The basketball season has come to a roaring close! After a season of attempting to improve and compete as what colleges like to refer to as "student athletes," the final standings have all come in. Each team had a different goal going into the season. Some of them had state playoffs on their radar and others had individual improvement as the goal. Let's check in and see how it went.
Photo by Lynnette Hoffman
A portion of Highway 505 at Winlock was closed temporarily due to a sinkhole that opened suddenly on Monday, Feb. 27. Winlock Public Works Superintendent Mike Fisher explained that county and state authorities were on scene within 15 and 30 minutes respectively. At the time of publication there was no timeframe as to how long the road would be closed. Mayor Lonnie Dowell was on hand to work with state and county officials to correct the problem temporarily.
Through the double doors of the Winlock batting cage you can hear the metallic singing of a bat striking home on a regulation softball. Inside on false grass, girls are practicing, rope nets surrounding them to protect bystanders from the occasional stray ball.
The Napavine City Council, consisting of only one member, Jenifer Slemp, convened on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to appoint Craig Sullivan to Council Position #2.
Winlock Miller Elementary School was the place to be on Feb. 15, with over 195 people showing up for the dinner of ham, potatoes, salad, and pie hosted by the Winlock PTSA as part of their Reading Night Book Tasting. The event was sponsored by the Winlock School District Title 1 program.
Castle Rock Curiosities was opened in November of 2016 by husband and wife team David Schmitz and Elizabeth Halili.
The Toledo School bond is currently failing with Superintendent Chris Rust stating, "The election won't be certified until Feb. 24, but I don't anticipate enough of a change to hit the 60 percent mark this time. I'm working to gather our community members together soon to look at the results and hear how to adjust in order to get the community's desires related to our facilities. I'm especially interested in hearing from voters who didn't vote or who couldn't support the measure, so that their voices are reflected in a future measure."
Winlock Improvement Network (WIN) held a successful strategic plan workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11, which was facilitated by Johanna Jones. Jones is a professional facilitator who donated her skills and time to our community. Her background includes work for credit unions and creation of strategic plans for the City of DuPont and various nonprofits, including Vision: Toledo. She currently lives in Toledo and is treasurer for both Vision: Toledo and the Toledo Library.
Toledo's fourth quarter comeback fell short Saturday night at WF West High School. Senior guard CJ Kovacs' free throws in the second half helped keep the number one seed Life Christian Academy Eagles from letting their 14 point lead mysteriously disappear, and two clutch steals by senior post Luke Lovelady diffused Toledo's final chances in the last minute to win or force overtime.
Toledo came into Saturday's game intent on playing the role of spoiler in a game that nobody except Indian fans saw coming. Three days after disposing of their league rival and previously undefeated Napavine Tigers by a 25 point margin, Toledo found themselves, once again, the underdog as they came out against the number two seed in the state, the Eagles.
The City of Winlock is looking for individuals interested in receiving free training in the field of water and wastewater management. This is a volunteer position for anyone over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
The goal of this program is to prepare the volunteer for a position in the water and wastewater field and more specifically to prepare the volunteer for the required test they must take in order to work in the field.
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