Public instruction candidates duel in Kent

Testing standards and school funding were the two main topics discussed this past week as the candidates for Office of Superintendent of Public sat down… Continue reading

Four Kent schools among 98 of ‘Distinction’

Four Kent schools were named Washington State “Schools of Distinction” Oct. 22 by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Principals from Glenridge Elementary, Martin Sortun Elementary, Meridian Elementary and the Kent Mountain View Academy were each presented with a crystal award and a large banner to be displayed at the schools.

Blotter: Cops nab stolen car before owner knew it was gone

Kent Police arrested a 22-year-old woman for investigation of taking a motor vehicle without permission Oct. 12 even before the owner knew his car had even been taken.

Vandals wreck Kent’s KYSA soccer fields

Four of the five soccer fields at the Kent Pea Patch were closed indefinitely last weekend after someone tore up the grass fields with their truck.

A new way to cure sweet tooth — and maybe even cancer

When Trish May of Athena Partners wanted to launch a new product to raise money for woman's cancer research that complemented her already successful bottled water, she knew where to begin.

With downturn in economy, Kent residents asking for help

Residents continue to flood the city of Kent's Human Services division with calls for referrals to help pay for food, gas, rent and heat in a struggling economy.

State school superintendents debate Tuesday in Kent

Kent-Meridian High School will play host to a debate between the two candidates vying for the top education job in the state. Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson and challenger Randy Dorn are both scheduled to attend a debate at the school's East Wing Auditorium Tuesday.

Kent math nights this week add parents, business to equation

The Kent School District next week is hosting its first ever district-wide Community Math Nights with the goal of getting the entire community involved in math education.

East Hill house fire displaces six

Ten Kent Fire Department and two paramedic units were dispatched at 11:07 a.m. Saturday to a confirmed residential fire on Kent’s East Hill.

  • Oct 25, 2008

Goal is literacy, T-Birds tell Kent kids

Want to keep up with Kent’s newest professional athletes? Then you better get reading!That was the message Tuesday night at Horizon Elementary’s Family Literacy Night… Continue reading

Kent man charged after stabbing girlfriend 31 times

King County prosecutors charged a 42-year-old Kent man Monday with first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 16 stabbing death on Interstate 5 of his 42-year-old Kent girlfriend.

Electricity rates going down, natural-gas rates rising for PSE residential customers

Electricity bills for Puget Sound Energy residential customers will drop by 3 percent by Nov. 1, while natural gas bills will rise by 5 percent, as a result of two actions taken by state regulators.

  • Oct 23, 2008

Kent Council debates whether mayor’s budget will work

A Kent City Council budget workshop turned into a debate among the Council, Mayor Suzette Cooke and city staff about whether to reduce Cooke's proposed 2009 city budget.

In their own words: Candidates square off in 47th District race

The general election race for state representative (Position 2) in the 47th District is between incumbent Pat Sullivan, who has held the office since 2004, and Republican challenger Tim Miller. The district includes Covington, Black Diamond, and parts of Auburn, Kent and Renton.

  • Oct 22, 2008

Blaze destroys two sheds in downtown Kent

A fire destroyed two storage sheds next to a home Wednesday morning in the 700 block of Second Avenue North in downtown Kent. There were no injuries. Firefighters from the Kent Fire Department and Auburn’s Valley Regional Fire Authority responded at 5:49 a.m. Oct. 15 to the report of a house fire and found two large storage sheds fully involved with fire behind the home.

  • Oct 21, 2008

Newspaper company, including Kent Reporter, takes home awards

Sound Publishing newspapers, of which the Kent Reporter is a part, garnered 184 awards at the annual Better Newspapers Competition held in conjunction with the Washington Newspaper Publishers conference in Yakima October 1-4.

  • Oct 21, 2008

High-school class gains new view of police work

With plans to become a defense attorney, Keyera Gainer was quick to sign up for the new Police Science class taught this year by Kent Police officers at Kent-Meridian High School.

Boeing, union plan return to bargaining table this week

The Boeing Co. and the union representing its roughly 27,000 Machinists will return to the bargaining table this Thursday in Washington, D.C., at the request of a federal mediator.

  • Oct 21, 2008

Police Blotter: Kent man arrested after wife’s face is bitten

A husband became upset with his wife’s lunch plans and reportedly grabbed her and bit her face during an incident at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 10 at an apartment in the 25600 block of 98th Avenue South.

Proposed budget cuts bring crowd to Kent

More than 80 people packed a courtroom Thursday night at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent to protest the 2009 budget cuts King County Executive Ron Sims is proposing for the county's human-services, public-health and the criminal-justice departments.