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 By Drew Lawson    News 

Bergman given 15 years in prison

DAVENPORT - A Moses Lake man has been found guilty of murdering his wife about 12 miles northwest of Sprague in Sept. 2022. 55-year-old Charles R. Bergman entered a guilty plea of... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News 

White given detention time

DAVENPORT - A packed Lincoln County Courthouse watched 17-year-old Koedi V. White plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Sports 

Lincoln County at state track

YAKIMA - For the first time, Lincoln County's top track and field athletes joined the best 2B and 1B competitors in the state at Zaepfel Stadium on the campus of Eisenhower High Sch... — Updated 6/1/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

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

 By Drew Lawson    News

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 59-year-... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

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

 By Drew Lawson    News

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, ou... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

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 coverage... — Updated 5/25/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Community

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

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

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

 By Drew Lawson    News

Odessa principal to retire

ODESSA - Longtime teacher and current PreK-12 principal Jamie Nelson will retire at the end of the school year. Her resignation/retirement notice was accepted by the school board... — Updated 5/19/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

Chavelas crowned Miss Davenport

DAVENPORT - A high school freshman was crowned Miss Davenport Wednesday night, May 17. Rikkiana Chavelas , 16, received her 2023-24 crown in a Pioneer Plaza ceremony. Chavelas, who... — Updated 5/18/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

New police officer patrolling Odessa

ODESSA — A new police officer has been patrolling the town for several weeks. Gordon “Gordy” Bentler, 49, was hired by the town Jan 26 and has been on patrol for the last... — Updated 5/18/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

White case remanded to Juvenile Court

DAVENPORT — The case of 16-year-old Koedi V. White, who facedcharges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from the Feb. 22 death of 15-year-old Shadrach Hall-Turner in Reardan,... — Updated 5/18/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News

Candidates begin to file

DAVENPORT — 72 candidates had thrown their name in the hat to run for 65 different public offices in Lincoln County as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Filing week began Monday, May 15. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday, May... — Updated 5/18/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

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

 By Drew Lawson    Community

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

 By Drew Lawson    Community

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

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

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 Goril... — Updated 5/18/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

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

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

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

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

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

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Four local golfers qualify for state

LIBERTY LAKE - Four local high school golfers qualified for the state golf tournament with combined performances at sub-district and district tournaments. Juniors Jacob Scrupps,... — Updated 5/11/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Tigers qualify for districts

RITZVILLE - The requirement to advance past the 1B District 7/9 Championships held Wednesday, May 10 were simple: Be a top-eight finisher in laned events, and/or be a top 12... — Updated 5/11/2023

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Local athletes qualify for districts

RITZVILLE - For the athletes competing at the NE2B Sub-district meet Tuesday, May 9, the goal was simple: Sprinters had to finish in the top eight, and distance/field competitors... — Updated 5/11/2023


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