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Shelton group stages Christmas Carol musical

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has been brought to life in many ways since its publication in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge was immortalized by Mr. Magoo, voiced by Jim Carey, portrayed as "Ms....

Holiday Magic arrives in downtown Shelton

A “reverse” parade, performances by school choirs, photos with Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas tree are among the highlights of the Holiday Magic events staged from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in downtown Shelton. The Kristmas...

School board member dies

Marty Best, the vice chairman of the Shelton School Board, died Nov. 20. He was 67. The Shelton resident joined the board in 2021 and represented District 2. The board and the district mourned his death at the Nov. 22 meeting in the Mountain View...

Harstine group stages comic Christmas play

The rowdy Herdman children have taken over the major roles in the annual holiday show in the comedy play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," staged by the Harstine Island Theater Club at 7 p.m. Friday...

City eyes homeless mitigation camp

Establishing a mitigation site for a year where homeless people could erect tents would cost the City of Shelton about $35,000, while employing staff to oversee the encampment at night would cost about $100,000. The Shelton City Council discussed...

Mason Health gears up for illness season

Washington’s COVID state of emergency ended Oct. 31, but for Mason Health and General, not much has changed. “There’s a big health care exclusion. We have to continue masking … patients, visitors, staff — we all continue to mask,” Chief...

Physician's assistant program coming to North Mason

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority is launching a physician’s assistant program in 2023, hoping to fill a need for medical services in the community. NMRFA Chief Beau Bakken said the authority was looking to start a similar program before...

County Briefs

Shelton gets grant for crisis responder The City of Shelton is implementing a pilot program for a crisis responder for Shelton and Mason County. According to a news release, the city was awarded a grant from the Association of Washington Cities and...

Commission Briefs

Commission OKs budget public hearing County commissioners approved a public hearing for 9:15 a.m. Dec. 20 to consider approving the supplemental budget requests and budget transfers to the 2022 budget. According to the information packet, this is...

Nonprofit Briefs

Love INC hosts workshops The Shelton-based nonprofit Love INC (In the Name of Christ) and its partner churches host free community workshops this month. Belfair resident Dilma Demartino teaches a tamale-making class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and...

Journal Letter Policy

The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer’s...

A good day on the Washington coast

After a fall that included several months of lead-up to the midterm elections and a busy high school sports season, last week afforded me a chance to get away from the Journal's office for a few days...

Random thoughts for a December day

Here’s how we get people to stop using guns to kill people: We work on making people not want to kill people. An example of lazy object naming: The orange. People should use their baby photos in...

Barbara "Bobbye" Fowler Childs

Barbara "Bobbye" Fowler Childs On November 16, 2022, Barbara Fowler Childs "Bobbye" passed away peacefully of natural causes at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. She was 92 years old and...

Death Notices

Theodore Willy Redmann, 74, a resident of Hoodsport, passed away November 16, 2022, in Olympia, WA. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Troy Lee Bina, 53, a longtime Shelton resident, passed away November 18, 2022, in Lillington,...

James D. Bennett

James D. Bennett 5/15/57 – 11/5/22 James David Bennett, 65, passed away from heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy Bennett, his brother David (Rhonda) Bennett and many nieces...

Jeffrey Craig Watkins

Jeffrey Craig Watkins passed away November 22, 2022, due to complications of peripheral vascular disease. Jeff was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon June 3, 1945, to John and Hazel Watkins. Most of...

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