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 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

3 arrested in child sex sting

Three Mason County residents were among 12 arrested in Lewis County last weekend as part of “Operation Net Nanny,” a multi-agency operation identifying people allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. According to a...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

City approves $40.5-million budget

The Shelton City Council on Tuesday passed a $40.5-million budget for 2023. The $40,492,117 budget also has a General Fund appropriation of $15,949,791. The budget must be approved by the end of the year. Last November, the council approved a $41.1...

 

Duenkel captures auditor race

A wave of post-election day ballot counts catapulted Steve Duenkel to a narrow victory in the Mason County auditor's race. Duenkel, the Republican challenger, trailed incumbent Democrat Paddy McGuire...

 

Port of Hoodsport approves 2023 budget

The Port of Hoodsport’s budget hearing last week saw its port commissioners unanimously approve all three budget-related measures, which included a $40,000 transfer of money to the port’s parks and a $5,000-per-year increase in the annual...

 

County Briefs

North Mason, Bremerton issue statement about incident The North Mason and Bremerton school districts issued a joint statement in regard to a Oct. 18 incident following a volleyball match at North Mason High School in Belfair. According to the...

 

Commission Briefs

Sheriff’s Office orders four vehicles The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was approved to place an order for four police interceptor utility vehicles to replace two canceled Interceptor Utility and Tahoe Canine vehicles for the 2023 Sheriff’s...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

Brothers plead guilty

Almost two years after the crime, Jordan and Jareau Afo each pled guilty to criminal charges Nov. 8 in Mason County Superior Court. The Afos are scheduled for a sentencing hearing Dec. 20. According to court records, Jareau U. Afo, 28, pled guilty...

 

After 33 years, Wilson retires from hospital commission

Don Wilson has retired after 33 years of service on the Public Hospital District commission of Mason County. According to a news release, Wilson announced his retirement at the November meeting. The Board of Hospital District Commissioners appointed...

 

Nonprofit Briefs

Donate blood in Belfair today, Friday Bloodworks Northwest is accepting donations of blood today and Friday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1171 N.E. Sand Hill Road, Belfair. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-398-7888 or go to...

 

Mason County Light of Hope seeks donations

The Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging’s Case Management and Information and Assistance programs connect adults with disabilities with social and health services to help them remain in their homes. Most clients have modest means and health...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 17, 2022

Post-election day surge lifts Rhodes in clerk race

Mason County appears to be in line for a new clerk as Charles Rhodes leads in the race for clerk against incumbent Sharon Moore-Fogo on Monday’s updated vote count. Rhodes, a Republican challenger, has received 13,761 votes for 50.64% and leads by...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

Republicans win three 35th District races

Three Republicans will represent the 35th District in the state Legislature. The ballot count from the Nov. 8 general election released Monday gave Republican Drew MacEwen a lead over Democrat...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

Southside, Fire 17 levies pass; Fire 16 short

The Southside School District’s replacement levy and Mason County Fire Protection District 17’s levy passed, and Mason County Fire Protection District 16’s levy failed on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Southside School District’s replacement levy was...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 17, 2022

'Night of Musical Theater' opens tonight

Shelton High School stages its annual "Night of Musical Theater" production at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the school's Performing Arts Center. Admission is the suggested...

 

Port of Allyn preps 2023 budget for hearing

Port of Allyn commissioners’ discussion of its 2023 draft budget on Nov. 7 concluded with commissioners scheduling a public hearing later this month to finalize and approve the budget.Port Executive Director Lary Coppola said the budget’s only...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Challengers dominate second ballot count

WEB UPDATE: In Wednesday’s second ballot count, slightly more than 3,600 votes were added to results in Mason County, helping Republican challengers Steve Duenkel (auditor) and Charles Rhodes (clerk) to erase leads held by their incumbent Democrat...

 

UPDATE: Duenkel surges into Auditor's race lead

WEB UPDATE: Steve Duenkel took a seven-vote lead in the Mason County auditor's race after Wednesday's second ballot count. Wednesday's tally saw 3,630 additional votes counted in the race, allowing...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

City, county talk jail

The Mason County Jail has space for 93 inmate beds and a current target population of 60, but staffing shortages mean only people arrested on felony charges are being booked into the facility in...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    November 10, 2022

Shelton schools place levy on Valentine's Day ballot

Taxpayers in the Shelton School District on Valentine's Day will vote on a proposed three-year levy. The Shelton School Board on Tuesday night authorized the request for a Feb. 14 vote to collect...

 

School Briefs

Shelton High students star in two shows Shelton High School stages its annual “Night of Musical Theater” production at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is the suggested donation...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    November 10, 2022

UPDATE: Rhodes takes lead in Clerk's race

WEB UPDATE: Republican challenger Charles Rhodes leads incumbent Democrat Sharon Moore-Fogo by 124 votes after Wednesday’s second ballot count in the race for Mason County clerk. With Wednesday’s totals added in, Rhodes has 12,359 votes for...

 

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