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City planning to provide YFS counselor at Northwood | School news

School board extends superintendent’s contract to 2019; district recruiting bus drivers.

Vehicle ‘donuts’ damage South Mercer Playfields | Mercer Island Police Blotter

MIPD responds to reports of theft, car prowling and malicious mischief from Jan. 10-15.

School district hires new communications coordinator

On Jan. 29, the Mercer Island School District announced the hiring of Craig Degginger as new communications and alumni relations coordinator for the district.

Presidential Scholar Lindsey Reitinger (left) poses with MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett (second from left) and scholars Grace Hunter

Six Mercer Island students selected as Presidential Scholar candidates

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education have selected five current and one former Mercer Island High School students as candidates for the Presidential Scholars program.

Presidential Scholar Lindsey Reitinger (left) poses with MIHS Principal Vicki Puckett (second from left) and scholars Grace Hunter

Mercer Island band students excel at Eastshore solo and ensemble contest

It was a banner day full of outstanding performances for Mercer Island band students at the Eastshore Music League’s Solo and Ensemble Contest at Bellevue College.

West Mercer teacher Tom Tivnan helps students with the castle stairs as they build sets for “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

West Mercer presents ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

West Mercer Elementary will present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at 7 p.m. Feb. 4-5 in the West Mercer gym.

West Mercer teacher Tom Tivnan helps students with the castle stairs as they build sets for “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

MIPD tracks down mail thieves

Two suspects who allegedly stole a car and mail were arrested with the help of Bellevue K9 units.

Mercer Island Fire Department patch.

No injuries in structure fire on 88th Avenue

Home was safely evacuated after fire caused by electrical failure.

Mercer Island Fire Department patch.

Consulting firm endorses MICA operating plan

The plan projects an annual revenue of $543,000 and expenses of $866,000.

United Way free tax sites open at 24 King County sites

United Way tax preparation is free for anyone making under $62,000 and will run through April 21.

Kicking the Can

Cartoon of the Week | Kicking the Can

Frank Shiers Jr.'s editorial comic, week of Jan. 27, 2016.

Kicking the Can

New doctor joins Mercer Island Pediatrics

Ten-year Island resident to work with five other board-certified pediatricians.

Island business community to weigh in on Town Center changes

Next Chamber lunch on Feb. 4 will feature a panel of economic and design experts.

Mercer Island's Donnie Howard grapples with opponent Brendan Nguyen of Liberty in their 195 match Thursday

Mercer Island topples Liberty | Prep wrestling

The Mercer Island wrestling team defeated the Liberty Patriots 45-36 Thursday, Jan. 21 at Liberty High School. With the win, the Islanders improved their 2A/3A KingCo league record to 5-0.

Mercer Island's Donnie Howard grapples with opponent Brendan Nguyen of Liberty in their 195 match Thursday

MISD board special meeting, retreat next week | School briefs

The Mercer Island school board will hold a linkage session with board members from the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Mercer Island at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Mercer Island School District administrative building’s board room.

Nominate an alum for Pathfinder award | School news

District seeking nominations for new alumni award; late start may pose need for bus drivers; school district to ban hoverboards.

Cartoon of the Week.

Cartoon of the Week | Temporarily Out

Frank Shiers Jr.'s editorial comic, week of Jan. 20, 2016.

Cartoon of the Week.

Town Center hearing set for tomorrow, Jan. 20

Public will have a chance to weigh in at upcoming meetings.

Islanders in the news

Rob Spitzer named president of King County Library board; Wendy Spektor elected president of dental fraternity; Paul Allen purchases another Island home.

Author Paul Owen Lewis discusses how he writes books with students at Island Park Elementary Tuesday

Local author shares writing tips with Island students

Children's author and illustrator Paul Owen Lewis gave presentations on writing books at each of Mercer Island's elementary schools.

Author Paul Owen Lewis discusses how he writes books with students at Island Park Elementary Tuesday