Hwy 132 timeline outlined

Hawaii County anticipates completing a temporary road over lava-covered portions of Highway 132 by September or October.

Council passes general excise tax hike

Hawaii County residents and visitors will have to dig a few more pennies out of their pockets for goods and services starting Jan. 1 after the County Council on Wednesday passed a half-cent general excise tax surcharge, replacing the one-quarter percent approved last year.

Merrie Monarch merchandise now available

From left, Daisy Kamohai, Jo Loa and Lori Veincent model the 2019 Merrie Monarch poster, women’s-fit T-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, tote bag and unisex adult T-shirt design Tuesday outside of the Merrie Monarch office in Hilo. This year’s adult, women’s fitted, women’s regular and youth T-shirts, long sleeve T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, tote bags, caps and posters are for sale at the Merrie Monarch office at 865 Piilani St. in Hilo. Call the office at 935-9168 for more information.