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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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Health Department hears water quality concerns

As the state Department of Health works on the first update to its water quality plan since 1990, most people commenting during a public meeting Tuesday were concerned about a single aspect of the multifaceted plan — the impact of wastewater on water quality and what should be done about it.