KELA News Headlines for Friday, February 12, 2016
IRS phone scam reported
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has been inundated with calls about an IRS phone scam. The callers say unless you pay your taxes immediately, a law enforcement officer will come and arrest you. Stacy Brown with the Sheriff’s Office says the best thing to do is just hang up. The Sheriff’s Office also reminds you to not to give these people any account or card details, and don’t be fooled by the call apparently coming from a local number. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office reports they have also received numerous calls about calls claiming to be from the IRS.
Former police chief to run for County Commissioner
Former Tenino police chief John Hutchings has announced he is a candidate for Thurston County Commissioner from District One. Hutchings has 35 years of experience as a police officer, supervisor and Chief, including 27 years with the Olympia Police department and three as the Tenino Chief. Hutchings says he will to continue work on Thurston County’s community health, environmental issues and regional economic development. In a press release on his campaign website, Hutchings says he will run as an independent.
Centralia flood plain study approved
The Lewis County Commissioners have approved an amendment to an agreement with French and Associates to conduct a floodplain study for the City of Centralia. The plan for the study was previously presented to the Centralia City Council and has been approved by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority. County Community Development Director Lee Napier says the study will consider mitigation options for the city. She says Lewis County is the fiscal agent for the Flood Authority.
Monday is President's Day holiday
Monday is the President’s Day holiday. All city, county, state and federal government offices will be closed. Post offices will be closed and there will be no regular mail delivery. Schools will be closed as will all Timberland Regional Library branches. Banks and other financial institutions will also be closed. There will be regular curbside garbage and recycling collection. Customers are advised to have their carts out by 6 AM. Twin Transit and Intercity Transit will be providing bus service on their regular weekday schedules.
Jurassic Park at Fox Theatre on Saturday
The 2016 Film Series at the Fox Theatre in Centralia begins Saturday with Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster fantasy/science fiction epic"Jurassic Park." The film is sponsored by Twin Star Credit Union. Historic Fox Theatre Restorations president Scott White says there will be two showings, at 2 PM and 7 PM. White says admission prices are up slightly for 2016. Single tickets are $10 and a family pass good for up to four persons is $25. Fox Theatre members get in for $8. All proceeds go to the restoration of the historic Fox Theatre at 123 S.Tower Avenue in Centralia.