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Local schools feeling pinch of bus driver shortage

Photo by Todd Bennington - South Bend Transportation Supervisor Wyatt Kuiken says he's tried a number of avenues to attract bus driver candidates but has met with limited success.
Photo by Todd Bennington - South Bend Transportation Supervisor Wyatt Kuiken says he's tried a number of avenues to attract bus driver candidates but has met with limited success.

Transportation supervisors of local school districts say they're feeling the effects of a long-term nationwide shortage of bus drivers and, despite their best efforts, have found it difficult to successfully recruit candidates for employment.

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Raymond traffic roundabout gets green light for summer

The Washington State Department of Transportation is moving forward with a plan to install a roundabout at the intersection of US 101 and State Route 6. The project will be opened for bids this May with construction set to take place this summer.

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Steele steps down from theatre management position

Raymond Theatre Manager Anne Steele presented the Raymond City Council with a letter of resignation on April 17. City and theatre officials indicated they would use the changeover as an opportunity to reconfigure the position with an eye toward hopefully making the cash-strapped theatre financially self-sufficient.

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Burglary cases spotlighted in Superior Court

SOUTH BEND - Amanda Ann Hanson, 26, of Westport entered guilty pleas for attempting to elude a police vehicle, driving under the influence, escape in the second degree, residential burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle, and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

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Republicans celebrate past year's successes over Lincoln Day Dinner

Photo by Todd Bennington - Pacific County Republican Chair Aaragon Markwell
Photo by Todd Bennington - Pacific County Republican Chair Aaragon Markwell

The Pacific County Republicans gathered in South Bend on Saturday, April 22, for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner, marked by prayer, the singing of the national anthem, and the raffling off of an AR-15 rifle.

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First two days of razor clam digs cancelled

State shellfish managers have canceled the first two days (April 24 and 25) of a tentatively planned eight-day razor clam dig due to rising marine toxin levels.

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Napavine city attorney may have violated open meeting laws

Memo suggests executive session featured topics that should have been discussed publicly

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Q&A with THS Principal Martin Huffman

Martin Huffman
Martin Huffman

Martin Huffman is the principal at Toledo High School. Justin Bark, a senior at Toledo High School, states, "Students respect him as much as he respects them. He's a great principal to have at our school, as well as a good friend."

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Winlock students make D.C. trip

Front row: Sophie Palen-McBee, Aleena Nava, Aleka Palen-McBee, Xavier Barragan, Est'r Anderson, Lourdes Barragan Back row: Mrs. Collins, Austen Bostwick, Maggie Howsden, Destiny Gifford, Jessica Neal, Bekah Day, Angel Rohr, Miss Iverson, Jon Day
Front row: Sophie Palen-McBee, Aleena Nava, Aleka Palen-McBee, Xavier Barragan, Est'r Anderson, Lourdes Barragan Back row: Mrs. Collins, Austen Bostwick, Maggie Howsden, Destiny Gifford, Jessica Neal, Bekah Day, Angel Rohr, Miss Iverson, Jon Day

Students at the Winlock middle and high schools were given the chance to learn history using a more visual approach during their 2017 spring break. On April 3, eleven Winlock students left to visit the nation's capital, as well as areas of Virginia.

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Funeral home under new ownership

Jeff Dorothy
Jeff Dorothy

Cattermole Funeral Home's new owner as of January 1 of this year is Jeff Dorothy, a lifetime resident of Winlock. He is the son of Dick and Delores Dorothy. He lives with Michaelea Gottschalk and has three children, Angel, Jessica, and Leah, and four grandchildren. Jeff was graduated from Mt. St. Helens High School in 1980 and soon began acquiring his knowledge and experience in the funeral business by working for Brown's Funeral Home.

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Napavine mayor accused of misuse of public employees

City also looking to potentially terminate legal counsel

The City of Napavine is suffering from an assortment of complex problems that the Napavine City Council hasn't been able to correct. The issues surrounding our little city on the hill range from allegations of fraud by a city official, to an uncooperative and defiant city attorney who refuses to go away.

This story begins with several city employees who wish to remain anonymous who reached out to the Town Crier with an allegation. The anonymous sources allege that they witnessed Mayor John Sayers use city personnel to work on his personal vehicle. While it is illegal for Mayor Sayers to require city employees to work on his personal vehicle, the seriousness of the allegation is compounded by the possibility it was done on city time, with city equipment. The Town Crier made inquires to Mayor Sayers regarding the allegations and he did not deny them.

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Happenings

Upcoming Community Events

April 29: Celebrate International Table Games Day at Raymond First Baptist Church, 913 Duryea Street on Saturday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m. Bring your favorite game or use the games there. Refreshments provided.

2nd Wednesdays: Alliance for a Better Community meetings are the second Wednesday of each month, at noon, at Liang's restaurant. Public is always welcome.

VFW Pacific Post 968 is holding regular monthly meetings every second Wednesday. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at 221 Duryea Street in Raymond.


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Savvy Senior: Coping with Ringing in Your Ears

Savvy Senior: Coping with Ringing in Your Ears

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with constant ear ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I've had it for years but it's gotten worse the older I get.

Ringing Louder at 62

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Issues on Aging: Saving Money

Issues on Aging: Saving Money

QMB. SLMB. QI. QDWI. All MSP's.

There you go--now you know all about them--whatever they are. Let's start at the end of the list.

Medicare Savings Plans (MSP) are programs designed to help qualified individuals with the costs of their Medicare plans, such as premiums, co-pays and so on.

If you like to collect acronyms and what they mean:

  • QMB=Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program
  • SLMB=Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program
  • QI=Qualified Individual Program
  • QDWI=Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals Program
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