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Plans laid for improvements at Bethel schools

The Bethel School District is moving forward with plans for remodeling at three of its schools. At its Jan. 26 meeting, the School Board authorized advertising for bids from contractors…

Blood drives in April

Cascade Regional Blood Services, the supplier of blood for hospitals in Pierce County, has scheduled the following blood drives in April: • April 9, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the…

From governor and foreign diplomat to superintendent in Eatonville (almost)

From governor and foreign diplomat to superintendent in Eatonville (almost)

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Booth Gardner, the former Washington governor and Pierce County executive who died March 15, came close to having another title: Eatonville School District superintendent. Gardner…

Observatory and planetarium keeps eyes on the skies

Observatory and planetarium keeps eyes on the skies

Every night is star light, star bright at Starry Hill – weather permitting. The observatory in the Eatonville area was built and is operated by Tom and Gracie Pauley as…

Supporters argue against loss of school

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The message for Eatonville School District officials was clear: Improve your financial house, but leave Columbia Crest Elementary School alone. About 100 people attended a…

Selling property won’t help school district’s budget

By Paulette Gillardi I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has attended public meetings, written letters and e-mails and made phone calls to the School Board to give…

Roger D. Hoskins

Roger D. Hoskins

Roger Hoskins of Port Orchard, WA, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on 03/28/2013. He grew up in LaGrande and Eatonville, attended Eatonville High School and retired from…

Tom Noel Jr.

Tom Noel Jr.

Tom Noel Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31,1923. Tom grew up in South Carolina and attended Clemson college, then to the Air Force to be a pilot.…

Diana Jo ‘Di’ Cheeks

Diana Jo ‘Di’ Cheeks

Diana Cheeks 41, of Lakewood, Wash., born Sept. 14, 1971 in Sherman, Texas, died Thursday, March 21, 2013. Diana graduated from RAF Greenham Common in England. Diana was a very…

Rite of spring: County to start spraying roadsides

Beginning next week, Pierce County roadsides will get their annual makeover this spring and summer. An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start April 8…