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THE INDEPENDENT FOR JANUARY 21, 2020
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NATIONAL NEWS

NATIONAL NEWS: Joe Biden sworn in as 46th U.S. President, McMorris Rodgers releases statement and Trump says farwell

On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol building. The ceremony was downsized considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but made history as Biden’s Vice President, Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold that position in the country’s history. “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Biden said in his address. “America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.” Biden called for unity in a nation that is suffering from great political divisions – as evident by the Jan. 6 riots at the capitol building – and a pandemic that has taken a big swing at the U.S. economy.

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LOCAL NEWS

2020: A year we won’t soon forget

Each year the Independent does a year in review for people to look back and reflect on the days that have passed. Perhaps this year in review is much different than previous ones, as the pandemic caused a change in lifestyle not many Americans are used to. Still Chewelah provided many community moments to remember, including…

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LOCAL NEWS

Park Avenue Players presents “Shooting Star” which will be available streaming on Jan. 22

The Chewelah Center for the Arts and Park Avenue Players are pleased to announce their first production of 2021. Cheri Freeman will direct “Shooting Star” by Steven Dietz. The play, which will be read from the script, will be available to stream starting January 22, 2021. Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined, along with a present that neither of them could have predicted. Playing the couple will be Clint and Melissa Kirry, who have been able to rehearse the play at home while staying in contact via cell phone with the director. Rounding out the cast will be their son, Jimmy Kirry. Filming and editing the event will be Sean Tabloff, who has directed and created the set design for several plays.

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FROM OUR CAMERA LENS

Christy Carpenter won second place after going all out with this blue-looking holiday display on the north end of town. Carpenter won a $50 Sety’s Ace Gift Card and a gift bag donated by Amber Gould. (Brandon Hansen photo)