Most-read stories on Columbian.com, week of August 7

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photoThe Value Motel, near 78th Street and Highway 99 in Hazel Dell.

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No. 1) Local KFC chain closes East Mill Plain restaurant

The KFC restaurant at 8302 E. Mill Plain Blvd. closed permanently Tuesday, said Scott Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Northwest Inc., a Vancouver-based chain of KFC restaurants since the 1960s.

No. 2) State revokes Value Motel's license

The Washington State Department of Health revoked the Value Motel’s operating license after a June 29 inspection revealed several public health and safety violations had not been corrected.

No. 3) UPDATE: Bicyclist from Vancouver killed in Portland hit and run; man arrested

In the third bicycling tragedy this month, a former Vancouver man died early Friday morning when the driver of an SUV crashed into him and another bicyclist in Portland and fled in the vehicle, police say.

No.4 ) Vancouver woman killed by loose horse at Portland Meadows

A Vancouver woman was killed Thursday morning at Portland Meadows after being kicked by a loose horse.

No. 5) JPMorgan Chase’s Dimon shares upbeat message

On a day when his company’s stock dropped by more than 9 percent in the stock market’s latest drubbing, you wouldn’t expect Jamie Dimon, chairman, president and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Bank, to be cheerleading at a downtown Vancouver employee barbecue that had the trappings of a rock music road tour.