Autumn is here and with it comes changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything and cool, crisp air. We’re looking forward to a cooler season and lots of fall fun!

September’s top stories were all about local people, whether they were local sports players, business owners or stellar employees.

Read below to check out these stories for yourself!

1. Napavine’s Stanley and Fagerness Are More Than Touchdown Makers

Quarterback Wyatt Stanley (left) and running back Sam Fagerness are touchdown makers for the Tigers. Photo credit: Gail Wood.

Judging from their success on the football field, you might think that Wyatt Stanley and Sam Fagerness were single minded, focused only on throwing and catching touchdown passes. That they were athletes first and students second. But these two seniors on the Napavine Tigers football team are the true definition of student-athlete. They excel at both.

2. Sweet on Coffee? Mad about Caffeine? Stop by Sweet Shots and Barking Mad

Sweet Shots and Barking Mad serve up a mean cup of caffeine. It’s a lot of work owning and operating two businesses, but Sunny Evans and her two co-owners love what they do and it shows. Though Sunny’s had her share of learning experiences as a first-time owner, she says it’s been great and she wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

3. Power Shop’s Chris Hoel Shows Life Sometimes Leads Where You Don’t Expect

Hoel gets excited when he gets a chance to use his favorite piece of equipment at Power Shop – the eXmark Zero Turn Mower. “I get to jump on it and go next door to mow the yard,” he laughs. Photo credit: Nancy Keaton.

Sometimes when you’re not sure where life is going to lead you or what you are going to do, fate steps in and helps you. And that’s what happened to Chris Hoel. Thirty-two-years-old and injured, he knew he needed to change careers. He had been in landscaping and lawn care since high school. He loved it. He loved being outdoors; he loved seeing properties in need of care, and then being the one to make those properties look good again. After a stint at Home Depot, Chris became an employee at The Power Shop, a local store that sells power equipment and services.

4. Editor’s Pick: Sweet Inspirations

Alberta Huff, left, and owner Patty Harris present the To Die For carrot cake, baked fresh daily. Photo credit: D. Frank DeLong.

Writer D. Frank DeLong spent some time with local restaurant, Sweet Inspirations, and in the process made just about everyone in Lewis County crave a piece of carrot cake – for which the restaurant is known. But beyond the stellar carrot cake, Sweet Inspirations owner Patty Harris is all about hard work and customer service.

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