Come Saturday, Sept. 19, Grangeville will have one more place to shop. Jan Meggerson is opening “Jan’s Paparazzi Boutique” at 322 W. South Street, located just behind the courthouse.
Somewhere in the past decade or so, Grangeville High School cheerleaders have gotten a bad rap. “I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow it became considered not cool or popular to be a cheerleader,” said GHS secretary Alecia Hagen.
Parents of preschoolers and kindergarteners in Grangeville now have another schooling option. Cornerstone Christian Learning Center has opened at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene with classes beginning yesterday, Sept. 8.
Ken Doughty is in business again. Doughty has started Ken’s Heating and Cooling and is ready for customers. “I wanted more flexibility in working for myself again,” the Kooskia native explained.
There’s a new face at Camas Prairie Preschool. Make that two new faces. Danielle Grow of Greencreek is the new teacher at the school and brings with her 3-year-old daughter, Lainey.
“The chamber felt that it was important to have a time for the community to come together and have a respite from all the chaos of the last month,” said Kamiah Chamber of Commerce President Robert Simmons.
A new face in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal’s chair is actually a familiar face to GEMS.
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Kamiah Drug is replacing medications for patients who have lost their medication due to fire. Call them at 935-0102.
Don Curry looked at a mound of rocks, dirt and weeds at the far end of Prairie Junior Senior High School and had a vision. At the beginning of summer, that vision became a reality.
He’s a traveling man and it’s time for a change.
CV graduate returns home
Physician assistant Todd Bledsoe has made a full circle. The Clearwater Valley High School graduate is one of the newest faces at Syringa Clinic. “It is good to be back,” he smiled.
A new face in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal’s chair is actually a familiar face to GEMS. Although Dr. Susan Anderson only taught at GEMS for one year previously to taking the helm from outgoing principal Alica Holthaus, she has been a part of Grangeville for many more years.
There are many stories of destruction and loss during a tragedy such as the Clearwater Complex Fire. Here are two of the stories of Kamiah area couples whose lives changed in the matter of minutes Friday, Aug. 14.
It’s a hog’s world at the Idaho County Fair. At least it is this year. Each year the fair board plans and implements improvements to the grounds and this year it’s the pigs (and their owners) who will benefit most.
‘For me, this is the official start of the fair’
A long line of cars and campers line the streets leading to the Idaho County Fair, winding like a caterpillar. “When that cable across the driveway hits the ground Saturday morning prior to the fair, campers are already lined up anticipating on getting a spot with hook-ups,” said Idaho County Fair board member Tony Schumacher, who is in charge of RV parking. “For me, this is the official start of the fair.”
It takes a village … or at least several communities to renovate a hall.
The 39th annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is set for this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23.
The Grangeville Dolphins Swim Team (pictured above) finished their season with a home meet Saturday, Aug. 15. (Left) coaches, lifeguards, volunteers and team members cheer on a young swimmer to finish a relay event. For updates on Grangeville Swim Team, check out the Facebook page. The swimmers were coached by Calen Long and Emily Kaschmitter among additional parent volunteers.
Winner will smack the best hog at the Idaho County Fair Aug. 22
Three local men are vying for the honor to kiss the grand champion pig Aug. 22 at the Idaho County Fair – “And you can help decide on the winner,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman.
Six young ladies fought nerves and gave speeches to a crowd of onlookers and judges July 28 at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.
“I am happy to be here – there are so many familiar faces,” smiled Father John Gathungu. Gathungu recently stepped in to fill the pulpit as priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville. He will also provide Mass at White Bird and Nezperce. He replaces Father Mariusz Majewski who was called to the Catholic Diocese in Coeur d’Alene.
“I do not feel we can get the numbers up in the Kooskia Clinic if we do not have the providers there consistently,” emphasized Syringa Hospital trustee Dick Tucker of Kooskia. Tucker spoke to the board at the regular meeting July 27.
If you’re looking to take a walk on the Grangeville High School track, don’t. At least not now. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 15, the GHS track will be unavailable to the public.
A parade of men, pink boas decorating their trucks, made their way down the narrow road toward the Flying B Ranch the morning of Sunday, July 19. These net-wielding, pole carrying, vest-clad men were met with whoops, hollers and cheering. Fourteen women were paired with these river helpers – and some were even greeted with a good-natured “dance dollar” poked in the pocket of their fishing guests as the duos met for the first time. They soon made their way to the pond on the ranch and began Casting for Recovery.
It’s Crazy Days time in Grangeville! Look in this week’s Shopper and Free Press for ads on what stores are participating and “Go Crazy” shopping downtown Grangeville!
The annual Dixie Days event will feature a variety of activities for its 104th annual celebration Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.
Six local young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for 2016. Royalty will be crowned Friday night of the fair, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., in the Arena Building. Candidates for royalty are Katrina Frei, Rachel Kelley and Abigail Stowell of Grangeville, Davi Murphy and Hailey Williams of Kooskia, and Kortney Sims of Elk City.
In a world where political disagreements, shootings and general mayhem seem to be everyday occurrences, it’s often easy to overlook the good people do.
Despite a storm that dropped buckets of rain and blew down tree branches throughout Grangeville just more than an hour prior to Shook Twins performing at Pioneer Park July 23, the concert ended up being well attended by nearly 200 people.
In celebration of Idaho's Farmers' Market Week as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter, the Grangeville Farmers' Market will be hosting some special events.
Horses lined the fence in this field on Old Highway 7 outside of Grangeville. They were looking across the road at a field with two horses in it, communicating through whinnies and blows.
“I would like to have anyone who says our coaching policy is unfair here right now,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes. “This is not easy and it’s never fun to cut kids. No coach likes that.”
In the mood for some fresh-grown raspberries? The Raspberry Festival is an annual fund-raiser for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude and is set for this Sunday, Aug. 2.
Emergency training pays off for local student
On a hot day in early July, 16-year-old Hunter Connolley was in the right place at the right time.
For Josh Kays and Dan Hatton of Louisville, Ken., pedaling more than 50 miles at a time is all in a day’s work.
Just a few short weeks after graduating from Grangeville High School, Travis Goehring didn’t expect to find himself hitting the books.
“I came to the park at 4:30 to make sure these guys were all here and doing OK,” Grangeville Arts member Jane Spencer told the crowd at the Thursday, July 16, concert at Pioneer Park.
All current and potential royalty candidates invited
“I competed in my first rodeo queen pageant when I was 11,” said Alyson Grinestaff Hanson of Grangeville.
Warm, windy weather and a full crowd greeted brothers band Thorn Creek Express last Thursday night at Pioneer Park. The event was the first in the annual Thursday night concert series. Programs will run through July 30.
After nearly 13 years of using her home as a base for her business, Stephanie Forsmann has moved out.
Three-day event draws family, friends for fun
Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.
Stites Days are set for July 11 and 12 with the theme of “Celebrating Our Heritage.” July 11 begins with the pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast at Stites City Park from 7 to 9 a.m.
Thorn Creek Express to play Thursday night
Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.
Kristi Brooks Soltman has come full circle.
Klement will take helm Oct. 1
A lifetime career in the newspaper business will come to an end Sept. 30 for Andy McNab.
What do Grangeville Farmers Market and kids have in common?
Did you know you can read many of the Free Press special publications through the website?
After 29 years in the insurance business, David and Donna Seyer of Seyer Insurance are ready for a break.
A change in pace — make that a change in face — is in store for Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie.
A memorial scholarship fund in the name of Bill Eimers has been set up for the benefit of Grangeville High School seniors. Eimers was born and educated in Grangeville.