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Fun run/walk to benefit Make-a-Wish child

As the school year begins to slowly wind down, students involved with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Fife High School and Columbia Junior High are preparing for FBLA Nationals taking place in Atlanta July 27-June 3. From the junior high, the five top winners at state competitions held in April will be traveling to nationals and 15 FBLA top winners will be going from the high school.
“Last year we took 14 students so this is now our biggest group to attend,” said Fife High’s FBLA advisor Laura Hilzendeger.
“Qualifying for nationals in FBLA is extremely difficult, with only about 2 percent of all FBLA members qualifying to compete at nationals in four years of competition,” said Columbia’s FBLA advisor Keith Hannah. “Somehow, we continue to beat those statistics. The students did an excellent job… Read Full Story

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CRIME STOPPERS: Burglars rob the home of ‘Sonics Guy’

Kris Brannon, otherwise known as the "Sonics Guy," said he confronted a burglar at his home Monday who got away with priceless collectibles and one item he can never replace. The burglary happened in the central Tacoma neighborhood on Monday morning.

Brannon gold Q13 News Reporter Steve Kiggins that he immediately knew something wasn’t right when his front door wouldn’t budge. That’s when he dialed 911, but in the middle of the call he spotted and shouted at a burglar, who then took off running. Brannon said the suspect may have hopped the backyard fence. “He got away,” he said. “The cops showed up five minutes… Read Full Story

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Prosecutor to request higher bail for convicted child molester
David Rose

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist plans to request a higher bail amount for convicted child rapist Theodore Burnett who was caught thanks to tips from “Washington's Most Wanted” viewers. Burnett was released from jail on $10,000 bond early Saturday morning after being arrested…

Local Restaurants
Derek Shuck

Deep in South Tacoma at 8217 S. Hosmer St. sits one of Tacoma’s many treasures, the Great Wall Chinese Buffet. The restaurant has been a favorite in the community for many years and manager Nicholas Walker credits the restaurant’s dedication to finding the highest quality food for the cheapest…

May Day brings Justice for Jackie to the streets
Matt Nagle

The May Day weekend in Tacoma was dedicated to Jacqueline Salyers and the efforts to bring justice for her and her family. Beginning with a candlelight vigil on Saturday night, the activities continued on Sunday, May Day, with a spirited march and rally through the streets of the city and to Tacoma…

Dave’s of Milton to host fundraiser for Fife High students

Fife High School and Columbia Junior High TSA chapters will be hosting its 3rd Annual Spaghetti Feed and Auction on Monday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Dave’s of Milton, 1502 11th Ave., Milton. All proceeds from this event will go to offset the costs of the National Conference…

Families invited to enjoy ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Columbia Jr. High
Matt Nagle

It isn’t often that Fife High School’s Drama Department stages a play straightforward from how it was written, but with a classic like the “The Wizard of Oz,” you don’t mess with perfection. That’s the angle that drama teachers Dave and Teresa Hockman are taking to present this long-beloved…

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WARM WEATHER PROMPTS OPENING OF SPRAYGROUNDS Metro Parks staff usually use the month of May to prepare spraygrounds for summer, with normal operation only on weekends. This year, the parks maintenance team stepped up its testing in the hope of providing more service on hot days. Their work paid off…

Children’s Museum supports special needs families with ‘Play Days
Karen Fleur Tofti-Tufarelli Special to Tacoma Weekly

On a recent Tuesday morning at the Tacoma Children’s Museum, children with special needs – as well as their siblings, classmates, parents and other caregivers – played with running water in a playscape, fed pieces of cloth into Airways, a pneumatic air system that looks like a giant plastic…

Fife Police host blood drive in honor of fallen officers
Eilish McLean Special to Fife Free Press

While it is indubitably the thought that counts, the Fife Police Department is partnering with Cascade Regional Blood Services to give an opportunity to the community for action as well. From 4:30-7 p.m. on May 17, they will be jointly hosting a blood drive at the Fife Criminal Justice Center to benefit…

Thank you Voters

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the voters, for approving the EMS Levy Lid Lift on April 26. Resetting the collection rate back to the previously approved 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value will allow us to continue delivering the quality service you expect and deserve.…

Fife’s water quality set for testing this summer

The City of Fife currently purchases all of our water from the City of Tacoma and the water quality is very high, particularly since the new filtration plant was started over a year ago. The lead that has been found in segments of Tacoma’s water supply does not come from the water, it instead comes…

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