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  • Walk benefits those needing fresh water

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    REARDAN – The 11th annual Walk for Water, sponsored by Reardan Presbyterian Church, took place Sunday, April 28, at the Reardan park. The 4-mile walk raised awareness and more than $4,000 for Water Mission, an organization that brings water filtration and sanitation solutions to third-world countries and sites of natural disasters. Event organizer Virginia Henderson said 58 people took part in the walk and enough money was raised to provide water to at least 70 people who s...

  • How to avoid falling victim to a scam

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    REARDAN — The Police Dept. hosted a meeting Thursday, April 18 to educate the public on cryptocurrency scams that have victimized many people in Eastern Washington. Spokane Police Dept. detective Tim Schwering was the guest speaker. Schwering said several people in the Spokane area have lost their life savings because of cryptocurrency scams. In a typical scam, fraudsters may pose as potential romantic interests on dating sites, friends on social media, or someone offering an investment opportunity that promises a high return...

  • New welcome signs placed in Reardan

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    REARDAN - Thanks to the Mule Days Committee, new "Welcome to Reardan" signs greet travelers approaching from each end of town. A crew of volunteers, under the supervision of co-chairs Stan and Jill Schwartz, erected the signs Monday, April 22. Each year, the Mule Days Committee selects a project to benefit the community. "We decided to replace the old signs because after 64 years they were weathered and rotting away," Stan Schwartz said. John Rouse, who owns WEMCO...

  • Tigers' season ends with loss

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    DEER PARK - The tearful hug between Odessa seniors Hayden Schuh and Melloney Deife said it all. Their season was over. Wilbur-Creston defeated Odessa 52-22 in the girls NE1B District Tournament Thursday, Feb. 15. The loss eliminated the Tigers from the tournament and ended Schuh and Deife's high school basketball careers. Wilbur-Creston was never challenged in the game. Its defense capitalized on Odessa turnovers for easy breakaways and collapsed on Schuh, preventing her from...

  • Soaring together for 60 years

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    DAVENPORT - A couple's first Valentine's Day is special. For Pete and Dixie Knutson, it was also memorable, considering they lived amongst lepers in Liberia, West Africa. Dixie was just 17 years old when she left eastern Montana to attend Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington. She left behind her family and the cattle ranch she loved. Their home had no telephone, electricity or running water and was 50 miles from the nearest town. In Fall 1963, she arrived in Kirkland...

  • Wagner receives Ag award

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPOKANE - Reardan resident Jennie Wagner received the 2024 Excellence in Agriculture award from Farmland Company at the Spokane Ag Show Tuesday, Feb. 6. The annual award is given to those who have contributed significantly to agriculture in the Inland Northwest. "Jennie was nominated for the award because of her long time commitment to teaching youth about agriculture," Ag Show board member Brian Jeske said. Wagner retired from the Medical Lake School District last May after...

  • Reardan girls finish third at Districts

    Byrne Bennett and Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY-After an ugly 38-33 win over Northwest Christian and a convincing 59-48 win over Liberty, the Reardan girls finished third in the District 7 2B Tournament and will play for a chance to advance to state this weekend. The Screaming Eagles played the first and fourth quarters on fire against Northwest Christian Friday, Feb. 9. It was the clunkers in between that nearly cost them the game. Tenice Waters scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds before the...

  • Odessa's playoff run continues

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    DEER PARK - The Odessa girls kept their playoff run alive with a 50-36 win over the Republic Tigers in the District 7 1B Tournament at Deer Park Saturday, Feb. 10. Republic was eliminated with the loss. As has been the case many times this season, seniors Hayden Schuh and Melloney Deife proved to be the catalyst for the win. Schuh scored most of her 17 points from inside the paint while Deife scored her 17 points from the wing. Four of Deife's baskets were from behind the...

  • Six Reardan wrestlers qualify for state

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPANGLE - Six Screaming Eagles qualified to compete in the State Wrestling Mat Classic at the Regional Wrestling Tournament at Liberty High School Saturday, Feb. 10. Joey Matusik qualified for the state meet with his first-place finish in the 106-pound weight class. In his first match, Matusik pinned Connor Houston of Wilbur-Creston in 29 seconds. In his semifinal match with Ty Scott of Colfax, he won via pin in 1:26. He secured first place by pinning Micah Rocha of Northwest...

