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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…

Bush was there ‘to make progress’

Bush was there ‘to make progress’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Roger Bush has learned a lot in 20 years in public office – 12 in the Legislature and the last eight as a Pierce County…

Vigil planned for Connecticut school shooting victims

The fatal shooting of 26 people, most of them children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. two weeks ago is still reverberating on the opposite coast in Pierce…

‘Treecycling’ turns holiday firs into garden compost

Pierce County residents who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked Christmas tree in their trash container for pickup by their recycling hauler, according to the county’s …

Very good deeds, very good cheer

Very good deeds, very good cheer

A favorite Santa Claus. Community organizers with a special talent for helping others. A teenager who never stops volunteering. And a woman who brings Christmas to the homeless. These six…

‘Lots of hard work’ pays off for school

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Columbia Crest Elementary School in the Eatonville School District is one of seven schools in Washington that will each receive a $10,000 award for meeting…

Too much to drink? Call for a free tow

Holiday revelers who’ve had too much to drink and shouldn’t be driving can have their car towed home for free, courtesy of some of the people who worry the most…

Grand opening for restaurant

A new Jack in the Box restaurant in Graham will hold its grand opening Saturday morning. The festivities will start at 10 o’clock, with a ribbon-cutting at 10:15. Community members…

Becker to head healthcare committee

State Sen. Randi Becker, a Republican from the Eatonville area, has been named chairwoman of the Senate Healthcare Committee. Her position is part of a new coalition caucus of Republican…