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July 14th, 2013

Give a veteran a boost : Penny drive still ongoing

July 14, 2013

The Pennies from Heaven Drive is still in full-force, so for those carrying around spare change now is the time to unload it and assist the Tri-County Veterans’ Stand Down in the process.
The Stand Down is an annual event that benefits local veterans and their dependents. The two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.
Now through the month of August, the Stand Down committee is holding a Pennies from Heaven drive to raise funds to help cover the Stand Down’s expenses.

July 12th

A surprise from the past

July 12, 2013

Sometimes, the past comes back to us in unexpected ways. A little over two months ago, Kettle Falls resident Milles Nelson was refinishing a credenza for his daughter, Debbie, when he discovered a piece of mail hidden away in one of its drawers. However, this was no ordinary piece of mail. It was a piece of V-Mail from one-time Colville resident, Edgar Jarrett, former owner of the town's Napa Auto Parts store, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Jarrett of Colville.The correspondence is dated Sept. 26, 1944 and sent from France.

July 11th

Renovating a life:Evan Windom knows it’s possible

July 11, 2013

It’s never too late to transform a life. That was the message Evan Windom brought to the crowd at a Colville Get Fit rally recently.
The 49-year-old fitness and health advocate shared the stories of his personal triumphs and tribulations as he went from 280-pounds, de¬pressed and unmotivated to taking control of his destiny.

July 9th

When everything turns out all right

July 9, 2013

Occasionally, in a medium that thrives off less than exultant news and tends to revel in the negative, a story comes along that reaffirms that on some occasions, everything can turn out all right in the end.
Carefree Hair Salon and its owner, Jill Woodward, is one of those stories.
It didn’t look that way several months ago when a representative from Big R informed Woodward that the corporation was ending Carefree’s lease, and the long-time salon would have to relocate. The store has plans to expand and said that it needed the space Carefree is occupying.

July 2nd

'He remembered where he was from": Man gives over $500,000 to community

July 2, 2013

Who is Robert Vinson? Some people knew the former Colville resident, and the legacy of community involvement left by his parents, Otto Floyd and Myrtie Vinson.
Whether you knew him or not, the Vinson name will always be synonymous with generosity in Colville. After his death in West Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2012, at the age of 90, Robert Vinson left $650,000 to be distributed among various community organizations, clubs and the City of Colville.

June 27th

A few changes in our criminal laws

June 27, 2013

Last week, Lech Radzimski, Ken Tyndal and I attended the Washington State Prosecutors Association meetings and train¬ing in Chelan. I attended the membership meeting, which all prosecuting attorneys in the state attend, and then joined the deputies for training sessions on various topics. We were briefed on some of the legislation that comes into effect on July 28, 2013.
Here is a brief sample of some of the changes in our criminal laws:
1009-Chapter 89 -- Allows retailer to sell liquor through self-checkout lanes, as long as an employee verifies age during the checkout.

June 26th

Bike clinics offer fun alternative

June 26, 2013

The Colville Rotary Club, in partnership with the Colville Parks and Recreation Department, Clark's All-Sports, and Outback Bicycles of Kettle Falls, is hosting monthly bike clinics throughout the summer. The clinics are held in the parking lot next to the Colville Swimming Pool from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Capitol Christmas tree from Colville National Forest

June 26, 2013

Christmas may be the farthest holiday from people’s minds now that summer is here. However, in the final days before the school year ended, Stephanie Wilson’s first grade class at Hofstetter Elementary could think of little else. Children were preoccupied with making decorations for the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. They join other students and organizations from all over the state that are contributing decorations and tree skirts to the evergreen tree that will be selected from the Colville National Forest (CNF).

June 25th

Man who shot brother arrested

June 25, 2013

Stevens County Sheriff Deputies arrested Eric Harris Monday, June 24 around 7 p:15 p.m. Harris was arrested on a warrant for the murder of his younger brother, Larch Harris, that took place last Sunday. Eric Harris was found hiding in a mobile home, less than a mile from his residence where the shooting took place. Harris was taken into custody without incident and transported to Stevens County Jail. He was booked on charges of 1st degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25.

June 19th

Hard work, spirit launch Colville graduate to success

June 19, 2013

Several years ago, Michelle Ching’s college experience wasn’t that different from mil¬lions of other young adults across the country---the 2008 Colville graduate was trying to pay her own way by working nights as a cocktail waitress while attending school full-time. She also took occasional work as a lifeguard at a water park on Oahu, studying fashion design during the day at University of Hawaii.
But the long nights began to take their toll on Ching’s studies, and most importantly, her health.

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