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2B VOLLEYBALL: Chewelah downs Kettle Falls in NE 2B opener

With the region-famous Chewelah student section not able to attend the first volleyball match due to COVID-19, the Chewelah Cougar volleyball team had to manufacture their own momentum. The Cougars were able to fend off NE 2B rival Kettle Falls in two close sets before running away with the third set for a 25-23, 26-24, 25-13 victory on Tuesday night. “I feel that the turning point in the game was the beginning of the third set after we were behind in the middle of the second set and came back to win it,” Chewelah setter Mia Bellevue said. “We rode that momentum from that set into the third set and we ran away with it.”

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STEVENS COUNTY LIBRARIES: Putting the tech in biblioteca

The Libraries of Stevens County are providing a wide variety of services and technology you usually don’t associate with the brick and mortar version of a library. Just installed are new solar charging stations for those outside the library who need to charge their phone or mobile device, free of charge. Chewelah, Colville and Kettle Falls were able to purchase these stations thanks to a grant from the Stevens County funding from the CARES Act. The solar stations have four divided sections for four users to simultaneously charge their device while waiting or visiting the library. The one in Chewelah is hard to miss right in front of Chewelah City Hall and next to the library.

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REMEMBERING: The night the historic Valley Tavern burned down

Twenty-five years ago, the skeletal remains of the historic Valley Tavern adorned the front of the Chewelah Independent after a blaze tore through its brick exterior. In the Feb. 8, 1996 edition of the newspaper, the ruins of the building took up four columns of space as the story accompanying it told a scene of flames and shock. “At the height of the fire, Valley looked like a Hollywood set from the burning of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind,” said one Valley Fire Department Volunteer.

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