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The Rev. Lon Stokes, associate pastor at Christian Life Center, garnered a guided elk archery hunt with outdoor outfitters Wes and Jodi Clark of TV's "Higher Ground."

The program honors people deemed to be heroes by giving them a guided hunt somewhere in the United States.

Lon's hunt will take place early this month in Colorado. It will be shown on "Higher Ground," broadcast Sundays on the Outdoor Channel, early next year.

Teresa Stokes and several friends nominated her husband for the hunt.

About 40 friends and family were on hand when the "Higher Ground" bus pulled up to the church at 116 S. Third Ave., the afternoon of Aug. 24 to present Stokes with the award.

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Several students from Walla Walla earned degrees from Western Washington University in Bellingham and were awarded diplomas: Michael Brinkley, bachelor's in business administration-international business; Bren Byerley, bachelor's in environmental science; TylerCole, bachelor's in geography/social studies; Timothy Davis, bachelor's in communication sciences and disorders; Marnie Johnson, bachelor's in human services; Pierce Johnson, bachelor's in biology-cell emphasis; Thomas Keatts, bachelor's in geology-environmental geo concentration; Kate Keyes, bachelor's in Spanish; Michael O'Brien, bachelor's in anthropology-archaeology concentration; Kent Sykes, bachelor's in electronics engineering technology.

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Western Washington University's spring quarter honor roll includes students from this area: Kara Rucker, Burbank; and Timothy Duffy, Molly Hiatt, Kyler Knowles, all of Walla Walla.

To qualify, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during the term and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

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That isn't just any flag thatwaves from the pole at all-new Edison Elementary School.

An American flag that flew by the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., was presented to the school on Aug. 28 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Fifth District. Local scouts conducted the flag raising ceremony, including Joseph Musick, Boy Scout Troop 305; Jaron Dalgleish and Levi Parsons, Cub Scout Pack 343; Ray Musick and Drew Hollopeter, Cub Scout Pack 306, with Bill Musick, cub master, and Jake Hollopeter, assistant cub master with Pack 306.

The congresswoman addressed the student body prior to the ceremony during an all-school assembly in the gym. She spoke about how the American flag represents freedoms and personal liberties, encouraged students to learn as much as they can while in school.

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