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Silhan not returning as mayor

HARRINGTON - The mayor of the city will change after 2023. Jesse Silhan announced on his 75th birthday Friday, May 19 he wouldn't be seeking re-election to the seat after his... — Updated 5/25/2023

Show your engines

Young and old, man and animal, man and woman and the like filled Third Street in Harrington for the 11th Annual Car Show Saturday, May 20. In addition to the cars lining the... — Updated 5/25/2023

Arrest made in mail theft case

DAVENPORT — A teenager was arrested in connection with several reported mail and package thefts around the city last week. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18-year-old Anastasia Brandenberg Wednesday, May 17 on... — Updated 5/25/2023

Harrington superintendent to retire

HARRINGTON — The first-year school district superintendent here will “explore” retirement at the end of the school year. John Cordell plans to depart the school district when his contract expires Friday, June 30. The... — Updated 5/25/2023

Reardan banjoist brings talent to state

REARDAN - The banjo is an intriguing instrument. Its twangy, bright and almost metallic sound can't be ignored, especially when in the hands of local 17-year-old junior Liam... — Updated 5/25/2023

Cops & Courts

INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report... — Updated 5/25/2023

New commissioner

Lincoln County Fire District No. 4 chief Jim Adams swears in new commissioner Jerry Dougherty Tuesday, May 23, at the Reardan Fire Station. Dougherty is completing the term of... — Updated 5/25/2023

Reardan paving project is approved

REARDAN — Town council voted to accept a bid from Shamrock Paving, Inc. for a pavement overlay project at its meeting Thursday, May 18. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin the second week of June. The $316,618 project... — Updated 5/25/2023

31 more candidates file to run

DAVENPORT — Once the clock struck 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, bringing an end to filing week, 103 candidates had signed up to run for election in the Aug. 1 primary election. Thirty-one candidates did so after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,... — Updated 5/25/2023

Races with no filers

DAVENPORT — 103 candidates filed for various positions ahead of the Aug. 1 primary election during the regular filing period last week, but that wasn’t enough to fill all the positions up for election. 11 races in our... — Updated 5/25/2023

Reardan Mule Days coming soon

Have you ever swum in Sewer Lake? Ya, me neither. But I've always heard of the most talked about event that the Reardan Mule Days Association has ever put on, and that has to be... — Updated 5/25/2023

Build electricity around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common---beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and... — Updated 5/25/2023

Letters to the Editor

Is media lying about Ukraine? The news is we are going to start training the Ukrainians on F16’s yet in the news it is reported that the Ukrainians have mastered the F16 in 4 months. Years ago I was going to the Nevada Nuclear... — Updated 5/25/2023

To those making threats: Get a life

In my first nearly three years working for The Record-Times, I rushed to a local, quiet, rural school exactly zero times to cover breaking news of threats, violence and other... — Updated 5/18/2023

Inslee, apologize to fired workers

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is busy signing bills. I think he should start putting his John Hancock on apology letters to former state workers who were terminated because of... — Updated 5/18/2023

Property taxes are too high

With everybody’s property taxes in Lincoln County due recently, I can imagine we are all in a bit of a shock. We put our house in Davenport up for sale last year and the very next day, a new assessment of the property was... — Updated 5/18/2023

Parting thoughts from session

Beef Day is the second-best day of the legislative session, next to the last day. Probably the best news about the 2023 legislative session is that we adjourned on time, although... — Updated 5/11/2023

It's That Time of the Year Again

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/11/2023

Public safety failure the legacy of 2023

This session saw some bipartisan successes as lawmakers and citizens were in Olympia together for the first time in nearly three years. That in-person interaction is always key for working relationships and good workable... — Updated 5/4/2023

Out of control Legislature crossed line

Intentionally, the Washington State Legislature, Governor Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, are completely destroying our state. The Democrat controlled legislature has... — Updated 5/4/2023

Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr

Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr Jan. 11, 1947 – Mar. 8, 2023 Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr, 76, formerly of Odessa, Wash. passed away March 8, 2023. She was born on Jan. 11,... — Updated 5/25/2023

Marianne G. Brommer

Marianne G. Brommer June 29, 1937 – May 8, 2023 Marianne G. Brommer passed away May 8, 2023 in Spokane, Wash. Marianne was born June 29, 1937 in Spokane, Wash. to Otto and Marian... — Updated 5/18/2023

Olga Viola Kassner-Byers

Olga Viola Kassner-Byers Aug. 21, 1916 – Mar. 8, 2023 Olga Viola Kassner-Byers was born in Hartington, Neb. Aug. 21, 1916 to Julius and Antoinette Grindvold. She passed away... — Updated 5/18/2023

Rosemary Reagan

Rosemary Reagan Oct. 19, 1956 – Jan. 15, 2023 Rosemary Reagan, 66, passed away on Jan. 15, 2023 after an almost two year battle with cancer. She was born on 10/19/1956 in Cut... — Updated 5/18/2023

Margaret Pearl (Sampson) Nevin

Margaret Pearl (Sampson) Nevin June 20, 1930 – May 6, 2023 Margaret Pearl (Sampson) Nevin passed away May 6, 2023 in Spokane, Wash. Margaret was born on June 20, 1930 in... — Updated 5/11/2023

Jay A. Scrupps

Jay A. Scrupps Oct. 13, 1950 – Apr. 28, 2023 Jay A. Scrupps, 72, passed away April 28, 2023 in Spokane, Wash. Jay was an ornery, lifetime resident of Odessa, Wash. He was born on... — Updated 5/11/2023

Jerry L. Brantley Sr.

