An SUV crashed through a woodstove store in Gorst Thursday afternoon. According to the State Patrol, the driver of the Dodge Durango veered off Highway 16 about 12:30 PM after his flip-flip got stuck on the gas pedal.
The population in Mason County increased by 350 people last year. According to the State Office of Financial Management (OFM), which uses population estimates to calculate state program administration and in the allocation of selected state revenues, the County’s populations is 61,450, up from 61,100 in 2011 and up from 60,699 in 2010. The population in the City of Shelton went up 15 from last year to 8,870 and increased 36 from 2010.
The Supreme Court upheld the so-called individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, the key part of President Obama’s signature health care law. The court ruled that the mandate is unconstitutional under the Constitution’s commerce clause, but it can stay as part of Congress’s power under a taxing clause. The court said that the government will be allowed to tax people for not having health insurance.
Three celebrity golfers have signed up to participate in the Second Annual Love INC Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction set for July 30th at Alderbrook Golf Course in Union. In April, Love INC announced former University of Washington head football coach Don James will be attending. This week, the organization announced Julio Cruz, former Seattle Mariner record holder and now voice of the Mariners; and Nesby Glasgow, former NFL player, and University of Washington four-year starter, All American who played in the 1978 Rose Bowl will also be participating.
The sale of fireworks begins at noon today (Thursday, June 28, 2012). State law allows the sale of fireworks until 9 PM July 5th. However, the discharge of legal fireworks maybe limited depending on where you live. In the City of Shelton, fireworks can only be set off on July 4th. Elsewhere in Mason County, you may discharge fireworks from 9 AM to 11 PM each day except today when noon is the start time and on the 4th when you have until midnight to light them off. Fire officials remind folks of the three “B’s” of fireworks safety:
Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Monday, July 2nd, in memory of U.S. Army Private First Class Jarrod A. Lallier, 20, of Spokane. Lallier received a posthumous promotion to Specialist. Lallier was killed June 18th in Afghanistan of injuries he sustained when his patrol received small arms fire.