2019-01-17 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

Something to show your grandchildren

It’s interesting how some of the old photos featured in “Old Photo of the Week” get a lot of attention, with someone coming by the office quickly to claim the photo. Last week’s photo of W-WCHS cheerleaders was published in the print and online issues of The News-Reporter, then posted our Facebook page. We were quickly told that we had made an error on the date by saying it was in the 80s. We need you all to keep us on our toes! The cheerleaders in the photo were identified by readers, including Bristol Tiller and Gretchen Lamar, as (front, l-r): Zuni Gresham, Amy Lannae, Sasha Lance, Hillary Lindsey (2nd row) Maria Burgess, Chapel Martin, Catherine Fievet, Leslie Moore, Nicole Norman (3rd row) Abby Barnett, Betsy Bowman, Bristol Tiller, and Lamika Hall. Ann Haughey, who was the cheerleading coach then, recognized her daughter, Courtney, who was also in the picture, and claimed the print. The photo was taken for the Tidewater football program ad in 1993.

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It was a busy week with many people coming to the office to look through the boxes of old photos. Ellis Thornton, Jerry McAvoy, Torrey Wilkinson, and Linda Lindsey were all in the office late last week, to name a few. It’s always fun to hear the comments made on the “trip down memory lane.”

Linda found an 8x10 print of the late Bunny Woodruff Gunby. We discussed whether there might be a family member or friend who would like to have the professional color portrait of Bunny, sitting atop her horse. We still have it here at the office.

Torrey came by to look for Tiger football pictures from the early 1990s. He was thrilled to find a few and said one day when he has grandchildren he’ll have something to show them. He didn’t know there were any photos from his football days in existence. We found an article published in The News-Reporter’s September 26, 1991 issue about the JV Tigers. Torrey recovered a Putnam fumble and scored, contributing to the 12-6 W-W win. While here he also reminisced about Coach Butch Brooks and how tough he was, how Kaye Brooks worked hard trying to keep Torrey on the straight and narrow path, and how sad it was when she died.

Jerry left with some photos saying that he distributes at church to those he finds in the prints even though he loves finding them and wants to keep some for himself.

We welcome anyone to stop by and look through them. They are a mess and there is no organization. It’s just a matter of looking through. But you may find a proverbial “needle in a haystack,” and go home with something to show your grandchildren.

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J.E. Lunceford, of Tignall, stopped by to share a photo of the Danner family. We are still trying to determine if Thomas Jefferson Danner was in the family portrait that ran on December 13. We need some TV investigative show magic to “zoom in and enhance” the photos. But it’s not as simple as that.

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Borrowing from the January 20, 1994 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 2019.

100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Germany has declared its intention to oppose to the uttermost the establishment of a free and independent Poland. There is so much unrest in Berlin that arms are being taken from all in the civilian population.

Now that the war is over, let’s have better sidewalks and cheaper electric lights. Some things never change KB

War government costs in 1918 were $18 billion. We are glad the war is over and hope that there will not be another one for a hundred years. Wishful thinking. And as this column is being written Federal workers and their families are unpaid as the partial government shutdown continues. KB

85 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Due to depression conditions, an unprecedented amount of property tax remains unpaid, and the finances of both the city of Washington and the public schools are in a deplorable condition. The zero hour for payment has been set for February 20. Marshal M.A. Callaway has been instructed to levy on all property on which taxes have not been paid by that time.

Washington Market offers Choice veal steak at 20 cents per pound, veal roast at 15 cents, lamb roast at 20 cents, and sausage at two pounds for 25 cents.

75 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Amos Dudley Martin celebrated his seventh birthday by inviting about 25 of his friends to a picture show party Tuesday afternoon.

To the delight of their many friends, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauney have returned to live at their lovely home on South Alexander Avenue.

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Bob Stout, upon assuming presidency of the Chamber of Commerce last week, announced the following committee chairmen for 1969: Merchants, Ed Leary; Membership, Mitchell Willingham; Industrial, William Pope; Plaque, James Wills; Welcome Wagon, Robert Cabe; Stay and See, Steve Blackmon.

Addison Burt, Julian Hester, and Richard Lindsey were elected to the City Council in Tuesday’s election. M.H. Brittain was the loser in a fourway race for three seats. Burt and Lindsey were incumbents, running for re-election. Mr. Hester takes the position formerly held by W. Frank Lee, who did not run for re-election.

And from that same issue we find this…

25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

The familiar time and temperature sign at Farmers and Merchants Bank showed some unfamiliar numbers Wednesday morning, January 19. By 8 a.m. it had warmed to seven degrees after an overnight low of near zero. Forecast for Wednesday night is eight degrees with a gradual warming trend into the weekend.

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Three Wilkes Countians were killed shortly before midnight Monday, January 17, when the van in which they were riding skidded on ice and crashed into a tree just east of Athens. Six other riders were treated for various injuries, but none was hospitalized.

The tragic accident involved local citizens who commuted regularly to their jobs at Seaboard Farms poultry processing plant in Athens.

Killed at the scene of the wreck were Elizabeth Parker, 50; Sarah Mays, 48; and Elijah Cullars, 21; all of Washington.

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Mrs. Joyce Williams, principal of Washington-Wilkes Middle School, was guest speaker for a special program at the Wilkes County Senior Citizens Center, Friday, January 14, in observance of the holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Roy Burns, director of the center, presided and introduced Mrs. Williams. Mrs. Williams that as a resident of Atlanta, she had occasion to meet Rev. King and participated in the massive march to the cemetery at Morehouse College. She remembers the dreary, overcast day and how glorious it was to see the representatives of so many nationalities.

She said there were two things Dr. King stressed that she wanted to say. Teach the child that they are somebody. Look them in the face and tell them they are important and they are loved and they are to care about themselves. She said that seniors know so much and had great experience but we had missed the boat in passing the message of Dr. King that they are important and to make something of their life.

She said the children need to be taught to replace the violence that is consuming our community, state, and world with non-violence or we will lose life as we know it. She read Matthew 4:44 and Romans 10:15. She said we’ve got to get over to children peace and non-violence.

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After soaring to a 2-0 start in region 6-AA competition and moving to within a single win of pulling even on the season, the highflying W-WCHS Tigers got their wings clipped Saturday night at Greensboro.

As a result, the boys basketball Tigers are 2-1 going into what Coach Greg Freeman calls their toughest tests to date. This week’s games are Friday at home against Hancock Central and Saturday on a long road game to take on Washington County at Sandersville.

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Gyvonne Pinkston will participate in the final auditions for All-State Band at Mercer Univeristy in Macon in February. She was selected for this honor and for the Georgia Music Educators Association Tenth District Clinic Band after auditions last week. Cassandra Heard, Demetrius Gresham, and Randy Weaver were also selected for the district band. They are members of the W-WCHS Tiger Band, directed by Richard Marshall.

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The Office Cat wrote: It’s too cold to get out and visit or do anything else. Several meetings have been cancelled because of weather . . . Priscilla Maxwell, our Tyrone correspondent, wrote on the outside of her news copy this week, “Not much news. Everybody is either sick, frozen, or dead.” We have had lots of sickness and deaths in recent weeks, and with a temperature of nine degrees predicted for tomorrow morning (Wednesday), we’d all be wise to stay home. In the issues for the four weeks of January, 1994, The News-Reporter published 32 obituaries. KB

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