November 25th, 2014
Mama told me there would be days (weeks?) like this. Anytime you are mostly at the mercy of technology (much of it aging), Murphyâ€™s hackneyed philosophy (smile, tomorrow might be worse) tends to invoke its own self on occasion. Yes, stuff happens, whether you want it to or not. I wonâ€™t belabor you with the history and histrionics of the situation, but suffice to say, the newspaper production process was anything but normal earlier this week.
Roger Wayne Americk, a life-long resident of Colville, passed away on Nov. 9, 2014 in Spokane. He was born in Colville on Feb. 6, 1939, the son of Paul and Rosa (Streit) Americk.
Roger attended and graduated from Colville High School as a 12- year senior. In high school, Roger was a member of the Colville High School basketball team, and was active in many other sports activities.
William Richard â€śDickâ€ť Philpott passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 12 in Bellevue. Dick lived with Alzheimerâ€™s disease for 14 years and was 89-years-old.
Mary Elizabeth Rhodes Gallinger, passed away peaceÂ¬fully on Nov. 10, 2014 at Buena Vista Nursing home in Colville at the age of 91. She was born on Jan. 12, 1923 to Louis and Edna Garton Rhodes, in Coulee City.
She graduated from Coulee City High School and atÂ¬tended Business School in Everett. On her return to Coulee City area, she went to work at Grand Coulee Dam as one of the first feÂ¬male timekeepers.
Tough Royal next in quarterfinals
Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell has said more than once that his 10-0 Indians are an â€śall-weatherâ€ť football team. Cornwell wasnâ€™t kidding.
CHS was more physical (nothing new there) and more inclined to play through temperatures in the teens at frigid Colville last Friday night. The result: An easy 52-14 win over visiting La Salle in the first round of the State 1A playoffs.
This mismatch was game, set, match early. Colville ran back the opening kickoff. The early lead was negated on a bonehead CHS penalty well behind the run.
Panthers struggle past Touchet
Once again, the Cusick Panthers were involved in a 1B- 8-man playoff game against the Touchet Indians that came down to the final minutes, and once again the Panthers came out on top, this time with a hard-earned 34-28 road victory over a rugged opponent.
â€śWhenever we play Touchet itâ€™s that way,â€ť said CHS head coach Sonny Finley. â€śWe were expecting a close game the whole wayâ€¦we really didnâ€™t expect it to come down to the final possession again, but it did.â€ť
in Spokane Friday
Quarterback Aaron Fritts and the twinsâ€”seniors Alex and Angelo Riveraâ€”all ran for more than 100 yards to lead streaking Republic (10-1) to a 56-0 smashing of Pomeroy in a State 1B (eight-man) playoff game last Friday night at frozen Kettle Falls.
The playoff game had been moved from Republic because of alleged issues with the Tigersâ€™ home field (no press box and no fence around the perimeter of the field).
A few hold onto promise
The recent community forum hosted by the Colville School Board filled the Colville High School auditorium with concerned parents, district employees, and other members of the community who took the time to articulate their opinions and perspectives on the action item to contract Interim Superintendent Pete Lewis as the permanent superintendent and skip an expensive superintendent search altogether.
Our beloved Elaine M. Porter-Cole, 69, went in peace to Jesus, our Lord on Nov. 8, 2014 surrounded by her family in love and spirit at the Spokane Hospice House.
James Buckley â€śJBâ€ť Richardson, 91, most recently of Sweetwater, TN, passed quietly into the presence of his Lord Oct. 10, 2014 at Wood Presbyterian Home, Sweetwater.
He was predeceased in 2006 by his wife of 62 years, E. Marzella.
He is survived by son, Larry and wife Sarah, Colombia, South America; son, David and wife Barb, Ecuador, South America; daughter, Janet Brewington, Edwall; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.