March 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

New ad valorem car tax plan yields some happy customers

Some vehicle tag buyers are leaving the Wilkes County tag office very happy lately.  “Your tax and tag comes to $410,” Wilkes County Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard told the owner of a pickup truck bought recently, “but if you op More...

Babbie Mason packs Pope Center

Dove Award-winning singer Babbie Mason sings to a crowd of some 500 women at a concert Saturday night. More...

Young hunters enjoy a day in the field

Some 16 young hunters enjoyed hunting quail and shooting skeet at Saturday’s fifth annual John Harvey Edwards/ Frank Beckum Guided Youth Quail Hunt, sponsored by Perry “Rock” Rogers’ Rolling Rock Shooting Preserve and the Fish More...

Wilkes, Lincoln seniors may apply for scholarship offered by LWREA

High school seniors from Lincoln and Wilkes Counties may apply for a scholarship sponsored by the Lincoln-Wilkes Retired Educators Association (LWREA).  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Tour of Homes still taking shape

The annual Spring Tour of Homes will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. The candlelight tour and champagne reception will be held at the home of Ashley and Ames Barnett on Court Street.  More...

Opinions

My year-old puppy ate a ton in a year; 150 shelter dogs really need your help

Well, our puppy E.S. has been part of the family for one whole year, and I thought this would be a good time to bring you up to date on our life with him.  More...

Book Review

Train Dreams

Train Dreams is a short book, but it may be one of the most absorbing books you read this year. The story is simple. Robert Grainier seems to be an ordinary man. More...

Stripling’s, a modern general store with a down-home feel

When Stripling’s, the everything under-one-roof store developed by Ricky and Lisa Hardin, the sausagemaking family from Warwick—that South Georgia town where it is best to obey the speed limit—decided to franchise with a Watkinsvill More...

Obituaries

Thelma Kendrick

Funeral services for Thelma Kendrick were held Saturday, February 16, at New Salem Baptist Church with Rev. R.L. Reynolds presiding and Evangelist Mary Robbins eulogist. The interment was in the City West cemetery. More...

Henry Whitener

Graveside services for Henry Whitener, 81, of Thomson, were held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Grant Cantrell officiating. He died Monday, March 4.  More...

Martha Jane Rousey Bearden

Funeral services for Martha Jane Rousey Bearden, 61, of Elberton, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Elberton Church of God with Rev. Ann Reynolds, Rev. Barbara Odem, and Rev. More...

Personalities

Natalie Nicole Williams to wed Joshua Jamar Smith on July 13

Joyce and Curtis Williams of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Nicole, of Jonesboro, to Joshua Jamar Smith, of Bamberg, S.C., son of Sandra Smith-Manker, also of Bamburg, and Ernest Manker of Ridgeland, S.C.  The brid More...

Spring Tour of Homes is topic at Woman’s Club meeting March 11

The annual Spring Tour of Homes was the topic of discussion at the meeting of the Washington Woman’s Club Monday, March 11, at the clubhouse.  Carol Jackson, president, led the discussion as members were encouraged to sign up for duties at More...

OLLI Lunch and Learn to begin new three week series

The Washington Chapter of OLLI @ UGA will begin three weeks of Lunch and Learn sessions on Monday, March 18, each to begin at noon in the Episcopal Parish Hall.  More...

Washington City Council considers stronger tree protection ordinance

In Monday night’s regular March meeting, the Washington City Council discussed strengthening the city’s tree ordinance to protect many of the historic old oak trees and other hardwoods that grace approaches to Washington on land owned by More...

‘The General’ GNCC dirt bike,ATV race will kick off Aonia Pass Motocross action

Some 1,700 of the top amateur and pro dirt bike and ATV cross-country riders and their families are already arriving at Aonia Pass Motocross for this weekend’s 12th annual “The General” GNCC, part of the 2013 Amsoil Grand National C More...

Threat of property tax sales prompts some owners to pay

Wilkes County property owners who are delinquent on their property taxes have been coming in and paying up this week since more than 140 properties across Wilkes County were advertised last week to be sold on the courthouse steps in April.  More...

Some 8,600 extreme athletes are ready for Tough Mudder Georgia here April 6

If you want to be a Tough Mudder, you’d better hurry and enter, and local restaurants had better schedule plenty of staff to feed the hungry hordes.  More than 8,600 athletes have already signed up to run in the return to Wilkes County of More...

Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter needs bags of healthy food for 150 shelter dogs

The Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter is desperately short of dog food and Director Gloria Wheatley is asking the residents of Washington and Wilkes County to help with the shortage by donating bags of food.  More...

News

Sardis Baptist will celebrate 225 years of ministry in April

Sardis Baptist Church located in Rayle, Georgia, will be celebrating its 225th anniversary on Sunday, April 21.  “We are so excited about the momentous event, and members have been working hard to make this day a very special one,” S More...

Little Theater’s production of Oliver! will coincide with spring tour in April

In the view of director Stan Coe, directing a play is “kind of like trying to re-create a masterpiece on canvas, except your medium is people instead of paints. You’re never quite sure how it is going to turn out. More...

Sunday Schoolers visit fire department

New Life Baptist Church children visited the Washington Fire Department last Sunday morning and were given a tour of the station by Bruce Rogers and Tyson Gilland. More...

Letters

‘Good ideas’ responsible for financial situation

TO THE EDITOR: I am against the middle school weight room proposed by Coach Robby Robinson. I have been reading The News-Reporter for at least five years and the majority of those years the school board has asked for (and got) more money More...

Spaying, neutering can add years to lives of cats, dogs

TO THE EDITOR:   Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will increase his/her life by 3-5 years for a cat and 1-3 years for a dog. Altering animals reduces the risk of various forms of cancer. More...

Sports

MEMBERS OF THE TIGERS JV

MEMBERS OF THE TIGER JV baseball team are (front, l-r) Hunter Guay, Mil Shedd, Aaron Stasyshyn, Avery Hall, Octavious Cofer, (back) Tremond Ferrell, Logan Denard, Brannon Saggus, Austin Hackney, Walk More...

NGA’s best

Anna Claire Gunter, a sophomore at Nathaniel Greene Academy, was named Best Offensive Player on the varsity basketball team at the school’s annual sports banquet held March 2. More...

Tennis teams beat Lincoln, Thomson again

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger tennis teams hosted rematches with its first two opponents of the season and did even better the second time, defeating rivals Lincoln County and Thomson on the home courts.  More...

Worship

Solutions we give as we walk God’s chosen path of grace

In last week’s passage (Luke 10:25-29) we met a certain lawyer who wanted to pick an argument with Jesus. He flaunted his knowledge of God’s Great Commandment, then demanded that Jesus tell him just who was his neighbor.  More...

Cornelia Johnson Circle members meet March 5 at First Methodist

The Cornelia Johnson Circle met on Tuesday, March 5, at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.  Hostesses for the evening were Polly Fievet and Randee Barry.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Marks Tabernacle Baptist Church Senior Choir Anniversary celebration will be on Sunday, March 17, at 3 pm.  .  Patrick Howell will preach his trial sermon at Marks Tabernacle Baptist Church on March 31, at 2:30 p.m. More...