June 9, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Norman Street duplex is heavily damaged in Sunday fire allegedly caused by cooking

Washington firefighters responded to a report of a house on fire Sunday night to find half of a duplex on Norman Street in flames.  More...

‘Tip and toss’ accumulated rainwater and prevent summer mosquito bites

Although no mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in Georgia or anywhere in the United States, it’s still a good idea to try to control the number of mosquitos around our homes by following some simple steps, the Washington city ad More...

Keep an eye on young, elderly during upcoming summer heat

For the first time this year, temperatures in Washington-Wilkes will be nearing 100 degrees this weekend and the Wilkes EMA director is warning that now is the time to think about serious measures needed to keep the most vulnerable people safe from h More...

Wills Memorial celebrates hospital families

Wills Memorial Hospital hosted a family appreciation cookout last Tuesday evening on the hospital lawn for employees and their families. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Colin delivers the rain

I have the official information on the houses which Deborah Rainey with Georgia Realty Sales has recently sold and which I included in last week’s column but did not have official information. More...

Opinions

World events and sheer luck conspired to allow my ancestors to meet, and now I am the result

Did you ever wonder about the series of events both great and small that made it possible for you to be born into this world? I sure have.  More...

Book Review

After Alice

Gregory Maguire is the author of Wicked and much other work based on Oz and fairy tales. In this book, he has revisited Alice in Wonderland, with delightful plays on words and imaginative spin-offs from Lewis Carroll’s books.  More...

Collection of old typewriters brings back many fine memories

TUCKER – Not long ago, I stopped by to see a lady named Ann Vickers who lives on a quiet street in a neighborhood near Interstate 285 which circles the busy city of Atlanta where daily traffic sprints remind us that the passing of time has neve More...

Obituaries

Nathaniel Bell

Funeral services for Nathaniel Bell, 72, of Washington, were held Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Crawfordville. Interment followed at the church cemetery. More...

Russell Joe Malcom

Funeral services for Russell Joe Malcom, 68, of Covington, Georgia, were conducted Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. More...

Dan Allen

Memorial services for Dan Allen, 62, were held on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church with Pastor Arthur Key officiating. He entered into rest on May 26.  More...

Worship

Blessed when we move away from sin

When we reach the age of accountability, which is around twelve years of age, we become responsible for our lives and how we live. We base this on Jesus’s words to His parents when He reached twelve years of age. More...

Hill honored on anniversary at Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist

With the theme of “Stay Strong and Courageous,” Mark’s Tabernacle Baptist Church honored Rev. Larry L. Hill during his third Pastoral Appreciation service on Sunday, June 5. Rev. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Plans are underway for a June 25 reunion of members of the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Class of 1976. More...

Wilkes Board of Education approves nearly $20 million proposed budget

In a meeting Monday morning, the Wilkes County Board of Education gave tentative approval to the FY17 school system budget totaling some $19,965,539, only slightly higher than last year’s. More...

Taxpayers can designate some state taxes to go directly to Wills Memorial Hospital

A new law passed by the Georgia General Assembly is expected to give supporters of Wills Memorial Hospital the opportunity to designate some of their state taxes to help their local hospital as it continues to revive financially.  More...

Cong. Hice tells of successes in battle against waste, fraud, abusive spending

When Wilkes County’s U.S. More...

Annual farm safety camp helps keep kids safe

Kids learn about fire safety from Washington Fire Department’s Lt. More...

Nine retire from Wilkes County schools

At last week’s annual county-wide meeting of the Wilkes County school system, some nine school employees retired from the system, including (l-r) Debra Borders, Rebecca Davis, Patricia Leard, M More...

Community comes out to meet new Main Street director

New Main Street Director Elizabeth Elliott is welcomed by Washington City Councilman Peewee Armour and dozens of other residents last Friday at a morning meet-and-greet at the Washington-Wilkes Chamb More...

News

Entranceway restored

Steve Blackmon stands in front of the newly-restored front entrance of the old North Alexander Avenue school building. More...

Workshops, movies, coloring highlight activities at library

The Mary Willis Library’s summer reading program continues this week with several activities for kids.  On Thursday, June 9, two craft workshops for kids ages 4 and older will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. More...

Three students selected for Washington Youth Tour

Three area students began a weeklong leadership event today, June 9, in the nation’s capital courtesy of Rayle EMC and the 51st annual Washington Youth Tour, an all-expenses paid experience sponsored by the electric membership corporations (EMC More...

Letters

‘Overwhelmed by friendliness’

(Editor’s note: The following was received by Washington Mayor Ames Barnett who wished to share it with our readers.)  Dear Mayor Barnett,   More...

Sports

BASEBALL’S BEST

Two very special baseball bats

A few days ago in May, my wife, Ruth, and I and my baseball pal Milledge Murray set out on a journey to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. More...

All-Stars advance to sectional tourney

The Washington-Wilkes Little League seven-and-eight-year-old All-Star team finished second in District 6 last weekend in Master’s City and will move onto sectional play in East Athens. More...

IceBreaker runners pass through en route to Alexandria, Virginia - Free Access

A team of six marathoners whose goal is to encourage open, honest communication regarding the barriers existing between mental illness and mental health have been running non-stop (at least one at a time) since May 14 to raise awareness of their caus More...

Personalities

Erin Leigh Limkemann weds Russell Callaway Hart May 21

Erin Leigh Limkemann and Russell Callaway Hart, both of Long Creek, S.C., were united in marriage Saturday, May 21, at five o’clock in the afternoon at Chattooga River Resort in Long Creek. Rev. More...

Rachel Vandergriff to wed Michael Pharr on October 8

Tracy and Larry Vandergriff of Ringgold announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel, of Athens, to Michael Pharr, son of Janet and Darren Pharr of Washington.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Judy and Jerry Corbin of Soddy Daisy, T More...

Kimberly Rogers to marry Michael Wynne on June 18

Kimberly S. Rogers of Washington and Michael F. Wynne of Tignall announce their plans to marry.  The bride-elect is the daughter of Carolyn Smith of Washington and the late William S. Smith.  Mr. More...