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Brotherly Love

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:37

Woodburn wrestlers learned love of sport from older brothers, who are now assistant coaches

The wall of the Woodburn High School mat room features a corkboard adorned with dozens of different-colored cards each signed by a member of the Bulldog wrestling team.

Each wrestler writes their own goal for the ...

Huskies enter league play looking strong

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:19

Fifth-ranked boys finish preseason with double overtime loss

Before the season began, the North Marion boys basketball team had a goal. The Huskies wanted to advance to the postseason of course, but they didn’t want to be in a position where they had to open the state tournament on ...

Gervais SD explores Chemeketa partnership

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:45

School officials consider turning Brooks facility into a regional hub for college-level CTE and agriculture curricula

The Gervais School District is in a bit of a win-win situation regarding the building that formerly housed Brooks Elementary School.

The district has been looking for a buyer for the 24-year-old facility in ...

Jose Dorado is Woodburn's first Hispanic postmaster

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Former Santa Barbara, Calif., resident takes the torch from Kevin McGrory, who retired in August after 37 years on the job

Years ago, while working as a supervisor at the Woodburn Post Office, Jose Dorado remembers thinking how cool it would be to serve as the first Hispanic postmaster of ...

Partnership fostering positive change at Washington Elementary

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

A new partnership now in its second year at Washington Elementary School is aiming to produce positive change for students and families in unique ways.

Led by the Salem-based Catholic Community Services, the Fostering Hope Initiative joins together diverse partners from the public, private, nonprofit and religious sectors, all with ...

Drivers voice concerns over new medians on 214

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Locals worry about impact on businesses; ODOT says barriers needed to increase safety and traffic flow

The case for early learning

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Woodburn superintendent says state kindergarten assessment results show need for earlier intervention

The results of the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, which were released by the state Department of Education last week, only reinforces the need for early learning and earlier intervention before kindergarten, according to Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom.

The ...

Supreme Court hears Turnidge appeal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Attorneys allege errors by circuit judge, ask for new trial, resentencing

The Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the appeal of a man convicted in the 2008 Woodburn bank bombing that killed two police officers.

During a 2010 trial in Marion County Circuit Court, Bruce Turnidge, now ...

Lions Club sponsors free vision screenings

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

The Mount Angel Lions Club sponsored free vision screenings for all 354 students of St. Mary’s Public School Jan. 9. The screenings were made possible by the Oregon Lions Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSU) and Mount Angel Lions Club.

Last year, the MHSU trucks traveled more than 25,000 miles in ...

Farm Credit Services awards school grant

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded the St. Paul Elementary Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) a $750 Northwest FCS/CoBank Rural Community Grant Award. The grant will be used for stage curtains in the multi-purpose room at St. Paul Elementary School.

Northwest FCS is committed to helping rural communities succeed. This year ...

Hubbard Fire District greets interim chief and appoints new board member

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

Residents and volunteer firefighters got a chance to meet new interim fire chief Ted Kunze last Wednesday, as well as witness the appointment of a new board member.

Barbara Ruiz, who serves on the Hubbard City Council and helps run her family business at Hubbard Shell and Towing, was appointed ...

Police reports

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:00

EDITOR’S NOTE: The of 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 ...

College students spend holiday serving in Woodburn

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:32

Project helps expand community garden located between French Prairie Middle and Lincoln Elementary schools

Although there was no school Monday, the campus of French Prairie Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School was abuzz with the activity of volunteers.

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, Martin Luther King ...

New trial sought in 2008 bank bombing

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:16

Supreme Court reviews death sentence imposed on Bruce Turnidge after killings of two officers.

Lawyers are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to order a new trial for Bruce Turnidge, who along with his son Joshua were convicted in the 2008 Woodburn bank bombing that killed two police officers and wounded ...

December was good month for real estate sales

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:14

Portland Realtors closed more deals in December than they had in the past nine years, according to a new RMLS report released Thursday morning.

The regional listing service reported that closed home sales in December were up 25.6 percent from a year earlier (2,239 compared to 1,782) and nearly 15.6 ...

HFD hires Kunze as interim fire chief

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:51

The Hubbard Fire?District Board of Directors has hired an interim fire chief and is hosting a meet-and-greet for him Wednesday.

Ted Kunze, who retired as Canby Fire District’s chief in July after 39 years of experience in the field, was approved as the interim chief for Hubbard Fire District at ...

Gervais City Council seeking volunteers for summer festivals

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:39

It’s never too early to start planning for summer festival season.

The Gervais City Council took up the topic at Thursday’s monthly meeting with an eye toward finding more dedicated volunteers for the city’s annual Fourth of July and Gervais Festival events.

Mayor Shanti Platt and the council members unanimously ...

Police reports

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:37

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 ...

Roundup: Streaking Trojans haven't lost in three weeks

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:04

The Kennedy boys basketball team's five-game win streak appeared to be in jeopardy after falling behind 17-10 in the first quarter to No. 9 Western Mennonite on Jan. 6.

But the Trojans never gave up.

The team scraped, clawed and scratched its way back into the game over the course ...

Kitzhaber draws on history, inspiration for fourth inauguration speech

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:52

Governor tells lawmakers: 'I am certainly not naïve ... but I am still idealistic.'

John Kitzhaber sounded a philosophical note or two as he took office Monday as Oregon governor for the fourth time.

In remarks he prepared for a joint session of the Legislature, Kitzhaber invoked memories of his ...