June 19, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Wilkes cyclists finish week-long BRAG bike ride

At least three residents of Washington-Wilkes joined hundreds of other cyclists last week to ride some 340 miles from Washington to the seacoast at Darien.  Darren and Cynthia Altman, along with Chan Drake, finished all six days of the 25th annu More...

Does and fawns are everywhere

With this year’s new crop of whitetail deer fawns just few weeks old now, drivers throughout Washington and Wilkes County are finding that dodging the active newcomers is a challenge. More...

Bruce McAvoy honored by milk producers

The Georgia Milk Producers Industry presented a Friend of the Dairy Industry award in memory of Bruce McAvoy at the association’s recent annual meeting in Savannah. More...

Raffle tickets on sale to support Fourth of July annual fireworks

Raffle tickets are now being sold for the annual Washington-Wilkes Independence Day celebration’s big fireworks display, but lots of money is still needed.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

See ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Kelli Wilson Reining and her husband, Allen Reining, received the American Red Cross Hero Nurse Rescue Award in a ceremony honoring several heroes last week. More...

Opinions

In family photographs of old, dads are missing, but modern photography lets fathers be seen

I ’m writing this on Father’s Day, and all day long, people have been posting treasured photos of their dads on Facebook, along with loving remembrances of fathers dearly loved and missed.  More...

Book Review

Mud Season

Mud Season is non-fiction, but the author states in her introduction, “This is the mostly true account of a few seasons of our quirky Vermont life. More...

Garden & Gun magazine is creative, unique look at the South

CHARLESTON, S. C. – Sterling Eason met me for breakfast at Virginia’s, across the street from her office at Garden & Gun, everybody’s favorite magazine. More...

Obituaries

Ida Mae Smith

Funeral services for Ida Mae Smith, 84, were held Saturday, May 24, at 2:30 p.m. at the Third Shiloh Rev. G.L. Avery Center. She departed this life on Sunday, May 18.  She was born on April 6, 1930, to the late Felix Bell and Elizabeth Turner. More...

Lois Calvin

Funeral services for Lois Calvin, 69, of Decatur, Georgia, were held Thursday, June 13, at St. Phillips AME Church in Atlanta with Rev. Priscilla Adams officiating. The committal service was at the Twin Oak Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. More...

Worship

Scriptures reveal God’s chosen path of grace to the apostles

After the Resurrection, Jesus went to the room where the apostles were gathered and spent time among them, ex- plaining Old Testament prophecy as it concerned Him ( verses 45- 47). At first, they were afraid of Him (verse s36-37). More...

Personalities

Taylor Alyse Echols to marry Ethan Thomas Armour Oct. 11

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Harper of Tignall and Mr. and Mrs. Marty Echols of Rayle announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Alyse Echols, to Ethan Thomas Armour, son of Mr. and Mrs. More...

Rosemary Kendrick Harris, James Thomas Ward exchange marriage vows on Saturday, May 17

Rosemary Kendrick Harris and James Thomas “Joey” Ward, both of Greensboro, exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony Saturday, May 17, at six-thirty o’clock in the evening at the Rhodes’ Beach House in Jacksonvill More...

New Beginnings

Turner McGill Barnett

Ashley and Ames Barnett of Washington announce the birth of their son, Turner McGill, on Monday, June 9, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. Turner weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 21 inches long. More...

Revaluing of cell phone tower equipment could reap $200k in additional tax revenue

A new agreement between the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners and Communications Site Evaluations LLC could result in an estimated $200,000 in extra tax revenue for the county after adjustments are made on personal property tax values for communic More...

Roofers agree to pay for water damage to school

The construction company building a new roof on the Washington Wilkes Elementary School has agreed to pay the costs of water damage to the school that occurred during construction.  More...

Water service expected to be out across Washington Sun. afternoon

A nearly city-wide water outage is scheduled in Washington for Sunday, June 22, beginning at 3 p.m. to replace a leaky old fire hydrant.  More...

Wilkes EMA director says summer’s heat can cause severe heat stroke, even death

The onset of hot weather has the Wilkes Emergency Management Agency director already worried about the health consequences of the upcoming months of real summer heat.  More...

Water aerobics free preview set Tuesday, June 24, at city’s pool

In a move to bring in more pool users, the city pool at Reese J. More...

Top Civil War author, expert Wert to speak at Civil War Round Table meeting Mon. at 6

Nationally recognized author and Civil War expert Jeffry D. More...

Primary runoff vote must line up with primary party pick

Most voters wanting to cast a ballot in the primary runoff election can expect to have to choose which party’s runoff to vote in, Wilkes County voter registrar Debbie Anderson said.  More...

News

Library’s Summer Reading continues with weekly fun

On Tuesday, June 10, ventriloquist Cliff Patton and Skeeter performed at the Mary Willis Library. Next Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m., Wendy Bennett will perform at the library. Bennett is a musical entertainer from Atlanta.  More...

Rotarians enjoy diversified program

Soil scientist Thomas Macfie (right) talked to the Washington Rotary Club about a number of subjects including the science of septic systems and where they work best, the benefits of using the cash.c More...

Workshops will assist citizens with home-buying questions

A two-part free educational workshop for people who want to buy a home but don’t know where to start is set for Thursday, June 19, and Thursday, June 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mary Willis Library.  More...

Letters

Washington-Wilkes or Washington and Wilkes?

TO THE EDITOR: Much has been said and even more rumored in the past couple weeks in our town. Should we consolidate, out-source, or just go with the status quo? More...

Tourism director bears responsibility

TO THE EDITOR: As a relatively new addition to the area, I have observed great compassion, community involvement, and civic pride among Washington’s population. More...

‘I promise to obey speed limit laws’ from now on

TO THE EDITOR:   On May 4, 2014, I was pulled over in Wilkes County going 87 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. When I received the ticket, I thought that was the only consequence of my actions. More...

Sports

District Six champions vie for state tourney bid

Washington-Wilkes Rookie Leaguers moved into the championship series at the sectional tournament in Athens last weekend after claiming the District Six championship on Monday of last week. More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

Intellectual Berg was baseball’s ‘spy’

One of the most interesting, intriguing and fascinating players ever to play Major League Baseball was none other than Morris “Moe” Berg. Berg was a catcher who played in less than 700 games in his 15 years in the big leagues.  More...

Corporate sponsorship drive to fund all athletic programs

Washington-Wilkes Tiger athletics and the Tiger Club have kicked off a two-monthlong campaign to jump start and benefit all W-WCHS athletes for the coming 2014-2015 school year and many years beyond.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Sardis Baptist Church in Rayle will host Vacation Bible School for children birth-12th grade Sunday-Friday, June 22-27, from 7-9 p.m. The theme is “Agency D3: Discover, Defend, Decide – I Peter 3:15.”  .  More...