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Christmas lighting rescheduled after pipe bomb scare
Christmas lighting rescheduled after pipe bomb scare

It was an exciting evening in Winlock on Saturday evening, every law enforcement agency was here for what appeared to be a pipe bomb. The lighting of the community Christmas Tree was cancelled and Kerron Street was blocked off.

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Large drug bust in Vader
Photo by Cheri Mitchell - Illegal grow discovered in Vader.
Large drug bust in Vader

Pacific County Sheriff's Office asked for assistance from Lewis County Sheriff's Office in a large marijuana grow raid in Grayland where two individuals were arrested. From that arrest, in information obtained from those individuals and from a cell phone mapping app found on one of the phones, it was revealed that there was an illegal grow operating at 725 B Street in Vader. 725 B Street in Vader is in a dense neighborhood, directly across from City Hall. There are homes both across the street, beside the home and behind the home.

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Isabel dances in the Nutcracker
Isabel Langhaim
Isabel dances in the Nutcracker

Isabel Langhaim will be Clara in the Nutcracker playing at the Corbett Theatre in Centralia this coming weekend. Isabel is a Sophmore at Toledo high school and she has been involved in ballet for 3 years.

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New mayor and city council member for Winlock
Don Bradshaw
New mayor and city council member for Winlock

Election results have been certified. Winlock has a new mayor and city council member. Don Bradshaw, write-in candidate, has succeeded in his quest to be Mayor of Winlock. It's very unusual for a write-in candidate to win especially when they decide to run after the campaign started.

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Crime rate high in Winlock

A recent article by The Chronicle shows that Winlock has a higher violent crime rate than any other small city in Lewis County (excluding Centralia), while Toledo and Napavine their neighboring cities had zero violent crimes in 2016.

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Giving Tree  for foster kids
Giving Tree for foster kids

We have seen giving Christmas Trees which give gifts to families in the area but this is the first time we are seeing a giving tree for foster kids in our area. Kristina Payne is in the process of getting her Bachelor's Degree in Children's Studies and the giving tree for foster kids is her senior project. Payne works at Donna's Place in Toledo and she asked Donna if they could do this together, they have been busy since they started.

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Uncle Harold is alive and well!
Harold Sorensen
Uncle Harold is alive and well!

You are invited to wish Harold Sorensen a Happy 95th Birthday this Saturday.

Celebrate with us on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Cowlitz Garange from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

And yes. Uncle Harold will be there!

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Napavine Knowledge Bowl places in their bracket
Photo by Jillian Fuss - Knowledge Bowl participants Trevor Keys, Peter Larson, Courtney Marie, Keyana McCain, Dillon Heiner, Caleb Stewart, and Kylie Crawford
Napavine Knowledge Bowl places in their bracket

Knowledge Bowl is a highly underrated club. It is a competitive club involving factual information and memory. There are written exams and a couple rounds of orally read questions.

The Napavine Knowledge Bowl teams were able to compete against other schools in a previous meet. The meet was on Nov. 13. The A Team placed 5th in their bracket. The C Team were placed 2nd in their bracket. Their hard work preparing them for such a meet, had payed off.

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8th Annual Castle Rock Festival of Lights comes alive

'Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the town, the lights were a'twinkling and the elves were around!

Castle Rock and all of its merry elves invite you to attend the 8th Annual Castle Rock Festival of Lights celebration! This year's festivities continue the traditions of a truly unique Northwest Christmas.

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