2009-12-31 / Front Page

Headlines chronicle events of the past year

FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2009

Above, a crowd of friends, family, and neighbors help the Denard family recover from the F4 tornado that destroyed their Stony Ridge home last February. Below, a pit bull, one of nine seized in a raid last spring, shows signs that he is an experienced fighting dog. Above, a crowd of friends, family, and neighbors help the Denard family recover from the F4 tornado that destroyed their Stony Ridge home last February. Below, a pit bull, one of nine seized in a raid last spring, shows signs that he is an experienced fighting dog. January 1, 2009 – More Washington households ‘go green’ with revived city trash recycling program. . . . Iris Garden Club awards prizes for decor as annual ‘Night of Lights’ illuminates city. . . . ORBIT leaders help wrap Washington Police Department’s gifts for children. . . . Short-term jobs available in Wilkes County for spring 2009 census address canvassing.

January 8, 2009 – Dr. Rosemary W. Caddell is candidate for Wilkes County Superintendent of Schools. . . . New Wilkes County Sheriff Mark Moore wants to be accessible, fair to everybody. . . . Testing is set for today for short-term census jobs in spring. . . . Visiting Atlanta teen killed, one injured in Delhi Road accident. . . . Zella Bennett is CSRA Volunteer of the Year.

January 15, 2009 – Washington- Wilkes to observe Martin Luther King holiday. . . . Memorial services to be held January 24 for Bolton Lunceford, teacher, mentor. . . . Chamber of Commerce annual banquet set for January 22 at Pope Center. . . . As Elba threats give way to legal promises, commissioners stand firm in opposition. . . . Primary school children raise funds with pigs.

January 22, 2009 – County will celebrate the 229th anniversary of Washington’s founding Friday. . . . Wilkes Board of Education to work on Tiger Athletic Director choice in meeting tonight. . . . Haitian math instructor praises W-WCHS and community for donations and support following hurricane damage. . . . Chamber of Commerce annual banquet will be tonight at The Pope Center. . . . ‘From the Heart’ Wills Memorial Hospital Foundation benefit will be February 7.

January 29, 2009 Cathy Lannae, Jo and Buzzy Randall chosen tops by W-W Chamber of Commerce. . . . Dr. Rosemary W. Caddell signs contract to be Wilkes Superintendent of Schools. . . . Wilkes County School principals report year going well. . . . Tiger coach search narrows down to four, meeting set February 5. . . . Raising the Betsy Ross Flag over Washington. . . . Testing tornado warnings part of weather readiness.

February 5, 2009 Christina Albertson is Wilkes County

STAR Student;

Debbie McLeod, STAR teacher. .. . New Athletic Director, head coach expected to be named at Board of Education meeting tonight. . . . Canadian lottery scam letter fails, but family wants to warn others. . . . Children’s author entertains at Wilkes schools.

February 12, 2009 – Lee Hutto is named Tiger head coach, athletic director for 2009-2010 school year. . . . Revolutionary Days to bring history to life this weekend. . . . Mayor, City Council proclaim February as ‘Sonny Barnes Month’ for 47 years’ service. . . . June BRAG bike ride to bring thousands to Washington- Wilkes.

February 19, 2009 – New manufacturer raises American flag over Wilkes plant. . . . STAR Student Christina Albertson, teacher breakfast set for next Thursday morning. . . . County Commissioners discuss cash rewards to stop damage, theft of county road signs. . . . Fund-raising starts for 2009 Relay for Life. . . . Wandering coyote evicted from Pure station. . . . Kitchen mistakes cause fires in two area homes; only one person injured.

February 26, 2009 – Wilkes County recovering from last week’s F4 tornado hit. . . . Wilkes County Board of Education focusing efforts on completion, occupation of new schools. . . .The Maxxis General GNCC brings ATV, dirt bike races back to Aonia. . . . Firefighters stop Water Street fire, explosion. . . . Public can help solve break-ins at rural volunteer fire stations.

March 5, 2009 – Sunday afternoon snowfall blankets Wilkes County. . . . Wilkes County’s Greg Callaway shows Reserve Champion in annual steer and heifer show. . . . STARs Christina Albertson, Debbie McLeod honored.as STAR student and teacher. . . . Annual Spring Tour of Homes April 3, 4, 5 to include 19 homes, special events daily.

March 12, 2009 – Property taxes rise for 2008 due to higher assessments. . . . Joe Barnett’s ‘throwdown’ of Bobby Flay airs on Food Network March 18, 9 p.m. . . . School board schedules hearings on proposed school tax increase. . . . Washington City Council sets hearing for ‘revenue-neutral’ city millage rate. . . . Armed robber hits Rayle’s ‘Miss Ruby’s’ store, evades ground, air police searches. . . . Season’s first Aonia GNCC races see 1,471 racers in competition.

March 19, 2009 – Teacher pay supplements cut out by Board of Education. . . . Judge freezes condemnation in Elba pipeline construction. . . . Elderly Tignall woman saved from Tignall fire by daughter and home health care aide. . . . Series of public hearings for proposed tax hikes start today for county, school board. . . . Metasville teen arrested for robbery of Ms. Ruby’s after twoday search. . . . Cancer Relief Fund gets help.

