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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…

Schools organize community drives

Several schools in the Bethel School District are conducting drives for food, clothing and toys for their communities. The schools and their drives include: • Bethel Middle School: Mitten Tree,…

County leaders argue over marijuana sales

Pierce County leaders don’t agree on whether federal or state law should be followed in plans for legalized sales of marijuana. The County Council this month passed legislation prohibiting licensed…

Santa’s Bikes goes over 100 mark

Santa’s Bikes goes over 100 mark

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Nancy Mettler remembers how it all started. The year was 2008. The Eatonville woman wanted to make Christmas brighter for kids of local families that…