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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapevlew, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor State Rep. MacEwen visits Belfair By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Transportation, edu- cation funding and find- ing tax incentives for Washington businesses were among the topics covered during a recent visit to Belfair by state Rep. Drew MacEwen (R- Union.) "We're not done with K-12 -- we'll keep bat- tling on that," he said. MacEwen spoke Sat- urday to about 20 people at the Mary E. Theler Community Center. The 2014 legislative session is scheduled to end March 13. "I don't anticipate there being a special session," MacEwen said. He said he would only expect a special session if the state Senate ap- proved a transportation funding package. "The reality is there isn't one," he said. "It's just talk." MacEwen said the House and Senate are now reviewing bills passed by the other body and plan to vote on them before the deadline. Elected to the House in November 2012, MacEwen is the assis- tant ranking Repub- lican on the Capital Budget and Agriculture and Natural Resources committees, and serves on the Business and Fi- nancial Services, Com- munity Development, Housing and Tribal Af- fairs committees, and the Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs. If the Legislature discusses a transpor- tation package in the future, MacEwen said he is in favor of infra- structure projects, but against a gasoline tax increase or a weight fee increase for semi- trailers. He said the state De- partment of Transpor- tation (WSDOT) needs significant reforms be- fore he would approve a new tax. see MACEWEN, page A-26 Herald photo by Natalie Johnson Mason County Jail cook Brian Braddock, left, and Sheriff's detective William Adam cook burgers and hot dogs Saturday for the more than 200 people who attended the building dedication and open house of the Mason County Sheriff's Office North Precinct in Belfair. New precinct in town SHERIFF: More than 200 attend open house for Belfair office By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com Former Mason County Sheriff Steve Whybark gave credit to Belfair residents for helping create the sheriffs precinct that was recently named in his honor. "A fella who works at this kind of stuff doesn't look for a lot of pats on the back," he said. "I'm really proud of the community and how they've stepped up." see SHERIFF, page A-26 Photo courtesy of the Mason County Sheriff's Office Former Sheriff Steve Whybark spoke Saturday at the dedication and open house for the Mason County Sheriff's Office North Precinct.