March 31, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Spring St. to be closed through April 13 for the safety of Washington mural work

The good news is that Washington will soon have a new mural downtown, and that an art festival will be held starting Friday in conjunction with the new mural being painted.  More...

Driving under influence, aggravated assault lead monthly roundup of law enforcement activities

Aggravated assaults and DUI again dominate the most recent roundup of arrests in Wilkes County. 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...

Rain didn’t stop Saturday mural fundraiser at Wings ’n’Things

Despite an on-and-off rain Saturday, a dozen competitors took part in the Wings ’n’ Things annual charity grilloff and two silent auctions to raise money for the Washington Walls Mural Fe More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

Rain scarce but Sunday helped

The Office Cat

The long-awaited tour day has finally arrived. Saturday, April 2, is the day for the annual Washington-Wilkes Spring Tour of Homes. There are seven homes on this tour with several side attractions, too.  More...

Opinions

That annoying annual storm of yellow pollen is vital to the procreation of millions of trees

Ahh, rain. As I write this on Saturday, rain has finally come to wash what must be a bazillion tons of pollen out of the air and from every surface on this part of the planet. More...

Book Review

Purity By JONATHAN FRANZEN

Jonathan Franzen seems to specialize in one-word titles for his very successful novels like The Corrections and Freedom. More...

Political Cartoon

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Obituaries

Dorothy Stanley Biddy

Services for Dorothy Stanley Biddy, 95, of Washington, were held on Thursday, March 24, at Siloam Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Richard Broom of Smyrna United Methodist Church officiating. She entered into rest on March 21, 2016.  More...

LeRoy Walker Robinson

Graveside services with full military honors will be held for World War II Navy fighter ace LeRoy Walker “Robby” Robinson, 92, of Tignall, at noon on Saturday, April 2, at the Robinson Family Cemetery, 1183 Broad Road in Tignall. More...

Robert Auby Matthews Jr.

Robert Auby Matthews Jr., 76, of Ethridge, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at his residence. A graveside service will be held April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Pinehurst Cemetery in Pinehurst, Georgia.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Tignall City Council will meet at City Hall in Tignall on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m.  .  More...

Demand for city records must not cost taxpayers

A short-fused demand from a city councilman for hundreds of pages of records in an attempt to find alleged wrongdoing by the city administrator has resulted in a change to the way such a demand will be handled.  More...

Not your usual loose-livestock call

Although Wilkes County deputies routinely respond to calls about cattle loose on the roads, last week Deputies Scott Cutler and John Rhodes had to deal with an ornery hog. More...

Taxiway project continues at W-W Airport

The nearly $2 million west taxiway project at the W-W Airport is well underway and actually a little ahead of schedule at the moment. More...

Tignall fire, rescue radio reception improving

Tignall VFD Chief Ryan Burton works on a new radio repeater that he installed last week on the water tower in Tignall with Ryan Wheeler of RyCo Technologies. More...

County worker injured in Robert Toombs wreck

A Washington man was seriously injured Monday morning when he ran his Honda into the back of a parked City of Washington work truck whose crew was picking up tree limbs on West Robert Toombs Avenue. More...

News

Poland tells Kiwanis Club how his writing career came about

Author Tom Poland likes to talk about his life growing up in Wilkes and Lincoln Counties and how his upbringing fostered a writing career.  Born in Augusta in 1949, Poland graduated from Lincoln County High School, later earning a B.A. More...

Students witness workings of gov’t, legal system

Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School students in Lise Kalla’s Legal Environment of Business class recently took to the road to enrich their education about government, criminal and civil law, and the court system.  More...

‘Shakespeare’s Garden in the South’ set at Toombs House on day of Tour

Robert Toombs Family and Friends will present a Garden Heritage program Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More...

Sports

‘Country’ brings out the best

BASEBALL’S BEST

“It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. It took me one afternoon in golf.” – Hank Aaron  More...

Tigers struggle on defense; four region games left

The struggling Washington-­Wilkes Tiger baseball team fell twice again last week plunging the season record to a disappointing 4-13 mark with the region standing somewhat better at an even 4-4. More...

Roberts is AD of the Year

Former W-W Tiger Phil Roberts (center) was named Region Athletic Director of the Year for the 2015-16 school year in Region 5-A by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) at its annual conf More...

Personalities

Program on improving balance scheduled for next OLLI sessions

The Washington affilitate of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present the program, Balance Enhancement Activities, in two parts with the first session being offered on Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Parish House. More...

FUMC kids treated to Easter festivities at Branan home

Children from toddler through fifth grade age from the First United Methodist Church gather around Debbie Holes as she reads two stories at the church’s Easter egg hunt at the home of Susan and More...

Washington Personal Mention

Enjoying Easter Sunday lunch and an afternoon visit with Shirley and Boots Gunter were Alicia, Cread, Luke and Porter Brown of Clermont and Allison, Bill, Emmeline and Isabelle of Athens. More...