"It's the holiday season," said Police Chief Eastham. "Lock your cars."
According to the report Eastman gave to the South Bend City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 13, the reports of car prowling go up starting just before Thanksgiving and continue through to Christmas.
"Don't leave anything valuable in them," he said. "Reports of car prowlers are picking up. We haven't had anything important stolen yet. Just a little cash and change, but if you have something worth money in your car and you do not lock it, it's your fault, plain and simple."
2019 marks the fourth year of the Derik Nissell Toy Drive. Beginning in November each year, the toy drive gives people a chance to help out local children who all need a brand new toy to unwrap for Christmas.
The toy drive was set up to honor South Bend High School Alumni Derik S. Nissell. On February 29, 2016 his premature death shocked the community. He was only in his mid-twenties. While working for the Westport Shipyard, Nissell would donate toys to the shipyard's toy drive. The Derik Nissell Toy Drive continues with this tradition.
"So we're collecting toys for underprivileged children in North Pacific County in our area," said Nissell's mother, Joyce Kidd. "We are hoping people will participate. It is a great cause. We collect a lot of toys."
The toy drive will be collecting toys until Friday, December 13.
SOUTH BEND - South Bend turned in a rewarding first season of 8-man football under first-year head coach Chuck Spoor. The Indians completed a winning season at 5-2, or 6-2 if you count the forfeit against Taholah. Consider the fact that the WIAA wouldn't let South Bend play in a league and get a chance to compete in the postseason, the Indians showed up for every game with a positive mental attitude and ready to play and accounted for themselves with a lot of class.
"I'm very proud of the team and staff for putting together a successful season," Coach Spoor told the Herald. (We) definitely met expectations."
From the first day of practice until the final game, Coach Spoor believed his team progressed.
During a roof repair over Thorbeckes in South Bend, a dangerous structural issue was uncovered, which resulted in the temporary closure of Thorbeckes and the Department of Licensing office.
On a red sign posted on the building is a Do Not Enter notice for 307 E. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. The notice states that the building is dangerous to enter and occupy. "The building or structure is deemed dangerous under many of the provisions of Section 302 of the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings," states the notice.
"This was the 'best' year in terms of pounds collected," said Teen Advocacy Coalition Coordinator Denise Rowlett about the recent Drug Take Back event. "Overall there were 22 community members who disposed of unused/expired medications at Pioneer Grocery."
Over 192 pounds of medications were collected between the Pioneer Grocery site and the permanent drop box located at the Sheriff's Office in South Bend. Other collection sites in Pacific County included Sid's Market in Seaview and the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center in Tokeland.
SOUTH BEND - After the most recent election ballot count by the Pacific County Auditor's office last Friday afternoon, there were still 400 ballots to be counted. There are 15,508 registered voters in Pacific County and 7,196 ballots were counted. The next ballot count is scheduled for Thursday at noon. The voter turnout is at 46.4 percent.
Donald Richter leads Michael Turner by 216 votes in the Pacific, Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Position 1 race.
Toni Williams leads Michael Lignoski 1,766 to 953 for Hospital Dist. 2 Comm. Pos. 1.
The American Legion Post #150 is now accepting membership of most U.S. veterans due to the LEGION act. This act was signed into effect on July 30, 2019, and honors U.S. service members that were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.
"It used to be that you had to serve during a time of war like the Vietnam Conflict or Korea," said American Legion Adjutant-Finance Officer Gordon Aleshire. "There were gaps in between those conflicts where those guys weren't eligible to join. The LEGION Act said that since December 7, 1941, if you served in the military, you can join the Legion."
The act gives approximately 6,000,000 veterans access to the American Legion programs and benefits. The main change was to reduce the seven war categories down to two: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 2918, and December 7, 1941, to a date to be declared later.
On the evening of Sunday, October 27, the Chehalis Steam Train hit a local Francis man. The Lewis County emergency responders rushed to the scene of the accident at the 300 block of Spooner Rd.
The Chehalis Steam Train was backing up on the tracks and struck a vehicle driven by 69-year-old John Hodel. The intersection is equipped with a sign only. There are no lights and no crossing bar.
MENLO - Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (PWV) was on task with its ball control plan as the offensive line dominated Ocosta in the trenches with the result being another divisional championship for the Titans, who uprooted any thoughts of a Wildcat upset during the 42-7 manhandling before some 500-strong at Crogstad Field in Menlo on Senior Night Friday. The previously unbeaten Wildcats (7-1), who had visions of a division title themselves no doubt left the field realizing they have a ways to go to catch up to the Titans (5-3).
"I really thought we played with a lot of fire," Peterson said. "Everybody was really emotional, it was good to see."
'Good to see' for Titan fans were running backs Max Smith and Kollin Jurek running into and out of wide open spaces while amassing 323 yards and 5 touchdowns between them. Smith, who was wearing a cast on one hand because of broken thumb, thumped, bumped and scooted for 173 yards on 25 touches and 4 TDs, while Jurek sped about for 150 yards on 24 journeys and a 10-yd score. Smith also picked off a pass on defense and ran it back 36 yards, and totalled 209 all-purpose yards.
On Wednesday, October 23, the Raymond Fire Department responded to a report that there was a fuel leak at the 101 Quick Stop on the corner of Hwy 101 and Heath St. Soon after their arrival, the pumps were stopped, and Heath St. was blocked off to traffic.
"There was someone who stopped by the station and told us that there was a leak of some kind going on," said Raymond Fire Department Chief Todd Strozyk. "We responded over there and did our best to contain the fuel that was present on the ground. We got all the people who were getting gas from the fuel lines out of there safely. We cordoned off the area and then called the Department of Ecology."
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