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School security gets tighter

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch After learning some lessons during a mock shooter and hostage crisis last June, Eatonville School District officials are bolstering security at school buildings. The district…

All aboard for the Santa Express

All aboard for the Santa Express

By Jim Bryant The Dispatch Standing in the cramped cab, surrounded by a variety of gauges, levers, throttles and a huge, hot boiler, the engineer pulled hard on one of…

Health Department, MultiCare tackle asthma in kids

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and MultiCare Health System are combining in a proactive, no-cost campaign to prevent or control asthma in children. According to the state Department of Health, asthma…

Firefighters host Santa event

Santa Claus will pose for photos and give away prizes during an appearance this Saturday sponsored by the Eatonville Firefighters Association. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Eatonville Fire and…

Local artists part of exhibit at South Hill Mall

By Louise Carson Contributing writer Who would expect to find wonderful art and crafts among the commercial shops at South Hill Mall? Over 23,000 square feet of the former Office…

County puts lid on pot sales

Pierce County will block legalized sales of marijuana as long as there’s a conflict between state and federal control of the drug. The County Council Tuesday won its struggle with…

A day for holiday happiness

A day for holiday happiness

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch “Anything for the kids,” Harry Everett, aka Santa Claus, said from behind his costume beard as he waited for the next vist from a youngster.…

Man dead, deputy hurt after standoff

A Spanaway man was killed and a Pierce County Sheriff Department deputy was wounded in shooting during a standoff last week. The incident occurred at a storage facility Dec. 3…

Fire bond on slow track

South Pierce Fire and Rescue will wait until next summer to re-run a facilities bond measure, if at all. In the wake of the bond’s failure in last month’s general…

Club wants to take square dancing to the masses

Club wants to take square dancing to the masses

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Alana Smith thinks it’s hip to be a square dancer. She and other members of Alder Dam Dancers are trying to introduce their hobby to…