2018-11-08 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

Growing parking lot watermelons

The Tignall Fall Festival is this Saturday. It’s always a fun-filled day with activities everyone will enjoy. Veterans Day is this Sunday, November 11. Look for information on the festival, services, and programs elsewhere in this issue.

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We enjoyed a visit from Mr. Charles Pope here at the office the other day. Among other things, he was encouraging about this column. Sometimes the lack of feedback or negative feedback we receive lead to questioning whether or not to continue with it. A bit of support is always appreciated and we thank you, Mr. Pope, for that encouragement.

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Dolores McAvoy dropped us a note this past week with another interesting animal story (remember the one about the friend’s dog who was told to come home through a telephone held to his ear?…and he did!). This time Dolores related, “I recently lost my beautiful longhaired cat in the road. My dog picked her up, dug a hole, put my cat in, and covered her with leaves. Animals have feelings!” Now that’s a smart and caring dog. She also said, “Thank goodness for The News-Reporter as it is something to look forward to every week.” That’s another bit of encouragement we very much appreciate.

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Well, we had a pleasant surprise here at The News-Reporter one day in late summer. When taking some trash out to the dumpster we looked down and low and behold we realized a volunteer watermelon vine was growing in the parking lot. By the time we found it, there was already a small watermelon, or what we guessed to be one, growing on it. Watered by the rain from the downspout of the gutter, the vine grew and grew. We pointed it out to Choice Nash who kept an eye on it and picked it for us recently when it was ripe. This week we cut into it and were delighted to find it was a sweet, juicy, yellow variety. Now if we had intentionally planted a watermelon in the parking lot what do you suppose the chances of success would have been?

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Downtown Washington is gearing up for the holidays and to make shopping even more convenient for you many shops will be open until 7 p.m. on Friday evenings. Last Friday night, November 2 was the first extra-hours night.

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Because of the Thanksgiving holiday The News-Reporter will have an early deadline for the November 22 issue. Classifieds and legal ads will be due on Friday, November 16, by 3 p.m. All retail ads and all news will be due by Friday at 5 p.m. The office will be closed Thanksgiving week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The office will be open on Monday and Wednesday.

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Reese Smith will be selling peanuts and lemonade at his stand again this Saturday to benefit the Childrens Hospital of Georgia. And don’t forget about the upcoming online auction for Talon Pullen’s “Pullin’ for Little Pullen” to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Let’s help both of these extraordinary young men reach their goals! .

Borrowing from the November 4, 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

We wonder how long it will be before we have electric lights to burn all night. We hope it will be soon.

The U.S. Civil Service Commission will hold an examination for Clerks and Carriers on November 23, 1918, at Washington, Ga., to fill the vacancies in the Post Office in that city. The entrance salary is $1,000 a year.

“Teddy” Roosevelt has turned out to be a chronic grumbler and fault-finder. The best thing for Uncle Sam to do with him will be to put him in a padded cell at Milledgeville.

85 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

The city of Elberton is the most recent in this area to legalize the sale of 3.3% beer, which is now being sold in Lincolnton, Athens, Elberton, and Augusta.

Wilkes County products again received recognition for their quality this week when Mrs. R.D. Callaway received a standing order from Mr. Clewis of Tampa, Florida, for four pounds of butter a week at a dollar per pound.

Dr. Willis A. Sutton, formerly of Danburg, has resigned after 22 years as superintendent of Atlanta schools. and will become secretary of the Georgia Education Association. The Atlanta Board of Education has voted to make him “Superintendent Emeritus” after he leaves.

75 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Crow have received hopeful news concerning their son, SSgt. Reid Crow, who is missing in action. The father of the crew’s pilot writes that he has received word from a member of another crew who says, “the boys went over the target with one engine out, then broke out of formation and started down, but the men on our plane counted ten chutes, and that means they all got out. We have every reason to believe the boys are safe, even though they may be prisoners.”

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

With a goal of $14,500, the Community Fund has gone “over the top,” having received over $15,000, according to Bob Stout, chairman. Washington Auto Sales Inc., was presented a special award in recognition of its excellence in customer relations. Only 450 dealers nationwide received such recognition.

Nash-Wills Motor Co. offers the completely re-styled Dodge Charger at a base price of $3,109. And from that same issue we find this… 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Antonio Samuels was named the Raco/Subway Player of the Week.

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The winners in the Halloween costume contest sponsored by the Downtown Council held on Thursday, October 28, on The Square were: in the girls category – first place, Hannah Sifre, second place, Taylor Stitcher, and third place Sherrer Long. In the boys category – first place, Kevin Stashyn Jr., second place, Ryan Scarborough, and third place, M.J. Smith.

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The Washington Jaycees have picked “Christmas in the South” as this year’s theme for the Christmas parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 5, at 3 p.m.

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Specials at The Home Café of Washington for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are 12 oz. New York strip steak served with baked potato or French fries and salad bar for $8.95. Also 9 pc. shrimp dinner served with baked potato or French fries, cole slaw, and hush puppies for $6.95. Special order your Thanksgiving cakes now.

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National Diabetes Month is observed in November to increase public awareness of diabetes, a chronic metabolic disease which affects more than 11 million people in the United States.

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The annual Tiger Club Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive

High School. Mrs. Danny Barnett, chairman, reports a large number of artists and craftsmen will be present for this bazaar which will be a great kick-off to the holiday season.

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The new voting place for Precinct 2A in Wilkes County is the Young Farmers Building on 313 North Alexander Avenue, Washington,

Georgia. The voting place for Precinct 4A is at the Courthouse, but has been moved from the hallway to the Commissioners Board Room.

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