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Showing 13 articles from September 8, 2013.

TC - Community News

Massive storm leaves its mark on South County residents
Massive storm leaves its mark on South County residents

Restless nights were the norm last week as thunder rumbled in the distance in the local area. On Thursday evening, that changed dramatically as a massive, memorable thunderstorm shocked Southwest Washington with unprecedented light, noise and rain.

"I was talking to the guys at PUD today and none of us had ever experienced a lightning storm of anywhere near that duration," said local resident and PUD worker Tommy Thompson. "Those in the discussion were all Lewis County natives. So I would have to say that last night's storm is a record-making event".

Vader church celebrates 75 years
Vader church celebrates 75 years

The Vader Assembly of God celebrated the church’s 75th anniversary Sunday in a ceremony that included words from former pastors and current leaders.

Led by Pastor Tracy Durham, he told of how the church was formed in 1938 by a missionary named William "Blind Bill" Smith, so nicknamed because he was blind from birth. Smith had originally traveled to Vader to lead a series of revivals (his 13-volume brail Bible in tow) and was urged to stay and establish a Pentecostal church. Since then, 29 individuals have served as pastor, and four were on hand to speak that day.


TC - Regular Columns

Ryderwood News 09.11.13

The biggest thing on the schedule for this week is the “Wrinkles of Washington” (aka WOW) concert on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. This event marks the 6th Annual Ryderwood Variety Show, which in years past, was always local talent. This time, the “pros” are coming to entertain us all. If planning to purchase tickets at the door, it would be wise to call Jerre at (360) 295-3788 to check availability as seating is limited.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Club has their monthly salad luncheon and meeting on Wednesday at noon in Pioneer Hall followed by the Red Hatters gathering on Thursday at 2 p.m. – also in Pioneer Hall. All ladies are invited to these events. Saturday night marks the first “Open Mic” (Acoustic Saturday Night) of the month at 7 p.m. in the Café. All are welcome.

Toledo News 09.11.13

Where were you when the lights went out Thursday? JV Girls Volleyball team was in the gym. Lots of screaming ensued, then the practice continued in the foyer. “It was a bonding moment for the team,” counseled Mike Stavig to daughter Elizabeth.

Extreme weather reminder: vehicle inspections save time, money and grief. Visit your auto care expert now.

Winlock News 09,11,13

The Olequa Senior Center will be presenting a Worm Composting class Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The class is free, but they ask that you pre-register no later than Monday, Sept. 16. All participants will receive a free composting bin, to boot.

Also on Monday, the senior center will be hosting a Newspaper Folding Party! Right now, they’ve got tons of donated papers, and they’re asking for help. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the center is offering yummy refreshments whipped up by site manager Liz, as well as a chance to help them raise extra funds. Lunch is provided at noon, if you wish to join them for $4. 


TC - Obituaries

Robert Collins Crocker

Robert Collins Crocker, of Toledo, died Sept. 1, 2013. Born March 24, 1919, in Alberta, Canada, he was 94 years old.

He was preceded in death by wife Ethel Crocker and son Ken Crocker. He is survived by children Robert (Laju) Crocker, William (Joan) Crocker, Cathy (Carl) Crocker and Rodney (Theda) Crocker.

No services have been scheduled, as per his request. Arrangements care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock.


TC - Opinions and Letters

Winlock thanks community for strong turnout

It begins with an idea.

I cannot begin to thank all of those who made our “Stuff the Bus” and FREE Back to School BBQ the success that it was!

I had an idea – that any student that needed school supplies would have them.

I had an idea – that everyone could participate in a back to school bbq and open house.


TC - Government

Toledo billing proposal prompts detailed S/W policy discussions

A request for a change in utility billing policies during the Sept. 3 Toledo City Council meeting provoked a detailed discussion among officials as to why the city bills the way it does.

Resident Eric Duerst approached the council that night to propose an annual overage policy for the city’s sewer and water services, stating the current 4,000-gallon per month limit could instead be treated as a 48,000-gallon annual limit, allowing more flexibility in the event of an overage.


TC - Sports

Indians sweep Cardinals in volleyball rivalry
Indians sweep Cardinals in volleyball rivalry

At the end of the season, it may not mean much, but for now, it is a big step forward for first-year Toledo Head Volleyball Coach Whitney Luchau and her Lady Indian spikers. Toledo swept Winlock 25-15, 25-9 and 25-11 in a rare Saturday afternoon match-up that featured the two rival schools, normally in different leagues.

Game one started competitive but Toledo was able to pull away for the 10-point victory. In game two, the Lady Indians started putting the pieces together with excellent front line play. Jessica Kelly, Jenna Peterson and Beth Demery made life miserable for Winlock with kills and blocks.

TC Sports Report
TC Sports Report

At first appearances, the Rockets cruised by Seton Catholic Friday evening at Castle Rock in Trico League play.

Up just 21-7 after the half, and the Cougars on the move, CR head Coach Ben Suhrbier said he was sweating. The Cougars accepted the second half kick-off and began methodically driving down the field with the CR defense on its heels.


TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Warrants and Sentencing

One sentence was issued by

Judge Steven Buzzard during Winlock Municipal Court Thursday.

Bryan M. Brannon, 26, of Winlock, pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended third degree and was sentenced to 90 days (suspended) and fined $800 with $400 suspended.

Mark R. Baker Jr. failed to appear on separate charges of assault, fourth degree, and violation of no contact order. Warrants had already been issued and no new warrants were issued.


Lewis County News

Healthier sleep habits can lead to a healthier workweek

With long workdays and fully-booked nights, it's no surprise that sometimes a solid eight hours of sleep is just not an option for many. According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2012 "Sleep in America" poll, about one in ten Americans say they are likely to fall asleep at an inappropriate time -- like during a work meeting. With some jobs, falling asleep at inopportune times is simply embarrassing, but in other lines of work, falling asleep is very dangerous. Try these to relieve fatigue and stay productive:

Rain or shine, Staircase Rapids calls
Rain or shine, Staircase Rapids calls

The Staircase Rapids Trail is a 2-mile loop through relatively flat and easy terrain, on the southeast side of Olympic National Park.

During the summer, the National Park Service operates a ranger station and a campground along the North Fork of the Skokomish River.

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