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Another town could take over Eatonville’s court

Mayor Ray Harper has proposed closing Eatonville’s Municipal Court and letting the city of Bonney Lake turn his town’s wheels of justice. Harper said the change would prevent the town…

Puyallup Fair: Big and traditional

The Puyallup Fair, befitting its reputation as the largest single event in Washington, one of the biggest fairs in the world and one of the oldest (it’s been around since…

Quality isn’t pricey, it’s ‘priceless’

On a recent work day, Brad Hall remarked – happily – how busy he’d been. He also capsulized his attitude toward customers. “They’re my boss,” he said. “When they say…

Welcome back to school

The annual ritual of the first day of school happens today in the Eatonville and Bethel school districts. From high school seniors in their last year of K-through-12 education, to…

Firefighters booting up for fund-raiser

Eatonville Firefighter Association members will conduct a fill-the-boot fund-raiser this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for money to help pay for equipment and training for the Eatonville Fire…

Local economy ‘steady’

Pierce County’s economy is neither getting a lot better or a lot worse. It’s “locked in a pattern of steady growth,” says a regional economist for the state. Paul Turek,…

Bethel Learning Center on track

Construction of Bethel Learning Center is on-budget and on time for a scheduled opening in October, according to Bethel School District. The center will be focused on meeting the educational…

County addressing salaries

The Pierce County Executive and the County Council, who are undergoing a review of their own salaries, have ratified a contract with the county’s jail workers. The agreement, approved retroactively…

Somebody has to do it

Somebody has to do it

A heavy-equipment operator, his shirt and the machinery spattered with the sludge from Eatonville’s wastewater treatment plant, was doing a job Aug. 20 that few would enjoy but everyone in…

Four votes separate Senate candidates

That was close. State Sen. Randi Becker finished four votes ahead of her challenger, Bruce Lachney, in this month’s primary election, setting up another potentially tight race this fall in…