Articles from the November 25, 2021 edition

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 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

Holiday Magic arriving

A “reverse” parade, Christmas karaoke, photos with Santa Claus, and performances by the Shel-Town Strummers are among the highlights of the Holiday Magic event staged from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in downtown Shelton. The Kristmas Town Kiwanis Cl...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

Longtime parking lot plan moves forward

The City of Shelton is moving forward on plans to transform its eastern Civic Center parking lot, including adding a basketball and pickle ball court, benches, garbage cans and landscaping. At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Shelton City Council voted to ex...

 By Matt Baide    News    November 25, 2021

Fire District 12 facing accountability audit

Mason County Fire District 12 addressed public concerns that the district has violated state law that turned heated during public comment before the state Auditor’s office spoke to the fire...


News Briefs

COVID cases declining in Mason County Mason County recorded 230 COVID-19 cases in the past 13 days and the case rates have dropped in recent weeks. According to the Mason County Emergency Management data, the county has seen four additional deaths...


City OKs new gallery exhibit

The Shelton City Council on Nov. 16 approved a new art exhibit for display from Nov. 30 through Feb. 28 at the Rotating Art Gallery in the Shelton Civic Center. The council followed the...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

MET Academy building opens Nov. 30

On Nov. 30, Shelton High School students eying careers in engineering, electronics and robotics will take their first steps into the campus' new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (MET)...


Tiny mutualism

Have you ever wondered how an old growth forest can maintain such stupendous productivity without any inputs? Maybe you've tried to figure out how even younger forests have such resilience when the ra...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

City Council race headed for machine recount

Miguel Gutierrez holds a five-vote lead over George W. Blush for a seat on the Shelton City Council following the final Nov. 2 general election ballot count released on Monday, triggering a recount by the Mason County Auditor’s Office. Gutierrez...

 By Matt Baide    News    November 25, 2021

North Mason schools levy passing before certification

The North Mason School Board levy is passing by 34 votes as of the Nov. 22 count. In Mason County, the levy is passing by 28 votes, 2,561 to 2,533. In Kitsap County, the levy is passing by six votes,... Full story

 By Matt Baide    News    November 25, 2021

Bull leads Curtin by 22 votes

Arla Shephard Bull leads Michael Curtin by 22 votes in the race for Mason School Board Director No. 5 in Monday’s tally. In Mason County, Shephard Bull leads by 34 votes, 2,242 to 2,208, with 64...

 By Jan Parker    News    November 25, 2021

Irene S. Reed High School Memorial Wall

In mid-summer, 1985, as demolition was about to begin on the Irene S. Reed High School building at Seventh and Alder Streets, the Mason County Historical Society (MCHS) put forth a proposal to save...


County Briefs

County awarded Public Services community development block grant Mason County commissioners signed a sub-recipient agreement with Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties at the Nov. 8 commissioner’s meeting. According to the...


Gerald Leon Salisbury

Gerald Leon Salisbury passed away from cancer on October 25, 2021, at the age of 84. He was born in Dodge City, Kansas, to Lucy and Loren Salisbury. Jerry grew up in Puyallup, Washington and... Full story

 By Staff report    News    November 25, 2021

Program helps Mason County residents in need

You can brighten the lives of 16 Mason County residents in need by donating money to the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging. The agency connects older and disabled adults with social and health services to help them remain in their homes....


Bernard "Bernie" Thomas Dorcy

Bernie Dorcy, age 95, passed away on November 18, 2021, after suffering a recent stroke. He was a man of abiding faith, devoted to his family, and the service of others. He is survived by his five... Full story

 By Matt Baide    News    November 25, 2021

Timberland Regional Libraries open with virtual programs

Timberland Regional Libraries in Belfair, Shelton and Hoodsport are welcoming patrons back to the building and there are more programs offered than ever. "We are all now fully open, which we love," No...

 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 25, 2021

Shel-Town Strummers make a joyous sound

Daryl White was a teenage guitarist when he saw Elvis Presley play a ukulele in the movie "Blue Hawaii." He bought a cigar box ukulele for $90 at an outdoor bazaar in Olympia. "I learned the ukulele...


'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' finally resurrects franchise

The last time we got an attempted big-screen resurrection of the "Ghostbusters" franchise, back in 2016, online trolls started review-bombing it for sexist reasons before the film even premiered in...


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