2012-09-06 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Tiger history book available Sat.

A SquareCrows contest and promotion will get the Fall holiday season off to an early start to promote “Shop Washington-Wilkes Day” in conjunction with Mule Day in October. That’s SQUARECrows – not SCARECrows. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, individuals, businesses, clubs, and any other interested group are asked to make scarecrows to be placed around The Square and along Robert Toombs Avenue to attract local people and visitors to the area. There will be three prizes given, so get busy with your individual and unique ideas for SquareCrows. l

Skeet Willingham’s new book, From Terrors to Tigers: The Story of Wilkes County Football, will be available this weekend and there is a book signing event planned at Farmers Furniture on Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Skeet will also be signing books at Tracy’s Clothes Line on The Square on September 22. The book is full of good football stories, lots of pictures going all the way back to the 1920s, and tons of statistics. l

Somebody commented last week that while reading The News- Reporter that week she felt like she might be in the big city instead of quiet little ole Washington-Wilkes. There were arrests and seizures of cocaine, marijuana, and guns; burglars sentenced to state prison; convicted drug dealers sentenced to long probation sentences (not enough); and a long roundup of arrests by Wilkes County law enforcement officers. … In the roundup I noted 15 arrests for persons in their 20s; seven in their 30s; seven in their 40s; three over 50; and two under 20. l

For “nigh unto 50 years” (a favorite saying of my Grandpa Rider), I have assumed that Pope Street begins at the corner of The News-Reporter building on West Robert Toombs Avenue, crosses Liberty Street at Poplar Corner (Pope house); takes a slight curve at the bottom of the hill and connects with Garland Avenue, the street just west of the old Wilkes Mill and Feed Co. building. Now I hear that it is supposed to keep going straight at the bottom of the hill and connect with Gordon Street (the street in front of the hospital.) But right now, that’s a wilderness area. While surveying some land in preparation for possible development, workers found an unmarked grave in the area. There is “speculation” that it may be the grave of a very old famous Wilkes County resident from many, many years ago. It was impossible to find anyone connected with the project over the holiday weekend so that I could get the facts. … In a group conversation, I did learn that local Boy Scouts of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, who spent a good bit of time at the old “Scout Hut” at the end of Springdale Park which joins the area, knew about a grave in the woods behind the hut. (Leave it to a bunch of curious little boys.) I’m looking forward to the mystery being solved. l

Tonight (Thursday, September 6,) is the time to find out all you want to know about the Washington Police Department. A policecitizens forum will be held at the Pope Center at 6:30 p.m. The forum is being held as the result of a conversation between Washington Police Chief Theodosia Glenn and Councilman Nate Cullars at the August city council meeting. l

Gas prices, west to east through Washington as of Tuesday morning were $3.74, $3.71, $3.74, $3.72, and $3.74. l

“Isaac” didn’t cooperate. The only rain reported for the whole week was .2 of an inch in Aonia; and I also got .2 of an inch. l

It was good to hear the familiar voices of our W-WCHS Tiger football commentators on the radio for the first Tiger game of the season. Tom Duggan is the lead announcer with Jeff Warrenfells as the “color man.” Scott Lewis is on the sidelines; and Phil Tanner is back in his play-by-play calling of the game for fans in Tiger Stadium. If you can’t go to the game, tune them in on WLOV Radio Friday night when the Tigers play the Red Devils of Lincoln County. l

The ribbon cutting for the “regenerated” Wills Memorial Hospital will be held Saturday, September 8, 3-5 p.m. Prior to that the hospital’s Community Health Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gordon Street lobby of the hospital. Check related articles in this week’s paper to get the details. l

Clara Sutton’s Gospel Singing Extravaganza is scheduled on The Square Saturday, September 8, beginning at 6 p.m. l

From Melton Paschall’s collection of “Children Are Quick:” The teacher asked a student, “Why are you late?” His reply was, “Because class started before I got here.” … The teacher asked Winnie to name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago. Winnie’s reply was “Me.” … The teacher asked Glenn “How do you spell ‘crocodile?” Glenn’s answer was “KROKODIAL.” “That’s wrong,” said the teacher. “Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it,” Glenn said. … The teacher told Clyde, “Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s composition. Did you copy his?” “No sir,” said Clyde. “It’s the same dog.” l

The Lions Club will have one of its famous barbecued chicken dinners available Saturday morning, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price is $7 per plate, take-out or eat-in. Call Mary Hubbard at 706-678-2422 to reserve your plates. There may be some plates available Saturday morning by calling 706- 678-2951.

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