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First county case of Zika reported

A Pierce County man in his 20s has tested positive for the Zika virus. Officials said the man, whose name and community where he lives weren’t reported, likely caught the…

10,000 bicyclists riding through south Pierce

Drivers in south Pierce County and elsewhere are advised by officials to allow extra travel time this weekend because of 10,000 bicyclists riding state highways and local roads for the…

Voters’ OK of EMS levies will keep services

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch The upcoming primary election is important to emergency medical services in south Pierce County. Voters in the particular jurisdictions will decide whether to continue levies…

County shuts down pot shop

The owner of an unlicensed marijuana business in the Parkland area is facing charges after not closing it when he was required to under state law. Pierce County prosecutors on…

Report: County hit hard by heroin, prescription painkillers

The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has hit Pierce County, according to a report commissioned by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The department’s Treatment Services program offers people in…

Town sees the light – as in LEDs

Town sees the light – as in LEDs

By Pat Jenkins The Dispatch LED streetlights are a hot commodity in Washington, thanks to efforts by government and utilities that are helping Eatonville and other small towns install the…

Junk in their trunks could be treasures

Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s seventh season of the Junk in Your Trunk community sales series continues this month. The second event will be staged July 16 from 9 a.m.…

Classroom critters

Classroom critters

As part of the PALS (People and Animals Learning at School) program at Eatonville Elementary School near the end of the 2015-16 school year, Lola Gillespie brought some slithery critters…

Community groups keep kids moving and fed during summer

By Paula Morris Contributing writer There are many after-school programs in the Pierce County area that offer food and snacks to kids during the school year. But what happens when…

Hearing on Eatonville schools budget

The Eatonville School Board will hold a public hearing later this month on the school district’s 2016-17 budget. The hearing is scheduled for July 25 at 6 p.m. at the…