be avoided or ignored. More...

Extravaganza set for lots of gospel music on Sept. 8

Churches from all over Wilkes County and surrounding communities are expected to participate in a Countywide Gospel Music Extravaganza on The Square in Washington Saturday, September 8, at 6 p.m.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Twin Oak Baptist Church will hold its homecoming service at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 26. The public is invited.  .  More...