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Saturday’s highlights

Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin hands out “Stickman Knows” tattoos, reflective stickers and wristbands at Otis Orchards Elementary School as a part of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. The school has improved the safety of children walking and biking to school and being picked up by parents after school. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

The big news from Saturday's Valley Voice is University High School teacher Michael Cronin being put on paid administrative leave and sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail. I first wrote about him in 2009 after he was put on leave while the Central Valley School District investigated allegations that he had inappropriately touched a female student and a female staff member while allegedly drunk at school. His alcohol related arrests have continued to mount, which led to the jail time. There's also an update on the results of a state investigation into the 2009 allegations that was recently completed.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger went to University Elementary School last week to check out a new nutrition and cooking program being offered to students. She also has a bunch of school news in her Inside Our Schools column this week.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam attended last week's Millwood City Council meeting, where the council voted to move forward with two road construction projects. Grave Avenue and Laura Road will be widened and the intersection of Empire Ave. and Fowler Road will be improved.  

Saturday’s highlights

SCRAPS animal protection assistant Rachel Sayer sits with a dog that was found Nov. 19 and brought into the shelter by a citizen. The dog had no microchip, no license and no ID on its collar.

There was a lot to read in Saturday’s Valley Voice, so here’s a chance to check out some of the stories in case you missed them.The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is hoping that more people will license their pets to fund programs, but a check of records from the 1920’s show that getting people to pay is not a new problem.

Liberty Lake has had an ongoing problem with garage burglaries and vehicle prowlings, aided and abetted by residents’ habit of leaving their garages and cars unlocked. The police chief says that habit has made Liberty Lake an “easy target” and pleads with people to lock up.

A 15-year-old West Valley student is following in his father’s footsteps. He is already a successful race car driver even though he isn’t old enought to get his driver’s license. A local magician is the new manager of Players and Spectators and is hoping to create a little magic to bring people in the doors. Some teachers at University Elementary are using technology to enhance their lessons by using grant money to purchase Smart Boards (essentially large touch screens) for the classroom.

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