Jerry L. Brantley Sr. Feb. 5, 1937 – Mar. 9, 2023 Former Davenport resident and retired Washington State Trooper Jerry L. Brantley, Sr. passed away March, 2023, at his home in... — Updated 5/11/2023

Jerry Dean Rader Jr.

Jerry Dean Rader Jr. Sept. 4, 1984 – Apr. 25, 2023 Passed away peacefully on April 25, 2023, at Lincoln Hospital Davenport, Wash. in the arms of his father Jerry Rader Sr., who... — Updated 5/4/2023

Dave Leipham

Dave Leipham May 5, 1942 – Apr. 3, 2023 Dave Leipham, 81, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., passed away on April 3, 2023. He was born on May 5, 1942, in Davenport, Wash. to his parents... — Updated 4/28/2023

Marion (Crick) Gene Watkins

Marion (Crick) Gene Watkins Mar. 30, 1945 – Apr. 11, 2023 Marion (Crick) Gene Watkins, 78, of Odessa, Wash. passed away on April 11, 2023. Crick was born to Jesse "Mick" and... — Updated 4/28/2023

Welcome to My Kitchen

Rhubarb continues to flourish in area gardens. Timely rains and moderate temperatures keep these hardy plants producing abundant stalks and preventing seed head bolt. Stalks tend... — Updated 5/25/2023

Davenport Drama Club to debut first play

DAVENPORT - A new Drama Club here is debuting its first play soon. The Davenport Drama Club is performing "The Enchanted Bookshop" at Davenport High School Saturday, June 3. The... — Updated 5/25/2023

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Davenport birthdays May 26: Esteban Plasencia, Oliver Hein, Susan Hanchett, Chase Zellmer, Mike Pankey, May 27: Nicole Curtaccio, Tommy Plumb, Paula Reed, Dan Kilps, Tim Podowicz May 28: Michelle Lilje, Stephanie Morgan, Matt... — Updated 5/25/2023

Muffins with Mom

Harrington School hosted "Muffins with Mom" Friday morning, May 12 on the school lawn. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and children gathered to enjoy muffins provided... — Updated 5/18/2023

Car show is this weekend

HARRINGTON — The 11th Annual Harrington Car Show is coming up from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Cars dating back earlier than 1929 will line Third Street, with several prizes dished out. Awards will be given for favorite... — Updated 5/18/2023

Local students receive PACE awards

CHENEY — Three students from Davenport and two from Harrington received Partners Advancing Character Education awards at the 2023 Ceremony and Breakfast at Eastern Washington... — Updated 5/18/2023

Seniors enjoy community lunch

Area seniors playing Pictionary at their luncheon Friday, May 12 at Reardan Presbyterian Church. The luncheon is held at 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each... — Updated 5/18/2023

Aspiring farmers win awards

SPOKANE - Several local youths from Lincoln County were award winners at the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane during the first weekend of May. Lydia Wicks of Reardan was named a... — Updated 5/18/2023

FFA ag sales finishes third

DAVENPORT - The local FFA chapter took home several top-10 honors at the 93rd state Convention and Expo in Kennewick Thursday, May 13-Saturday, May 15. The most successful team was... — Updated 5/18/2023

Three Odessa FFA teams go top 10

ODESSA - The local high school FFA chapter headed to the 93rd state Convention and Expo in Kennewick and took home several honors Thursday, May 11-Saturday, May 13. The team of... — Updated 5/18/2023

Deife takes third in state golf

TUMWATER - Odessa's Melloney Deife earned a Top 5 finish at the 1B/2B state tournament at Tumwater Valley Golf Club Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24. Deife took third amongst... — Updated 5/25/2023

Davenport track gets top-2 finishes

COLFAX - The Davenport boys track team was challenged by Chewelah but took home a District 7 2B title at the Regional Championships Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Davenport... — Updated 5/25/2023

State title commemorative book coming next week

DAVENPORT — The 2022-23 Davenport boys basketball State Championship commemorative book produced by The Record-Times is coming Thursday, June 1. The 40-page booklet will be inserted into the newspaper for subscribers only,... — Updated 5/25/2023

Youth soccer league champions crowned

HARRINGTON - Two teams from Davenport and a team from Odessa earned championship trophies at the inaugural Lincoln County Youth Soccer League Tournament Saturday, May 20 and... — Updated 5/25/2023

Lundgren run ends at Districts

SPOKANE — A run into the second day of District 7 1B/2B tennis came to an end for Reardan sophomore Kerstin Lundgren Saturday, May 20. Lundgren fell to Chewelah sophomore Cora Grooms in District play at Mead High School.... — Updated 5/25/2023

Davenport softball tops Reardan

MEDICAL LAKE - A rivalry softball game had the opportunity to advance to the District 7 2B playoffs on the line when Davenport and Reardan faced off Monday, May 15. It was the... — Updated 5/18/2023

Odessa falls in district playoffs

SPANGLE — The Odessa baseball team came up one game short of advancing to the state playoffs, falling to eventual No. 6 state seed Sunnyside Christian 14-4 in a loser-out District 7/9 1B playoff game at Liberty High School... — Updated 5/18/2023

Davenport golf wins back-to-back academic titles

The Davenport High School boys golf team won the academic state championship for the second straight year this season. The award was announced by the school Monday, May... — Updated 5/18/2023

Lundgren still alive at districts

SPOKANE — After two days of district postseason matches involving the Reardan tennis team and the lone player from Davenport, one local player is still in contention to advance to state after play at Whitworth University... — Updated 5/18/2023

Local middle schoolers make Top 5

CHEWELAH—Local middle school track teams were at Snyder Field for the NE1B/2B championships Monday, May 15, with several squads finishing top-5. The Odessa girls had the best finish of any local team, finishing second.... — Updated 5/18/2023

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