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Post Falls man injured in Fort Hood shooting

George Stratton III, of Post Falls, ducked for cover after hearing a deafening spray of gunfire at the Soldier Readiness Center on Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas. When he peeked up to see what was happening, the shooter stood 5 feet from him and shot him point-blank, his father, George Stratton Jr., told The Spokesman-Review on Friday morning.

Former Post Falls mayor, 97, dies

A former mayor of Post Falls died Thursday night at age 97. Francis Wilhelm served one term, from 1976 to 1980, and lived in the city most of his life. After turning 97 a few months ago, Wilhelm went parasailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Mayoral challengers focus on spending, jobs

Three challengers seek to unseat mayors in Kootenai County’s two largest cities Nov. 3. In Coeur d’Alene, Joseph Kunka is attempting to prevent Sandi Bloem, the city’s first female mayor, from also becoming the first to serve three terms. In Post Falls, Mayor Clay Larkin faces private investigator Steven De Gon and Matthew Behringer, a call center worker.

Series of holdups may be linked

A series of robberies in the Inland Northwest continued over the weekend with three holdups in three days in the Coeur d’Alene area. A deli, a grocery store and a fast food restaurant were robbed by gunmen in Kootenai County, which followed stickups at an ice cream shop, restaurant and two coffee stands in Spokane last week.

Editorial: Library ballot measure checks out

The Kootenai-Shoshone Library District has been through half a dozen consolidations, but for Post Falls voters, the ballot proposal facing them on the Nov. 3 ballot will be a new experience. Naturally, voters want some answers before handing their library over to the district. What happens to the competent librarians and other professionals that patrons have come to appreciate? Why should Post Falls give away a relatively new facility that hasn’t even been paid off yet?

Budget, taxes focus of Post Falls races

All three incumbent Post Falls City Council members tout that the city held the line on taxes this year in the face of difficult economic times. Despite that fact, challengers are making taxes and the budget the primary issues in this year’s races.

Redline reaching goals

As a defender, the closest Charlie Redline had gotten to a soccer goal crease the last three years was the one he plays with his back against. Going into this season, Redline had scored no goals in his career. Imagine his surprise last week when he finished the regular season as Post Falls High’s leading scorer.

Candidate completed probation

A candidate for mayor of Post Falls served probation after a woman he worked with accused him of sexually assaulting her. The misdemeanor battery charge was dismissed after Steven De Gon, a private investigator, complied with various court requirements, records show.

Post Falls candidate served probation in groping case

A candidate for mayor of Post Falls served probation after a woman he worked with accused him of sexually assaulting her. The misdemeanor battery charge was dismissed after Steven De Gon, a private investigator, complied with the court’s requirements, records show.

Athlete looks to letter in leadership

Jared Kennedy is leading the Post Falls High School football team in tackles this season, after finishing tied for the season honor last year. At about 10 tackles per game, the senior strongside linebacker is on pace to easily break his 2008 total.

Abuse begins slowly

She thought she had met the “man of her dreams.” “I just knew this was the right guy this time,” says Kathy, a Kootenai County resident who has requested anonymity. She had been a single parent for many years when she met her future second husband.

Ed corridor piece closer

The BNSF Railway Co. is asking the federal government for permission to abandon 6.23 miles of rail line stretching from downtown Coeur d’Alene to Post Falls. The railroad company is applying to expedite the process and must show that no rail traffic has moved on the line for two years and that there are no outstanding complaints about the lack of service on the line, said Gene Fadness, a spokesman for the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which will conduct a hearing on the matter Tuesday.

Larkin, Bloem face challengers

The mayors of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, as well as three incumbent city council members in each city, face challengers in the November election. Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin faces two political newcomers: private investigator Steven De Gon and Matthew Behringer, a 24-year-old who recently moved to this area. Larkin started as a councilman in 1996 before becoming mayor in 2001.