Mark Klaas

Delegation from Tamba, Japan, kicks back in Kent, Auburn

They were intrigued by the local history, observed two growing cities in revitalization, toured businesses at work and embraced the many sights and sounds with their intercultural friends living half a world away. A delegation from Tamba, Japan – led by its re-elected mayor – paid Kent and Auburn a long-anticipated visit last week to strengthen a relationship that began more than 40 years ago.

Kent’s Allen trying to regain his form as he recovers from injuries | Klaas

He is one of the finest soccer players to come out of Kent, a talented force who realized his dreams of playing elite competition on the manicured pitches of the mighty Major League Soccer.

Thrift store returns to its roots for temporary haven

Kent's longtime thrift store has temporarily come home in hopes of finding something permanent.

Kent’s fashion designer earns shot to compete on ‘Project Runway’

Cindy Marlatt, an emerging local fashion designer, is sizing up the national competition. The Kent woman – who has realized her dreams by pursuing her passion in apparel – was one of 16 clothing designers from throughout the country chosen to vie for top honors and prizes in Season 11 of "Project Runway", a reality TV series that premieres at 9 p.m. next Thursday on Lifetime.

Royals show late punch to retain Taylor Trophy | SPSL football

Neighborhood pride is important to a Kent-Meridian High football program that has played in the shadow of its rival in recent seasons.

Haven for the homeless? Proposed shelter in downtown Kent draws concerns, opposition

A man of faith and compassion, Terry Pallas naturally extends a hand to help the homeless.

Kent’s Candy Chang is the choice for Miss Cornucopia

Music brings out the best in Candy Chang, and helping others is her favorite tune. An outstanding student and poised musician, the 18-year-old Kent woman is comfortable on stage. She also feels right at home in making a difference in her community.

Small Kent bakery goes big on flavor

Circumstances and a passion for perfecting home-spun recipes have changed the immediate career course for Anna Kasabyan.

Kent nurse vows to work again while being treated for kidney disease

Martina Akumdi Lekwauwa genuinely helps others. It's just her nature, her personality as a longtime nurse and midwife – a career that began in her native Nigeria where she cared for the poor and disadvantaged and continued, most recently, with the Seattle & King County Public Health Department serving Seattle's High Point housing community.

From a tune to a tale: author connects with kids

It began as a jingle and wound up being the impetus for a children's Christian book series.

Community mourns loss of top attorney, generous man | Mark Prothero

Skilled in the courtroom, Mark Prothero was also generous to the community in which he lived.

Centro Rendu celebrates its graduates, tutors | SLIDESHOW

Hard work and perseverance have brought good things to Elvia Flores and her classmates.

Verity Lodge makes plans, upgrades hall

New things continue to happen at Kent's Verity Lodge No. 59, one of state's earliest organizations devoted to the philosophical origins and teachings of Freemasonry.

Top attorney, Kent community leader Prothero passes away

Mark Prothero – prominent criminal defense attorney, civic leader, community volunteer and coach – passed away early Saturday morning at his Kent home with family at his side.

Ralph kicks off Kent mayoral campaign

As far as Kent mayoral candidate Dana Ralph is concerned, the diverse crowd of well wishers who came to her official campaign kickoff event Thursday represents a foundation, the start of something big.

Councilwoman vows to beat breast cancer, continue her work

You should always listen to your mother. And Dana Ralph knows better.

Kent’s autistic savant artist attracting a large audience

Michael Tolleson has discovered more places, people and possibilities through his spontaneously created art.

Bringing art to historic downtown; autistic savant artist welcomes possibilities with centralized gallery

Globally renowned for his work, local artist Michael Tolleson wants to be more recognized in Kent.

Royals star Daigbe signs with Central | Prep football

Not all things have come naturally to Emmanuel Daigbe.

Kent Relay For Life shines at French Field

Linda Mentzel was determined to be there for her mom – in celebration.