June 18, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Repaving to begin Monday morning from McDonald’s to Wilkes Vet clinic

The main street through Washington is about to be ground down and repaved, causing some delays and inconvenience, but resulting in a smooth new surface for years to come.  More...

Wilkes Board of Education passes tentative $19 million 2016 budget

The Wilkes County Board of Education gave tentative approval to the FY16 school system budget. The $19,811,182 budget is nearly the same as last year’s. More...

Early summer heat spell requires care especially with infants, seniors, others

With temperatures in Washington Wilkes already hitting 100 degrees, the Wilkes EMA director is warning that now is the time to take serious measures to keep the most vulnerable people safe from hot weather, this week.  More...

Sleepy driver gives resident a wake-up call

Latoya Wynn got a violent wake-up call just after 7 a.m. last Friday morning as a pickup, driven by Dalrick Deon Willis of Washington, crashed into her home on Mercer Street. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Remember the parade on the 4th

The Washington Little Theater Company’s Drama Camp has had 35 young people participating in this year’s camp.  More...

Opinions

Flooding Green’s Grove for an in-town reservoir may be a good idea and not just a crazy dream

This is going to sound a little crazy, but wouldn’t Green’s Grove make a great in-town lake and recreation area?  More...

Book Review

A Spool of Blue Thread

Like many parents, Abby and Red Whitshank have one child who is hard to understand. We meet them and their son Denny in the first chapter of A Spool of Blue Thread. We don’t exactly meet Denny. More...

On pride:‘The higher you rise, the more humble you should be’

Pride, properly managed, is a good thing. You want your kids to take pride in their homework, their appearance, and their relationships. Good sense, good habits, and good judgment are wonderful companions.  More...

Obituaries

Carrie Willie Williams

Funeral services for Carrie Willie Williams were conducted Wednesday, June 17, at 1 p.m. from Reeves Chapel Church in Tignall. Interment was at the church cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday, June 16, from 6-7 p.m. in the T. A. More...

Joey A. McGill

Funeral services for Joey A. Mc- Gill, 60, of Lincolnton, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Lincolnton Baptist Church with Rev. Tripp Goodwin and Dr. William F. Harrell officiating. Interment followed in the Lincolnton City Cemetery. More...

Worship

Jesus glorifies the spirit

God created mankind in his own image and provided a plan of salvation through the shed blood of his own Son, Jesus Christ. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

All municipal court dates originally scheduled for June 2015 have been re-scheduled for July 28, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Washington City Hall.  .  Wilkes Transit and The Roy L. More...

Breaking News - 6/18/2015 9:53 AM

REPAVING OF ROBERT TOOMBS DELAYED AT LEAST TWO WEEKS - Free Access

Representatives of GDOT said Wednesday that the repaving of Robert Toombs and Lexington Avenues has been delayed by the construction company, C and H Paving. More...

Board of Commissioners agree on $14+ million budget for next year

Wilkes County’s 2016 fiscal year budget came under public review for the first time during the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners last week but there were no questions asked about the $14+ million package. More...

County, city, and PDA use joint venture to support Wills Memorial turnaround

The Washington-Wilkes Payroll Development Authority (PDA) is fine-tuning an intergovernmental agreement that will form a joint venture between itself, the City of Washington, and Wilkes County to provide financial support to Wills Memorial Hospital a More...

Travel writers get delicious welcome to Washington-Wilkes

As more than a dozen travel writers from all over the U.S. More...

Young actors take the stage for Summer Drama Camp

Young actors from third grade through high school have been on stage for the last two weeks, taking part in the Washington Little Theater Company’s annual Summer Drama Camp. More...

News

Alliance is powerful drug buyer

Pharmacist Joey Fievet told members of the Washington Rotary Club about the formation, in the 1990s, of the Compliant Pharmacy Alliance. More...

Sam’s Path Zoo will educate readers at library next Tue.

Juggler Todd Key performed his show, “Todd Key’s Flying Debris,” at the Mary Willis Library last Tuesday and the Vacation Reading Program will continue on Tuesday, June 23, with Sam’s Path Zoo at 10 a.m. More...

New Springfield’s ‘Juneteenth’ slated for June 20, 11-3

Pastor Reginald A. Hunter and the New Springhill Baptist Church of Philomath will host their annual “Tailgate For Christ – Juneteenth Celebration” on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church.  More...

Letters

Appreciates hometown paper

TO THE EDITOR:   Thank you for having Kip Burke on your staff. What a great and interesting writer he is! I look forward to it every week and have never been “let down.”  More...

Sports

W-WPRD outlines summer activities

Summer sports and activities going on through the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department include:  1. More...

Planning for annual classic underway

The annual Amos Martin Invitational Golf Tournament, a mainstay at the Washington-Wilkes County Club for more than 85 years, will be played during the Independence Day weekend, July 4-5. More...

BASEBALL’S BEST

Bulldogs contribute to major league rosters

Consider that in the 100-plus years of professional baseball in America, only 18,000 or so players have made the major leagues. The University of Georgia baseball teams over the years have sent almost 40 former players to the bigs. More...

Personalities

Carmen Echols entertained at diaper shower held on May 30

The home of Melanie Boatwright and Emmett Whelchel in Lexington was the scene of a baby diaper shower honoring Carmen Echols on Saturday, May 30.  Festivities were given by Melanie Boatwright, Emmett Whelchel; Susan Yearwood, Brittany and Edward More...

Cody Gowen completes training at police academy on June 13

Cody Gowen graduated from GPSTC-Regional Police Academy of Athens on Saturday, June 13, in exercises at the Winder Community Center in Winder.  Gowen participated in the 11-week, 408-hour Basic Law Enforcement Training course as required by the More...

Maggie Blackwell baptized on June 7 at Church of the Mediator

Margaret Jane “Maggie” Blackwell, daughter of Matthew and Holly Blackwell of Roswell, was baptized Sunday, June 7, at the Church of the Mediator in Washington with The Rev. More...