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Showing 20 articles from December 22, 2014.

TC - Community News

Community Announcements 12.24.14

Toledo Tel December drawing

Just a week remains to participate in Toledo Tel's annual December drawing, with this year's prize being a Vizio 40" Smart TV.

To enter, bring a donation to the Toledo Food Bank before the end of the month and, for every five food items or $5 donated, you will receive one entry ticket for the drawing. A winning ticket will then be chosen at random during the Jan. 5 meeting of the Toledo City Council.

STEEEEEEEEEM! How an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math gave birth to a robot soccer rivalry
STEEEEEEEEEM! How an evening of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math gave birth to a robot soccer rivalry

Toledo students met on a battlefield Dec. 16 the likes of which the district had never seen before.

Toledo Middle School had challenged Toledo High School to see who could produce a better soccer team though their budding robotics programs. Left to their own devices, each group engineered and built what they felt would make the best defenders, strikers, midfielders and goalies, using what they had learned in the classroom.

Toledo moving forward with levy, superintendent

The Toledo School Board has approved a resolution proposing a replacement levy to voters this February, while they continue to move forward with the search process for a new superintendent.

Approved unanimously during their regular meeting on Thursday, the resolution will place a measure on the Feb. 10 ballot asking for a four-year extension of an existing levy, while the levy amount would increase from $955,000 per year to $1.1 million per year, and would impose a property tax rate of approximately $2.38 per $1,000 of assessed value within the district.

Winlock ready for Madden 2015 tournament

Organizers have announced open registration for a local Madden 2015 video game tournament during Super Bowl weekend, with a $1,000 cash prize and a replica Super Bowl trophy going to the winner.

Scheduled to take place Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Winlock Miller Elementary School gymnasium, the tournament is open to all area gamers, as well as those who would simply like to watch.


TC - Regular Columns

Ryderwood News 12.24.14

Well, folks, if you haven't gotten your Christmas decorating and shopping done by the time you read this, you may have to wait for next year. But let us not think that the reason for the season is presents, food and decorations. It's about spreading love and good cheer to all. Smile, smile, smile.

The Candlelight service at Ryderwood's historic Community Church will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. All are invited to what will be a beautiful service in a beautiful setting. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Toledo News 12.24.14

Correction: Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at the Toledo Baptist Church honoring Bob Nollan, who passed away Nov. 11. Date of passing was erroneously noted last week. Potluck to follow.

Dec. 15 Toledo Holiday Lighting Contest awarded gift certificates donated by local merchants to six winners within city limits, six in the greater Toledo area, featured a lovely vocalist with piano accompaniment, coffee and pictures with Santa.

Vader News 12.24.14

The Park Board reports they still have Plush Pippen Pies on hand for those still in the market for these popular confections. A number of pumpkin and a handful of apple pies remain available, among others, and the price is $6 for a 12-inch pie and $5 for a 9-inch pie. To place your order, call ark Board Chair Steve Krohn at (360) 880-6281.

Starting next month, the rate for sewer services is expecting to increase by $1 per month, so be sure to anticipate at least a $2 difference in your sewer bill come February.

Winlock News 12.24.14

Many of us who grew up in Winlock remember what it was like around Christmas time. I remember Santa coming to the Fire Station and giving out candy. I also remember crying every time I saw him. For some reason a guy in a red suit with a white beard scared the dickens out of me. We also had our school play and my Mom would sew us new clothes every year. One year, we made reindeer ears and I still have them today. At our school Christmas program we would sing our heart out every year. I don't think one of us could carry a tune at that age but we were so proud and instead of singing we would basically yell it.


TC - Opinions and Letters

It's a cinch it's The Grinch

No matter how hard I try to pretend, Christmas rushes toward me like an oncoming train.

All the gifts and holiday wrappings were purchased and put away long ago. This year, I definitely had a head start, or so I thought. When checking my to-do list, I realized how wrong I was.


TC - Government

Toledo approves removal of felled park trees by residents
Toledo approves removal of felled park trees by residents

The Toledo City Council has approved a resolution allowing residents to harvest the wood from felled trees in Kemp Olson Memorial Park, with an expectation of re-opening the park after the timber is removed.

The council had closed the park last month after it was reported the trees in question were unstable and likely to fall during a heavy storm, and had decided at their Dec. 1 meeting to hire local contractor Paul Oberg to fell the problem trees.


TC - Sports

McEwen: second fiddle with a big impact
McEwen: second fiddle with a big impact

Second fiddle? Could the local high sports savant accuse Grant McEwen of being a second fiddle in two sports?

Clearly, his impact on two high-achieving Toledo High School teams cannot be ignored.

The Stat Box
The Stat Box

A rundown of recent local games for the week of Dec. 24.

Toledo ready for alum game

Toledo Basketball Alumni games have been scheduled for Jan. 3 from 1-5 p.m. The program uses this event to stir interest in the current basketball season as well as a raise funds for students.

Last year, 20 girls and nearly 50 guys participated. All Toledo alumni and families are invited, as well as Indian fans. This year's sponsors are Rachel Phillipps Insurance, Gee Cee's Truck Stop, Community First Auto Center, St. Helen's Tap House, and Plaza Jalisco Napavine.


TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 12.24.14

No injuries were reported after a Chehalis teen struck a utility pole near Winlock Dec. 17, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Aid was called to the 2700 block of Hwy 603, north of Winlock, at around 8 p.m. after the 17-year-old male driver of a Toyota Corolla had allegedly been speeding down the road and lost control at a corner, crossed the center lane and drove into the ditch, with the rear of the vehicle striking a utility pole.

Crime Stoppers 'Crime of the Week'

Authorities are seeking help solving a burglary taking place near Winlock sometime in September.

Between Sept. 1 and 7, an unknown number of suspects entered a residence and detached garage on the 100 block of Knowles Rd., east of Winlock, and stole a white side-by-side Maytag refrigerator, two exterior windows (48" x 58" and 46" x 48"), a red 10-gallon Craftsman shopvac and a gold-framed, full-length mirror with clawed feet. The estimated loss is $700.

Fire and EMS calls

Local fire and EMS calls between Dec. 15 and 21.

Local agencies on extra DUI patrols

If you choose to drive while impaired this holiday season, there are 120 police agencies around Washington committed to making sure you are arrested and successfully prosecuted.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is funding a significant number of local emphasis patrols, in which officers will work overtime to provide extra coverage at the hours when most DUI-related collisions occur.

Warrants and Sentencing

One sentence and two warrants were issued by Judge Steven Buzzard during Winlock Municipal Court on Thursday.

Wiltbank dismissed as District 2 chief

The Lewis County Fire District 2 Board of Commissioners has voted to terminate the employment of former chief Grant Wiltbank, effective as of Dec. 15.

Though approved during the board's regular meeting on Dec. 11, Board Chair Dave Beal has declined to comment as to why the decision was made, stating he feels it would be inappropriate to offer such a statement until after the board sends an official letter to Wiltbank detailing their decision, which he said should be drafted sometime this week.


TC - Business

Local shop boasting experience and family in furniture business
Local shop boasting experience and family in furniture business

If you ask the employees at Elam's Home Furnishings, they can tell you about how their business is rooted in long-time experience in the area, as well as the continued support of their family of businesspeople.

Begun in 1987 by Paul Elam, the Longview-based business boasts they are "Locally Owned, Family Owned, and Here to Stay."

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