March 15, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

911 Center construction complete, operational

As the county’s 911 Center nears complete completion, Director Jerry Hackney reported that only a few equipment adjustments remain before all upgrades are operational following the months-long building of the center and installation of equipmen More...

All incumbents, no challengers enter local races

There were no surprises in last week’s qualifying for election to five local positions in the upcoming 2018 elections. All incumbents are seeking re-elections and no challengers saw fit to enter any race.  More...

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Opinions

Elderly couple proves sharing can go too far; except for sharing the Gospel

An elderly couple walked into McDonald’s and ordered one hamburger, one small order of fries and one soda. More...

Book Review

An Echo of Murder The Watchman

Anne Perry has published many mysteries set in Victorian England. Some are about Charlotte and Thomas Pitt; others concern the investigations by William Monk, often assisted by his wife Hester. An Echo of Murder is the newest in the Monk series. More...

It was the richest city in America until the boll weevil came

VALDOSTA – This enterprising community of more than 50,000 has earned an inordinate amount of recognition for several things over the years, most of all the success of its local football teams.  More...

Obituaries

Manuel Steed Hunter

Funeral services for Manuel Steed Hunter, 75, of Berkshire Drive in Washington were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of Washington. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery. More...

Elizabeth Louise Ledbetter Walker

Funeral services for Elizabeth Louise Ledbetter Walker, 71, of Riverside Drive in Washington were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Clark’s Station Baptist Church in Tignall. Interment followed in the church cemetery. More...

Robert D. Adams

Funeral services for Rev. Robert D. Adams, 73, of Prater Road were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Goshen Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. He died Friday, February 9, 2018, at his residence.  More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

All parents of school children are encouraged to attend a county wide stakeholders meeting at the Wilkes County Board of Education office on Tuesday, March 27, at either 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. More...

For the love of Papa – every little bit counts

Madison Carter, nine-year-old granddaughter of Willie Frank and Joyce Blackburn, donated her allowance to Wills Memorial Hospital Monday morning. More...

Viscious Facebook attacks libel Wilkes photographer

Mercer Harris Photography and Mercer Harris himself came under attack late last week as a Facebook post accusing him of cruelty to animals went viral and skyrocketed out of control as thousands of people with no local connection blasted his use of ba More...

The General returns to Aonia; thousands expected

America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series will return to Wilkes County this weekend, March 17-18, for the first time since 2015 for The Maxxis General GNCC, to be held at the Aonia Pass MX facility near Washington. More...

Cub Scout Pack 280’s Pinewood Derby gets young racers rolling

Washington’s Cub Scout Pack 280 gathered last week for its annual Pinewood Derby at the Washington First United Methodist Church. More than a dozen Scouts took their customized racers to compete in the event.  More...

News

Kay Finnell is guest speaker at February JumpStart program

The Wilkes County JumpStart Program had a Valentine’s Tea and celebration of Black History Month as its February parent/ support group connections meeting. More...

Durham, Gunter top exhibitors at annual show

Levi Durhan and Maddie Gunter took top honors at the 64th annual Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show March 3, showing the Grand Champion Steer and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer, respectively. More...

W-WPS chooses top ‘citizens’ for February

Washington-Wilkes Primary School has announced its citizens of the month for February. More...

Sports

Pendleton is leaving W-W Tigers; Nesbitt will take basketball job

A popular Tiger coach who wants to seek opportunity elsewhere is going to be replaced with another popular coach at the helm of Washington Wilkes’ varsity basketball program.  After this school year, former Head Basketball Coach Terrence P More...

Girls lose one but win two as boys go the other way

The week’s tennis action for the W-W Tiger girls and boys teams got off to a tough start on February 27 against Elbert County. Neither the girls nor the boys won a single match against the very strong Blue Devils.  More...

Tigers really chalk the hits in doubleheader with RMA

The Washington-Wikes Tiger varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader against Riverside Military Academy last week and had little trouble doing so as they rolled to a 14-4 win in the first game and an easy 12-3 win in the second. More...

Worship

Jesus’ visit with Simon Peter

When Jesus made His fifth step on Earth after His resurrection, He had a special visit with Simon Peter concerning Peter ’s three denials of knowing Jesus, when Jesus was on trial by the Scribes and Pharisees.  More...

Personalities

Barstow presents OLLI program on 'Evolution of Evolution' on Feb. 26

University of Georgia biologist Dr. William Barstow gave attendees a view into Charles Darwin and the “Evolution of Evolution” at the Washington Affiliate, OLLI@ UGA, session Monday, February 26, at the Episcopal Parish House.  More...

Presbyterian Reynolds Circle meets March 6 at home os Susan Keech

The Reynolds Circle of Washington Presbyterian Church met on Tuesday afternoon, March 6, in the home of Susan Sutton Keech.  Mrs. More...

Trent DeLoach guest speaker at FBC Annie Armstrong Luncheon

North American missionary Trent DeLoach was guest speaker at the Annie Armstrong Luncheon, hosted by the WMU and the Frances Wheelis Women on Mission, on Saturday, March 10, in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  E More...