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Mail truck driver killed after crashing into ditch near Elma

Washington State Patrol is investigating after a person was killed when the mail truck they were driving went into a ditch near Elma Wednesday morning. According to WSP, the driver, a 25-year-old Seattle man, was heading westbound on State Route 8, approaching milepost four just before 10 a.m. The mail...
ELMA, WA
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Fatality accident involving postal worker

A fatality accident outside Elma, and an accident at the scene, has traffic blocked. The Washington State Patrol tells KXRO that a USPS mail truck was found over an embankment this morning with the male driver deceased. According to WSP, it is not known how long the vehicle was in...
ELMA, WA
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Thurston County Keeps Housing Programs Afloat After Breaking With Provider

Thurston County officials has scrambled to issue August rent and utility checks for low-income residents after its contracted provider refused to continue the program. Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties chose not to renew its housing contracts with Thurston County on June 30, the same day the previous contracts expired.
THURSTON COUNTY, WA
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Baby Goat Reunited With Owners After Being Stolen From Grays Harbor County Fair

Penny, a 3-month-old goat, was reunited with her family this week after being stolen from the Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma. The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office announced the reunion in a Tuesday Facebook post. Deputies have arrested one person and identified two others linked to the alleged crime, according to the post.
ELMA, WA
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Impersonating city crew, woman allegedly steals from construction site

After being accused of stealing items from a construction site while wearing a stolen City of Lacey construction crew vest, jacket, and hard hat, police arrested Sarah E. Meacham, 49. In a series of tweets, the Lacey Police Department said officers were dispatched to a trespass call at a construction...
LACEY, WA
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Thurston is under fire alert

The National Weather Service in Seattle has upgraded alert levels to Red Flag in Thurston County. “Please be advised that NWS Seattle has rescinded the previously issued Fire Weather Watch and replaced it with a Red Flag Warning,” starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. Thursday for Thurston County as well as for Clallam, , Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason and Pierce, Counties, according to Thurston CountyEmergency Management Coordinator Vivian Eason earlier today.
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Chehalis Basin Survey Open to Residents

The Chehalis Basin Local Action Non-Dam (LAND) committee has set up an online survey for residents of the basin. It’s available at https://bit.ly/ChehalisBasinSurvey. Anyone in the basin is welcome to take the survey. The goal of it is to help provide the committee with insight on how flooding has impacted the lives of those in the basin so they can find ways to reduce flooding damage while also strengthening the community, according to the committee.
CHEHALIS, WA
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Thurston County Reports 419 New COVID-19 Cases

Thurston County reported 419 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths during the period of Aug. 8 through Aug. 14. There were 499 cases reported and two deaths between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7. Out of the 56,114 total county cases reported by Aug. 17, patients who have recovered or...
THURSTON COUNTY, WA
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Letter to the Editor: Centralia ER Nurses Perform Superhuman Work on a Daily Basis

Let me start by saying that I am not a nurse, but I do work at the hospital here in Centralia, and I would like to pay a tribute to the nurses that work in our emergency room. They are often required to work for days on end without breaks or lunches and almost always without a full complement of staff. There are only 22 rooms in this ER, yet typically there are 40 to 60 patients here waiting to be seen.
CENTRALIA, WA
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‘Massive’ amount of stolen items recovered in Yelm; suspect arrested

A 55-year-old suspect was arrested after a “massive” amount of stolen property was recovered in Yelm following reports of gunshots being fired at an individual attempting to recover one of the items, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) said on Thursday, August 11. In a news release,...
YELM, WA
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Tigers Begin Camp Under First-Year Head Coach Dustin McGee

Finally settled in, and ready for the season to get underway, Centralia’s new football coach is ready to hit the ground running after moving across the country with a championship resume. Though Dustin McGee found a house quickly and moved to the Hub City in June, preseason prep began...
CENTRALIA, WA
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Olympia amends rental housing ordinance

Olympia City Council adopted amendments to the rental housing code that limit move-in fees, rent increase notification, and pet damage deposit during the ordinance’s second reading Tuesday, August 16. Before the city council approved the amendments, Olympia Housing Program specialist Christa Lenssen suggested some substitute language on Olympia Municipal...
OLYMPIA, WA
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