Articles from the September 22, 2022 edition

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 By Matt Baide    News    September 22, 2022

State audit alleges fraud at Fire 12

Mason County Fire District 12 officials misappropriated public money and broke state laws, according to an accountability audit and fraud investigation report by the state Auditor’s Office released Tuesday. According to the fraud investigation...


SHS goals: Increased attendance, freshmen success

Shelton High School personnel want more students to show up, and for more freshmen to get off to a good start. Those are the school's two major goals for this school year. Principal Bruce Kipper...


City Briefs

City downtown homeless forum scheduled for Oct. 11 The City of Shelton has scheduled a community forum on homelessness from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Shelton Civic Center. Some of the nonprofit group...


Good news on the election integrity front

Steve Duenkel must be a happy man today. Duenkel has been running hard for the job of Mason County auditor since filing his candidacy last winter. He's been doing his homework and traveling the...


Homelessness is a multifaceted problem

Homelessness is a multifaceted, contentious issue and it's important to acknowledge that there is no one right answer that will single-handedly solve the problem. We are listening and understand...


Downtown basketball, pickleball courts on the way

The Shelton Centennial Lions Club will break ground for its basketball and pickleball courts at 11 a.m. Monday in the Shelton Civic Center parking lot. Work is scheduled to begin the next day, and...


County Briefs

Garbage truck tips on state Route 3 A garbage truck tipped over due to a flat tire Sept. 12 on state Route 3 in Bremerton. According to a Washington State Patrol report, the garbage truck was driving...


Nonprofit Briefs

United Way workplace campaigns to begin United Way of Mason County on Oct. 1 will launch its workplace fundraising campaigns for 2022-2023. Since 1966, Mason County businesses, nonprofits, school districts, county and state employees have...


Repaired Shelton High pool reopens for students

The Shelton High School swimming pool reopened Monday to students after cracks in the plaster walls were repaired. The state Department of Health on Friday certified the pool's safety said Jeff...


Hoodsport continues to clear woody debris from parks

The Port of Hoodsport has readjusted its timeline to remove debris and dead and decaying trees from its parks. During the port’s Sept. 7 meeting, port commissioner Terry Brazil said Forest McCullough of Northwest Land & Tree had “really been...


'Woman King' showcases impressive historic figures

From the first impeccably staged fight scene of "The Woman King," it's impossible not to hear its implicit sales pitch in your head: Hey, kids, do you like the Dora Milaje of Wakanda, from the Marvel...


Shelton boys claim victory at home meet

Shelton's Jacob Miller won the boys race by two legs as the Highclimber boys earned a win in an Evergreen Conference meet with Aberdeen and Rochester on Sept. 14. Miller beat Aberdeen's Will Boling...


Prep Roundup

Shelton Football Shelton lost 48-6 against W.F. West in its opening EvCo game of the season Sept. 16 in Chehalis. The lone touchdown for the Highclimbers was a Mason Goos’ 55-yard pass to Weetly Cordova. The Bearcats scored 13 in the first quarter... Full story


Enough is enough: Bad behavior must stop

An unfortunate trend in Washington and across the nation must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school and middle school athletic events. We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting, and even...


Port of Allyn updates its marina rules

Port of Allyn’s commissioners adopted long-overdue updates to the port’s marina rules, but deferred any action on redistricting until they could consult with Mason County officials. Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola reminded port...


Mary's handiwork amply rewarded at fair

There was a fair going on this week and Mary entered some exhibits. Mary does not say which fair, but she won some prizes. Maybe the Puyallup? Remember from last week her regular hairdresser left and...


Grace Victoria (Litser) Wickward

Grace Victoria Wickward, 91, passed away at home in Shelton, Washington on the 26th of August 2022. She was surrounded by family and the view of the lake she loved. Grace was born in Winnipeg,... Full story


Mary Elizabeth "Mary Beth" Connolly Davis

Mary "Mary Beth" was born on April 15, 1948, in Olympia, WA, to James E. and Patricia Connolly. Early detection and lung cancer research enabled her, a non-smoker, to live well with lung cancer for 18... Full story


John David "JD" Russell

John David Russell passed away suddenly September 7, 2022. John was born October 14, 1961. John was the owner of 'JD Fiberglass' in Shelton, WA for several years. He has returned home to Michigan... Full story


Joyce Wilma Lahr Spatz

Joyce Spatz passed away September 11, 2022, at Puget Sound Health Care Facility in Olympia, WA. She was 96 years old. Joyce Wilma Lahr was born July 6, 1926 to Will Lahr and Ethel Hodgson of Shell... Full story


Patricia Ann Johnson

Patricia Ann Johnson passed away at her home on August 30, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Ronald Johnson, sons Jason and Tim, grandkids Brittany, Alysa, Cole, Cameron, Parker and... Full story


Duane Wharton

To our family, friends, colleagues, and community members, I wanted to express immense gratitude for all the kind words and support over the past couple weeks since losing our truck driver, Duane Wharton. I sincerely appreciate those of you that... Full story


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