October 20, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Local relief effort to help flood-displaced N.C. folks

While it only grazed Wilkes County, Hurricane Matthew dumped more than 10 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina, causing extensive and devastating flooding that contributed to the deaths of dozens of people, and putting thousands of people out of More...

Parks and rec gym will be renamed in memory of Director Pete Gartrell

The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners cleared the way for the gymnasium at the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation complex to be named in memory of long-time director Pete Gartrell at its regular monthly meeting last week. More...

Educators urge passage of SPLOST to continue to pay for new complex

With early voting starting this week for the November 8 election, school system leaders are reminding voters of the importance of approving the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that is on the ballot in Wilkes County.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Pancake Supper coming

Mule Day and other popular events of the fall in Washington Wilkes, have come and gone and we’re looking now to Halloween and Thanksgiving before the big event of Christmas in December.  More...

Opinions

Making the charm even more charming

Before Thanksgiving, which is exactly only five weeks away, Washington’s downtown and The Square will be transformed into a newly updated, prettier, and more functional center of the community more suited to gatherings, events, and business tha More...

Amendment 1’s ‘Opportunity School District’ will snatch control, money from local systems

I ’ve said I’d avoid politics in my column this year, and I won’t try to tell you who to vote for. More...

Book Review

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

One is skeptical about advertisements these days (and I’m not talking about the election). Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is promoted as a romance that takes place during World War II in England. More...

Obituaries

Ernest Wilson Kennedy Jr.

Funeral services for Ernest Wilson Kennedy Jr., 76, of Rayle, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 21, at County Line Baptist Church in Rayle. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He died Sunday, October 16, in Athens.  More...

Pamela D. Quinn

Funeral services for Pamela D. Quinn, 42, were held Friday, October 7, at Springfield Baptist Church with Rev. Cedric Quinn officiating. More...

Personalities

Revolutionary War Patriots honored at recent ceremony

Five members of the Kettle Creek Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, were in Appling Saturday at Damascus Baptist Church for the grave marker dedication commemorating the service of Revolutionary War Patriots, Pvt. More...

Woman's Club members hear program by Elizabeth Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott was guest speaker at the meeting of the Washington Woman’s Club Monday, October 10, at the clubhouse.  Miss Elliott, director of the Main Street Program in Washington, holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the Uni More...

Holly Lunceford, Marvin Blackburn honored at dinner on September 25

Lazy L Farm was the site of a Mexican fiesta-themed dinner on Sunday, September 25, to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Holly Lunceford and Marvin Blackburn. Festivities were hosted by Mr. and Mrs. More...

Homecoming queen crowned

Cheered on by family and friends, Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School senior Aleah McWilliams was crowned Homecoming Queen 2016 during Friday night’s football game against Hancock, culm More...

Landscaping changes on The Square will open it up without losing parking

More changes are happening to the landscaping on downtown Washington’s Square, all designed to make the area more usable for crowds of people without blocking the view during events – while keeping the same number of parking places and ev More...

Wilkes voters line up for presidential election

Wilkes County voters lined up Monday morning to cast their ballots for president as early in-person voting for the November 8 national election has started.  More...

Seen during homecoming parade last week

Miss Tiger Claire Hall and the real Washington-Wilkes Tiger wave to friends during last Thursday’s homecoming parade through downtown Washington. More...

Rayle wreck badly injures one man

In a nearly head-on crash on Philomath Road near the Athens Highway, Washington Fire-Rescue, Wilkes EMS, and Georgia State Patrol troopers work to help extricate Jesse Walker Jr. More...

News

Kiwanians welcome new member

Dr. Richard Horner received his certificate of membership from Immediate Past President Debra Guin during a brief induction ceremony at a recent meeting of the Washington Kiwanis Club. More...

Evangelist Amethyst Wynn to be New Ford Baptist guest speaker

Rev. Amethyst D. Wynn will be the guest speaker for Men’s and Women’s Day at New Ford Baptist Church this Sunday, October 23. The church is located at 402 Bradford Road in Danburg.  More...

Library’s ‘Scream Lab’ will promote interest in S.T.E.A.M. for Halloween

A “Mad Scientist S.T.E.A.M. Scream Lab” event will be held at the Mary Willis Library next Tuesday, October 25, beginning at 4 p.m.  More...

Letters

Iris Garden Club, community make outdoor learning memorable

TO THE EDITOR: For the past several years, the Iris Garden Club of Washington has volunteered numerous hours in the W-WPS Outdoor Classroom. Club members have maintained flower beds, rock gardens, wetland environments, and wildlife plots. More...

Sports

Tigers smash Hancock in 35-14 homecoming victory

In a satisfying continuation of the Washington-Wilkes football season turnaround, six Tigers shared scoring duties in last week’s homecoming win over the Hancock Central Bulldogs, 35-14. More...

Anticipation high as hunters prepare for opening of deer season Saturday

If you have never had that pre-opening-day-of-firearms deer-hunting-season feeling, let this be the year you experience it! More...

Jason Chapman 5k will host fourth running at FBC Oct. 22

The fourth annual Jason Chapman 5k run/walk event will be held Saturday, October 22, beginning at 8 a.m. More...

Worship

The world in spiritual blindness

As our world entered the twenty first century, we became overcome by spiritual blindness. This is when mankind is no longer giving their spiritual side first place in their lives. Is this period caused by God or mankind? More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The “I’d Rather Be In Tignall” Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. . More...