December 29, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Don’t be a statistic: Georgia troopers urge putting safety first during travel

The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the New Year’s holiday travel period. The New Year holiday travel period will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 30, and end Monday, January 2. It is 78 hours long.  More...

Recycled Christmas trees can provide habitat in area lakes

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell and Thurmond Lake Project Offices are accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling through February 15, 2016, at Hartwell, and through January 7 at Thurmond.  More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Relating to ‘Mother’s Biscuits’

These few weeks in November and December are the hardest ones of the year for weekly newspapers. We have to adjust to early deadlines for news, advertisements, columns, and anything else that needs to go in the paper. More...

Opinions

When checking on city charters in Georgia we find out that Washington’s is the oldest

GUEST COLUMNIST

Officials in the county seat of Lawrenceville have been selling themselves short. Perhaps it’s because when new people come into office in Lawrenceville, the institutional memory goes out the door. More...

Book Review

Notorious RBG

“RBG” is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The phrase began on a blog by Shana Knizhnik in reference to Ginsburg’s dissent in an important case and to Notorious B.I.G., the rapper. More...

Legend has Luther as source of first Christmas tree lights

The Christmas season is chocked full of memories and fun vignettes which often bring about humility and reverence; and do we ever need more of that in our fractured world?  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Heard’s Chapel Baptist Church youth will celebrate Black History on February 19, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. . More...

Council will consider sale of Pope Center as option to cut costs, debt service

An advertisement in this edition on page 5 announces that bids will be accepted for the purchase of The Pope Center from the City of Washington. More...

New members take board positions

Two new members of the Wilkes County Board of Education were sworn in at the regular December meeting of the board. More...

21st Century OST registration for second semester set Jan. 3

Slots are available for Wilkes County students in grades 5-12 in the Out-of-School Time (OST) program for the second semester of school, according to 21st Century Program Director Lillian R. Andrews Booker.  More...

News

Hice’s bill awaiting Obama’s okay would eliminate eight costly reports

Last week, the United States Senate passed H.R. 5687, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Mandates Revision Act of 2016. More...

Georgia commodity farmers tally wins and losses of 2015

Thanks to dwindling commodity prices during 2015, Georgia farmers’ produce and livestock were worth about $151 million less in 2015 than they were the previous year.  However, even with the dip in production value, agriculture remained the More...

Donors for all blood types needed now to meet need

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.  More...

Obituaries

Anna Eizabeth Cleveland Ellison

A home-going celebration for Anna Eizabeth Cleveland Ellison, 82, of Calhoun, Georgia, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, was held Thursday, December 22, 2016, in the Willis Funeral Home chapel at 1 p.m. with Bishop Reuben Graham officiating. More...

Carolyn Gilreath Ivey

Carolyn Gilreath Ivey, 90, of Washington, formerly of Smyrna, Georgia, died Wednesday December 21, 2016. More...

Worship

Man’s journey to God’s promise

God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins and restore our fellowship with Him. What is our part in the restoration process? Read Mat- thew 2:1-12 and see what we have to do.  More...

Personalities

OLLI@UGA will host registration coffee for new sessions January 13

The Washington Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia (OLLI@UGA) will introduce its plans for the new sessions at the Winter-Spring Registration Coffee on Friday, January 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. More...

Washington Personal Mention

Beth and Will Boyd of Spartanburg, S. C., visited the weekend before Christmas with Bill Boyd. More...

Kettle Creek Pilot Club meets Dec. 19 for Christmas buffet

The Kettle Creek Pilot Club enjoyed a Christmas party on Monday evening, December 19, at the Mc- Gill-Woodruff Agricultural Center.  Tables were covered in white and centered with miniature Christmas trees.  Everyone brought a favorite part More...