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Santa visits Milton for annual tree lighting

Another December means another visit from Santa to the town of Milton with the annual tree lighting on Dec. 3. Santa rode through town all day, wishing Miltonites a Merry Christmas, ending at City Hall and heralding the lighting of a giant tree in front of the building, an annual tradition.
After the lighting, kids were able to sit down with Santa and grab a toy from tables full of them.
“This year’s tree lighting was amazing. The city of Milton along with Mayor Perry, Milton PD and the events committee went all out. We had toys donated from the Milton Police Foundation, home-made free chili from Mill Ridge Village, chili fixins donated from Dave’s of Milton, cookies from Albertsons and candy canes from Safeway. This truly is a community event that ties us all in the spirit of giving,” Events Committee Chair April… Read Full Story

Fallen hero: a family mourns, a city gathers

The family of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez appreciates the flow of support from around the world following his murder last week. His funeral is set for Dec. 9 at the Tacoma Dome, where the public is welcome to further pay their respects.
“We would like to personally thank the City of Tacoma for the outpouring of love that has been shown for my brother…,” wrote Antoinette Gutierrez-Nevada in a statement. “We are humbled by the amount of support he has received from the community and the love we have received from his family in blue. It is quite evident that he has had a tremendous impact on the community.… Read Full Story

Local project breaks record for children in need

Fife and surrounding cities volunteers have collected enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach more than 14,900 children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child.
This record breaking collection surpassed last year's Fife-area donations of 14,245 gifts. The Operation Christmas Child Tacoma Area Team is now thanking the Fife community for their gift donations already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift delivered through this local Fife project… Read Full Story

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Letter to the Editor: Joyce McDonald

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Merry Christmas! As my time as your Pierce County Council District 2 Representative comes to a close on Dec. 31, 2016, I want you to know it has been an honor to serve as your Pierce County Councilmember. During my past eight years on the Council, I…

The Lions Den

This is a very SPECIAL TIME in the world of Lionism. Coming up on June 7, 2017, will be the 100th anniversary or birthday of Lion Clubs International. Lionism was founded in Chicago with a handful of pioneers led by Melvin Jones. In this 100-year period this organization has grown to 1.4 million members…

Neighbors scared after shots fired

Detectives are trying to identify whoever fired shots at the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department's Foothills Detachment building in the Bonney Lake area last Saturday while two deputies were inside. "It’s somebody we want to get caught right away because obviously they have a grudge against us…

Be Well - Inside & out: Rainier Dental
Derek Shuck

Rainier Dental, a dentistry with offices in Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Sumner and Puyallup, is proud to welcome its newest family member, Dr. Chris Bae. Dr. Bae has been in private practice for more than 17 years and has experience in every area of general dentistry, including oral surgery, endodontics…

It’s Just Business
Matt Nagle

As a lifelong entrepreneur, it is no secret that William Manzanares has a passion for business. This, of course, includes working for success for himself and his employees but there are others out in the broader community that he also wants to help succeed – the youth. “Mentoring our young people…

Fire and Rescue News

Santa and his firefighter friends are coming to your neighborhood! The East Pierce firefighters will cruise a few blocks ahead of Santa’s sleigh to let you know that jolly St. Nick is here. Watch for the lights of the emergency vehicles and listen for the sirens and Christmas music. The East Pierce…

The Lions Den

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Program is just another way Lions Club International (LCI) has chosen to honor our founder Melvin Jones. This Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) was established in 1973. The MJF program recognizes donations of $1,000 to Lions Clubs international Foundation (LCIF). A new MJF…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ Fri., Nov. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave. Join the Smith family this holiday season at the 1904 World’s Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special…

CRIME STOPPERS: Police on the hunt for identity theft suspect
David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for a theft and credit card fraud. On the morning of Friday, Oct. 4, a vehicle was prowled on 133rd St. E. in Puyallup. A window of the vehicle was smashed in by an unidentified suspect and a purse containing several…

Local Restaurants

Hidden deep in the heart of Fife is the Warthog Barbeque Pit, a long-standing restaurant that has been bringing home-style cooking to the city for over 18 years. With the opening of another location in Parkland, the team led by owner Gary Kurashima shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Warthog…