2019-01-10 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

Band concert recording available soon

We have some more information on the Lowe building from an email we received from Joey Fievet.

“In reference to the old photo of the week last week, I am fairly certain that it was taken in front of what is now Katharine and Preston Sanders’ building next to Poss Hardware. I have this same photo; it was handed down to me from Robert Wallace when I purchased the pharmacy in 1974 when we were in that location. It was always called the Lowe Building. Hope I’m correct!

“Look at the first paragraph of the attachment to see reference to the Lowe Building. After I purchased the pharmacy from Robert Wallace I rented that building from Norma Alice Wallace for 20 years.”

The referenced attachment is below.

“On April 1, 2009 Fievet Pharmacy celebrated 35 years of serving Wilkes and surrounding counties. Fievet Pharmacy has its origins in 1974 when Joey Fievet purchased Wallace Drugs from Robert W. Wallace. At that time the pharmacy was located on the square in the Lowe-Wallace-Sanders building next to Poss Hardware The pharmacy is a continuation of drug stores that date back to 1896, when Dr. Frank Simpson first opened his pharmacy in the old location. Fievet Pharmacy remained in that location until 1988, when it moved into the facilities at 115 East Robert Toombs Ave.”

We are disheartened by the recent robbery of the pharmacy and another business in our area. More information about that can be found elsewhere in this issue.


We also had an email from Susan Seaward Descoteaux inquiring about the man in the middle of the picture with the dark suit and derby hat. We know that he is standing next to Charlie Mahoney, but we have no other information.


If you had a Christmas baby in the December 20 issue, remember to stop by the office and pick up your extra copies and the 11x17 printout of the page. Weren’t the babies adorable? And if you have a child or a grandchild due to be born in 2019 remember to contact us about running a birth announcement in The News-Reporter. It’s free. Then that baby will be eligible for the December 2019 Christmas baby issue.


We love to hear from all of our readers, but it’s especially nice to hear from out-of-town subscribers. Kim Tucker Wall of Lawrenceville sent her renewal in a Christmas card with a sweet note. You remember Kim and Kay Tucker, twin daughters of the late Doris and Hubert Tucker. They grew up here, along with their brother Tony. Thank you for keeping up with your hometown through our newspaper. And please stop by and say hello in person if you come to town.


A visiting contractor was given a wonderful impression of Washington Wilkes recently when his dog went missing. Mark Mclendon searched high and low after his beloved 11-year-old boxer “Diesel” ran off New Year’s Day. Mclendon had been working on a tower near the Logan Woods subdivision. He knocked on our door and we spoke with him about the search for his beloved pet soon after we had walked around the block having seen no sign of the dog. He passed out flyers that Leah Stevens at Fievet’s printed out. She also posted the missing animal on the Washington Wilkes DAWGS page. But he had to leave for home without his companion. Facebook shares of the flyer resulted in the dog being located in the Lundberg area and the owner and dog were reunited. Leigh Hearn saw Randy Tucker’s post and Pembroke Pope found Diesel nearby. Leigh and Carlton Hearn housed the boxer overnight until his owner could make the trip from north Atlanta to retrieve him. Mclendon said it was like a Hallmark movie.


Lyn Randall (daughter of Jo and Buzzy Randall) and Bill Cannon of Tybee Island contacted us to say “Saw the story about Gail Boyd Bush’s stepdaughter knowing Wynne Jarboe (Harpeneau). Wynne’s grandfather was my GREAT-grandfather. Her mother Anne was half-sister to my grandmother Evalyn. And Bill’s former boss, Dan Daniels, once came to see us on Tybee on his way to see his friend, Ted Bush! Small world indeed! Will Wynne’s first wife was Eva Dyson, the reason grandmama and I were spelled EvAlyn!”


We have a few copies of Washington, Georgia after 200 Years left. If you didn’t get one yet, you are welcome to stop by the office for a book.


We mentioned the 1968 W-WHS band’s spring concert recording we have. We made a digital file of the concert. Look on The News-Reporter website soon to listen to it.


Borrowing from the January 13, 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.


