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LCPUD hires new General Manager
David Plotz
LCPUD hires new General Manager

On Monday, January 2 at 10:00 a.m., the Lewis County PUD held a Special Meeting in which they terminated General Manager Chris Roden's contract. The Lewis County PUD has served Lewis County residents for many years and recently there has been talk that their spending was out of control. The following day, January 3, they hired Chehalis resident David Plotz to fill the general manager role.

On Tuesday January 3, 2023, the Lewis County PUD Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution offering the general manager position to David Plotz of Chehalis. Plotz is a well-respected, long-standing member of the Lewis County community, a graduate of W.F. West High School, and actively involved in many community-based groups.

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Drugs go unchecked by LCSO

In November, the Lewis County News reported on a drug overdose death in Centralia that had ties to Winlock. After several months of investigation more information has come to light. This was an accidental drug overdose death which could have possibly been avoided had the LCSO acted on an email that was sent to them.

On June 17, 2020, Sheriff Snaza issued a letter to the Chief of Police for Chehalis, Glenn Schaffer and interim Chief of Police for Centralia, Stacy Denham. In the letter, Sheriff Snaza not only drops out of JNET but he also removes their commissions, stating, "As such, LCSO (Lewis County Sheriff's Office) no longer having a footprint in JNET, for accountability and liability reasons, we will have to rescind any of the Special Deputy Commissions for partner agencies assigned to JNET (i.e., DEA, DOC, et.) until such time we would have direct affiliation with JNET once again."

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Cedric Ritchey loves to race
Cedric Ritchey
Cedric Ritchey loves to race

Cedric Ritchey is only 7 years old and he is living his dream of racing. Cedric, son of Jonathon and Mary has been racing since his 5th birthday and he has been having fun ever since. You can see it in his face when he talks about racing his cars, this is what he loves to do. He has been racing 120 cu, 160 cu and box stock cars. No matter which car he is in, he is winning races.

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Wrapping up 2022: A glance at the past year
Wrapping up 2022: A glance at the past year

This past year was a year many of us will never forget from seeing gas prices hit $5 per gallon for the first time to interest rates climbing to the slow down of the housing market. Locally, we saw many changes, good and bad of course.

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Mike Hadaller sworn in a PUD Commissioner
Hadaller sworn in as Lewis County PUD Commissioner by Lewis County Commissioner Dr. Lindsey Pollock.
Mike Hadaller sworn in a PUD Commissioner

The Lewis County Public Utility District is a public utility therefore their commissioners must be elected. Last November, Lewis County elected a new PUD Commissioner position 3, Mike Hadaller. The Hadaller name is not new to Lewis County politics as his Dad, Denny Hadaller served as Lewis County Commissioner and was well thought of. Mike Hadaller is following in his father's footsteps by serving the people of Lewis County.

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New Chief of Police for Toledo
Toledo Chief of Police Duane Garvais Lawrence
New Chief of Police for Toledo

red a new Chief of Police, Duane Garvais Lawrence, and he knows the importance of community policing. Toledo has always been a special community, they have more volunteers than any other community in south Lewis County and Chief Garvais Lawrence understands how special Toledo is.

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Memories of Christmas
Memories of Christmas

Christmas 2022 will be different for so many this year, prices have gone up while wages have not increased by the amount of inflation so the dollar stretches less. Does that mean that you can't have a great Christmas because you have less?

I can remember the Christmases after Dad was on strike or when I was first out on my own and didn't have any money for even decorations. I look back on those days as some of my best holidays. It wasn't the gifts under the trees. It wasn't how pretty my home was decorated. It was because of the love we all showed who were together on that day.

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To the citizens of the great city of Toledo
Toledo Mayor Steve Dobosh
To the citizens of the great city of Toledo

It has been an honor to serve the City of Toledo as Mayor for the past 7 years, through the changes and now through the growth. In recent months, there has been turnover within the City of Toledo that has caused many citizen concerns. While it is not unusual for the entire staff to leave when their manager does, it was not something that we thought would happen.

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Winlock has new coaches for basketball
New coaches at Winlock (front to back): Coach Daughty, Coach Jacobo, Coach Quezada, and Coach Edwards.
Winlock has new coaches for basketball

Winlock High and Middle Schools have an entirely new basketball team of coaches and what a team it is! Winlock Athletic Director Tia Frazier has proven once again that she is here to make sure our students get what they need for coaches and also coaches who are willing to work with the athletes.

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The Memory Tree is  back in Egg Park
Travis Walling and Paul Russell help set up the Memory Tree in Egg Park.
The Memory Tree is back in Egg Park

Every year, Carol Wallin makes sure we have our Christmas trees at the Egg Park lit up, but they are not all regular Christmas trees. There is a memory tree. This means that those who have gone before us in our community have their name hung on the tree. This year was no different, Carol saw to it, even though it's been the year she had to add her own son Scott.

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