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  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Compiled by Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Jun 29, 2023

    City Council candidates debate at forum Mary Eagleson, Tristen Smith and George Blush, who are vying for a position on the Shelton City Council, took part in a candidate forum at the Shelton Civic Center on Monday. The forum, sponsored by the Mason County Republican Party, was moderated by Jeff Slakey. It can be viewed on www.MasonWebTV.com. The candidates answered prepared questions, as well as questions from the audience, on a range of topics including taxes, homelessness, business...

  • Former counselor accused of child rape

    Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Jun 8, 2023

    A former Shelton High School freshman counselor was arrested Friday at his Shelton-area residence by Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a two-month investigation. Samuel Martin Caffey, 29, faces charges of child rape, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of child pornography. Caffey was booked into Mason County Jail on Friday afternoon and made his initial court appearance Monday in Mason County Superior Court, where Superior Court Judge Monty Cobb set bail at...

  • News Briefs

    Compiled by Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Mar 2, 2023

    Shelton officers find 21-year-old man shot to death Shelton Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Tuesday evening on the 2300 block of Jefferson Street. According to a news release, a male had been reportedly shot and when police arrived, officers found a dead 21-year-old man. Shelton Police and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office are investigating and are asking the public to call MACECOM at 360-426-4441 with any information. Mason County Sheriff’s Office assists arrest The Mason County Sheriff’s Office helped in an...

  • Shining during winter's cold

    Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Mar 10, 2022

    The 2021-22 winter high school sports season looked much closer to normal after nearly two years of pandemic restrictions. Many teams qualified for postseason play, as did several Mason County athletes who competed in the first state tournament action in two years. Today, the Shelton-Mason County Journal honors athletes from winter 2022 sports, which included boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, boys swimming and bowling. Eighteen Mason County athletes are being honored for...

  • County track legend Dittmer inducted into Hall of Fame

    Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Mar 3, 2022

    In 1960, three teachers at Central Grade School in Snohomish created an elementary play day that include 50- and 75-yard dash races. Dan Dittmer finished third in both events. "Little did I realize those two races would be the beginning of a journey that finds me here 61 years later," Dittmer told an audience at the Washington Track and Field Coaches Association's Hall of Fame Banquet on Jan. 21 at Hotel Murano in Tacoma. A veteran of 51 years of coaching track and field across Western...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Jan 13, 2022

    Shelton Girls basketball The Shelton girls were finally back in action and fell 45-31 at home to Rochester on Monday at Terry Gregg Court. Climbers’ junior Gabi Munro led Shelton with 11 points. Ana Pinon and Jasmine Rivera each added five for the Climbers Shelton briefly led in the first quarter and trailed 14-10 after one. Rochester built a 34-24 lead at halftime. The Climbers closed the gap to single digits several times in the second half, holding the Warriors to just 11 points after halftime, but could not convert on several key...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by Justin Johnson and Matt Baide|Sep 23, 2021

    North Mason Girls soccer The North Mason High School girls soccer team leveled its record at 1-1 with a 3-1 win over visiting Bremerton on Sept. 16 at Phil Pugh Stadium in Belfair. Senior forward Abigail Green scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the match to break a 1-1 tie. Green’s first came after she latched onto a chipped ball near the center circle and drove one-on-one into the box before letting loose what would become the match-winning goal. Green converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to seal the victory. Emma Woodell scored fo...