KELA/KMNT News Headlines for Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
Fire Destroys House, Vehicle near Littlerock
A fire destroyed a house located on Weyerhauser property near Littlerock Monday afternoon. Just before 12:30 PM units from West Thurston Fire Authority were dispatched to the residence near the Mima/Gate Road nursery. The fire was reported by a nursery worker who could see smoke and flames from a distance. When firefighters arrived, the two-story structure was fully involved and the fire had extended to a car parked next to the house. West Thurston Fire reports the structure, its contents and the vehicle are a total loss. The person who was living in the house was not home at the time of the blaze. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.
Search for New Centralia College President Narrowed
The search for the next president of Centralia College is in high gear. A search committee appointed by the college’s Board of Trustees has gone through an initial screening of the applicants and cut the list to 12 candidates. College spokesman Don Frey says the committee will narrow that list to six finalists. They will be invited to the campus to meet with college employees and community members. That’s expected in late April or early May. Frey says the announcement of a new president is expected later this spring. That person will replace Dr. Jim Walton who is retiring June 30 after 12 years on the job.
One Local Judge to Run for Re-election, One Won't
One local District Court Judge announces he will run for re-election while another says he won’t seek another term in office. On Monday, R.W. Buzzard announced he will seek election to a third full term to the Position 2 seat on the Lewis County District Court bench. Buzzard has served as district court judge for 10 years after serving previously as Centralia Municipal Court Judge. Meanwhile, Michael Roewe, who has served 25 years as a District Court Judge, confirmed his decision to not seek re-election. He says he won’t seek another term on the bench to allow him more time for grandchildren, travel and other areas of community involvement.
Gas Prices Continue to RiseGas prices in Washington jumped another 7 cents a gallon in the past week and according to Gas Buddy.com, the average price is now $3.52 per gallon. This compares with the national average which rose over 3 cents per gallon the past week to $3.47 a gallon. Including the changes in the past week, the average price in Washington is 29 cents per gallon lower than last year at this time, but its 22 cents a gallon higher than a month ago. You can find a check of local gas prices on our website, kelaam.com.