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  • County gets state money

    June Williams|Mar 21, 2024

    The 2024 legislative session ended with passage of budgets that bring in millions for Mason County and the 35th District. The state Legislature passed supplemental capital, operating and transportation budgets March 7 that include $16 million for local projects. "The millions we were able to get in this capital budget will make a significant difference in our community. I am proud to be a member of this 35th District team and what we have been able to accomplish together," state Sen. Drew...

  • New comment guidelines for school board

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    People making public comments at a Shelton School Board meeting will no longer be verbally warned specifically not to defame anyone or to illegally invade someone’s privacy. A cover letter for the meeting agenda still cautions speakers not to be “libelous or slanderous under a legal standard.” The Shelton School Board on March 11 voted unanimously to change the language regarding public comments at the meeting, which are read aloud by Board Chair Matt Welander before speakers have three minutes to comment. The following sentence was elimi...

  • Parents arrested for manslaughter

    June Williams|Mar 21, 2024

    Parents of a 4-month-old girl have been arrested for manslaughter after the infant was found unresponsive and could not be revived at the couple’s home in Shelton on March 6. Stevie Kadoun, 30, the child’s mother, was arrested at the scene. The father, Damion Giacchino, 31, fled, according to police, and was apprehended March 14. According to the probable cause document, Kadoun called 911 to report her child wasn’t breathing and her husband was attempting CPR. “I recalled going to this address several times in the past. I knew the property to b...

  • Road repairs are coming

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    Drivers know they’re in for a bumpy ride on Olympic Highway North in Shelton. A smoother road is closer to reality after the Shelton City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept a $3.7-million state grant to reconstruct the highway between C Street to Wallace Kneeland Boulevard. The council can make the grant acceptance official with a vote at its April 2 meeting. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2025. The city plans to pay for it with the $3,688,752 state Transportation Improvement Grant, a previous safety i...

  • Wayne Green

    Mar 21, 2024

    Wayne Green passed away on January 31, 2024, in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 69. Wayne loved his family, friends and his dogs Tasha and Mary Bell. He could be counted on to lend a helping hand, offer advice and make people laugh. His handshake was a promise. Wayne had a passion for the outdoors and being in the woods. He spent his Sundays watching football and rooting for the Raiders. During the summer months he could be found enjoying a ride on his Harley. He was always up for an adventure and...

  • Rose Ane (Sandi) Kvarnstrom

    Mar 21, 2024

    Rose Ane (Sandi) Kvarnstrom was born on March 20, 1946, to John and Rose Jensen in Bremerton, WA. Sandi went to school in Bremerton and graduated high school in 1965, then went on to get her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. Returning to the area, she worked in the front office for Dr. Don LePere in Belfair from 1972 to 1990. In 1990, Sandi and her husband Carl purchased the Purdy Canyon Drive Inn, north of Shelton, WA. They owned the drive inn for 18 years, until the state...

  • Kevin Lee Frankeberger

    Mar 21, 2024

    Kevin Lee Frankeberger, 67, of Shelton, Washington, quietly slipped into the next life on March 8, 2024, after a period of illness. He was born on December 5, 1956, to John and Maxine Frankeberger in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin attended New Mexico State University and later The Ohio State University, of which he was a proud Buckeye alumnus. Kevin's pride and joy were his two sons, Brian and Jeff. His wife of 20 years, Rebecca Frankeberger, and Kevin made Lake Limerick their home, and together were the...

  • Katherine Ellen (Ivie) Madtson

    Mar 21, 2024

    Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Katherine Ellen (Ivie) Madtson, passed away March 4th, 2024, at home with her family. Childhood sweethearts, Kathie will be remembered as a dedicated wife to Joel for nearly 59 years. They were together for more than 63 years. Steve and Kim were blessed as Kathie loved her children fiercely. Grandkids, Bryce (Candice), Aaron, Michaela and Joey were her shining glory! Kathie loved going to band competitions, selling band quilt raffle tickets and watching hours of soccer, football and baseball games to...

  • Carolyn Cantine Raynes

    Mar 21, 2024

    Montevideo: Carolyn Sue Cantine Raynes, died March 22, 2023, in Uruguay, the victim of homicide. Born in 1945, she became a cabaret singer in Chicago, IL and later earned a practical nursing degree while married to Thomas Schmidling. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathleen Cantine. She is survived by her husband, William Alvin Raynes, formerly of Seattle, WA, son Christian Schmidling (Paula), granddaughters, Theresa and Nikki; great-grandson Charlie; sister Marguerite...

  • Joyce Carol Kramer-Darnell

    Mar 21, 2024

    Joyce Carol Kramer-Darnell passed on March 5, 2024, at the age of 80 in Olympia, Washington. She left behind her children Ted, Lynda and Tim, her husband Phil and his daughters, Jessica and Liz, many grandchildren and good friends. Joyce loved to travel, her family, and meeting new people. She was always "dressed to the nines" in bright clothes and jewelry. She brought color to our lives and to everyone she met. No service is planned at this time. "We love you, Mom!"...

  • Shamana Kathryn Hutsell

    Mar 21, 2024

    Shamana Kathryn Hutsell passed peacefully in her home early Wednesday February 28, 2024. She was born in The Dalles Oregon, November 23, 1946. After graduating high school, she travelled to Yellowstone where she lived and worked for a season, a part of her heart stayed in the wilds there. She then moved to Seattle where she met David Hutsell. She married him on December 11, 1966. After having her first two children, they moved to a farm in Oregon. There she began developing her natural skills. H...

