2018-10-11 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

One way to ‘snake the drain’

This Saturday night, October 13, will be an evening of fun with “Scare on the Square.” Children are invited to trick or treat on The Square at 5:30, then compete for the best Halloween costume at 7 p.m. The movie “Hocus Pocus” was the top selection in a Facebook poll and will be shown on the big screen beginning at 7:30.

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We included puns recently that we saw online. But a couple of weeks ago we found that we have a punster right here in our newspaper office. When a baby snake (we think it was actually a rattlesnake) was discovered in a bathroom sink here, we debated on how to dispose of it. Since it had somehow made its way up through the drain, we decided to let it take a whitewater adventure in another direction, through the toilet bowl. Once that was accomplished, Buck Cope commented with his usual dry wit, “That’s one way to snake the drain.” We sure got a chuckle out of that one.

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In going through some old keepsakes that belonged to the late Jane Newsome and her father, J.R. Rider, we found some old silhouettes that were done in the late 1940s. Jane used to recall a childhood memory of the artist, Carew Rice, coming through Washington. Her parents got him to do her likeness in a silhouette. We knew about that one, but also found a couple others in one of her father’s scrapbooks. We’re curious about the artist and his visit to Washington all those years ago. We’ve found some general information about him on the internet, but if anyone can give us a first-hand account we would love to hear from you.

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Sharon Liggett told us that her sister was traveling and entered into a conversation with a young woman who mentioned she lived in Athens, Georgia. The sister said she knew where Athens is and that her sister (Sharon) lives in Washington. Then in this small world in which we live it just so happened that the young woman was Tiffany Rainey, who grew up here in Washington. and worked as Tourism Director, Director of Economic Development, and finally as Wilkes County’s Film Liaison until 2017. Tiffany is the daughter of Deborah Rainey Pettus. Again, we say, “All roads lead to Washington-Wilkes.”

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Reese Smith’s fundraiser total is up to almost $8,000 after the September 29, UGA vs. Tennessee game and the October 6 game against Vanderbilt. The Dawgs will be away for several weeks, but his mom, Alicia, says they plan to be back out with the lemonade and peanut stand on November 10, when Georgia will play against Auburn in Athens.

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Borrowing from the October 7, 1993 issue of The News-Reporter and “This week in local history” compiled by Irvin Cheney Jr. we find some interesting bits. The “years ago” have been updated and are in comparison to 2018.

100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

All building is now under strict control, and it is very rare for new construction to be approved if it does not further the war effort. The War Industries Board has placed severe restrictions and violators will be prosecuted, according to L.T. Irvin Jr. Chairman of the Wilkes County council of Defense.

Leo Krumbein has purchased from Mrs. Belle King, the lot on the corner of Jefferson and Chapman streets in Grand View. Mr. Krumbein intends erecting a dwelling thereon. Some Americans have complained loudly about the excess profits tax. Henry Ford went the excess profits tax one better. For the duration of the war, he will give all his profits to the U.S. Treasury.

85 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Ben Epps, well-known pilot from Athens, will return to Washington next Sunday afternoon and take up passengers from the field on the Danburg Road about 2 ½ miles from town.

Postmaster Poche requests us to inform the public that he has just received instructions from the Post Office Department at Washington City to increase the rent of the largest lock boxes at the post office from 35 cents per quarter to 60 cents. Rent on small boxes will be increased to 25 cents per quarter.

75 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Tuesday was a Red Letter Day at the Co-operative Canning Plant when B.F. Gay, principal of the Rayle School, accompanied by 100 percent of his high school pupils, rode in bright and early to can 600 pounds of carrots for the school lunch room.

FOR SALE: Buttermilk from pasteurized milk, 20 cents per gallon. Bring your container. The Wilkes Co. Co-op Creamery.

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

With an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, Wilkes and Richmond counties have the lowest rate in the CSRA.

And from that same issue we find this…

25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Mrs. Oree D. Willis of Tignall will be honored for her long years of service as an educator with the Wilkes County School System by the Pole Branch Baptist Church of Tignall on Sunday, October 10, at 4 p.m.

The day has been proclaimed Oree D. Willis Day by the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Tignall, and the Pole Branch Baptist Church.

Mrs. Willis was a classroom teacher in the Wilkes County public schools from 1943 to 1977. She was the system-wide director of the Chapter I Federal program and was a member of the CSRA Regional Educational Services and the Agency Board of Controls from 1989 to 1993.

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The annual Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Celebrity Waiters Benefit Dinner will be held tonight (Thursday, October 7) at the Wash- ington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Cafeteria at 7 o’clock.

Wilkes, Lincoln, and Taliaferro county “celebrities” will be serving the dinner for tips to be used by the Auxiliary for its many hospital projects. Dinner music will be by Dr. Stan Coe who will play requests for tips.

Irvin Cheney will be master of ceremonies for the program which will feature the Athens Chamber Singers.

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After 83 good years, Johnson Builders Supplies is going out of business. Storewide sale begins Thursday, October 7th! 20% off absolutely every item in our huge inventory! 706-678-1551, 115 Whitehall St., Washington, Georgia.

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After more than two years of research and discussion, the North Alexander School Association (NASA) is now fully organized and focused on its first major objective.

The North Alexander Avenue School project entails renovation of the old school building on North Alexander Avenue and the establishment of this facility as a community cultural center whose programs will be charitable, education, recreational, and historical.

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