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Saturday’s highlights

McKenzie Mott's jersey was retired during an assembly held in honor of her and fellow classmate Josie Freier at University High School on Friday. The two were killed in a car accident on Saturday, October 5, 2013. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

It's Monday again. Monday seems to come around much too quickly, but at least it means we have a Saturday Valley Voice to go over. This weekend correspondent Jill Barville wrote a column based on her perspective as a parent with a student at University High School, where students are struggling to cope with the death of two students killed in a car accident. An assembly was heldto remember Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott on Friday and hundreds of toys were collected in their honor for the Toys for Tots charity.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by North Pines Middle School for a seventh-grade class that was studying the laws of motion. They were running experiments to learn whether balls of the same size but different weight behaved differently when rolled down a ramp.

Spokane Valley City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels and challenger Ed Pace answered some questions about their views on Spokane Valley issues. Ballots will be mailed this week and this story is one of a series featuring City Council candidates.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report from Millwood, where the city councilvoted to accept a loan to fund a water line replacement project. Residents have also reported increased vandalism and Mayor Dan Mork indidated he would ask for extra police patrols.

A mountain of toys

The gym floor was covered with donated toys during an assembly in honor of McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier at University High School on Friday, October 11, 2013. Mott and Freier were killed in a car accident Saturday October 5, 2013. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

This morning photographer Kathly Plonka stopped by an assembly at University High School held in honor of Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, two students killed in a car accident over the weekend. This week the CV schools have been collecting toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots charity in their honor and it looks like students have collected a ton of them. If you'd like to donate, you can still bring new toys to any Spokane Valley Fire Department fire station. Click here for more photos.

A life remembered

A memorial of flowers, stuffed animals and messages are displayed Wednesday at the site where University High School students McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier were killed in a car accident Saturday night. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator Rick Freier sat down yesterday to talk about his 15-year-old daughter, Josie Freier, who was killed in a car accident Saturday. The community has rallied around a drive to collect toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, which was her favorite charity. She volunteered with her father every year and loved playing Santa.

According to Rick his daughter, known as Jo Jo, was a strong, passionate person. “She hated bullies,” he said. “She stood up to them and chastised them in public.” He loves to hear stories from people about how she stood up for them, he said. “She was an amazing kid.”

Click here to read today's story on Josie and her friend McKenzie Mott, who was also killed. Toys for Tots donations can be dropped off at any Spokane Valley Fire Department station or any Central Valley school.

Funerals set for crash victims

Funerals have been scheduled for McKenzie Mott, 15, and Josie Freier, 15, who were both killed in a car accident on Bates Road on Saturday. Both were students at University HIgh School. The funeral for Freier will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. Mott's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Road.