Local News
Year-Round Schooling, Other Programs Get a Bipartisan Push in Washington State
When Curt Guaglianone last considered year-round schooling, it was the 1990s, he was a principal at a school in Central California, and his district didn't have a choice. Schools were "bursting at …
Vader Man Acquitted of Third-Degree Rape of a Child Charge
A jury has acquitted a Vader man of a third-degree rape of a child charge that was filed after he was accused of assaulting a teenage girl in July 2019.  According to the probable cause …
Centralia Man Involved in Fatal Crash Near Maytown Friday Night 
A 22-year-old Centralia man was involved in a crash on Interstate 5 near Maytown Friday night that resulted in the death of a 68-year-old Lynwood man, according to the Washington State …
55,000 in Washington State May Have to Pay Back Thousands in Jobless Benefits
Some 55,000 Washingtonians may have to pay back thousands of dollars in jobless benefits. That dismal prospect was shared Thursday by Cami Feek, the state Employment Security Department's (ESD) …
Justice Department Warns About Fake Unemployment Benefit Websites
The United States Department of Justice has received reports that fraudsters are creating websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites, including state workforce agency (SWA) websites, for the …
Lewis County Public Health Reports Nine COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, Thursday
Lewis County Public Health and Social Services reported nine new COVID-19 cases Wednesday through Thursday, as well as 21 “probable” cases from antigen tests. Of those nine new cases, …
Sirens: Arrest on Noise Complaint; Flaming Baked Goods; No Place to Stay; Theft and Burglary
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Vehicle Prowls • Tools were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Cooks Hill Road just before 11:10 a.m. on March 3. • Just after 10:50 …
Applications Open for Fire District 17 Board of Commissioners Vacancy
Residents in the Paradise area east of Mineral can now apply to fill a vacancy on Fire District 17’s Board of Commissioners. Individuals are eligible if they live within the district’s …
Why Did Lewis County’s State Representatives Oppose Retail Broadband Bill?
A bill enabling public utility districts (PUDs) and port districts to provide broadband internet directly to Washingtonians received broad support from many in Lewis County earlier this year. …
State Announces Early Closure to Coastal Steelhead Recreational Fishing Season
Amid low returns, fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) this week  announced a closure to sportfishing in the Queets, Quinault, Humptulips and Chehalis …
Jury Finds Centralia Man Guilty of Choking 9-Year-Old
A Centralia man was found guilty of second-degree assault of a child in Lewis County’s first 12-person jury trial under COVID-19 conditions since October. Cory M. Caldwell had been accused …
Chris Richardson, Who Worked in Economic Development for the Chehalis Tribe, Is Dead at 59
Chris Richardson, who worked in economic development for the Chehalis Tribe and who had recently been active with the Port of Olympia, suffered a heart attack and died Feb. 24, according to those …
Local Sports
1B Football: Vikings Sink Cardinals for Third-Straight Win
Mossyrock quarterback Aiden Weist threw for 180 yards and four touchdowns and Mossyrock blasted its way to a 42-6 victory over rival Winlock in 8-man football Friday at home. “We’re …
2A Girls Soccer: Bearcats Win Big on Senior Night
Sophomore scoring machine Cameron Sheets added two more goals and an assist to her resume as W.F. West shutout Rochester 5-0 on senior night for the Bearcats Friday. The win gives the Bearcats their …
2B Football: Loggers Chop Pirates to Stay Undefeated
TRIPLE OPTION: Onalaska Ran for 416 Yards in a 44-0 Road Shutout Over Adna Onalaska utilized its patented triple-option attack to produce three 100-yard rushers and run for 416 total yards in a …
Winlock Hires Lauren Dumoulin as Fastpitch Coach
Winlock announced its hiring of Lauren Dumoulin as the Cardinals’ new fastpitch coach in a press release Friday afternoon. Dumoulin is no stranger to the fastpitch scene in Lewis County. A …
2B Volleyball: Tigers Tame Pirates in Four Sets
Napavine used strong front row play to take Adna out in four sets on the road Thursday (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10) for its second straight C2BL volleyball win. The Tigers improve to 5-2 overall …
Obituaries

George G. McNelly: 1943-2021

George G. McNelly was called home to Heaven Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. He was born in Olympia, Wash., Jan. 3, 1943, to George R. and Virginia (Berdine) McNelly. He had five siblings, Denis McNelly, …

Sharon Kaye Ferrier: 1941-2021

Sharon Kaye Ferrier, 79, of Chehalis, Wash., passed away peacefully surrounded by family members, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Providence Centralia Hospital. The daughter of a Naval serviceman, Sharon …

Daniel Colin Ghere: 1944-2020

Daniel Colin Ghere, 75, passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2020, at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. He was born Dec. 29, 1944, to Norman and Ann (Shock) Ghere in Chehalis, Wash. Dan remained in …

Death Notices: March 6, 2021

• WILLIAM JEWELL, 69, Chehalis, died March 2 in Chehalis. A celebration of life will be held at Cedar Hill Acres (21903 Zenkner Valley Road SW, Centralia) at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. …

Rosemary Ragan: 1956-2021

Rosemary Ragan, 64, passed away peacefully at her Chehalis, Wash., home Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, with her family by her side. Rosemary was born March 18, 1956, in Centralia, Wash., to Alfred and …
State & Regional News
Bill Would Prevent Cities From Banning Emergency Shelter, Homeless Housing
A bill that passed the Washington State House of Representatives on Wednesday would keep cities from prohibiting homeless shelters and housing. Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, who is the primary …
One House, 45 Offers: Homebuyers in Western Washington Hard-Pressed as Supply Remains Scarce
Just how competitive is Western Washington's housing market? A recent listing for a four-bedroom home in Puyallup drew 45 offers. Some relief could be on the way for would-be homebuyers …
Washington State Lawmakers Grill Auditor Aides Over Disclosure of Massive Data Breach
State lawmakers grilled aides to state Auditor Pat McCarthy at a hearing Thursday, questioning the auditor's actions related to a massive data breach affecting 1.3 million Washingtonians. The …
Gov. Inslee: Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Grocery Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccines in March
OLYMPIA — With federal COVID-19 vaccine shipments on the rise, Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday expanded the list of Washingtonians eligible for doses in the coming weeks to law enforcement, public …
Washington State Lawmakers Advance Eviction Protections as End of Moratorium Approaches
State lawmakers on Thursday advanced a proposal requiring payment plans and other protections for tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. The legislation, which must still clear …
Business Stories
Business in Focus: Local Mortuary Works to Make Difficult Times More Bearable
Yesterday at 6:02 PM

Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary in Centralia has been providing funeral services to the community for over a century. The family-owned business provides guidance to families during difficult …

Commentary
Brian Mittge Commentary: One Year Later, What Does Our Story Tell?
Yesterday at 5:37 PM

I went through a phase in middle school when I ravenously read what is called “apocalyptic fiction.” I couldn’t get enough stories about individuals and society after a nuclear war, …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: I Wouldn’t Bet Against a Return by Tiger Woods
3 days ago

Provoking the concern and sympathy of millions, Tiger Woods, perhaps the world’s most famous athlete, has narrowly escaped death in a Los Angeles car accident. While the golfer appears to have …