July 13, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Earthquake rumbles at 2.1 early Sunday; no injures, damage

Some Wilkes County residents may have felt the rumblings of a minor earthquake in the wee hours of Sunday morning, July 9. However, no injuries or damage to property were reported, according to Wilkes County EMA Director Blake Thompson.  More...

Opportunities for jobs and education coming up this month in Washington

Director of Economic Development Tiffany Rainey has identified a number of “great opportunities coming up in Washington-Wilkes” that she has offered for sharing with “groups, friends, family ... More...

Rotary Club presents awards

At its annual year-end party and awards celebration, the Washington Rotary Club recognized (clockwise, beginning at right below) Paula Stevens, President’s Award/Rotarian of the Year presented More...

Traffic on Hwy. 17 to slow down more as wall is removed

Reeves Construction Company’s progress on US 78/State Route 17 widening in McDuffie and Wilkes counties will slow traffic Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  More...

Special Sections

Opinions

Better to stand on the hose than to choose life where we could be influenced to the bad

I ’m sure you’ve heard about the deacon who was admitted to the hospital. More...

ACROSS THE SAVANNAH

Those sawdust piles are long gone

I drive through the country a lot and I never see sawdust piles anymore, yet another bit of the past that’s slipped away. Sawdust piles hold a bit of magic and nostalgia for me. I grew up near one. Each morning I woke to the sound of Mr. More...

Woody knew how to beat cantankerous, logjam thinking

SUCHES – This forested oasis in the sweet spot of North Georgia has an elevation of almost 3,000 feet which has brought about the notion from its long-time residents as being, “The Valley Above The Clouds.” More...

Obituaries

Susie Bufford

Graveside services for Susie “Sue” Bufford, 81, of Tignall, were held Friday, June 30, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Tignall Baptist Church cemetery. She entered into rest on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Athens Regional Medical Center.  More...

Betty Ann Slaton

Graveside services for Betty Ann Slaton, 79. were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington with the Reverend Father Dr. Dwight Ogier officiating, assisted by Father David M. Dye and Dr. Harold Lawrence. More...

Faye Janis Sisson McAvoy

Funeral services for Faye Janis Sisson McAvoy, 79, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Phillips Mill Baptist Church with Rev. Mark W. Woods officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Personalities

Smith descendants gather for 18th annual reunion June 24

The descendants of Jane Septima Shank Smith and Joseph Belknap Smith met at Mistletoe State Park for their 18th annual reunion on Saturday, June 24.  The event began at noon with a bring-your-own-lunch, setting up for a raffle, and the usual dis More...

Jackie Gale honored at 91st birthday celebration July 10

The Reynolds Circle of Washington Presbyterian Church met at Talk of the Town Restaurant on Monday, July 10, to celebrate the 91st birthday of Jackie Gale.  More...

Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi honored on 60th anniversary

Dr. and Mrs. Abdulla Al-Azawi were honored on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary with several events hosted or arranged by their daughter and son-in-law, Nadia and William Kelman of Duluth.  More...

‘VIP’ event invites exchange of ideas, vision for downtown

A decided move to engage members of the community in the development of downtown Washington’s central business district is asking them to be “VIP participants” in an exchange of ideas on Tuesday, July 25.  More...

Curt Gammon wins FCCLA gold medal at ’17 National Leadership Conference

After taking first place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR regional and state competitions for his project in researching the career of an elementary school teacher, Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School studen More...

Blackmon gets Rotary’s top honor

Harris Blackmon (right), chairman of the Wilkes County Airport Commission, received the Washington Rotary Club’s top award for community service as presented by club president Terry Boswell at More...

Utility bills delayed but city’s customers able to pay anyway

The City of Washington’s utility bills for the month of June have been delayed due to some “growing pains” associated with a change in software firms.  More...

Blood shortage critical at hospitals; local drives today can help replenish

There is less than a one-day supply of O+, O-, B+ and B- blood types on the shelves for local patients in need, according to the Shepeard Community Blood Center. More...

Next free concert on The Square set

The popular smooth jazz group John Dunn and the Jazzman Band will provide a couple of hours of quality music and entertainment for the July edition of the Downtown Washington Summer Concert series on More...

News

Inspections can save buyers big bucks

Chuck Tolbert (center) of All Star Home Inspections was the guest speaker at the Washington Optimist Club’s regular June meeting at Talk of the Town. More...

Library Summer Reading Club will end with party on July 25

The Summer Reading Club at the Mary Willis Library will begin to come to a close over the next couple of weeks as kids ages eight and older will have one last chance to experience the virtual reality gaming world on Monday, July 17, at 2 p.m.  More...

Gowen, Ward, and Warrenfells on UNG’s Dean’s List for spring

Kasey Gowen of Rayle, and Hope Ward and Logan Warrenfells of Washington have been named to their respective dean’s lists for spring 2017 in the University of North Georgia’s five colleges - the College of Arts and Letters, the College of More...

Letters

Continuing support appreciated

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to thank all the good citizens of Wilkes County and all of our local postal workers for their support in collecting 2,500 pounds of canned goods More...

Sports

W-WPRD girls team runner-up in first tourney

After three days of tournament play, the Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department 12U girls softball team emerged as runner up in District 6 GRPA Class C Fast-Pitch Softball.  Held in Putnam County June 26- 28, the double-elimination to More...

Happenings at W-WPRD

FOOTBALL-DRILL CAMP   The Washington-Wilkes Parks and Recreation Deptartment will host a Football-Drill Camp on Saturdays beginning this Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m.-noon. More...

Echols is first-ever five-time champ

Just as 2016 champ James Williams was setting up to join the trendsetters with back-to-back wins, Graham Echols (left) was on top of his game and snatched another win at last week’s Amos Martin Invitational. More...

Worship

We must believe in God’s new covenant

It is important for us to know all about the Old Testament way of life that explains how we came to be a part of this Earth and also what has transpired in mankind’s life over these many years. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

Columnist Kip Burke and The Office Cat are both on hiatus for health reasons and may resume at a later date.  .  Flint Hill Baptist Church will hold its homecoming on Sunday, August 6, at 11:45 a.m. Dinner will be served.  .  More...