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Fifth-wheel overturns on State Route 6
Fifth-wheel overturns on State Route 6

State Route 6 at the Pluvius Bridge was squeezed down to one lane for approximately 5 hours on Monday, April 22 after a fifth-wheel travel trailer tipped over onto its side blocking the westbound lane.

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South Bend-Palix Road Bridge classified as deficient
The bridge over a slough on the Niawiakum River on South Bend-Palix Road was recently listed as structurally deficient.
South Bend-Palix Road Bridge classified as deficient

The Washington State Department of Transportation has deemed the bridge over the Niawiakum River on the South Bend-Palix Road as poor and structurally deficient.

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Its swarming time
Photo by Tia Channell - Honey bees swarmed Raymond City Hall in August 2018.
Its swarming time

April showers bring May flowers is how the old saying goes and with flowers comes bees.

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Raymond's Freeman sets USC freshman discus record
Photo Courtesy of Karlee Freeman and USC Athletics - Former Raymond HS track and field standout Karlee Freeman set the standard for USC freshmen when she broke the record for the discus Friday in California.
Raymond's Freeman sets USC freshman discus record

Former Raymond HS track and field superstar Karlee Freeman appears to be picking up right where she left off at Raymond...setting records!

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New liquidation store located in downtown Raymond
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Connie "Grandma" Robinson works the register on a chilly day at the new liquidation store located in downtown Raymond.
New liquidation store located in downtown Raymond

Raymond has a new liquidation store located in the downtown area and residents are enjoying amazing deals. The store has been open since last fall but wanted to get into the swing of things slowly. Now they want the word out they're open and they have great deals daily.

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Indians, Seagulls considering football combine

Leaders of the Raymond and South Bend School districts have met recently to discuss upcoming Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) rule changes and some of the challenges associated with declining turnout for football. The districts are considering having a "combine", or a "cooperative" high school football program, beginning in the 2020 season.

The WIAA recently decided to allow districts bigger than the 2B classification to use their free and reduced lunch percentages to justify competing with smaller schools, potentially pitting 2B school districts (such as South Bend and Raymond) against much larger rivals. If the two districts request to play as a combine, they would remain much more competitive at the 2B level.

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Fatal accident on SR 6
The driver of the Toyota Tundra has been booked into the Pacific County Jail.
Fatal accident on SR 6

49-year-old Shawn D. Clearwater of Raymond was killed in a fatal vehicle accident on SR 6 MP 7 on Sunday, March 31, 2019. According to the preliminary crash report a 2016 Toyota Tundra driver by 38-year-old Mikey S. Pine of Chehalis was traveling eastbound on SR 6. The Tundra crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and struck a 1995 Mercury Cougar driven by Clearwater head on.

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New Executive Director at Crisis Support Network
Julie Jewell
New Executive Director at Crisis Support Network

The Crisis Support Network in Raymond welcomed Julie Jewell as the new Executive Director on Monday, April 1. She brings along nearly a quarter century of experience to the position and hopes to make an immediate impact. She is originally from Pacific County and is excited to once again be a part of the community.

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Chief Civil Deputy cleared of criminal misconduct

Pacific County Sheriff's Office Chief Civil Deputy Matthew Padgett has been at the spear of another criminal investigation into his conduct. The Lewis County Sheriff's Office was asked to take over the case earlier this year to investigate harassment allegation complaints made by a Shoalwater Bay Police Department officer and an estranged former Raymond Police Department officer. Both allegations came at the heels of the previous investigation by the Washington State Patrol and happened prior to him being appointed as PCSO Chief Civil Deputy.

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Local firefighter completes 10th climb; finds inspiration everywhere
Raymond Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Raela McVey poses for a few pictures after completing the grueling climb up the Columbia Tower in Seattle on Sunday, March 10.
Local firefighter completes 10th climb; finds inspiration everywhere

Raymond Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Raela McVey completed her 10th Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Stair Climb on March 10. The event is now in its 28th year and has raised over $17M to help fund and find a cure for cancer. Over 2,000 firefighters from around the country took part in the annual event that climbs over 1,300 steps to the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle.

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