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Students learn and win through poetry

Students learn and win through poetry

Is a trip to the nation’s capitol in Bethany Padgett’s future? It might be, now that she’s Eatonville High School’s representative in the Poetry Out Loud contest being staged at…

Eatonville schools superintendent retiring

Rich Stewart will retire as Eatonville School District’s superintendent at the end of the current school year. Stewart formally told the School Board of his plans at its meeting Wednesday.…

Next stop: One-third cut in bus service

Pierce Transit plans to eliminate weekend bus runs and some weekday service by this fall as part of a 34 percent reduction in service. The agency’s Board of Commissioners approved…

Flu showing up early and with deadly results

Two people in Pierce County have died of the flu so far this year in what health officials are describing as the earliest-arriving flu season in 10 years. The county,…

Burn ban is over

Due to improvements in air quality and rain, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has lifted a Stage 1 burn ban in Pierce County.  The change took effect Tuesday at…

Smith rejoins Bethel board

Smith rejoins Bethel board

Warren Smith, returning to an office he held once before, formally joined the Bethel School Board Jan. 8 during a swearing-in ceremony at a board meeting. Smith was appointed by…

Budget issues dominating in Legislature

The 2013 session of the Legislature opened last week in Olympia with budget issues – such as court-mandated funding for public schools and the ever-present debate over taxes – expected…

Graham deputy fire chief retiring from ‘greatest job in the world’

Graham deputy fire chief retiring from ‘greatest job in the world’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch For someone who thought he was signing up for something else, fire protection has been very good to Gary Franz. Graham Fire and Rescue’s deputy…

Women sentenced in nursing case

Two women, including the former owner-operator, have pleaded guilty to charges ranging from mistreatment of a patient to Medicaid fraud at an Eatonville nursing facility. Pleas were entered last week…

Neiditz confirmed as 9-1-1 director

After waiting nearly a month to make a decision, the oversight board for Pierce County’s new 9-1-1 agency voted unanimously last week to confirm Andrew Neiditz as its first executive…