2012-02-16 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

A new debut on the Spring Tour

A letter that came this week from Jean Newsome Casey who was born in Washington and lived here until she married James Casey and went to live in Polk County (Cedartown,) gives several interesting items. Jean is the daughter of the late G.B. and Mary Taylor Newsome, both of whom are native Wilkes Countians and lifetime residents. Jean sent a copy of a Valentine post card which her dad sent to her mother in 1934, andithasa11/2centstamponit. It costs 32 cents to mail a post card today. Another unusual thing about the card was that it was addressed simply as Miss Mary Taylor, Washington, Ga., something that caused no problem in 1934. Jean also said that Polk County hosted a Tough Mudder event a couple of years ago. After being denied a request to have beer available on the premises the sponsors said they would never go back to Polk County, although they were impressed with the facility. ... “The misspelling of Aonia (highway sign) insulted me,” Jean said. She grew up in the heart of Aonia.

Here’s a new twist to an old, old story. I read in The Augusta Chronicle that Bob Young, ex-mayor of Augusta, has written a novel titled The Treasure Train, set in Augusta during the closing days of the Civil War. Sound familiar? The book’s central character is Confederate Treasury Agent Patrick Graham who is sent to Augusta to break up a major counterfeiting operation, and is challenged to protect railroad cars that are filled with Confederate gold. The article said that Young’s research led him to Washington-Wilkes and Abbeville, S.C. The official release date for the novel is March 3.

The American Revolution Musical presented by a cast of children and puppets, and directed by Ginny King, Saturday and Sunday at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse was a tremendous success. It was a good show and I hear that it is to be an annual presentation. ... There were many people in town for the Revolutionary Days weekend, with a lively parade and re-enactment in Fort Washington Park, and many other activities.

And the late Andy Rooney says, “I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right.”

Gas prices continue to rise. As of Monday, from west to east on Highway 78 through Washington, prices ranged from $3.55, to $3.57, $3.53, and $3.64.

Dolores McAvoy's nephew, 56-year-old Paul Dennis, has died while on a mission trip to Haiti. Paul lived in Washington-Wilkes briefly when he was a child and his home in recent years has been in Fargo, North Dakota, where he was a traffic control official at the airport. No further details have been released.

Anna Stover, Washington-Wilkes’ much-traveled young lady, is back in the United States to stay a while. Anna’s visa expired for her stay in England, so she is now headquartered in Washington, D.C., and still flying for United Airlines. It’s good to know she is closer by. Anna is Jerry Stover and Celeste Stover’s daughter.

We will be seeing another house on this year's Spring Tour of Homes March 31 and April 1 that has never, ever, been on a Tour of Homes. The home of the late Charles Irvin and his mother, the late Ida Lee Irvin, on West Robert Toombs Avenue is now owned by Charles’ niece, Reba Griffin of Atlanta, and will be included in this year’s tour .

I tried, but there was no way I could get the names of all of the Washington-Wilkes folks who participated in the Tough Mudder Georgia, event at Aonia Pass Motocross Park Saturday and Sunday. Reports that I got were that the parking lot was full and cars were parked on both sides of the road all the way to Ebenezer Baptist Church. Washington- Wilkes firefighters had their hands full controlling the “controlled fires” on the course in the high winds that we had Saturday, and of course hypothermia was a major problem for the Emergency Medical Service people. The names that I was able to get are residents now or have been residents in the past. They are Jeff Treadwell, Roy Norman, Steven Deal, Bill Dorminy, Rick Dorminy, Kelley ???, Katie Henderson Beck, Jack and Lisa Davis, Dr. Lester Johnston, Tom Deverger, Evan Harrison (who brought a team from Georgia Tech,) John and Dan Duggan III, Rodney Fowler, and Beegee Elder. The main comment I heard from participants was that if the wind had not been so ferocious it would have been “loads of fun.” ... I’m still collecting names of participants, so if you were one, please tell me.

Tonight (Thursday, February 16,) is the time for the annual Washington Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Banquet when the STAR Student, Joel Fair, and STAR Teacher, Eric Holton, are recognized and other awards are presented. ... It’s hard to believe that the annual Junior Steer and Heifer Show and Sale is coming up on March 3-4.

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