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Mother accused in drug-related death of son

A Spanaway woman is facing criminal charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son, who died after ingesting methamphetamine in her home in Spanaway. Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney…

Hiker missing on mountain’s Wonderland Trail

A search was continuing Monday at Mount Rainier National Park for a day hiker who was reported missing last Saturday. Park officials said Edwin Birch, 64, a Tacoma resident, was…

Art Festival needs volunteers

The Eatonville Lions Club is gearing up for its annual Art Festival and needs volunteers to help set up and tear down. Community members, Scout troops, or students in need…

South Asia connects with smalltown America

South Asia connects with smalltown America

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Twenty college students from south Asia spent a day in Eatonville June 27 to learn about life in a small American town. During their visit,…

Merger of fire services proposed

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eatonville’s fire department could become part of South Pierce Fire and Rescue as part of a proposal by Mayor Mike Schaub to make public safety…

Burn ban ordered countywide

A countywide burn ban in Pierce County, effective at 12 noon Friday, has been declared by the county fire marshal in response to weather forecasts of continued dry conditions. The…

Coming next school year: Electronic crackdown

Coming next school year: Electronic crackdown

By Pat Jenkins The District The Bethel School District and Pierce County authorities are joining forces to help put a stop to school bus stop-paddle violations. The school district will…

The man who started it all

The man who started it all

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch If the walkers in this weekend’s Relay for Life in Eatonville need any additional inspiration, they can turn to the man who essentially set them…

First-time art and garden event supports food bank

By Diane Mettler Contributing writer Looking for a little art, a little flower and a little fun? Art in Bloom, to be held July 11 and 12, is a first-time…

First marijuana retailers can start selling

The state Liquor Control Board issued Washington’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses Monday, allowing the new voter-approved businesses to open. The 24 applicants were notified by e-mail of their license…