February 27th, 2013
Randy Novakovich passed away Feb. 21, 2013. He was born Feb. 7, 1948 in Sheridan,
Wyoming. He and his family moved to Spokane when he was three-years-old and then to Colville in the summer of 1961.
He quickly settled into life, enjoying the city park and pool and Junior High School.
He was a superior athlete competing at Colville High School: football (two years as a member of undefeated CHS teams), basketball, the state tournament team and track participation in the Class A State meet in 1966.
Lorene Driskill, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Feb. 15, 2013. She was born to Ferman Ledford and Orlena McCormic on April 2, 1938 in Batesville, AR.
Lorene was raised and attended school in Monroe. Later, she earned her certificate for Executive SecreÂŹtary/Bookkeeper. Life introduced her to John Driskill and they were wed on March 5, 1956 in Goldbar.
Floyd Dwayne Pitts, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 in Colville at the age of 86. Floyd was born on Dec. 25, 1926 in Valley, the son of Jessie and Alice (Nile) Pitts.
Husband and wife team Dirk Boswell and Michelle Leeâs trip to Pakistan almost didnât happen. Between the aggravating visa process and attacks by the Taliban in the southern part of the country, the 12-day visit seemed like a plan that might never materialize.
However, at the last minute, after Boswell and Lee had been told at the Los Angeles consulate that it would take two to three months to get their visas, Michelle received an email from a contact in Pakistan that said their applications had been approved.
The black little dog, of Scottish Terrier descent, stood up on his back legs with his front two paws pressed against the bars of his kennel. His shaggy hair fell over his eyes and his pink tongue stuck out in a cheerful grin. If he was a person, you would think he was smiling. Perhaps, he was grinning because he was finally being reunited with his owners after three months of separation.
âHello, Charlie,â said the Animal Control officer. She opened the door and pushed him off her green uniform, as he jumped up on her legs in greeting. This was Charlie's day.
Othello wins 2A, DP comes up short
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Colville Highâs Chandler Knight (182) finished third at Friday and Saturdayâs XXV Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome to help lead the Indians to a ninth place finish (52.5 points).
Teammate Trenton Welton finished fifth at 138 pounds and Colvilleâs 152-pound standout, Tanner Smith, capped a stellar high school career with a sixth place finish.
The Indiansâ Grady Nelson (132), Ian Cox (138) and Ryley Smith (152) did not place.
The Colville High girlâs basketball season came to an abrupt and disappointing end back on Feb. 12 when visiting Cheney escaped with a 35-33 win in District 7 2A loser-out action.
CHS junior Sadie Learn led the Indians with 11 points.
This one was close throughout. A 13-9 fourth quarter run for the Blackhawks was just enough. CHS (10-11) had its chances down the stretch, but some late misfires from the field and the free throw line (six of 15) didnât help.
The Chewelah Cougars boysâ basketball season came to an end Saturday with a 73-47 loss to Cashmere High School in the third place/loser-out game of the 1A Bi-District tournament in Omak.
The Cougars were in the third place game by virtue of pulling out an incredible 53-50, come-from-behind win over Northeast A League rival Lakeside on Friday night.
The Cougars finished with a 19-6 overall record and won the NEA title with an unblemished 12-0 record.
Through the steady cadence of taps being played at the Colville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) comes the soft sound of weeping---Franseen âBennyâ McKay mourns the brother she lost 70-years ago when she was a girl of 12.
In 1943, Air Corp 2nd Lt. William W. Bartlett was killed in action when his bomber was shot down over Austria while returning from its first mission. Bartlett, the planeâs navigator, and the rest of his crew, were considered missing in action (MIA). Their bodies were never recovered.
Lillian West, 92, passed away Jan.31, 2013 at Buena Vista Nursing Home. She was born on Jan. 28, 1921 in Waverly.
She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Beaman (Greg),Hillsboro, OR, and Rex Willett (Linda), Spokane; four grandchildren, Cole Beaman (Christie), Aloha, OR; Katie BeaÂŹman,, Hillsboro; Jeffri Willett, Colville; Keelan Willett, Spokane; five great-grandchildren, Kylie, Deviant, and Jennakai Willett, Colville; Tayla and Zuzana Beaman, Aloha.
Her loving and caring being will be missed by friends and family and by all who made her acquaintance.