2019-03-21 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

First hummingbird sighting reported

This is the time of year when The Office Cat reported the first annual sighting of hummingbirds in Wilkes County. Alicia and Jim DeWeese, on Lundburg Road, saw one last Wednesday evening. Then we saw the first one at our house on Thursday evening. So get your feeders out and filled, and let us know when you see one!

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The February 7, 2019, old photo of the week was a print featuring a grouping of entertainment celebrities, which included Tony Orlando and Dawn, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, and Paul Lynde. Others we have found in our files are George C. Scott, Alan Alda from MASH, Sandy Duncan and Danny Kaye in a performance of Pincocchio, Carole King, Jerry Clower, Michael Landon, Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, Robert Wagner, a head shot of Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson, Glenda Jackson and George Segal in A Touch of Class, Andy Griffith and Tony Orlando in western outfits, Tricky Chicken (Jerry Sroka) and Avery Schreiber in Just for Fun, Cloris Leachman, Katharine Hepburn, Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in The Getaway, Sonny, Cher, and Chastity Bono from The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Ravi Shankar playing his sitar, and some others photos that we can’t identify. You are welcome to stop by and look through them. They are 8x10 black and white promotional prints that were sent to us for the television listings in the 1970s.

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We’ve been placing some of our cleanup finds in back of the News-Reporter building with a “FREE” sign indicating they are up for grabs. Recently, we left a set of golf clubs and they have been taken and given a new home. In full disclosure, we have to admit that they are left-handed clubs. We want to assure the taker that if his/her swing seems a bit off, and they are right-handed, that could be the problem. The clubs belonged to the late editor Smythe Newsome.

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We put a new box of old photos out on display on Wednesday, March 13. Ellis Thornton, Loretta Fanning, Jerry McAvoy – we promised to let you know when we had some new ones. Stop by and take a look.

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Borrowing from the March 24, 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 Fire broke out in the offices of Mr. E.R. Lower on the second floor of the big National Bank of Wilkes building Saturday morning. For a while it appeared the entire building might be lost, but excellent work by our volunteer fire department along with good water pressure brought the fire under control with damage of only about $5,000.

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Senator Harris has announced a federal grant of $7,000 to beautify the grounds of the new post office here.

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The mayor and council are considering a master plan to pave many streets and sidewalks in the city.

85 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

An application for charter has been made by Messrs. Melvin C. Gutherie, H.F, Brand, and Thomas P. Blackmer of Detroit, Michigan, for an organization to be known as the Washington Lumber Company. The purpose of the company will be the manufacture and sale of pine lumber. It will be under the direct supervision of Mr. J.W. Eubanks.

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The Washington debate teams will compete in district competition on March 23, debating the topic, “Resolved: that the United States should adopt the essential features of the British system of radio control and operation.” Washington’s affirmative team of L.G. Ray Jr. and Susan Williams will debate Elberton’s negative team.

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Mr. W.E Monts has been named by the city Board of Education to head the schools for another year. Mr. Monts has served in this capacity for the past seven years.

75 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

The people of Wilkes County unite with Congressman and Mrs. Paul Brown in hoping they will soon receive good news of their son, Lt. Robert Thomas Brown, who has been reported missing in action in the Pacific Area.

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The Cozart lot just off The Square will come alive in a spectacular manner Monday when WSM Grand Ole Opry will present Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, and other popular features at a night show at 8 p.m.

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R.H. Pharr, incumbent, defeated B.I. Cheney by 35 votes in the election for Wilkes County Clerk of Court Tuesday.

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Mrs. Willie Frank Hopkins and her little son, Bill Jr., after a six-week visit to Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Hopkins, will leave today for their home in Charleston, S.C.

50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Wilkes County’s industrial development program faced a major obstacle this week when the county attorney stated his opinion that it would be illegal for the county to contribute to th cost of operating such an office. Georgia Attorney General Arthur Bolton has been asked for a ruling on the subject.

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Technical Sergeant Arnold C. Drake, son of Mrs. Frances C. Drake of Washington, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Barksdale AFB, La.

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Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jordan entertained at a family birthday party for their little daughter, Julie, on Saturday.

And from that same issue we find

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25 years ago this week

Alice L. Lindsey, popular chairman of the Wilkes County Board of Education since 1982, resigned her position last week. In an open letter which accompanies this report, Mrs. Lindsey said she was not planning to run for re-election this year and that she wanted more time to spend with her family.

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Two Wilkes County dairymen were recognized for their 1993 quality milk production at the Annual Convention of the Georgia Milk Producers held in Atlanta February 27-March 1. Billy McAvoy and Frank Bentley were presented awards from Stanley Eason, Milk Procurement and Quality Representative for Borden. Eason commented he is particularly proud of these two producers who market milk through Borden. To qualify for this milk quality award, a producer must maintain a standard plate count of less than 3,000 and a somatic cell count of less than 400,000 during a 12-month period. We’ve heard reports recently of the alarming rate of dairy farm closures because of the impact of soy and nut milk industries. This bit reminds us that farm families affected are hard-working folks with much expertise and skill.

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Petal Pushers personally picked a peck of pretty posies, pleasantly potted, professionally pruned, and packed to perfection … especially for you. Positively pleasing!

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A “flasher” has been encountered in the King’s Row area of Washington.

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Cindy Crawford, Planet Hollywood, a dozen yellow roses, and pine cones from Wilkes County – it was quite a night for 14-year-old Bill McCarty, a seventh-grader at Washington-Wilkes Middle School.

Although Bill and his parents, Ricky and Pam, spent three days touring New York City last fall, dinner with supermodel Cindy Crawford was definitely the highlight of the trip. Their visit was sponsored by the Children’s Wish Foundation International, an organization that grants wishes for children with terminal illnesses.

In addition to some great memories the McCartys also gained a few fans during their trip. According to Christy Chappelear, director of public relations for the Children’s Wish Foundation, “They (the McCartys) are a wonderful family and I absolutely adored working with them. Pam is, to quote our volunteer in New York who met her, ‘a bundle of energy – a real positive person,’ and it was a pleasure to make a wonderful experience possible for a family as deserving as they are.

“Many people come and go in our lives but people like the McCartys leave footprints on our hearts that never fade. I count myself fortunate to have worked with them.” We totally agree. KB

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