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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…

Honor system ending for library printers

Pierce County Library System is making operational changes that officials said are helping save time and money, including the public’s access to library printers. Those changes, plus an end to…

Police office hours down along with budget

Police office hours down along with budget

Budget cuts are resulting in fewer hours that the Eatonville Police station is open to the public. The reduced office hours apply only to administrative services for the public, such…

Voters’ choices for county judges start their jobs

Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges are on the job this week after officially taking office last Friday. Stan Rumbaugh, Jack Nevin and Jerry Costello, who were the…