The death of former President Theodore Roosevelt came as a shock to the nation. Mr. Roosevelt had the largest personal following that had ever supported any American.

Air mail will never catch on. What we expect of the mail is certainty of delivery, and that is not being achieved in the air.

The transfer of power takes place in Wilkes County Saturday. W.O. Bobo will take charge of the chairmanship of the board of commissioners and we now look forward to better roads. J.W. Callaway will assume duties as sheriff, a position long held by his father.


The Bank of Tignall has received its certificate of membership in the new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation which insures deposits, which means that deposits at the bank are as safe as funds deposited in Postal Savings.

The new Chevrolet with its revolutionary “Knee Action” is being unveiled across the country. It will provide a ride that is smoother and more comfortable than any previous vehicle. It is powered by an 80 horsepower engine and is capable of sustained speeds of 80 miles per hour.

Dr. W.A. Sutton, native of Danburg and now superintendent of Atlanta schools, will speak at the Woman’s Club on January 19.


Wilkes County has suffered mul- losses in the death of Charles I. Reynolds, 58, who died at his home here Friday after an illness of 10 days; the death of Mrs. Robert A. Oslin Sr., 81, who died from a heart ailment on Monday; and the death of Mrs. Clifford H. Hill on Tuesday.

Governor Ellis Arnall is chairman of this year’s polio drive in Georgia. As usual, the drive will culminate with fund-raising events on President Franklin Roosevelt’s birthday. Onehalf of the money goes to assist in the treatment of the victims of Infantile Paralysis, while one-half is dedicated to research will lead to elimination of the dreaded disease.

The Washington Loan and Banking Company reports resources and liabilities of nearly $2 million.

News of our men in service: Cpl. Norris Johnson has been transferred to Headquarters, Second Army, Memphis, Tenn. Pfc. Osborne Bounds Jr. is stationed in Lincoln, Neb. Pfc. B.C. William son has finished his initial training in the Signal Corps and is in San Diego, Calif., awaiting his new assignment.


Wilbur A. Orr, attorney, announced this week the formation of a partnership with Melvin (Pete) Kopecky, creating the law firm of Orr and Kopecky.

Karan Ann Huddleston of Radcliff, Ky., and James Marion Newsome Jr. of Washington were married December 28 in Vine Grove, Kentucky. Mr. Newsome is a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Our best wishes to Karan and Jim for their Golden Wedding Anniversary. KB

Susan Hopkins and Edward Barnett Pope Jr. were married January 4 at the First Baptist Church, Dr. Montague Cook, officiating. And we wish Susan and Edward a Happy 50th Anniversary, also! How wonderful to have two special couples celebrating this milestone. Both couples were recently honored with golden wedding celebrations. KB And from that same issue we find this… 25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

Changeover to new cable television programming is now complete in the City of Washington, according to an announcement received Tuesday from an executive with Scripps-Howard Cable TV Company. General Manager Martin O’Keefe announced that Scripps-Howard will begin immediately to black out the network programming portion of the signal it distributes from WSB-TV and WAGA-TV, both from Atlanta. The change is being made to comply with federal laws passed by Congress last year.


Ken Bufford needed a kidney to replace one of his poorly functioning kidneys. His brother, Buddy, who is not even a year older than Ken, had a healthy kidney that matched Ken’s. So on Wednesday, January 5, one of Buddy’s kidneys was transplanted to Ken in surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. The surgery was very successful. Buddy went home to Greensboro Monday and Ken was expected home Wednesday. They are sons of Guy and Jean Bufford.


The 1994 Tour of Homes will be held April 2, which is Easter weekend . . . The Washington Little Theater will be presenting Little Women at The Playhouse that weekend.


Winner of the Community Service Award presented at the annual meeting of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce was the Wills Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Essex Manufacturing was named Industry of the Year, Wilkes County Stockyard as Agribusiness of the Year, and Another Thyme Café as Small Business of the Year.


Please email kittybits@news-reporter.com or kittybits@wilkespublishing.com with your contributions to the column. Or you can call 706- 678-2636 or stop by the office.


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