November 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Three property tax sales recoup thousands in delinquent revenue

Sales of real and personal property for delinquent taxes have brought in more than $67,000 to county coffers, but even more important to other taxpayers, it has made owners of delinquent properties come in and pay back taxes to keep them from being s More...

City employees get fourth year of funding for health, wellness, weight-loss activities

With four straight years of focusing on improving the health of city workers, the City of Washington has received another $10,000 grant to keep weight control and other healthy activities for another year.  More...

Applications due Dec. 6 for WPD ‘Gifts for Children’ holiday effort

As in years past, the Washington Police Department is sponsoring its annual “Gifts for Children” campaign, and the applications are due by Friday, December 6.  More...

Children worldwide need shoeboxes from local church efforts

All over Washington-Wilkes, individuals, families, churches, and groups are working to take Christmas to needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement.  More...

The King entertains at Bi-Lo carnival

Elvis Presley impersonator E.J. Boyer keeps the crowd warm at Bi-Lo’s Fall Carnival Saturday night. More...

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The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Upstairs mechanics pictured

My final count of houses for sale and houses empty within the city limits of Washington is 44 for sale and 52 empty. Remember this is not precisely accurate because I may have missed some, but it’s close. l  More...

Opinions

Please don’t call all us veterans ‘heroes,’ it devalues the sacrifices of true heroes

I f you’ll forgive me, I’m going to repeat something I wrote last year on Veterans Day, something I’ve been told by my fellow veterans bears repeating until it gets through to people: most military veterans are not heroes.  More...

Book Review

The Passage of Power

Robert A. Caro is writing The Years of Lyndon Johnson. This book is the fourth in the massive biography of a complex, troubled, important historical figure. It covers the years 1958-1964. More...

Jack Daniel’s is the heart of a dry Lynchburg,Tennessee

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. -- There are some very interesting facts about this Tennessee town which got its name from a popular lynching tree back in its yearling days. You get caught stealing or doing something bad wrong and the lynching tree awaited.  More...

Obituaries

Ralph H. Buckner

Ralph H. Buckner, 84, of Washington, died Thursday, November 7, at Wills Memorial Hospital.  A native of Marshall, North Carolina, he was the son of John Floyd and Dorothy Massey Buckner. Mr. More...

Linda Blackmon King

A memorial service will be held for Linda Blackmon King on Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Washington. She died Friday, November 8, surrounded by her family, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  More...

Charlie Lucrie Theodore Roth Jr.

Funeral services for Charlie Lucrie Theodore Roth Jr., 88, of Carlton, Georgia, were held Thursday, November 7, at 2 p.m. at Vesta Baptist Church in Carlton. He passed away Tuesday, November 5, at his home.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The City of Washington will host an “Energy Assistance for 65 and Older” workshop to be held at The Pope Center on November 19 and 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  More...

Sunday alcohol sales in city will take effect immediately

In its regular meeting Monday night, the Washington City Council agreed that, since city voters have approved Sunday sales of spirits both by the drink and by the package, the new ordinance should take effect immediately.  More...

Newspaper receives recognition from Georgia Ag agents

The News-Reporter has been honored with a statewide award from the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents for “outstanding performance and support of Georgia Agriculture” by a More...

Washington’s new Sunday alcohol sales ordinance may help some city businesses stay afloat during rough times

The passage of ordinance changes allowing Sunday sales of beer, wine, and liquor within the city of Washington is expected to help both liquor stores and restaurants survive the tough times those small businesses are going through, according to their More...

Crowds fill Tignall for annual festival

Beautiful fall weather welcomed crowds Saturday for the 13th annual “I’d Rather be in Tignall” Festival, on the old school grounds in Tignall. More...

Shopping locally for Christmas season will help build a strong local economy

The merchants of Washington- Wilkes are hoping that more and more residents will “Shop Small Y’all” as the Christmas season approaches.  More...

‘Shoeboxes of Love’ begins for many local seniors

It’s time for Christmas shoeboxes again, and volunteers are already hard at work.  For the ninth year, volunteers for “Operation Love and Care in a Shoebox” will be collecting Christmas gift boxes with the goal of personally pr More...

News

New manufacturer growing here

Tim Swindall, president of Lazarus Manufacturing, of Washington, told members of the Washington Rotary Club about the research and development which led him to locate his casket manufacturing company More...

Middle school names students on honor rolls for 1st 9 weeks

Washington- Wilkes Middle School has announced students included on the honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school this year as follows.  A Honor Roll  More...

FFA members attend National Convention

The Washington-Wilkes FFA Chapter attended the 86th National FFA Convention October 30-November 2 in Louisville, Kentucky, where attendees had the opportunity to hear from the National FFA Officer Te More...

Sports

Tigers finish 10-0 season with 48-0 win; prepare to host Wesleyan Wolves Friday

As expected, the 2013 Washington Wilkes Tigers finished their regular season with an impressive record of 10-0. More...

Georgia Class AA 2013 Playoff Brackets

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OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SIDELINES

Preparing for ‘drama’ in the making

Not to take anything away from the Tigers’ game ten performance, but there was a noticeable lack of – well – “drama” in the win last Friday. More...

Worship

The kind of faith we need on God’s chosen path of grace

In order to walk God’s Chosen Path of Grace we must possess a very special kind of faith. It is the innocent, pure faith that children are born with and which persists through the first few years of their lives. More...

Personalities

Cindy Yearwood, Russell Godwin united in marriage on October 12

Cindy Michelle Yearwood and Russell Brian Godwin of Washington were united in marriage in a lovely double-ring ceremony Saturday, October 12, at noon at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort in Dahlonega. The bride’s grandfather, Rev. More...

Avery Baston enjoys ‘Toy Story 3’ party for third birthday

Avery James Baston, son of Heather and Jim Baston, celebrated his third birthday Sunday, October 13, with a Toy Story 3 party at his home in Washington.  More...

Jennifer Land Kelley honored at baby shower November 3

Jennifer Land Kelley of Gibson was entertained at a baby shower Sunday, November 3, at the home of Martha Gambrell of Tignall.  Hostesses for the occasion were Lin Land of Danburg, Tammie Land and Ashley Roberts of Evans, Janet Keve and Mae Dell More...