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Graham man facing child pornography charges

A Graham man has been arrested and charged with having and distributing child pornography. Teryle C. Smith, 43, was arrested Monday at his home by State Patrol detectives and was…

Blood drives at schools, stores, LDS ward

Bethel High School will host a blood drive Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Cascade Regional Blood Services (CRBS), the supplier of blood for  hospitals in Pierce…

161 same-sex marriage licenses in first month

Same-sex couples in Pierce County haven’t wasted any time heading for the altar after being cleared by voters to legally marry. In approximately the first month since the legalization of…

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…