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August 3rd, 2011

Arden Bridge to be replaced

August 3, 2011

The Stevens County Commissioners recently secured a $650,000 state grant for replacement of the Arden Bridge. The grant was obtained from the Washington State County Road Administration Board on July 28 from the board’s Rural Arterial Trust Account. The account is a portion of the state fuel tax that is set aside for emergency projects.
The grant money will be used to fund replacement of the existing structure, which suffered an undermining of its foundation from flood waters earlier this spring.

August 1st

Seniors look to city

August 1, 2011

Members of the Colville Community Senior Center (CCSC) attended last Tuesday’s city council meeting to request that the city set aside $500 a month for the new adult community center, The Hub. Construction on the center, which will be located on Wynne Street, is expected to start in 2012.

July 28th

Shirley Woods

July 28, 2011

Shirley Ann Woods passed away on July 21, 2011 after a courageous fight with colon cancer. Shirley was born in Kerrville, Texas on Jan. 23, 1946. She married the love of her life, Charles “Woody” Woods on August 26, 1962. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband. She is survived by her daughter, Teri and son-in-law, Bruce La Londe, Colville; grandchildren, Shaun and Shelbi La Londe; brother Don and sister-in-law, Sally Juenke, Kerrville, Texas; sister-in-law, Katherin McCoy, Kerrville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

July 27th

Vernon John Hills

July 27, 2011

Vernon John Hills passed away July 18, 2011 in Wenatchee. Vern was born to Joe and Olga Hills on Nov. 11, 1929 on Kelly Hill. Following the death of his mother, he resided with his grandmother in Orient.
After a childhood in Orient, Vern enlisted in the United States Army, serving overseas in the Korean Conflict, where he received a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged of his duties.

John Kratcha

July 27, 2011

John Kratcha (90) passed away on July 15, 2011 after a brave three-year fight with colon cancer. He was born to John and Edith Kratcha on his father’s birthday, June 26, 1921 in Chester, Montana.

Putting the 'try' in triathlon

July 27, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the first 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).

Changes afoot in CHS coaching ranks

July 27, 2011

There are some coaching changes and openings announced in recent days at Colville High School. What has been common knowledge for quite sometime became official last week with the announcement by Colville High School Athletic Director (Student Programs’ Director) Kelly Carr that Ray Clark and Al Bushnell will assume co-head coaching duties for the CHS girl’s basketball program for the 2011-2012 season.

Bob Haney Tournament next weekend

July 27, 2011

Since its nadir a few short years ago when the tournament drew all of half a dozen teams, the Bob Haney Memorial Little League Tournament, held in conjunction with the Colville Rendezvous In The Park celebration, has grown considerably. As of late last week, Tournament Executive Director Bob Meshishnek and his capable volunteer staff had recruited a field of 20 teams that will play in two divisions (separate brackets for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds). Those 20 teams will likely swell Colville’s Rendezvous weekend population by from 350 to 400 people.

Fight like a girl

July 27, 2011

CHEWELAH—Megan Rusher is “fighting like a girl” to beat a rare cancer of the sinuses in Chewelah. The 15-year-old Jenkins High School student was diagnosed in March and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments every two to three weeks in Spokane. With her positive outlook and fighting spirit, the teenager’s tumor has decreased in size, according to family members. The next step in her treatment is radiation, which may require Megan to go out of state.

July 26th

Paying their respects

July 26, 2011

Community members from Deer Park to Colville lined Highway 395 last Saturday afternoon as law enforcement, firemen and military personnel escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, to Danekas Funeral Chapel. Goldsmith was killed while serving in the United States Army on his third deployment to Afghanistan. He was flown by the military from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Deer Park Airport, then driven to Colville, where area residents waited to pay their respects. Many stood along the streets with American flags, hands covering hearts, or silently watching the procession.

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