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  • Mason County Budget Presentation

    MC logo moneyFrank Pinter, Mason County Budget Director presented a narrative of the preliminary county budget for current expense fund (budgets for special funds were not a part of the presentation) at the Monday evening Mason County Commission meeting in Belfair.

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  • Mariners To Be Aggressive Adding Bats In Offseason

    mariners logo5After narrowly missing the postseason, the Seattle Mariners say they will raise payroll in 2015 and aggressively pursue offense during the offseason. General manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon spoke Tuesday, two days after Seattle concluded an 87-75 season. The Mariners finished one game behind Oakland in the AL wild card standings.

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Sales of Existing Homes Up Slightly in December

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_35eab6bb30.jpgCreatas/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Sales of existing homes in the United States rose 1 percent in December, making 2013 the strongest year for home sales since 2006. There were a total of 5.09 million sales in 2013, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors, released Thursday; that figure is 9.1 percent higher than it was in 2012.

“We've seen a pretty healthy recovery over the last two years,” said NAR spokesman Walter Malony. “Sales rose nearly 20 percent with job growth, record-low mortgage interest rates and a very large pent up demand driving the overall market.”

“We did lose some momentum toward the end of the year with disappointing job growth and limited inventory,” Malony said, “but with jobs expected to improve this year, sales should hold even -- despite rising prices and higher interest rates.”

Existing homes sold at an average of $198,000 last month.

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