Robert Joseph Graham, 80, a lifelong resident of Stevens County, passed away Dec. 23, 2011 at his home in Northport, surrounded by his wife of 57 years, Gailene, four sons and three daughters. Death came after a courageous five-month battle with cancer. He was born April 12, 1931, in Spokane. His father, Patrick H. Graham, was born in Ireland and came to Stevens County in 1878. His mother, Grace Hoffman Graham, came to Ferry County in the 1890's. Robert grew up in Boundary, nine miles north of Northport, where his father operated a pole yard.
George Kelly, age 75, passed away in Spokane Dec. 22, 2011. He was born on Jan. 6, 1936 in Ontario, Canada, the son of George and Lucy (Tye) Kelly. George attended school in Canada and completed school in River Rouge, Michigan.
Mr. Kelly married Mary Belman in 1975 in Canada, and the couple moved to Colville in 1991. He was employed by Hewes Marine until his retirement.
In Georgeâ€™s spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his four-wheeler and motorcycle. He thoroughly enjoyed living in the country and spending time with his wife of 36 years.
Edward N. Gilson, 68, passed away, Dec.22, 2011 in Colville. He was born in Chewelah on Dec. 13, 1943, the son of Maynard and Lillian (Staff) Gilson.
Edward was raised and attended school in Chewelah. He graduated from Jenkins High School in 1962 and in January of 1963 decided to serve his country by joining the United States Navy.
Our dear sweet mother, Dorothy Barrett, passed away on Dec. 18, 2011 at the age of 95. She was born Nov. 19, 1916 in Douglas.. In 1933, she graduated from Waterville High School, and in June 1935, she graduated from Morse Beauty School in Spokane.
Despite government funding issues, Providence St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Chewelah is not slated for closure, according to Providence Mount Carmel and Providence St. Josephâ€™s CEO, Bob Campbell.
After an article explaining how state and federal funding affects â€ścritical accessâ€ť hospitals appeared in the Spokesman-Review last week, Campbell says he received numerous phone calls from a concerned public that Providence St. Josephâ€™s Hospital was going to shutter its doors.
Colville High senior middle linebacker Alex Pond has been named to the 2011 Associated Press Washington All-State football team (Class 1A).
The teams (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, 1B) are annually voted on by writers and editors from around the state.
Pond, named in the fall as the Northeast A League Co-Most Valuable Player on Defense, helped lead the Indians to a second straight Northeast A League championship. Colville finished 6-5 and made the state 1A playoffs.
Colville Junior High School captured the District Middle School wrestling championship last Tuesday at Colville High School.
The Warriors, who crowned five district champions, edged Lakeside for the team title.
Riverside and Deer Park finished third and fourth. Kettle Falls, with only seven wrestlers in the meet, finished fifth.
After dominating Chewelah, Kettle Falls and Northwest Christian at home during the regular season, CJHS lost a close dual to Lakeside, 36-37.
Colville High School cross-country standout Kevin Carpenter finished 34th in the boyâ€™s intermediate division of last Saturdayâ€™s 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Carpenter, who helped lead the CHS cross-country team of Dean Fischer to its second straight Class 1A runner-up finish last month in Pasco, turned in a time of 16:33.04 over the flat, fast Whispering Pines Golf Course track, located a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
A tip-in with three seconds left by 6-9 sophomore post Matt Hubbard lifted Colville High (4-3) to a wild 52-50 win over visiting Lakeland last Thursday night.
On Friday at Medical Lake, the Indians were outscored 16-4 in the second quarter and dropped a 48-32 decision to the Cardinals of the Great Northern League.
Back on Dec. 12, Colville used a big second half to rout visiting Wellpinit, 60-33.
Colville was at Okanogan (5-2) on Tuesday in a non-league game against the Caribou-Trail League club. The Pioneers are led by 6-6 senior post Joe Townsend.
Kettle Falls High picked up its first win of the season last week, downing visiting Springdale 36-30 behind Serena Poundsâ€™ eight points and six rebounds.
Taylor Smith led Springdale with 13 points.
On Friday in the Palouse, KFHS trailed 30-8 at halftime at Colfax on the way to a 54-16 loss.
Hannah Harazin led Colfax (3-1, 3-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Amelie Bruya added 11 points.
On Saturday, Kettle Falls dropped a 44-37 Bi-County League decision to visiting St. Georgeâ€™s (2-3, 2-0).
Josie Stanard led Kettle Falls with 12 points.
Alex Wert led St. Geo with 14 points.