At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, the Winlock Handi Store was robbed at gunpoint by a single gunman. The clerk was not hurt and the gunman escaped. Many law enforcement agencies assisted Winlock Police Department including Toledo Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff's Office and Cowlitz County Sheriff''s Office.
The gunman was a young white male wearing khaki baggy pants, a black hoodie, lace up black boots and also a red bandana across his face.
Along highway 508 heading east, not far past the 4-way light cross section with Jackson Highway you will find a small, quaint little patch on your left. You can't miss it as the first thing you might see is the farmhouse of Barbara Grega who runs the patch. The entire porch is filled with pumpkins of all sizes. That's not all, as there is a whole yard of them as well.
It's trick-or-treating time and you don't even have to wait until dark to go get the goodies.
On Thursday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m is the now traditional downtown trick-or-treating. Look for orange paper pumpkins in the windows and doors of participating businesses. Check around South Bend and Raymond for businesses passing out candies and other treats.
During the Raymond City Council Meeting on Monday, October 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., Mayor Tony Nordin announced that the city received a large grant.
"We received a CDBG grant for $750,000," Nordin said. "This is to create seed money to move the project [the Willapa Center] forward."
The Willapa Center has been in the planning stage for a couple of years now. The cost of the center is estimated to be $8,695,000. It is being designed as a three story building that will provide more housing options in the area.
"We won't know if we will have full funding for the Willapa Center until February of next year, if all the different resources of money will be available for us," said Nordin. "If that happens then they will start breaking ground either in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. It is going to be in the space where the festival takes place."
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