Vernon Dale McCollaum II died Sept. 16, 2015, in Enumclaw at the age of 51.
He was born Sept. 1, 1964, in San Manuel, Ariz. He moved to Washington when he was 11 and graduated from White River High School in 1983. After high school he logged for several companies. In the 1990s he worked for Labors Local 440 working on bridges in the greater Seattle area. He cut, split and stacked firewood from 17 until he was 51. His life revolved around his wife, children and family.
He is survived by his wife Tina McCollaum of Enumclaw; son Kole Norton of South Prairie; stepsons Anthony Wittle of Sumner and Andrew Wittle of Enumclaw; daughters Megan McCollaum of Puyallup and Allison McCollaum of Enumclaw; parents Rusty and Sandra McCollaum of Wilkeson; brother Edward McCollaum and wife Heather of Carbonado; sister Lauryssa Young and husband William of Bonney Lake; and one granddaughter.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Sept. 26, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley. All may sign his online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.
Bills show hundreds of residents doubled or tripled their water usage in the past two months, but many say they’ve not increased, or even decreased, their water consumption, and the city’s system must be wrong.
For the last decade, Ellen Boyd has been taking care the city of Buckley, most recently as its director of the youth center, senior center and parks department. So when Ellen was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian germ cell cancer, her friends decided it was time the community she dedicated her life to should come out to support her.
Oakpointe is gearing up to start home construction in the Ten Trails project in Black Diamond — the developer is only waiting for is final authorization by the City Council. Final plat authorization was submitted by Oakpointe to city staff on Aug. 30, and after staff review, sent to the City Council for action on the Oct. 5 meeting. Council tabled the item to the Oct. 19 meeting. Additionally, a new roundabout opened in the city.
The Courier-Herald is publishing a three-part debate between Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson and her opponent Judy Baxley. Last week, candidates answered questions concerning the city, and what they would do as mayor to address any issues. This week, Part 2, is a chance for candidates to rebut their opponent’s statements. Part 3 will wrap-up with final statements.
Mushroom pickers hiking just outside Greenwater recently stumbled upon a spooky scene — a human skull among the ‘shrooms.