January 21, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

WFD training to use new ladder truck around city before it’s an emergency

The Washington Fire Department’s new 100-foot ladder truck has been seen all over the city as firefighters learn how best to position and use the million-dollar truck in different locations before it’s actually needed in an emergency.&nbs More...

Seniors line up for help with heating bills

More than 200 Wilkes County seniors lined up at the Pope Center last week to get help from the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. More...

Cold weather will still threaten lives despite an unseasonable December

Don’t let a warm December fool you into not being ready for cold weather, said Wilkes County Emergency Management Agency Director Blake Thompson, because this week’s weather shows it can still get dangerously cold here.  More...

Wills Memorial awarded for patient safety

Showing off an award from the Georgia Hospital Association, (l-r) Performance Improvement Coordinator Tonia Ryll, RN, PI Consultant Lou Semrad, Radiology Manager Debra Hardy, and Director of Nursing More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

I got to climb the ladder!

The Office Cat

I always know that this time of the year is always a “slow time” for up-to-date items for this column. More...

Opinions

The very possibility of snow this time of year gives us our annual return of fear and hope

Well, it’s that time of year. As I write this, the National Weather Service has used the word “snow” in a Georgia long-range forecast.  More...

Book Review

Deep South By PAUL THEROUX

Paul Theroux is a novelist and travel writer. Deep South is his 51st book, his 10th travel book. This is his first about a piece of America. He loves the open road, and is happy to be able to go in his car to the places he wants to visit. More...

Political Cartoon

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Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Wilkes County Board of Education will meet at the board office on N. Alexander Avenue on Monday, January 25, at 2 p.m. . More...

Breaking News - 1/21/2016 9:48 AM

WATER MAIN BREAK ON LEXINGTON ROAD - Free Access

Repairs have begun on a water main break on Lexington Avenue in Washington this morning. More...

Rebuilding Newtown, Stony Ridge will finish soon if rain will just quit

Some three weeks after heavy rains flooded roads all over Wilkes County, repair progress has been slowed by even more rain last week, and authorities are still working on getting state help to repair the roads.  More...

Commissioners work on SPLOST project list

Though the deadline for settling the issue in time to make the Primary Election ballot is approaching, Wilkes County Commissioners delayed a final decision on SPLOST renewal projects pending the outcome of a newly-called meeting today. More...

Public will celebrate city’s 236th birthday Saturday at museum

There will be a celebration of the City of Washington’s 236th birthday this Saturday, January 23. “We’ll be hosting a birthday party for all ages at the Washington Historical Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More...

City pet owners can get free spaying, neutering help if they’re unable to pay

Pet owners who live within the city of Washington may sign up soon for the city’s spay/neuter program that will pay for the service if the owners can’t.  More...

Bundled up for a chilly MLK parade

Spectators and participants alike bundle up and brave icy winds Monday afternoon for the annual Martin Luther King Day parade put on by United Community Awareness Program. More...

Truck crashes on rainy Thomson Road

Washington Fire Rescue used a chainsaw and the Jaws of Life to extricate a Hephzibah man Friday after he crashed his Chevrolet S10 pickup into trees on the Thomson Road at Denard Drive. More...

News

‘Big Easy Unleashed’ benefit will feature Barnett’s cooking

The Washington-Wilkes Humane Shelter Association will host the second annual “Big Easy Unleashed” on Saturday, January 30, at The Pope Center.  The event begins at 6 p.m. More...

Britt Hammond receives award, announces judgeship candidacy

Britt Hammond, Judge of Toombs Judicial Circuit Juvenile Courts, has been awarded the 2016 Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership.  More...

Where in the World is the News Reporter

... enjoying warm weather way down south

While in the Florida Keys visiting her uncle Don Lowe, Myra Blackmon snapped this picture of The News-Reporter, along with her parents, Steve and Eleanor (Don’s sister-in-law) at the Bat Tower More...

Obituaries

Boyce Heard Fortson Jr.

Funeral services for Boyce Heard Fortson Jr., 88, of Danburg Road in Tignall, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, at Fishing Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Cates and Rev. Barry McAvoy officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Mary Jo Neville

Funeral services for Mary Jo Neville, 68, were held noon Tuesday, January 19, at Statesboro First Baptist Church officiated by Dr. John Waters. Burial followed at Bulloch Memorial Gardens. She passed away after a short illness on January 16.  More...

Personalities

‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’

Debbie Jackson (center) of Tena’s Jewelry and Fine Diamonds shows Wills Memorial Auxiliary President, Paula Suggs (left) and Susan D. More...

Brookelyn Lanier Burch to wed Sean Jacob Eskew on May 14

Wendy and Cliff Kizer of Graniteville, S.C., and Scott Burch of Clearwater, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brookelyn Lanier Burch, to Sean Jacob Eskew, son of Lisa and Sean Eskew of Washington.  The bride-elect is the granddaug More...

Woman’s Club donates to W-WHSA and plans various upcoming events

A highlight of the Woman’s Club meeting Monday, January 11, at the clubhouse was the presentation by President Judy Anderson of a check to the Washington-Wilkes Humane Shelter Association.  More...