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Pierce unemployment near lowest for year

The percentage of out-of-work Pierce County residents is almost at its lowest so far this year. In its announcement of monthly unemployment rates among counties statewide, Washington’s Employment Security Department…

Fire from barbecue damages house

Fire from barbecue damages house

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch A fire caused by barbecuing destroyed part of a family’s home but also ended on a happy note for their dog. The incident started in…

Once-in-a-decade choices for government review

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch Voters have begun choosing the people who eventually will tell them what might need changing in Pierce County’s government charter. In the primary election that…

$10 million a year for state cancer research

Cancer research-related legislation championed by state Sen. Randi Becker has been signed into law. Senate Bill 6096, a response to changes in federal funding that put Washington in jeopardy of…

One dead, two hurt after boats collide

A 44-year-old man is facing criminal charges in connection with a collision of boats in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay that authorities say killed another man and seriously injured a man and…

Fiery murder unsolved; police ask for help

Fiery murder unsolved; police ask for help

Authorities trying to solve the murder of a man in Spanaway have renewed their effort by asking for the public’s help. According to the Pierce County Sheriff Department, Daniel Dunn,…

Ants not included

Ants not included

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch One of the prime spots in Pierce County for picnics is even more of a destination this year, now that Pierce County has opened two…

16 years in prison for fatal head-on

A man who was drunk and hid after the accident has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for causing a fiery, fatal head-on car crash near Spanaway. Matthew James…

Incumbent for 25 years facing two challenges

Incumbent for 25 years facing two challenges

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The three candidates for Graham Fire and Rescue Commissioner in next month’s primary election are the incumbent who has been in office for a quarter-century,…

Art in Bloom benefits fight against hunger

Art in Bloom benefits fight against hunger

Painter Julie Jensen (pictured) is among artists and vendors whose wares will be on display and for sale to benefit local anti-hunger efforts during Art in Bloom. The event, which…