News from Our Past

News from 100, 50 and 25 years ago
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Rock Island among recipients of state Commerce grants

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce recently announced nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grants to 21 rural cities and counties. The grants, ranging from $22,000 to $24,000, will fund crucial development plans for new or improved water and wastewater systems, community centers, growth management plans and feasibility studies across the state. North Central...
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Rock Island opens new wastewater treatment facility

By Jim Russell Rock Island citizens celebrated the opening of an impressive new wastewater treatment facility at a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 6. The ceremony marked the end of a long journey to build and fund the new facility, which seems to indicate how eager the people of Rock Island are for growth. It’s a story of a mayor, a council and 800 residents who rescued their well water and...
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Rock Island Dinner

Photo courtesy of The Wenatchee World A country store is set up for the Rock Island School Parents-Teachers Association fund-raising dinner March 30, 1972. Looking over some of the merchandise were, from left, Kari White, Brian White, Brian Fitzjarrold and Daro Gay White.
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Rock Island school seeks higher standard

The 2011-12 school year began Aug. 31 at Rock Island Elementary School. Principal Sue Kane recently talked with the Empire-Press about certain goals she’d like to see the school achieve this school year and other issues.
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Rock Island man charged with cultivating cockfights

A Rock Island man faces a charge of animal fighting after a neighbor gave sheriff’s deputies a video file purporting to show him training roosters for battle.
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Local companies brings goods to local folks

This season, local food producers are showing real pluck.
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Community news in brief

Community news in brief for Aug. 4.
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Beginnings

Births and marriage licenses in the July 14 issue of the Empire Press.
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Washington State University The following Douglas County students were named to the president’s honor roll at Washington State University. To be eligible, a student must earn at least a 3.75 grade-point average with at least nine credit hours. East Wenatchee: Ashley Brandt, Brooke Compton, Chad Drake, Jhoana Duran, Tammy Duretto, Bryant Goetz, Brittany Komm, Kathleen Analani Mathews, Joshua...
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