August 22, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Rayle VFD earns rare Class 4 ISO fire protection score

After decades of hard work on the part of firefighters and city leaders, Rayle Fire Chief Brent Sherrer has announced that the city’s fire protection rating has been upgraded to one of the highest in Georgia for a rural volunteer fire departmen More...

Qualifying begins Mon. for municipal elections for city council spots

Qualifying for three seats on the Washington City Council will begin Monday, August 26.  Candidates may qualify at Washington City Hall Monday, August 26 through Wednesday, August 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for noon to 1 p.m. More...

Committee needed for advice on future of Gordon St. school

The City of Washington is looking for residents to serve on an advisory committee to advise on the redevelopment of the Gordon Street school complex.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Not closing ... just changing

A ll my life I have heard various ones say, “Well, it will be a cold day in August before that happens again;” or parents admonishing their children who have misbehaved, “It will be a cold day in August before you are allowed to do More...

Opinions

If she’d lived to be 100, my dear mother would have enjoyed high-tech gossiping

On Monday, we observed my late mother’s 100th birthday, and I can’t help but think how much she would have enjoyed, if she had lived, being the matriarch of a big family in the 21st Century.  More...

Book Review

Wild Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan, who would become the head of the wartime OSS, was the grandson of Irish immigrants. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, with parents who were stern disciplinarians. More...

Potsdam, Germany gives a journey into history books

POTSDAM, Germany – In the days of the Berlin Wall— that unforgettable symbol of Communist absolutism—the dateline for anything coming out of this city of 159,456, which rests in the middle 20 lakes and rivers, would have required th More...

Obituaries

Edna Echols Gordon Collins

Funeral services Edna Echols Gordon Collins, 101, of Clemson, South Carolina, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 16, in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Clemson with Dr. Keith Ray and Dr. Rick Standard officiating. More...

Marlene Bobo Dennis

Graveside services for Marlene Bobo Dennis, 64, of Augusta, were held at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 9, with Rev. Bob Gosey officiating. She died Tuesday, August 6.  More...

Henry David Daniels

Funeral services for Henry David Daniels, 60, of Lincolnton, were held at New Springhill Baptist Church in Philomath, at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 19. He died Wednesday, August 14.  More...

Personalities

Molly Murphy Pafford marries Andrew Earl Richardson July 20

Molly Murphy Pafford and Andrew Earl Richardson of Tifton were united in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony Saturday, July 20, at three-thirty o’clock in the afternoon at The Golf Club of Amelia in Amelia Island, Fla. Rev. More...

Frances Wheelis WOM group meets for annual salad supper August 12

The Frances Wheelis Women on Mission of First Baptist Church met at Hummingbird Hill, home of Kay and Pug Nelms Monday evening, August 12, for the annual salad supper and installation of officers.  More...

Cindy Yearwood and Russell Godwin to wed in Dahlonega on October 12

Trudy and Charles Cosby of Washington and Anthony and Linda Wilkerson of Swainsboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Cindy Wilkerson Yearwood of Washington, to Russell Godwin, also of Washington, son of Billy Godwin of Washington and Yvonne More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

W-W Tiger fans are encouraged to wear yellow or bright gold to the football game against Lincoln County on September 6 at Tiger Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.  .  More...

Charges of alleged ethics violations fail to get support from councilmen

City Councilman Nathaniel Cullars’ repeated efforts to censure Mayor Ames Barnett for alleged ethics violations fell short again last Friday when Cullars received no support from other councilmen at a called meeting of the full council.  A More...

Are GATE ag sales tax exemptions reducing school SPLOST revenue?

Widespread use in Wilkes County of the GATE card – the new Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption – seems to be contributing to a downward trend in the SPLOST sales tax income that Wilkes County schools depend on, the school board chairman to More...

Drug cases lead list of indictments as Wilkes Grand Jury returns 50 true bills

The August session of the ­Wilkes County Grand Jury returned indictments on 50 cases and issued no bills in the remaining cases. The following individuals were indicted on the charges listed. More...

North Alexander School gets visitors from Historic Preservation Division

Administrators from the Historic Preservation Division of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources toured Washington’s North Alexander school last week to get to know the historic structure that is the recipient of a federal historic pre More...

Heavy rains bring flooding to Wilkes

A swollen Kettle Creek shows signs of receding Monday after multiple waves of heavy rain dumped anywhere from 3-8 inches of rain across portions of north Georgia over the weekend. More...

News

Waters will discuss Confederate Gold stories

Probably the most interesting Civil War story taking place in Wilkes and Lincoln Counties was that of the Confederate Gold. Many joke about finding the gold, but what are the facts? What really happened to the Confederate Gold? More...

Historian tells SAR of General Hugh Mercer

Georgia State University historian Dr. Glenn Eskew of Madison spoke to the August 15 meeting of the Washington-Wilkes Chapter of the SAR on the career of General Hugh Mercer. Mercer, Dr. More...

4-H members attend summer camp; twirlers win overall talent competition

Eleven enthusiastic Cloverleaf 4-H’ers attended an exciting week of 4-H Summer Camp at the 4-H Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia. More...

Letters

Letters to the Editor

The real reason for moving to Washington

TO THE EDITOR:   My husband and I recently moved to Washington, Georgia, from Palm Beach County, Florida. One of the first questions that people inevitably ask when they meet us is “What made you move to Washington?”  More...

Sports

Pre-season scrimmage gives Tigers a ‘starting point’

It wasn’t the best showing the Washington-Wilkes Tigers have ever put forth – there were some bad things – but there were some good things too. More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

1947 was the year that changed baseball

If you have had a chance to see the baseball movie “42” this summer, you have witnessed a pretty fair interpretation of the way things were for Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the state of things in general in America during 19 More...

Now anybody can have one

The Washington-Wilkes Athletic Department has helmets for sale! More...

Worship

Church of the Mediator’s ‘Alpha’ series to explore meaning of life

This fall, on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Washington will be offering a series of films and discussions designed to explore the meaning of life.  More...

Lyonsville plans revival services for August 26-30

The Lyonsville Baptist Church will have revival services August 26-30.  The services will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening with Rev. Lance Pitts, pastor of Gibson Grove Baptist Church of Washington and Mt. More...

What happens when we wander off God’s chosen path of grace

In today’s verses, Jesus is talking to the people around Him about God’s desire to see all of his children safe on his path of grace.  Who was in the crowd? More...