March 26, 2009 – Organized dog-fighting, drug-sales site busted up in Baltimore neighborhood. . . . Georgia’s dog-fighting law is one of the toughest. . . . Aonia Pass Motocross packed for another big racing weekend. . . . Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce names new officers, has new emphasis. . . . Last tax hearings, final votes set for today.

April 2, 2009 – Annual Spring Tour of Homes to begin Friday evening. . . . Second man is arrested for dogfighting, cocaine sales in Baltimore neighborhood. . . . Agriculture, forestry communities will organize Wilkes Agri-Forestry Council. . . . Worship opportunities abound during Holy Week before Easter.

April 9, 2009 – Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter gains custody of pit bulls but dogs not available for adoption here. . . . Federal stimulus money coming to repave Highway 378 to Lincolnton. . . . Wilkes 911 needs good information to send help when needed. . . . Spring Tour of Homes sees good crowds in spite of economic strains. . . . Georgia Council of Auxiliaries and Volunteers meets here.

April 16, 2009 – City budget cuts put fireworks in question, council will try to save annual celebration. . . . Heavy rains followed by high winds put fallen trees on Wilkes roads, power lines. . . . Citizen reports erractic driving, police find cases of moonshine. . . . County approves road easements for Elba Express Pipeline to cross. . . . MusicFest to range from R&B diva to teen sensations.

April 23, 2009 – Board of Education honors Young Georgia Authors, agrees to research school tax relief for the elderly. . . . Classic South Equine will hold horse fair Saturday at Callaway Plantation. . . . Fourlaning of Georgia Highway 17 is top priority, says U.S. Representative Paul Broun in Wilkes visit. . . . Stimulus opportunity seminar set Saturday at Pope Center. . . . MusicFest kicks off Friday night with top blues artist.

April 30, 2009 – 2009 Wilkes Relay for Life starts Friday night at 7 . . . City Council applies for stimulus funds to rebuild, repair both city water plants. . . . New school open house, student tours scheduled by Wilkes Board of Education . . . MusicFest fills Washington with sweet, diverse music from R&B to Bluegrass. . . . Stimulus conference shows how to access funding. . . . Kelvin Heard wins $350,000 with a Red Hot scratch-off ticket.

May 7, 2009 – This year’s Wilkes Relay for Life sees success as proceeds exceed $50k goal. . . . Tigers report for first spring practice under Hutto. . . . Meeting will measure interest in funding of fireworks show. . . . National Day of Prayer observance set for today at noon on The Square. . . . Washington honored as Tree City. . . . Smith Dairy: Helping close the city-country knowledge gap.

May 14, 2009 – Grassroots effort raises funds for Fourth of July fireworks in Washington. . . . City agrees to apply for stimulus grant to bring roofing factory expansion here. . . . Visitors coming to see, stay, dine in Washington despite economic downturn. . . . New school complex will be open for public rising students to tour. . . . BRAG’s bike route through area to cover back roads of Wilkes. . . . Authority on Edgefield slave potter Dave to talk, sign books in Washington today. . . . Kindergarten children read about Model A Fords.

May 21, 2009 – ‘About 100’ will graduate in ceremonies May 22 at 8 p.m. . . . New school complex is ‘99% complete’ with open house set for Sunday. . . . Essex Manufacturing Inc. to close distribution center here after 60 years in city. . . . Wilkes EMS shops locally and saves money in purchase of new ambulance for county. . . . Sign law is being enforced in city.

May 28, 2009 – Lee Thomson and Evan Harrison are top graduates for Washington-Wilkes Comprehen- sive High School Class of 2009. . . . Wilkes families tour new school complex as teachers, staff prepare for big move. . . . Mule Day festival planning starts with the Wilkes County Extension in charge. . . . Community celebrates 35 years of EMS saving lives in Wilkes County. . . . Mary Willis Library Vacation Reading begins with magic show.

June 4, 2009 – Wills Memorial Hospital rebuild on go; HUD will back financing. . . . Police secretary arrested on embezzlement charges. . . . Budget cuts force major cutback at Robert Toombs House museum. . . . City, county leaders consider privatizing senior center. . . . Board of Education finalizes construction loan, accepts bid for new field house. . . . Washington-Wilkes Tourism Director Ashley Barnett receives Rotary Club’s Community Service Award.

June 11, 2009 – Tiger athlete shot, treated, released after gunfire at Athens basketball tournament. . . . GBI, FBI, BATF investigating connection between Tignall bomb and an arrested felon. . . . Some 1,400 BRAG bike riders to arrive Friday morning . . . City Council discusses seniors, vets, DDA at regular meeting. . . . Ricky Cobb awarded Georgia Department of Corrections Employee of the Year. . . . County budget to be acted on at meeting June 24.

June 18, 2009 – Rabies cases increase sharply in County. . . . Hundreds of BRAG riders enjoy warm welcome as they camp, shop, dine throughout Washington. . . . School board concerned that new school complex still not turned over to school system. . . . Tignall Pastor Dale Fincher dies returning from mission with youth of church. . . . County Commissioners discuss options for Robert Toombs house.

June 25, 2009 – Medics concerned that summer heat will send vulnerable Wilkes citizens to hospital. . . . Wilkes Relay for Life makes goal, raising $60,000 in tough economy. . . . Local leaders to form committee to ensure complete census count. . . . New Marine wife organizing drive to send care packages overseas. . . . Free rabies shots will be available in July for dogs, cats, horses.

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