  • Recently Passed

    Mar 21, 2024

    Bette Barker, 95, a resident of Lacey, passed away February 23, 2024, at Artesian Place Assisted living in Olympia, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Kevin Lee Frankeberger, 67, a resident of Shelton, passed away March 8, 2024, at home. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Steven Hansen, 80, a resident of Belfair, passed away March 8, 2024, at St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Spencer Abersold, 86, a...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    Library deck improvements move ahead The Shelton City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to accepting a $67,000 state grant to improve the deck at the Shelton Timberland Library. The council can make the move official with a vote at its April 2 meeting. According to the city report, the city in April 2022 applied for a state Department of Commerce Library Capital Improvement Program grant. The city asked for $70,000 for the deck project and received $67,900. The city has budgeted...

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|Mar 21, 2024

    Our spring, our vernal equinox, arrived Tuesday at 8:06 p.m. “Vernal” means “of or relating to spring.” “Equinox” means “the time when the sun crosses the plane of earth’s equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth.” So says Merriam-Webster. “Oh, the storm and its fury broke today Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear Clouds and storms will in time pass away The sun again will shine bright and clear.” So sings the Carter Family. The precise time, in thes...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 21, 2024

    Thank you, Gary Burleson Editor, the Journal, I was pleased to see that the District Court building was going to be named in honor of Gary Burleson. I knew Gary going back into the late '70s. During the '80s, we did battle many times and he and I developed a good working relationship. His was a thankless job. Even though it was in the days before social media, there were still many avenues for people to inappropriately react, jump to conclusions, or otherwise interject themselves into...

  • From the Publisher

    John Lester|Mar 21, 2024

    Standing alone in front of the mirror, seeing my brown eyes looking back at me, I replay what I've just said to my dad. I grip the bathroom counter and bite my lower lip. I've heard those words as a son countless times and have said them as a dad just as many, but this was a first. Dad said he wanted to take care of himself and Mom. I told my dad, "No, you can't do that." ■ ■ ■ I got to my parents' house in Sequim in February 2023, following a two-hour drive, and asked Dad what stores we need...

  • A Fairy Tale

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Scholarships

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    Shelton and Skookum Rotary clubs April 5 is the deadline to apply for scholarships from the Shelton and Skookum Rotary clubs. Scholarships are available in the categories of academic education, continuing education and vocational/trades education. The Robert Burns scholarship is awarded to applicants going into the performing arts, the Janis Byrd scholarship for business art, the Mary Penny scholarship for the medical arts and the Bryson Finlay scholarship for the computer arts. The scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $3,000. Information:...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    Ride historic train to visit Easter bunny Simpson Railroad hosts its Easter Bunny Special from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 10138 W. Shelton Matlock Road, 10 miles west of downtown Shelton. The event includes a train ride, a hunt for Easter eggs, face painting and the opportunity to meet the Easter bunny. Tickets for people older than 2 are $15. For more information, go to www.simpsonrailroad.org. Spring Bazaar at Shelton senior center The Mason County Senior Activities Center hosts Spring Bazaar from 10 a.m. to...

  • St. Patrick's Day in Shelton

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • News Briefs

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Mar 21, 2024

    Local animal shelters at capacity The Shelton Animal Shelter announced March 7 it was at capacity and no longer accepting strays or surrendered pets. A technician working at the shelter, who did not wish to be identified, said it was unusual to have so many pets at the facility and the shelter doesn’t know when it will be able to accept new animals. “I’ve never seen it this crowded,” the employee told the Journal. Adoptable pets from the Shelton facility are available on Petfinder.com. People who have safety concerns about animals can call 91...

  • Getting Out

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 21, 2024

    Steven Delopoulos and Johnny Phillips from the band Burlap to Cashmere perform The Sounds of Silence Tribute at 7 p.m. Friday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. The duo sings the songs of Simon and Garfunkel and other singer/songwriters of that era, including Bob Dylan, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens and Don McLean. As members of the band Burlap to Cashmere, the two have opened for Elvis Costello, Hootie and the Blowfish, Bob Weir and REO Speedwagon, and recently,...

  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 21, 2024

    I somehow missed "Saint Maud," the 2019 debut film by writer-director Rose Glass, but after seeing "Love Lies Bleeding," which Glass directed and co-wrote with Weronika Tofilska, I'm definitely checking out whatever she has to offer from this point forward. "Love Lies Bleeding" is quite possibly an even more lesbian film than "Drive-Away Dolls," which I reviewed just a few weeks ago, but this is in no way a criticism. For a London-born gal whose lifespan post-dates the 1980s, Glass has a knack...

  • Climbers edge Elma

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Mar 21, 2024

    Shelton boys baseball Shelton baseball opened the season with a 1-0 win against Elma in a nonleague game March 12 in Shelton. The Highclimbers lost 8-1 against Olympic in a nonleague game March 16 in Shelton. Shelton (1-1) hosted Tumwater on Tuesday in the first Evergreen Conference game of the season and traveled to Tumwater on Wednesday. The Highclimbers travel to Oregon to take on Aloha at 5 p.m. in Beaverton. Shelton girls golf Shelton lost 30-15 to Rochester on Monday in the opening Evergre...

  • Waves of Orange

    Mar 21, 2024

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