February 20, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Firefighter Tim Wright recovering, but family needs community help

Washington firefighter Lt. Tim Wright is slowly recovering after a devastating illness following surgery, and although the community is rallying to help his family, they still need help.  More...

Ice storm, power outages devastate CSRA but Washington-Wilkes is barely touched

Washington-Wilkes truly dodged a bullet during last week’s winter weather – nearly a week after the storm there are still thousands of families without power in other parts of Georgia and South Carolina.  More...

Come cheer for pageant contestants as 7th annual Miss Wilkes is crowned

The public is invited to see more than 50 contestants compete in Saturday evening’s seventh annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

It was an earthquake, not the Rapture

What’s next? We’ve had two winter ice and snow storms, the last of which was a crippler in many areas; schools were closed for three days; a full moon; and an earthquake with two aftershocks. More...

Opinions

Severe winter weather and earthquakes show how fragile our easy modern life is

A s crazy as last week was, with a paralyzing winter storm Wednesday and Thursday capped by an honest to-goodness earthquake Friday night, we in Washington-Wilkes have to count ourselves very lucky, even blessed, that we dodged the troubles from whic More...

Book Review

One Summer: America, 1927

Bill Bryson has entertained us with A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything, among other adventures. This time he has chosen to write about one special summer, the one in 1927.  More...

At 95, Sarah Annie Floyd may still have been Georgia’s greatest fan

I t has been my good fortune to become acquainted with dozens of passionate University of Georgia fans over the years. Those whose loyalty and devotion warm your heart.  More...

Obituaries

James Edward Echols

Funeral services for James Edward Echols, 86, of Tignall, were held Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. in Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Reviere officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Eugene Jackson Thornton

Funeral services for Eugene Jackson Thornton were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at Rehoboth Baptist Church with Rev. Steven Rayner officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Brittni Ann Chafin, Nicholas Christopher Biggee exchange marriage vows January 18 in Macon

Brittni Ann Chafin of Forsyth and Nicholas Christopher Biggee of Snellville were united in marriage in an impressive double-ring ceremony Saturday, January 18, at four o’clock in the afternoon at First Christian Church in Macon. Rev. More...

Duggan Scholarship Dinner held at Woman’s Club on February 10

Robert M. “Skeet” Willingham was guest speaker at the annual John Duggan Memorial Scholarship Dinner held at the Washington Woman’s Club Monday evening, February 10.  More...

Ty and Zane Lamar enjoy sixth birthday party January 11

Ty and Zane Lamar, twin sons of Gretchen and Bruce Lamar of Tignall, celebrated their sixth birthdays with a party at their home on Saturday, January 11. Their birthdays were January 14.  More...

County approves resolutions to place two alcohol sales issues on May ballot

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners took the next step toward allowing beer and wine sales on Sundays, and liquor by the drink on days other than Sunday, when it adopted resolutions calling for those questions to be included on the May 20 Primar More...

Rare earthquakes shake two states Friday night, Sunday

With most of Washington-Wilkes still recovering from last week’s winter storm, the last thing people here expected was to be shaken by an earthquake on Valentine’s Day.  More...

Mass emergency warnings now available by cell phone, home phone for all residents

A new emergency mass notification system is available for Wilkes County residents that allows warnings for severe weather and other emergencies to reach people via their home phones or cell phones very quickly after the warning has been issued.  More...

Aonia Pass Motocross action starts this weekend with vintage bikes

Starting this weekend, spring will be a busy time for Aonia Pass Motocross Park, with thousands of dirt bike and ATV racers returning to compete in national-level races and extreme challenge sports at the Wilkes County facility.  More...

Remembering Dr. Finch at Wills Memorial

In memory of Dr. James B. Finch, family and friends More...

News

God’s Marketplace expanding to help with abuse, mental issues

A local non-profit known for its food pantry and thrift store has tackled a new challenge: helping people with personal issues that can’t be fixed with a box of groceries. More...

Mattie Rigsbee’s cornbread wins bake-off for third straight year

For the third year in a row, Mattie Rigsbee’s mouth-watering cornbread has taken the blue ribbon at the High Hopes Baptist Church bake-off. More...

Dr. Waters will discuss missing gold in Lincolnton on March 6

Did you ever wonder how the Confederate Gold got all the way down here to Georgia? More...

Sports

Lady Tigers finish at 14-11; two get post-season recognition

Two members of the Washington Wilkes Lady Tigers basketball team received post-season honors after the team concluded its 2013- 2014 season at 14-11 overall and in fifth place for Region 8AA.  T’Alexus Cullars was voted to the All-Region f More...

Youth quail hunt to be held Mar. 8 at Rolling Rock

The sixth annual John Harvey Edwards/Frank Beckum Guided Youth Quail Hunt and Skeet Shoot will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Rolling Rock Shooting Preserve.  The event is sponsored by the Rolling Rock Hunting Preserve and the Fishing Creek Ch More...

Little League signups for 2014 have begun for athletes 4-up

Signups began in January for Washington-Wilkes Little League baseball and softball and will continue through Saturday, February 22.  Young athletes may sign up for tee-ball (ages 4-6), kids pitch (ages 7-8), minor league (ages 9-10), major leagu More...

Worship

Stop, listen, talk to those beside God’s chosen path of grace

The most important thing that can happen to us is to hear God’s invitation, and to open our hearts and accept Jesus. It is God’s plan for us to walk his Chosen Path of Grace and work for Him in his kingdom. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Twin Oak Baptist Church Deacon Board program will be held Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Willie R. More...