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A dog has its day at school

A dog has its day at school

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Kids and dogs are more than photogenic. They make good reading partners, too. Cathy Ivers, a kindergarten teacher at Eatonville Elementary School, got good results…

No advisory vote on mental health tax

The Pierce County Council has decided not to ask voters if they would pay more sales tax to help the mentally ill. Since last fall, council members considered putting an…

Legislators tap social media

Legislators tap social media

State Rep. J.T. Wilcox, whose Second District constituency includes south Pierce County, and Rep. Joel Kretz will use social media to discuss state government issues during an online, half-hour chat…

Civil Service Commission needs member

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for county Sheriff Department employees. The commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible for rules and regulations…

Minor earthquake recorded near Mount Rainier

An earthquake between Eatonville and Mount Rainier was recorded Sunday evening. There were no reports of damage. According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the earthquake registered at a magnitude…

County targets human trafficking

The Pierce County Council wants broader public awareness of human trafficking, calling it a form of modern-day slavery and a violation of basic human rights. “Until we all recognize what’s…

Help for O-K Highway, Alder Cutoff

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Two roads in south Pierce County will share some of the recently announced allocation of millions of federal dollars for making motorists and pedestrians safer…

Dropouts have a way back in

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A new program in the Bethel School District is giving high school dropouts a second chance to earn their diploma. The Bethel Acceleration Academy, paid…

So Super

So Super

Even before the Seattle Seahawks earned a trip to the Super Bowl with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Green Bay last Sunday, transportation workers at the Eatonville School District’s bus…

State reducing speed limits on SR-161, SR-7

The days of 50-mile-an-hour speed limits on parts of State Routes 161 and 7 are coming to an end. Ditto for a 35-mile-an-hour zone on another portion of 161. The…