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Kids and critters, reading and learning

Kids and critters, reading and learning

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch In the middle of a classroom at Eatonville Elementary School, five kindergarten students sat cross-legged on the floor next to cages with a rabbit and…

Rainier Film Festival starts three-day, 50-film run Friday

Rainier Film Festival starts three-day, 50-film run Friday

Ashford will be transformed into a mecca of independent filmmaking during the Rainier Independent Film Festival this weekend. From May 9 to May 11, more than 50 films in a…

Is it her weight or something else?

HERE TO HELP By Tillie Vuksich Dear Tillie, I’ve been struggling with my weight for years, but it’s come to the point where it is affecting my married life.  My…

Church youth hope cup runneth over

Church youth hope cup runneth over

By Joan Cronk Contributing writer The youth of Living Word Assembly of God Church in Eatonville are raising money for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. Youth…

Authorities want answers on 9-1-1 outage

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch First-responders and residents in south Pierce County dodged the potential of unanswered calls for help during a six-hour outage of 9-1-1 systems earlier this month.…

Northwest Trek will get kids-oriented addition

One of south Pierce County’s major visitor attractions will get some new features, courtesy of voters and taxpayers in Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks District. A $191 million bond measure for the…

Graham man is Officer of the Year

Graham man is Officer of the Year

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Joshua Maiuri doesn’t mind the long commute from Graham to his job with the Port of Seattle Police Department. The trips might feel shorter since…

A school of ‘exemplary student performance’

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Eatonville High School is among 413 schools statewide that have been named as Washington Achievement Award winners based on their academic excellence. The award is…

They got their hands dirty in a labor of love

They got their hands dirty in a labor of love

Strong hands grasped yellow-handled post-hole diggers, forcefully gouging a slowly deepening gash in the earth. Shovels flew in and out of trenches, digging drainage runs. It was difficult, muscle-straining work,…

Fire damages house near Clear Lake

A fire that started with creosote from the chimney damaged a Clear Lake-area home in the pre-dawn last Saturday morning. The blaze in the 3600 block of Clear Lake West…