August 3rd, 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.
Danny Lyle Tadlock, age 61, passed onward July 19, 2011 in Olympia. He was born in 1950 in Chewelah to Wendell and Veda Tadlock and raised on a dairy farm near Addy. He is survived by his siblings Larry (Janet) of Yakima, Merle of Addy, Linda (Bill) Way of Colville and his mother, Vera Tadlock of Addy. He is also survived by his three sons, Craig, Jeffrey and Josh in western Washington and daughter, Lindsey in Yakima, and five grandchildren.
Danny worked at Addyâ€™s Northwest Alloys Plant, Rural Resources and the Forest Service in Colville.
William â€śBillâ€ť Lee McCammon, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on July 27, 2011 in Colville at the age of 76. Bill was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Spokane, the son of William Clair and Frances (Nower) McCammon.
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 boardâ€™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.
Members of the Colville Community Senior Center (CCSC) attended last Tuesdayâ€™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.
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 â€śWoodyâ€ť 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.
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 (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 fatherâ€™s birthday, June 26, 1921 in Chester, Montana.
Editorâ€™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 Julyâ€™s Valley Girl mini-triathlon at Liberty Lake (Spokane Valley).
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 Programsâ€™ Director) Kelly Carr that Ray Clark and Al Bushnell will assume co-head coaching duties for the CHS girlâ€™s basketball program for the 2011-2012 season.