Lava lights brush fire

Lava from the June 27 flow moved into lighter vegetation and ignited a brush fire Saturday afternoon, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said.

Judge grants TRO in panhandling suit

A federal judge has granted a homeless man’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents Hawaii County from enforcing its panhandling laws when he is soliciting money from passersby.

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Man charged for Puna burglary

A Puna man has been charged with burglary under a state law that provides for enhanced sentencing for certain crimes committed during a state of emergency.

Statewide unemployment declines slightly

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in July.

Local News

Kona Crime Report Sept. 13 to 19

Editor’s note: This log of property crimes reported in the Kona District is a regular feature of West Hawaii Today and is compiled using Hawaii Police Department records. The department considers North and South Kona one district.

Sports

Pahoa plays waiting game under threat of lava

KEALAKEKUA — For the first time in more than a decade, football is back in Pahoa, but the Daggers’ comeback season on the gridiron may be cut short by the impending arrival of the lava flow.

Local Features

Accelerator program seeks export business applicants

The Hawaii Pacific Export Council is teaming up with the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to offer a nine-month program to teach 15 businesses how to become successful exporters.

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