May 19, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Fed’s transgender bathroom ‘guidance’ won’t affect students here, Caddell says

The federal government’s new guidance on the use of public rest rooms by transgender people will not affect the safety or privacy of any child in a Wilkes County school, the superintendent said Monday.  More...

Letter carriers collect food for local needs

More than 3,775 pounds of food collected by mail carriers in Washington-Wilkes last Saturday will go to the needy people of Washington-Wilkes. More...

Saturday’s Rotary Auction promises ‘the biggest and best ever’ offerings

This spring’s Washington Rotary Club Auction could be the biggest and best ever with repeats of popular past items and more new items as each club member is charged with coming up with their own special offering.  More...

Pruitt Health – Washington residents enjoy picnic

  Residents of PruittHealth – Washington enjoy a warm, sunny luncheon outdoors last Friday in observance of National Nursing Home Week. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

A new tree will fill the hole

The Office Cat

The weathermen on the television news channels keep forecasting rain, but we surely haven’t had any to report in Wilkes County for the past week. I’m still hoping. l  More...

Opinions

Voting choice as important as candidates - Free Access

Wilkes County voters are faced with some hard choices to be made in the primary elections this month. Election Day is officially May 24, but early voting has already begun and record numbers of voters are turning out ahead of the game. More...

I believe we’ll look back on this 2016 election as the moment political parties lost America

If we were to look back on the 2016 elections from some time in the future, it may be apparent that the 2016 presidential campaign was when the two political parties truly lost their grip on the American people. More...

The Cigar Factory

Book Review

Cassie McGonegal and Meliah Amey Ravenel both worked at the cigar factory in Charleston in 1917. Cassie was white, Meliah black, so in 1917 they worked on different floors of the factory. More...

Obituaries

Mabel Lewis Ware Johnson

A memorial service will be held for Mabel Lewis Ware Johnson, 101, on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Washington. The service will be conducted by Rev. Albert Huyck, Rev. Bob Murphy, and Rev. Kevin Madden.  More...

George Lee Bankston

Funeral services for George Lee Bankston were conducted Saturday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Pole Branch Baptist Church in Tignall. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

James R. Avery

Funeral services for James R. Avery were conducted Monday, May 16, at noon at White Rock Baptist Church, Rayle. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The next Shepeard Community Blood Drive at the First United Methodist Church in Washington will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 2-6 p.m.  .  More...

School vandals strike again, reward offered

In a second incident since March, vandals apparently broke three more newly replaced windows in the rear of the historic North Alexander School over the weekend. More...

Picking ballot to vote is confusing, but results will be shown real-time

It may not be easy to figure how to vote in the May 24 General Primary/ Special Election, but at least the community can once again gather in the Superior Court courtroom to see voting returns tallied on a big screen as they come in.  More...

New youth detention center to start renovations in Sept.

Groundbreaking for the transformation of the former Georgia Pre-Release Center just south of Washington is set for sometime in September and the facility’s opening by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is expected one year later in 2017. More...

Bigger, better fireworks extravaganza needs more support from community

With this year’s expanded Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza only a few weeks away, the Washington Wilkes Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to the community to raise excitement and anticipation for the event, and to raise sponsorships and donatio More...

Read up on ballot questions in Tuesday’s big primary election

In the balloting for the May 24 general primary and special election, Wilkes County voters are encountering, in addition to the candidates running for office, ballot questions related to partisan issues that have been discussed in recent Georgia legi More...

Swimming pool fun will start next Saturday for Memorial Day and last through summer

The annual opening of local swimming pools is on track for Memorial Day weekend.  The city pool at Reese Booker Park and the pool at the Washington Wilkes Country Club will both open Memorial Day weekend for the summer, and both will offer swimm More...

News

Talks about county tax office

Lisa Dozier (right), an employee in the Wilkes County Tax Commissioner’s office, told the Washington Rotary Club about the functions and responsibilities of the tax commissioner, explaining tha More...

Troupe Harris scholarship offered for students majoring in fine arts

The First Baptist Church of Washington invites any high school or college student who is a resident of Wilkes County and is majoring in or intends to major in the area of fine arts to apply for the Troupe M. Harris Jr. More...

Grimaud and Scott earn assoc. degrees at Piedmont Tech.

Two Wilkes County students were among more than 300 Piedmont Technical College graduates at recent commencement ceremonies.  More...

Sports

He pitched and broadcast with the best

“Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.” – Don Sutton   More...

Happenings at W-WPRD

The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department has announced spring and summer activities scheduled as follows:  BASKETBALL CAMP  Basketball Camp at the W-WPRD gymnasium will begin June 20. More...

Fish Clarks Hill

The hunt has begun for freshwater bass as Clarks Hill Partnership is holding a fishing competition through June 30. Known as Fish Clarks Hill Lake, the competition will require competitors to upload all catches to Facebook. More...

Worship

Worldwide judgement versus grace

Through Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden the nature to sin was passed on to all of mankind. More...

Personalities

Abby Smith receives nursing degree from Piedmont College

Abby Smith graduated cum laude from Piedmont College in Demorest with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in commencement exercises at the Mize Center Saturday, April 30.  Prior to her graduation, she was honored at the Pinning Ceremony on April 28 More...

Mallory Powell earns B.S. in Nursing from North Ga.

Mallory Powell graduated cum laude from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega in commencement exercises on Friday, May 6.  More...

Lynsey Michelle Walters to wed Joshua Stokes on September 18

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bailey of Washington and Mr. and Mrs. James Walters of Elberton announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynsey Michelle Walters, to Joshua Stokes of Watkinsville, son of Sheila Lattimore, also of Watkinsville.  More...