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December 29th

Thieves make off with life-sized coffee cup

December 29, 2012

Thieves helped themselves to a cup of coffee at Talk-n-Coffee in Colville last Wednesday evening, but not just any cup. The coffee shop’s white, sheet metal cup sculpture, which bears the Talk-n-Coffee logo, was stolen from its resting place on the sidewalk in front of the business, located at 119 East Astor Avenue.
The cup, which was made at a local metal worker’s studio in 2007, stands at over three feet tall and serves as a float in community parades and is considered an enjoyable landmark for, “the coffee shop family” according to Talk-n-Coffee owner Scott Sanders.

December 27th

'Willing to take the risk'

December 27, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Bacon’s travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there. This story picks up after the events described in “Widow Powered” which appeared in the 12-12-12 edition of the Statesman-Examiner.

Rwanda Project

December 26th

'I'm not closing'

December 26, 2012

Barman’s Country Store in downtown Colville wasn’t very active last Friday afternoon, save for the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rambunctious, “Great Balls of Fire” playing over the loud speakers and the occasional groan of wooden floorboards as a few customers looked at wares. Employees manned a lunch counter and soda fountain where no one stopped in to order a sandwich and soup, or an old-fashioned milk shake.

December 18th

Sandy Hook: A resounding effect

December 18, 2012

Stevens County resident Velena Hawthorne doesn’t have television, but her family does have Internet. So last Friday, as she was idly glancing over the contents of Google news, she saw the headlines saying there had been a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
As she scrolled down the article, she saw that the majority of those killed were children, all under the age of 10. She gasped audibly, causing her boyfriend, Tyler Peterson, to come in from the next room to see what was wrong.

December 11th

Open hearts, open doors: From Georgia to Colville

December 11, 2012

Hunters during deer hunting season, or any other hunting season for that matter, hardly garner more than a glance from passersby on the street or in a store or restaurant in Stevens County. It’s business as usual in one of the most verdant and popular hunting regions in the Northwest.
So not very many people may have paid much attention to a middle-aged man making his way around Colville and Loon Lake with a 16-year-old boy in tow, both dressed in warm clothing and hunting apparel.

December 10th

“An Uninvited Guest” brings plenty to the table

December 10, 2012

Up and coming musician, singer and songwriter Aaron Gabriel of Chewelah, shares his perspective on creating that perfect song, a plethora of which can be found on his new album, “An Uninvited Guest.” Gabriel will celebrate his CD release with a live performance Saturday, Dec. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chewelah Civic Center. Admission is free and CDs and posters will be available for purchase.
The album is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify.
For more information, go to www.aarongabriel.net.
Name: Aaron Gabriel
Age: 31

Auto Vue to close after next year

December 10, 2012

In 2013 the Colville’s Auto Vue Drive-in theater will celebrate its 60th birthday, and its retirement party at the same time. Owner Steve Wisner said he will not re-open the drive-in after the summer of 2013 because he can neither afford new technology or repairs to the movie screen.
To stay in business, Wisner must buy a new digital processor for the drive-in that will cost $82,000. Movie suppliers will make the switch from 35 mm film to a digital format after 2013, and Wisner will not be able to buy movies on film for his processor any longer.

December 5th

Stompers bring in variety show Dec. 14

December 5, 2012

Melissa Johnson and the Stevens County Stompers clogging group will host a holiday variety show at the Colville High School auditorium on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The show will have performances of dancing, martial arts, singing, harp and piano pieces, featuring the Stevens County Stompers, along with their own Hannah Johnson and also Donna Jo Smith. Other guest performers are The Engell Family Band, Sweet Adelines, Ann Benedict’s dancers from Northern Ballet and Performing Arts from Chewelah, White Dragon Kung Fu, and the Miss Colville royalty court.

December 3rd

Maasai, medicine and a life with meaning

December 3, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Bacon’s travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there.

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