August 1, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

New teachers for a new year

Some 15 new teachers will start the new school year Friday at Wilkes County schools. More...

Some 50 properties may be sold at property tax auction Tuesday

Fewer than 50 Wilkes County properties are expected to be sold Tuesday on the courthouse steps for their delinquent property taxes but there is still time to pay, Wilkes County Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard said.  More...

21st Century Learning Center gets grant to continue in W-W

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosemary W. More...

Crack cocaine, meth arrests lead off July roundup of Wilkes Co. law enforcement

Wilkes Sheriff deputies and a regional drug task force have arrested a woman in Tignall on methamphetamine charges, Sheriff Mark Moore announced Tuesday.  More...

Committees forming for Christmas Parade of Lights; entries, volunteers needed for December 14 event

Committees are forming now in the run-up to this year’s Washington Wilkes Christmas Parade of Lights.  “The parade is going to be huge, so we’re going to need more good volunteers this year,” Chairman Blake Thompson said. More...

New weapon in use against city skeeters

After weeks of heavy rains in Washington-Wilkes resulted in a large increase in the mosquito population, the City of Washington is stepping up the battle against the insects with new equipment and in More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Connections found at Gettysburg

A llen Burton and his son, Bonner Burton, both avid history buffs, spent a fabulous five days visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield and other historic places in the area. They discovered several interesting Wilkes County connections while there.  More...

Opinions

Veterans of a forgotten Korean War must be remembered 60 years later

I write this column today, on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, so that we here now, and those who follow, will not forget the veterans of Korea, like my brother Charlie, who fought what seemed like a pointless war.  More...

Book Review

The Warmth of Other Suns

I sabel Wilkerson is a writer, the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. More...

College graduates face employment struggles more than ever

I f you monitor the news, you are aware that these are not the best of times for many college graduates. Not for everyone, however. More...

Worship

Attitude is important when we walk God’s chosen path of grace

In this week’s passage, Jesus is still in the home of one of the chief Pharisees, who is entertaining his prominent friends and neighbors at what was probably an elaborate meal served at the end of the Sabbath day. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Pauline Chapel F.B.H. Church will be holding its annual Sunday School Convention August 1-4 at 7:30 each evening. There will be a different speaker each night and the public is invited. Saturday, August 3, will also be Youth Day beginning at 11 a.m. More...

Wilkes Grand Jury to hear Holliday Park death case - Free Access

Since September 2012, the mysterious death of a Blairsville hunter near Holliday Park in Wilkes County has made residents in the area uneasy. More...

School starts Friday for over 1,700 Wilkes students

This week marks the official end of the summer for nearly 1,700 Wilkes County public school students. More...

Wilkes public safety personnel make walk-through of schools

It was back to school Monday for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel from across Washington-Wilkes as they did their second annual public safety walkthrough in all four Wilkes County schools to get more familiar with how they would More...

Fire claims shed, equipment on Sandtown Road

Tignall and Washington firefighters draw sparks from a welder Tuesday afternoon as they extinguish a fire in a shed on Sandtown Road. More...

Federal program will provide free meals for next four years

Thanks to the USDA federal program, the Community Eligibility Option, all Wilkes County students will be provided a free breakfast and lunch starting with the 2013-2014 school year for at least the next four years.  More...

Nominees selected for top teachers to be Wilkes Co. 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year

Eleven nominees for Wilkes County Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year have been selected from the four Wilkes County Schools, the Wilkes County Board of Education has announced. Superintendent of Schools Dr. More...

Learn about Hands on Washington at meeting next Thurs. at 6:30 p.m.

A second public meeting has been called for Washington residents to learn more about “Hands On Washington,” a new public-private effort being organized to help elderly and disabled homeowners with home repair projects.  More...

News

Where in the world is The News-Reporter ...

... rocking out in Massachusetts

  Dennis and Laurie Dehil recently took The News-Reporter along when they travelled to Foxborough, Massachusetts, to Gillette Stadium (Patriot Field) to attend a concert. The opening act was the J. Geils Band and the headliner was Bon Jovi. More...

Victory’s revival, homecoming set next week

Victory Baptist Church will hold revival services Monday-Wednesday, August 4-7, at 7 p.m. with special music and scriptural preaching in every service. Mike Shrock will lead the services for the week.  More...

Rep. Broun to host ‘Coffee’ August 14 at The Fitzpatrick

Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. will host a series of “Coffee with the Congressman” events throughout Georgia’s 10th District in the month of August and one of them is in Washington. More...

Sports

Four adult teams complete ’13 season with basketball tourney at W-WPRD

The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department Adult Basketball League started in the spring with over 40 players on four teams that played a 10-game schedule and finished up with a tournament last weekend.  All the teams played multiple More...

$5,000 hole-in-one prize added to golf tourney

A hole-in-one prize of $5,000 has been added to sweeten the pot for the second annual Washington-Wilkes Tiger Club Memorial Golf Tournament set for Saturday, August 10, at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club. More...

Registration still ongoing for fall at W-WPRD

With the summer basketball camps now over, the Washington- Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for the 2013 youth football, cheerleading, and soccer sessions. More...

Personalities

Gail and David Hunter honored at 50th anniversary reception

Gail and David Hunter were honored on the occasion of their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary at a reception Saturday afternoon, July 20, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Washington.  The celebration was hosted b More...

Natalie Nicole Williams, Joshua Jamar Smith united in marriage on July 13 in Washington

Natalie Nicole Williams of Jonesboro and Joshua Jamar Smith of Bamberg, S.C., were united in marriage in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, July 13, at five o’clock in the afternoon at historic Jackson Chapel AME Church in Washington. More...

Kate LeRoy guest of honor at second birthday party July 7

Kate Addison LeRoy, daughter of Ellen and Lem LeRoy of Charlotte, N.C., celebrated her second birthday on Sunday, July 7, at her home. More...