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‘Sobering’ report on homelessness

A headcount on a winter day brought the extent of rising homelessness in Pierce County into focus. On Jan. 29, nearly 2,000 people were homeless. About one-third of them had…

Prison for boater blamed for death, injuries

Joshua Dean Puckett will go to prison for a boating accident last summer that left one person dead and a married couple from Graham injured. Puckett, 45, pleaded guilty May…

Memorial Day ceremonies in Eatonville, Spanaway

Memorial Day ceremonies in Eatonville, Spanaway

Observances of Memorial Day are planned for south Pierce County over the holiday weekend. In Eatonville, American Legion Post 148 will host a ceremony at the Eatonville town cemetery on…

Candidates make it official

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Voters in south Pierce County will pick members of Congress, the Legislature and the county council, plus a county executive in this fall’s election. In…

Author’s family inspires children’s book

Author’s family inspires children’s book

Pam Hefley, who lives in Eatonville, is a published children’s author for the first time with the recent release of “The Blueberry Deer.” The author/illustrator has read her book to…

Green is gold for schools

Green is gold for schools

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch As far as the federal government is concerned, schools don’t come any more environmentally friendly than in the Bethel School District and at Columbia Crest…

Ashford water warning lifted

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Customers of the Ashford Water District had to boil their water for cooking and drinking for five days this month while officials were ridding the…

Six more months for town’s pot ban?

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Town of Eatonville might renew its ban of marijuana businesses for six more months. The Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for its…

Guns seized by federal agents

Federal authorities seized firearms from a pawn shop in Eatonville Thursday. Specific details on the seizure by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) weren’t available. But uniformed…

Bethel student wins library writing contest

Sarah Hull, a sophomore at Bethel High School, demonstrated her creative-writing skills in award-winning fashion in the Pierce County Library System’s 20th annual teen writing and art contest, Judges picked…