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Articles from the October 27, 2022 edition

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  • Parents seek language improvement

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 27, 2022

    Members of the group Multilingual Shelton are asking the Shelton School District to hire an administrator to coordinate the English Learner and Dual Language programs, hire more dual language-certified teachers, and "restore quality and integrity" to Evergreen Elementary School's program. On Oct. 20, about 100 people packed the gym at Evergreen Elementary School in downtown Shelton to hear updates and concerns about the Shelton School District's dual language program. The group Multiligual Shelt...

  • A weekend treat

    Oct 27, 2022

  • North Mason investigates alleged acts of racism

    Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    The North Mason School District is investigating alleged racist behavior during and after a volleyball game against Bremerton on Oct. 18 in Belfair. The allegations were against North Mason students and parents. According to a news release, allegations have been made about a group of North Mason students and the Bremerton volleyball team and an incident that involved racial harassment and intimidation. “This investigation has been difficult for my athletic director (Ray Bonnell) because of s...

  • Court dismisses Union Fire recall petitions

    Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    Recall petitions for Mason County Fire Protection District 6 commissioners Richard Heinrich, Mike Sheetz and Troy Woodard didn’t move forward after a hearing Oct. 4 in Mason County Superior Court. Fire 6 is also known as Union Fire. The case was heard by Superior Court Judge Monty Cobb and Robin Fender was the plaintiff. “Petitions for recall are dismissed,” Cobb said toward the end of the hearing. “This is not a frivolous petition for awarding of fees under CR 11. There are things here that ca...

  • Nonprofit briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 27, 2022

    Volunteers needed for downtown warming center The Mason County Warming Center in downtown Shelton is seeking volunteers to help people come in from the cold and the rain. Crazy Love Ministries operates the center. Volunteer shifts are available from 8 a.m. to noon daily. Duties include hospitality, food serving, closing and cleanup. Training will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a drug/alcohol urinalyses test, which the nonprofit group will pay for. They must also “be ready to demonstrate consistent c...

  • Fire District 12 hearing set for Nov. 1

    Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    The motion hearing for the recall petition for Mason County Fire Protection District 12 commissioners is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in Mason County Superior Court. Judge Monty Cobb will be presiding over the hearing. Fire commissioners John Pais, Brian Jutson and Albert Wilder had a special meeting Oct. 20 and voted to retain a law firm to defend the district. Whether the action taken at the meeting is legal is in question, considering the fire district did not properly advertise the special meeting...

  • In defense of the truth - it does matter

    Justin Johnson|Oct 27, 2022

    Does the truth matter? Here at the Journal it does. During much of the campaign season, the newspaper has strived to stay above the fray of acrimony that has surrounded our political discourse. We have a long history of not endorsing candidates for office, something I am proud that we continued this year. What we do stand up for, however, is the truth. Why? Because the truth DOES matter. The race for Mason County auditor between incumbent Democrat Paddy McGuire and his Republican challenger...

  • Yes. You can walk from Olympia to Shelton*

    Kirk Ericson|Oct 27, 2022

    Here's how you do it: Get up at 5:45 a.m., preferably on a Sunday because traffic is lighter, and start 1 mile south of the state Capitol with your friend, who in my case is John. The two of you leave at 6:20 a.m., while it's still dark. Maybe you point your chin at the sky to see the stars. Maybe the air is fresh and crisp, like an alpine dawn. You walk north on Capitol Way, past the Capitol. That's the first mile and you're OK. The road, neighborhood and all else are silent. The place is dead...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 27, 2022

    Experienced professionals Editor, the Journal, I urge Mason County citizens to join me in voting for Julie Anderson for secretary of state and Paddy McGuire for county auditor. During this turbulent time in our nation’s history, it is imperative that we elect competent, experienced, knowledgeable people to oversee our elections system. I have worked with both of these individuals over the years. I’m impressed with their dedication to free and fair elections with the utmost security and their integrity. As a former elected official who ser...

  • Statue model donation honors Erhart

    Gordon Weeks|Oct 27, 2022

    Sculptor Richard Beyer created what might be Seattle's most iconic public artwork, "Waiting for the Interurban" in the Fremont neighborhood. The five life-size adults, a baby in arms and a dog are depicted waiting for the electric trolley that used to run between Seattle and Everett, and passerbys bedeck the figures with clothing and signs. Between 1968 and 2006, Beyer created more than 90 large sculptures for public places, including the "Kissing Couple" on the harbor boardwalk in downtown Olym...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Oct 27, 2022

    Get help finding college education funding Find out how to apply for financial aid to attend college at an event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Building S-2 at Olympic College Shelton. Experts will explain state and federal financial aid Shelton native earns degree from North Dakota college Christinia Roberton of Shelton earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in electric power technology from Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. Three Shelton students making grade in...

  • Clarence Oswalt

    Oct 27, 2022

    Clarence Oswalt, 95, passed peacefully at home September 19, 2022. He was born in 1927, in Russellville, Arkansas, the eldest son of Clarence W. and Hazel L. (Dollar) Oswalt. He grew up in Russellville and Paris, Arkansas. Clarence graduated from Paris High School in 1945. The day after graduation the family moved to Bellingham, Washington. He attended Western WA State College in Bellingham. He also worked on Attu and Adak Islands, in Alaska, on military bases as a civilian, between WWII and... Full story

  • Carol Ann Bartlett

    Oct 27, 2022

    We are sad to announce the passing of our mother, Carol Ann Bartlett. She went to be with the Lord on October 4, 2022, at the age of 72, while surrounded by her loved ones. Carol was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and dear friend. Her devotion to her family and friends was deep and truly immeasurable. Her love was so great, that not only did she share it with her own family, but with 18 foster children through the years. Carol loved to share her experience and knowledge and... Full story

