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On June 24, 1947, Idaho-based pilot Kenneth Arnold took off from the Chehalis airport on what was supposed to be a simple business trip to Yakima.  That routine flight made history when … more
Drug abuse and its consequences have been an issue in this country for decades. But newer, much more potent forms of the drugs many people saw in years past are posing even deadlier dangers to users. … more
While the causes and long-term solutions of increased litter in Lewis County are debatable for various groups involved, they agree on one thing: volunteers can play a role in taking out the … more
The rodeo has long been a staple event of Lewis County’s Southwest Washington Fair, but this year’s bucking broncs and bulls, cowboys and cowgirls participated in the first National … more
Joseph and Mary (Roundtree) Borst, the builders of the Borst Home, a historic centerpiece of Fort Borst Park in Centralia, have long been celebrated by local historians for their influence on the … more
One lane of southbound Interstate 5 has reopened after emergency crews shut down all southbound lanes of the interstate at milepost 97 near Maytown earlier this morning when the driver of a … more
Area youths had the opportunity to sell animals they've spent long amounts of time taking care of Friday night at the Southwest Washington Fair during the Junior Livestock Sale.  The fair … more
By Carrina Stanton For The Chronicle Just a few miles off U.S. Highway 12 on Silver Creek Road, big things are happening at one very small orchard. Family legacies are being carried on. … more
While babies competed for fame and fortune at the KMNT/KELA Diaper Derby at noon on Thursday at the Southwest Washington Fair, conversations of a more serious nature were taking place under the … more
Parker Vermilyea might not be walking yet, but that doesn’t mean the 14-month-old can’t hit the gas when he wants to. And in a larger-than-normal field at the KELA/KMNT Diaper Derby on … more
The Southwest Washington Fair started its six-day run on Tuesday. Here is a collection of photographs by Chronicle photographer Jared Wenzelburger. Find out more about the fair online at … more
Emma Britton told The Chronicle on Tuesday morning she would be thrilled if one of her friends — the other four top candidates — won. Perhaps that attitude is what earned her the … more
The Southwest Washington Fair is back Tuesday through Sunday with the theme “Neon Lights and Country Nights,” which sounds like it should be the name of Lewis County’s hottest new … more
Volcanoes don’t discriminate when they erupt, so why should any one group of people be over-represented in further understanding their effects? Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey … more
West Thurston Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott told The Chronicle Thursday afternoon that a brush fire in Grand Mound had been halted by around 3:15 p.m. after a swift response by firefighters and … more
Forest fires like the one that broke out between Bucoda and Centralia on Monday, where density of the forest prevented firefighters from attacking the flames themselves and prompted a helicopter … more
For 24 years, Tonya Hagan has worked at and managed Centralia’s iconic Bill & Bea’s Drive-in. Now, she is going to own it. Come Sept. 1, current owners Jill and Denny Greene … more
Six-term U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler conceded defeat to Donald Trump-endorsed challenger Joe Kent on Tuesday after new vote totals confirmed she would place third in the primary. The … more
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