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Man Arrested after Standoff in North Mason County

A man in his 50s was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a three-hour standoff in North Mason County. According to reports, the standoff began after the yet to be identified man allegedly beat up his girlfriend and then began shooting at her when she tried to run away. The woman was not hit by any bullets but did suffer some injuries from the beating that were not life-threatening.

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County Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Mason County’s unemployment rate held steady in July. According to the State Employment Security Department, the County’s unemployment rate last month was 10.3%, the same as June’s revised rate but three-tenths of a percentage point less than July of 2011’s 10.6%.

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Port to Ask for Meeting with FAA about Fairground

The Port of Shelton Commission will be asking the FAA to meet and discuss the future of the Fairgrounds. For the past couple of months, the Port has been discussing the future of the Fairgrounds and whether it should continue at its current location, be moved to another area on Port property, or moved off Port property entirely. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration have said only aviation related business should be located on airport property and the Port has until the end of 2013 to remove the Fairgrounds.

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Assessment Notices in Mail

Mason County property owners have received their annual assessment notice in the mail. Mason County Assessor Melody Peterson reminds folks that you should call her office if you disagree with the valuation of your property.

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Belfair Water District Annexation Approved

The Mason County Commission approved the annexation requested by the Belfair Water District. Tuesday was the annexation’s second appearance before the County Commissioners. The first annexation, which came over a year ago, was denied because one parcel was excluded from the annexation request.

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City Commissioners against Impact Fee Moratorium

Two of the three Shelton City Commissioners say they are opposed to a two-year moratorium on impact fees. Two weeks ago, Mayor Gary Cronce suggested the City impose the moratorium to help stimulate the economy. Monday night, the Commissioners continued the discussion with a report from Steve Goins, Director of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development. Goins explained that several cities in the State have implemented some sort of reduced fee structure or partial moratorium on impact fees but none have imposed complete moratoriums.

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City Purchasing Property for Booster Station

The City of Shelton is purchasing property on Harvard Avenue to build a booster station to serve the Angleside area. The City has agreed to pay $140,000 for the property which officials say exceeds the needs of the City for the pressure station. The action came Monday night on a 2-0 vote with Commissioner Dawn Pannell abstaining because she works for the real estate firm that is involved with the sale.

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Little Egypt Road Closes Monday

Little Egypt Road will be closed for a week beginning Monday. Mason County Public Works is closing the road to all through traffic at 7 AM Monday. The closure is necessary to allow the replacement of a culvert at milepost 0.79. The road is scheduled to be reopened at 5 PM Friday.