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Two phone scams hitting Wilkes try ruses to steal money and ID - Free Access

Two phone scams are making the rounds of Wilkes County, and the sheriff wants to tell people to be on the lookout for suspicious calls that seem to be good news. More...

Survivors kick off 2014 Wilkes Relay

Wilkes County cancer survivors celebrate life last Friday evening as they take the first lap of the all-night 2014 Wilkes Relay for Life event at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation track. More...

Early voting set for Saturday, May 10, as May 20 general primary approaches

Wilkes County voters have been casting their advance ballots for the May 20 primary, and this Saturday, May 10, will also be a day of early voting.  “You can vote on Saturday in our office from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.” voter registrar Debbie A More...

Prom-goers enjoy a dress-up ‘Night Under the Sea’

Students at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School packed the house Saturday night for the annual Junior-Senior Prom. More...

Plum Creek donates for equipment

Grady B. Britt, Senior Resource Forester of Plum Creek Timber Company, gives a check to Tracie Burriss, Wills Memorial CFO, as the Plum Creek Foundation awards WMH a $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a new cardiac monitoring system. More...

Special Sections

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The Office Cat

Letters can be newly discovered

A s part of a nation-wide effort, mail carriers in Washington-Wilkes will be collecting canned goods for the community Saturday, May 10.  More...

Opinions

Public outrage over tax refund seizures makes government back down, for now

Just when you didn’t think the federal government couldn’t get any more money-grubbing, now I’ve got to tell you about the Treasury Offset Program. More...

Book Review

Pope Joan

The title Pope Joan would not lead the reader to suspect a romantic historical novel. This, however, is what we have here. The book is listed as fiction, and the question of the accuracy of the underlying story is controversial. More...

Victoria Falls made my collection of sunsets complete

I n 1984 on a trip to South Africa, there was an opportunity to fly from Johannesburg to Bulawayo, followed by a journey by van to Victoria Falls, which brought about one of the most memorable trips I have ever experienced.  More...

Obituaries

Ronnie Lee Martin

Funeral services for Ronnie Lee Martin, 58, of Washington, were held Saturday, May 3, at Memorial Church of God in Christ in Atlanta. He passed away Sunday, April 27.  Mr. More...

Martha Hurley

Funeral services for Martha Hurley, 96, were held at Gibson Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. She departed this life Thursday, April 24, at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington. More...

Fannie Pink Barksdale Smith

Funeral services for Fannie Pink Barksdale Smith were held Sunday, April 27, at New Ford Baptist Church in Danburg. She departed this life on Thursday, April 24, at Heritage Healthcare of Wilkes.  Mrs. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the Wilkes County courthouse with a work session immediately prior in the chairman’s office beginning at 5 p.m. More...

County appraiser fires staffer due to ‘differences’ over property tax digest

Faced with the deadline to complete the county’s property tax digest by July 1, the Wilkes County Board of Assessors has concurred with the new Chief Appraiser Dale Tyre and fired one of only three employees working on the digest.  More...

Nine Democratic candidates for May 20 come to hear from Wilkes County voters

Some nine candidates for elected office attended Saturday morning’s Wilkes County Democratic Party meet-and-greet to meet Washington Wilkes voters prior to the May 20 primary election.  “All politics starts at the local level,” More...

City to hold hearing on unified planning document approval

The City of Washington will hold a hearing Monday for the public to comment on the proposed Washington Wilkes Unified Comprehensive Plan for 2014-2024.  More...

Butane leaks at railroad depot

Emergency crews worked last Tuesday to stop a butane gas leak in a railroad siding south of Washington, but the leak released some 7,000 gallons into the wind. More...

Spring Cruise-In set for Saturday

Just as crowds enjoyed last year’s Memory Lane Cruisers’ Spring Cruise-In, this year’s event is set for Saturday evening, May 10. More...

Donations needed for fireworks show set for Independence Day celebration

Plans are already well underway for this year’s big Washington-­Wilkes Independence Day celebration but as always, everyone in Wilkes County needs to pitch in a little to pay for a high-quality fireworks display.  More...

Crowds gather for open house at Washington-Wilkes Airport

Pilot Terry Boswell (above) helps passenger Sherman Gartrell aboard Boswell’s airplane for a ride last Thursday as the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and airport engineers from W.K. More...

News

Mark’s Tabernacle celebrates 116 years, has plans for more

Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church celebrated its 116th anniversary on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. The purpose of the celebration was “to keep alive the message of God’s love and what He has done for them as a church. 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...

Healing Bridge will aid female veterans in crisis

“Female veterans are in crisis in this country,” Barbara Bailey, founding executive board member of the Healing Bridge Foundation, told the Washington Rotary Club last week as she explained the need for, and developmental progress of her More...

Sports

Tiger Club golf tourney set 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...

Wildlife Action presents turkey gun

Carla Donburg (left) was the winner of a Mossburg 500 youth turkey gun presented by Floyd Higgins, president of the Wildlife Action Fishin’ Creek Chapter, at the conclusion of a fundraising raf More...

Worship

Jesus walks God’s path of grace to bring salvation to mankind

The Jews were God’s chosen people and, when Jesus went out into the highways and byways of the earth to spread the gospel of salvation, He offered his good news to them first. More...

Personalities

Washington-Wilkes High School Class of 1964 gathers at W-W Country Club for 50th class reunion on April 26

The Washington-Wilkes High School Class of l964 celebrated its 50-year reunion as members, spouses, and guests gathered at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club Saturday evening, April 26.  As everyone arrived they were greeted and given their name More...

Jessica Katelyn Watson to wed Alexander Elliot Bond June 14

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Watson of Washington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Katelyn, to Alexander Elliot Bond of Athens, son of Mrs. Wendy Bond and Lyndon Bond, also of Athens.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. More...

Amber Ellis and Trey Kemp honored at shower April 27

Engaged couple Amber Ellis and Trey Kemp were guests of honor at a miscellaneous shower Sunday, April 27, at Ebenezer Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. More...