2019-02-07 / Kitty Bits

Kitty Bits

We appreciate our advertisers and local businesses

We heard a story about a very conscientious city employee and wanted to pass it on to our readers. After Christmas, a local citizen loaded the back of his truck with boxes and bags from the holiday cleanup and took them to the city’s recycling center on Norman Street. He and his family then left for an out-of-town trip. Upon his return it dawned on him that some of his Christmas presents had been in one of the boxes he had recycled. But don’t worry. When he went back to the recycling center to check he found he was in luck. City worker Dwayne McLeroy had noticed the box, full of Christmas presents, and held them out when loading the recycled goods. He realized someone had made a mistake. Though they had been rained on, they were only a little worse for the wear. And Dwayne’s sharp observation brought Christmas Day around again for a grateful resident. That’s the kind of service you find in our small town.


We want to take a moment to say thank you to our advertisers and to impress upon our readers the importance of supporting those advertisers. Without advertisements this newspaper could not exist. As you read through these pages please pay attention to the ads and inserts, both large and small…for F&M Bank, Fievet Pharmacy, Wilkes County Farm Bureau, Adam Bohler, Washington-Wilkes Humane Shelter Association, The Square Cafe, Relyant, McCutcheon, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Galen Mills, Thomson Twin Cinema, Soto Assisted Living, VFW Post 5899, the City of Washington, Hopkins Monument Sales, Ingles, Dollar General, Bi-Lo, CVS, Stonewall’s Grill, State Farm, Canal Wood, Palmer Equipment, Fareway Building Supplies, Steven Albertson, Uptown Tire & Lube, CSRA Private Duty, Johnson Insurance, Wilhoit Gas, Hopkins Funeral Home, Slaton Portable Storage Buildings, Farmers Home Furniture, Poss Ace Hardware, and Thomson Motor. And don’t forget to look through the classified ads too. There are other advertisers from week to week and we appreciate them all. Stop and think about these local businesses before you reach for the computer to buy something online or order a service. Or before you hop in the car to go out of town for dinner or to shop. They need your support more than ever.


Carolyn Gammon emailed about last week’s “Old Photo of the Week” showing students posing with an igloo project. She told us “It was one of my second grade classes.” The identification she provided is (l- r) Erica Perlotte, Morgan Aldridge, Libby Fortson, Jasmine Crew (in igloo), Stephen Broome, Dexter Ferrell, and Carovita Hill. Gina Broome (Stephen’s mom) also called to identify some of the students. Jacqueline Crew (Jasmine’s mother) stopped by to claim the photo.


Mike Eskew stopped by to say that Sniggy wanted the old Horsman doll we found. We cautioned that the poor thing was in pretty bad shape, but he assured us that she would have a good home, joining several other similar dolls which reside with them. Later in the day we received photos of her sitting in an antique high chair. She has certainly moved up in the world – going from the dirty, dusty upstairs of The News-Reporter building to the lovely home on Water Street. So we bid her farewell. Stay tuned for the next old find that turns up. “American Pickers” would have a grand old time here!


Borrowing from the February 10, 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

Just when we thought all the boys would be coming home, Marshal Foch has called for 400,000 Americans to stay in Europe to guard the Rhine during these treacherous days of adjustment. It is reported that America will be asked to take over some of the German colonies.

Hydroplanes and aeroplanes are about as common now as automobiles were 15 years ago. They will probably come into general use just as quickly too.

John M. Barnes, former Thomson postmaster, Republican politician, and retired capitalist, is in jail after being arrested for the shooting death of J.O.J. Lewis on the main street of Thomson near the railroad crossing. It is understood that the two have had several arguments over the administration of an estate in which each had an interest.


In last week’s edition of The News-Reporter, it was reported that the pay of Washington city councilmen is #120 per year. This was in error. The actual pay is $100 per year.

The following men have been taken into Battery B of the 264th Coast Artillery, National Guard: Cicero Lucas, Tom Will Cofer, Arlin F. Walker, Edgar Callaway, Edward Pope, George Blackmon, and Alex Lindsey.

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Monts and their daughter Ruth will be happy to know that she continues to improve from the effects of severe burns received right after Christmas and will be able to return to school soon.


S.W. Adams was elected president of the Bank of Tignall at the stockholders’ meeting in January, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Claude Bolton. L.L. Blackmon was re-elected vice-president; L.D. Ware, cashier; and Jack Thornton, bookkeeper. George F. Bolton was elected to the board of directors. Mrs. Tom Peniston, accompanied by her two children, Jack and Ellen, returned to Atlanta Monday after a visit to her mother, Mrs. M.S. DeVaughn.

Total expenditures by the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners for the six-month period, July 1, 1943, through December 31, 1943, were $52,600.50.


Senator Sam McGill has endorsed a plan of the Chamber of Commerce, which calls for hiring a full-time Director of Industrial Development, at a salary of no less than $12,000 per year.

Master Charge, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing credit cards, will be offered as a new service by the Washington Loan and Banking Company. The name was changed to Mastercard in 1979. KB

Construction of a modern liquid fertilizer facility at Burdette Mill and Gin company has been completed, according to an announcement this week by Henry Harris, secretary-treasurer of the company.

A major campaign to improve the appearance of the Washington business district has been launched by the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce and the Garden Club Council.

And from that same issue we find this…


Twelve-year-old Marryo Robinson, a sixth grade honor roll student at Washington-Wilkes Middle School, will get his wish Saturday when he leaves Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta for Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Marryo has been on dialysis for about a year now and through the National Wish Foundation is making the trip. He will return to Washington-Wilkes Thursday.


Natalie Williams receives the grand prize award in the W-W Middle School Science Fair with a project titled “The Effects of Light on Radish Seeds.”


Father G. Philip Ryan has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Washington and will also serve the mission churches of Purification in Sharon and St. Mary’s in Elberton.


Henry (Pete) Gartrell and Kay Nelms have been recognized for their years of service to the State of Georgia through the Wilkes County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Both received Faithful Service awards at the January staff meeting of the Wilkes County DFCS.


When the “communications superhighway” of the future is opened to traffic, it will not by-pass Washington and Wilkes County.

Keeping pace with all the latest electronic technology and services, Wilkes Telephone and Electric Company of Washington will become an interchange for sending and receiving all sorts of messages, signals, images, and information almost anywhere in the world.


Mrs. Chris Echols was honored at a stork shower Sunday afternoon, February 6, given by Mrs. Brian Tench and Mrs. Benita Smith in the Mary Callaway Burton Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. Now, 25 years later, she is soon to be a grandmother. Time marches on, doesn’t it, and aren’t we glad it does? KB


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