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Whether it was a catalyst or a corrosive force that prevented treatment, shame plays a role in addiction, according to a panel at the Lewis County Opioid Summit at Centralia College on Thursday. … more
A newly formed partnership is working to house homeless students in the Centralia School District. In partnership with multiple local agencies and community members, the Centralia City Council … more
The City of Chehalis on Friday announced three finalists for the city manager position being vacated by Jill Anderson, who is retiring.  They finalists are Centralia Police Chief Stacy … more
Based on data from the 2020 census, most Washingtonians were not alive the last time a Republican resided in the governor’s mansion. Touting his record in law enforcement and an … more
As written, an ordinance to restrict Lewis County’s sole needle exchange program “likely” violates state and federal law, according to a pair of letters sent to the board of county … more
After originally starting her librarian career at the Centralia Timberland Library in 2017 before becoming the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library’s manager in 2022, Muriel Wheatley is … more
Four years to the day following the tragic loss of Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Justin Schaffer, approximately 150 people gathered at Adna High School on Sunday, March 24, for a ceremony … more
It’s not uncommon for Sharon Care Center in Centralia to celebrate milestone birthdays, but Saturday’s party wasn’t for one of the senior living center’s residents. It … more
A Napavine mother, Cassandra Whitaker, has written and published a children’s book to help people better understand autism. After a personal journey, she saw the need for people to get the … more
The City of Centralia paid $3.425 million earlier this year to settle a lawsuit with a man who was shot by then-Centralia Police Sergeant John Dorff in January of 2020. Centralia-based attorney … more
A highway dedication ceremony honoring fallen Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Justin R. Schaffer will take place Sunday, marking the four-year anniversary of Schaffer’s death. The … more
The City of Toledo is exploring different ways to address an uptick in vandalism in town, including the installation of new security cameras, according to Mayor Cherie DeVore. DeVore made the … more
A typical household garden runs on an annual cycle, with gardeners planting their plots in the spring and harvesting later that same year. Sam Madsen’s garden, however, runs on a 50-year … more
Chronicle photographer Ridley Hudson made her way to Mount St. Helens via the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway on Saturday. Meanwhile, Chronicle reporter Owen Sexton headed to White Pass, taking the … more
An ordinance that could shutter Lewis County’s only needle exchange program — or at least limit its operations to a brick-and-mortar location — was tabled for one week following … more
With Lewis County Transit’s fleet of diesel engine buses aging and incurring more repair costs, the public transit system on Monday, March 18, accepted the first of three hydrogen-powered buses … more
Though it was balmy by mountain standards and conditions were a tad bit slushy, dozens of competitors stepped into their ski or snowboard bindings to compete in the White Pass Ski Area’s 2024 … more
Gov. Jay Inslee will soon likely sign a bill into law that will require Washington smelt dippers to get a license before they wade out with their nets.  Recreational fishing licenses have … more
Born and raised in Mossyrock, Morgan Browning still lives in the East Lewis County community famous for its blueberries. She is currently pursuing a firefighting career while volunteering for Lewis … more
Cole Meckle, the pastor of Gather Church, knows that distributing clean needles can sound counterproductive amid a record-breaking drug epidemic. But the program, he insists, is backed up by … more
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