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Audit praises school district, makes suggestions

A performance audit of the 10 largest school districts in the state made four best-practice recommendations to the Kent School Disrict, but did not offer any cost savings to the district.

Monday: County Council to discuss dropping shelter services

The culture of King County’s animal services system is so far beyond repair that the County should get out of that line of business, according to three Metropolitan King County Councilmembers who on Sunday announced their support for the idea of partnering with a community agency to provide shelter services.

  • Oct 5, 2008

Police Blotter: Airborne blender sends girlfriend to jail

A verbal dispute turned physical when a girlfriend threw a blender at her boyfriend at about 6:15 p.m. Sept. 21 in the kitchen of a Kent home in the 27000 block of 125th Avenue Southeast.

Kent couple devoted to each other, even in shadow of disease

Because of Merrill Vesper’s fight against kidney disease, the long hikes he and his wife first took together more than 20 years ago are out. But the city of Kent worker carefully researches hikes he still can take with Mary, his wife of 22 years.

Martin Sortun school staff, students go green

At the kick-off assembly for the new green schools program at Martin Sortun Elementary, the kids were excited to show off what they had learned. As the trained pairs of students set to monitor the new three can system of garbage, recyclables and compost took their places behind their respective garbage collection points in the school’s multi-purpose room, education assistant Scott Meyer tested the rest of the student body about what they learned in preparation for Tuesday’s launch event.

Multiple threats Wednesday to Regional Justice Center in Kent

An array of area fire and police agencies were summoned to two separate threats to Wednesday's activities at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

  • Oct 2, 2008

Kentridge High School suspends 50 students after fight

Fifty Kentridge High School students were suspended this week in the aftermath of a Sept. 25 fight off campus between two students.

Grandma gets cited for prostitution | Kent Reporter Police Blotter

Prostitution Kent Police cited a grandmother and a married man for investigation of prostitution loitering after officers found the two sitting in a car at 2:32 a.m. Sept. 19 in a parking lot in the 25500 block of Pacific Highway South.

Award-winning security officer helps keep Kentridge High School safe

With 2,300 ethnically and culturally diverse students and dozens of administrators and staff, Kentridge High School has a larger population than some towns. “It’s like a mini-city here,” says Dave Fowler, the school’s security officer.

Watch Kent firefighters on a hazardous-materials drill

The Kent Fire Department has scheduled a hazardous-materials drill for Oct. 8, and local folks can get a firsthand view of the action. The drill runs 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Univar USA, 8201 S. 212th St., Kent. Attendees must sign up by Oct. 3.

  • Sep 30, 2008

Is new fire agency in Kent’s future?

City of Kent and King County Fire District 37 officials continue to give serious thought to forming a regional fire authority. A regional fire authority would be able to levy a property tax as well as a new fire benefit fee to help provide more stable funding and increase response times to medical and fire calls, officials from both entities say.

Kent school district facing gloomy financial forecast

After having cut $2.6 million from its operating budget for the 2008-2009 school year, the Kent School District is facing further cuts in the future as expenditures continue to outstrip revenues and the district’s fund balance continues to shrink.

Kent Council to mull water-rate hikes for ‘09 budget

Kent utility customers could see monthly jumps next year in water rates and storm drainage rates under a proposal outlined Tuesday at a City Council workshop.

A little bit opera, and a little rock’n’roll

Music fans can expect a new sound and a new experience at the East Village Opera Company concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Kentwood High School.

Three Kent residents indicted as part of international drug ring

Three Kent residents were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on accusations of conspiracy to distribute cocaine as part of an alleged drug-trafficking ring spanning the Seattle area, Idaho and Mexico.

  • Sep 26, 2008

Bridging the digital divide: Kent students get computers

Wednesday was a big day at Mill Creek Middle School in Kent, with every student in the school getting a new laptop computer as part of the kent School District's One-to-One program.

What kind of schools chief do you want? Give your input

Members of the Kent Community will have their opportunity to weigh in on exactly what kind of superintendent they want in charge of their school district during a series of meetings Oct. 1 and 2 in locales around the school district.

Responders search Wednesday morning for car in Green River

After being dispatched at 10:15 am, firefighters from Kent, Valley Regional Fire Authority, and Renton searched for more than an hour for a vehicle with a person possibly trapped that had been reported in the Green River near State Route 167. The call was a 9-1-1 transfer from King County Police

  • Sep 24, 2008

Kentwood students spinning a message of peace

Art students at Kentwood High School this past week were hard at work putting their thoughts about peace onto small pinwheels, which were displayed Sept. 21 as part of International Peace Day.

Blotter: Brothers’ squabble ends in zap with Taser

Disturbing the peace: Officers used a Taser gun on a man to help break up a reported fight between him and his adult brother during a party 9:20 p.m. Sept. 7 in the 22600 block of 41st Place South.