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Curtain goes up on general election

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch One race that’s been so close so far and three others that haven’t are headed toward south Pierce County voters for the general election this…

New at school: Leaders, looks and programs

New at school: Leaders, looks and programs

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch School is back in session. Sept. 3 was the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year in the Eatonville and Bethel school districts.…

Motorcycle rider dies in crash

A motorcycle struck a guardrail on State Route 7 in the Spanaway area Thursday, leaving its rider dead. The State Patrol reported that the motorcyclist, a 23-year-old man, was southbound…

That’s some good plant food

That’s some good plant food

Think of a cool, refreshing dessert with the taste of nature and a flavor unlike anything that might be found in the grocery store, or even on a high-end restaurant…

Blood donors in Graham, Spanaway, Eatonville?

Cascade Regional Blood Services, which supplies hospitals in Pierce County, and the south King County area, has scheduled the following blood donor events: • Sept. 2, 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the…

Former Eatonville council member dies

Former Eatonville council member dies

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Fellow Town Council members say Jim Valentine was an asset to Eatonville’s municipal government during his time as a councilman and Planning Commission member. Valentine,…

Authorities: SWAT shooting was justified

The fatal shooting by police of a man in a Spanaway storage unit was justified by his “violent response,” according to Pierce County authorities. Independent and concurrent investigations by the…

Memories of a 1939 plane crash victim

Memories of a 1939 plane crash victim

By Diane Mettler Many are familiar with the Stratoliner crash of 1939. Stanley Scurlock and his young son Rod were putting in horses when they noticed a large plane flying…

Graham fire levy loss official; judge finalists decided

Results of the primary election became official last week, confirming voters’ rejection of a Graham Fire and Rescue levy. In results that were certified Aug. 19 by the Pierce County…

Three bodies identified as missing climbers

The bodies of three people recovered this week from Mount Rainier have been identified as half of the victims of a climbing accident in May. The Pierce County medical examiner…