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  • Chalk the Walks

    Aug 17, 2023

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  • John "Jack" McGoldrick

    Aug 17, 2023

    John "Jack" McGoldrick passed away peacefully at his family home in Shelton, Washington with family by his side. Born in New York, New York, on June 29, 1941, Jack was the son of Francis and Marjorie (Velsor) McGoldrick. He was a man of faith, courage, conviction, and action who left an indelible mark on the lives he touched. Jack's strong resolve and consistent efforts helped him achieve remarkable milestones and navigate through challenging times. His innate friendliness and genuine warmth...

  • From Shelton to Space Force

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    When he was in his early teens, Nicholas Ames would march down his Shelton street parading an American flag tied to a closet dowel. Ames presented the colors during his years with the Shelton High School NJROTC, and during his four years with the U.S. Air Force at more than 600 funeral ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. On Sept. 28. Ames will be the first U.S. Space Force Guardian to present the colors at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington during the 75th ann...

  • Shellfish hearing overflows chambers

    Matt Baide|Aug 17, 2023

    If you didn't show up early, it was hard to find a seat for the public hearing Aug. 9 as people showed up to tell Taylor Shellfish how they feel about a proposed floating oyster bag farm in Oakland Bay. About 100 people were either in the Mason County Commissioner Chambers or just outside the room watching the hearing on a TV broadcast by MasonWebTV. The hearing lasted four hours until the county had to close its doors at 5 p.m., and the hearing continued virtually Aug. 16 to allow anyone else...

  • City pays bill for resurfacing of Front Street

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    Drivers familiar with downtown Shelton know that when state Route 3/North First Street is congested with traffic, an alternate, parallel route is available one block east on Front Street. Local drivers also know they've been in for a bumpy ride, with cracked surfaces and potholes that made the road alongside the railroad tracks resemble a riverbed. That changed in May when an interlocal agreement allowed Mason County Public Works to help the City of Shelton resurface Front Street between Cota...

  • These Times

    Kirk Ericson|Aug 17, 2023

    I’ve wasted enough time watching sports to know how they could be improved. Here, for your consideration, are some ways sporting events could become more entertaining … and violent. BASEBALL: I’d like to see a pitcher, just once, admit he hit a batter on purpose. Now they’re cagey about it, saying stuff like, “I didn’t mean to hit him, but you know, you’ve got to back up your teammates. You’ve got to send a message.” Sports announcers and reporters then repeat it and let the obvious lie go be...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 17, 2023

    Apparently qualified Editor, the Journal, I have recently read letters in your paper expressing support for our superior court judicial candidate David Stevens. I admit a lack of knowledge on a personal basis for the judicial qualifications of Mr. Stevens, as I also admit a similar lack of my personal knowledge of qualifications for the current serving superior court judge, Cadine Ferguson-Brown. As members of the Mason County electorate, it is difficult for us to obtain adequate personal qualification information for judicial candidates. In...

  • War Games in Shelton, 1941

    Jan Parker|Aug 17, 2023

    In the summer of 1941 (about four months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), the U.S. Army was anticipating a possible Japanese invasion of the West Coast, including southwest Washington. At Fort Lewis, officers of the Army's 41st Division drew up plans for "war games" that would enact, as realistically as possible, a Japanese invasion and the U. S. military response. It would be the job of soldiers from Fort Lewis to hold off invaders attacking at several points along the Washington...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    Maryland lauds Kimball Tyler Kimball of Belfair earned a spot on the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maryland Global Campus. To be eligible, a student must complete at least six credits during the term and earn a GPA of 3.5 for the term while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 of better at the school. Mehelich exceling at Austin Peay State Brittany Mehelich of Belfair earned a spot on the dean’s list for the summer semester at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. To qualify, a student must earn a G...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    Low Vision Support Group starting at Pavilion The Mason County Senior Activities Association and the Lions Knights of the Blind Committee is starting a Low Vision Support Group at 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday each month at the Pavilion at 190 W. Sentry Drive in Shelton. The inaugural meeting is on Tuesday. Learn how to deal with vision loss through technology and practical experience by peers. You don't have to be a member of the MCSAA to participate. For more information, call 360-520-6802....

  • County Briefs

    Matt Baide|Aug 17, 2023

    Structure fire Saturday in Shelton Central Mason Fire & EMS responded to a structure fire Saturday night on Olympic Highway North in Shelton. According to a news release, the fire was reported at 8:22 p.m., and crews arrived on scene in four minutes to find a single-wide mobile home on fire. Crews entered to search for occupants and extinguish the fire. All occupants made it out of the home and three occupants were transported by medic units to Mason General Hospital for evaluation and then...

