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Kids reading and dogs go together

Four-legged friends might be just what a child needs to be a good reader. Children can build their reading fundamentals with the help of a dog during free events that…

McCarthy starting four more years as county executive

With her husband helping do the honors, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has taken the oath of office for her second term that officially begins this month. The oath was…

Bicyclist injured in alleged hit-and-run

An Eatonville man riding a bicycle was taken to a hospital after being struck by an automoblie in an apparent hit-and-run on State Route 7 on Thursday, the State Patrol…

Reichert votes for fiscal cliff bill

The federal “fiscal cliff” tax bill passed in Congress has the support of U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. Reichert, whose 8th District constituency includes the Graham and Eatonville areas, voted with…

Volunteer’s work on trails ‘inspires the best in all of us’

Volunteer’s work on trails ‘inspires the best in all of us’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Tom Faubion isn’t the kind of guy to rest on his laurels. He received the state Department of Natural Resources’ Volunteer Hero award Dec. 6…

Burn ban is over

Effective Thursday at noon, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a Stage 1 air quality burn ban in Pierce County because of improving weather conditions. The ban, which lasted…

Federal grant preserves fire department

A federal grant of $546,580 will cover personnel costs the next two years-plus of the Eatonville Fire Department, sparing the agency from possible layoffs. The federal funds also have improved…

It happened in 2012

It happened in 2012

Here are some of the bigger stories that made news in 2012 for Dispatch readers: WEATHER Highways and roads were blocked or littered with fallen trees, downed utility lines and…

Family escapes fire unharmed

A fire in their house the day after Christmas turned out almost as well as a Graham family could have hoped. The nearest firefighters were just 10 blocks away, a…

Libraries cut spending for new books

A budget that has less money for buying books and changes some personnel costs has been approved for the Pierce County Library System for 2013. Then system’s Board of Trustees…