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  • Graham steps down as Reardan head coach

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 31, 2023

    REARDAN--After eight years at the helm, head boys basketball coach Brian Graham submitted his resignation to the school board at their meeting Tuesday, March 28. "It's time for me to let somebody else coach and for me to spend time with my son," Graham said. "I spend all day, every day working with other people's kids and sometimes I neglect the relationship with my own." Since taking over the program in 2015, Graham helped to develop youth basketball programs, summer...

  • Tigers win four straight

    Ashley Parkinson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    ODESSA - The Tigers started their league boys baseball season with a doubleheader sweep of the Cusick Panthers on Saturday, March 25. Odessa (4-1) won, 30-1, and 43-3. On a blustery Tuesday, March 29, Odessa then swept the Selkirk Rangers, 5-0 and 18-8. In Game 1, the Tigers scored 12 runs in the first inning, 10 in the second and 8 in the third. Senior pitcher Collin Martin had 11 strikeouts. Sophomore Bo Walter had 4 RBIs and junior Dakota Steward had 3 RBIs. In the second...

  • New deputies begin work

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    A new patrol deputy and dispatch/corrections deputy is active in Lincoln County. Patrol Deputy Chris Wardlaw, a Chewelah native who has lived in Lincoln County for two years, and Spokane native Nicholas Murray, a dispatch/corrections deputy, were sworn into their positions two weeks ago. Wardlaw is pictured in the left photo, while Murray is the center officer in the right photo....

  • Coulee City man arrested for child rape

    The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    WILBUR — A Coulee City man who owns chiropractic clinics here and in Coulee City was arrested last week on two counts of child rape and one count of unlawful imprisonment regarding an alleged assault of a six-year-old girl. Tyrone Thomas Trexler, 52, was arrested by Grant County Sheriff’s Office detectives near Coulee City and booked into Grant County Jail on Thursday, March 25, according to local news reports. The assault allegedly took place near Moses Lake, reports stated. No evidence showed that any assaults took pla...

  • State capital gains income tax upheld

    Sen. Mark Schoesler|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Ever since legislative Democrats passed a law (Senate Bill 5096) two years ago creating a capital gains state income tax in Washington, observers on both sides of the political aisle have been waiting for the controversial law to make its way to the state Supreme Court, where the court’s nine justices would decide whether the law was constitutional. Following a hearing in late January, the Supreme Court on March 24 issued its ruling, one that has opponents of this tax s...

  • Parental rights only sound good

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Parents’ Bill of Rights? Sounds OK until you see who supports it and why. House Resolution No. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reading the “five pillars of H.R. 5,” one senses that in normal times this legislation, though unnecessary, would seem quite innocent. But these aren’t normal times. The second pillar, “Parents have the right to be heard,” is being greatly debased by many Republicans. Perhaps the greatest evidence H.R. 5 is bad legislation is that MAGA and Ho...

  • Teacher's role misrepresented in story

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    I read your article “Parents: Odessa students mistreated.” You misrepresented my role at the board meeting. Your article states, “A lone teacher spoke in support of the district,” when I specifically said, multiple times, that I was speaking as a parent, not a teacher. The article’s use of the word “lone” and the misrepresentation of my role at the meeting give my presence and support I offered less value than it deserves. While I cannot tell you which diction to choose when writing a non-biased article, I can remind you th...

  • School board meeting the catalyst

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    I attended the Odessa school board meeting on March 22. I am an alum of Odessa schools and a teacher. Professionally speaking, I cannot fathom allowing my students to be harmed. Educators’ responsibility to student safety and respect supersedes any other. At times, classroom behaviors require sternness, but never screaming, putting your hands on a student, or demeaning them. There have always been small-town problems in Odessa schools. Gossip. Bullying. Superiority. But what is happening now goes deeper. It is allowing s...

  • How has city spent ARPA, tourism dollars?

