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New deputy county exec appointed

The leadership of the executive and legislative branches of Pierce County government has changed with the new year – some of it unplanned, the rest scheduled. In changes announced last…

Head-on crash near Eatonville

Four people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries they suffered in a traffic accident Friday near Eatonville. According to the State Patrol, the accident involving two vehicles occurred…

Bethel schools ask for more space

Bethel schools ask for more space

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The Bethel School District will find out from voters in three weeks if it can reap the benefits of a bond measure that supporters say…

Lawyers come to defense of hungry kids

A recent donation from the Pierce County chapter of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children amounts to more than half of the money Eatonville Family Agency needs for its food program for…

Teacher and fellow singers had president’s ear

Teacher and fellow singers had president’s ear

So what did you do last month? Nicholas Gorne, the choral director at Bethel High School, can answer the question this way: He sang at the White House for an…

Landfill gets permit for life

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Landfill Recovery Inc.’s permit for a landfill near Graham is now good for as long as the site is used. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced…

Eatonville has new top cop

Eatonville has new top cop

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Brian Witt, a 27-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff Department, is Eatonville’s new police chief. He started on the job Jan. 4, capping a…

164,000-plus checked out Fantasy Lights

Attendance at Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s 21st annual Fantasy Lights exhibit that ended Jan. 1 was up 4 percent over the previous year. During the five week nightly event…

A new chapter for Tofu Milkhouse

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch It’s been used by a dairy and for making tofu in a long, storied life dating back about 100 years. And now, the aptly named…

Legislator steps into Pierce County legal fight

Legislator steps into Pierce County legal fight

A state legislator who hopes to become Pierce County’s next executive wants to rewrite state law to address legal hassles like the one involving the current executive. Sen. Bruce Dammeier…