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Showing 20 articles from February 16, 2015.

TC - Community News

Chief talks cyber bullying with Winlock students
Chief talks cyber bullying with Winlock students

Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams (far right) speaks with fifth graders from Winlock Miller Elementary School on Feb. 11 about the dangers of cyber bullying, as the trend of such activity increases among students that age. Speaking also with fourth graders, Williams told the kids the most important thing to do if they believe they have been the target of cyber bullying is to tell an adult, such as their parents, a teacher, or a police officer, as some offenses can be very serious and require the response of law enforcement.

Community Announcements 02.18.15

The Winlock Lions Club will be hosting their monthly Bingo game at the Community Building on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Cash prizes will be available, while the kitchen will also be open to provide refreshments. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp, and those with questions may call Club President Jeannie Emmenegger.


TC - Regular Columns

Books by Barb and Becky - How it Went Down

Becky here. I recently read How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon; fast-paced, topical, with great characterization and an undercurrent of suspense, How it Went Down was a quick read.

I read it in a night and returned it to the library the next day. But not to be dismissed, this book has lingered in my mind, and the more I think about it, the more I like and appreciate it. How it Went Down opens with a street shooting in a fictional urban ghetto rife with gang violence.

Ryderwood News 02.18.15

Here's hoping that working folks enjoyed their day off on Monday. For us oldsters, holidays like that have little impact except that the Post Office and banks are closed.

After more than six inches of rain in the first 10 days of the month, there has been a very pleasant spell of nice weather. All this sunshine has spring bulbs and flowering shrubs opening up everywhere you look. Weather like this makes it easier for me to enjoy my upcoming birthday.

Toledo News 02.18.15

Feb. 19 Toledo School Board meets the third Thursday monthly. May change due to federal holidays. Visit or call (360) 864-6325.

Feb. 23 fourth Mondays Toledo Historical Society meets 4 p.m at the Community Library. New: 78RPM V-disc from WWII, 1963 Saturday Evening Post on JFK slaying, 1974 newspaper on President Nixon's resignation. Now on

Vader News 02.18.15

You have until this Friday to get your ticket for the Vader Lions Club's annual Drab Feed, scheduled for Feb. 28 at the Vader Assembly of God Church. This important fundraiser offers options for a whole-crab dinner for $26, a half-crab dinner for $18, or a lasagna dinner for $10. All meals come with salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and, for more information, call Carol Broom at (360) 295-3801.

Winlock News 02.18.15

Congratulations to Azhia Camps for winning the Egg Day button art contest. The buttons features the logo Eggs-Perience Winlock with a picture of a chicken with the coop building in the back. It looks to me like the chicken is standing in the Worlds Largest Egg, it's a truly cool looking button once I realized where the location of the chicken is. You will get a chance to have your own once the Egg Day Princesses start to sell them.

Don't forget the Winlequa Senior Center will be having a watercolors painting class starting in March and also a quilting class will start on March 25th at 1:30. Remember to bring your own supplies for the quilting class. If you have any questions, please give the center a call at (360) 785-4325.


TC - Opinions and Letters

Thanks for Toledo EMS support

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the men and women the Toledo Fire Department, I want to sincerely thank the citizens for their overwhelming support in the continuation of our EMS Levy. This is an important part of our future strategic planning process.

The EMS Levy will fund the continuation of Basic Life Support (EMT) and Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) personnel. It will also ensure the funding of vital equipment, supplies, and training.


TC - Government

Local measures continue to pass after latest counts

All measures proposed for the Feb. 10 Special Election are passing after the final ballot counts at the county level, with certified results expected Feb. 27.

Officials urge compliance with Benton parking rules

An investigation into complaints about traffic snarls on Benton Ave. after Winlock Miller Elementary School gets out shows the problem lies mainly with motorists failing to observe posted parking rules, according to officials.

Confusion observed along the road after students are released in the afternoon had been brought up during the Feb. 9 meeting of the Winlock City Council, with Council Member Aaron Mummert stating he believes the city should look into making the road one-way to prevent near-collisions as parents and students attempting to avoid each other during the rush.

