Setting their goals high: Scenic Hill Elementary students set their sights on college

It’s never too early to get kids thinking about graduation on going on to college and at Scenic Hill Elementary School, they’re taking that to heart.

Democrats sweep local elections, win seats in 33rd and 47th districts

Voters in Kent, swept up in the same blue wave that sent Democrats to the White House and the governor's mansion, sent four Democrats of their own to Olympia to represent them for the next two years.

Elections results so far: 2 p.m. Nov. 6

The following is a listing of the most recent tallies for many of the major political races affecting Kent residents. Results come from the King County elections Web site,, and the Washington State elections Web site,

  • Nov 6, 2008

Town hall meeting for Kent residents is Saturday

Residents can tell the Kent City Council what they think about crime, traffic or any other issue at a town hall meeting 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kent Station branch of Green River Community College, Room 238, 417 Ramsay Way.

  • Nov 6, 2008

Gregoire wins re-election, Rossi concedes

After needing three counts and several days to claim victory in 2004, Gov. Christine Gregoire appeared to sail to re-election Tuesday night with the major… Continue reading

2008 election a test of county’s election reforms

What is happening at the King County Elections Office in Renton today began in 2004, in the wake of a highly controversial governor's election that sparked hundreds of reforms in how the county runs elections. Democrat Christine Gregoire won that election by just 129 votes – statewide – after recounts and court rulings. Her opponent: Dino Rossi.

Obama wins presidential race

Sen. Barack Obama has won the U.S. presidential race electoral college votes, beating out Sen. John McCain, according to national news outlets.

  • Nov 5, 2008

A busy day at Kent polling office

It's election day, and across the nation, polling stations have been filling up, as well as mailboxes with absentee ballots. It was no different Tuesday afternoon at Kent Commons, where polling workers assisted a steady stream of voters, checking them in and handing them ballots.

All the bells and whistles: Kent Events Center gets scoreboard

Thunderbirds fans should expect to be impressed in the months ahead, when a fancy scoreboard with video screens and graphics lights up at the Kent Events Center.

It’s back to drawing board for law on cottage-style housing in Kent

Cottage-style housing could be coming soon to Kent despite a 4-3 vote by the City Council on Oct. 21 against a proposed ordinance that would allow developers to build as many as two housing-demonstration projects.

Blotter: French fry incident leads to foot chase, Taser

Police responded to a report of a man in his 30s swearing and throwing French fries at a fast-food restaurant at about 9:30 a.m. Oct.… Continue reading

Boeing, machinists hammer out new contract

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced Saturday that its members voted to ratify a new four-year contract with The Boeing Co. by 74 percent.

  • Nov 3, 2008

Sister City Association event is Thursday

The Kent Sister Cities Association has scheduled its annual recognition event for 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kent City Hall Council Chambers, at Fourth and Gowe in downtown Kent.

  • Nov 3, 2008

Gang members arrested for warrants

Kent Police and other law-enforcement agencies arrested 23 known gang members for outstanding warrants or probation violations, during an Oct. 24 crackdown from Federal Way to South Seattle.

  • Nov 2, 2008

Two killed Thursday in major Interstate 5 wreck

Two people were killed and two seriously injured Thursday night in a five-car accident involving a wrong-way driver on southbound Interstate 5 at South 272nd Street in Federal Way.

Suspect in teen shooting death arrested on warrant

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies Oct. 24 arrested an 18-year-old Seattle man on a murder warrant in connection with the July 12 shooting death of a Renton teen at a Kent fast-food restaurant.

Coleman, Genger, take Rotary honors

Kentwood students Darrius Coleman and Jessie Genger are the Rotary Students of the Week, for their achievements in athletics.

  • Oct 31, 2008

Kent charity organizer injured in car accident

R. Place of Refuge, a Kent-based relief agency, is asking for extra help with donations of clothing and food, after executive director Kelly Carroll sustained injuries last week in an auto accident in Seattle.

  • Oct 31, 2008

Halloween food, fun and farms await this weekend

EventsCovington—Tahoma High School’s Halloween Carnival: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30. Includes costume contest (7 p.m.), games, treats and more for ages 8 and younger. Cost: Bring… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2008

Meeting on Panther Lake annexation draws emotional testimony

A proposal to have Panther Lake residents vote on whether to become part of Kent moved another step closer Tuesday night – although not everybody was happy about it.

  • Oct 30, 2008