March 30th, 2013
The Deer Park School Board will begin work this week to find a replacement for Superintendent Becky Berg, who submitted her resignation (effective June 30) to take a similar position with the Marysville School District.
The school board is expected to meet with representatives from Educational Service District No. 101 to map out a strategy to find Bergâ€™s replacement.
The school board used ESD 101 resources in 2010 to hire Berg after Mick Miller to a superintendent job in the Walla Walla School District.
Area churches plan a variety of Easter services this weekend.
â€˘ Faith Lutheran Church at S.214 Weber Road will hold an Easter breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday along with an Easter egg hunt at 9:15 a.m. A worship service will be held at 10 a.m.
â€˘ Zion Lutheran Church at E220 Crawford will hold a 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service will be added to the normal 10 a.m. Sunday service schedule.
â€˘ The Open Door Congregational Church at N205 Main St. will hold an Easter Sunday sunrise service is planned at 6:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast at 8 a.m. and a worship service at 9:30 a.m.
A 24-year-old Elk woman faces first-degree arson charges following a house fire in the N37000 block of Elk-Chattaroy Road on March 27.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at around 1:30 p.m. to a suspicious fire at Elk-Chattaroy Road. Fire personnel had responded to the same residence the previous day to a suspicious mattress fire.
While en route to the residence, Deputy Jennifer Sutter received information that 24-year-old Amanda Cook possibly started the fire intentionally.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes and Forensics units assisted Whitman County Sheriffâ€™s Office with a homicide investigation at N28709 Schwartgen Road in Chattaroy.
Investigators spent the day looking for the body of 17-year-old Donavin Stapert, who was believed to have been killed earlier this month in Malden, Wash. They spent most of the morning collecting forensic evidence near a site of some freshly turned dirt and started digging this afternoon.
Excessive speed was blamed, in part, for a one-car accident on east Blanchard Road on Tuesday that left the driver in critical condition.
According to the Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the 23-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was traveling on Blanchard Road at around 1 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and became airborne. The vehicle then struck a couple of pine trees prior to coming to rest.
The driver was transported to a local hospital.
Investigators determined speed and impairment were factors in the collision.
Deborah Jan Peppones passed away peacefully in her home on March 16, 2013. She was surrounded by the loving embrace of her family as she took her last breath.
Debbie is survived by her husband, David Hallenius; her two children, Alex (Mandy) Hallenius of Seattle, and Ian (Amy) Hallenius of Ennis, Mont.; and grandchildren, Ellie and Owen Hallenius. She also leaves behind three sisters, Martha Peppones, Sandy (Al) Freutal, and Daphne (Eric) Beck.
Preceding her in departing this life were her parents, Demetrius and Ulah Peppones.
Deer Park Mayor Robert Whisman has announced his intention to seek a third term this fall.
He said the decision was spurred by the encouragement of friends and citizens asking him to seek another four-year term. He is the first city resident to announce his candidacy for the position.
If elected, Whisman will join Earl Mix and Jim Swinyard as having served more than two terms in the mayoral position.
Lyle R. Wells, age 88, passed into eternity on March 18, 2013, after a short illness.
Lyle was a full-time farmer in the Deer Park/Clayton area since 1950. Lyle enjoyed the last three years of retirement at Evergreen Fountains in the Spokane Valley.
Lyle loved to hunt, fish and travel. One favorite pastime was huckleberrying.
Lyle is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ida; two sons, Terry, of Vancouver, Wash., and Jay, of Seattle; a cousin, James Hollandsworth; and several nieces and nephews.
Connie Davis passed away at the age of 58 on Monday, March 4, 2013 in Spokane after a valiant two-and-a-half-year fight with breast cancer.
Connie was a vivacious woman known for her good nature, keen sense of humor and sharp wit and was always ready with a quick joke or a friendly, sparkly-eyed insult followed by her trademark grin and chuckle. Throughout her courageous battle, she remained positive and inspired those around her.
Jadine Morris was crowned the 59th Miss Deer Park in ceremonies on Saturday in Deer Park High Schoolâ€™s Ken Fisher Performing Arts Center.
The title carried a $1,350 scholarship. Morris, daughter of Warren and Dona Morris of Deer Park, also received $150 scholarships for winning the scholastic and creative and performing arts (a piano rendition of Glenn Millerâ€™s â€śIn the Moodâ€ť) portions of the program.