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Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition


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  • Community resource

    June Williams|Dec 14, 2023

    North Mason residents have a new resource for mental health needs. Psychiatric ARNP Kristi Eilers, working through North Mason Regional Fire Authority, offers personalized health plans that address anxiety, depression, addiction and other challenges, and can make home visits. Eilers and NMRFA began offering the services in October under the Mobile Integrated Health Program the fire department already operates. It was started to prevent people from having to go to the emergency room and is run...

  • Downtown shelter asks to expand

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    A city hearing examiner is considering Community Lifeline's request to expand the capacity of its downtown Shelton homeless shelter from 35 beds to 54. On Monday evening, city hearing examiner Andrew Reeves heard three hours of testimony from the City of Shelton, Community Lifeline board members, business owners and neighboring residents about the shelter at 218 N. Third St. at the Shelton Civic Center. The nonprofit is requesting an amendment to an existing conditional use permit to expand its...

  • MacEwen formally enters 6th District race

    Journal Staff|Dec 14, 2023

    State Sen. Drew MacEwen, R-Shelton, formally announced Monday that he is running for Washington’s 6th Congressional District seat. The seat is held by Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection in 2024. “After spending the past month listening to voters, prayer, and discussing with my family, I am excited to announce I am running to represent the 6th Congressional District in the 2024 election,” MacEwen wrote in a statement. “I have a proven track record of winning elections, working on biparti...

  • New Northcliff Neighborhood Park gets equipment

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    The City of Shelton's new neighborhood park is 1.8 acres with playground equipment, a disc golf basket, a field and trees on Northcliff Road. Contractors for the city erected the playground equipment Dec. 7 and 8, and about 30 volunteers Dec. 9 worked on the park. The park is designed for the residents of Terrace Heights, Barnhard Street, Joyce Street and Northcliff Road. Because it is a neighborhood park and not a community park, no public parking is available for vehicles. Unlike the...

  • THESE TIMES

    Kirk Ericson|Dec 14, 2023

    Here are some jokes for you. Some are ones friends have told me, some have been riding in my head for years and others I found by doing thorough joke research. Why can’t you believe anything an atom says? Because it makes up everything. A couple is lying in bed. It’s the middle of the night and there’s a knock on the door at 3 in the morning. The guy gets out of bed and opens the door. He comes back to bed and his wife says, “Who was that?” The guy replies, “Some stranger who wanted a push. I t...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Dec 14, 2023

    Unjustice system Editor, the Journal, There's an important development happening in our Superior Court in Mason County. Everyone needs to know how unjust our justice system has become. The appeal court had a resentencing for Asaria M., one of the co-defendants in the murder of my daughter in 2012. In September, our Superior Court had a resentencing for a murderer. The courtroom was full. The people who showed for the victim, Barbie G., were family and close friends. The defendant had every...

  • FROM THE AUDITOR

    Steve Duenkel, Mason County Auditor|Dec 14, 2023

    In May, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Second Substitute House Bill 1474 creating the covenant homeownership account and program. The intent of this program is to address housing discrimination due to racially restrictive real estate covenants. This law will result in an increase of $100 in the recording fee for each document recorded by your Auditor's Office Recording Department. This fee is collected as an assessment for the covenant homeownership program. As part of the program, the state...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    Comic holiday show this weekend Connection Street Theatre stages the popular holiday play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shelton. Tickets are $5 at the door. The doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Holiday events hosted countywide The HUB Center for Seniors hosts Pancakes with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The Hoodsport Holiday Festival is from noon to 2:10 p.m. Saturday at 24341 U.S. Highway 101 in...

  • A splash of holiday color

    Dec 14, 2023

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  • The Grinch nearly stole Christmas

    Dec 14, 2023

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  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Dec 14, 2023

    Driver charged in Grapeview Loop collision A driver who caused a collision while attempting to pass a turning car at state Route 3 and Grapeview Loop Road Dec. 7 has been charged with vehicular assault, according to the Washington State Patrol. Joseph V. Campbell, 67, of Shelton, was driving on Route 3 behind Terry Petersen, 53, of Belfair, when Peterson slowed to turn onto Grapeview Loop Road. Campbell tried to pass on the left and struck Peterson's truck, causing both cars to block the road...

  • GETTING OUT

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    The groups Runaway Train Bluegrass Band, the Union City Council Bluegrass Band and The Rank Strangers perform at the ninth annual Bluegrass from the Forest Midwinter Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, 3737 N. Shelton Springs Road. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door and at bluegrassfromtheforest.com. People ages 15 and younger are admitted for free. Kristmas Town Kiwanis hosts the concert. The group also presents the 19th annual...

  • IN THE DARK REVIEWS

    Kirk Boxleitner|Dec 14, 2023

    It was one of the most daring moves on what would become one of the most popular shows on television, and it started because the actors were delivering their lines so quickly that the episodes were running short on time. By reader request, we're reviewing the second season of "Moonlighting," which originally aired from the fall of 1985 through the spring of 1986, and which is now streaming on Hulu. Even though it boasted more lines of dialogue per episode than any other hour-long scripted show...