  • Starlight Lounge reopens at Little Creek Casino

    Aug 17, 2023

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  • In the Dark Reviews

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 17, 2023

    If you're the sort of binge-viewer who can't stand to start a new season of a show until it's all online, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that all 10 episodes of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" Season 2 are now on Paramount+. The bad news is that, at the risk of revealing spoilers, the "Strange New Worlds" Season 2 finale ends on the biggest cliffhanger since "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I," on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." "Strange New Worlds" continues to be the best...

  • Love & Thunder

    Justin Johnson|Aug 17, 2023

    The greater Shelton area co-ed softball tournament remembered one of its own over the weekend, while also raising awareness for that which took his life. The Thor Dobson Memorial co-ed softball tournament took place Saturday and Sunday at Callanan Field in Shelton in honor of Thor Dobson, who died April 26 from an overdose. Dobson's family organized the tournament to raise money to donate to local businesses raising awareness of and helping people with addiction. An online obituary from Hoquiam-...

  • Amick honored at North Mason with wrestling room

    Matt Baide|Aug 17, 2023

    North Mason High School is renaming the wrestling room to honor former coach Ed Amick with a ceremony 3 p.m. Saturday in Belfair. Amick was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for a lifetime of service to wrestling in Washington. He coached North Mason wrestling for 42 years from 1964 to 2006, compiling a record of 409-179-4. North Mason was a state participant for 36 years in a row during that span, with more than 100 wrestlers competing in the sta...

  • Flyway

    Aug 17, 2023

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  • Summerfest fun

    Aug 17, 2023

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  • Hoodsport continues process of dock lease renewal

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 17, 2023

    Port of Hoodsport Commissioner Cody Morris provided an update on the port's renewal of its lease of a state Department of Natural Resources dock. Hoodsport-based Integrated Northwest Construction conducted a preliminary inspection of the dock and expressed optimism, not only about the state of the pilings, but also about its ability to perform relatively inexpensive "surface-level fixes" to improve the dock's safety and appearance until long-term improvements are possible, Morris said at the...

  • North Mason Coalition feeds people in need

    Gordon Weeks|Aug 17, 2023

    On Monday morning, volunteers for the North Mason Coalition of Churches and Community were assembling boxes with nonperishable foods such as bread, cereal, beans, potatoes, carrots, onions and eggs at the Lodge next to Christ Lutheran Church between Belfair and Tahuya. The next day, they added perishable items such as milk and chicken to be picked up by families in need as part of the nonprofit group's Food for Kids Vacation Break Nutrition Boxes program. The summer boxes end Aug. 29, with...

  • Allyn weighs options for pier, comp plan, sea lions

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 17, 2023

    The Port of Allyn’s Aug. 7 meeting saw its executive director and commissioners address replacing its pier, updating the port’s comprehensive plan and what to do with the sea lions. Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola said the port had $515,000 in its capital budget for a pier replacement project. “Our options are to replace the entire pier with a completely new structure, to sleeve the existing pilings — which effectively gets the creosote out of the water, as well as stops the det...

  • Mary's Memoirs

    Clydene Hostetler|Aug 17, 2023

    Mary and Blanche spend all of this week in Canada. Sunday, Aug. 7, 1949 We arose early after a hot restless night and got ready for church. Went down on the streetcar with a group from New Brunswick and Pennsylvania. Just before we got to the church, we saw Waggoners and Douglas of Wenatchee and were they surprised. Then after a few words we went into church where we saw our friends from the train, the Tomlinsons. There were over 1,800 people at the services which were splendid. Afterward we...

  • Resilience Run

    Aug 17, 2023

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  • Spike Wilson 4/4/2008 - 8/8/2023

    Aug 17, 2023

    "Goodbye, Spike" You were ornery and stubborn in the best way; fiercely loyal. We loved you. You will be missed. Love, your family....

  • Joshua Thomas Chappell

    Aug 17, 2023

    Joshua Thomas Chappell passed away at Tacoma General Hospital on May 29, 2023, born December 30, 1977. He is survived by his Mom Lorna Chappell, sister, Tina Monaco, brother Jason Chappell, daughters Miranda and Sierra Chappell, and preceded in death by his Dad Charles Chappell and son, Jacob Chappell. A triple aortic aneurism took him suddenly from us. Josh was an organ donor and we hope that whomever he was able to help are doing well. He will be greatly missed. Josh had many adventures in...

  • Julie Joy Waldrip

    Aug 17, 2023

    Julie Joy Waldrop peacefully passed away at her home May 8, 2023. She was born November 27, 1939 to Violet Douglas and Joe Evans. Her given name was Julie Joy Douglas but most of her life she went by Joy. Joy had two sisters, Robin (Douglas) Morgan and Dixie (LaFond) Brown. Joy was the mother of three, Shawn (Christensen) Waldrop, Violet (Christensen, Waldrop) Durant and Bobbie-Jeanne Smith. She was preceded in death by Shawn, Bobbie and both her sisters. She is survived by her beloved partner,...

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