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Champions of the Dance to strut stuff Tuesday

Professional dancers from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," and BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing," will be among the performers at the Champions of the Dance show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kentwood High Performing Arts Center, 25800 164th Ave. S.E., in Covington.

  • Oct 19, 2008

Cancer survivors show life is beautiful – on the runway or off

Kent residents passing by the Downtown Seattle Macy’s this month might see a couple of familiar faces in the store windows. Jill O’Toole and Anne Hirner, both of Kent, are among the 16 breast cancer survivors Macy’s picked as models for its 12th annual Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show. Life-sized photos of the women – attired in Macy’s couture with all the trimmings – are in the store’s window display at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Stewart Street.

  • Oct 18, 2008

Town Hall: Kent Council gets earful from residents

The idea for the city to install cameras to catch drivers who run red lights turned into a hot topic Tuesday night at a Kent City Council Town Hall meeting.

Blotter: Woman claiming to be God arrested at Kent mall

A 42-year-old woman claiming to be God reportedly kicked another woman and left a trail of broken bowls and overturned tables and chairs during an incident at about 1:45 p.m. Oct. 2 at a shopping mall in the 18200 block of East Valley Highway.

Tough financial times may delay school bond sales

The worries on Wall Street and "significant problems" in the municipal bond market may force the Kent School District to postpone a sale of $25 million in school bonds, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 22.

County budget hearing Thursday in Kent

With what is now projected to be a $90 million shortfall in the County general fund for 2009, the Metropolitan King County Council has declared public safety, health and quality of life as its first priorities for funding in the county budget.

  • Oct 15, 2008

For this Kent worker, it’s all about the blooms

No matter the season, the work never stops for the flower lady of Kent. Janet Henderson, a city of Kent parks nursery and maintenance worker, orders plants in the fall and starts growing them in the winter. That preparation leads to more than 200 hanging baskets of flowers in full bloom to decorate downtown streets and several city parks from May through September.

Community briefly for week of Oct. 15

A listing of community activities in the Kent area

  • Oct 15, 2008

‘Here’s looking at you, shed’ – humble hut takes Kent man to Italy

Not everyone can say they drink their wine with movie stars. But Kent resident Mike Webby does, every time he visits his backyard, where painted caricatures of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Jack Nicholson sit together in what looks like the courtyard of a little Italian café.

  • Oct 14, 2008

Earthquake rumbles Tuesday near Kent

An earthquake measuring 2.0 on the Richter scale rumbled near Kent Tuesday afternoon, but there wasn't any immediate damage to report. In fact, local officials weren't aware there had even been a tremor.

Kent superintendent search: Board lists top qualities

The Kent School District Board of Directors is looking for a superintendent who first and foremost has the leadership skills for the challenges of an ethnically and culturally diverse community. That was the outcome of a meeting this past week to finalize the list of 10 characteristics that will be used to search for a replacement to Superintendent Barbara Grohe, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bedroom Fire at the Hidden Ridge Apartments in Kent

At 9 a.m. Friday, Kent Fire Department emergency units responded to a report of an apartment fire at the Hidden Ridge Apartments on Kent’s East Hill. The caller told dispatchers there was smoke coming from a bedroom window on the first floor of the two-story building and that there was no answer when neighbors knocked at the front door.

  • Oct 10, 2008

Their first paid gig: Kent kids teaming up with Darren Motamedy

Ty Leeper and Fernando Quevedo have only been playing their instruments for two years (Leeper even less as he switched to sax from clarinet), but the pair are ready to make their professional debut Saturday at Kona Kai Koffee Company in downtown Kent.

Kent: 2009 proposed budget reflects lean financial times

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke proposed a “hold-the-line” 2009 budget Tuesday to the City Council in an effort to keep the city away from job or service cuts during a struggling economy.

County ponders getting out of shelter business

King County could turn over the animal-sheltering business to a private agency, under a proposal that county staff presented Monday to the King County Metropolitan Council.

Car chase sends Kentlake High School into lockdown

A police chase of a car thief resulted in the temporary lockdown today of Kentlake High School.

  • Oct 9, 2008

Hey! Are those fish? City pond is clear again

Visitors to Kaibara Park in downtown Kent can see fish in the park's pond clearly again. City workers drained the pond earlier this summer to clear out a foot of sludge and to seal leaks on the concrete bottom. The park is on First Avenue between West Smith and West Meeker streets.

With $90 million shortfall looming, King County plans local budget hearings

With what is now projected to be a $90 million shortfall in the County general fund for 2009, the Metropolitan King County Council has declared public safety, health and quality of life as its first priorities for funding in the County budget. The public will have a chance to speak to its priorities at the first of six public hearings that have been scheduled through the county.

  • Oct 8, 2008

Hearing on school district audit is Wednesday night

The Kent School District Board of Directors will conduct a presentation and public hearing tonight regarding the district's performance review audit.The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. during the Board's regular meeting at the Administration Center, 12033 S.E. 256th St.

Fair highlights Events Center jobs

Hoping to work at the Kent Events Center? You’ll get your chance to apply at a job fair Nov. 1 in Kent. Jobs for ticket takers, ushers, food and beverage service workers and other positions will be featured at the fair. The event runs 1- 4 p.m. at the Green River Room at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N.

  • Oct 8, 2008