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August 10th, 2011

Carving a niche

August 10, 2011

It’s safe to say that 11-year-old Madi Thomas has found her niche and her love. The quiet, athletic Thomas, the daughter of Mike and Michelle Thomas of Kettle Falls, is dedicated to becoming the best skateboarder she can be.
At this juncture of her “career,” it’s obvious that the diminutive youngster has been dogged in her pursuit of an ultimate goal—status as a professional skateboarder.
Madi is a young lady of few words, but this 4-foot-5, 67-pounder has no trouble talking about a sport that pretty much consumes her morning, noon and evening at the Kettle Falls Skate Park.

August 4th

Colville All-Stars second

August 4, 2011

The Colville 11-year-old All-Star baseball team recently took second place in the consolation bracket at the 11-team Orofino, Idaho tournament. The team’s final tournament of the summer will be this weekend at the annual Rendezvous Tournament (Bob Haney Memorial Tournament) in Colville. Team members, back row: coaches Brian Reggear, Jim Marshall and Del Lembcke. Middle row: Griffin Reggear, Colton Maddox, Dustin Riley, Shane Merrill and Devin Lembcke. Front row: Andrew Segerman, Travis Thompson, Ty Sandaine and Dawson Flugel. Not pictured are Andrew Buckley and Hunter Forthun.

All the right (beginner's) moves

August 4, 2011

Budding local soccer stars as young as age three participated in the Colville United Soccer Club-sponsored camp for children ages pre-kindergarten through age 12 on the Colville High School soccer pitch last week. The camp raised funds for traveling soccer teams of boys and girls ages 8-18. In photos youngsters run through the camp drills, led by Colville High School soccer coaches Dave Rarrick and Keith Goodwin.

Die, Jillian Michaels, die!

August 4, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second in a nearly year-long series of stories and sweat-laden vignettes chronicling the training regimen, pitfalls and pratfalls of two Statesman-Examiner reporters and their teammate. The intrepid trio plans to compete in all three increments of next July’s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).

So, Jillian Michaels, we meet again.

August 3rd

Joanne Tack

August 3, 2011

Joanne Tack of Curlew crossed over to the other side on July 25 at home with her husband, Peter, by her side.
A Joyful Celebration of her life will be held at the Curlew Civic Hall on August 6 starting at noon. It will be potluck, so please bring a favorite dish to share.
Those wishing to display photos at the celebration, please contact Sandra Sweetman at 509-775-3272.
A full memorial will follow next week.

Edwin Van Sickle

August 3, 2011

Edwin E. Van Sickle, age 87, a longtime resident of the Colville area, passed away on July 14, 2011. He was born on May 30, 1924 in Fillmore, Utah, the son of Everett and Clara (Russell) Van Sickle.
Ed met his wife of 58 years, Viola (Lindgren) Van Sickle, when they were about 12-years-old, living in Colville. They were married Oct. 23, 1943 in Kent and lived in the Kent and Auburn areas where they raised their five children.

Pearl Ball

August 3, 2011

Pearl Esther (Rice) Ball, age 95, formerly of Rice, entered into rest on July 25, 2011 in the Spokane Valley, her home for the past 33 years.
She was born on March 10, 1916, to Ola and Bert Rice in Rice, which was named after her grandparents, William and Alice Rice.
Pearl attended the two-room Rice grade school and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1934.

Wesley Mathena

August 3, 2011

World War II veteran Wesley Eugene Mathena, 88, died at his home in Kettle Falls on July 22, 2011. The son of Roy and Lessie (Parrish), he was born in Grainger, Missouri on Jan. 27, 1923.
Wesley was raised in Illinois, where he attended school and graduated from Blandinsville High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was part of an elite group of radarmen being assigned to the South Pacific on PT.
After the war, he returned to the Midwest and married Luella Parish in Fort Madison, Iowa on Jan. 16, 1946. This year they celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Richard Brauner

August 3, 2011

Richard (Dick) D. Brauner, 89, died July 15, 2011 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Ronna and Eddie Jimenez, in Palm Desert, California, from complications of Pneumonia, COPD and heart disease. He was born July 9, 1922 in Colville. He resided in the summer at Loon Lake, and wintered at Desert Hot Springs, California with his wife of 66 years, Maxine.

Shirley Dinkel

August 3, 2011

Shirley E. Dinkel, a 44-year resident of Colville, passed away on July 26, 2011 in Colville at the age of 79. Shirley was born on Nov. 9, 1931 in Midvale, Idaho, the daughter of Elmon and Grace Edith (Lanway) Bratcher.
She was raised on the family farm just outside of Midvale. Shirley attended school in Midvale and graduated in 1949 as the valedictorian of her class. On Feb. 5, 1949, Shirley married Mike Dinkel and they moved to New Meadows, Idaho, where they began a family.

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