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Local schools rewarded for honoring Veterans Day
Local schools rewarded for honoring Veterans Day

Each year the local school districts honor Veterans Day and this year the local veterans gave back to the schools.

Raymond, South Bend, and Willapa Valley hold assemblies and usually a lunch near Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served our country.

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PCEMA asks for public comment on revised Hazard Mitigation Plan
PCEMA asks for public comment on revised Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is asking for public comments and reviews on the new Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The comment period lasts until December 22, 2021.

Two Rivers Emergency Management Planner Tony Gertz has joined with PCEMA to write the newest plan. He has been writing these types of plans for the past 10 years. This newest plan is intended to last for the next 5 years.

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Christmas on the Willapa returns Saturday!
Photo by Nicole Ruddell - Santa's sleigh is ready for Saturday's Christmas on the Willapa compliments of the Northwest Carriage Museum.
Christmas on the Willapa returns Saturday!

SOUTH BEND - So what happened to Santa Claus visiting South Bend during the Christmas holiday?

For the past two years, Christmas on the Willapa was put off because of business ownership transfers and COVID-19.

"When the new owners purchased the building and things calmed down with COVID, our four businesses (Elixir Coffee Shop, Valerie's Salon, Spa & Boutique, Boondocks Marketplace and Flower Shop, and Riverside Gallery) in the building decided to once again host the event," said Val Rowe, owner of Valerie's Salon and event organizer.

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Valley cheerleaders get a big helping hand from Weyerhaeuser
Photo Courtesy Abby Konigsberger - From left are Willapa Valley HS Basketball Cheerleaders Abigail Angelovich, Ali Andrews, Erin McAuley, Evelin Naranjo, Trentadi Grave and Peyton Konigsberger.
Valley cheerleaders get a big helping hand from Weyerhaeuser

MENLO - For the second straight year, the Raymond Weyerhauser Mill came through in the clutch with their Christmas spirit in supporting the Willapa Valley HS Basketball Cheerleaders while purchasing 240 poinsettias to help raise money for this year's uniforms and camp.

Director of the drive and Cheer Advisor Abby Konigsberger, and the cheerleaders gave a big shout out to Weyerhauser for its support.

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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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