Local News
Gov. Inslee Appoints Replacement for Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Pierce County deputy prosecuting attorney to Thurston County Superior Court ahead of a judge's retirement. Judge James Dixon will retire on Dec. 30 after spending …
Uncertain Future: Centralia City Council to Hold Meeting Discussing Pearl Street Pool Plans
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Centralia City Council will convene for a special public meeting to discuss the future of the Veterans Memorial Pearl Street Pool.  The meeting will be held in the …
With Property Revals Out, Lewis County Assessor Explains Property Taxes
They say death and taxes are sure things — not that we’re sure to understand them.  Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey has spent 47 years working in the assessor’s office …
Baw Faw Grange Hosting ‘Here Comes Christmas’ Craft Fair on Dec. 3
The Boistfort Valley Here Comes Christmas Craft Fair will be on Dec. 3 at the Baw Faw Grange from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Baw Faw Grange is located at 995 Boistfort Road, Curtis. This event …
State Sen. John Braun of Centralia Re-Elected as Republican Leader
Republicans in the state Senate re-elected their top leadership in a caucus meeting on Tuesday. Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, was reelected as Republican leader.  “I’m honored to …
Tractor Supply Company Will Host ‘Photos With Santa’ Event at Chehalis Location
The Chehalis branch of the Tractor Supply Company will host a “Photos With Santa” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10. The Chehalis branch is located at 1050 NW Maryland Ave. in …
Scott Brummer Sworn in as New Lewis County Commissioner
After the death of Commissioner Gary Stamper in September of 2021, Lee Grose — a Packwood resident who previously held the seat — was chosen to serve the final year of Stamper’s …
After Certification, Here’s How Lewis County Elections Shook Out
The Lewis County Auditor’s Office has officially completed ballot tallying and certified the results of the local Nov. 8 general election.  This year, out of the county’s 54,557 …
Thurston County Officials Have Certified the Nov. 8 Election Results; Here Are the Final Tallies
Thurston County officials certified the results of the November general election on Tuesday, solidifying victories for Commissioner Tye Menser, Sheriff-elect Derek Sanders and others.  About …
Lewis County Coffee Grows With Purchase of The Station in Centralia
Having been in downtown Centralia for nearly a decade, The Station, a coffee bar and bistro, is now owned by the Lewis County Coffee Company.  The Station, formerly owned by the DeVaul …
Mint City Coffee Roasting Opens in Downtown Chehalis
Mint City Coffee Roasting opened in downtown Chehalis on Tuesday as it welcomed customers for the first time since the owners began work renovating their over 100-years-old building more than three …
Community Calendar: Craft Bazaar; Acoustic Music Jam; Dueling Pianos
To add upcoming events to the Community Calendar, email reporter Matthew Zylstra at matthew@chronline.com. See the full calendar at chronline.com The Shed Christmas Market Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at …
Sirens: Robbery; Alcohol at School ; Animal Negligence; Dancing Shirtless in Parking Lot 
CENTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT  Malicious Mischief  • Graffiti was reported in the 1300 block of Oxford Avenue just before 8:10 a.m. on Nov. 28.  • At approximately …
State Fire Marshal’s Office Provides Tips for Christmas Tree Fire Safety 
At Christmastime, many families in Washington state enjoy gathering around the tree to celebrate the holiday season and reflect on the past year.  As people prepare for the holiday, the …
Man Accused of Raping an 81-Year-Old in Cowlitz County
A 57-year-old Kelso man is charged with raping an 81-year-old person earlier this month. Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Jurvakainen told The Daily News that Shawn Allen McCoy is charged …
Local Sports
Late Free Throws Vault Vikings Past Tigers on Opening Night
MOSSYROCK — On a night the Mossyrock girls basketball program honored the memory of longtime former coach Gary Stamper, it was all too fitting the Vikings gutted out an all-too-familiar 44-42 …
Warriors Fall to Eagles
The Rochester girls basketball team came up just short on the road Thursday, falling to 1A Elma 44-38 in a non-league matchup. The Warriors trailed by eight points at halftime, but turned things …
T-Birds Get Started With Rout Over Hockinson
The Tumwater girls basketball team hit the ground running Thursday to open the 2022-23 season, rolling past Hockinson 56-13 in a non-league matchup. Senior Kylie Waltermeyer kicked off her season …
Chavez Leads Tigers to Opening Win at Tenino
TENINO — It didn’t take long after the final buzzer sounded for the sound of the Centralia fight song to come through the walls of the visitor’s locker room and onto the court in …
Warriors Slow Start Leads to Road Loss
Falling behind early and not being able to keep pace with Hoquiam on the road, the Rochester boys basketball team fell in Grays Harbor, 67-49.  The Warriors slowed down the Grizzlies a bit …

