KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Lewis County Jobless Rate Falls to 8%
There’s good news for the local economy. Lewis County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.0 percent in June according to the numbers released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department. That’s down from 9.4 percent in May and 11.2 percent in June 2013. It’s also the lowest jobless rate for Lewis County since October 2008. Neighboring counties in Southwest Washington also saw drops in the jobless rate in June. Grays Harbor County was under double digits at 8.5 percent, Cowlitz is at 7.1 percent, Wahkiakum at 6.9 percent and Thurston at 5.2 percent.
No Crematorium for Downtown Winlock
A crematorium won’t be located in downtown Winlock after a city resident purchases the intended property. Cattermole Funeral Home was planning to build a 2,400 square foot crematorium at the site of an abandoned house in the 200 block of Southwest First Street, near its main office. Now the property has been purchased by Winlock resident Rosanna Wong for $26,000. According to The Daily News, Wong said she bought the property to allow Cattermole to investigate other possible crematorium sites. Wong drafted a petition against the proposed facility that was signed by about 360 Winlock residents. She said they have nothing personal against a crematorium. It’s just that downtown isn’t the right place for it.
Centralia City Council to Consider Recreational Pot Zoning
The Centralia City Council will be holding a special meeting to consider proposed zoning for processing, production and retail sales of recreational marijuana within the city limits next week. According to The Chronicle, the special meeting comes at the request of Council Member Pat Gallagher, who sent an e-mail to City Manager Rob Hill on July 18 asking that it come before the Council again. The special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 6 PM in the City Council Chambers at Centralia City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Twin Transit to Vote on Bus Service Cuts
The Twin Transit Board of Directors will again try to make a decision on potential reductions to local bus service when they meet Thursday morning. The Board postponed taking action on the reductions during its regular meeting last week. Twin Transit General Manager Rob LaFontaine says in particular the Board is considering a proposal that would suspend the commuter service to Olympia and all Sunday bus service. The Twin Transit Board meets Thursday at 8:15 AM at the agency’s office in Centralia and the meeting is open to the public.