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4 Veterans who prove going to college after the military is worth it

Since its inception in 1944, the GI Bill has helped multiple generations of veterans transition from military service to the civilian workforce by offering educational benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill has only expanded these opportunities, helping to increase the rate of veterans going to college after their military service.   But as a service member approaching

Cookie cravings answered

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Cookie cravings answered

Sometimes you just need a cookie. We're not talking about a packaged cookie you can buy at a local supermarket, we're talking about a homemade fresh-baked cookie to just sink your teeth in and make everything feel right again. So, take a photo, clip this out, or whatever you have

Pizza in the South Sound

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Pizza in the South Sound

Let's be honest here, pizza always sounds good. So when the cravings hit, and they will, we answer the question: Where in the South Sound is the best to grab a slice or a whole pie? We've compiled a list below to help with all future pizza needs.  First up on

We’re all manic for meatballs

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We’re all manic for meatballs

Manic Meatballs - located in Lakewood's Tillicum district directly across I-5 from Joint Base Lewis-McChord - has been serving the local community delicious meatballs since late 2020.  The menu revolves around items that owner Carrie Stalder's husband had been making for their family for years.  "We would bring ‘manic' meatballs to holidays

Catching a Portland Trailblazers game

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Catching a Portland Trailblazers game

If you're a basketball fan stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) you might be disappointed that there is no longer a NBA basketball team in Seattle. Especially if you ever considered yourself a Sonics fan. However, we're here to tell you that a Portland Trailblazers game is an excellent option

Local restaurant chains and fast food seasonal options

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Local restaurant chains and fast food seasonal options

The holidays are undoubtedly all about food. Peppermint, gingerbread, eggnog -  you name it! This year restaurant chains and fast food establishments have delivered on all the goodness we need. Here are our top holiday picks from fast food and restaurant chains. Chick-fil-A has delivered holiday joy in a cup with their peppermint milkshake.

‘Tis the Season for Fantasy Lights

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‘Tis the Season for Fantasy Lights

For the past 27 years, Pierce County Parks has delighted thousands of families from near and far with miles of elaborate light displays. Fantasy Lights is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest and features nearly 300 displays with thousands of dazzling lights. For those new to the area, this

It’s all about the water

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It’s all about the water

It's all about the water in Thurston County! From local brews made with artesian well water to interactive educational exhibits, there is no lack of family-friendly activities in the Olympia area. Well 80 Brewhouse, located on Fourth Ave. in Olympia, is built on the site of one of Olympia's famous artesian

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Local Halloween events

  If you're looking to have a spooktacular time this weekend there are plenty of local happenings to entertain all the ghouls and goblins in your life.    Friday, Oct. 29 The City of Dupont Parks and Recreation presents Downtown Trick or Treating. Dress in your craziest, scariest, cutest costumes and head downtown for trick-or-treating

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Don’t Miss Saddle Up Country Fest

  Debuting in its inaugural year in Seattle with the intent to take the tour nationally,  Saddle Up Country Fest- presented by 100.7 the Wolf  in partnership with Lane Records and Sky High Music will kick off on December 4th at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.    Headlining the show is the

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Military kids' schools, spouse ratings, lower or flat at JBLM

    WASHINGTON (AFNS & Ranger Staff) -- The Department of the Air Force released its 2021 assessment that details how states provide support military families.  At Joint Base Lewis-McChord ratings in 2021 compared to 2019 were mostly down or unchanged when compared to 157 Air Force and joint base installations across the

Two local trails to explore

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Two local trails to explore

As the dog days of summer linger on, there is no better time to get out and explore two local trails. And yes Fido can join the family on your adventures as well.  Some people might not know that behind Dupont City Hall is the entrance to Sequalitchew Creek Trail. Visitors

Salute for military kids

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Salute for military kids

While military members and their spouses choose a military career, their children do not. But, those same kids have to make sacrifices for their country just like mom and dad. They leave friends, change schools, go through life with a parent deployed ... sometimes in scary places. Military children know all too well

Join the fun at the Pierce County Fair

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Join the fun at the Pierce County Fair

The Pierce County Fair is right around the corner, starting Thursday, Aug. 12 and running through Sunday, Aug. 15. After a year off with only a virtual event, it's exciting to get back in person for the fair's 74th year to smell the food vendors, pet the animals and scream

Carbs please

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Carbs please

When we're hungry, tired, happy, moody, or excited - carbs are always the answer. And what cuisine has the most carb loaded options? Italian. So, we set out to help others that feel the same way and found the best Italian food in the South Sound.  Macaluso's Italian Restaurant is a

Transportation and parking options for SeaTac Airport

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Transportation and parking options for SeaTac Airport

As travel plans get booked for the summer and all final details locked down, determining how to get to and from the airport can be the last pain point needing to be solved. Being stationed in a place where family and friends may not be easily accessible for support, finding

Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill dies

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Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill dies

Retired Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill passed away at his home in Steilacoom, WA on May 20, 2021. A native of Boise, Idaho, he was a 1951 graduate of the United Stated Military Academy at West Point, New York. For the next 34 years he had a distinguished

More changes at JBLM

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More changes at JBLM

Several hot button topics made it to the forefront of Tuesday's scheduled virtual townhall meeting via Facebook. I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander, Lt. Gen. Randy George briefed online watchers regarding not only COVID-related impacts, but also base housing concerns, and the opening of the new Children's Museum on Lewis-Main. "I

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Armed Forces Day Word Scramble Contest Terms & Conditions

  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. 1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NWMARMEDFORCESDAY and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open

Base life returning to normal

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Base life returning to normal

A year after COVID restrictions closed most services on base, life is starting to return to normal with more openings of services and programs. Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials updated the community Monday also discussing on-base housing turnovers, youth sports, and vaccines. Lt. Gen. Ray George, JBLM and I Corps commander reiterated that

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