Articles from the September 16, 2021 edition

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Park Street closing for construction

Park Street in Shelton will be closed from Sept. 21 until Oct. 1 as Granite Construction Co. of Olympia overlays asphalt from South Seventh Street to South First Street. For decades, Park Street was...


Parade canceled

The surging number of COVID-19 cases in Mason County prompted the organizers of the Mason County Forest Festival to cancel the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade and fireworks slated for Saturday. "The biggest...

 By Matt Baide    News    September 16, 2021

COVID cases edging lower

Mason County recorded 149 cases of COVID-19 last week, decreasing once again from the previous week. As of Tuesday, there are six people hospitalized in Mason County with COVID-19 and one...


Cedar High begins life at OC Shelton

What a difference a year makes for Cedar High School. The Shelton School District's newest school debuted last September with all 70 students in grades nine through 12 learning at home due to the...


Brian Louis Omdahl

Brian Louis Omdahl, left this life on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Brian was born February 5, 1977 in Oceanside, CA. His parents, Max and Vikki Omdahl, moved to Shelton, WA in 1979. He has lived in... Full story


Madeline Lillian Brown

Madeline Lillian Brown was born June 26, 1930, to Eli and Bella Wolden in Shelton, Washington. She was the ninth of ten children. Madeline lived most of her life in Shelton and passed away there on... Full story


Shelton church hosts Republican fundraiser

Washington state Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) and anti-tax activist and former gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman are the keynote speakers at the Mason County Republicans' Reagan Day reception at 6...


Ruth Solberg

Ruth Solberg passed away at home on September 6, 2021, in Shelton, WA, at the age of 91. Ruth was born March 30, 1930, in Hamilton, North Dakota to Fred and Florence Switzer. In her early years, Ruth... Full story


City surpluses three police cars

The Shelton City Council on Sept. 7 gave final approval to surplussing three police patrol cars. The council gave preliminary approval at its Aug. 17 meeting. All three vehicles are Crown Victorias, one model from 2004, the others from 2006 and...


Lalee Rae Churchill

Lalee Churchill, beloved wife of Charlie Churchill, born September 7, 1947, passed away on May 3, 2021, after a short stay in the Morton hospital. Charlie and Lalaee were happily married 22 years. Her full obituary will be printed in the Morton... Full story


Devon Barker-Cornell

Devon Matthew Barker-Cornell, born December 21st, 2001 to Heather Florek (Barker) and Leroy Cornell, passed away September 3rd, 2021. Devon was 19, and attended Shelton High School for his senior... Full story


Long live the librarians

Banned Books Week starts at the end of September and National Librarian Day is coming up April 16, so how about we get a jump on being thankful for libraries and librarians. A library is one of the...


David E. Howe

David E. Howe died at home September 1st, 2021. He was born May 24, 1934. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1951-1955 aboard the U.S.S. Stickell. He is survived by his wife and six children. A... Full story


Randolph "Randy" Brand

Randolph (Randy) Max Brand, 72, of Shelton, Washington passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021, at his homeafter succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A Celebration of Life potluck lunch will be held... Full story


Chamber awards open for nominations

The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Chamber's awards. The Chamber recognizes businesses, individuals and organizations through its annual awards. There are five categories open for nominations, including...  Website


News Briefs

Mason Health hosting Bikers for Babies Mason Health is hosting the second Bikers for Babies event this Saturday, Sept. 18. The Indian Motorcycle of Bremerton, Indian Motorcycle Riders Group #2047 and Brothers Powersports is hosting the event and mone...


Letters to the Editor

Some guidance for letter-writers Editor, the Journal, I feel that prolific, long-winded, angry complainers have achieved a near monopoly in the Journal's letters to the editor. Newspapers rarely...


Fifty-year spinach

Spinach is a ubiquitous green in our culture, and grocery stores have ruined it for me. It's fragile when bundled and intolerant of mishandling. When spoiling in a clamshell of mixed greens, it...


County rezones Johns Prairie residential property

There was quite a debate at the Mason County commissioners meeting last Tuesday about rezoning three parcels of property from residential to commercial. According to the briefing packet, New Hiawatha...


Nonprofit Briefs

Shelton Centennial Lions selling apples The Shelton Centennial Lions are selling 40-pound boxes of fresh Fuji apples for $40 each, with the proceeds going to public projects as health screenings for...


Commissioners approve housing needs assessment

The Mason County commissioners approved a proposal for a housing needs assessment to inform the housing chapter of the comprehensive plan. According to the packet, the county is looking for consultive services to perform a housing needs assessment to...


County hiring temporary COVID positions

Mason County commissioners approved the hiring of temporary community services public health positions. The county is hiring a full-time temporary public health nurse to focus in COVID-19 response. According to the briefing packet, some of the...


Sewer system rate increases in 2022

Mason County commissioners approved a 3.4% rate increase for water and sewer systems owned and operated by Mason County in Rustlewood, Beards Cove and North Bay Case Inlet for 2022. According to a news release, the increase corresponds to the April 2...


Commission web streaming contract extended

Mason County commissioners approved a contract extension with MasonWebTV for live streaming services of regular commission meetings and Board of Health meetings. According to the briefing packet, the original contract began in 2015 and the extension...


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