2018-11-15 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

The Square is looking beautiful

Everyone has their experiences of how God provides for them, and we are no exception. Each week with deadlines looming, the pressure of filling the pages, and of coming up with items for this column, we wonder how it will all come together. But somehow what we need is provided. It’s not always what we want, but always, always, without fail, what we need and more. As we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on how grateful we are for our blessings. We include you, our readers, in that list of our many blessings. Every Wednesday after the newspapers are delivered and we fill the box out front, we can hear the steady stream of cars parking, the coins being inserted in the box, and the squeak and clonk of the box opening and closing. In this modern day when newspapers are so often viewed as irrelevant it fills our hearts with gratitude for our readers and subscribers, who still appreciate and value The News-Reporter. We thank you.


The News-Reporter will be published on Tuesday next week for distribution on Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Our deadlines for news and advertisements have been moved up a bit so that we will have time to produce the paper. You can find those details on page 8 of this issue.


Five men and three trucks (one with a bucket) – sounds like the beginning of a joke. But that’s what it takes to get The Square decorated for Christmas. As of last Wednesday afternoon the snowflakes were installed on all the light poles and on Thursday the greenery, bows, and canopy of lights were already going up. So it will be ready for the November 20 Candlelight Shopping on The Square. The city crew does a fantastic job of getting everything in beautiful, working order. . We got a call from Emilie Waters about the old photo of the outdoor baptism that was published on November 1. Her sister, Linda Gresham, had received her copy of The News-Reporter and realized that the group of young men on the right hand side of the photo was their father, James Johnson, and all of his brothers. Emilie thinks the photo would have been taken near Phillips Mill Baptist Church, because that is where her grandparents attended services.


Joe Riley emailed us saying, “Since you printed such a nice article in Kitty Bits about the hurricane relief effort, I thought you might be interested in how several other community members are contributing. Washington has a Georgia Baptist Association Disaster Relief team. It is unit 30R and is headed up by Gary Butts of Tignall. The team was called along with all the other teams in Georgia to assist with clean up in Bainbridge, Ga. which got hit with Cat 2 winds from Michael. Gary got chosen to be the Incident Commander for the team while there. Clean up and recovery teams use chainsaws to clear trees off of houses and from around them in addition to placing tarps on houses that might leak because of storm damage. As the person in charge of the cleanup effort, Gary had to put make sure that applications for assistance were properly taken, on site assessments were made, and 4-6 person teams were sent to do the jobs. This is a huge responsibility and Gary did a super job of it. I was proud to serve on one of his teams. I think that all the units completed over 500 jobs in the three weeks we were there. If interested you can get the actual figures for our work from Andy Perryman at the Association office. It is tough work but very rewarding for all of us that serve the LORD one tree or one tarp at a time.”

He said in a follow up email, “I just wanted to clarify one point in my earlier email. None of us worked the entire three weeks that Georgia Disaster Relief was in Bainbridge. Most team members are asked to serve 5-7 call outs. That usually means two days of travel and three full working days. This is what I did but I’m quite sure that Gary worked longer than that.”

We know that all of the residents affected by the hurricane were thankful for the cleanup and recovery this team provided.


Borrowing from the November 11, 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.


The “flu” has about “flew” its course.

The Reporter received a false report on Thursday, which stated that an armistice had been signed. Follow up inquiries all attested to the fact that this was not true.

Cotton is now worth 40 cents a pound. Just think, $200 a bale!


Wilkes is the first county in Georgia to have an “Opportunity School” and to have its teachers placed on the federal payroll. The school is sponsored by the Federal government and is under the supervision of County Superintendent of Schools, S.B. Savage. Enrollment is nearing 150. Subjects taught are Gregg Shorthand, Touch System of Typing, Business Arithmetic, English and Spelling.

A new line of bread is being introduced into this area. Claussen’s bread, rolls, and cakes will be provided fresh daily at several grocery stores.

Spencer Tracy and Fay Wray star in a devil-may-care adventure, “Shanghai Madness,” at the Strand on Friday and Saturday. The cost of admission is 10 cents to everyone.


Misses Jenelle Poss and VoHammie Johnson attended the Homecoming celebration at the University of Georgia last week. They returned Sunday to Valdosta where they are students at GSWC.

Mrs. Livingston Moss will return to Washington Friday after a visit of several days to her sister, Mrs. George Bolton, in Tignall. How about that? We guess you didn’t just zip” back and forth from Washington to Tignall 75 years ago. The trip warranted a stay of several days in this case. KB


In the General Election for President, George Wallace carried Georgia, while Richard Nixon won the presidency. The vote in Wilkes County was, Wallace, 1003, Humphrey, 868, Nixon, 848. Herman Talmadge easily defeated Patton for the U.S. Senate.

The Tenth District as a whole is ahead of the state pace in U.S. Savings Bonds sales for 1968, and Wilkes County is leading the entire 21-county district. With a goal of $85,000, Wilkes countians have purchased a total of $122,518 worth of bonds. We were first out of 21 counties, and not only passed our goal we crushed it! But, we have childhood memories of buying stamps to stick in our bond books during elementary school years, and never completing a book to redeem for a bond. We still have the old uncompleted books and wonder what to do with them all these years later. KB

Mr. and Mrs. Carol Scott Hopkins announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan, to Edward Barnett Pope Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnett Pope. The wedding will be an event of January 4, 1969 at Washington First Baptist Church. Yes, that’s our own society editor, Susan Pope. So on January 4, 2019 she and Edward will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! What a wonderful example they are a loving, dedicated couple who has raised three amazing children and contributed in so many ways to this community, too many ways to count. Our love and best wishes to them as they near this milestone. KB

And from that same issue we find this…


Mercer Harris Photography announces its first Christmas Special, two days only, November 22 and 23. Have your child photographed with our Christmas tree. 25 years later Mercer and India are still photographing Wilkes County children on beautiful sets, with Santa, and capturing precious memories. If you could add them all up, how many do you suppose there have been?– KB


“Your hair is gray. Your eyes are blue. So what if you’re FORTY, we still love you! Happy Birthday! Love Sherry & Stephen. The ad’s accompanying photo looks like Glenn Phillips. That would make him 65 this year. Happy Birthday, Glenn! KB


The Washington Little Theater is excited about the winter production – On Golden Pond. Many people will remember this play in its movie form with Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda. Tryouts for this play will be held at the theater on Tuesday, November 23.


Employees of the old Washington General Hospital which was located on Spring Street and guests gathered for the 13th annual reunion Wednesday, October 27, in the fellowship hall of the Washington Presbyterian Church. The group worked together in the old hospital in the 1940s and 1950s. Twenty-one attended.


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