Opinions still polarized after third Vader pot hearing

A hearing regarding a ban against marijuana businesses in Vader turned largely into a QnA session with developer Brandon Milton, as many residents have had little more to add to discussions since the ban was passed last year.

First approved by the City Council on Jan. 23, 2014, the temporary ban, enacted as the city completes research and procedures necessary to consider a permanent ban, has twice received a six-month extension, with the most recent extension approved Jan. 8 of this year.

Smith nuisance lingers as county contemplates action

More than a year after initial complaints were received regarding a large debris pile at a planned subdivision in Winlock, the matter remains unresolved, though county officials state they are granting a little more time before pursuing further action.

Located on SR 505 near the intersection with Kakela Rd., Grand Prairie Mountain View Estates (GPMVE), a 200-home subdivision left largely-uncompleted amid foreclosure and changes in ownership, has been the subject of multiple complaints since January of last year regarding a large debris pile on the southern end of the property.


TC - Sports

Godiniho Thrives in a Culture of Wrestling at CR High School
Godiniho Thrives in a Culture of Wrestling at CR High School

It should be no surprise that Castle Rock senior Shawn Godinho will be wresting this weekend for a trip to the 2015 Mat Classic in Tacoma next weekend. In reality, Godinho is one of the guys to beat if someone else earns the state title at his weight class of 152 pounds.

"My goal this season is to be a state champion and help the team bring home a team trophy at state," said Godinho matter-of-factly.

Local Teams Alive in Regional Tournament

All of the local teams are still alive in their respective district tournaments as of Town Crier's Thursday night deadline.

Of special note was the Castle Rock boys upset of Hoquiam on the road in the Grizzlies' home gym. The Rockets scored a first round win and a date with King's Way Christian on Saturday night.


TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 02.18.15

Investigators are looking for the driver of a pickup left abandoned after a collision near Winlock on Feb. 9, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the 300 block of N. Military Rd., east of Winlock, to reports of a Chevrolet pickup found in the undergrowth on the side of the road, which presumably failed to make the corner and drove off the road. It is unknown at this time when the collision occurred, as the driver had fled the scene and there were no witnesses, and deputies stated they have yet to contact the registered owner.

Crime Stoppers 'Crime of the Week'

Authorities are seeking help solving a burglary taking place last week in Centralia.

Occurring on Feb. 10 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., an unknown number of suspects forced entry into a residents on the 2900 block of Mt. Vista Rd. and stolen a large assortment of men's and women's jewelry, some of which include: a gold Aberdeen High School 1989 class ring with a blue square center stone with a gold "bobcat," and a heavy gold bracelet and necklace.

Fire and EMS Calls

Local fire and EMS calls between Feb. 9 and 12.

Law enforcement workshop results in call for community support

A greater level of community involvement was one of the recurring needs mentioned during a workshop in Winlock held Feb. 9 discussing the status of the city's law enforcement resources.

Held at the request of Council Member Arron Mummert, who had put forward the idea of a workshop during the council's Jan. 26 meeting, Mummert and other officials have said they are concerned about complaints from citizens that Winlock is being perceived as a safe haven for criminals who want to get away with their behavior, as evidenced by recurring property and drug crimes taking place in the area.

Video details WSP hiring process for prospective troopers

Have you ever thought of being a Trooper? Washington State Patrol recruiters are actively looking for motivated and qualified men and women for the position of Trooper Cadet.

In the latest edition of our Good to Know series, Trooper Grant Campbell describes how you can join the Washington State Patrol by successfully completing our hiring process. The Washington State Patrol video can be viewed on our YouTube channel.


TC - Business

Winlock store adds dream catchers to selection of local artifacts
Winlock store adds dream catchers to selection of local artifacts

The Winlock Antique Mall has announced a new display of dream catchers will be opened soon, boasting what owner Jesse Martin said would be the largest selection in the state.

Handmade from members of tribes across the area, the dream catchers, which include some of the more traditional circular designs as well as some three-dimensional versions, are part of what Martin said was his fascination with local history as well as Native American culture.

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