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Matlock taking her talents to St. Martin's
Photo by Torrie Matlock - Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titan star softball player Olivia Matlock accepted an academic and athletic scholarship to attend St. Martin\'s University in the fall of 2022. Matlock, whose parents are Pat Matlock and Torrie Matlock, plan
Matlock taking her talents to St. Martin's

Super student-athlete Olivia Matlock, a senior at Willapa Valley HS, signed a National Letter of Intent to study education and play softball for St. Martin's University in Lacey next fall. Matlock, who excels in the classroom and on the athletic field at pitcher, in the batter's box, and defensively at first base for the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans, talked with the Herald about her decision to sign with the Saints.

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Sign up for the hyper-reach reverse 911 system
Sign up for the hyper-reach reverse 911 system

Every child is taught to dial 911 in case of an emergency, but what happens if the county needs to get a hold of you during a natural disaster? This is where the Pacific County Hyper-Reach Reverse 911 System comes into play.

The hyper-reach system was developed and implemented as a way to make contact with people in large groups during an emergency like a tornado, or earthquake. Weather, potential evacuation, and take shelter emergency notification also use this method of communications. The system uses email, phone, text for the notifications.

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Annual Derik Nissell Toy Drive gives kids a better Christmas
Photo by Amanda Bennett - New unwrapped toys can be donated to the Derik Nissell Toy Drive for Christmas.
Annual Derik Nissell Toy Drive gives kids a better Christmas

SOUTH BEND - The Sixth Annual Derik Nissell Toy Drive is in high gear for the 2021 Christmas season offering kids the joyous surprise of receiving a brand new toy. The drive is named in honor of Derik Nissell, who passed away at a young age in 2016. This wonderful drive for new toys is directed by Joyce Kidd and Susie Weisel-Webber.

"Derik hated the idea of any child being without a gift on Christmas morning," said Kidd, his mother. "Derik's co-workers spoke at his memorial service about his dedication to their company toy drive. That planted the seed and his family and friends took it from there."

Kidd complimented all those who help make the drive a successful one. "We could not provide this service without the generosity of our community. We are very blessed to have such wonderful friends and neighbors who help us in continuing to spread holiday cheer in memory of Derik.

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Police chiefs address domestic violence
Police chiefs address domestic violence

SOUTH BEND - The two local police chiefs, Lucas Stigall of South Bend, and Chuck Spoor of Raymond offered their insights and information about domestic violence in their cities. The Herald asked the gentlemen a few questions in regard to the interview that took place with Crisis Support Network Executive Director Julie Jewell the past two publications concerning domestic violence in the two cities.

"As far as Domestic Violence goes, our numbers in South Bend have stayed about the same," Chief Stigall told the Herald. "We have not really seen a big surge in DV cases since Covid.

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Fourth-place at State VB: Lady Seagulls bring home hardware
Photo by Jennifer Swogger - Raymond HS brought home a fourth-place trophy at the 2021 2B State Volleyball tourney Friday at the Yakima SunDome. In front from left are Cadence Swogger (jr), Alia Enlow (jr), Kyndal Koski (so), Grace Busenius (sr), Baylee Pr
Fourth-place at State VB: Lady Seagulls bring home hardware

Raymond HS completed a wonderfully successful season by finishing fourth at the 2021 2B State Volleyball at the Yakima SunDome Friday afternoon under head coach Bob Swogger.

The Lady Seagulls lost a heartbreaking five-game match versus eventual runner up Walla Walla Academy Friday morning, and then dropped a match in three games against Manson for third place.

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PCEMA and US Third Fleet examine emergency landing sites
Photo courtesy PCEMA Facebook - US Third Fleet, PCEMA and Grays Harbor DEM surveying beach accesses in case of an emergency.
PCEMA and US Third Fleet examine emergency landing sites

The US Third Fleet met with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to tour potential landing sites to use in case of a natural disaster.

On Tuesday, November 2, the US Third Fleet visited Pacific County and met with PCEMA Director McDougall and Grays Harbor DEM Deputy Director Hannah Cleverly.

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Marguerite Garth earns world recognition
Photo by Marguerite Garth - The photo Harvesting Oysters is one of the three winning photo series.
Marguerite Garth earns world recognition

Local photographer Marguerite Garth earns recognition from the 2021 International Photography Awards.

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Commit to helping end domestic violence
Julie Jewell
Commit to helping end domestic violence

Like all violent crimes, serious crimes of any nature, drug abuse, domestic violence, etcetera, needs to be reduced significantly, and one way to start is with increased awareness and counseling for all parties involved. Domestic Violence Awareness needs to be ongoing.

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Food Drive a Success!
Food Drive a Success!

Girl Scout Troop 41175 would like to thank the Raymond community for donating 741 items and $380 to our October COVID-Relief Food Drive for the North Pacific County Food Bank. Special thanks to local partnerships that made this a success: the Raymond School District for their student outreach and collection sites, Thriftway for allowing us to collect out front, Raymond Elks #1292 who donated over 200 lbs of food, and the Willapa Harbor Herald for helping spread the word. Wow and way to go Raymond community! The NPC Food Bank is open for donations every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is located at 1855 Park Ave. in Raymond. Items they always need are hamburger helper/skillet-in-a-box meals, tomato soup, cream of mushroom soup, canned milk, tinned meats and fish, and baby food.

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Domestic violence awareness needs to be everyday
Julie Jewell
Domestic violence awareness needs to be everyday

Domestic violence is that ugly head that rears itself much too often. Domestic Violence Awareness Month concluded in October, but domestic violence awareness should be every day.

Julie Jewell is the executive director of Crisis Support Network (CSN). Jewell has been with CSN for approximately 2½ years. Prior to that, she worked for almost 25 years in child welfare, working for DSHS and DCYF. She has a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences. Jewell also has a background in mental health and counseling psychology in addition to her work in child welfare. She is a graduate of Willapa Valley HS.

Jewell was kind enough to offer her time to answer several questions by the Herald on educating people about the awareness of domestic violence, and hopefully, helping prevent it. Crisis Support Network provides 24-hour response to those experiencing domestic violence. The phone number is 800-435-7276.

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