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Articles from the December 14, 2017 edition

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Fundraiser for Zoey Fannin

The Ritzville Foursquare Church is coordinating a Chili Feed fundraiser for Zoey Fannin on Dec. 15 in hopes of raising money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for the Fannin family. The fundraiser begins at 4 p.m. in the Ritzville Grade School... Full story


Holiday activities continue

On Dec. 16, local gingerbread house artisans can bring their completed works to the H.E. Gritman Senior Center for the chance to win a Gingerbread House Competition. The completed gingerbread houses must be brought to the Senior Center between...


Holiday Extravaganza

The Washtucna FBLA Chapter is hosting a Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 20 at the Washtucna School. The event begins with a potato bake dinner with assorted toppings and beverages from 5-7 p.m. The meal costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children...

 By Al Stover    News    December 14, 2017

Commissioners approve county transportation improvement plan

The Adams County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for the 2018-2023 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan during their Dec. 11 meeting. Adams County Public Works Director Todd O’Brien and Adams County Engineer Scott Yaeger presented...

 By Al Stover    News    December 14, 2017

Ritzville Council approves small works roster agreement with MRSC

During the Dec. 5 meeting, the Ritzville City Council approved a resolution authorizing a service agreement between the City and Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC) regarding the city’s small works vendor roster....



LIND EXHAUST SHOP’S was one of the returning participants in the annual Lind Christmas Parade. The float showcased three white Christmas trees and a myriad of lights. -Journal photo by Al... Full story



PRACTICE BEFORE PARADE. Tessa O’Brien (left) and Rachel Schell practice their routine on the Ritzville Festival Association’s float, “Dutch Delite,” and danced to Mariah Carey’s “All I... Full story



FIRST PLACE. The Lind Boys’ “Santa’s Workshop,” float took home first place in the annual Lind Christmas Parade on Dec. 10. The float included reindeer made of lights, a snowman and Santa... Full story


Shop With a Cop promotes service to community

Service to community is one of the top priorities for law enforcement officers everywhere. On Saturday, Dec. 9, local law enforcement officers still got to put on the uniform and serve their...



WINTER CONCERT. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade at Ritzville Grade School sang holiday songs, and melodies about peace, during the annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 7. The theme...

 By Al Stover    Sports    December 14, 2017

LRS wrestlers Morris and Phelps place in Liberty Invite

Six athletes from the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague wrestling team competed in the Liberty Invite on Dec. 8-9, including two competitors who placed in their respective brackets. Aarron Phelps, who was competing in the 220-pound division for the first time... Full story


What’s best for…?

I think most parents have hopes that their kids will become productive citizens and have success. If they have any athleticism then they also hope they can be on a state team of some sort maybe even winning a championship. Many have high...


Jerusalem, Capital of Israel

“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion….If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!” The words of the psalmist in Psalm 137 evoke the longing that the Jewish people felt during their captivity in...


Celebrating Ritzville

Of course the holiday season is on all our minds. We should’ve seen it coming but always seem to ask where the summer went. Several key people are promoting and celebrating the season for Ritzville. These include Kylie and staff at the Library,... Full story


Keep the holiday spirit all year long

During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving, not just giving gifts, but donating our time and money to charities, disasters and community programs. We’re reminded that, with all our frailties, we, Americans, are a pretty generous...


LaCrosse robotics team named as Regional Champions

A team of five LaCrosse elementary and junior high students were named Regional Champions at a robotics competition in Spokane on Saturday, Dec. 9. Coached by school science teacher, Matt Wysock, the team has been working since September in... Full story


Embracing advice from a Navy SEAL

Many people find sugar cookies to be a hallmark of the holiday season. Fewer people know that “sugar cookies” are also a punishment in Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, in which trainees are commanded to jump into the ocean,...

 By Al Stover    Sports    December 14, 2017

Lady Broncos earn wins against Tri-Cities Prep, Tekoa Rosalia

Days after suffering their first season loss against Asotin on Dec. 2, the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Lady Broncos basketball team earned their first victory with a 67-50 nonleague win against Tri-Cities... Full story


Broncos split home games, prep for tough league match ups

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos hosted two games last week, and continued undefeated in league competition with a win against Tekoa-Rosalia on Dec. 8. Earlier in the week, the Broncos suffered a...



LEXI CLODIUS smiles as she receives a gift from Santa Claus. Clodius was one of many students who met Saint Nick after the Benge Elementary School’s Christmas Concert on Dec. 11. Santa presented...


Lenora Elsie (Laib) Sackmann

On Dec. 6, with family at her side, Lenora Elsie (Laib) Sackmann died and was reunited with her loving husband Godfrey, of 54 years, and her beautiful daughter Alice (Sackmann) Munn. Lenora, one of...


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