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Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Mildred “Milly” Short: 1927-2022  

Mildred “Milly” Short passed away Oct. 26, 2022, in Centralia, Washington, her home of 16 years. She was born Jan. 28, 1927, to Pearl Adams and Charles Burgess in Mineral, Washington. …

In Loving Memory of Linda Shannon: 1948-2022  

Linda June Shannon, of Lincoln Creek, Rochester, Washington, passed away at home on Nov. 9, 2022, at the age of 74 with her family by her side.  Linda was born on May 23, 1948, in Albany, …

In Loving Memory of Clara Dutcher: 1949-2022 

Clara Irene Dutcher, 73, of Napavine Washington, passed away into God’s arms Nov. 26, 2022, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born May 9, 1949, in Chehalis, Washington, to Oscar and Beulah …

In Loving Memory of Joyce Alene Boyce: 1943-2022  

Joyce Alene Boyce, our dear mother, sadly passed away on Nov. 22, 2022, at the age of 79. She was a beloved mother who loved and welcomed all the kids in the neighborhood. She had close friends in …

Death Notices: Dec. 1, 2022

• CLARA DUTCHER, 73, Chehalis, died Nov. 26 at her residence. Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home. • ANNA M. PACKARD, 84, Vader, died on Nov. 24 at her residence. …

In Loving Memory of Rosalie ‘Pode’ Hendricks: 1928-2022   

Rosalie “Pode” (Rushton) Hendricks passed away in her home on Nov. 23, 2022. Pode was born on May 27, 1928, to Bob and Gladys Rushton in Copalis, Washington.  The Rushton family …
State & Regional News

Police Double Down on 'Targeted' Nature of Killings Near University of Idaho, But Say House Itself Could Have Been Chosen and Not Occupants

Following back-and-forth claims from law enforcement on the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students last month, the Moscow Police Department on Thursday night doubled down on …

Nation/World News

Lethal Blasts in Poland Rattle NATO as Russia Strikes Ukraine

Explosions reportedly caused by Russian missiles killed two people in Poland, prompting the NATO member to consider an appeal for assistance from its allies in the alliance. Polish authorities are …

Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Contemplating the Stance of Some Gun Owners

Gun owners say that if society takes away their AR-15 style automatic weapons, next comes rifles, handguns, knives and finally every last slingshot and peashooter in America. I have read some …

Commentary

Being Frank Commentary: Climate Change Forces Tribes to Leave Traditional Lands Behind

Native nations are on the front lines of climate change. The impacts have reached our shores and are forcing us to leave traditional lands behind. Sea level rise, flooding, erosion, intensity of …

Commentary: Despite Inflation and Other Concerns, People Returning to Stores

The good news is, despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing online but making in-store purchases.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) …

Julie McDonald Commentary: Author’s Book Describes Crucial Role of Community Libraries

During the general election earlier this month, nearly 60 percent of Morton voters opted to leave the Timberland Regional Library District, reversing a decision a decade ago to pay taxes to support …

Brian Mittge Commentary: RIP to a Proud Coug and a Lifelong Newsman

Longtime readers of The Chronicle are probably very familiar with the work of Doug Blosser, even if his name rarely appeared in the newspaper.  Blosser, who died earlier this month at age 74, …

From the College President: New Apartments Coming in 2023 for Centralia College Students

At the corner of South Ash Street and Centralia College Boulevard, dirt is being churned up and crews are laying the groundwork for new student apartments. The new facility will be owned and managed …
Outdoors
Outdoors
In Focus: Weekly Lewis County Area Hunting Highlights Roundup
The Chronicle shares photos and details of local hunts, fishing outings and other outdoors submissions. To be included in the weekly roundup — published in every Thursday edition — just …
In Focus: Weekly Lewis County Area Hunting Highlights
The Chronicle is always looking for photos and details of local hunts, fishing outings and other activity in the great outdoors. To be included in the weekly roundup — published each Thursday …
Reader Submissions: Weekly Lewis County Area Hunting Highlights
The Chronicle is publishing photos and details of local hunting and fishing outings in every Thursday edition. To be included, send photos and information to news@chronline.com.