  • Davenport boys sixth at districts

    Byrne Bennett and Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY-Despite Jaeger Jacobsen's 33-point effort, the Davenport boys fell to Kettle Falls 71-66 in the 2B District 7 5th/6th Place game at West Valley High School Saturday, Feb. 10. The Gorillas finished their District run with a pair of losses after a 72-54 defeat to Liberty Friday, Feb. 9. Davenport hung with the Lancers and trailed by just two at halftime after Jacobsen's 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 33-31. But the third quarter and second half belonged to...

  • Reardan boys eliminated

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY-The Reardan boys basketball season ended with two losses in the District 7 2B Tournament at West Valley High School after an opening round win over Asotin Thursday, Feb. 1. Reardan was dominant in the first quarter, crashing the glass and jumping out to a 16-7 lead behind seven points from Rysen Soliday. After a slightly ugly second quarter, Reardan put a mini run together to build their lead to 29-17 by halftime. It wouldn't take Asotin long to close the gap....

  • Odessa boys fall at Districts

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    INCHELIUM - The Odessa Tigers fell 64-59 in a loser-out game against Republic in the boys District 7 1B Basketball Tournament Saturday, Feb. 3. After trailing 15-12 after one quarter of play, Republic played back-to back 20 point quarters to take a 53-42 lead over the Tigers going into the fourth quarter. Odessa's Jacob Scrupps scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the last frame, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to pull out the win. Corbyn Neilsen and Dakota Steward...

  • Police Department awarded grant

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    REARDAN — On Dec. 12, the Washington State Dept. of Commerce’s Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention notified Police Chief Mike Suniga that his department was awarded a $49,753 Pursuit Technology Grant. The grant funded the purchase of three Flock Safety license plate readers to be installed on Broadway Avenue at each end of town. The readers will capture the license plate numbers of all cars and compare them to databases for wanted subjects, stolen vehicles and missing persons. In addition, the grant funded two...

  • Eight Reardan wrestlers advance

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    SPOKANE - Reardan scored 122 points to place fifth in Northeast B Sub-Regional Wrestling Tournament at the Spokane Convention Center, Feb. 2-3. Eight Screaming Eagles qualified for the 2B Regional Wrestling Tournament to be held Feb. 10. Joey Matusik placed first in the 106-pound weight class. In his first match, he pinned Chance Degon of Liberty in 18 seconds. He won his second match in sudden victory over Micah Rocha of Northwest Christian. Matusik has a 36-9 record. Alex...

  • Reardan girls win District opener

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 8, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY - Reardan freshmen flexed their muscles in the team's dominating win over St. George's in their opening game of the girls NE2B District Tournament Saturday, Feb 3. The Screaming Eagles won the game 59-24. Freshman Rylynn Green was the spark that ignited Reardan's offensive attack in the first quarter. From the outset, she took the ball straight to the basket, scoring the first eight points for her team. As Green attacked the inside, freshmen Lillie Whitman and...

  • Reardan FFA team advances to state

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    REARDAN - The high school's FFA Agricultural Issues team placed first at the District 5 FFA competition Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Cheney High School. The win gives them a berth in the state competition in May. The team, composed of Bryson Flaa, Rysen Soliday, Aidan Chilson, Wyatt Stolp and Amelia Ray, argued the pros and cons of the North American model of wildlife conservation. Judges deemed their 15 minute presentation superior to their competitors, Liberty High School and...

  • New beginning for Reardan church

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    REARDAN - After decades of being affiliated with a mainstream denomination, the Reardan United Methodist Church has reorganized as Reardan Bible Fellowship. As part of the transition, the church called Dr. Charley Hough, who recently retired from 40 years at the MultiCare Rockwood clinic in Cheney, to serve as its new pastor. Reardan Bible Fellowship's roots date to its founding in 1903, when it was Grace Evangelical Church. In the 1970s, it became affiliated with the United M...

