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Legislators doing town hall by phone

State Reps. J.T. Wilcox and Andrew Barkis will answer questions and discuss legislative issues during a telephone town hall on April 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. Wilcox and Barkis,…

School bonds rejected

Voters in the Eatonville and Bethel school districts have turned down requests to put more local money into their schools. In the special election that ended Tuesday, the districts’ separate…

Advisory vote goes against marijuana businesses

Voters in unincorporated areas of Pierce County said no to licensed marijuana businesses in the results of a special election that concluded Tuesday. An advisory ballot measure presented by the…

Prosecutors deciding on charges in bondsman shooting

A bail bondsman who fatally shot a woman in Graham may avoid facing criminal charges if authorities determine he acted in self-defense. Kathryn New, 60, was shot after she brandished…

Concert benefits chamber of commerce

Concert benefits chamber of commerce

Singer Chris Anderson will perform April 30 in Eatonville in a benefit event for the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce. Anderson’s show at the Eatonville Eagles hall April 30 will begin…

Racing cars cause motorcyclist’s death

A 61-year-old man has died as a result of a collision between a car and the motorcycle he was driving April 19 in the Spanaway-Frederickson area. The Pierce County Sheriff…

Coffee entrepreneur wins water fight

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch When Sandra Isdell tried to start a mobile coffee shop last year in Elbe, she found out that health authorities weren’t allowing any new water…

Bonds by the numbers

Bonds by the numbers

Voters in the Eatonville and Bethel school districts are deciding whether to put more local money into their schools. Their decisions on two bond measures will be known after voting…

Kid-tested, kid-approved

Kid-tested, kid-approved

Kids Trek, a new nature-themed attraction for children at Northwest Trek, opened to fanfare and big crowds on April 2. Trek officials reported 3,122 visitors, breaking a single-day attendance record…

Killer, free for 27 years, gets 37-year prison sentence

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch James Edward Mitchell, who got away with murder for 27 years after stabbing a Spanaway woman to death in 1993, has been ordered to spend…