2014-11-20 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Early deadlines for next week

A ccording to a report by the Associated Press, the average price of gasoline will be less than $3.00 a gallon in 2015 (which is fast approaching). The report further states that if the sharply lower estimate holds true, United States consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. The result will be that drivers will pay $2.94 per gallon on average in 2015, 45 cents lower than this year. Current prices of gas in Washington-Wilkes are a bit difficult to interpret because a couple of the signs at stations are damaged and one has gone out of business. Early Monday morning, the Golden Pantry on west Robert Toombs Avenue listed the price as $2.89; the station at the corner of West Robert Toombs and Alison Street was $2.89; and the Citgo Station next to Fievet Pharmacy was $2.92. The sign is damaged at the corner of Robert Toombs and Alexander Avenue. l

Carole Johnson Murphy of Bishop, a native of Washington and daughter of Mabel W. Johnson of Washington, has another article published in Guideposts magazine. The article is in the November issue of the magazine and is about anxiety disorders and agoraphobia. Carole’s husband is Rev. Bob Murphy, also a native of Washington. l Nobody reported any rain for last week, but an e-mail from Sonny Johnson in Tyrone reports that he didn’t have any rain last week but the rain came Monday morning at 4:50 a.m. and by 9 a.m. he had received four tenths of an inch. That’s my report for 49 Lexington Avenue, too. l

The post office in Washington has changed its handicap parking from the east side of the building to the south side, and lowered a “window” in the office area to make it easier for handicapped persons to do business. l

There are lots of interesting and fun things coming up in Washington Wilkes before Christmas. The ever-popular Candlelight Shopping in downtown Washington is set for Tuesday, November 25, from 6-9 p.m. with stores open for shopping and treats and other surprises. It’s scheduled to snow … The Parade of Lights is set for Saturday, December 13, along with the second Candlelight Shopping and Snow on The Square, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. There are other special activities scheduled for that week, too. … The Robert Toombs House will present “A Tree of Families “ on Saturday, December 13, and there will be other activities as well. … though there will be no Christmas at Callaway this year, Callaway Plantation will be decorated for the holidays and open for visitors Saturday, December 13. Check else¬≠where in this paper for dates and times for Snow on The Square. l

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday next week, the deadline for news and advertisements in The News-Reporter will be a little early for that week. Deadline for legal and classified advertisements will be Friday, November 21, at 3 p.m.; and for retail advertisements, society news, and all other news, Friday, November 21, at 5 p.m. … The News-Reporter office and Radio Shack will be closed Tuesday, November 25, and Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28. They will be open Monday and Wednesday, November 24 and 26. l

Be sure to take note of the beautiful Christmas decorations high up on the light poles on The Square. City workers climbed up the poles and put the decorations in place on some of the coldest and windiest days we have had – and we have had a bunch. Thanks, guys. l

I have found the source of Robbie Hardigree’s articles which he has found most interesting in the past few weeks. The articles are in Janet Harvill Standard’s Scrapbooks, published by Wilkes Publishing Company and appearing in The News-Reporter in the 1970s. The Mary Willis Library has copies of the scrapbooks, but they can’t be checked out. You have to read them in the library. … The one for this week is titled “Wilkes astronomers wrote for Grier’s Almanac” and tells about two Wilkes County men who wrote the articles. The Scrapbook says that in the very first issue of good old faithful Grier’s in 1807 there appeared astronomical calculations by Thomas P. Ashmore whose forefathers came to Wilkes with the Virginia migration in 1784. For 110 years the Ashmores – Thomas P. and his nephew Otis P. – advised readers as to their health and welfare through astronomical forecasts. “They knew just when to plant crops, when the moon was just right for the fisher- man, which days would be lucky and which it would be just as well if you didn’t bother to get up.” … “Otis P. Ashmore was a brilliant man but in those early days his formal education was limited. Without ever graduating from high school or college he took an examination and entered the University of Georgia for graduate work. In 1894 he received a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and resumed his teaching in Georgia schools. He taught in Wilkes, Lincoln, and Columbia counties and served many years as superintendent of schools in Chatham County. In 1900 he was appointed to the Naval Observatory staff to observe the total eclipse of the sun but just think of how happy he would have been in” later years when he could have been moon-hopping with the astronauts if they had offered him a ride. l

Many churches are preparing special Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. Check The News-Reporter for details and see if you would like to attend any or all of them.

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