Another Sucessful Expo & Bite of Mason County

The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce held the 17th Annual Community & Business Expo and Bite of Mason County Thursday. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC talked with the Chamber’s Executive Director, Heidi McCutcheon, about the event as it was held in Downtown Shelton for the second time.

Some people have asked that this event be moved to a weekend. We asked McCutcheon about that suggestion.

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MGH Foundation Auxiliary Awards Annual Scholarships

Scholarship winners: Marissa Hubble, Kelsey Albaugh and Molly Mackintosh

Every year, Mason General Hospital Foundation’s Auxiliary awards scholarships to individuals in the community who would like to pursue careers in the field of health care. The awards are made possible from proceeds raised by the Foundation’s Gift Shop and donations.The Gift Shop is completely staffed by volunteers. It has been raising funds to provide scholarships for students entering the medical profession since 1968, and this year’s scholarships are the largest given to date, totaling $30,000. Categories for this year’s award recipients included: High School, Adult Community, Employees of MGH&FC, Renewable Awards, and the Kristi Armstrong Scholarship.

Five scholarships, each in the amount of $3,000, went to 2017 Shelton High School graduates planning to pursue a career in various aspects of the medical field. This year they went to Julia Goodale, Seth Nacht, Matthew Rossow, Jacob Schreiber, and Sierra Semanko.

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Shelton Police Officers Could Be Charged for Using Excessive Force

Two Shelton Police officers could face charges for using excessive force during an incident in late May that was caught on video. Both officers involved were wearing body cameras and the Shelton Police Department released the videos Wednesday. The videos show the officers going up stairs leading to the back of of St. David’s Parish/Community Lifeline in the 200 block of North 3rd Street to contact a man reported sleeping on the landing. You can hear the officers identifying themselves, commanding the man to show his hands several times before using pepper spray. The man still didn’t comply and instead started to rise. That is when the officers became physical in order to subdue him.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation into the incident.

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Port Sets Lower Surety for Lynch Creek Farms

The Port of Shelton unanimously approved a lower surety for Lynch Creek Farms Tuesday. Lynch Creek leases what used to be a mill at the Port’s John’s Prairie Industrial Park. According to Executive Director Wendy Smith, Lynch Creek has completed substantial work at a substantial cost to them making the site suitable for their needs and that should be considered when determining surety.

The Port Commission agreed with Smith and decided to set surety for Lynch Creek Farms for their current lease with the Port at $37,000 which equals approximately three months rent.

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Police Blotter 7/19/17

The following is a summary of notable police and emergency calls in Mason County on Monday, July 17, 2017 and Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Specific details have not been released unless otherwise noted. Any one with information is encouraged to contact the appropriate law enforcement or emergency services agency.

Disorder
23900 Block N US HIGHWAY 101
19D3.SUSPICIOUS
Jul 18, 2017
around 9 PM

Emergency
N US HIGHWAY 101

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PUD 1 Recognizes Employee Service Milestones

At Mason County PUD 1’s all-employee meeting last Friday, July 14th, nine employees were recognized for achieving service milestones with the District. “I appreciate the work you all do every day to serve our customers and help each other be the best utility we can be”, praised general manager Steven Taylor, before he and board president Jack Janda recognized each employee individually. Janda also thanked the employees on behalf of the board for their service to the ratepayers.

Employees recognized in 2017 (pictured above) included: water technician Marty Crossan (10 years), lineman Tim Brown (15 years), credit and collections specialist Julie Gray (30 years), general manager Steve Taylor (10 years), lead water system operator TJ Goos (10 years), water engineering technician Brandy Milroy (10 years) with Brandy’s son Kyler Jimenez, commissioner Ron Gold (15 years), customer service representative Teresa Hummer (15 years) and lineman Mike Rose (20 years, not pictured).