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VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Martial arts winners

Okanogan Valley Martial Arts with Master Dan Keith brought home three firsts from the 40th annual Central Washington Karate Championships on March 18 in Yakima.

CENTER STAGE: Nashville Stars deserve support

I know some of you may be tired of me writing about the 13th annual Nashville Country Star competition, but I feel the event, as large as it is — a statewide – high school competition in our back yard deserves recognition.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Blame absence on winter funk

I’ve not offered a column for a couple months, partly because of tight space in the paper and partly because, well, I’ve been in a winter funk.

POINT OF THEW: Sanctuary cities should pay for stupidity

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Department of Justice would be cracking down on sanctuary cities by withholding grant funding from cities and counties wanting to protect illegals.

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EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: Sweet Betsy was left with the dog

Out of the group of songs that sprang from what is called the great migration of the mid-19th century was one called, “Sweet Betsy from Pike.”

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Start them young

The maxim that starting your children early in sports will lead to success in high school and beyond was on full display last weekend in Spokane.

POINT OF THEW: Loss of a local great tough to write

I hold a special place in my heart for all the great locals that have made an impact on the way I look at rural life.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Girls named all-state

Shania Graham of Republic and Jill Townsend of Okanogan were announced as Players of the Year at the annual Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state basketball games Saturday.

CENTER STAGE: Neal McCoy to headline NCW Fair

It’s hard to believe spring has come. And with that comes a lot of excitement in the local entertainment scene.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: Pondering demise of ‘thee’ and ‘thou’

For some years I have wonder why we no longer say “thee” and “thou” and the other day I found the answer, of all places, on the Internet.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: NCAA picks made

My NCAA basketball champion-ship bracket got filled out just as the first game tipped off Thursday.

EDITORIAL: Phones are fair game at border crossings

Some national media outlets are raising the warning flag on searches of cell phones at border crossings and trying to tie the practice to President Trump.

CENTER STAGE: St. Patrick’s Day brings live music

Each week as I sit down at the computer to write my weekly piece, I try to stay as positive and uplifting as possible.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Teams relay at Loup

The second Loup Loup Community Challenge Relay drew 19 teams of three people each to the ski hill Saturday.

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