March 28, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Several of area’s historic homes will be on Spring Tour of Homes

Next weekend’s Washington- Wilkes Spring Tour of Homes will open the doors to several historic and classical homes, including one of Wilkes County’s oldest homes, which has been seen only rarely in tour history.  Of special interest More...

Tough Mudder’s return two weeks away as volunteers, medical crews get ready

Local preparations are nearly complete for the return of the Tough Mudder Georgia extreme challenge the weekend of April 6-7, organizer Blake Thompson said. More...

Survivors, fundraisers occupy organizers of Wikes Relay for Life

With the 2013 Wilkes County Relay for Life only a month away, organizers are preparing for fundraisers and survivor events leading up to the April 26 Relay.  More...

Wills Memorial appreciates doctors and practitioners

Wills Memorial Hospital celebrated National Doctor’s Appreciation Day on Tuesday, March 19. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Husbands not worth keeping

The Spring Tour of Homes and the Tough Mudders Georgia at Aonia Pass Motocross Park are the next two events expected to bring thousands of visitors to Wilkes County.  More...

Opinions

Driving a NASCAR race car at Charlotte taught me I can trust the car to go fast

I crossed the line from heartheaving excitement to bug-eyed fear and back again several times last weekend, and I still can’t stop running it through my mind.  I drove a real NASCAR racer – fast – around Charlotte Motor Speedwa More...

Book Review

Hidden America

Coal miners, cowboys, NFL cheerleaders, landfill workers are not people that the general public spends much time thinking about. Jeanne Marie Laskas does. More...

Aging doesn’t keep 92-year-old fan from enjoying games

SPARTA – A conversation with Fred Webster is a reminder that we all fall in one of two categories: you are either growing old or someday you will be. If you’re in the latter grouping, the former will come sooner than you think.  More...

Worship

Spreading the good news of the resurrection of Jesus

Who was the first person to spread the good news about the Resurrection?  More...

Sardis Baptist to celebrate 225 years with anniversary events on April 21

Sardis Baptist Church will be celebrating its 225th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 21, beginning with the morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sardis is located on Sardis Church Road off Highway 78 in Rayle.  More...

Personalities

Kettle Creek Chapter, NSDAR receives statewide recognition

The Kettle Creek Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was awarded second place among 112 State DAR chapters for its American Indian program and State Honor Roll status at the Georgia State DAR Conference March 14-17 in Atla More...

Heather Wheatley honored at baby shower March 23 at FBC

Heather Purdy Wheatley of Bishop was honored at a baby shower on Saturday morning, March 23, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  The shower was given by Jillian Andrews, Denise Cunningham, India Harris, Mary New More...

Shay Harris presents program at Iris Garden Club meeting

Shay Harris presented a program on container gardening at the meeting of the Iris Garden Club Tuesday morning, March 12, at Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church.  More...

Delinquent property tax sale Tue. may see 70 properties auctioned

Just a week before next Tuesday morning’s delinquent property tax sale, less than half of the overdue Wilkes County property owners have paid their taxes in time to prevent their properties from being sold.  More...

School kids raise money for pal C.J. Rogers as Mayor Barnett campaigns against cancer

Students at Washington-Wilkes Middle School paid $2 each to wear their pajamas to school last Friday in a “PJs for CJ” fundraiser to support the school’s Pennies for Patients fund drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( More...

Farm Bureau contest winners named

In the annual Wilkes County Farm Bureau art and essay contests for middleschool students, Europe Wylie (left) won the award for art, while Kaylee Whisnant and Amil Smith won the essay contest. More...

Georgia Reads Aloud to impact the future

Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thomson reads to Head Start students last Tuesday, part of the “Georgia Reads Aloud Day” observance. More...

‘The Mud Race’ will go down in history of 2013 ATV Motocross Championship

Despite days of rain and mud, hundreds of ATV racers and thousands of their fans, families, and friends toughed it out last weekend at Aonia Pass Motocross Park for the opening round of the 2013 Mtn. More...

News

Piano students participate in symposium at School of Music

Emily Beggs and Kevin Chen, students from the Piano Studio of Ruth E. Harris, were chosen to perform at the University of Georgia in the Eastern European Composers Symposium last month. Dr. More...

FBLA and FCCLA selling cookie dough to fund conferences

From Monday, March 25, through Thursday, April 4, FBLA and FCCLA at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School will be selling tubs of delicious Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough as its fundraiser.  More...

Col. Garrett Heath receives promotion at Shaw AF Base

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Garrett D. Heath was promoted to Colonel at U.S. Army Central’s Patton Hall at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, on March 8.  More...

Sports

ATV motocrossers race in Georgia mud

Mother Nature made her presence known at the opening round of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship on Saturday. More...

Tiger tennis teams defeat region rival Rabun County in midst of area schedule

Both the girls and the boys Washington Wilkes tennis teams sent Rabun County packing last Tuesday, racking up valuable region wins as the heart of the 8-AA schedule rolls through. More...

Online sign-in for hunting in WMA offers new convenience for hunts

Just in time for turkey season, hunters can now sign-in online before heading out to wildlife management area sign-in hunts.  More...

Obituaries

Bettye Mullins Darracott

Graveside services for Bettye Mullins Darracott, 84, of Rayle, were held Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Allen White officiating. She died Tuesday, March 19, in Quiet Oaks Health Care in Crawford.  More...

Grace Wheeler Conly

Grace Wheeler Conly, 70, of Washington, died Saturday, March 23, in Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta.  A native of New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Lester Irving and Sarah Isabell Davis Wheeler and the widow of James Robert Conly. More...

Sybil Blackmon Ivey

Funeral services for Sybil Blackmon Ivey, 92, of Lincolnton, were held at the Rehoboth Baptist Church on Monday, March 25, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Rayner and Rev. Rob Cohen officiating. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Shady Grove Baptist Church will host the Wilkes-Elbert-Lincoln Sunday School Union March 30-31. The youth program will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. featuring Tiare Tatum of W-WCHS as speaker. More...