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  • Scholarships

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 2, 2024

    Harstine Island Women’s Club The Harstine Island Women’s Club, through its Charles and Judy Chase Scholarship Fund, is offering scholarships to full-time residents of Harstine Island who are entering or continuing a post-high school education, including adult continuing education or technical training. Applicants must have obtained a diploma from an accredited high school program or earned a GED. Applications will be accepted through May 15, and the winners will be announced by May 31. The number and amount of the scholarships will be det...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 2, 2024

    Shelton High stages musical 'Mean Girls' The Shelton High School Drama Club stages "Mean Girls: The Musical, High School Version" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 online at www.Our.Show/SHSMeanGirls. Donations to the drama club can also be made at that site. Empty Bowls fundraiser continues Wednesday The Shelton Arts Commission hosts the three-part annual Empty Bowls fundraiser that started Wednesday at the...

  • Free soil, toy screening at Master Gardener Plant Sale

    Tessa Halloran, Mason County Master Gardeners|May 2, 2024

    Did you know that harmful metals such as lead and arsenic could be in your garden, yard or play- area soils? As we transition from spring to summer, the increase in hot, dry and windy weather can increase your risk of exposure to those contaminants. The Mason County WSU Master Gardener Program is excited to join with staff from the state Department of Health to offer free soil and toy screening for lead and arsenic at our upcoming Master Gardener Foundation of Mason County Plant Sale from 9...

  • Derby day at the lake

    May 2, 2024

  • Matlock Old Timers Fair this weekend

    Gordon Weeks|May 2, 2024

    The annual Matlock Old Timers Historical Fair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mary M. Knight School in Matlock. Engine enthusiasts can check out a steam donkey and antique tractors. Inside the gym, patrons can find bargains at the swap meet tables, listen to live music, and create crafts. Fun-seekers can plummet down a pink slide. The selection of food offerings includes homemade pies. Take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon and watch a chainsaw artist create...

  • North Mason students get help budgeting

    June Williams|May 2, 2024

    A Financial Reality Fair for North Mason High students is today in two sessions from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Before the event, students will download an app on their phone or borrow a device that has the program. "Teens are given a fictional occupation, salary, credit score, spouse and a child, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments. The teens then walk around to various table-top stations to 'purchase' housing, transportation, food, clothing and other needs. Fortunately,...

  • Alleged McLendon's shoplifter is arrested

    June Williams|May 2, 2024

    Police arrested an alleged shoplifter outside of McLendon’s Hardware in Belfair after the store manager called to report the theft and said the thief punched him. The incident happened the morning of April 25 when employees opened the store and a woman walked in acting “weird,” according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office probable cause document. Store manager Roy Arbogast said the woman, later identified as Anne Belson, 29, began walking down store aisles removing products from their packaging. “Roy kept an eye on Anne while she was in th...

  • Water break temporarily closes North Mason schools

    June Williams|May 2, 2024

    A water main break April 24 at North Mason High School caused classes there and at James A. Taylor High School and Hawkins Middle School to be dismissed early. The schools were closed all day April 25 while repairs were made and students moved to remote learning. Buses operated on normal hours Thursday morning so students could come to school and collect computers and grab-and-go food. Buses then took students back home, according to the North Mason School District. Schools returned to normal schedules April 26 following repairs of the water...

  • Mary's Memoirs

    Clydene Hostetler|May 2, 2024

    Windy, rainy and cold. Just like it is now. Not much is going on this week. Meetings and company stopping by the house. Sunday, April 24, 1950 Ironed before breakfast then ate and dashed to get hair combed out. Wilma gave me a gallon of milk to take home. At home I finished all mending and cleaning and put everything away. Squires came down and sprayed for worms and helped Sam put up the vines on new grape arbor. Florine and Marie Tracy came just as I was ready to vacuum. So we went over ideas...

  • Good News!

    Theresa Murray|May 2, 2024

    “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” — Matthew 25:23 This is one of my favorite scriptures! It is part of a parable Jesus told that I want to share with you! Look at verses 14-29 in Matthew 25, and see what I’m telling you is true! A man was going to a faraway country and he split up his goods with three servants. He gave one five talents, one two talents, and one one talent. Then he immediately...

  • 'I want to mend that bridge'

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    Shelton Police Chief Chris Kostad told a Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce audience he wants to re-establish a bond between his department and residents during a presentation April 18 in the Olympic College Shelton library meeting room. “I think in the last few years, a partnership with the community has become disconnected, and I want to mend that bridge,” said Kostad, who in November replaced Carole Beason as chief. In his state of the department address, Kostad pointed out that the number of calls to the police department has bee...

  • City won't get Post Office Park

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    The U.S. Postal Service has withdrawn from discussions to sell Post Office Park to the City of Shelton or to trade it for the city's Brewer Park. The city has leased the quarter-acre park on West Railroad Avenue from the federal government since 1999 in exchange for 20 parking stalls designated for USPS employees on adjacent city streets and all maintenance and upkeep of the park grounds. But a March 22 letter from the U.S. Postal Service to Shelton City Manager Mark Ziegler states the agency "w...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter June Williams|Apr 25, 2024

    Public defenders receive honors Mason County commissioners recognized two county public defenders who have received the Washington Defender Association President’s Award at the April 23 commission meeting. The award singles out the state’s best public defender, according to Mason County Chief Public Defender Peter Jones. Rose Boughton was named this year’s recipient and Ron Sergi won the award in 2018, but was not recognized by the county at the time, Commissioner Randy Neatherlin said. “This is pretty huge for Mason County public defense...

