Waterville residents had the chance to get free Covid-19 testing in town on Dec. 9 and 16. The testing was part of a series of drive-thru tests offered this month in Douglas and Chelan County communities by the Chelan-Douglas Health District. The testing is being administered by members of t…

Soldiers mobilized from various units within the Washington National Guard descended on Waterville on Dec. 9 to conduct a free drive-through COVID-19 testing station in the parking lot of the United Lutheran Church on behalf of the Chelan-Douglas Health District.

The Town of Waterville has purchased nine HEPA air purification devices for use in local businesses. The air purification devices were one way the town was able to use CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) funds to provide assistance within the town of Waterville. The informa…

Waterville Ambulance has what the manager and crew consider perfect digs in the Odd Fellows Building at 105 N. Chelan Avenue. The building provides a temperature-controlled atmosphere for parking the two ambulances and storing equipment. The former location of the Waterville Library, also in…

Diane Polson came to the Waterville Library on Nov. 3—the first day it was re-opened to the public since it closed due to the pandemic in the middle of March.

Waterville School has a long tradition of holding a Halloween parade on Main Street. Students dress in their costumes and parade through Waterville’s main business district, receiving cheers and treats from representatives of local businesses.

The Town of Waterville was able to use a surplus of $50,000 in the street fund to pay for repairs on Central Avenue during the last few weeks of September. Central Avenue from Locust Street to Third Street was resurfaced.

Aug. 22 was a busy first day at the NCW Fair with especially good attendance for Thursday. One of the big attractions was the first ever NCW Fair Battle of the Bands held in the Community Hall.

Evalee Shafer and Tiera Moore of Mansfield Critters and Kids 4-H group hold their chickens during Entry Day on Aug. 21. They were among 4-H and FFA members from around the area entering animals and various other exhibits.

WATERVILLE — The public is invited to attend the formal dedication of Royal DeVaney Park at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at 308 E. Locust St. A social hour will be held following the ceremony at the swimming pool office. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call city hall at 745-8871.

Gateway Ministries held its second annual back to school event at the Waterville School cafeteria on Aug. 17. The event included a clothing exchange, a free hot dog lunch and free haircuts for kids.

WATERVILLE — Douglas County commissioners on Aug. 20 approved keeping marijuana setback reductions in place. The commission in September 2018 adopted an ordinance that reduced the 1-mile setback for outdoor cannabis farms to a half mile if the edge of the farm fence was at least 1,000 feet h…

The Town of Waterville has been informed by the Public Works Trust Fund that it will be funded for sewer collection design and repairs. The town had applied for a loan of $900,000 to replace and reline 3,000 linear feet of the 52,000 linear foot system.

WATERVILLE — Link Transit will serve the NCW Fair in Waterville with all trips of the Route 25 Aug. 22-23. Route 25 departs Columbia Station at 5:30 and 7:30 a.m., and 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.; and returns from the fairgrounds at 6:25 and 8:25 a.m., and 2:25, 4:25 and 6:25 p.m. This route serves […]

As of Aug. 12, with 99 percent of the primary ballots in Douglas County tabulated, Jill Thompson is running a strong first for the position of Waterville mayor. Loyd Smith and Chuck Driver are almost tied for second place.

NCW — Sewer system improvements in Waterville and a second water reservoir in Bridgeport are among 30 projects across the state receiving infrastructure loans from the state Public Works Board. The board awarded a $900,000 construction loan to Waterville and a $180,000 pre-construction loan …

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in The Wenatchee World in June of 1994. WATERVILLE — If you lived in Waterville in the early 1950s, you had the distinction of being in the first community in the state (and one of the first three in the whole United States) to get televisio…

WATERVILLE — Didgeridoo Down Under brings its Australian-themed program to the Waterville Library on Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. The high-energy show combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation designed for all ages. The didgeridoo has been pl…

WATERVILLE — The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle will bring a traveling program on prehistoric life and geology to the Waterville Library at 10 a.m. July 23. The program provides an opportunity to examine real fossils, rocks and minerals, as well as cast replicas of di…

WATERVILLE — Sewer system upgrades. It may not be the flashiest campaign platform, but all three candidates running for Waterville mayor said that’ll be the first item on their list if elected. They re running to replace Royal DeVaney, who’s retiring after 27 years as mayor.

WATERVILLE — The North Central Region Library will present “The Bedquilt,” as part of its summer program series, on July 17 at the Waterville Library. “The Bedquilt,” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, centers on old Aunt Mehetable who is taken for granted by her New England family — until she conc…

U.S. Air Force Airman Ericka M. Thornton recently graduated from basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. She is a 2018 graduate of Waterville High School.

WENATCHEE — Three members of the local Civil Air Patrol received promotions recently. Caleb Darlington of East Wenatchee was promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant. The Level 5 advancement is titled, “The Charles Lindbergh Achievement.” Elijah Rinke of Wenatchee was promoted to Cadet Airman First…

Administrators at Waterville’s school and cemetery as well as some Waterville town staff are not happy with the new water rate system. They are not the only ones. Some residents also feel the rates are so high that it is not feasible to water their lawns. A group of these people attended the…

WATERVILLE — The public is invited to attend a forum for the four candidates seeking to be the next mayor of Waterville. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28 in Pioneer Park. The moderated forum will provide an opportunity to learn about each candidate and their platform. The candidat…

NCW — The Red Cross urges the public to give blood or platelets this summer. The following area blood drives are scheduled: June 20: 1 to 6 p.m., the Federated Church, 224 W. Ash St., Waterville June 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Confluence Health, 820 N. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee June 24: 10 a.m. to …

Honor rolls in the Empire Press circulation area as submitted by the schools for the fall semester. The information — including names — is exactly as submitted by the school.   Bridgeport High School The following students earned a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average: Seniors: Jesus Alameda, Mar…

The following pieces come from the June 22, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. The first piece tells about the efforts of several Mansfield clubs in beautifying the town’s main street that year. It sounds like the whole town was practically painted.

WATERVILLE — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. June 20 at the Waterville Federated Church, 224 W. Ash St. The Red Cross has launched the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness for lifesaving blood donations and urges the public to give blood or platelets this…

WATERVILLE — Foster Creek Conservation District will hold a board meeting June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Mansfield Community Hall on Main Street in Mansfield. For more information, contact District Manager Amanda Ward at 888-6373, or for additional information about the conservation district, visi…

WATERVILLE — The South Douglas and Foster Creek Conservation Districts, and Douglas County Crop Improvement Association will hold their annual meeting from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the NCW Fairgrounds Community Hall in Waterville. Topics will include noxious weeds and livestock, fire ma…

By Karen Larsen Empire Press Correspondent A group of people who stepped forward to participate in Waterville’s Certified Local Government (CLG) Commission met for the second time on Jan. 28. Participation in Washington State’s Certified Local Government program provides access to financial …

Budding photographers had the chance to learn more about taking good pictures at a workshop held at Waterville Library Jan. 25. The workshop was instructed by local resident and photographer Larry McKinnon.

WATERVILLE — Waterville Community Garden members will be holding a garden planning party at Waterville Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 16. Topics will include planting dates, seed start techniques and favorite varieties for the Waterville Plateau climate. All are welcome to bring extra …

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