2017-06-08 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Remember? Call the fire department

The newly updated and upgraded Reese Booker Park playground along with improvements made to the Reese Booker Center will be showcased at the City of Washington’s Community Picnic this Friday (tomorrow) starting at 11 o’clock. City workers and staff members put in a lot of hard work at the park and I’m sure they will be recognized and celebrated.

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Washington-Wilkes’ oldest World War II veteran, 100-year-old Duck Moore was the hit of the night at Sunday’s free concert on The Square. Our new news editor, Jane Ellyn Aaron said, “the greatest thing happened ... Duck Moore got up and danced to every song! Arms waving, toes tapping, everything.” There have even been some video postings of his dancing on Facebook. Due to the rain, the concert was moved inside at Talk of the Town and Mr. Moore has really become “the talk of the town.”

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At the recent Sons of the American Revolution grave marking for John Colley were Paul and Lisa Colley, descendants who made the trip all the way from Austin, Texas. Having become new friends of David and Linda Chesnut, the Colley’s expressed their appreciation for all the hard work that went into the ceremony and said the “Southern” hospitality made them feel right at home. Paul said specifically “that the people of Wilkes County were the biggest joy for us.”

Sometimes it takes a reminder like that from people in other places to help us remember and appreciate what wonderful people we have here in Washington-Wilkes.

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I’m running a little behind because of my surgery and stay a PruittHealth but I still want to know about our W-WCHS graduates’ plans for further education. Some of the ones I do know about already include valedictorian Destiny Favors, who will be attending the University of Georgia; salutatorian Bobbie Welch, who is planning to go to Armstrong State University in Savannah; and honor graduate Datlyn Lee, who will be attending Georgia Southern University. I will report on others as I hear about their plans. Call The News-Reporter office to let me know.

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It’s a beautiful Saturday morning at this writing. The residents of PruittHealth Washington are beginning to “stir” and get ready for another delicious breakfast in our room, or if we prefer, a trip to the dining room. I have been a resident here since May 18 and after having hip surgery, I choose my room. It’s a great place with a great staff and I highly recommend it.

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Charlie Blackmon has been named the National League Player of the Month for May. He has a batting average of .359 for the month, 17 extra-base hits, and 22 runs batted in May. Anytime his team (the Colorado Rockies) get close enough for me to catch his game, I tune him in. Charlie is the son of Myron Blackmon and the grandson of the late Betty and Tom Blackmon, all of Washington.

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My niece, Lyn Randall, who lives on Tybee Island, was here with me for nearly two weeks since I was in the hospital. I couldn’t have done this hospital “thing” without her, but she has now gone home to Tybee Island and I will miss her. I appreciate her help and all the kindness of friends and neighbors. Lyn had a flat tire while she was here with me. They got a spare tire put on her car, and she went to Citgo to put air in it. Instead, she let most of the air out of the donut. She was about to despair, when she remembered what I said about calling the fire department when you are in trouble. She looked across the back of the Citgo, and there was the Washington fire station. She walked over, determined to tell them her granddaddy had been Fire Chief Rufus Rider so they would help her. She introduced herself, and the firefighter said, “I’m Bruce Rogers.” He was a childhood friend. They hugged, he aired up her spare, and told her to call Andrews Tire and Lube on the Lincolnton Road. When she called on Tuesday (after the Memorial Day holiday), she found another childhood friend, Ronny Lindsey. He got her the right tire and got it put on. Only in Washington-Wilkes! I’m sure there is no other place in the world like it.

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Were you out enough the over the weekend to see all the BRAG bicyclists? They were everywhere. I saw one cyclist riding in the rain pulling a small child in a “trailer” with an umbrella on it.

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Popular school teacher, Pam Ware Hall, is recuperating from a freak accident in which a stick went through her leg causing considerable damage. She will be recuperating for about three weeks before she will be declared “fit to teach.”

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Liz Reynolds died this past week after 94 years in Wilkes County. She was highly respected by everyone who knew her and she will be missed.

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After many years as Director of the music program at the Houston County High School, Keith Tiller, has been named Director of Music at the Houston County Elementary School beginning in the fall of this year. Keith is the son of Ann and Ira Tiller of Washington-Wilkes.

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