  • Assessor's Office mails exemption renewal applications

    Staff report|Apr 25, 2024

    Mason County’s Assessor’s Office mailed renewal applications this week to exempt recipients of the Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities Exemption from Real Property Taxes program. The intended recipients reside in the current inspection area, which includes Lake Limerick, Brockdale, McReavy, Hanks Lake, Eells Hill, California Road, Highland Road, Dayton Trails, Fawn Lake, Lynch Road, Kamilche, Cloquallum Road, Isabella Lake, Lost Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Star Lake, and Lake Nahwatzel out to Matlock, as well as parts of Tahuya, Belfair and...

  • History at a Glance

    Jan Parker|Apr 25, 2024

    In 1909, H. Enzo Loop, age 28, somewhat reluctantly traveled by steamship from Tacoma to Shelton at the recommendation of his mentor, Mr. Layhue, the deputy state superintendent of schools, to be interviewed for the position of superintendent of Shelton Schools. Loop had a Teacher's Elementary School certificate, after studying for a year at Whatcom Normal School, and had taught for one year at Eastsound School in San Juan County. In the waters near Olympia, Loop transferred to the boat going on...

  • Central Mason-Grapeview fire merger, FD16 levy passing

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    Two fire and medical service measures on Tuesday’s special election ballot were passing overwhelmingly on the first count. Grapeview Fire District 3’s proposed merger with Central Mason Fire District 5 to provide fire and emergency medical services to areas covered by the two districts had 545 approval votes for 77.86%, and 155 rejection votes for 22.14%. West Mason Fire District 16’s proposed property tax levy of 50 cents or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation for six years, beginning this year, for emergency medical services received 437 “y...

  • Judge rules court lawfully appointed Seattle lawyer

    June Williams|Apr 25, 2024

    Mason County Superior Court Judge David Stevens on April 22 denied a writ of mandamus filed by a Seattle-area attorney suing a Mason County District Court judge for appointing him to defend a local man charged with DUI. Jonathan Lewis, who has a legal practice in Seattle, sued Mason County District Court and Judge George Steele on Feb. 27, saying Steele improperly appointed him to defend Martin Andres Alonzo, who was being charged with DUI for the third time and whose primary language is Kanjobal. Lewis said the appointment violated GR 42, a...

  • Couple allegedly threatened by man painting Ukraine flag

    June Williams|Apr 25, 2024

    A husband and wife who confronted a group of men allegedly spray painting a Ukrainian flag with a heart symbol in the middle of Forest Road 23 say a man from the group threatened them with a gun. Reuben and Leila Bashans were driving down West Govey Road, known as Forest Service Road 23, near Browns Creek on April 14 when they came upon a group of men “actively spray painting something in the road,” according to a Mason County Sheriff probable cause document. Reuben Bashans said the men “were not moving out of the way, and he told them they...

  • City Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    May 3 is deadline to apply for vacant council seat The City of Shelton is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on the Shelton City Council. Deputy Mayor Joe Schmit on April 2 announced he is resigning from the council in the middle of his second term. Applicants must be a registered voter in the city and have continuously resided within the city limits for a minimum of one year to be eligible to fill the vacancy. The deadline to apply is 1 p.m. May 3. Applications and more information about the appointment process is at the city’s w...

  • Community Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    Empty Bowls begins May 1 The Shelton Arts Commission hosts the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser starting May 1 at the Shelton Civic Center. The event is open to all ages and materials will be provided. Create a bowl from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Glaze your bowl from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8. From 5 to 7 p.m. May 15, patrons for a $10 donation can buy a bowl with soup from a local restaurant and help feed local people in need. No one is required to show up on all three dates. Harstine talk spotlights 1947 UFO sighting Des Moines author Steve Edmiston will t...

  • First half 2024 property taxes are due Tuesday

    Staff report|Apr 25, 2024

    Property-tax payments for the first half of 2024 are due Tuesday, according to a news release from the Mason Couny Treasurer’s Office. Payments can be made in person at the office at 411 N 5th St., Bldg. 1 (second floor) and pay in person between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or can be deposited in the drive-up payment drop box located in the alley. Payments must be postmarked no later than Tuesday to be considered on time and avoid interest charges. Postmarks and delivery can be delayed when using USPS to mail payment, so the Treasurer’s Off...

  • Scholarships

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 25, 2024

    Shelton Rock and Mineral Society The Shelton Rock and Mineral Society is offering one scholarship to a Mason County high school senior who is planning to attend college to study earth science. May 1 is the deadline to apply. Send a letter about yourself, your interest in earth science and where you are considering continuing your education to Shelton Rock and Mineral Society, P.O. Box 242, Shelton 98584. Hood Canal Lions Club The Hood Canal Lions Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Shelton High School seniors, with a preference for...

  • Sportsmen's Club commemorates public access

    June Williams|Apr 25, 2024

    The Bremerton's Sportsmen's Club is finally getting recognition for a good deed done in 1948. That's when the club donated waterfront properties on Wooten, Devereaux and Haven lakes in Mason County and Mission and Wildcat lakes in Kitsap County to the Department of Game, now the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The club wanted to preserve public access to the lakes at a time when shoreline property was being bought and developed for private use. Local fishers, canoers and kayakers now know who...

  • Potlatch Sunrise

    Apr 25, 2024

  • Hands-on fishing

    Apr 18, 2024

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