The coldest February in Wilkes County history—and the warmest
Stacker compiled a list of the warmest and coldest Februaries in each county's history using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information.
In a rush to help
County’s EMS personnel know any call could involve a loved one. The interruption of the tone at the Oglethorpe County EMS station signals a sudden stillness. When the familiar address of an EMT’s family comes across the radio paging system, the mood shifts from routine to heart-pounding. Oglethorpe...
Local Residents: Secure Your Crawford Pool Pass Now for Early Bird Discount!
Crawford Pool is now selling passes through CivicRec accounts. A 5% early bird discount is available for purchases made by April 15. Passes bought between March 1 and April 15 can be picked up from May 1. Purchases made after this date will require a one business day wait.
NE Ga police blotter includes drug arrests, assault investigation
An illegal migrant from Mexico is facing drug charges in Towns County.
Skunk Brigade attends KCBA banquet
The Kettle Creek Battlefield Association held its annual banquet Friday night, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Wilkes Country Club. With Chairman N. Walker Chewning presiding, they had over 100 in attendance. After the Presentation of Colors by the Georgia Society Award Winning SAR Color Guard, commanded by Scott Collins, the Pledge of Allegiance was given and then Greetings was brought by Darryl S. Addington, Secretary General, National Society Sons of the American Revolution and Betty Harrah, State Regent, Georgia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. After a great meal, Chairman Walker introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr. Jeffery Wells, Professor of History at Georgia Military College. His topic was “The Importance of the Georgia Backcountry in the Southern Campaign”. Seven members of the Skunk Brigade from the East Fall Line Region and the East Region attended the annual meeting.
Thunderstorms bring down trees, knock out power in metro Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Parts of metro Atlanta are under a wind advisory late Wednesday afternoon after strong thunderstorms moved through. Northwestern Warren County, east-central Greene County, Taliaferro County and Wilkes County are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Earlier...
Battle at Kettle Creek Anniversary held
The 245th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Kettle Creek was held Saturday, February 10, on “War Hill” in Wilkes County and downtown Washington, GA from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution President Ed Rigel, Jr. presiding, they had over 60 members dressed in Continental and militia uniforms present. The morning started with the raising of the 13-star Flag in front of the Wilkes County courthouse at 9 a.m. and a three-round volley from 35 flintlocks. Later, they participated in a parade two times around the Wilkes County Courthouse square. Then they formed up behind the courthouse in the lower field to participate in a reenactment, American Patriots vs the British Loyalists. They had the Brier Creek Artillery lined up at the top of the hill overlooking the lower field. The Skunk Brigade added a new Trist this year by bringing freshly purchased 11 British uniforms for anyone that wanted to borrow and dress out as the British, helping Col. Boyd, commander of the British. After a 15-minute battle and over 24 cannon shots were fired, the Patriot forces won again. Everyone then formed at the courthouse to lower the 13-star flag and fire a three-round volley with the flintlocks and then ate lunch. At 2 p.m., the Battle of Kettle Creek event was held on top of War Hill in Wilkes County. Presentation of the Colors was led by the National SAR Color Guard Commander Scott Collins and then after the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, Secretary General Darryl Addington presented his program. After his speech, the Wreath presentation was held representing 94 organizations and honoring those soldiers that fought at War Hill on February 14, 1779. The three-volley by the Col. Elijah Clarke Militia, Brier Creek Militia and the Brier Creek Artillery, was then fired. Taps was then played, and Mourn Muskets was presented. The Benediction was then said by Chaplain Anderson and closing remarks was given by President Rigel.
Prep Roundup: Ossick’s walkoff sac fly leads Pats to 2-1 win
Eli Ossick hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lead Oglethorpe County to a 2-1 victory over East Jackson on Tuesday night. Austin Lowe scored the game-winning run and Eli…
Louisville Jefferson County bests Lincolnton Lincoln County
Louisville Jefferson County's powerful offense dominated to a resounding victory by pulling away from Lincolnton Lincoln County 10-2 on Feb. 29 in Georgia baseball action.
Fishing options limited around county
Fishing in Oglethorpe County is popular, but it isn’t always the easiest task — unless you know private pond owners. “There’s not a lot of public opportunity (to fish) in Oglethorpe County,” said local guide Brandon Colquitt, who grew up in Lexington and now lives in Sandy Cross. “You pretty much have to know someone to be able to fish in their pond.”
Experienced coaches ready to guide track teams
Oglethorpe County’s track and field teams will need to rely on more than being coached by alumni to stand atop the podium at the end of the season. Ultimately, the both teams’ success will hinge on…
Lady Dogs drop back-to-back games after starting 4-0
After starting the season undefeated, the Lady Dogs dropped back-to-back games. Hart traveled to Lexington to take on the Lady Patriots of Oglethorpe County on Feb. 23. The Lady Dogs got off to a…
Dirt roads safe, thanks to Mr. Robert
Robert Lee Turner, affectionately known as Mr. Robert by residents, spends much of his day on a road grader, scraping dirt roads throughout Oglethorpe County. Turner is technically part time, but often works full days. (Abby Peacock/The Oglethorpe Echo) The following story is reprinted with permission from The Oglethorpe Echo.
Today the gas price is close to $3.09 in Calhoun Falls as of 2024-02-29. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Thursday is $3.319, a week ago the price is $3.270 , according to AAA.
Increased Fire Danger
The National Weather Service has issued an increased fire danger for Tuesday morning, February 27, 2024, and afternoon for portions of Northeast Georgia, including Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Franklin, Hart, and Elbert counties. While relative humidity values will be well above critical thresholds, frequent wind gusts above 25 mph combined with dry vegetation will result in increased fire danger this morning and afternoon. Please refer to your local burn permitting authorities on whether you can burn today. If you do burn, use caution since fires can quickly get out of hand under these conditions.
Patriot Perk serves coffee, life lessons for OCHS students
Staff at Oglethorpe County High School can get freshly brewed coffee delivered to them every morning by students in the life skills class, who run a coffee shop called Patriot Perk. The students…
Local agriculture students get ready to put their skills on display
Augusta, Ga (WJBF) Some of the brightest young stars in the agriculture field are welcoming you into their world. They attend the Governor’s School for Agriculture at the John De La Howe school in McCormick, S.C. On this edition of The Means Report, the students discuss the upcoming AgFest. They also talk about their career […]
Therapy Dogs to Visit Oglethorpe County Library for Local Stress Relief Event
Join us at the Oglethorpe County Library for a day of therapy…….puppy therapy! We will have several therapy dogs visiting to help reduce our stress and boost our serotonin. Once you have had your fill of puppy love you can enjoy a snack and activity in our community room. All ages welcome and encouraged for this event!Visit here for more details.
The gas price fluctuate between $3.06 and $3.21 in Washington as of 2024-02-26. Find the cheapest station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Monday is $3.264, a week ago the price is $3.279 , according to AAA.
Georgia man falls into quarry, dies, coroner confirms
A man has died after officials say he fell into a quarry.