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    DAVENPORT — The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns came with a silver lining for municipalities around the United States: Federal money being received in the form of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. Here, that money was put to several uses in 2021, 2022 and early 2023. Some local organizations benefitted from ARPA or tourism dollars, while other monies were used for city projects. The Lincoln County Historical Society was the first recipient of a tourism grant in 2021, receiving $2,000 May 12, 2021. The F...

  • AED's spread around county

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    REARDAN - The risk of cardiac arrest is a scary proposition, but there are now more tools to address an episode in Lincoln County thanks to a series of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) acquired by Highline Grain Growers through a $5,000 matching grant program. The units have been disbursed in the last two weeks by Fire District No. 4 and is a medical device aimed at analyzing a heart's rhythm and deliver an electric shock to the heart without the need of...

  • Briefs

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    M.K.B. contract approved HARRINGTON — Council approved a four-year contract with M.K.B. Lawn Care for city landscaping services at a regular meeting Wednesday, March 22. Councilmembers Joe Armand and David Buddrius abstained from voting. M.K.B. will provide landscaping services at the cemetery, city park and town square, plus other needs within city limits. Anthony Brown of M.K.B. said the company would do a spring cleanup of branches and other ailments that happened over the winter. The cost will be $3,291.69 a month for 1...

  • Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Davenport birthdays March 31: Chad Shaver, Cael Collins, Ann Johnston, Steve Bodeau, Sarah Guhlke, Ariana Young April 1: Karen Carruth, TyAnn Cate, Denton Deal, Tanner Deal, Kevin Hupp, Kevin Morcom April 2: Carol Orand, Mary Abbott, Holt Wagner, Allison Richardson, Nickolas Stephens, Marie Plasencia April 3: Chantelle Harrison, Bernice Brown † April 4: Janelle Janke, Addie Carstensen, Drew Lawson, Mike Leffel, Jennifer Cashion April 5: Farah Slahtasky, Phil Carr, Patrick Katz, Mike Piper April 6: Bob Martin, Terry Lust, Zack...

  • Mark Dale Kuest

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Mark Dale Kuest Dec. 9, 1963 - March 19, 2023 We were lucky enough to learn countless lessons from Mark in his nearly 60 years of life, including this pearl of wisdom: "If it hurts when you do that, don't do that" and many others. Honor your commitments. Shake it off. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Mark Dale Kuest, family man, gearhead and semi-professional life of the party, died of sudden cardiac arrest on Sun., March 19, 2023 in the company of his loving wife...

  • Andrew (Andy) Bartkowski

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Andrew (Andy) Bartkowski Feb. 26, 1947 – March 2023 Andrew Bartkowski, a veteran of Vietnam, a longtime resident of Seven Bays, Wash., and formerly of Battle Ground, Wash., quietly passed away on March 13, 2023 at the Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane, WA. Andy as he was known to many was born on Feb. 26, 1947 to Pete and Jean Bartkowski in Littlefork, Minn. He grew up in Camas, Wash. and Hockinson, Wash. and graduated from Battle Ground High School before being drafted into t...

  • FBLA organizes Old Town Hall

    Ashley Parkinson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    ODESSA - FBLA members spent Martin Luther King Day and President's Day putting their organizational skills to work. They were tasked with sorting, boxing and shelving thousands of town records dating back to 1907. Students cleared the old library and all records are now organized by year and stored on new shelves members built. Interesting finds included handwritten courthouse records issuing fines of $1.40 for disturbing the peace. The FBLA group started this project in the...

  • Lilje turns 100

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Longtime Davenport resident and businessman and World War II veteran Joe Lilje celebrated his 100th birthday Wednesday, March 29. Lilje celebrated with family last weekend and had plans to celebrate with his Davenport Retirement Village community this week....

  • Welcome to My Kitchen

    Laura Estes|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Easter and hot cross buns seem to go together. They are often on the menu for Easter breakfast or dinner. The history of hot cross buns goes back many centuries and tradition indicates they were first made for Good Friday. Hot cross buns, as we know them today, appear to have originated with Brother Thomas Rodcliffe, a monk at St Albans, England, in 1361. The monks made them to distribute to the poor on Good Friday. Originally the cross was made on the buns with a paste of...

