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Lorie Palmer

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Boutique to open this Saturday Legally blind woman finds way to be active

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.

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Got spirit? GHS cheerleading squad grows

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.

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Cornerstone Christian school opens doors in Grangeville

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.

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Doughty opens ‘Ken’s Heating and Cooling’

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.

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CPP has new teacher

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.

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Barbecue Days to proceed, despite fires

“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.

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GHS grad makes full circle, takes principal position at GEMS

A new face in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal’s chair is actually a familiar face to GEMS.

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Businesses, individuals make Idaho County Fair a success

It's Your Business

Kamiah Drug is replacing medications for patients who have lost their medication due to fire. Call them at 935-0102.

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Prairie ag ed program flourishing

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.

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Hall moves on to new music venue, adventure

He’s a traveling man and it’s time for a change.

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Bledsoe is new PA at Syringa Clinic

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.

GHS grad makes full circle, takes principal position at GEMS

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.

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Yarbroughs lose home, Cloningers come close

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.

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Idaho County Fair: Pigs, people will keep cooler at the fair this year

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.

Idaho County Fair 2015: Fairgrounds camping popular tradition for many

‘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.”

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White Bird IOOF Hall gets inside facelift

It takes a village … or at least several communities to renovate a hall.

Pow Wow set for weekend in Kamiah

The 39th annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is set for this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23.

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Swim Season Swum

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.

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Vote for champion ‘pig kissers’ now

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.

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Royalty hopefuls give speeches; court speaks about year’s events

Six young ladies fought nerves and gave speeches to a crowd of onlookers and judges July 28 at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.

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Kenyan priest joins local parish

“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.

Trustee queries investment in Kooskia Clinic

“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.

GHS track closed through Aug. 15

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.

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Casting for Recovery: Women with breast cancer learn to fly fish

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.

Crazy Days, new faces

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!

Dixie Days on tap for this weekend

The annual Dixie Days event will feature a variety of activities for its 104th annual celebration Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.

Six vie for Idaho County Fair queen

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.

Volunteers make ‘Casting’ event a success

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.

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Claire, Henson ring in final summer concert

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.

Farmers’ Market sets activities

In celebration of Idaho's Farmers' Market Week as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter, the Grangeville Farmers' Market will be hosting some special events.

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Just Being Neeeeeeeiiiiggggghhhhhhborly

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.

Sports cuts likely for MVSD 244

“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.”

Raspberry Festival slated for Sunday in Cottonwood

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.

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Connolley helps man in trouble at river

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.

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Kentucky cyclers pedal through, encourage others to experience their own adventures

For Josh Kays and Dan Hatton of Louisville, Ken., pedaling more than 50 miles at a time is all in a day’s work.

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Goehring is real estate agent

Just a few short weeks after graduating from Grangeville High School, Travis Goehring didn’t expect to find himself hitting the books.

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Shook Twins to perform Thursday

“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.

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Queening clinic on tap for Aug. 1

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.

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Concert, community festival events set this week, weekend

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.

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Stephanie Forsmann Photography opens shop

After nearly 13 years of using her home as a base for her business, Stephanie Forsmann has moved out.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

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.

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‘Celebrating Our Heritage’: Stites Days set for July 11, 12

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.

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Brothers group will present first concert in summer series

Thorn Creek Express to play Thursday night

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Brooks takes helm of Syringa Thrift

Kristi Brooks Soltman has come full circle.

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McNab to bid farewell to Free Press

Klement will take helm Oct. 1

A lifetime career in the newspaper business will come to an end Sept. 30 for Andy McNab.

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Grub Club: Grangeville Farmers’ Market adds kids’ program

What do Grangeville Farmers Market and kids have in common?

SMH 50th celebration is Wednesday, July 15

Did you know you can read many of the Free Press special publications through the website?

Camas Prairie Insurance buys Seyers’ business

After 29 years in the insurance business, David and Donna Seyer of Seyer Insurance are ready for a break.

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Uhlenkott takes on local DYW title

A change in pace — make that a change in face — is in store for Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie.

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Eimers scholarship will benefit GHS seniors

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.