This year there will be a Halloween event at the Pacific County Fairgrounds put on in partnership with the Teen Advocacy Coalition and Pacific Events District, so if you are looking for a child-friendly activity to do this year go to the Harvest Festival. Unlike last year, this event is not a drive-thru event and will be held rain or shine.
The event runs Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 starting at 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Local food and craft vendors will be available both days of the event. Admission is free.
During the first week of October, the Pacific County Department of Health released data collected from hospitals where Pacific County residents with COVID are usually sent for treatment if they are sick enough to need hospitalization. Everyone familiar with Willapa Harbor Hospital and Ocean Beach Hospital knows that there is limited bed space and resources for COVID treatment.
"Our local hospitals do hospitalize people and can keep people, but what they can do is sort of limited," said PCDOH Director Katie Lindstrom. "A lot of times people get transferred out [of the county]."
SOUTH BEND - Kathryn M. Burr was "expected to plead guilty to one count of Theft 1st Degree with aggravating circumstances for being a major economic offense; abusing her position of trust; and, for the foreseeable destructive impact her crimes had on individuals other than the victim," Pacific County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Faurholt told the Herald. The action took place in Pacific County Superior Court last Tuesday (Oct. 12).
Faurholt added, "Sentencing will follow in a month or so to allow victims to be present and be heard if they so choose."
During the first week of October, one of the public schools in south Pacific County was closed due to the rapid progression of COVID-19 throughout the staff and students. The school reopened Monday, October 11.
"Circumstances called for a reset, a chance for the school to take a breather, have everyone go home and stop spreading COVID," commented Pacific County Health and Human Services Director Katie Lindstrom. She mentioned that closing a school is not an ideal situation, but sometimes it will happen.
SOUTH BEND - The trial of Kathryn M. Burr was finally scheduled to start this week running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Pacific County Superior Court. Burr, 50, the former executive director of the Crisis Support Network (CSN), is charged with one count of Theft in the First Degree with Aggravating Factor; 12 counts of Obtaining Signature by Deception with Aggravating factor and 12 counts of Forgery with Aggravating Factors. Senior Deputy Prosector Joseph Faurholt is the lead attorney for the prosecution. Scott Campbell of Montesano is representing the defense.
Alli Engel was crowned Lewis Pacific Swiss Society Swiss Miss during the 51st Oktoberfest, on October 2 at the Swiss Park in Frances.
Alli is a senior at PeEll High School and also participates in the running start program through Centralia College. Alli, an honor student, also plays volleyball and fastpitch. When not busy at school, Alli is a longtime member of 4-H, where she has shown pigs and entered baking contests.
The pandemic is stretching on and food insecurity is growing greater in Pacific County. One group of local girls have responded to this call. Girl Scout Troop 41175, which serves the communities of Raymond and South Bend, is running a COVID Relief Food Drive to support the North Pacific County Food Bank in October.
"We are a volunteer-run nonprofit organization working with girls from kindergarten to 4th grade," said Troop Leader Kandice Caldwell. "Girl Scouts has been around for over 100 years and has more than 2.7 million members and our troop joined the ranks in early 2021."
SOUTH BEND - There are several significant races in north Pacific County in the 2021 General Election. Throughout the entire county, there are 77 candidates running for a total of 64 offices. The election is Tuesday, November 2. Ballots will be mailed from the auditor's office to the post offices today.
A new housing development is in the beginning stages of development as Owner of Willapa Bay Properties Rex Angelovich receives permission from the City of Raymond Council to purchase the old reservoir property above Elm Street.
Willapa Bay Properties has already purchased 152 lots in the area above Elm Street, but then discovered a hiccup.
"We are currently working on putting together a development project," Angelovich said during a Raymond City Council Meeting. "There is a city-owned property right in the middle of our development; that was an old reservoir."
Pacific County Prosecutor Ben Haslam has decided to resign from his position. Haslam, who took over as prosecutor in August of last year after Mark McClain stepped down, gave his resignation to the county commissioners September 17.
Haslam, who was hired as the deputy prosecutor in 2018, is mainly retiring for personal reasons and to spend more time with his family.
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