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 By Matt Baide    News    September 29, 2022 

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 reports...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 29, 2022 

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...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 22, 2022

State audit alleges fraud at Fire 12

Mason County Fire District 12 officials misappropriated public money and broke state laws, according to an accountability audit and fraud investigation report by the state Auditor’s Office released Tuesday. According to the fraud investigation...

 

Downtown basketball, pickleball courts on the way

The Shelton Centennial Lions Club will break ground for its basketball and pickleball courts at 11 a.m. Monday in the Shelton Civic Center parking lot. Work is scheduled to begin the next day, and...

 

Repaired Shelton High pool reopens for students

The Shelton High School swimming pool reopened Monday to students after cracks in the plaster walls were repaired. The state Department of Health on Friday certified the pool's safety said Jeff...

 

Hoodsport continues to clear woody debris from parks

The Port of Hoodsport has readjusted its timeline to remove debris and dead and decaying trees from its parks. During the port’s Sept. 7 meeting, port commissioner Terry Brazil said Forest McCullough of Northwest Land & Tree had “really been...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 15, 2022

Crash victims identified

The person believed to have caused the three-car accident that claimed the lives of Rita L. Lyman of Shelton and Duane M. Wharton of Olympia last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton said he recalls drifting toward the centerline and hearing...

 

Ground broken for homeless veterans village

Workers broke ground last week for the Shelton Veterans Village, designed to house 30 homeless Mason County veterans on North 13th Street near Olympic College Shelton. The village, which will be opera...

 

City sets downtown homeless forum

Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten said some residents are misinformed about the city's new rules on homeless encampments as well as believing the problems caused by some downtown street people are not b...

 

Senior center sports new activities coordinator

Teresa Sanders is no stranger to The Pavilion in Shelton. During the 2000s, her three children attended high school prom in the building down the road from Gillis Auto. For four years, Sanders dropped...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 8, 2022

Two dead in 101 crash

Two people died and at least one other person was seriously injured in a three-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 101 near the Shelton Matlock Road interchange. According to Washington State Patrol spokesperson Katherine...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    September 8, 2022

City eyes 2023 capital projects

The City of Shelton’s proposed capital improvement plan for 2023 calls for upgrading well No. 1, replacing downtown trees that are cracking sidewalks and removing two railroad crossings. Jay Harris, the city’s Public Works director, gave a...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 8, 2022

Plans for Skokomish restoration

The Mason Conservation District updated the public on federal regulations and the Skokomish Valley Road project at its Aug. 30 meeting at the Skokomish Community Church.  Senior Conservation Manager Keith Underwood led the meeting and talked to the...

 

Peterson tabbed to helm Shelton-Mason chamber

Shelton City Council member Deidre Peterson will be the new president and CEO of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Peterson, a Shelton native who was elected to the council in April 2018,...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 8, 2022

County says monkeypox cases are rare

One person had a confirmed case of Monkeypox in Mason County, but a county official said it’s unlikely that “a lot of” cases will occur. According to Mason County Public Health Nurse Audrey O’Connor, there was one case and one contact from th...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    September 1, 2022

Chamber president leaving

Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Heidi McCutcheon is leaving for new employment after being with the chamber for 14 years. According to a Tuesday news release, McCutcheon...

 

Hoodsport businesses, port reach accord

Downtown Hoodsport business co-owner Katherine Yackel and the Port of Hoodsport appear to have settled their concerns about the community at the port’s Aug. 17 meeting. Yackel, instructor and operations manager of YSS Dive in Hoodsport,...

 
 By Gordon Weeks    News    August 25, 2022

Homelessness in downtown

Are the men and women living on the streets of downtown Shelton natives of Mason County or transients bused in from Thurston County to take advantage of homeless services? And do those services...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    August 25, 2022

Belfair community grills WSDOT

The North Mason community shared its feelings with the state Department of Transportation at a community forum Aug. 11 in Belair. Most of the almost-two-hour forum focused on one intersection in particular: state Route 3 and Northeast Ridgepoint...

 

Former Journal co-owner dies

As part of the third generation of a newspaper family, Stephen Gay helped bring the present into focus as a printer and advertising manager at the Shelton-Mason County Journal. But his passion in his spare time was bringing the past back to life,...

 
 By Matt Baide    News    August 25, 2022

Fire 12 pauses chief search

Mason County Fire District 12 won’t look for a new fire chief until after the State Auditor’s Office completes its audit. At the Mason County Fire District 12’s commissioner meeting Aug. 16, commissioner John Pais said, “At this point, we’r...

 

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