September 14th, 2011
Colville Public Library staff and volunteers experienced a mad scramble late last month when the task of replacing the sub-flooring was added to the buildingâs renovation project. While new tile carpet was being installed, workers discovered that the flooring underneath was structurally compromised, which meant that books, computers, shelves, and all furniture had to be moved out so just less than 5,000 feet of flooring could be replaced.
But with determination and lots of helping hands, the library was able to reopen Sept. 6 after being closed to the public since August 20.
Maybe itâs time to stop scheduling Omak High for the football season opener (hint to Kettle Falls Athletic Director, Brian Golphenee). Kettle Falls High absorbed a second straight lopsided, season-opening loss to the Pioneers last Friday night, falling 49-15 in Okanogan County. Omak, behind the running of 5-9, 216-pound bowling ball on wheels, Dylan Green, put up 49 points in the first three quarters to overpower the Bulldogs, who were able to move the ball effectively against a larger school with a roster of 20 seniors.
Phil Lee Hancock was born in Springfield, Illinois on Jan 17, 1940 to Charles and Lillian Hancock. He was the youngest of three sons and third of five siblings. Because of his brotherâs asthma condition, their family and grandparents all moved west to Arizona to a drier climate in 1943. They attended many different schools because of three rambunctious boys. One or the other was always getting expelled for one reason or another. He involuntarily joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, where he got his GED.
Greg went to the Lord on the evening of September 1 in Spokane. He was born in Spokane on September 23, 1948. Greg met Karen D. Cole and they were married April 22, 1971. He went to west valley (Spo-kane). Greg was a sheep herder, work horse trainer (broke horses), rode in rodeoâs owned his own dairy and ran a motel. He was also minister of The United Pentecostal Church and started many churches, sold real estate, worked for Orkin Pest Control, sold Humana Insurance, sold mobile homes and worked at Big R in sporting goods, where he made many friends.
Evelyn Ada McMillan, a resident of Colville, passed away on September 1, 2011 in Colville at the age of 103. She was born on her grandparent's ranch near Princeton, MN on February 14, 1908.
Dorothy B. Reed, a resident of Colville, passed away on August 30, 2011 in Colville at the age of 77. She was born on Dec. 22, 1933 in Dayton, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Tate) Powers.
Going into the season, Colville High head coach Randy Cornwell knew there would be nights like this. In one of the worst beatings a CHS football team has absorbed in many years, the decidedly inexperienced Indians dropped a 41-7 decision to visiting Lakeland High last Friday night. For the Indians, who lost some key personnel to graduation on a 2010 team that finished 9-1, the inexperience was evident against a Lakeland team that was playing its second game of the season. The Hawks opened the season with a loss in Coeur dâ Alene to Lake City.
The Jenkins High School (Chewelah) cross-country team has a bunch of fresh faces on the boys and girls teams this season to compliment returning state qualifier Christina Hall.
Head coach Pat Kostecka is still sorting out who is going to be running for his varsity, but he figures the Cougars are definitely ready for the challenge.
âWeâre not a very big school, but we have 26 kids out for cross-country which Iâm very happy about, and of those 26, we have 17 freshmen,â said coach Kostecka. âSo the leadership aspect of having Christina back is huge.â
Itâs customary for the S-E to check in with the Colville Food and Resource Center during near the beginning of fall, as the holiday season peaks over the horizon. This year, fall was too far away, according to CFRC Director Frani Roberts.
âUsually, I wait until the end of September, but I have to get the word out now,â says Roberts, motioning to the scant, nearly bare shelves in the food bank. âWeâre hurting and we need all the help we can get.â
When you take the challenge of trying to resurrect a high school football program that hadnât fielded a team since you were a young man, the task is nothing but daunting. After all, football teams arenât built in a season. Some arenât built in a century. So it goes at Northport High, where veteran high school football coach Don Fox came out of retirement down the road at Rice and agreed to help rebuild football. Well, Rome wasnât built in a day and neither will a competitive Mustangsâ football team. But progress has been made.