2018-10-18 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

Small town touch in big city hospital

If you missed Scare on The Square you should make sure to put it on your calendar next year. Seeing the children dressed up in costumes is fun for everyone. 101-year-old WWII veteran Duck Moore was in attendance and is proof that the event is a treat for both young and not so young attendees. As they say, “Age is a state of mind.”


Saturday morning arrived with the perfect weather for Mule Day. The air was crisp, the sky was blue, and a seemingly record crowd turned out for the always enjoyable event.


A very interesting email from Edward Reynolds came last week saying, “I hope this picture of the eclipse of 1900 reaches you as I am not computer literate. The photo depicts my grandfather, Dr. Robert Grier Stephens, with his hand on his mother, Emma Simpson Stephens’ wheelchair. Mrs. Sara Wingfield Terry is his mother’s cousin, and he is standing next to his brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Lee Avary.

“Today’s paper also contained a reference to Miss VoHammie whom I remember from my childhood attendance at the Presbyterian Church where she was a very prominent member. In those days, when you had a birthday, you were expected to contribute your age to the Sunday School collection plate. I distinctly remember Miss VoHammie putting in a dollar bill which became an immediate cause for discussion among all the children that ‘Miss VoHammie is 100 years old!’ and she was kind enough to let us keep on believing that for many years.

So glad that you are keeping the ‘Kitty-Cat’ column going as it is a highlight to which I weekly look forward.

Edward Reynolds - the son of Dr. Stephens’ daughter, Allie.” We are reproducing the photo on page 6 so that you can see it for yourself. Our thanks to Edward for emailing us.


If you’re tired of puns and funny sayings just skip over this. But we can’t seem to escape them. One of our Atlanta family members reported that he saw a sign at dry cleaners in Tucker. It said, “drop your pants here and you will receive prompt attention.” He threatened to stop and try it.


On the way home late one night, and of course worrying about those deer that run out in front of cars, we started wondering about kangaroos in Australia. We researched to see if kangaroos are a driving hazard down under and we found that they are indeed. In fact, the kangaroo population is almost twice the human population in Australia. We found a list of what to do in case of an accident involving a kangaroo, which included checking the pouch for young. How interesting!


The saying that “All roads lead to Washington-Wilkes” really came close to home this past week when our newborn grandson, Jumper Newsome, had to be taken to Scottish Rite in Atlanta because of a fever. Our son, Daniel, told us that a sweet lady walked into their ER room and introduced herself by saying, “You may not remember me, but I’m Shawn Hackney from Washington and I work here.” We found it very comforting that Shawn recognized the Newsome name and took the time to check in to see if it was one of our own. Thank you to Shawn. That small town touch in a big city hospital meant the world to us.


Our former news writer Jane Ellyn Aaron, and her husband Jamie emailed an update on their adventure in China, where they teach English. They are loving it and seeing the world during the breaks from their teaching schedule. They recently made a trip to see the Great Wall and recommend the experience abroad highly. We miss them, as we know their families do. But we are glad for the contributions they are making there. More information and photos will be published in a separate article later.


We’ve had no revelations about the “Old Photo of the Week” from last week. If anyone knows of a Wilkes County family with a connection to the construction of the Great Lakes please let us know.


Borrowing from the October 14, 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.


Miss Emily Fluker returned to her school at Lundburg after spending “Fair Week” in Washington.

The country is besieged with an epidemic of Spanish Flu.

ANNOUNCEMENT; I beg to inform the citizens of Washington and Wilkes County that I will open up on Friday, October 11, the corner store, opposite the Johnson Hotel, with a fresh and complete stock of fruits, canned goods, candies, cigars and tobaccos, bread, cakes, etc. Savas Creety, Telephone 152.


