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Wednesday night I-5 closure caused by two-truck crash

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 18:10

Northbound Interstate 5 seven miles south of Woodburn was blocked for hours Wednesday evening thanks to a two-vehicle crash involving commercial trucks.

According to police, at 6:10 p.m., a Kenworth tractor pulling tankers crashed into the rear of a Peterbilt pulling trailers loaded with crushed cars. The collision caused the ...

Chief Russell to retire July 1

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:08

Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell has announced he will retire at the end of next month.

"After discussions with my family and considering my health, along with the status of the PERS retirement system, the timing seemed right," he said in a statement released by the city Wednesday afternoon.

Russell ...

Digging deeper: Are these historic Woodburn homes still around?

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:08

When Woodburn first started, Jesse Settlemier plotted it because he wanted the railroad to be close to his nursery. The railroad agreed to put a station here if he had a plotted town with a bank, a church, a school and a post office. The name of the town was ...

Rollover crash sends Woodburn man to hospital

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:06

Other driver cited for reckless driving

A Woodburn man has minor injuries after a roll-over crash in Linn County this morning.

At 7:55 a.m., police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 34 near Tangent.

According to Oregon State Police, a Toyota Prius, which was making a ...

Bonds in Hubbard, St. Paul approved by voters

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Last Tuesday was a big day for the Woodburn School District, but it also produced positive news for two other local districts and two newcomers to local school boards.

Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District’s $780,000 bond passed with 54.88 percent voting yes, 45.12 percent voting no.

“We are truly humbled ...

Unofficial election results

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Election results are not official until June 8

Gervais School Board

Position 1: Jose de Jesus Ayala - 92.6%

Position 5: Steve Rush - 29.49%; Dina Miller - 47.92%; Lenthal Kaup - 22.28%

Mount Angel School Board

Position 1: Daniel Zene Crowe - 98.75%

Position 3: Shari Bochsler Riedman - ...

Scholarships, honors given to NM seniors

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Around 40 seniors at North Marion High School were recognized last Wednesday night at a senior awards reception.

Students were awarded scholarships and earned graduation stoles and cords for participation in Key Club, National Honor Society and Associated Student Body and recipients of the Honors Diploma. In addition, 19 students ...

Athletic director named St. Paul principal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Instead of bringing someone new into the school district, St. Paul School Board has approved moving Tony Smith, athletic director, into the principal position at St. Paul Middle/High School.

Smith, who grew up in St. Paul, has been with the district since 2006, having held the position of athletic ...

Gervais farmer named to Marion SWCD board

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District’s board position 2 had been open for more than two years when Greg Rosa, of Jer-Osa Organic Dairy in Gervais, was recently appointed to fill the position by an unanimous vote.

Rosa, 24, is a fifth-generation dairyman and works on his family’s farm with ...

Concert of Prayer is Sunday

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

The community is invited to an evening of united worship and prayer as churches of the Woodburn Area Ministerial Association gather together at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Hosted by Woodburn Evangelical Church, located at 1050 N. Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn, this unique service will feature different times of prayer.

BJ ...

Mount Angel monastery under new leadership next month

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

Order of St. Benedict Sister Sandra Meek will become the administrator of the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel when she is installed in mid-June.

The announcement was made last week by the Federation of St. Gertrude, a congregation of 15 Benedictine monasteries across the U.S.

Meek will follow ...

Digging deeper: Are these historic Woodburn homes still around?

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

When Woodburn first started, Jesse Settlemier plotted it because he wanted the railroad to be close to his nursery. The railroad agreed to put a station here if he had a plotted town with a bank, a church, a school and a post office. The name of the town was ...

Track: Kennedy results from 2A state track meet

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04

2015 OSAA 2A Track and Field State Championships

May 21-22 at Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene

Girls — Sixth place, 38 points

Loghan Sprauer

100 meters: 4th, 13.27

200 meters: 7th, 28.26

400 meters: 9th, 1:04.66

Kaylin Cantu

800 meters: 5th, 2:27.69

1500 meters: 3rd, 5:04.53

Lauren Stokley

3000 ...

Baseball: Huskies return to state playoffs

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

North Marion beats visiting Cottage Grove 12-5 to earn first-round game against Baker

The North Marion baseball team made up for a shaky first inning on defense against the Cottage Grove Lions, as the Huskies punched their ticket to the state playoffs with a 12-5 victory Thursday evening in ...

Woodburn SD passes bond on second try

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

Cheers, hugs and a jubilant atmosphere characterized the crowd of about 50 people who gathered at Abby’s Legendary Pizza last week to watch the results of the vote on the Woodburn School District’s proposed $65 million bond issue.

The event had turned into a celebration when, shortly after the polls ...

Baseball: Cougars go down swinging

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

Gervais baseball drops Colton, bows out to Scio in league playoffs

It wasn’t long ago that the Gervais baseball program was a perennial last-place team.

These days, the Cougars are not satisfied unless the team is in the state playoffs. It’s a change the program owes to the last few ...

ReStore officially open

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

A new tune

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

Senior Tyee Russell inspired to turn life around through music, motivational speakers

Editor’s note: Graduation season is upon us. As high school seniors don their caps and gowns, it’s easy to focus on what lies ahead rather than looking back on the road to graduation. For many, that road has ...

Boys golf: Bulldogs finish fifth at state championships

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

After years of effort to get the Woodburn boys golf program to the state tournament, it was over in a flash.

The Bulldogs finished the 2015 5A Boys Golf State Championships at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell with a fifth-place finish and three players placing within the top 25. ...

Softball: Trojan victory clinches second straight trip to postseason

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

No. 9 Kennedy ends four-game losing streak with 5-1 victory over Perrydale

The Kennedy softball team snapped out of a two-week slump and punched its ticket to the postseason in one fell swoop last week with a 5-1 victory over the Perrydale Pirates on May 19.

The No. 9 Trojans ...