2018-08-16 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

Are they present in the moment?

Natalie Pullen shared something interesting recently. Having a child with CF means that air quality becomes extremely important. She explained that there is an expert in Atlanta who helps people with locations to live based on air quality. And Washington-Wilkes is near the top in the state for clean air.


Nelda Vaughn emailed us to say, “I saw your question about Dr. Bryson’s animal shelter this past week and that Steve Blackmon had turned in a bulldog to that shelter. Not to prolong the story, but we adopted a bulldog from Doc Bryson’s shelter in the late 60s. Of course, I can’t be certain she was the same bulldog Mr. Blackmon turned in, but we were so grateful for our beloved Pugsie.”


Dr. Bryson’s daughter, Mackie Bryson Combs, communicated with us regarding the sealed box we mentioned last week. “The hangar where this box was found was built by my ex-husband, Jim Smith who sold it to my father. I have discussed this with my sisterin law. My brother is deceased. We want this to remain in our family. My nephew is Thomas Bryson who is in his 30s. You should be hearing from him regarding picking this up. However, if you don’t hear from hear in the next week, I will make a trip to Washington to get it.” What better way to know that the box will be in safe keeping until the time Dr. Bryson wished for it to be opened. We know the Bryson family will make sure Washington folks hear of the contents once that time comes.


We spent a few days at Walt Disney World in Orlando last week and couldn’t help observing something Carolyn Gammon has pointed out in her Tignall News column before. People are glued to cell phones. Everywhere we turned…in line for an attraction, inside theaters with performances underway, at a table having dinner, on the bus, the monorail, wherever…people had their attention focused on the phone and not the line, not the performance, not the dinner company, or their children. And of course they were taking photo after photo. They seem so intent on capturing every moment that we don’t know if they are ever present in the moment.

One part of people-watching we did enjoy was seeing and hearing the many cultures and nationalities represented. We would pass a family group and couldn’t avoid overhearing the accents and languages they spoke. It became a game to try to guess the language we would hear as a group came near to us. But some times we would guess they were American and they would be speaking French. Then the next time we might guess Swedish and they would pass by and sound like they could be native Wilkes Countians, saying “y’all.”

You see a lot of crazy attire, and many witty T-shirts. One that we saw and thought especially good was for a state championship team and said, “When you’re behind never give up. When you’re ahead never let up.” We’re looking forward to the Tigers playing football with that kind of spirit. And our special football supplement will be in next week’s News-Reporter so you can read all about this year’s team.


This week marked one year since we lost our news editor, Kip Burke, to cancer. Our readers enjoyed his column which appeared weekly on this page and also his news coverage of events in Washington-Wilkes. The community will never be the same without him.


Borrowing from the August 12, 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. 100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

The Grand July recommended adding one person to the county’s pauper list and that she receive $4 per quarter. The jury found that the county school system operated 29 white schools and 43 Negro schools without borrowing any money.

Rumors have circulated to the effect that work on the new post office building in Washington would be halted and not completed until after the war. C.E. Parker, superintendent of construction, has issued a statement declaring that this is absolutely untrue. Construction will proceed as planned.


The Washington City School has set tuition for students who attend from outside the city. For high school students, the fee will be $20 per term. For grammar school children, the fee will be $10 per term.

Eddie Cantor is featured in “Whoopee” at the Strand Theatre Monday and Tuesday. A new star, Ruby Keeler, makes her screen debut in this rollicking entertainment extravaganza.

The many friends of Joe F. Fanning will be glad to learn that he has a responsible position with the Piggly-Wiggly grocer company in Atlanta.


Sam McGill’s two years in business here have been marked by such a steady increase that he has opened a place in Thomson. Social interest centers in the announcement by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Grier Stephens of the betrothal of their daughter, Emma Simpson, to Lucian Clovis Wilson of Evanston, Ill., the marriage to be solemnized August 17 at the home of the brideelect’s parents.


In August, 1572 Wilkes Countians received Social Security payments totaling $96,400.

The Washington Rotary Club announced this week that it has taken as a community project the completion of Holliday Park as a Wilkes County recreation area on the Clark Hill Reservoir.

The 1969 Mustangs are on display at Washington Motor Company. Prices start at $2255. And from that same issue we find this… 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Wills Memorial Hospital, a proud and vital institution in the Washington-Wilkes area since its opening as Washington General Hospital in 1924, entered a new era Sunday afternoon, August 8. Newly expanded and renovated facilities throughout the hospital were formally dedicated with a program and guided tours which left first-time visitors visibly impressed and enthusiastic about the future of local medical care. Features and attractions of the main tour route through the building included: 1. Newly renovated lobby. The new chandelier in the lobby was given by Mr. and Mrs. David Derrick. Mr. Derrick is chairman of the Hospital Authority; 2. The 100 wing has new electric beds throughout with new air-float mattresses; 3. The new nurses station and new classroom for teaching and instruction; 4. The 200 wing contains a new VIP suite with sitting area, rest room, and patient area all inclusive; 5. At the end of the 200 wing is the new Birthing Center where the expectant mother is placed upon arriving at the hospital. Labor, delivery, and recovery all take place in this center which also includes the new nursery with room for eight babies at one time. The baby can also stay in the mother’s room; 6. At the end of the 400 wing is the new six-bed Critical Care Unit; 7. The Elizabeth R. Callaway Memorial Garden is on the right and contains the Daniel/Bailey Memorial Fountain; 8. New admitting processes were explained at the new Admissions/ Registration area; 9. The function of the new Out-Patient/Emergency Department was explained; 10. The Radiology Department contains all new equipment plus a new CAT-SCAN; 11. The newly-renovated Laboratory was explained; 12. The Medical Records and Business Office which have been renovated were viewed, as was the Administrative Suite and Surgery Department; 13. Refreshments were served in the newly-created Physical Therapy Department. All equipment is needed for this department.


On behalf of Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Brenda Weber presented books purchased by the sorority to Celeste Stover for the ITZAREADER project.


Emergency personnel investigated the scene of the tragic drowning of two Wilkes County boys Monday afternoon, August 9, on the Danny Gunter farm near Rayle. Floyd Trammane Hall, 14, of 286 Walker Road near Rayle, and Anthony D. Johnson, 15, of 874 Philomath Road, died about 1:20 p.m. when they apparently slipped on a steep underwater slope into deep water and were unable to swim to safety.


After signs of success in slowing speeders on the streets of the City of Washington, speeding offenses dominate the monthly report of the Washington Police Department. Twenty-four speeding cases were made by the police during July, according to the report presented by Investigator Johnny Crookham to the May and Council Monday night, August 9. Worst speeding violation was 77 mph in a 45 mph zone.


“Shop downtown for all your back-to-school needs” was the heading on a page featuring ads for Moore’s Office and School Supplies, Country Charm Gift Shop, Rags to Riches Consignment Shop, Kettle Creek Sports, Mercer Harris Photography, Fievet Pharmacy, Harris’ Homeplace, Storys, Cato, Scarborough’s, Muscadines, and Another Thyme CafĂ©.


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