Steve Hunter

Crews close a lane of traffic westbound Friday on South 228th Street in Kent. Crews will install storm drainage pipe along the street over the next few months.

Expect road closures as crews install storm drainage pipe along Kent’s South 228th Street

Kent drivers can expect traffic detours over the next few months along South 228th Street from 64th Avenue South to the Interurban Trail in connection with a $5.2 million project to install new storm drainage pipe to stop Mill Creek flooding.

Crews close a lane of traffic westbound Friday on South 228th Street in Kent. Crews will install storm drainage pipe along the street over the next few months.
Venoy Overton

Prosecutors charge ex-University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton with promoting prostitution in Kent

Venoy Overton told Kent Police, according to court documents, that he drove an 18-year-old woman to Pacific Highway South in Kent and told her to "just walk," "hit me up when you're done," and that she ended up "turning a trick."

Venoy Overton

14-year-old Kent driver reportedly causes three-car crash on Interstate 5 near Southcenter

A 14-year-old Kent boy drove his mother’s car without permission in a reckless manner with his 14-year-old girlfriend as the passenger and reportedly caused a three-car collision at about noon Thursday along southbound Interstate 5 near I-405 by the Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.

The Kent School District expects to cut about 30 employees from the 2011-12 budget. Students gather (above) outside of Kent-Meridian High School.

Kent School District to cut about 30 jobs; initial estimate targeted 110 employees

The job cuts in the Kent School District won't be quite as deep as expected for 2011-12.

The Kent School District expects to cut about 30 employees from the 2011-12 budget. Students gather (above) outside of Kent-Meridian High School.

Federal Way woman dies from I-90 accident injuries as passenger in pickup driven by Kent man | Update

A 20-year-old Federal Way woman died early Friday morning after being injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday as a passenger in a pickup driven by a Kent man on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum.

Steve Konowalchuk is introduced Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent as the new coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Seattle Thunderbirds hire Colorado Avalanche assistant as new head coach | Western Hockey League

Steve Konowalchuk had no plans to leave his job as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League until the Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team asked him to be its new coach.

Steve Konowalchuk is introduced Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent as the new coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Venoy Overton

Kent Police arrest ex-University of Washington player Venoy Overton for allegedly promoting prostitution

Kent Police arrested Venoy Overton, a former University of Washington basketball player, Thursday for investigation of second-degree promoting prostitution, a class C felony.

Venoy Overton
Don Vandel played Santa Claus for many years in Kent

Remembering Don Vandel, also known as Kent’s Santa Claus

Lindsey Cook remembers as a little girl first meeting Don Vandel in the Kent restaurant owned by her parents. “Even when he was not dressed as Santa Claus, I called him Santa,” Cook said during a Tuesday phone interview. “He looked like Santa Claus.”

Don Vandel played Santa Claus for many years in Kent
The Seattle Thunderbirds plan to announce the hiring of a new coach Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Seattle Thunderbirds to name new head coach June 16 | Western Hockey League

The Seattle Thunderbirds junior hockey team will name their new head coach in a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday in the Club Lounge at the ShoWare Center in Kent, according to a Wednesday T-Birds media release.

The Seattle Thunderbirds plan to announce the hiring of a new coach Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Marilyn Tullis

Contract talks ‘going well’ between Kent School District and teachers union

Contract negotiations between the teachers union and the Kent School District are "going well" so far after three meetings over the last few weeks.

Marilyn Tullis

Two men charged with stealing more than $1 million from Kent Office Depot warehouse

King County prosecutors have charged two men with seven counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property for allegedly taking more than $1 million worth of items from the Office Depot warehouse in Kent.

Candidates file for Kent City Council; Kent School Board | Election 2011

The following candidates have filed for the Kent City Council and Kent School Board, according to the King County Elections website:

Crews recently tore down the Jack in the Box restaurant at Central Avenue and West Smith Street in Kent. Jack in the Box plans to rebuild the restaurant and open again in September.

Jack in the Box to rebuild downtown Kent location

Fast-food fans don't need to worry because Jack's coming back to Central Avenue in downtown Kent.

Crews recently tore down the Jack in the Box restaurant at Central Avenue and West Smith Street in Kent. Jack in the Box plans to rebuild the restaurant and open again in September.
The Kent International Festival features a wide array of entertainment and activities  including music

Kent International Festival keeps getting bigger and better | June 18

Dave Mortenson likes how each year the Kent International Festival picks up the interest of more and more people. “We’re getting a greater participation not only of people coming to it but people wanting to participate,” said Mortenson, a Kent resident and one of the event organizers. “And we’re getting a wider diversity of people participating.”

The Kent International Festival features a wide array of entertainment and activities  including music
Keith Hunter

Kent’s Meridian Elementary to throw 70th birthday party June 10

The community is invited to attend the 70th birthday party of Meridian, the oldest operating school in the Kent School District. Current and former students, teachers and staff are all invited to share memories about the school, view school memorabilia and enjoy cake, coffee and punch. Four current Meridian teachers also attended the school.

Keith Hunter
The Kentridge High School production of 'Happy Days' won Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Music Direction at the annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards Monday in Seattle.

Kentridge wins two categories for ‘Happy Days’ at 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards

Kentridge High School won two awards for its recent production of "Happy Days - A New Musical" at the ninth annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards show Monday at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

The Kentridge High School production of 'Happy Days' won Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Music Direction at the annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards Monday in Seattle.
Regan Wood

Relay for Life of Kent raises nearly $200,000 for cancer research | Slide Show

The Relay for Life of Kent has raised nearly $200,000 so far to support cancer research after nearly 1,600 people attended the 13th annual event last weekend at French Field.

Regan Wood
Stefano Langone

Kent’s Stefano Langone from ‘American Idol’ to appear at Kent Station June 4

Kent's "American Idol" star Stefano Langone will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Kent Station shopping mall.

Stefano Langone
Barbara Dallosto

Relay for Life of Kent cancer fundraiser runs June 3-4 at French Field

French Field at Kent-Meridian High School will fill up Friday and Saturday with more than 1,400 participants in the Relay for Life of Kent, the 13th annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to support cancer research.

Barbara Dallosto
Alberto Avila-Cardenas

Two men plead not guilty in Kent to triple-murder charges

Two men each pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of three Pierce County men whose bodies were found in March in unincorporated Kent.

Alberto Avila-Cardenas