  • Neilson sparks Odessa in win

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    ODESSA – Corbyn Neilson scored 25 points to lead the Tiger boys to a 63-52 win over Chesterton Academy on Senior Night, Saturday, Jan 27. From the outset, Neilson had the hot hand for Odessa. In the first quarter, he scored seven points to give his team a 14-10 lead. Midway through the second quarter, the Knights tied the game 19-19. Thanks to Neilson, they drew no closer. Within two minutes, he hit three 3-point shots to push Odessa's lead to 32-26 at the half. Zach C...

  • Odessa girls cruise to easy win

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    ODESSA - Three Lady Tigers scored in double figures in their 57-29 win over Chesterton Academy on Senior Night, Saturday, Jan 27. It was their second win in two days, having defeated Mary Walker 58-35 the previous night. Odessa's recipe for success this season has been the early aggressive play of senior Hayden Schuh. Against the Knights, she took the ball to the basket, and either scored baskets or drew fouls. In the first half, she made five of seven free throws and scored...

  • Reardan girls run away with win

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    REARDAN - The Screaming Eagles' girls basketball team walloped Kettle Falls 58-36 Tuesday, Jan. 30, in senior Kassidy Koch's last game. The victory was Reardan's 11th in its last 12 games and sixth straight. Reardan's stifling defense and fast-breaking offense overwhelmed the Bulldogs from the opening tip-off. Freshmen Tenice Waters and Rylynn Green each scored five points in the opening minutes to help Reardan jump to a 16-4 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter,...

  • Screaming Eagles avenge loss

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    REARDAN - In a rematch of a game Kettle Falls won in December, the Screaming Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 44-39 on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30. If a person only saw the first half score, they might have thought a football game was being played. Except for Justin Vaughn's six points and Rysen Soliday's five points, there was little scoring. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 7-7. As the Bulldogs' shooting woes continued in the second quarter, Reardan extended its...

  • Bird soars for Screaming Eagles

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    REARDAN - The Screaming Eagles won 14 of 17 matches on Senior Day in an NE2B league wrestling meet Thursday, Jan. 18. Their win total was the highest of the eight teams that competed in the event. Joey Matusik, wrestling at 106 pounds, went 2-0 on the day. He pinned Micah Rocha of Northwest Christian in 5:32 and Ty Scott of Colfax in 1:12. His brother Alex Matusik, wrestling in the 120-pound weight class, pinned his two opponents as well. He defeated Cooper Ramos of...

  • Tiger boys go 1-1

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    WELLPINIT — Outside the roads were icy and slick, but inside the high school gym it was balmy as the Redskins’ hot shooting scorched the nets in their 89-48 win over Odessa Saturday, Jan. 20. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Redskins made five 3-point shots in a two-minute span. Five Redskins’ players scored at least 10 points with Eli Leyva leading the way. He scored time and time again on break away lay-ins, for a game high 22 points. Franky Wynne took care of business from the outside, hitting four 3-point shots. Da...

  • Odessa girls fade at the end

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    WELLPINIT — After losing to the Redskins by six points earlier in the season, the Odessa girls basketball team sought revenge in their NE1B re-match Saturday, Jan. 20. For three quarters, the Tigers gave Wellpinit all that they could handle but eventually lost 56-45. Early in the game it appeared Wellpinit might run away with an easy victory. Kipi Denison opened the game by making two-3 point shots. Her eight points in the quarter put Odessa in a 10-5 hole heading into the second quarter. Melloney Diefe scored all five of t...

  • Kline barely sweats, places first

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    TONASKET — Carson Kline, Coen Caldwell and Sterling McLaughlin represented the Screaming Eagles at the Apple Pie Invite wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 13. Their combined 56 points earned them ninth place in the tournament. Tonasket, the host school, won the 16-team event, scoring 186 points. Kline took home top honors in the 138 pound weight class. He pinned Coby Bosler of Oroville in 30 seconds, Abraham Gomez of Manson (0:52) and Keenan Denison of Tonasket (0:57). Kline’s three wins earned him 24 points for the tou...

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