September 1, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

ISO ratings for all of Wilkes County will drop significantly, saving $1000s

David just put a whipping on Goliath – Wilkes County challenged the high insurance rates charged to homes and business owners here and won, an effort that will save those owners thousands of dollars in the years to come.  More...

Helping experienced workers find employment

Dozens of supervisors and participants gathered last week at the annual meeting of Experience Works at The Pope Center. More...

Tax rates to remain the same throughout county

After the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners and the Wilkes County Board of Education met in called meetings last week, tax rates will remain nearly the same or lower across the board, according to tax histories and proposed tax rates published in More...

Fight breaks out, gunfire heard on Whitehall Street

Wilkes County Sheriff’s investigators and deputies talk with witnesses Friday night after a fight broke out in W.D.’s Package Store on Whitehall Street. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Business community is changing

Several businesses in Downtown Washington have changed hands in the past couple of weeks. Joel and Kelli Eisler have bought Bee Southern from Angie B. Strother and are already in the store helping with the changeover.  More...

Opinions

Remembering the ‘magic’ of Pete Gartrell, we know his greatness will live after him

As the community gathers together this week to say goodbye to Pete Gartrell, to comfort his family and reminisce with friends about all the years of hard work and good times we’ve all had with Pete, there’s one question that we’ll a More...

Book Review

Lookaway, Lookaway

Talk about dysfunctional families! The Johnstons are wealthy and socially prominent in Charlotte, North Carolina. Perhaps they are envied by many. More...

Football season prompts use of the Lord’s Prayer

This being football season, you are going to hear many references about religion in the locker room. More...

Obituaries

Henry James Gartrell

Funeral services for Henry James “Pete” Gartrell, 68, of Washington, will be held Friday, September 2, at 11 a.m. at The Pope Center in Washington. A visitation will be Thursday, September 1, 4-7 p.m. More...

Worship

God’s people of promise

God’s first chosen People were children of the promise who came by the promise God made to Abrah am and Sarah when God asked Abraham to leave his home country, Ur of the Chaldees, and go to the land of Canaan. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Washington City Council will meet on Monday, September 12, at The Pope Center beginning at 6 p.m. A work session will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m.  .  More...

$2.8 million airport project now complete, will be site of After Hours event today

The biggest expansion project since the Washington-Wilkes Airport was built in the 1960s will be on display from 5:30-7:30 today, September 1, at a Chamber After Hours event on the grounds at the airport.  More...

Truck damages stonework on The Square

An early-morning truck wreck damaged three stone blocks, the sidewalk, and a crosswalk sign Friday morning. More...

Theft, family violence, DUI account for most of month’s arrests in county

Theft, driving under the influence, and family violence charges lead off the most recent roundup of law enforcement activities. More...

Car leaps fence, lands in pasture Friday night

The driver of this Mazda, 22-year-old Jasmine Goddard of Lexington, was slightly injured when she lost control of the car on Highway 78 just east of the Washington-Wilkes Airport Friday night about 1 More...

Mule Day coming; food, crafts vendors should apply soon

With the 36th annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival just over a month away on Saturday, October 8, organizers are expecting a last-minute rush of vendor applications to come in soon.  More...

News

Samantha Howard gets training for Floral Design Career Development

Washington-Wilkes FFA member Samantha Howard recently attended the statewide FFA Floral Design Career Development Event training held at the Georgia FFA/ FCCLA Center. More...

OLLI Bash features info about groups, classes, adventures

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Georgia (OLLI@UGA), an organization for adults age 50-plus, will host its next OLLI Bash - Activity Fair on Friday, September 9. More...

McTier attends Int’l. Summer School in Norway

Last spring, Hannah McTier was awarded a full scholarship from Georgia Rotary Clubs to attend the International Summer School for six weeks at the University of Oslo in Norway. More...

Sports

Tigers play hard, win some battles, but lose to Elbert, 7-21

Fans and former players thought the W-W Tigers looked good, “until they fell apart,” last Friday night in the 2016 season opener against Elbert County. More...

Lady Tigers get first region win but lose to Thomson, Elbert Co.

The W-W Lady Tigers softball team went 1-2 in softball play last week losing to Thomson and Elbert County. The one win, however, was a region win over Greene county to put the girls’ region record at 2-0 with an overall standing at 6-3.  More...

W-WCHS is recipient of Georgia EMCs’ Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

In a day and time when just a few minutes spent watching the news or reading the headlines will reveal an instance of negative actions on or off the field in athletics, Georgia high schools are still leading the way in the area of sportsmanship and b More...

Personalities

Betty and Gene Winfrey honored at 60th anniversary celebration

Betty and Gene Winfrey were honored on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary at a celebration Sunday, August 21, given by their children, Judy Nicholson of Thomson, Pam Davis of Lincolnton, Buster Winfrey of Rayle, Teresa Kemp and Dean Winfr More...

Alexa Cathcart guest of honor at bridal shower on August 28

Alexa Cathcart of Decatur was entertained at a bridal shower Sunday afternoon, August 28, given by Kathy Elliott and Kathy Cunningham at the Elliott home in Covington.  Miss Cathcart, bride-elect of Daniel Newsome, also of Decatur, was lovely i More...

Jenny Cobb Higgins, Cory Ray Dye exchange marriage vows July 30

Jenny Cobb Higgins of Franklin, Kentucky, and Cory Ray Dye of Tignall exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful beach ceremony Saturday, July 30, at four o’clock in the afternoon at the Grecian gazebo of Sandals Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. More...