August 14, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Could fire destroy Wilkes courthouse as Hancock County’s was on Monday?

Residents across Wilkes County were shocked to wake up Monday morning to the news that the historic Hancock County courthouse in Sparta had burned to the ground overnight with a loss not only of the historic building but of decades of records. More...

Months of construction leave W-WES smelling great

Getting back to school last week was an especially happy time for one Wilkes County school: for the first time in more than a year, the Washington Wilkes Elementary School is now bone-dry and smelling like a school should smell.  More...

Vendor prices are rolled back for Oct. Southern Heritage Festival

Vendor applications are needed for the 34th annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival set for Saturday, October 11, and organizers on the board of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce say they are rolling back prices for food vendors and craft More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Dog days tied to dog star

Workers began “taking down” a landmark in Washington Wednesday morning.  More...

Opinions

With ISIS terrorists beheading children in Iraq, we’ll pay a terrible price for our weak response

Once again, events in Iraq and the Middle East show that Washington’s handling of that conflict are ham-handed and clueless, and this time we’re failing to help some of our closest allies in the region who are being slaughtered.  More...

Book Review

The Golden Egg

For some writers (and some readers), place is very important. (Think William Faulkner, the South; Robert Parker, Boston.) Donna Leon lives in Venice, and all of her books (over 20, so far) are set there. More...

The Danube River through Budapest has seen joy, atrocities

BUDAPEST, Hungary – The rivers of the world are fascinating and bring about enlightenment as well as adventure. The Ocmulgee and the Oconee form Georgia’s Altamaha, a river to explore and appreciate. More...

Obituaries

Alma Norman Lunceford O’Neal

Graveside services for Alma Norman Lunceford O’Neal, 90, of Washington, were held Sunday, August 10, at 2 p.m. at Carter’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Mark Woods officiating. More...

Laurie Maxwell Gowen

Laurie Maxwell Gowen of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Friday, August 8, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Her heart failed after a 12-year struggle with heart disease.  More...

Sim A. Ware

Funeral services for Chief Petty Officer Sim A. “S.A.” Ware, 82, U.S. Coast Guard retired, were held Friday, August 8, at 2 p.m. at Independence United Methodist Church in Tignall with Rev. W.C. Bentley officiating. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The City of Washington’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 26, at 9 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.  .  More...

Athens Tech to teach truck driving course using Gordon Street school parking areas

The Washington City Council tended to largely routine business in its August meeting Monday night, with no sign of the recent crowds that came out for controversial votes in recent months.  More...

Washington teen arrested in Friday night shooting at Pope Center teen party

A going-away party at The Pope Center for a college-bound student Friday night turned into the scene of a crime when a Washington youth fired a handgun into a crowd of hundreds of teens, hitting two.  More...

Tigers will continue pre-season action this Friday night

Following an impressive start in pre-season scrimmaging last week, the Washington-Wilkes Tigers will travel to Hart County this Friday for their second round of preparatory play. More...

Firefighter Tim back on the job, ready for school

Washington Fire Department’s Lieutenant Tim Wright is back on the job at a fire truck’s pump controls at a Metasville Road fire last week. More...

Washington firefighters train for dealing with hazardous materials

Washington fire fighters underwent training last week to learn how to deal with some of the many hazardous materials they might encounter on the job.  More...

Aonia Pass MX sees rare August races

Some 300 riders and over 1,000 family members turned out at Aonia Pass Motocross Park over the weekend for the Best in Georgia race series. More...

News

Broad River Watershed annual meeting is set for Danielsville Aug. 16

The public is invited to the annual meeting of the Broad River Watershed Association on Saturday, August 16 at the Camp Kiwanis Nature Center building, 2613 Old Wildcat Bridge Road in Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia.  Breakfast will be ser More...

W-W FFA officers attend COLT conference at Covington in July

The officers of the Washington Wilkes FFA chapter were part of the 250 chapter officers representing 37 FFA chapters from across Georgia who attended a session of the 2014 Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference (COLT).  More...

Church of the Mediator to offer film series, discussion during fall

Last fall the Episcopal Church of the Mediator launched a series of Wednesday night dinners, each followed by a short film and open discussions, all centered on questions of life. It will do the same again this fall.  More...

Sports

Go TIGERS! Fans impressed by first pre-season showing last Fri.

W-W will travel to Hart County for scrimmage

A total of 87 Washington-Wilkes Tigers took the field last Friday night to host the Elbert County Blue Devils in the first of two pre-season scrimmages designed to help the teams evaluate their strengths and weaknesses before the “real” s More...

Lady Tigers start slow, finish strong in Chick-fil-A tourney

The Washington-Wilkes Lady Tiger softball team did not come away empty-handed as the girls won their final game in the Chick-fil-A Classic last Saturday. For the entire outing, their overall record was a disappointing 1-4 record.  More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

‘Cuban Comet’ plays in seven decades

In an amazing story and an amazing life, 88-year-old “Minnie” Minoso looks back over a baseball life that has encompassed seven decades. More...

Worship

Jesus, the Lamb of God

On the day after John had undergone the intense questioning by the Pharisees and Levites from Jerusalem, he had the experience of his life. More...

Personalities

Edee Fortson enjoys third birthday party with family, friends

Edee Fortson, daughter of Meghan and Adam Fortson, celebrated her third birthday with a carnival theme party at her home on Saturday, August 2.  Tables were covered in red and white cloths and held displays of circus tents.  More...

Julie Elizabeth Vermillion, Clete Zachary Wilson exchange marriage vows on July 12 in Athens

Julie Elizabeth Vermillion of Dallas, Tex., and Clete Zachary Wilson of Hiram, formerly of Tignall, were united in marriage in a beautiful ceremony Saturday, July 12, at five o’clock in the afternoon at The University of Georgia Chapel in Athen More...

Abby Aaron and Cameron Tribble honored at Mexican Fiesta Shower

Abby Aaron and Cameron Tribble of Thomson were entertained at a Couples Mexican Fiesta Shower Saturday evening, August 2, at the home of Jamie and Trey Anderson.  Co-hosts and hostesses with the Andersons were Angie and Mark Thornton, Cynthia an More...