Daughter pleads not guilty in mother’s murder

The day after a Sumner woman was found dead in her home, her daughter pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in Pierce County Superior Court.

Helping families while learning life lessons

As a local parent, I am impressed with the wonderful, safe, family-oriented environment our communities have to offer. Our schools are among the best in Washington, due in large part to the tremendous amount of parent involvement and volunteer time given by the families, and we have every type of activity imaginable for kids to participate in. That being said, I often wonder if my children have been exposed to enough life experiences to help them be successful in the long run.

Know signs of juvenile diabetes and how to show kids support

March 24 is American Diabetes Alert Day. It is a one-day “wake-up” call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. Since 1997 the United States has seen a 60 percent increase in diabetes cases. Dr. Barbara Marshall, a pediatric endocrinologist with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center, wants to encourage parents to take an active role in monitoring their child’s risk factors and possible symptoms of diabetes. Below are some frequently asked questions and things everyone can do to help a child cope.

Girl Scout Cookies now on sale

Girl Scout Cookies are on sale through March 15.

Church to celebrate 20th anniversary

The First Pentecostal Church of Sumner will celebrate its 20th anniversary March 14-15.

Deuschle ministering at local church

The Rev. Tom Deuschle of Celebration Ministries International in Zimbabwe is building a network of churches throughout the continent of Africa. His mandate is to bring a grassroots reformation and renaissance to the nation of Zimbabwe in the face of the nation’s many challenges.

Now is the time to get the scoop on garden poop The Compleat Home Gardener Marianne Binetti

The first week of March means it is time to make nice with manure. Yes, composted steer or horse manure is a valuable asset this month as spreading manure on top of your berries will not only smother those weeds just starting to pop up, but also nourish the early spring growth that makes for a bountiful berry harvest. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and your vegetable garden are all hungry for manure. Perennials and roses also love a spring tonic of manure to wake them up and this is the week to shovel nature’s natural fertilizer around your plants.

City, Chamber of Commerce enter into partnership pact

The local Chamber of Commerce will receive $15,000 after the Bonney Lake City Council passed a resolution Feb. 24 at their regular meeting.

Bonney Lake Police Blotter

• About 9 a.m. Feb. 22, an officer responded to a call by a citizen about damage to a business on state Route 410. Upon arrival the officer noticed the side entrance door was broken. There was no evidence of burglary and it looked as if the glass in the door was broken by a BB gunshot.

Sumner council approves penalty for late water bills

The Sumner City Council approved an ordinance Feb. 17 that increases the penalty for those paying their water bill late.

Council passes revision for building permits

By a 4-2 vote, the Bonney Lake City Council passed an ordinance that would amend a section of the Municipal Code addressing building permits and permit applications.

‘The Mighty Queens of Freeville’ a feel-good love story‘

“The Mighty Queens of Freeville” by Amy Dickinson, c.2009, Hyperion, $22.95, 240 pages.

  • Mar 2, 2009

Life doesn’t hinge on accessories

A modern-day parable...

  • Mar 2, 2009