Bob Smith

Editor’s note | Reid’s legacy paying lasting dividends for South Kitsap schools

While Dr. Michelle Reid’s imminent departure to become the new superintendent of Northshore School District has evinced some angst among community leaders and district parents, South Kitsap School District board vice president Chris Lemke nonetheless says he’s thankful.

Chamber’s Murphy says businesses dinged, not KO’d by SR 166 closure

To use boxing match parlance, Port Orchard’s downtown businesses may have taken a sharp jab to the jaw by the ongoing SR 166 road closure, but they’re not “out for the count” just yet.

Sunday’s Father’s Day salmon bake is a Manchester tradition

For hundreds of dads and families, Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without eating salmon and buying books at the annual Salmon Bake and Book Sale at the Manchester Library.

Dr. Michelle Reid accepts superintendent position for Northshore School District

Dr. Michelle Reid, South Kitsap School District superintendent, is leaving to assume the same role at Northshore School District in Bothell.

Yanac, a bank robbery veteran, charged with first-degree robbery

Suspect confesses to undertaking holdup at Chase Bank branch in Port Orchard.

Putaansuu: City government working to communicate better, fights for more project funding

In order to advance a list of comprehensive and complicated civic projects in the near future, Port Orchard Mayor Rob Putaansuu said it will require city employees to communicate with each other and the public in better, more streamlined ways.

Petco to build new store in Port Orchard; company isn’t confirming

Pet supply company Petco reportedly will build a new store to serve the Port Orchard area.

Outcomes released from city government retreat in February

The Port Orchard City Council released finalized notes late last month from its planning retreat, which also was attended by Mayor Rob Putaansuu and other city government leadership.

‘Build A Bridge’ campaign seeks $100,000 to trim West Sound Treatment Center budget deficit

West Sound Treatment Center in Port Orchard, tucked away in a quiet industrial area off Old Clifton Road, is doing outsized work assisting people who are battling substance abuse and the attendant issues that often follow: homelessness, unemployment, crime and desperation.

Mick Hersey’s cemetery mission spurred by gratitude to his community

Mick Hersey is doing all he can to ensure that names like Levi Cline, Otto Borst, Johnson A. Curtis, David Bleam and William Bishop don’t fade away.

Part-time artists are full-time friends | Their works on exhibit at Sidney Art Gallery

Bob Ulsh and Roy Carr don’t mind one whit if you call them “old geezers.

Amber’s last ride | Narcotics dog charmed and comforted Port Orchard’s best

Port Orchard Police Department officers and staff bade a sad farewell to a faithful, dedicated and uncomplaining fellow team member named Amber.

Myhre’s exterior finally getting its facelift

A welcome sight is unfolding on Port Orchard’s Bay Street — the Myhre Building’s long-promised exterior spruce-up has begun.

Author Gregg Olsen peers into the world of troubled souls — with a Port Orchard dateline

Rylee is a Port Orchard teenager from a family burdened by shady lies, deceit and a hazy past. While the girl has a tenuous grasp of reality, she still wonders: “What is real?”

Port Orchard Safeway opens April 27; store to hire 75 new employees

From the ashes of what once was the Haggen grocery business on Lund and Jackson, a newly reconstituted Safeway will soon rise in its place. The empty building is being rebranded under the Safeway banner, restocked and will open to shoppers April 27, said Tairsa Worman, Safeway public affairs manager in Bellevue.

Public may get to vote soon on passenger-only ferry service

Passenger-only ferry service connecting Southworth, Bremerton and Kingston with Seattle is being debated by Kitsap Transit board members. But the debate will end soon.

Two people killed in South Kitsap house explosion

Two residents were killed early Feb. 23 by an explosion that destroyed their home at 3585 SE Soholt Lane in South Kitsap.

SK grad returns home to care for Port Orchard’s pets

When Amanda Smith was growing up in South Kitsap, she was surrounded by lots of pets and enjoyed them immensely, she says.

Being an auto mechanic is not just a ‘guy thing’

Maurine Simons is an unexpected face among the five-person automotive technology crew that works inside the repair and maintenance shop at South Kitsap School District’s bus barn.

Crazy Lady Galleries to hang it up

Another small business on Bay Street is closing its doors. Crazy Lady Galleries at 724 Bay St., which features an eclectic mix of whimsical gifts and fanciful art, will soon close its business.