  • Joyce Spatz

    Oct 27, 2022

    A Celebration of Life for Joyce Spatz, Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at Shelton United Methodist Church.... Full story

  • Bernadine Ogg Everson

    Oct 27, 2022

    Bernadine was born to Charles and Dora Ogg on August 18, 1929, in Shelton, Washington. She was raised and attended school in Mason County. She later married Joe Duffey of Shelton and they had a daughter, Shannon Duffey. Throughout her career, she worked at many financial institutions in Mason County. Later in life, she moved to Lacey, Washington, and married Richard "Dick" Everson, to whom she was married until his death. She lived in Thurston County for 50 years and then returned to Shelton to... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Oct 27, 2022

    Kenneth W. Gillespie, 55, a resident of Shelton, passed away October 11, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Richard Orcutt, 58, a resident of Toledo, passed away October 17, 2022, in Mineral, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Donald Kozlowske, 56, a resident of Shelton, passed away October 19, 2022, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Nancy A. Godding, 88, a resident of Shelton, passed away October 20, 2022,... Full story

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    Dally reappointed to historic commission Mason County commissioners reappointed David Dally for a three-year term to the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission at Tuesday’s meeting. According to the information packet, the seven-member commission identifies and encourages the conservation of Mason County’s historic resources. The commission has one position that expires Nov. 30 and an open seat will expire Nov. 30. The reappointment of Dally fills one of those seats, with another seat empty until filled and the county has received no...

  • Hoodsport mulls grand reopening of parks in spring

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 27, 2022

    Port of Hoodsport commissioners devoted much of their Oct. 12 meeting to an update on the progress of tree and debris clearing at the port’s park spaces. Port Operations Manager Kathleen Wyatt reported revenue of more than $10,000 from the more than 34 truckloads of trees that have been removed so far, which will ultimately be added to the 2023 budgets for the Port of Hoodsport trail park and disc golf course. Commissioner Lori Kincannon said she looks forward to having that money applied to t...

  • Halloween 1949

    Jan Parker|Oct 27, 2022

    On Oct. 27, 1949, a Shelton-Mason County Journal feature story began, "Imaginations of children run rampant on Hallowe'en night, Oct. 31. The evening is a combination of symbolic knick-knacks drawn from ancient beliefs, and warm parlors where the youngsters bob for apples, pin tails on horses, and eat donuts from a string. Hallowe'en, or properly All Hallows' Eve, is the eve before All Hallows, the festival of All Saints, which is Nov. 1. The holiday antedates Christ, the traditions going back...

  • Serving up a title

    Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    Shelton's Jayden Lovingfoss and Wyatt Wagner won the Evergreen Conference boys doubles tennis tournament on Oct. 17 and 18 at Tumwater High School. Lovingfoss and Wagner, both juniors, enter the district tournament at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver today and Friday as the No. 1 seed. "It was pretty awesome," Lovingfoss told the Journal about winning the league championship. "I'm just so excited God's provided so many opportunities for me to play tennis and get to expand my game. It's a real...

  • North Mason's Thygesen keeping sights aimed high

    Justin Johnson|Oct 27, 2022

    Goals are powerful motivators. After a summer of intense training, Kezlie Thygesen is reaping the rewards. "I have had lots of progress and worked hard during the offseason and in-season training," Thygesen wrote in an email interview with the Journal. "My commitment to summer training was a key to my improvement this season." Thygesen, a senior for North Mason High School's girls cross country team, finished third overall and second among 2A runners at last week's Olympic League championships...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    Shelton football The Highclimbers fell to Black Hills 38-34 in an Evergreen Conference football game Friday at Tumwater Stadium. Shelton is 4-4 overall and 2-3 in EvCo games and hosts Aberdeen on Friday on senior night. The Highclimbers are in a tie for third place in the EvCo with Aberdeen and Black Hills. Shelton must beat Aberdeen in order to force at least a Kansas tiebreaker for the second-straight season. Black Hills can avoid a tiebreaker if they defeat Tumwater on Friday. Shelton boys golf Shelton finished fourth as a team at the...

  • Shelton alumni make lemonade in special race

    Matt Baide|Oct 27, 2022

    It was an idea on a whim, but it's safe to say Shelton High School alumni will be part of more 24 Hours of Lemons races in the future. The SHS Alumni team placed 26th overall in the 24 Hours of Lemons race at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton on Oct. 15 and 16. The race was called Smells Like AMC Spirit 2022, with a logo featuring Kurt Cobain. The Alumni team finished seventh in C-class with a total time of 32 hours, 34 minutes and took home the Organizer's Choice award. "It was amazing. We...

  • 'Black Adam,' 'Midnight Club' hit their targets

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 27, 2022

    "Black Adam" is a dark and explicitly political film with unlikely origins, since the ancient Teth-Adam began as an antagonist to magically empowered child hero Billy Batson in the relatively sunny and inoffensive "Shazam" mythos but evolved over time from a villain into the would-be liberator of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Kahndaq. Dwayne Johnson portrays Teth-Adam as a slave under Kahndaq's original tyrant king, during the dawn of civilization millennia ago, whose wizard-derived...

  • North Mason schools plan for growth

    Kirk Boxleitner|Oct 27, 2022

    North Mason Superintendent Dana Rosenbach presented a draft of the capital facilities plan that she and Facilities Director Joan Moore have been working on at the school board's Oct. 20. Rosenbach said the district recently agreed to contract "with an expert in giving us the reports we need on the state of our buildings," because certain data needs to be compiled, updated and submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction years ahead of time. In part, this is to help secure...

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