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Volunteer Firefighter Honored

Volunteer firefighter injured battling Ka’u blaze was honored Saturday with the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Meritorious Service Award.

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Get in line: Kealakehe R-1 project falls behind

A 20-year-old plan to upgrade the Kealakehe wastewater treatment plant to produce and sell R-1, the highest grade of recycled water, risks sliding down the priority scale as the county tries to shore up other projects to avoid federal fines.

Galloping back

Thousands of people made their way to the annual Panaewa Stampede Rodeo on Saturday afternoon.

County budget in the works

Hawaii Island’s exuberant real estate market and a new tax on transient rentals could be enough to keep county finances out of the red despite increased spending, as administrative money crunchers work on the first stab at an annual budget by March 1.

Kona man, 79, reported missing

Hawaii Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 79-year-old Ronald A. Brown of Kailua-Kona, who was reported missing.

Hawaii House creates panel to improve standards of conduct

HONOLULU — The state House of Representatives on Thursday created a commission that will recommend how to boost the effectiveness of state ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws after two former lawmakers earlier this week pleaded guilty in connection with their acceptance of bribes.

Big Island COVID-19 infections plummet

New COVID-19 cases on the Big Island dropped to the single digits Wednesday for the first time since December as the omicron surge continues to weaken.

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