April 9th, 2012
Tamatha Christine Cummings was born in Enid, Okla., and moved with her family to Washington in June of 1973. She graduated from Mary Walker High School and married Jamie Cummings a year later. They built a home and a family right outside of Springdale.
She is survived by her parents, Grady and Cyndi Johnson; a sister, Kim Johnson and her sons, Dylan and Kevin Smith; her husband, Jamie Cummings; her children, Jerika Cummings, Kyle Cummings and Cody Pardun; brother-in-law, Hoss Cummings, his wife, Chere Cummings and their sons, Wade and Grant Cummings; and several other family members.
A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1200 Crawford, with the Rev. Tim White officiating, for longtime Deer Park resident Thirza R. Kelly, 91, who passed away on April 1 in Spokane Valley.
Born on Aug. 22, 1919, in Moxee City, Wash., she worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Tri-County Hospital in Deer Park for 22 years.
She was a member of the Assemblies of God Church.
Her husband, the Rev. Lowell M. Kelly; a son, Robert Kelly; her parents; a sister; and a brother, all predeceased her.
A funeral service was April 7at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chattaroy, with his son, Bishop Bryon Wiltse conducting, for longtime Deer Park area resident Lyle L. Wiltse, who passed away on April 2, 2012 on the family farm.
Born in Hunters on April 15, 1938, his family moved to Deer Park when he was in the seventh grade. He graduated from Deer Park High School in 1957.
A funeral service is planned for a later date for Loon Lake/Deer Lake resident Sharon Grace Carter, 77, who passed away on April 1, 2012, in Spokane.
Born on July 18, 1934 in Bothell, Wash., she was a homemaker and mother. She lived at Loon Lake and then Deer Lake for the past 13 years.
She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067 and the Moose Lodge at Loon Lake.
Her husband, Milton Carter, predeceased her.
She is survived by one son, Chris (Barb) Carter.
The East Valley Knights scored three runs in the first inning and Gage Burland did the rest in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Staked to an early 3-0 lead, Burland limited the Stags to only four hits (all singles) while striking out 10 in a makeup game from an early season rainout.
The Knights added three more runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth as they dropped the Stagsâ€™ Great Northern League record to 0-5.
Taylor Watkins provided most of the offensive firepower for the Knights with a pair of doubles.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has filed a request with the county prosecutorâ€™s office to have 32 felony first-degree animal cruelty charges filed against Elkâ€™s Michelle Stiner.
In addition, SCRAPS is seeking five misdemeanor second-degree animal cruelty and 86 confinement in an unsafe manner charges.
All the charges stem from a Feb. 23 raid on Stinerâ€™s ranch on Bruce Road where SCRAPS officials, veterinarians and volunteers found nearly 100 animals in need of appropriate food and medical attention.
Many of the animals were adopted by caring homes.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made it official on April 3: she will seek re-election to her fifth term in the U.S. House in Washingtonâ€™s Fifth Congressional District.
A funeral service will held at 2 p.m. on April 6 at the Heritage Chapel, N508 Government Way, Spokane, for Chattaroy resident Deborah N. â€śDebbeeâ€ť Morgan, 46, who passed away on April 2.
Born on Dec. 25, 1965, in Spokane to Fred and Sandi Uttke, she graduated from Mead High School in 1984 and worked as a para-educator in the Riverside School District. She married Gregg Morgan in 1988 in Spokane. They have lived in Chattaroy for the last 20 years.
She loved camping, boating, the Oregon Coast, "Muscle Cars" and cooking.
Rachel Goodner was crowned the 58th Miss Deer Park in front of a sellout crowd at the Ken Fisher Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School on Saturday night.
Goodner, daughter of Tony and Dawn Goodner, earned a $1,000 scholarship for winning the title. She also earned scholarships for winning the creative and performing arts section with her vocal rendition of the French song â€śJe Suis Malade,â€ť and the judgesâ€™ interview, fitness and scholastic sections.
The â€śmercy rule,â€ť long a staple of Class 1B football in the state may be changed for next season.
Under the current rule, if a team falls behind by 40 or more points anytime in the second half, the game ends. In the other classifications, a running clock is used when a team falls behind by 40 or more points.
Under a proposed Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule amendment, which must be adopted by the 55-member Representative Assembly, the Class 1B schools will also use the running clock rule.