Washougal -- After her mother died, 10th-grader Allison Aller calmed her "wild grief" through "embroidering intricate counted diagrams after school, learning early on what a balm for the soul stitching is. Then those colored threads danced their way through my jeans as I decorated Hippie Dreams in college; they skipped along borders of baby bumpers, and formed playful designs on quilts for my kids. Clowns, choo-choo trains in bold colors -- all that stitching made me heal and smile." That poetic sentiment has won Aller a grand prize in the DMC Needlework Memories Contest. Hundreds of entries were submitted and Aller was one of two top winners, both of whom will be sent to Paris and to Mulhouse in the French countryside to tour DMC's historic 268-year-old factory. DMC is the oldest needlework thread company in the world.
Camas -- Soroptimist International of Camas/Washougal and Soroptimist International of Americas honored 11 outstanding young women -- for volunteerism, overcoming tough odds and pursuing their dreams -- at an annual awards presentation, held April 16 at Zion Lutheran Church. The Camas/Washougal group recognized Henna Ahsan, Brianna Scott, Chantear Song and Mariesa Smith with Technical-Educational awards; Diana Romanczuk and Lindsay Wourms with Endowment Fund awards (for education in medical and related fields); and Tess Nakaishi with a Fern Carlson award (for study in the field of education). The Americas group recognized Teresa Starr with a Women's Opportunity award, and Emily Hull, Allison Erskine and McKenna Smith with Violet Richardson awards. Soroptimist groups work to make the world a better place for women and girls. Visit http://www.cwsoroptimist.org/ to learn more.
A 20-month-old boy is in serious condition at a Portland hospital after his grandfather backed a riding lawn mower over his left leg Sunday.
Prosecutor needs more time to review evidence
Brian Murray, accused of felony reckless burning in an April 30 fire that destroyed his parents home, won't be charged at this time. Prosecutor says he needs more time to review evidence before reaching a decision. Charges are still possible.
Youngster hospitalized after grandfather backed over his leg
A 2-year-old boy's leg was severely injured after being run over by a lawn mower in Camas just after 3 p.m. Sunday, according to radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.
19-year-old son of homeowners was allegedly burning bank papers
A 19-year-old Army recruit, injured and displaced Monday by a fire at his parents' Camas home, may be charged with felony reckless burn for allegedly starting the fire while trying to destroy bank documents.
Her Facebook page says baby is due in fall
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and her husband are expecting a baby, according to her Facebook page.
A motorcyclist was injured in a crash that blocked westbound traffic on state Highway 14 for about an hour this morning.
Homeowner says it was caused by gas can that got knocked over
Firefighters battled a house fire today in Camas that the homeowners say was caused by a gas can that got knocked over.
Police say that a 5-year-old Washougal girl who reportedly woke up to a man in her bedroom was an unfounded report.
Woman, two boys, teen girl became stuck on gravel bar
Firefighters Sunday afternoon rescued four kayakers who were stranded in the Washougal River at milepost 2, near Blair Road.
Guard believes city will benefit from stability in office
Washougal Mayor Sean Guard wants to buck the trend.
Wildlife officials captured a bear early Friday afternoon that had been spotted near Lacamas Lake.
Crews are on scene of a fire that fully engulfed a two-story house on the border of Vancouver and Camas.
The fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. Callers reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the roof of a two-story house at 1524 S.E. Seventh Ave., one block west of the Camas Community Center.