May 1, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

New test results different, but show students learning

New test scores released last week show that students in Wilkes County schools not only surpassed the state average of 75.8 percent in 2013, in the CSRA, Wilkes County scored second, surpassed only by Columbia County. More...

Community to observe National Day of Prayer at 12 today on Square

Washington-Wilkes will pause today (Thursday) at noon for the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on The Square in Washington.  More...

W-W Airport will host open house today with facts, food, flights, fun

The Washington-Wilkes County Airport will be the site of an open house and Chamber After Hours event designed to inform and familiarize the public with the facilities and operations of the airport. More...

Danish friend’s visit to Washington rekindles long-distance friendship

The story of two old law school friends getting together again after decades of long-distance friendship saw another chapter last week in Washington.  More...

Foxwood Senior Village holds open house

Curious neighbors and members of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce toured Foxwood Senior Village during its open house and grand opening last Friday. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

A happy queen makes a happy hive

I saw Dr. Bill Branan at one of the Lenten Luncheon’s last week and he asked me if I remembered mentioning in this column two or three years ago that I had many different kinds of trees in my yard but did not have a Chinaberry tree. More...

Opinions

One modern device used every day recalls my famous Viking ancestors

I ’ve mentioned my mother’s fascination with our families’ genealogy, how she spent years digging up our ancestors (no, not literally) and researching our forefathers and foremothers back for generations and generations.  More...

Book Review

Prague Winter

We know Madeleine Albright as the sixty-fourth U.S. Secretary of State, from 1997 to 2001. She has also served as a U. S. ambassador to the United Nations.  More...

It’s time ... to stand behind your words

The News-Reporter received a letter to the editor on Monday morning which we cannot publish. More...

Obituaries

Sara Myers Lamar

Funeral services for Sara Myers Lamar, 80, of Lexington Road, were held on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Chapman officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery. More...

Renarda LeAnn Curry

Funeral services for Renarda LeAnn Curry, 55, were held Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Prophet Michael Kennebrew officiating. She passed away on Friday, April 18, in White Plains, Georgia.  More...

Henry Tharion Douglas

Funeral services for Henry Thar­ion Douglas Sr., 88, of Augusta, were held Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Dr. Jimmy Elder officiating. Burial followed in Westover Memorial Park. Mr. More...

Personalities

Amanda Isdell and Keaton Wilson exchange wedding vows on April 4

Amanda Fumi Isdell and Keaton Dewey Wilson of Augusta exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony Saturday, April 4, at seven o’clock in the evening at T&S Farm in Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. Rev. More...

Jan Jackson Gunter to marry Robert Kenneth Long on May 25

Jan Jackson Gunter and Robert Kenneth (Kenny) Long of Washington Wilkes announce their plans to marry.  The bride is the daughter of the late Tabor and Jean Jackson of Tignall.  She is employed at the Department of Family and Children Serv More...

Majlinda Garrison, Daniel Miller united in marriage on April 5

Majlinda Garrison and Daniel Miller of Washington were united in marriage Saturday, April 5, at six o’clock in the evening at the Big “O” Farm in Washington. More...

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE!

High winds cause damage Wednesday morning

Crews from the City of Washington, Wilkes County, Rayle EMC, and Georgia Power are removing trees and tree limbs downed during dozens of gusts of high winds that passed through More...

Kitchen fire empties duplex in Tignall

Firefighters from Tignall and Washington tackled a smoky fire in a public housing duplex on West Wooten Street in Tignall last Wednesday afternoon. More...

Wills Memorial’s ICU closes today, 16 intensive care staffers laid off

As part of an ongoing effort to cut expenses, Wills Memorial Hospital has announced that it will close its intensive care unit this week, laying off 16 staff members.  More...

Cancer survivors to lead the march as Relay for Life kicks off Friday eve

In what has become an annual remembrance, Wilkes County cancer survivors wearing their traditional purple T-shirts will kick off the 2014 Wilkes Relay for Life Friday evening at 6 p.m.  More...

‘Under the Sea’ prom, Senior Walk are set for this Saturday at 8 p.m.

With a theme of “A Night Under the Sea,” the annual Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School prom set for Saturday, May 3, marks one of the highlights of the spring social calendar.  More...

Homeowner catches burglar, holds him at gun point

A Wilkes County man is in jail facing felony burglary charges after being caught at gunpoint by the owner of the home he had broken into Monday, April 21.  More...

Wilkes Democrats set candidates’ ‘Meet & Greet’ event Saturday a.m.

The Wilkes County Democratic Party is holding a meet-and-greet this weekend for Washington-Wilkes voters to meet some of the party’s candidates on the ballot for the May 20 primary election.  More...

Teen seriously injured in wreck near Tignall

Andrew Miller, 18, of Washington, was seriously injured last Friday morning on the Tignall Road north of Washington after he lost control of the Toyota he was driving and crashed. More...

News

Food pantry gets hands-on help from bank

The Stephen’s House Food Pantry served 116 families including some 250 family members with the help of 11 staff members from F&M Bank who volunteered on a recent Saturday morning. More...

CSRA unemployment rate up just slightly for month of Mar.

The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the unemployment rate in the Central Savannah River Area increased to 7.7 percent in March, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.6 percent in February. More...

Honors Night slated for 6 p.m. on May 8; the public is invited

Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School plans to honor students Thursday, May 8, beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. More...

Sports

Tiger Club will give away Beretta shotgun

W-W Athletic Director Robby Robinson and Tiger Club President Milton Roberts show off the Beretta A300 “Outlander” shotgun which is being raffled to raise funds for Tiger sports programs. More...

Tiger Club golf tournament to be held May 17

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger Club is sponsoring a golf tournament fundraiser for the benefit of Tiger athletics. The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 17, beginning at noon, with a Calcutta on Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m.  More...

Football players now circulating to raise funds for Lift-A-Thon

The annual W-W Tiger Lift-AThon activity began on Monday, April 28, and will continue through May 22. All Tiger football players in both the middle school and the high school will be soliciting donations during the four-week fundraiser.  More...

Worship

Jesus’ walk brings Him in sight of God’s gift to mankind

In the night before the Crucifixion, the darkness of Hell surrounded Jesus. He had known all along that this was what was going to happen. That is why He suffered so hard while praying on the Mount of Olives. More...

Rev. Carpenter guest speaker Sunday at Sardis Baptist Church

Rev. John Mark Carpenter will be the guest speaker for the worship service as Sardis Baptist Church in the Rayle community will celebrate its annual Homecoming on Sunday, May 4.  Rev. More...

Pauline Hopkins Class sponsoring barbecue to benefit Eve Gallo

The Pauline Hopkins Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church is sponsoring a chicken barbecue benefit to honor Eve Gallo and her family on Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The National Day of Prayer will be observed on The Square in Washington at noon this Thursday, May 1. More...