January 14, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Work on city streets and county roads continues, but much work still needed

Two weeks after heavy rains flooded roads all over Wilkes County, road and street repairs are well underway, but several roads are still not open and there’s still no word if there will be any help from the state for the repairs.  More...

This year’s Salvation Army kettle drive brings in most local donations in years

Now in its 16th year, the Salvation Army Christmas red kettle drive was the most successful in years, raising more than $10,700 to help people in Wilkes County who are going through hard times.  More...

Wilkes Relay for Life to kick off Tuesday at First Baptist Church

The Relay for Life of Wilkes County will be hosting its 2016 kickoff event next Tuesday evening at Washington’s First Baptist Church.  More...

Voting in Presidential Primary set to start Monday, February 8

It’s nearly time for Georgia voters to decide which candidate they support for the 2016 presidential election.  Early voting for Georgia’s March 1 Presidential Preference Primary starts soon, and ballots by mail are available now, Wi More...

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The Office Cat

70-somethings staying on the job

The Office Cat

The wind is howling so cold from the northwest that I feel sure Santa Claus must have transported me back to the North Pole with him. The rain has slowed up and we just have minor showers forecast for this next week. More...

Opinions

Do we all really want to win a billion bucks and be chased by relatives and strangers?

It looks like nobody won the $940,000,000 Powerball lottery prize Saturday night, but that’s not stopping people from lining up all over the country to buy more tickets for Wednesday’s drawing. More...

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

Book Review

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Obituaries

Hilda Cook McCarty

Graveside services for Hilda Cook McCarty, 77, of Lundburg Road, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 8, at Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Kohlhagen officiating. She died Wednesday, January 6, in Washington.  More...

Claude Cullars

Graveside services for Claude Cullars were held on January 9, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church cemetery. He entered into rest Monday, January 4.  More...

John Vince Waters Jr.

A celebration of the life of John Vince “J.V.” Waters Jr., 74, of Orangeburg, South Carolina, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 16, at Washington Presbyterian Church. He died on Saturday, January 9.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The W-W Class of 1971 will meet on Saturday, January 16, at the Mary Willis Library at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Lawrence Stokes at 706-339-7504.  .  The Wilkes County Board of Education will meet at the board office on N. More...

His Dream Is in Our Hands

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   More...

Mayor Barnett: ‘Working together, this city council can go a long way’

Washington’s first city council meeting of 2016 opened with the swearing in of a re-elected mayor and three councilmen.  More...

Powerball lottery sales high here, jackpot soars to over $1.4 billion

Powerball lottery mania didn’t cause people to line up in Washington Wilkes Saturday, but there were hundreds of tickets sold to local folks and visitors alike, all hoping to get in on the $900+ million jackpot.  More...

Memory Lane Cruisers donate to local groups

Using money raised during the spring and fall Cruise-Ins, the Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club made significant donations to four groups whose work is vital to life in Washington-Wilkes. More...

Early blooms call for patience, not pruning, horticulturist says

With December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. More...

New council sworn in at Rayle’s first 2016 meeting

In last week’s meeting of the Rayle mayor and council, Councilman Annette Spence, Mayor Jake Buff, and councilmen Brent Sherrer and Boyce Hall took their oaths of office from new city attorney More...

News

Importance of airport explained

“You have an airport and that is a big deal,” said Phil Eberly (second from right), CEO of Lead Edge Design Group and chief consulting engineer for the Washington-Wilkes County Airport. More...

Fees for day use, annual passes changed at Thurmond, Hartwell

The new year has ushered in changes to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District fee structure for recreation day use at boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. More...

Mary Willis Library to hold workshops for kids and adults

Next Tuesday, January 19, at 4 p.m., a craft workshop will be held at the Mary Willis Library in which kids four and older will be allowed to create winter snowflakes out of modeling clay. More...

Sports

Tigers 1-2 in ‘crazy region’ but may still be the best

Three games into the region schedule, the Washington-Wilkes Tiger boys basketball team stands at 1-2 in the league but at this point, that might not be an indicator of how it might all shake out.  More...

Wheatley wins, McLeod third at NRSC event

Two Wilkes County residents took high honors at the South Carolina Ranch Sorting State Championship finals at the Recoleta Ranch in Edgefield, S.C., last weekend. More...

13-year-old gets giant closing day buck

George Stone Jr. 13, ended his deer season by taking this giant 275-pound buck on the last day. “He went out with a bang,” his dad, George Sr. said. More...

Personalities

Plans now underway for annual Carat Cupcake event January 28

The Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will again partner with Tena’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry to host the annual “Carat Cupcake” on Thursday, January 28, from 5-7 p.m. More...

Cornelia Johnson Circle meets January 5 at First Methodist

The Cornelia Johnson Circle met on Tuesday, January 5, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Judy Thompson, president, greeted everyone. More...

Presbyterian’s Reynolds Circle meets January 5

The Reynolds Circle of Washington Presbyterian Church Women met Tuesday afternoon, January 5, in the church Manse.  The hostess, Lisa Luken, served coconut cream poke cake and orange pecans with coffee and tea.  Mrs. More...