February 25, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Cast your vote in Presidential Super Tuesday primary from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at all polling places across county

Polls across Wilkes County will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for local voters to cast their ballots for president in Georgia’s Super Tuesday Presidential Preference Primary election. More...

Ed Geddings seeks re-election to D2 commission seat

Long-time industry manager and community leader Ed Geddings has announced his candidacy for re-election to the District 2 seat on the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners.  More...

Green is candidate for Wilkes County Chief Magistrate

Deborah Green has announced her candidacy for Chief Magistrate.  More...

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The Office Cat

Leave early for good conversation

The Office Cat

Growing up in the Rider house on Court Street in the 1930s through the 1990s, my sister and I, our mama, and Don were always ready at least 30 minutes before the appointed time for us to go to church, school, a party, an outing, or any other gatherin More...

Opinions

Our family always celebrates our dear grandmother’s Leap Year birthday, despite deaths on Valentine’s Day

Next Monday, February 29, will be my grandmother’s 33rd birthday. Really.  Clifford Lasseter Burke, whom we all called “Mama,” was born February 29, 1884, in Barbour County, Alabama. More...

Book Review

Eighty-eight Years By PATRICK RAEL

Patrick Rael is a history professor at Bowdoin College. This well-researched book is a publication of the University of Georgia Press and tells about “The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865.”  More...

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Personalities

Mabel Ware Johnson honored at 101st birthday celebration

Mabel Ware Johnson was entertained on her 101st birthday at a luncheon given by her children on Wednesday, February 17, at Talk of the Town in Washington.  More...

Alberta Towns celebrates her 106th birthday with loved ones

Mrs. Alberta Downer Towns was honored on the occasion of her 106th birthday at a celebration at her home Saturday, February 13.  Mrs. More...

Birthday celebration for ‘Miss Mabel’ held on February 19 at Burton home

Mabel Ware Johnson was honored at a birthday luncheon with the members of her Vannie Spratlin/ TEL Sunday School class of First Baptist Church given by Patricia Burton at the Burton home on the Thomson Road on Friday, February 19.  Miss Mabel ce More...

North Carolina authorities help locate, arrest suspect in Fast Trip armed robbery

An arrest has been made in the December armed robbery of a Tignall convenience store.  Thomas Glenn “Tommy” Palmer Jr., 33, of 202 Norman Lane in Tignall, has been arrested and charged with the Sunday, December 13, robbery of the Tig More...

Chamber members honor W-W’s very best for last year

At its annual dinner last Saturday night, the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce honored one long-time resident and one relative newcomer who have worked tirelessly to make Washington-Wilkes a better place to live, saluted two local businesses tha More...

High school, primary school have pine plots that will need clear-cutting or thinning soon

Timber needs to be harvested near two Wilkes County schools, and the work will not only bring in some money, but will be a learning experience for forestry students at the high school.  More...

62nd Junior Steer, Heifer Show will see six Wilkes competitors

Four Wilkes County students will be competing Saturday in the 62nd Annual Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show, along with 19 other students from nearby counties, at the McGill-Woodruff Agricultural Center in Washington.  More...

News

Extols benefits of SPLOST renewal

Wilkes County Commission Chairman Sam Moore (left) explained to the Washington Rotary Club that the upcoming election on the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is not a ne More...

Jennifer Dandron earns two degrees at Valdosta State

Jennifer Dandron of Tignall has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in mass media and a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Valdosta State University. More...

Box top collectors raise money for primary school

Everyone is reminded to “please remember to cut out box tops for your favorite primary school student.” Students collect box tops as a fundraiser at W-WPS and also to have a chance to win More...

Sports

Tiger netters split with Thomson, face Blue Devils in Elberton today

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger tennis teams split with Thomson last Thursday at Thomson where the girls got off to a good start for the season, sweeping the Bulldogs 5-0.  More...

Family Fun Day draws tremendous crowd

A Family Fun Day at the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department attracted over 500 people as youth games began early in the day. More...

Pitching woes, errors plague Tigers early but third game yields a win

The Washington-Wilkes Tiger baseball team got off to a slow start dropping their first two games of the year, but rebounded last Friday night winning the second game of a doubleheader at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.  The early doub More...

Obituaries

Charley Booker

Funeral services for Charley “Shine” Booker were conducted Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m. at Jackson Chapel AME Church. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery.  Davenport-McLendon, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.   More...

Pearl Palmer Thaxton

A graveside service for Pearl Palmer Thaxton was held Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m. at Thaxton Wynne Cemetery with Rev. Rod Walls officiating. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16, surrounded by her family.  More...

Katherine Baker Blackshear Boardman

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Katherine Baker Blackshear Boardman was held Sunday, January 3, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Athens. She passed away Monday, December 21, 2015.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

New Ford Baptist Church will have its annual Family and Friends Day worship service at 2 p. m. on Sunday March 13. The public is invited. Dinner will be served in the church fellowship hall after the service. . More...