December 13, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

State legislators tour new Athens Tech Wilkes Career Center after breakfast

Wilkes County’s legislative leaders and the leadership of Athens Technical College met at the Washington-Wilkes Athens Tech Career Center for a guided tour of the 12,000-square-foot facility now under remodeling.  More...

Car club donates to toy drive

The Memory Lane Cruisers car club held its annual Christmas Dinner at Padgett’s in Washington last week, with special guests Washington Police Chief Theodosia Glenn and son. More...

Lincolnton man, 75, found dead at home is murder, GBI says

Hamp Turner, 75, was murdered at his home on Highway 220 East near Lincolnton, according to Mike Ayers, special agent in charge of the Thomson Office of the GBI.  “A neighbor found Mr. Turner outside his residence and called 911. More...

Celebrate Recovery to start Friday meetings

Frank and Becky Lacy of Celebrate Recovery will have a kick-off meeting at The Sanctuary, 1365 Tignall Road, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 21, and every Friday evening after. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Tired of girls curls

By the time this News- Reporter is printed, it will be just 12 days until Christmas. Churches all over the county will be having special services and everybody will be busy with Christmas projects to help somebody have a better Christmas. More...

Opinions

Thursday night’s Geminid meteor shower is perfect for special time with your kids

This Thursday night we’re in for an evening of shooting stars, if the weather cooperates and if we’ll take the time to sit back and watch. More...

Book Review

The Art of Fielding

One of the joys of the reading life is finding a long, absorbing novel. You want to find out what happens, but you don’t want it to be over because you’re having such a good time. And what will you read tomorrow? More...

South Dakota’s Gov. Mickelson was a public servant

PIERRE, S. D. – It has been almost 20 years since the sitting governor of the state of South Dakota, George S. Mickelson, died in a plane crash on a farm near Dubuque, Iowa.  More...

Sports

Lauren Chafin is selected for All-State honorable mention

Following a statewide meeting of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) to determine who were the best representatives of Class AA for girls softball in the state, four girls from Region 8AA were included on the list and one of those was Lau More...

Tigers named to 8AA All-Region team

An impressive total of six Washington-Wilkes Tigers have been named to the All-Region team in football for 2012. An additional seven players got the nod of honorable mention and one of those was on the list twice.  More...

Tigers have the right stuff just need to play smarter

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger basketball team came up short in three away games for the week but showed a lot of promise for the young cagers. More...

Personalities

Brett Michele Walker to wed John Lee Glenn II on May 4

Mr. and Mrs. Clay Walker of Rayle announce the engagement of their daughter, Brett Michele, of St. Simons Island, to John Lee (Jack) Glenn II, also of St. Simons Island, son of Mr. and Mrs. More...

Xi Delta Tau, Beta Sigma Phi contributes to 2012 ‘Gifts for Children’ campaign drive

Xi Delta Tau Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, donated four bikes and lots of toys on December 7 to the Washington Police Department for the 2012 “Gifts for Children” campaign drive.  The sorority raised the money for this cause during its an More...

FBC Silver Streaks enjoy Gatlinburg trip December 6-8

The Silver Streaks of First Baptist Church and guests enjoyed a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., Thursday until Saturday, December 6-8.  The group stayed at the River Terrace Resort and Convention Center in Gatlinburg.  More...

Tough Mudder extreme challenge to return to Wilkes County in April

Tough Mudder Georgia is coming back to Washington-Wilkes.  Aonia Pass Motocross Park owner Perry Gunter and the national Tough Mudder organization have just announced that the extreme fitness challenge that brought some 6,600 runners to Aonia Pa More...

Christmas Tour of Homes visitors get warm welcome

It was unseasonably warm for last week’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Southern Dinner, allowing visitors to enjoy a number of classic old Washington-Wilkes homes decorated for the season, and living history reenactors bringing life to the More...

Legislators say state will cut more as the recession still dogs revenues

Wilkes County’s state leaders gave their annual rundown of the challenges they will face in the upcoming legislative year at last Friday morning’s annual Legislative Breakfast, saying that every budget decision will be driven by the conti More...

Bi-Lo to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Santa visits, community performances

Starting Thursday, December 13, Washington’s Bi-Lo Supermarket is celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with community performances, apple cider, and visits from Santa.  More...

Seniors’ shoebox gift drive needs many more to pack a Christmas gift shoebox

Time is getting critical to donate Christmas gift boxes for the seventh annual “Operation Love and Care in a Shoebox” which will deliver a gift box to every senior in every elder care facility in Wilkes County – some 120 gift boxes More...

Thousands view annual Parade of Lights

Louise Maynard was the parade’s Grand Marshal, honored for her contributions to tourism and hospitality More...

News

Washington Rotary Club celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years to the day, after it was first organized on December 6, 1962, the Washington Rotary Club celebrated with a special banquet and entertainment last Thursday at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.  More...

Spectacular parade draws thousands

As expected, thousands of people lined nearly a mile of Robert Toombs Avenue to see the second annual Washington-Wilkes Christmas Parade of Lights Saturday night, which showed off the work of hundreds of members of the community.  More...

NHS welcomes new members

New members inducted into the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Chapter of the National Honor Society include (l-r) Hope Ward, Cecilia Walker, Kathleen Storrin, Madison Powell, Jacob Morgan More...

Letters

Airport is asset to Washington-Wilkes making it a desirable place for relocation

TO THE EDITOR:   How many of us stop to realize what an asset we have in our Washington-Wilkes Airport? Most locals do not fly except for an occasional trip via a commercial air carrier which entails a trip to either Augusta or Atlanta. More...

Great things happen when we work together

TO THE EDITOR:   More...

Capital campaign kicks off

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Obituaries

Dorothy Mitchell Bloxham

A memorial service for Dorothy Mitchell Bloxham, 88, of Washington, will be held Sunday, December 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Church of the Mediator around the Scattering Garden with Rev. Loree Reed and Rev. Bill Boyd officiating. More...

William Edward Wilkinson

Funeral services for William Edward “Bo” Wilkinson were held Tuesday, December 11, at Black Rock AME Church with Rev. Terrie Patterson and Rev. Patricia D. Wilder officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Lois Bufford Sale

Graveside services Lois Bufford Sale, 88, of Tignall, were held Monday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at the Independence United Methodist Church cemetery in Tignall with Rev. Virginia Best and Rev. Ben Walker officiating. More...

Worship

‘I Hear the Prophet Callin’’ to be presented by First Baptist in special program Sunday

The Senior Choir of the First Baptist Church will present a Christmas cantata Sunday, December 16, at 6 p.m.  The cantata by Pepper Choplin is titled, “I hear the Prophet Callin’” in a folk-like style. More...

Be sure to include your loved one when it may be your last Christmas together

As a hospice chaplain, during this time of the year, I often sit and talk with caregivers who come to the realization that this is probably the last Christmas that they will be spending with their loved one. This is a hard fact to face. More...

It is most important to say yes to God when he calls us

(Luke 1: 26-28, Matthew 1:18-25)   God’s people should always be prepared to recognize and obey the will of God. When we live in such a state of preparedness for God’s call, we make ourselves open to his richest blessings.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The piano students of Ruth Harris will present their annual recital at Callaway Plantation on Sunday, December 16, from 2-4 p.m. An opportunity for a last look at Christmas decorations will be available during the performances. More...