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…And the field narrows for vacant Council spot

The Kent City Council picked seven finalists on Tuesday for its vacant Council position.

Meadow Ridge Elementary students crowd around to give first-grader Anthony Rupan fives at a Walk-a-thon event to raise money for the 7-year-old student. Rupan has been fighting a brain tumor for the last two months

Helping one of their own

Meadow Ridge Elementary School students, teachers and parents wore a path around the school June 16 as they braved the heat on their feet for an hour for the benefit of one of their suffering own.

  • Jun 19, 2008
Meadow Ridge Elementary students crowd around to give first-grader Anthony Rupan fives at a Walk-a-thon event to raise money for the 7-year-old student. Rupan has been fighting a brain tumor for the last two months

Kent church celebrates major expansion with open house

Kent Covenant has expanded its facilities, and it's opening them to the community Sunday with a party and free food.

  • Jun 19, 2008

Kiwanis of Kent honor exceptional students

The Kiwanis Club of Kent commended 13 Kent School District students for their exceptional writing skills, compassion and commitment to language arts June 13 at an annual awards luncheon at the Golden Steer Steakhouse in Kent.

  • Jun 19, 2008
Radcliffe Place Seniors and Meridian Elementary School joined together June 10 to plant flowers at Covington Christian Fellowship Church. From left

Meridian Elem. kids, seniors team up to beautify church

The front walkway of Covington Christian Fellowship Church became 100 flowers prettier June 10, thanks to a group of Kent seniors and students working side by side in one “Labor of Love.” Residents of Radcliffe Place Senior Apartments in Kent and special-needs students in the third-through-sixth grades at Meridian Elementary School gathered that day to plant flowers and enjoy the company of each other’s generation despite the cold, wet weather.

  • Jun 19, 2008
Radcliffe Place Seniors and Meridian Elementary School joined together June 10 to plant flowers at Covington Christian Fellowship Church. From left
The team of Isabelle Ayers (left to right)

Are you ready for some … reading? Kent elem. schools compete in book battle

How do you get kids to read more books? Make it a competition. Kent School District elementary schools did just that at the seventh-annual district Battle of the Books June 6, bringing teams from all 28 grade schools together to test their knowledge of a long list of children’s tomes.

  • Jun 19, 2008
The team of Isabelle Ayers (left to right)
The parking garage at Fourth Avenue in Kent remains unfinished

Development of Kent parking garage remains stalled

The original developer is officially out of the unfinished parking garage in downtown Kent. But city officials said it remains uncertain when a new developer might be found to take over the project at Fourth Avenue and West Street that remains entangled in legal battles.

The parking garage at Fourth Avenue in Kent remains unfinished

Woman busted for stealing gas | Kent Police Blotter

Gas prices have at least one Kent resident resorting to desperate measures. That and more from a smattering of incident reports filed by the Kent Police Department.

Ben Wolters

Kent Events Center: ‘Not a bad seat in the house’

Nearly everyone who took a private tour June 9 of the more-than-half-built Kent Events Center left with the same reaction. “There’s not a bad seat in the house,” said Kent City Councilman Ron Harmon, during the tour led by Kent Economic Development Director Ben Wolters and project superintendent Neal Schaefer.

  • Jun 19, 2008
Ben Wolters
Kentridge High School senior Brandon Smith shares a hug Saturday with his younger brother Keaton outside the Tacoma Dome

4 Kent high schools graduate at Tacoma Dome

Kentridge High School senior Brandon Smith shares a hug Saturday with his younger brother Keaton outside the Tacoma Dome, after his school's graduation ceremony. The Tacoma Dome saw a major influx of Kent residents that day: in addition to Kentridge, the senior classes of Kent-Meridian, Kentwood and Kentlake also had their grad ceremonies there.

  • Jun 19, 2008
Kentridge High School senior Brandon Smith shares a hug Saturday with his younger brother Keaton outside the Tacoma Dome
Kentridge High School student Danny Lindgren accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role June 9 at the 2008 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards in Seattle

Kent thespians top state schools musical list

Kentridge and Kentlake high-school drama students earned several nods June 9 at what has been dubbed the state championship of high-school musicals, the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards.

  • Jun 18, 2008
Kentridge High School student Danny Lindgren accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role June 9 at the 2008 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards in Seattle
Katie Burke of Des Moines adopts a kitten at last year’s Adopt-a-Thon event in October.

Kent Animal Shelter to host pet-adoption event

Hundreds of dogs and cats will be available for adoption at the third annual Super Pet Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the King County Kent Animal Shelter, 21615 64th Ave. S.

  • Jun 18, 2008
Katie Burke of Des Moines adopts a kitten at last year’s Adopt-a-Thon event in October.
Stewart Kendall

Kent Rotarians on a roll with newest park attraction

Rotarians here can’t stop raving about the floating, green granite ball that soon will be the featured attraction at the city’s new Town Square Plaza Park in downtown Kent.

Stewart Kendall

Kent garden-store owner sentenced in marijuana case

Le My Nguyen, the former owner of a Kent garden store, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 41 months in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

  • Jun 18, 2008

Kent Special Events Calendar | June 18

Jazz musicians and local artists will present their work at An Evening of Jazz and Art at 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 26 at the Kent Senior Activity Center, located at 600 E. Smith St. in Kent.

  • Jun 17, 2008
‘Wait for me, Ma!’

‘Wait for me, Ma!’

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  • Jun 14, 2008
‘Wait for me, Ma!’
Tracee Parker

Kent’s Parker makes a safe haven for violence victims

Tracee Parker figured she would start a domestic violence safe center for children, not run it.

Tracee Parker
Auburn’s Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters salute as the family of Kent firefighter Marty Hauer travels Tuesday under the South 304th Street bridge along Highway 18.

Kent firefighter mourned by hundreds of colleagues across state

In Marty Hauer’s final days before cancer took his life at the age of 41, the Kent firefighter made sure he did something for his 10-year-old son, Colton, that he had done so many other times over the previous years. “One of the last things he did was watch his son play baseball,” said Kent Fire Department Chaplain Pat Ellis. Ellis spoke to a crowd of more than 1,200 at a memorial service Tuesday for Hauer at Christian Faith Center in Federal Way. “I don’t know if he could have had it better than that.”

Auburn’s Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters salute as the family of Kent firefighter Marty Hauer travels Tuesday under the South 304th Street bridge along Highway 18.
Lindbergh High School hosted the Northwest Regional Robotics Competition May 29. The robots had to pick up pingpong balls and place them in a dish to score goals. Above (left to right): Lindbergh’s Jawinder Kahlon

Robotics teams converge on Renton

Robots took over Lindbergh High School’s gym May 29. But they weren’t unattended. The sheet metal or plywood machines were controlled by local high schoolers competing in the 2008 Northwest Regional Robotics Competition.

  • Jun 12, 2008
Lindbergh High School hosted the Northwest Regional Robotics Competition May 29. The robots had to pick up pingpong balls and place them in a dish to score goals. Above (left to right): Lindbergh’s Jawinder Kahlon
Kent-Meridian High School junior Mikell Cheatham

Students get jump-start on child-related careers

Kent-Meridian High School teacher Bree Devlin says the best way to learn how to work with kids is to go out and do it.

  • Jun 12, 2008
Kent-Meridian High School junior Mikell Cheatham