December 31, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Tyler will retire after 41 years; reception set Wed. afternoon

The public is invited to a drop-in reception for retiring County Administrator David Tyler from 1-3 p.m. More...

Family violence, property crimes lead Wilkes arrests

Property crimes and DUIs accounted for the bulk of law enforcement action during the last month. The listed arrests are taken from the limited information in arrest reports provided by local law enforcement officials, and no arrests are left out. More...

First Wilkes CNA class graduates

The five members of the first class for Certified Nursing Assistant to be taught at the Athens Tech Washington-Wilkes Career Center, includes (kneeling) Machille Milton, (l-r) Tanisha Hanosek, Domini More...

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The Office Cat

Enjoy the little nonsense

The Office Cat

We all know without a doubt that we have had lots of rain for the past two weeks, and especially for the past week. More...

Opinions

Stand by for 2016’s steady stream of ugly ads as political candidates sling mud all year long

I ’d like to write about Christmas being like a summer’s day, 80 degrees and pouring rain day and night, but there’s another storm on the horizon, and it’s going to take a lot longer to pass.  More...

Book Review

Beyond Words  By CARL SAFINA   More...

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Obituaries

Elizabeth Morris Ivey

Graveside services for Elizabeth “Libby” Morris Ivey, 95, of Washington, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 24, at Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Arthur Key officiating. More...

Elizabeth Woodruff Gunby

A Celebration of Life for Elizabeth “Bunny” Woodruff Gunby, 73, of Washington, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 2, at the Washington First United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Hall and Rev. More...

Lawrence Willis

Funeral services for Lawrence Willis, 68, of Washington, were held at noon on Saturday, December 26, at Twin Oak Baptist Church in Washington. The interment was held in the church cemetery. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Springfield Baptist Church will hold Watch Night services on Thursday, December 31, beginning at 10 p.m. Rev. Larry Hill and Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church will be in charge. .  More...

Breaking News - 1/4/2016 12:17 PM

Road repairs to begin immediately - Free Access

Gordon Street project is first

Washington City Administrator Sherri Bailey has provided an update on road repairs and says that work on the Gordon Street project will start right away. Others are being prioritized. More...

Savannah River Dams to make controlled spillway releases due to recent rains

Scheduled for morning of Dec. 31

Due to recent above-normal rainfall in the upper Savannah River Basin, Savannah District anticipates a need to operate the spillway gates early on the morning of Dec. 31 at the three major dams in the Savannah River system: Hartwell Dam, Richard B. More...

Suspicious mail examined; is now said to be resolved, but investigation goes on

Authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package at the U.S. Post Office in Washington Monday morning and have resolved the issue, Sheriff Mark Moore says. More...

First fatal fire, new coach are top news in first half of 2015

During 2015, The News-Reporter covered the happenings in Wilkes County with stories and pictures of events ranging from charitable fundraisers to tourism to government affairs to law enforcement and even murder. More...

Relay kick-off set for Jan. 19

With plans well underway for the 2016 Wilkes County Relay for Life, organizers have set this year’s Relay for Life Kickoff event later in January.  More...

News

‘Insurance rating system unfair’ to rural counties, Moore says

Wilkes County Commission Chairman Sam Moore told the Washington Rotary Club that the relatively new ISO insurance ratings are unfair especially to people who live in rural counties like Wilkes County.  More...

Big Easy tickets for shelter fundraiser are now available

Tickets are currently on sale for the Big Easy Unleashed, which features a six-course gourmet dinner prepared by award-winning chef Joe Barnett to benefit the Washington Wilkes Humane Shelter Association.  More...

Harrison graduates; she and Roberson make Dean’s List

Lauren Harrison of Tignall graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville at the fall 2015 commencement ceremony. More...

Sports

Former W-W Tiger coordinator will coach in 2016 Semper Fidelis Bowl

Coach Curtis Williams has been selected to coach in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game in Carson, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. More...

W-W wrestlers participate in Razorback Ramble

Taking first place in the Razorback Ramble held at Cross Creek High School earlier this month were Tiger wrestlers (shown above, kneeling, l-r) Joshua Chapman, Octavious Cofer, (standing) Coach Tommy More...

Top sports fans will know answers to this quiz

1. When was the last time before 2015 that the Detroit Tigers started a season 6-0?  2. Who had more stolen bases in his career: George Brett or Pete Rose?  3. More...

Personalities

Barnettes guests of honor at baby shower and tea on November 22

Hayley and Matthew Barnette of Wilson, N.C., were honored with an afternoon tea and baby shower on Sunday, November 22, at the Firehouse Inn in Rutherfordton, N.C.  More...

Samuel P. McGill II receives engineering degree from Clemson

Samuel Peyton McGill II of Aiken, S.C., graduated with honors from Clemson University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree in commencement exercises Thursday, December 17.  While at Clemson, he was a varsit More...

New Beginnings

William Cooper Lance   More...