South Kitsap

Benji Olson started 85 consectuive games for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans

Olson’s legacy will be his toughness — and soft side

It was the night before the biggest game of his life.

Benji Olson started 85 consectuive games for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans

Another ‘stand-down’ coming

Following the success of a similar event in October, Kitsap County plans to co-sponsor a “stand down” event for veterans on May 3 at Presidents Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Cook arrested for spitting on customer’s food

A local fast-food worker was arrested after allegedly spitting on a Port Orchard man’s hamburger after the two argued over football teams, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Kids’ lunch camp continues this week with new help, focus

Two years ago, South Kitsap Helpline Executive Director Jennifer Hardison launched a program to help hungry young tummies get through the summer. This week, thanks to help from Wal-Mart, Hardison is expanding the program to include Spring Break.

Getting it figured out — at 92

Two or three days each week, Cora Brinton volunteers in classes at the nearby South Colby Elementary School, offering students the benefit of her experience. And at 92 years old, Brinton has a lot of experience to offer.

Moore’s latest score lifts SK

Junior scores his seventh goal to help team earn 1-0 win, remain undefeated

Rite-Aid ‘robber’ sentenced to almost two years

After two failed attempts to hold up a local drugstore, a 23-year-old South Kitsap man was sentenced to just less than two years in prison this month in Kitsap County Superior Court.

I-601’s provisions violate state constitution

The people who wrote our state constitution were pretty smart. They had watched other western states adopt constitutions — some better than others — and they were very savvy about how to write a constitution that protects the public interest.

Kitsap County communities boast a wide assortment of farmer’s markets offering everything from locally grown produce and plants to arts and crafts.

Kitsap farmer’s market schedules announced

The Kitsap County Visitor and Convention Bureau has announced the summer schedules for local farmers markets, where visitors can purchase locally grown produce.

Kitsap County communities boast a wide assortment of farmer’s markets offering everything from locally grown produce and plants to arts and crafts.

Oke’s supporters use same tactics that built bridge

I confess I was surprised — although pleasantly so — when the state Legislature rejected the idea of naming the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge after the late Sen. Bob Oke.

Since when does she have a ‘right’ not to be judged?

Soundoff is a public forum. Articles are selected from letters to the editor or may be written specifically for this feature. Today, Port Orchard resident Anthony Johnston responds to a recent story in the Port Orchard Independent featuring a teen-aged, unwed mother and her belief that others were being unfairly critical of her.

State’s water law doesn’t encourage conservation

Washington’s water law is probably the most complicated set of statutes we have. The root is in the state’s water code enacted in 1917; and the fact that the waters of Washington State collectively belong to the public and may not be owned by any individual or organization.

Five vying for ’08 Fathoms o’Fun crown

After welcoming its first prince in about a decade in 2007, the Fathoms o’Fun Pageant will crown only princesses this year as five young women will compete to become royalty. Saturday at Christian Life Center the group of South Kitsap resi-dents will complete what pageant director Kim Martin described as “four months of work ... competing for scholarships and to serve and represent their community.”

If Rossi expects Dems’ help, he shouldn’t

It’s going to be interesting to see whether those Democrats who were so offended by the way King County beat Republican Dino Rossi out of election for governor will stand by their 2004 vows to atone for it the second time around.

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn

Auditor’s office faces changing of the guard

Karen Flynn’s office is in chaos. As she prepares to retire as Kitsap County Auditor next week, she has built piles from the awards, documents and memorabilia. There are stacks of commemorative plaques, as well as samples of every voter’s guide and election report published during nearly 22 years in office.

Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn

Who’s that knocking on my door?

A 47-year-old Sammamish woman was at her boyfriend’s house in Bremerton playing a video game when there was a knock on the door about 8 p.m. She opened the door to a young woman who asked the couple if she could use a telephone. As the Sammamish woman was walking to get her cell phone, the visitor came into the house, saying it was cold, asked for a drink of water and if she could move some items from a chair to sit down for a minute.

Garrido seeks to reclaim SK Commissioner’s seat

The race for South Kitsap commissioner heated up this week, with the formal rollout of Monty Mahan’s campaign and former commissioner Charlotte Garrido’s expected candidacy announcement.

Olalla homemaker’s life flowering

Sharon Gakin of Olalla isn’t afraid to take on new tasks and skills. She’s been doing it her whole life. From shucking oysters and picking blackberries for canneries when her husband, Bob Gakin, was in the military to floral arrangements and garden structures in her retirement, Gakin’s resume reflects an entrepreneurial outlook on life.

Macomber’s publisher donating to Cedar Cove Days

Cindi Lucarelli brought her fundraising presentation to the Port Orchard City Council last week, which she used to pitch her goal of a Cedar Cove Days festival celebrating the books of area author Debbie Macomber. Lucarelli’s slide show presentation included pictures of South Kitsap’s waterfront and nearby communities Bremerton and Gig Harbor, and she presented it to Macomber’s publishers at Harlequin Publications in the hopes of raising more money for the $400,000 to $500,000 festival scheduled for August of 2009.

There’s a good reason for my dizziness

The first time I had labyrinthitis, back in 2000, it was something, according to medical authorities, that you usually only get once in a lifetime. When it hit me again in January, I asked the physician how come and he said, “That’s in one ear.” It turned out it was in the other ear this time.