February 14th, 2014
Maxine Mae Pitts was born to Harry and Ivy Rodenbough in a small farmhouse in Cedonia on Oct. 29, 1923. She grew up with her three brothers, Maynard, Elton and Hugh and her two sisters, Epal and Lois. She attended the Cedonia Church and graduated from Columbia High School in 1941.
After graduation, Maxine and her sister, Lois, met best friends Gregg Pitts and Jim Peters of Rice. In March 1942, both couples were married in Seattle.
Unlike last yearâs District 7 2A Wrestling Tournament, where Colville High won by the slimmest of margins, the Indians won last weekâs District 7 2A championship at East Valley High School by a comfortable margin over the host Knights and perennial State 2A power Deer Park.
The Indians advance 17 of their 21 District wrestlers to the regional tournament at West Valley.
Itâs cold outside, but the news that Avista will be raising its gas and electrical rates over the next 11 months probably doesnât do much to warm the hearts of customers.
According to Avista Corp. spokeswoman Debbie Simock, the utility company wants to raise power and natural gas rates in Washington next winÂŹter, including a large increase in the basic charge for each service.
Avista serves more than 241,000 electric and nearly 152,000 gas customers in Washington.
According to Simock, the major drive in the rate request is more spending on capital projects.
Aaron Gabriel Huff, a lifetime resident of Stevens County, passed away on Jan. 24, 2014 at the age of 32 in Chewelah. He was born Nov. 8, 1981 to Mike and Elaine Huff in Colville. He attended Colville schools and graduated in 2000. He also received his AA degree from SpoÂŹkane Community College and was currently employed by Hewes Craft in Colville.
Aaron was born the 10th of 12 children. He was full of life and enjoyed being part of a large family. He had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Aaron had a deep passion for music and it showed in the songs he wrote.
Christopher J. Clash, a resident of Spokane, passed away on Jan. 23, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 50. Chris was born on Sept. 30, 1963 in New Jersey, the son of C. Henry and Jean V. Clash.
Douglas Franz, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 67. Doug was born Jan. 22, 1947 in Colville, the son of Warren Harding and Ethel Irene (McCleary) Franz.
Doug was raised in Kettle Falls, where he attended school. In 1965, he graduated from Kettle Falls High School and then enÂŹlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Doug served for three years, four months and two days and was honorably discharged on May 29, 1969.
Thelma F. Warwick (Grillo) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 20, 2014 from chronic health issues at the age of 73. She was born on Feb. 7, 1940, the eldest of three siblings, to Henry and Elaine Grillo in Tonasket.
Thelma leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Stan; her sons, Rusty Warwick, Spokane; Phil Warwick and his wife, Tina, Kettle Falls; her daughter, Kim Warwick, Spokane, and two grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Warwick.
Clyde Rose was born in the small farming community of Rice on March 20, 1923. He passed away in the home he built on Jan. 19, 2014, in Olympia.
Preceding him in death were all his siblings, his daughter, Mary, and loving wife, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Rose; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
William âButchâ Jennings of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Colville, passed away on Nov.11, 2013. Butch was born on June 20,1939 in Colville.
After graduating from high school, Butch joined the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served in the Vietnam War. Butch retired from the USAF in 1978.
In 2012, Butch returned to Pensacola to be closer to his children.
Butch was preceded in death by the love of his life, Berta Eastman.