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Football: Bulldogs fall hard in season finale

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 23:18

Central Panthers lead 59-0 at half and leave Woodburn without a win this season

The Woodburn football season came to a close on a dreary Friday evening in Independence, losing 65-0 in perpetually wet weather to the hosting Central Panthers.

Both teams had a lot on the line in the ...

Boys soccer: Cougars beat Cavs to stave off elimination

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 17:16

Gervais to play Western Mennonite on Saturday for state playoff berth

The Gervais boys soccer team ended a month long drought of victories in the best way possible, toppling the hosting Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers on Wednesday in the opening round of the PacWest tournament to stave off elimination and remain ...

High school football hits a high mark in Week Nine of the 2015 season

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 02:14

League titles are on the line across the state and playoffs kick off in Class 4A play

It all comes down to this.

Three months of preparation, hard work, hard hits and huge games culminate in the final week of the 2015 regular season tonight.

On the Class 6A schedule ...

Traffic stop near Woodburn ends with death of Grants Pass man in Salem

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:13

I-5 southbound near Kuebler Boulevard in Salem closed for hours after the officer-involved shooting

A Grants Pass man has died after leading police on a high speed chase that started in Woodburn Wednesday night.

A stretch of Interstate 5 in south Salem closed Wednesday evening due to the officer-involved shooting. ...

Girls soccer: Woodburn advances to play-in round against Churchill

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 14:12

Bulldogs finish season with momentum and qualify for the post season following a one-year absence.

The Woodburn girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season on a high note Tuesday, scoring their biggest win of the season to enter the post season on the heels of their best stretch of ...

Five to interview for chief of police

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 14:12

The city of Woodburn has selected five finalists to interview for the soon-to-be-vacant position of chief of police, with Scott Russell set to retire Nov. 13.

The five finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Jason Alexander has been with the Woodburn Police Department since 1998, and he has been police captain ...

Traffic stop near Woodburn ends with shooting in Salem

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 20:10

I-5 southbound near Kuebler Boulevard in Salem is closed after the officer-involved shooting

A stretch of Interstate 5 closed Wednesday evening due to an officer-involved shooting.

An Oregon State Police trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on I-5 southbound near Woodburn around 5:45 p.m. The vehicle sped away, leading police ...

Kennedy defeats Bucks, both teams head to state playoffs

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 14:09

The No. 5 Trojans beat the No. 4 Buckaroos 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21) in the volleyball Tri-River championship game Tuesday, earning the conference's top seed in the 2A state playoffs.

Kennedy will host the Oakland Oakers in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

St. Paul will host ...

Hubbard UCC hosts wine event Nov. 22

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

Join Hubbard United Church of Christ on Nov. 22 for a 1 p.m. gathering at Aurora Colony Vineyard, 21338 Oak Lane N.E., Aurora.

Explore the artistry of mandalas and contemplative coloring as an alternative way to experience a practice of meditation.

A glass of wine and nibbles will ...

North Marion volunteers clean up cemetery

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

North Marion Key Club students cleaned up Aurora Cemetery Friday morning.

The Key Club takes care of the cemetery twice a year, clearing weeds, bushes and sometimes even uncovering old headstones.

It is one of many community service projects the club takes on during the school year.

Nellie Muir teacher receives award

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

Ronda Johnson, a teacher at Nellie Muir Elementary School, has been awarded an Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award for Region 2 from the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

Awardees are selected based on their ability to motivate student achievement and excitement in science, community and administrative support, ability to support and mentor ...

A bowl of clam chowder helps you through flu season

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

When fall arrives along with football and cold and flu season, there’s nothing better than a cup of hot chowder.

My mom used to make potato soup often, which we loved eating topped with curry powder and oyster crackers.

I have tried many different potato soups, clam chowder and other ...

Police reports

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city 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 guilty. Police ...

Contractor putting finishing touches on interchange project

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

The contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation on the Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility is almost finished with the project one year ahead of schedule.

Some work remains, which should be completed in the next two months, according to a recent report from ODOT.

The remaining work ...

Mount Angel citizens to vote on land annexation Nov. 3

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

Not much is on the ballot for Marion County voters in next week’s election, but residents of the city of Mount Angel are being asked to consider the annexation of property.

Nov. 3 will reveal whether Mount Angel voters have approved Measure No. 24-387, which would allow the city to ...

Hubbard Fire District to purchase equipment with bond money

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

The Hubbard Fire District is anticipating new equipment thanks to the passage of a bond in May.

At a board meeting earlier this month, the fire board approved the purchase of a water tender and 18 breathing apparatuses, eating into the $780,000 bond money approved by voters in the May ...

Halloween activities on tap in and around Woodburn

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

The city of Woodburn has a slew of activities on tap to celebrate Halloween on Saturday.

The Woodburn Public Library and Aquatic Center will be among a number of businesses participating in downtown trick or treating Saturday afternoon. There will also be free games, crafts, contests and more going ...

Marion County residents to vote on marijuana referendums next year

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

The Marion County Board of Commissioners last month approved two ordinances that will refer questions to voters in the 2016 general election concerning marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas.

The first prohibits the establishment of six different types of commercial marijuana operations in unincorporated Marion County, including medical dispensaries and ...

Cross country: District champs...again!

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

Kennedy's Kaylin Cantu and Adrian Parra repeat as district titlists, leading the boys and girls cross country teams to the state finals

Kennedy High School has seen a number of great runners pass through its halls in recent history, but after the District 2 Cross Country Championship on Thursday, sophomore ...

Cross country roundup: Woodburn's Lopez qualifies for state

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 02:06

Woodburn junior Gustavo Lopez barely missed out on qualifying for the state cross country meet last year, but wouldn’t be denied for a second straight season.

Lopez finished third in the Mid-Willamette Conference cross country championships at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis on Oct. 21, punching his ticket to ...