State paving projects within the next year will greatly benefit Wilkes Countians. The unpaved stretch near Lexington will be paved, after which we can drive all the way to Atlanta on pavement. Also, the paving of nine miles in McDuffie County will leave only about 10 miles unpaved between Washington and Augusta. Hard to believe that just 85 years ago there were dirt roads between Washington, Athens, Augusta, and Atlanta. - KB

A representative of an airway transportation company was in Washington this week to make arrangements to place our city on an air transportation line from Atlanta to Columbia, S.C., with a station here. It is practically assured that Washington will be a stop on this route. The site selected is behind the residence of C.H. Orr.

A marriage of interest to a large circle of friends is that of Miss Mabel Lewis Ware and James Arvid Johnson Jr., which took place at the home of the bride’s parents on Robert Toombs Ave., on Sunday at high noon. Dr. W.T. Evans of the Baptist church officiated.


News from our Men in Service: Tom S. Granade has been promoted from first lieutenant to the rank of captain, U.S. Army Air Corps. He has been in North Africa for nearly two years. Lt. Gerald Poss has been transferred from Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Ark., to McClosky General Hospital in Temple, Tex. Sgt. Charles Irvin was awarded the Army’s Good Conduct Medal, based on character, performance, and efficiency.


Washington Market has a variety of seafoods, with mullet at 23 cents a pound, oyster at $1.75 per pint, deviled crab at 59 cents per pound, flounder at 59 cents, and shrimp at $1.65 per pound.

Cindy Russell was crowned homecoming queen at the halftime of the W-WHS-Greene County game. Jan Berry was named runner-up.

And from that same issue we find this…


Thousands of visitors are expected to throng the grounds of Callaway Plantation west of Washington Saturday, October 16, when one of the area’s premier tourist attractions presents its 13th annual all-day production.

Mule Day, which has grown steadily since its inception in 1980, is still bigger in 1993. Several new attractions have been added and all mule events are professionally coordinated by the Georgia Old Time Plow Club of Winder.


Greg Wheatley was named Raco/ Subway Player of the Week for the Tiger football team.


Celeste Stover was installed as the first woman president of the Washington Kiwanis Club at the regular meeting on October 5. She received the gavel from the out-going president, Mike Scarborough.


Rayle’s annual Halloween Carnival will be held Saturday, October 23, from 6-9 p.m. at Rayle City Hall and the Jackson House.


FALL CELLULAR SPECIAL – In today’s environment, a cellular phone is almost a necessity, no matter how you travel! (Clip art of witch on a broom) Call Wilkes Cellular today to hear about our special low price on the phone of your choice.


City of Washington, A Resolution on Unfunded Mandates:

Whereas, In recent years, cities, counties, and school systems have been burdened by a growing number of costly unfunded mandates imposed on them by the state and federal governments; and

Whereas, these mandates have added to the financial hardships that some local governments are experiencing and have resulted in the need for many local governments to increase revenues or curtail services; and,

Whereas, studies have shown these mandates consume one-fourth of most city, county, and school budgets, costing $1.2 billion in Georgia in 1991, meaning that these local dollars are used to fund state and federal priorities rather than local priorities; and,

Whereas, these unfunded mandates are actually backdoor tax increases imposed by the General Assembly, the Congress, and their regulatory agencies upon Georgia’s local governments, which violate the principles of home rule and political accountability; and,

Whereas, there are numerous proposals before Congress to limit unfunded mandates and the burdensome regulations that accompany many federal laws,

Whereas, October 27, 1993, has been designated as National Unfunded Mandates Day in order to call attention to the severe problems that these mandates impose on cities, counties, and school systems.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, by the City of Washington, Georgia, that the General Assembly is requested to pass H.R. 10, a Constitutional Amendment to allow the voters of Georgia the opportunity to end the unfair and costly proactive of mandates without funding.

Be it further resolved, that the City of Washington, Georgia, requests that Congress pass meaningful legislation to end this unfair practice of unfunded mandates, including reform of the regulatory process.

Be it further resolved, that the City of Washington, Georgia, has proclaimed October 27, 1993 as Unfunded Mandates Day in Washington, Georgia, in observance of National Unfunded Mandates Day. A fat lot of good this did, huh? Unfunded mandates are still a burden today, and seemingly, worse than ever. KB


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