2010-10-14 / The Office Cat

New doors make big difference

The Office Cat
A call came on my cell phone on a long and dreary Sunday afternoon. I was late getting to the phone, but clicked on the “missed call” number to get back to it. When I answered it, a nice voice said, “I have the wrong number.” I said, “How do you know you have the wrong number?” She said, “Because you’re not my grandmother.” The voice sounded just like MY granddaughter, so I thought she was playing a joke on me and I played along. So I said, “I’m a grandmother.” And she said, “But you’re not MY grandmother. What is your name?” I said, “Jane.” She said, “You’re not MY grandmother.” Realizing it was not Molly after all, I said, “And what is your name.” She said it was Maria. So I said, “Well, Maria, I’m sorry I’m not your grandmother, but I’ve enjoyed talking to you. I hope you have a nice day.”

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The Washington Post Office has new doors with new windows in the doors. It looks like a new place. So much light comes in, and you don’t have to wonder if you’re going to run into somebody on the other side trying to open the door, because you can see if anybody is coming.

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Ginny King and Skeet Willingham were boarding a plane at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport for a trip to Idaho to see Ginny’s sister. They stepped on the long, steep escalator that takes you “everywhere,” and began to hear a conversation between a businessman and a United States serviceman. The serviceman seemed to be approaching being released from his tour of duty and the businessman asked him what his plans for the future were. The soldier told him that it was “kind of wide open,” and he just didn’t know. Just before they left the escalator, Ginny and Skeet observed and heard the businessman say, “You’ve got a job,” as he handed the soldier his business card. Ginny and Skeet were so overwhelmed by the situation that when they stepped off the escalator they had to just stand still and think about it.

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I noticed a beautiful "George Tabor" azalea blooming in the flower bed at the corner on the side of M&M Office Products and Services on East Robert Toombs Avenue.

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Did you know that timber sales in Wilkes County for 2008 were $4.9 million?

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That new voice that you hear answering the phone for The News- Reporter and Radio Shack is Hollie Hutto, and she has quickly become a real asset to the businesses. Hollie is the wife of the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Athletic Director, Lee Hutto, and mom to 12-year-old Patterson Hutto. She grew up in Warrenton and has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from West Georgia College. She met Lee during her senior year at Briarwood Academy when he was a student at Thomson High School.

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Teenager Will Souther was the winner in the First Baptist Church Chili Cook-off Sunday. Voting was done by placing a donation to the

Golden Harvest Food Bank in a plastic cup that was placed in front of each container of chili. No names were given. The cook with the most money in his cup was declared the winner and that was Will. . . . Dr. Michael Firmin, executive director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, with headquarters in Augusta, was the speaker for the evening.

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Remember that you nearly always find some connection to Washington Wilkes when you are away or when someone is visiting here? At First Baptist Sunday morning we had the Current Canadian Mission Team as guests for music and for telling us about their mission work in Canada. The students were from various universities. Sparky and Mary Newsome immediately recognized one as the University of Georgia student, Todd Lee, who has sat next to them at the UGA Baseball games in Athens for the past three years.

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Sylvia Lee Walker was one of the three finalists chosen last Tuesday at the Elbert 12-County Fair to participate in the finals to select the “Elbert County Idol” on Saturday. She’s 11 years old and had a great performance but an older (male) teenage country singer was chosen from the three to be “The Idol.” Sylvia had a great time and a great audience when she sang for an hour at Mule Day Saturday. We’ll be watching her career as it develops.

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Patrick Vandiver and his mom, Marianne Adams, have returned from a trip to Okinawa, Japan, where they spent 10 days with his sister and her daughter, Major Karen Vandiver Larry, and her son Dennis. Karen is in the United States Air Force and is currently on her second tour of duty at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa. She is head nurse in charge of the Neo- Natal unit at the hospital there. Marianne says she very much enjoyed her visit to Okinawa and with Karen and Dennis but she didn’t enjoy the 18-hour flight in turbulent weather that took her there.

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We have a busy weekend coming up. The Woman's Club spaghetti supper is Friday night at the clubhouse; and the Tigers will be playing Lincoln County in Lincolnton that night. Saturday night is the time for one of those Country Cooking Suppers at Fishing Creek Baptist Church and the first performance of the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Variety Show will be presented that night at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse on North Alexander Avenue. The show, directed by Dr. Stan Coe, is a benefit show for the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s many projects supporting the hospital. It will be presented again on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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Have you noticed all the pink paintings on windows in the downtown area? Members of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority are painting the town pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is this month.

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