Larry LaRue HEADLINES
On Aug. 29, 2012, Doug McArthur was playing a round at the nine-hole Highlands Golf Course, near his Tacoma home. After teeing off on the first hole, he was lining up a putt on the green. And dropped dead.
All summer, the Orting Valley Farmers Market has been open each Friday from 3-7 p.m. and now has some 40 vendors. It was precisely the type of project the Spark Grants were created to fund.
The early-morning fire that tore through the kitchen did more than close the Ale House Sports Pub & Eatery for at least two months. It put 17 employees out of work, including general manager Craig Dickens. On July 12, Dickens got a visitor from across the parking lot: Narrows Plaza Bowl manager Mary Ann Greenfield.
A team of young Tacoma basketball players recently won a national championship, for which the trophy was bigger than some of their players.
Hundreds of kids this summer are spending 90 minutes a week on one of seven area golf courses through an international program called First Tee that tries to instill core values integrity, honesty, respect and confidence.
After spending most of his life in his familys restaurant, the scent of Italian meat sauce was in more than just Jerry Rosis clothes. It reached his heart and stayed.
When Leo Castro had a heart attack last week in the gym, a handful of young basketball players were stunned by what they saw — a man lying on the floor, not breathing, eyes rolled back in his head. Then they saved the Lakewood man's life.
When Cristopher Claeys was 4, his mother, Annie Starwich-Claeys, took a college anatomy class and he read the textbooks she brought home. The next time he wasnt feeling good, he said, Mom, my uvula hurts, father Scott Claeys said.
Mike Trammell and his two daughters made the drive from Puyallup to Lakewood on Memorial Day to visit the grave of Trammell’s mother at Mountain View Memorial Park. It didn’t go well.
As summer approaches and opportunities for volunteering in the community expand, Amy Allison is pitching her cause – Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.
It is called the Old Settlers Cemetery, and it appears the first burial there took place in the 1860s. Rick Felty walks the cemetery grounds in Lakewood more than anyone.
Zach Ouellette of Tacoma was 16 years old two summers ago, working at the Proctor District Farmers Market with his mother, a market regular known as Cheryl the Pig Lady.
When they met at a 2007 Washington camp for scholarship winners, Bashair Alazadi was 16 and wore the traditional headscarf of all Muslim women. Carlos Sandoval was 17, Catholic and a smartass.
Bree Yager, who has been in and out of foster care her whole life, is about to do something no one in her family has done – graduate from high school. The 17-year-old Clover Park senior had never considered college because of the cost, then she landed one of 50 Washington Governors’ Scholarships for Foster Youth.
With offices in Tacoma, Olympia, Renton and Kennewick, Jay Haynie drives just over 500 miles a week. And thats since he slowed down.
Next week, Peter Wimberger will load daughter Elena, 22, and son Gus, 18, into the car, drive them to the Mexican border and leave them. By mid-October, give or take a month, the siblings should make it home. The Pacific Crest Trail, at 2,663 miles, is a challenge few people take on all at once. Gus, Elena and her boyfriend, Carter Chaffey, are nothing if not ambitious.
Tim Nevarez saw his life taking a turn for the better last month, which often means trouble is looming. He had been unemployed for close to a year, laid off when the landscaping company for which he worked went bankrupt. But now Nevarez and wife Debbie were expecting their first child together on April 29.
Being a Buddhist monk is no shield against life. Dr. Barry Kerzin was reminded of that fact this week as he dealt with his fathers death.
They lost her in the minutes before New Year’s Day 2006, a 2-year-old who seemed so close to overcoming a congenital heart defect.
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