August 13, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Court Chief Bailiff Eddie Finnell retires

Wilkes County Superior Court Senior Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr. congratulates retiring Court Chief Bailiff Eddie Finnell before Monday’s start of Grand Jury proceedings. More...

Ready or not, kids are back in school

Pre-K teacher Myra Harris (at right) offers a hug to an arriving student at last week’s open house at the Washington-Wilkes Elementary School, while some students look a little wary as they and More...

First meeting for 2016 Relay for Life is set for next Tuesday at Sanctuary

The first meeting to help organize the 2016 Wilkes County Relay for Life is set for Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m.  More...

Qualifying for Nov. municipal elections set for Washington,Tignall, and Rayle

Qualifying for the November municipal elections in Washington, Tignall, and Rayle is set for late in August, election officials announced in ads published in The News-Reporter.  More...

Taking the last steps in repaving project

Contract workers shovel up pieces of the old ground-up asphalt from sidewalks along West Robert Toombs Avenue, one of the last steps in the $644,000 repaving project that put a smooth new surface on More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Lots of memories

After last week’s column requesting memories of our readers, I have had several responses. Here’s one from Jane Echols Davis who lives in Florida but grew up in Wilkes County. More...

Opinions

Watching the annual meteor shower tonight can give us all a lifetime of good memories

The middle of August was always a hot but happy time of year for me growing up – still deep in summer, but with the end to freedom coming into sight.  More...

Book Review

The Sleepwalkers

In June, 1914, World War I began. More...

A visit to a WWII GI cemetery connects us to the eternal

HENRI CHAPELLE, Belgium – Meeting Bobby Bell brought about one of those serendipitous moments to savor – the result of a referral. More...

Obituaries

Rosa Mae Buff Ware

Funeral services for Rosa Mae Buff Ware, 94, of Ware-McLendon Road, were held Tuesday, August 11, at 6 p.m. at Fishing Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Cates and Rev. Ficklen Guin officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Martha Louise Mobley

A memorial service for Martha Louise Mobley, 86, of Charlie Walker Road, was held Wednesday, August 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sanctuary Church of God with Pastor Al George officiating. She died Sunday, August 9, at her residence.  More...

Margaret Samuel Fortson

Funeral services for Margaret Samuel Fortson, 85, of Tignall, were held Wednesday, August 5, at 1 p.m. at the Tignall Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Reviere and Rev. Albert Huyck officiating. Interment followed in the Tignall Baptist Cemetery. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Washington-Wilkes Toastmasters will meet at the Mary Willis Library from 6-7:15 p.m. August 17, 31, September 14, and 21. Anyone over 18 with a desire to improve communication and leadership skills is invited to attend.  .  More...

Ready for football tomorrow night

Senior receiver Kemble Laguines (above) and the rest of the W-W Tigers will get a preview of their abilities in a scrimmage game against Elbert County Blue Devils this Friday at 7:30 p.m. More...

Washington moves forward on Gordon Street; agrees to support Kettle Creek Battlefield park

In a shorter-than-usual meeting Monday night, the Washington City Council tended to routine business, heard an update on the Kettle Creek Battlefield development plan, and agreed to a vital step to move forward in the redevelopment of the Gordon Stre More...

Outreach conference planned to help seniors and caregivers

Seniors from all over Washington Wilkes will be able to hear professionals speak on subjects important to seniors and caregivers at a Seniors Outreach Conference set for Saturday, August 22, at New Salem Baptist Church.  More...

When the lights go out, city residents should call City Hall for help, not 911

In Washington, don’t call 911 any more when your lights go out.  A new after-hours phone service for residents of Washington is expected to take some of the heavy non-emergency load off Wilkes County 911 emergency operators when weather ev More...

Car crashes, occupants disappear

Wilkes County Deputies Jason Darracott and Felicia Bridges, along with Georgia State Patrol troopers, are investigating an apparent DUI crash early Sunday morning on Peachtree Street in an area calle More...

Mules, vendors need to sign up for ’15 Mule Day

More mules are still needed to compete in the 35th annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival set for Saturday, October 10.  More...

News

Recycling program explained

Washington City Administrator Sherri Bailey (center) and Water and Sewer Superintendent Darrell Rogers told the Washington Rotary Club about how the city’s recycling program works and about pla More...

District officer encourages all to be involved in 4-H program

(Editor’s note: Zachary Hill has been elected as a Senior 4-H Northeast District Officer. As such, he has written the following to encourage others and to tell his own 4-H story.  More...

Goat show team continues season

Several members of the Wilkes County Goat Show Team exhibited their animals at the Heartbeat of the Hills Classic in Cleveland, Georgia, last Saturday, August 1. More...

Sports

Tigers looking for consistency in scrimmage Friday

Fans will get their first chance to see the 2015 W-W Tigers in real action, with a real opponent in this Friday night’s pre-season scrimmage with the Elbert County Blue Devils. The action will be held in Elberton beginning at 7:30 p.m.  More...

W-W girls softball team opens this week with games, tourney

The 2015 Lady Tiger softball season got underway on Monday this week when the ladies travelled to Grovetown and suffered an 8-5 closely fought loss at the hands of the Warriors. More...

Public fishing areas can offer entertainment and family fun

Summer would not be complete without a family and friends fishing trip, so plan a visit to one of Georgia’s available public fishing areas (PFA) to make that happen! More...

Worship

Jesus warns against godlessness

If we lived in a godly world, everyone would obey the great commandments, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind... and... More...

Personalities

Brian Bufford ordained to Roman Catholic Priesthood in Atlanta

Brian Bufford was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta in services Saturday, June 27, at Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.  Over 30 members of St. More...

Molly Newsome and attendants enjoy bridal luncheon August 7

The Rider House on Court Street was the scene of a bridesmaids luncheon honoring Molly Caroline Newsome, bride-elect of Mitchell Alexander Esswein of Lilburn, on Friday, August 7.  Hostesses for the luncheon were Alicia DeWeese, Teresa Eason, In More...

OLLI members attend Fort Gordon Dinner Theater on July 31

Twenty-four members and friends of the Washington Chapter of OLLI @ UGA attended the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater Friday evening, July 31.  The group enjoyed “Be My Baby,” an “off-kilter love story with lot of laughs,” by K More...