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Methodist church hosts September Fest Sept. 7

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Woodburn United Methodist Church invites the public to its September Fest Celebration and Community BBQ on Sept. 7.

The event is in honor of the start of a new season of church and Sunday school programming, according to a church press release.

The day’s schedule of events are:

9-10 a.m. ...

Immanuel Lutheran congregation participates in ALS bucket challenge

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Pastor Dave Miller, center, of Woodburn?Immanuel Lutheran Church challenged his congregation Sunday to raise money for ALS by donating $10 and then dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. Members lined up after worship services and donated a total of $270. The ALS?bucket challenge has become a viral ...

Police reports

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city and county police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The newspaper does not normally publish the names of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until proven ...

Seniors lead by example in Gervais

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Rush, Vargas, Guzman expected to fill big roles in coach Emily Schott's second season


Coach: Emily Schott

Last season: 0-17 (0-14 West Valley)

Key returners: Cassidy Rush, Valeria Vargas, Elisa Guzman

Key Losses: Jaime Jensen, Olivia Ruiz

Outlook: After going through a winless campaign during the ...

Big changes in store for Woodburn volleyball

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00


Coach: Brittany Clements

Last season: 0-17 (0-14 Mid-Willamette)

Key returners: Kanisha Ott-Parker, Sierra Shepherd

Key Losses: Denise Martinez

Outlook: The Woodburn volleyball team will be a drastically different squad to open the 2014 fall season.

The Bulldogs graduated seven seniors from 2013, leaving plenty of open spaces ...

Trio leading disc golf renovation at Champoeg

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

When Newberg native Derek Penfield returned home from the University of Oregon last fall, he realized there was still very little organization among disc golfers in the area.

It didn’t take long for Penfield to find some likeminded players, like David Aman and Burke Walls, who also saw that ...

Woodburn expects close to 5,750students

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Yes, parents and students, the rumors are true: It’s that time of year again, and the first day of school for the Woodburn School District is just around the corner.

For most students, the day will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, to be exact — the day after Labor Day. The ...

Five assistant principals bolster WSD administration

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

The Woodburn School District introduced its five new, or returning, assistant principals during the school board’s Aug. 21 meeting.

Though Superintendent Chuck Ransom was reluctact to describe the district’s administrative staff as “full strength” (“We could always use more,” he said), the hires do return administrative staff to the level ...

Schrader: GK Machine showcases 'American dream'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Rep. Kurt Schrader visits GEM Equipment in Woodburn and GK Machine in Donald for 'Made in Oregon' tour

Congressman Kurt Schrader spent several days in August visiting with locally owned and operated manufacturing companies throughout Oregon, and his tour included a couple stops in the Woodburn area.

Schrader is the Democratic ...

Outgoing mail man

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Retiring Woodburn Postmaster Kevin McGrory shares his memories and work philosophy after 37 years on the job

During a restless evening last week, Woodburn Postmaster Kevin McGrory found he couldn’t sleep, so he went into the office.

At 4:30 a.m.

The fact that he’s about to retire at the ...

Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:00

Supporters say measure would improve safety on Oregon streets; opponents worry it would make state vulnerable to fraud

In the ongoing national debate about immigration reform, Oregon was one of a number of states to make changes to driver’s license policies in 2013.

The Legislature’s response was Senate Bill 833, ...

Cougars prepared to take the next step

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:21

Gervais boys soccer team's 2013 MVP Pieter Top transfers to Wilsonville


Coach: Juan Flores

Last season: 5-4-5 (4-1-3 Special District 3), lost 6-0 to Riverdale in first round of 3A/2A/1A playoffs.

Key returners: Juan F. Navarette, Alex Isiordia, Gonzalo Zamora

Key Losses: Marcos Ramirez, Hector Flores, ...

Huskies eager to test new rivals

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:05

Oregon West Conference is wide open behind seven-time league champion Philomath

The North Marion girls soccer team is entering the season with a new conference and a new coach, but not with a new formation.

Head coach Ben Bonser was considering switching from a 4-4-2-1 to a 3-5-2-1 formation, ...

Boys soccer: New team, new season for Woodburn

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:57

Bulldogs regroup after last season's tough overtime loss in the 5A semifinals

There are two ways to look at this year’s Woodburn boys soccer team.

The pessimist sees last year as the end of an era. The Bulldogs’ three-year run of state championships came to an end in a ...

More sought for school seismic work

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:25

Senate president: Lawmakers should OK $200 million.

Senate President Peter Courtney says he will call for $200 million in bonds to help make Oregon schools more resistant to earthquakes.

More than 1,000 school buildings are considered at very high risk or high risk of collapsing if there is a major ...

Mount Angel schools get facelift over summer

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:22

This summer, the Mount Angel community has seen its bond money at work on the campuses of two schools, so the start of a new school year will bring a wealth of changes for students.

Changes will be particularly noticeable at Mount Angel Middle School, which received the majority of ...

NMSD has 20 new teachers, three new admins

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:19

When students return to school in the North Marion School District Sept. 3, they will see quite a few new faces.

Not only does the district have 20 new teachers this year — seven were added to this year’s budget — but each school also has a new administrator.

At ...

St. Paul School District starts Sept. 2

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:18

District plans new hall of fame, technology upgrades for the upcoming 2014-15 school year

By Lindsay Keefer

Woodburn Independent

St. Paul School District will open its doors the day after Labor Day, but the new school year comes with a few changes.

For the first time, St. Paul will ...

Downtown Woodburn gets temporary tree lighting

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:15

Volunteers with the Woodburn Downtown Association installed lights in trees in downtown Woodburn Saturday to get an idea of how the city’s downtown could look lit up at night.

Anyone can visit the WDA Facebook page and vote whether they prefer the Christmas-style white lights or the ground level spotlight, ...

Aurora church celebrating 70 years

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:56

Calvary Mennonite Church in Aurora will celebrate its 70th anniversary Sunday at 3 p.m.

The church is at 6711 S. Lone Elder Road and its celebration will include an afternoon of pictures, music, sharing memories and fellowship. A reception will follow the service.

The church is also working to ...