Mark Klaas

Woodworker spreads joy with handmade toys

He's a big kid at heart, a modern day Mister Geppetto who brings joy to children with the simplest of creations.

Kent has its landmark district

A historic Kent neighborhood has become a registered landmark, the first of its kind in South King County.

Fulfilling his duty on hostile seas: Local Navy veteran looks back on his WWII experiences

Far off though he was, the young sailor witnessed the ebb and flow of monumental, bloody battles, as American amphibious forces landed on enemy-occupied islands in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Mainstay nurse leaves her mark

She has a warm personality, part Brooklyn spice and genuinely most everything nice.

Kent focus groups say no to homeless shelter

Faced with opposition from a concerned community, a proposed homeless shelter is no longer a possibility for one downtown Kent location.

KBAC plans Juneteenth celebration

Exposure, growth and education are important to a Kent nonprofit organization committed to acknowledging and advancing the work of African Americans in South King County. To catch and showcase that, organizers with the Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC) are busy preparing for its second annual Juneteenth celebration, set for June 15 at the Kent Senior Center. The community-wide event will feature programs, information, vendors, food, entertainment and speakers while commemorating African American freedom and emphasizing education and achievement.

District Democratic causus draws a Bernie crowd

They jammed the parking lot, packed the small gymnasium and formed a long line that spilled into the narrow hallway and surrounded the front of the building.

Proposed historic district continues to take shape

A storied Kent area may soon become the first historic neighborhood district in South King County.

Kent woman finds hope, opportunity with Goodwill

Maly Wan Song has found hope in hard times. The Kent woman and mother of four is back to work, thanks to a partnership between Tacoma Goodwill and a community jobs program through the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Hockey tournament supports Cops With Cancer

It's summer hockey on ice, all for a good cause. Fifty-two area players, including one who flew in from San Francisco, competed on four teams at the sixth annual DJ Baskin Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Kent Valley Ice Centre this weekend.

Building a dream: Virk turns a blighted area into plush international plaza

Ringing cellphone in hand, Sam Virk sat at a corner table in his newly opened restaurant, answering questions from his kitchen staff and others from contractors who were scrambling to apply last-minute touches to the lobby and banquet hall upstairs.

Soroptimist of Kent turns golden

One of Kent's longest-running service clubs celebrates 50 years this year.

Community comes together for a planting party | SLIDESHOW

Volunteers joined city and community leaders for a planting party last Saturday.

Pawsitive influence: Youth, dogs benefit from training program

Roscoe is a lively and friendly Labrador, a 2-year-old bundle of energy who is ready for a loving home. Anthony Srey knows as much.

Spreading the gospel of good health | Klaas

The youth pastor and veteran NFL fullback raised the fitness magazine for all to see. Such cover images of chisled, ripped bodybuilders, Eddie Williams warned his young audience at Auburn High School, send the wrong message to growing, impressionable teens. And those quick, even drastic methods for reaching physical greatness are chock full of lies.

Possibilities from the skies: Valley looks to become a technology hub for unmanned aerial vehicles

Tom Ethen considers himself a pioneer in one of the country's fastest-growing industries.

Thompson inspires on, off court: Olympian, world champion comes home to share the game she loves

Elite volleyball has brought out the best in Courtney Thompson.

Royals outlast Trojans, retain Taylor Trophy | Prep football

Kent-Meridian's quick-strike offense thrives on the pass but devastates teams with an occasional punch on the run.

Mist top Bliss, hoist first Legends Cup

The Seattle Mist turned back the Chicago Bliss 27-21 on Sunday to capture their first Legends Cup of the women's indoor Legends Football League at the ShoWare Center.

Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi Day | SLIDESHOW

A Sikh community tradition, thousands strong celebrated Vaisakhi Day or Vaisakhi – a religious and colorful festival filled with music, prayer, food, demonstrations, exhibits and a parade – at the ShoWare Center on a cool and cloudy Saturday.