  • Reardan boys split with Liberty

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    REARDAN — The boys baseball team (1-3) notched its first victory this season during a doubleheader Saturday, March 25, against Liberty (Spangle). Liberty (2-2) won the opening game 5-4; Reardan won Game 2, 14-6. Through four innings in the first game, the teams matched each other hit-for-hit and were tied 4-4. Tyler Clouse and Andrew Schulz led Reardan with two hits and a run each. Tate Nelson, Evan Moser and Craig Rinehart each had one hit. Nelson had 13 strikeouts and gave up 8 hits. In the second game, Reardan scored 4 r...

  • Moffet hangs up the whistle

    Ashley Parkinson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    ODESSA - Basketball is more than just a game to Larry Moffet. It has been a way of life for almost 40 years. But Moffet's run as an assistant coach for the Odessa boys and girls teams came to an end when he announced his retirement at the March 22 school board meeting. He most recently was an assistant coach for the girls team that made its first appearance at the Spokane Arena this year. Prior to that, he was an assistant for the boys team. Moffet's decision to retire has...

  • Davenport, Odessa track teams compete

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    EPHRATA - The Odessa girls track and field team tied for 10th place at the Ray Cross Invitational Saturday, March 25. Odessa competed against 20 other schools, including A teams like Richland, Moses Lake, Kennewick and Southridge. Here are the Tigers' individual results from the meet. Odessa was the only local school in action last week. Boys 100 meters 26. Mason Wright, 12.51 40. Jesse Reeves, 13.27 Girls 100 meters 26. Alexis Eden, 14.16 49. Maddy Hawley, 16.65 Boys 200...

  • Reardan girls lose 2

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Mar 30, 2023

    REARDAN - The Liberty (Spangle) Lancers swept the Screaming Eagles in a girls 2B fastpitch doubleheader Saturday, March 25. The Lancers (4-0) won the first game, 19-0, and the second game, 14-5. The first game was all about Liberty freshman Jordyn Jeske, who handcuffed Reardan batters with overpowering pitches. She faced only 12 batters, striking out 10 of them. Reardan (1-5) walked 10 batters, which allowed the Lancers to rack up the runs. Liberty led 15-0 after one inning....

  • Area Sports Docket

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    Varsity games, meets and matches for Davenport, Odessa, Reardan and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington the week of March 31-April 6. All games are subject to postponement or cancellation. Friday, Mar. 31 • Davenport and Odessa track at Glenn Wolfe Invite in Deer Park @ 10:30 a.m. • Davenport baseball at Colfax @ 11 a.m. • Davenport softball doubleheader at Colfax @ 2 p.m. • Reardan tennis vs. Chewelah at Davenport @ 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 1 • Odessa baseball doubleheader at Northport @ noon • Reardan baseball do...

  • NOTICE OF APPLICATION

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF GROUNDWATER SUPERCEDING CERTIFICATE G3-00528C Notice of Application for Change of Water Right to change the point of withdrawal and place of use under Groundwater Water Right No. G3-00528C. TAKE NOTICE: That on February 7, 2023, Deife, Inc. filed an application with the Washington State Department of Ecology to change the point of withdrawal and place of use under Water Right No. G3-00528C. That said right, G3-00528C, under priority date October 14, 1969, authorizes the withdrawal of 2,200...

  • City of Sprague Request for Qualifications Engineering Consulting Services

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    City of Sprague Request for Qualifications Engineering Consulting Services The City of Sprague is requesting statements of qualifications (SOQ) from individuals or firms interested in providing professional engineering services during the 2023-2025 calendar years. Potential services include planning, design, construction management/contract administration, on-call consulting and grant applications for sewer, water, sidewalk, and street projects. Individuals or firms wishing to be considered for projects during 2023-2025...

  • PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS

    Updated Mar 30, 2023

    PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF SPOKANE NO. 23-4-00561-32 In the Matter of the Estate of: PAULINE L. HALL, Deceased. The Administrator named below has been appointed as Administrator of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Administrator or the...

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