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Washtucna Lions Club to host bingo

Make your New Year’s Eve plans with the Washtucna Lions Club this year. The Lions Club will be hosting a Bingo night on New Year’s Eve starting at 7 p.m. The Washtucna Lions Club is located at 265 S. Olive Street, Washtucna.... — Updated 12/22/2011


Second Harvest food truck due on Tuesday, no meals next week

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center will be closed for meals from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Meals will resume on Jan. 4, 2012. The Gritman center also sends a reminder that the Second Harvest Food Bank truck will be here on Tuesday, Dec.... — Updated 12/22/2011


Four arrested in drive-by shooting

On Dec. 14, at about 12 p.m., the Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting that occurred on the 2200 block of West Cunningham Road. Four suspects fled the scene in a maroon, Dodge SUV according to Sheriff... — Updated 12/22/2011


Wrong-way driver injured on I-90

A Washington State Patrol trooper responded to an early morning accident on Dec. 17, which occurred 20 miles west of Ritzville. A car travelling the wrong direction on I-90 caused the accident and drugs or alcohol were reportedly... — Updated 12/22/2011


The Season of Giving

The Giving Tree effort was once again a huge success as community members made it a great Christmas for 25 area families with donations of gifts for children up to ages 18 and even... — Updated 12/22/2011

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Burglaries, thefts on the rise in county’s rural areas

Nearly $130,000 in property thefts were reported in the eastern portion of Adams County between July 1 and Nov. 28 of this year. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has been busy trying to deal with 30 incident reports during that... — Updated 12/22/2011

 By Katelin Davidson    News

New pastor, family join Lind community

Lind Community Church welcomed new pastor Jeremy McLellan to the church earlier his year. McLellan and his family moved from Sandy Valley, Nev., to Lind during the end of July.... — Updated 12/22/2011


Merry Christmas to all, on this a generous season of giving

The press deadline for The Journal is Wednesdays, and this week was no different in many cases. One glorious addition to the early morning start of our day was the presence of the sun and a brilliant blue sky. What a treat for... — Updated 12/22/2011


Swim team makes a national name for itself

The coming weeks will be devoted to one of this city’s sport’s heroes, coaching legend Benner T. Cummings. Here is the second installation. — M. M. Athey & The Ritzville Swim Club­ Part Four: The Summer of 1956 The first swi... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


Lady Tigercats claim two wins

The LaCrosse-Washtucna Lady Tigercats had a busy and overall successful week, winning two of the three games they competed in. The Lady Tigercats battled against Tri-Cities Prep on Tuesday, Dec. 13 with a close win of 43-40. Anne... — Updated 12/22/2011


Huitron, Morris win Liberty wrestling titles

The wrestling team took eight wrestlers to Liberty for a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10. The tournament was set up a little different with wrestlers grouped into four- or five-man groups. It was a round robin format with everyone... — Updated 12/22/2011


Tigercats 3-3 on the season, split pair tough games

The LaCrosse-Washtucna Tigercats basketball team had two close games within the last week, walking away with one win and one loss. The Tigercats played Pomeroy on Friday, Dec. 16,... — Updated 12/22/2011


Students get hands-on science experience

The Lind and Ritzville sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes met at Ritzville Grade School on Dec. 9 to work on various science experiments. The science experiments were geared... — Updated 12/22/2011


Kragt named to fall semester Chancellor’s Honor roll

The University of Tennessee at Martin, in Martin, Tenn. recently named local student, Jenna F. Kragt, to fall semester Chancellor’s Honor roll. The outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students at the University of... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


2011 Museums accomplishments noted

2011 was a good year for the local museums. Both the Burroughs’ Home and the Railroad Depot museums drew visitors from all over the United States and foreign countries. Visitors numbered near 700 at the Depot and an additional 30... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story



Wesley Leo Plager and Joan Marie Anderson were married Dec. 19, 1951, at the Grace Baptist Church in Spokane. They spent their wedding night at the Davenport Hotel. To mark the... — Updated 12/22/2011


Ritzville residents participate in leadership conference

In early December, Jason and Danielle Scrupps, Ritzville, Wash., participated in the CHS New Leader Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. The young producer program is organized by CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


‘Women in Agriculture’ Conference coming soon

Registration is now open for the upcoming 2012 Women in Agriculture conference. This winter women farmers in Washington State will have the unique opportunity to participate in an agricultural workshop offering inspirational... — Updated 12/22/2011


Donald D. Hopkins

Donald D. Hopkins, age 65, died Dec. 14, 2011, in Davenport. His home was Creston. He was born on June 30, 1946, in Peoria, Okla., to Jasper “Jack” and Maudie (Carver) Hopkins.... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


Susan Ruth Collard

Susan Ruth Collard, 53, of Marysville, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the family home in Marysville. She was born on Oct. 19, 1958, at Port Huron Hospital, the third child and... — Updated 12/22/2011


Norma P. Schoessler

Norma P. Schoessler, age 82, died Dec. 19, 2011, in Spokane. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville. Graveside services will be Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Ritzville... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


Darlene J. Rehn

Darlene J. Rehn, age 72, a lifelong resident of Lind, died on Dec. 11, 2011. She was born at the family farm in Lind on Dec. 5, 1939, to William Sackmann and Martha Kautz. She... — Updated 12/22/2011


Wade James Green

Chris and Sarah Green of Ritzville are the parents of their first child, a son, Wade James Green, born Aug. 2, 2011, in Moses Lake. At birth Wade weighed 7.1 pounds and measured... — Updated 12/22/2011 Full story


Adams County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 19, 11:54 a.m. – A silent alarm was set off at a location on North Highway 261, Ritzville. Building was searched and all was found to be secure. Nov. 18, 7:25 p.m. – Lind complainant advised of nuisance/noise in the 300... — Updated 12/22/2011

 By Dale Anderson    News

Santa Time...

I had a conversation with Santa Claus the other day. I think it was very enlightening and explained a lot to me. It went something like this: Me: “Santa, there are a lot of... — Updated 12/22/2011


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