  • Takedown

    Dec 14, 2023

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  • PREP ROUNDUP

    Compiled by Matt Baide, For the Journal|Dec 14, 2023

    Shelton boys basketball Shelton lost to W.F. West 54-41 on Dec. 7 in Chehalis and lost 66-42 to Bremerton on Monday in Bremerton. The Highclimbers (0-4, 0-1) hosted Black Hills on Wednesday in an Evergreen Conference game in the Mini-Dome. Shelton plays against Mount Tahoma High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tacoma. Shelton girls basketball Shelton lost to Tumwater 58-24 on Dec. 6 at the Mini-Dome and lost 64-25 to W.F. West on Dec. 8 at the Mini-Dome. The Highclimbers (0-5, 0-2) traveled to...

  • LOCAL SPORTS

    Dec 14, 2023

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  • REMEMBERING XINH DWELLEY

    Gordon Weeks|Dec 14, 2023

    Since her death from cancer on Nov. 17, chef Xinh Dwelley has been celebrated for her cuisine, generosity and warmth. But the moment that elicited perhaps the most electric response at a service Tuesday at the Skookum Event Center came when a video tribute showed Xinh look into the camera, flash her trademark smile and then extend her middle finger. Hundreds of attendees erupted with laughter. Xinh's playful and saucy side shined through at the service at the Little Creek Casino and Resort in...

  • BELFAIR HERALD

    June Williams|Dec 14, 2023

    If you're thinking about owning honeybees, Belfair & Beyond Beekeepers group says answer this question: Why? Do you want honey? Do you want beeswax? "What do you actually want to do?" Debra Langley-Boyer, president of the group, asked workshop participants at the North Mason Timberland Library Dec. 9. Secretary Brian Stefanko jumped in with his answer. "I keep bees because they're awesome!" Most people keep bees for honey, Langley-Boyer said, but before you decide, get to know the bees....

  • MARY'S MEMOIRS

    Clydene Hostetler|Dec 14, 2023

    This week was full of Christmas parties and preparing for them. Sam drove off in their car and the cat jumped inside and he didn’t know it. I’ve done that before. It is getting cold out too. Sunday, Dec. 4, 1949 Arose early and ate, then at 10:30 a.m. came Alma Nelson and her mother. We drove to Myrtle’s and got our directions. Ralph had made a good map for us. So, we had a cup of coffee and pie downtown and then went out to Myer’s Antique Shop where we spent two very pleasant hours. We heard so...

  • Elliott Anders Madea

    Dec 14, 2023

    Elliott Anders Madea was born March 27, 1991, at Mason General Hospital, and he died October 26, 2023, at Mason General Hospital, after a tragic car accident on Hwy 101. He was the beloved son of Anita Madea and boyfriend of Brittni Mallea. And he was a dear friend of many others all over town and in Olympia. He also loved all his dogs very, very, very much, throughout his life. Four are still at home and wonder where he is! A big softy for all animals. We sorely miss his great hugs. Always...

  • Patricia Ilene Gregg

    Dec 14, 2023

    Patricia Ilene Gregg, née Kramer, of Grapeview, WA passed away November 28, 2023. She was born in Kenmare, ND on April 27, 1936 to Harry O. and Evelyn C. Kramer. After living in Portal, ND until she was five years old, her family moved to Centralia, WA for a few months and then on to Hoquiam, WA. She attended Hoquiam schools and graduated with the class of 1954. There she was a member of BC club and acted in several plays. After graduation Patricia went to work at PacTel where she was an...

  • Joane Hart

    Dec 14, 2023

    Joane Hart, a long time resident of Shelton, passed away peacefully at her long-term care home in Molalla, OR on Friday, November 24th, 2023. She entered His Gates with Thanksgiving in her heart, joyous to be reunited with her true loves. Joane was born Joane Erna Gohrick, in Powers Lake, ND, to Bernard and Ellen (Hanson) on May 27th, 1932. At age two she moved to Glasgow, MT with her parents and brother Kenneth. Nolly was born in Glasgow, MT in 1940. From there the young family moved to...

  • IN MEMORIAM

    Dec 14, 2023

    Kevin L. Geist, 63, of Florida, (previously of Shelton) passed away November 20, 2023, in the hospital in Tampa Bay. Arrangements were made Tampa Bay Crematorium in Florida. Lewis Clark, 78, of Centralia, passed away November 29, 2023, at Providence Centralia Hospital. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. David Barber, 58, a resident of Tahuya, WA passed away December 2, 2023, at Tahuya Beach. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Shirley King, 91, of Shelton, passed away...

  • William "Bill" Hall

    Dec 14, 2023

    Our hearts are broken by the loss of our sweetest, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Full of life, he wasted not a minute of it. Bill spent his days working, which was his idea of pleasure. He loved to care for his family, his friends, his cats, and his home. From Justin: "To know Bill is to be Bill's friend. To be Bill's friend is to be Bill's family." Anyone who knows Bill, knows he loved cars, especially his "Froggy". We all knew he could fix anything and rebuild...

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