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 By Katie Teachout    News 

Two-vehicle collision on icy roads

RITZVILLE - Three people were involved in a two-vehicle collision this morning, Nov. 25, on the icy surface of westbound I-90 eight miles east of Rtizville. Dyllin Hoisington and... — 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 news... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 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

 
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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

 
 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

 
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Correction

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

 
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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 Katie Teachout    News 

Mayor of Lind asks for good judgment until pandemic passes

LIND – With Governor Inslee shutting the state down again with COVID-19 restrictions, the Journal reached out to local mayors to find out what they see as impacts of the... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
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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

 
 By Drew Lawson    News

WIAA delays start of winter sports

RENTON-The pandemic has struck another blow to local athletics. The WIAA voted to delay the start of winter sports to Feb. 1, 2021 and shorten each sports season to seven weeks... — Updated 11/22/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

CARES Act-funded grants sent out to small businesses

RITZVILLE – The Lions Club received a check for $10,000 from Adams County Development Council Nov. 10, one of several county businesses that qualified for grants from the Adams Co... — Updated 11/20/2020

 

Adams County Land Transfers

OCTOBER 23 cont’d Linda B. Snyder, an unmarried person, Kennewick, to Javier Melendez, a married man as his separate estate, Othello – 1355 E. Elm Street, Othello. $315,000. Yadira Melendez, a married woman whose husband is... — Updated 11/19/2020

 

Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

November 6 Suspicious 911 - 700 block South Lucy Road Othello Suspicious 911 call hang-up at the location. The subject advised deputies the call was from the business line and was an accidental dial. Domestic - 100 block South... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind passes tax levy, increased utility rates

LIND – City council passed a new tax levy for 2021 at their Nov. 10 meeting, following a public hearing in which no one was in attendance. Councilperson Rose Elkington motioned to submit for the maximum levy, in the amount of... — Updated 11/19/2020

 

From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Nov. 18, 1920 OBSERVE ARMISTICE DAY IN RITZVILLE Armistice Day last Thursday was suitably observed here, despite the fact that it was... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Almost half of city's CARES Act funds spent in October

RITZVILLE – The city has spent $34,275 of CARES Act funds as of the end of October, with a remaining balance of $40,425 from the $74,7000 grant. Eligible expenses the city has... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Car theft shut down by witness

OTHELLO – Adams County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two car thieves after witnesses called in to report suspicious circumstances. The sheriff’s office received an in-progress... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

City talks about raising property tax

RITZVILLE – City council held a public forum at their Nov. 3 meeting to discuss passing the annual 1% ad valorem tax levy. The levy was not passed due to waiting on more information from the Adams County Assessor’s office,... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Hometown Family Medicine welcomes new staff

RITZVILLE – Physician Assistant Jacqueline Fernandez has joined Dr. Charles “Marty” Sackmann and staff at Hometown Family Medicine. Fernandez said while living in Spokane befo... — Updated 11/19/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Two new commissioners headed for office

RITZVILLE – It’s looking like Adams County will have two new commissioners next year. As of Monday, Nov. 9, Dan Blankenship had received 64.04% of the vote between himself and... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Murder trial delayed

RITZVILLE – The jury trial of Grayson D. W. Morris has been delayed from Nov. 24, 2020, to Feb. 23, 2021. The request was made by his defense attorney Nov. 2, and granted by... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Local man served in Korean War

WASHTUCNA – Roy McKenzie was just 17 years old when he enlisted in the Army in 1948. Growing up in Primeville, Oregon, he joined the Army before finishing high school, and left... — Updated 11/12/2020

 

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