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Fire 12 inquiry continues

Mason County Fire District 12 in Matlock says it is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations of fraud and misappropriation of public money by the state Auditor’s Office. The accountability audit and the fraud investigation...

North Mason chamber honors members at annual gala

The North Mason Chamber of Commerce celebrated the best of business and people in 2021 at its annual gala Sept. 17 at Alderbrook Resort in Union. Five awards were handed out at the gala, including...

County Briefs

Motorcycle rider injured on state Route 106 A 56-year-old Eugene, Oregon, man was injured while riding a motorcycle in a two-vehicle accident on state Route 106 near Belfair on Monday. According to a...

Questions with George Blush, Patti McLean

Mason County Assessor Patti McLean, who states no party preference, faces Republican challenger George Blush for another term in the office. George Blush What qualifications would you bring to the job of Mason County Assessor? I have many years of...

Five questions with Derek Kilmer, Elizabeth Kreiselmaier

Derek Kilmer 1. Why are you running for office? I’ve been recognized as one of the Representatives most committed to bringing people together, even working with people with whom I disagree.  But a lot of people in our area are suffering now...

Mary and Sam clean their extra households

Mary and Sam go to the Puyallup Fair with the Fischlers. Mary is a cleaning fool this week. When she speaks of the cabin it is next to the house and the apartment that her father lives is on the...

Space for vulnerable children

Children who are victims of or have witnessed domestic violence have more space to play, learn social-emotional skills, and connect with their peers at the Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center...

Five questions with sheriff candidate Ryan Spurling

1. Why did you decide to run for Sheriff?  There are five main reasons that I am running for Sheriff. I love our Communities in Mason County and I am committed to seeing your Sheriff’s Office meet the ever-changing challenges that society has...

City Briefs

City downtown homeless forum Oct. 11 The City of Shelton hosts a “Spotlight Shelton” community forum on homelessness from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Shelton Civic Center. Some of the nonprofit groups that partner with the city will give...

Commission Briefs

Outstanding warrants canceled Mason County commissioners approved the cancellation of outstanding warrants at the Tuesday meeting. According to the information packet, RCW 39.56.040 states “warrants not presented within one year of their issue...

The Mariners' curse is finally broken

I don’t want to jinx it, curse it, whatever you want to call it, but after 21 years of involuntary abstinence, the Seattle Mariners should break the longest playoff drought in pro sports. It’s been a long time since the Mariners were in the...

Shelton defeats Rochester 21-7

Shelton scored 14 points in the third quarter to pull away for a 21-7 victory against Rochester in an Evergreen Conference football game Sept. 23 at Jack Stark Field at Highclimber Stadium. The...

Prep Roundup

Shelton High School Girls swimming Shelton won its opening swim meet of the season on the road against Tumwater on Sept. 20 and followed it up with a victory on the road against Black Hills on Sept. 22 in Evergreen Conference meets. The...

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... Full story

Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note: Steve Duenkel is a candidate for Mason County auditor. This letter is being published as a rebuttal to a previous letter. Letters by candidates for public office in Mason County will...

What's on our mind? Serial killers, apparently.

I was at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting many years ago when a fellow shared a story about baseball and beer. The guy said that before watching a ballgame, he would buy a case of beer (24 containers)...

Election season begins in Mason County

Welcome to the circus. This week marks the beginning of the 2022 general election season here at the Shelton-Mason County Journal. Starting with this week’s edition of the paper, the Journal will...

Binge-viewing the Port Townsend Film Festival

I attended the Port Townsend Film Festival from 2016 to 2019, and wrote reviews of its films that were published in The Port Townsend Leader from 2017-19. After 2 years of COVID-prompted...

Myrtle Belle Hawthorne

Myrtle Belle Hawthorne was called to her heavenly home on September 20, 2022, from her home in Maple Glen Senior Living Facility in Shelton, WA at the age of 91. Myrtle was born April 5, 1931, to... Full story

Death Notices

Viola Jane Ihrig, 76, a resident of Olympia, WA passed away September 10, 2022, at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Ted J. Benedict, 67, a resident of Port Hadlock, WA... Full story

William R. Laver

Born November 22, 1970, in Harlan, Iowa, to Leslie Laver, Marlys Soll, and big sister, April, Bill graduated from Timpanogos High School in Provo, Utah in 1988, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy.... Full story

Elmer Thomas Eells

Elmer passed away peacefully on September 21, 2022 in White Bear Township, Minnesota. Elmer was born the eldest of 12 children in St. Paul, MN on August 19, 1931. He grew up in Rush City, MN and... Full story

David Leonard Bilodeau

David Leonard Bilodeau passed away at home in Belfair, following a short illness, with his wife Sally and daughter, Niki, by his side. He was born on December 28th, 1949 in Westfield, Massachusetts.... Full story

Myrtle Belle Hawthorne

Myrtle Belle Hawthorne was called to her heavenly home on September 20, 2022, from her home in Maple Glen Senior Living Facility in Shelton, WA at the age of 91. Myrtle was born April 5, 1931, to... Full story

Death Notices

Viola Jane Ihrig, 76, a resident of Olympia, WA passed away September 10, 2022, at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Ted J. Benedict, 67, a resident of Port Hadlock, WA... Full story

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