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Church Services

Lind Community Church 114 E Fifth Ave. P.O. Box 119 Lind, WA 99341 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rod Dennis Office Phone: (509) 677-3320 Ritzville Nazarene Church 108 W Fourth Ave. Ritzville, WA 99169 Youth Group at 6 p.m. on... — Updated 12/3/2020 Full story


Community Events Calendar

Submit an Event Thursday, January 23 Washtucna Community Library, 4-6 p.m., Washtucna School Library Coding Club, 4 p.m., Ritzville Library Access Health: Telehealth in rural communities, 6 p.m., WSU Extension Office Friday,... — Updated 12/3/2020 Full story

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Two-vehicle collision on icy roads

RITZVILLE – Three people were involved in a two-vehicle collision Nov. 25, on the icy surface of westbound I-90 eight miles east of Rtizville. Dyllin Hoisington and Jayden... — Updated 12/3/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

November 20 Weapons Offense - 2200 block West Highway 26 Othello Report of a subject being shot at the location. Deputies conducted an investigation, and the subject was transported to OCH for medical attention for... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Neighbors 

Jennifer Skaggs recognized for going Above and Beyond

RITZVILLE – Principal Cindy Deska recognized Ritzville Grade School employee Jennifer Skaggs at the Nov. 25 school board meeting for going “above and beyond.” Skaggs, the... — Updated 12/3/2020


Elmer Jacob Sackmann

Elmer Jacob Sackmann was born Oct. 1, 1928 in Ritzville, WA to Anna Klettke Sackmann and Jacob Sackmann. He passed away on Nov. 26, 2020 in Moses Lake, WA. He lived his entire life... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By The Journal    News 

Columbia Basin Development League appoints new board member

OTHELLO – The Columbia Basin Development League has appointed Othello City Council member Jon Erickson to its Board of Trustees. Erickson will fulfill the remainder of Stephen McFadden’s term, which expires at the end of 2021.... — Updated 12/3/2020



Thanksgiving Day run a success Turkey Trot 2020, as shown by the official sign-in sheet at the start of the run, had 61 participants. Each member of each group was asked to sign in with all children and pets included. The final... — Updated 12/3/2020


From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Dec. 2, 1920 Culling of poulty flock Intelligent culling of the poultry flock is of the utmost importance for success in poultry keeping, s... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

City to update development codes

RITZVILLE – City council members signed a contract with Land Use Attorney Mike Connelly to update development codes at their Nov. 17 meeting. Clerk-treasurer Julie Flyckt said the city has been working with Connelly for the past... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Local lawmaker stepping down

RITZVILLE – A local lawmaker is stepping down from his leadership position in the state Senate, but he is not retiring. Sen. Mark G. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, confirmed Tuesday... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Principals report good turnout for conferences

RITZVILLE – Principals reported on student progress at the Nov. 25 board meeting. Parent-teacher conferences were held online, with most of the schools reporting excellent turnout. Ritzville Grade School Principal Cindy Deska... — Updated 12/3/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Small town pain

RITZVILLE – Small business owners and residents are again affected by COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Governor Jay Inslee Sunday, Nov. 15. Pastime Bar and Grill owner Dave B... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

WIAA ready to go, but waiting on state guidelines

RITZVILLE – Athletic Director Greg Whitmore said the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Nov. 17 decision to keep high school sports to three seasons and move it... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports


There is an old saying that news travels fast. But it seems that bad news travels even faster with no brakes. Today’s subject is, of course, the wedding. We first heard about it... — Updated 11/25/2020


Lots of stuff happening at the library these days

RITZVILLE – New items are available at East Adams Library District, just in time for winter holidays and extra time spent inside. The library is closed to indoor guests, but staff are available to help with ordering items for pic... — Updated 11/25/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

November 13 Citizen Assist – 100 block Bronson Street Hatton Complainant advised a subject had changed the locks at the location. Suspicious – 2200 block West Barbara Road Othello Unknown female at the location. She advised... — Updated 11/25/2020


"Storywalk" allows for reading while walking

RITZVILLE – Young children and their parents or guardians have a fun activity to check out, with the recent installation of a “Storywalk” along the Ritzville Walking Path. The... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Winter Fest features old favorites and new celebrations

RITZVILLE – Winter Fest is soon upon us, and the Chamber of Commerce has announced the schedule for this year’s Jingle Bell Shop, Gingerbread Contest, Holiday Word Search, Tree Lighting, and Ritzville’s first-ever Santa... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Architect signs on for restoration work

RITZVILLE – Exciting changes are coming to the Orris Dorman Building on the corner of Washington and Main, with an architect signing on to draw plans for restoration of offices... — Updated 11/25/2020



Correction: An article in last week’s Ritzville Adams County Journal titled “Double or nothing? Try 5:1” listed Randy Roth as the Ralston Grange President. Jerry Snyder is the Ralston Grange President.... — Updated 11/25/2020


From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Nov. 25, 1920 Thanksgiving, 1920 Thanksgiving Day for Ritzville promises to be a normal fall day. The weather in a way typifies the... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By The Journal    News

Trot off that turkey before Thanksgiving dinner

RITZVILLE – Don’t forget the Turkey Trot, the annual Thanksgiving morning tradition is happening tomorrow, Nov. 26, despite the lastest shut-downs. In it’s 33rd year, the... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By The Journal    News

Semi rolls over on I-90 ramp at Schoessler Road

RITZVILLE – A semi truck with a 20-foot container rolled over in a non injury collision as it was entering I-90 Westbound at Schoessler Road late Wednesday morning, Nov. 18.... — Updated 11/25/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Ritzville takes hit for large wedding

GRANT COUNTY – A COVID-19 “spreader event” attributed to Ritzville by news media sources did not involve Ritzville residents, according to Adams County Health Department spokesperson Karen Potts. Ritzville became national... — Updated 11/25/2020


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