October 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Property tax bills to go out soon; county nearing normal bill cycle

Wilkes County property tax bills should go out early in November, only a few weeks later than the expected date of October 20, the county tax commissioner says.  More...

SquareCrows fill downtown with whimsical fall displays to help increase shopping

As planned, downtown Washington was packed Saturday with shoppers attracted by a bunch of funny-looking scarecrows.  More...

Fall ArtFest to celebrate folk quilt makers from Gee’s Bend

This year’s Fall ArtFest, November 2-4, put on by the Washington- Wilkes Arts Foundation, will celebrate African-American folk art from Alabama, including the quilts of the Gee’s Bend Collective, and the folk sculptures of Lonnie Holley, More...

First 100 Wilkes voters cast ballots as early voting starts for president

More than 100 Wilkes County voters cast the first ballots for president Monday as early in-person voting for the November 6 general election began in the registrar’s office in Room 113 in the Wilkes County courthouse.  The period of in-per More...

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The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Lots of events, looking ahead

There were many interesting things at Mule Day at Callaway Plantation Saturday. More...

Opinions

Silly bunch of SquareCrows around town may bring more shoppers, jobs to Wilkes

I was really happy Saturday to see Washington jammed with shoppers, crowds of folks from near and far, and all spending money. More...

Book Review

House of the Hunted

Suspense novels come in assorted styles. This reviewer is not fond of the violent ones, and will not read of children or animals in jeopardy. However, a likeable protagonist in danger and an uncertain outcome appeal to most of us.  More...

Practicing the fine art of fly fishing in north Georgia

BLUE RIDGE -- It is always good to return to this mountain community where tourists like to hang out. More...

Obituaries

Lounelle Lindsey Austin

A memorial service for Lounelle Lindsey Austin, 90, of Washington, will be held Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m. at Fishing Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Cates officiating. Interment of the remains will be in the church cemetery. More...

Betty Jean Harden Hampton

Funeral services for Betty Jean Harden (Polly) Hampton, 56, of Wilkes County, were held Saturday, October 13, at 2 p.m., at White Rock Baptist Church in Rayle with Rev. G.L Avery and Rev. Matthew Harden officiating. More...

Hiawatha Davis

Funeral services for Hiawatha Davis, 78, were held Saturday, October 13, at Greater Level Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Samuel Duggan officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Kayden David enjoys Dora the Explorer party for second birthday

Kayden David, daughter of Lakisha Hulin of Atlanta and Kyle David of Morgan Hill, Calif., celebrated her second birthday October 6 with a Dora party at the Tignall home of her grandparents, Vivian and Jule Hulin. More...

Brittany Elizabeth Armour, James Brandon Wheatley exchange wedding vows September 22 in Charleston

Brittany Elizabeth Armour and Captain James Brandon Wheatley of Charleston, S.C., exchanged wedding vows in an impressive double-ring ceremony on Saturday, September 22, at six o’clock in the evening in the octagonal garden of historic Middleto More...

Iris Garden Club meets at FUMC for monthly meeting October 9

The Iris Garden Club met in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 9.  Prior to the business meeting, members were served delicious refreshments by the hostesses, Laura Toburen, Betsy Wagner, Elizabeth Crabbe, and Anna More...

Commissioners avoid property tax hike with new excise tax for manufacturers

To avoid a direct loss of revenue resulting from a new state sales tax exemption, the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners voted to institute a local excise tax on the sale, use, storage, or consumption of energy by manufacturers. More...

Big crowds fill Mule Day Saturday as festival improvements kick in

If the crowds packing Callaway Plantation Saturday were any indication, the 32nd annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival was a big success.  More...

School board approves tentative budget that won’t increase 2012 property taxes

The Wilkes County Board of Education has proposed a tentative budget that will require no increase in the property tax millage rate, and board members agreed to have the tax digest published immediately so that tax bills could go out early in Novembe More...

Speech pathologist Beth Conard named new Wilkes County Teacher of the Year

The Washington-Wilkes Primary School’s Teacher of the Year, speech-language pathologist Beth Conard, has been named the Wilkes County Teacher of the Year for 2014.  More...

Local visitors invited to explore the dark night sky at Deerlick astronomy village open house Friday

After some 100 astronomers gathered last week at the Peach State Star Gaze, the public is invited to explore the night sky at a special open house at the Deerlick Astronomy Village Friday night, October 19, from 6 to 11 o’clock.  More...

W-W Tiger Homecoming 2012

Washington-Wilkes senior Ivy Safrit was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at Tiger Stadium last Friday night, October 12. More...

News

Police chief says dept. should reflect ‘great community’

The City of Washington Police Department is “committed to fairness and dedicated to protecting the rights of all the people,” according to Chief Theodosia Glenn, who spoke to the Washington Rotary Club about her job and the city’s p More...

Four attend Georgia Youth Summit learn about community leadership

Wilkes County young people Tabatha Welch, Wishah Aamir, Brooke Standard, and Erin Wilson attended the sixth biennial Georgia Youth Summit, a program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia 4-H.  More...

W-WMS Corner

Football season ends today; FBLA has donuts for sale

The W-WMS football team will be wrapping up its season today in the game against Cedar Shoals. The game is at 5:00 at Tiger Stadium. We would like to commend our boys for a well-played season, and are proud of the growth they made. More...

Sports

Tigers restore confidence in bounce-back win over Greene

A total of seven touchdowns were scored by the Washington-Wilkes Tigers against Greene County last Friday night and senior running back Jalen Turner scored five of them.  More...

Lady Tigers whip Region 5’s top seed and advance to second round of play

After a tough loss in the opening game of the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers’ first-round playoff series, a dramatic second-game extra-inning finish led to the girls’ eventual upset of the Bowdon Red Devils and advanced them to round two a More...

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Worship

Being worthy to step out on God’s chosen path of grace

As we travel God’s chosen path of grace, what makes us worthy of being followers of Jesus?  When Jesus entered Capernaum he found an opportunity to answer that question. More...

If only someone understood ... reaching out can help provide a new perspective

During one bereavement group, I was having a discussion about when we think about our loved one who died. A lady who recently lost her husband said that the moment she wakes up she thinks about him. More...

Country cooking supper set Oct. 20 at Fishing Creek

The Christian Service Organization will sponsor a country cooking supper at Fishing Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, October 20.  All the food is prepared by church members and friends and is guaranteed to be good, Rev. Roy Cates says. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Wilkes County Board of Education will hold a called meeting at the Wilkes County Board of Education, 313-A North Alexander Avenue, on Thursday, November 1, at 11:30 a.m. More...