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The Seattle-based nonprofit Bezos Academy is looking to get involved in early-learning education in Lewis County. The Centralia City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum of … more
Seattle rapper Lil Mosey, born Lathan Moses Echols, has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree rape charge stemming from a January 2020 incident in Randle.  Echols appeared in Lewis County … more
Centralia senior citizen Sue Wallace spends a lot of her days painting and coloring in her one-bedroom unit with her canine companion, Scooter. Before moving into Centralia’s Reliable Place … more
The Gifford Pinchot Trash Force goes the extra mile — 22 of them and counting, to be precise. Dedicated to the environmental stewardship of their namesake national forest and surrounding … more
The first quarterly filings for Washington’s Third Congressional District race are in, and incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has a strong fundraising lead among five challengers, three of … more
A 37-year-old Chehalis man has been identified as the victim of an apparent homicide, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.  The body of Jose Alejo Tamayo was found on the … more
OLYMPIA — For much of last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and related job losses made Washington's budget forecast look dismal, with billions in projected shortfalls leading to calls for swift … more
Warmer spring temperatures mean that the gates to the upper level of state Route 504, also known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, are now open. The Washington State Department of Transportation … more
High schools in Lewis County are eyeing the great outdoors — specifically football stadiums and fields — for more traditional graduation ceremonies this year following relaxed COVID-19 … more
Jason Sobczynski is quick to forget names. But model numbers? Well, those are easy to remember. “I’m horrible with names. If everyone had a number I would be so golden, but I … more
Southwest Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joined local officials this week in opposing a proposed wildlife refuge in Centralia. Multinational power company TransAlta announced … more
With COVID-19 activity rising across the state, Gov. Jay Inslee and health care leaders are urging those who haven’t received a vaccine for the disease to get their shots as Washington sees a … more
For about a decade, Ron Bolan worked for high-end cabinetry companies in the area. He says he learned to be handy from his stepdad, who would regularly use his skills to transform the cheap rentals … more
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has come out against a plan by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to acquire nearly 10,000 acres currently owned by TransAlta.  The proposal … more
OLYMPIA — Gun-rights demonstrations and other protests at the Capitol have long drawn large crowds of individuals, many of whom sport handguns on their hips or semiautomatic rifles slung over … more
When I first met Helen Holloway almost 20 years ago, she was Lewis County’s most vocal advocate for senior services. By her mid-70s, she had already been volunteering with seniors for three … more
Divers have recovered what is believed to be the body of Zach Hines-Rager, the Centralia teen who drowned in the Chehalis River on March 24.  The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Dive … more
The city of Centralia’s Fourth of July festival, Summerfest, has been canceled for the second year in a row — but the city is hoping to host a “low-calorie version” of the … more
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