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North Marion Pop Warner

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:23

In-person sign ups are over, but prospective football and cheer athletes for North Marion Pop Warner are invited to register online starting Sunday.

Pop Warner serves athletes from ages five through 14. Registration for the fall season closes June 13.

Registration forms along with information on age and weight restrictions ...

Post wins easily

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 22:09

Primary election — The radio talk show host will face Independent Chuck Lee in the fall election

Conservative radio talk show host Bill Post of Keizer walked away with the Republican nod in the primary election last week for the House District 25 spot.

Results of the mail-in election had ...

North Marion seventh-graders share knowledge of religions

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

North Marion seventh-graders had a chance to present their findings in a world religions event at the school May 20.

The students did a comparative study of major world religions, then each selected one religion to present. Seventh-graders filled the gymnasium and commons of North Marion Middle School with tri-fold ...

Woodburn 'Jungle Harmony' event gives local youths chance to showcase talents

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

The result of a senior project by WACA student Tristan Redbird will unfold at the downtown plaza in the form of a music event called Jungle Harmony this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity for Woodburn’s youth to perform a variety of music ...

North Marion seniors honored May 21

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

North Marion High School honored its graduating seniors Wednesday night with a senior awards night.

Students received stoles for participation in Key Club, National Honor Society and Associated Student Body and were recognized for receiving scholarships.

Scholarship recipients are:

Miranda Audritsh — Buz Tautfest Scholarship ($1,000), Moose Youth Awareness Scholarship ...

Historical museum is collecting collections

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

The 1930s were a rough time to live here in Woodburn. It was a time that made people very thankful for small things, and when World War II came along, many of the men who went to war collected things and sent them home to their wives, sweethearts and mothers. ...

Cameron to be appointed to county commission

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Marion County commissioners voted to appoint Rep. Kevin Cameron to fill the vacancy on the commission left by Patti Milne, who stepped down in April.

Cameron was among four candidates nominated by the Marion County Republicans to fill position 1.

All four nominees were interviewed in a special board session ...

Do it Best employees complete leadership program

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

The Woodburn Do it Best service center recently graduated 18 employees from the nationally recognized Dale Carnegie Leadership training program.

These employees range from supervisors, leads and regular employees.

The eight-week course covered a variety of subject matters, including public speaking, listening skills and carrying on conversations. The Dale Carnegie ...

Police reports

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 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 ...

Election 2014: North Marion levy fails again, with wider gap

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

The North Marion School District four-year operating levy has failed to pass for the second time.

Backers decided to go out for a second election after a November loss saw a difference of 63 between yes and no voters.

But the May 20 election saw a greater voter turnout (56.48 ...

Woodburn bond fails by 46 votes

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Despite a bond failure by only 46 votes, Woodburn School District officials are feeling optimistic about passing the bond in November.

The $65 million bond issue, which would alleviate overcrowding, fund major maintenance and upgrade security, showed 49.27 percent voting yes and 50.73 percent voting no.

Despite a press release ...

Gun shop owners set sights on education

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

TacTek Arms, which focuses on firearm education and training, has opened for business on Country Club Road

TacTek Arms, an independent, start-up gun shop specializing in new and custom-built weapons as well as firearm safety education, opened for business last week at 2223 Country Club Road in the Woodburn Crossing ...

Committee approves Woodburn's second mural

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

A mural application by the First Presbyterian Church of Woodburn was approved by the Public Art Mural Committee last week, after a discussion about the appropriateness of religious symbols on public property.

The ordinance that established Woodburn’s public art program in 2012 requires that the mural be donated to the ...

Suspects sought in bird farm break-in

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Raised in captivity and blinder-clad, 35 released pheasants not expected to survive in wild, farmer says

Approximately 35 pheasants were released from Gervais Game Bird Farm during a break-in at the property last week that was apparently perpetrated by individuals claiming to be allied with the Animal Liberation Front.

Also ...

Primary winners brace for November election

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

A number of party nominations in local and state races were decided last week in a primary election generally characterized by low voter turnout.

For county commissioner, Janet Carlson retained her seat in the primary, defeating challenger Kim Brady 60 to 40 percent. Carlson will face Woodburn resident Colin Brown ...

Voters reject Aurora fire bond

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Support for fire district general obligation bond varies by county

A general obligation bond set forth by the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District board, which would have covered a number of capital improvements and expenditures, was defeated by voters during the May 20 election, 61.1 percent to 38.9 percent. ...

Nighttime closure of I-5 planned

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Southbound lanes on the interstate to close June 2, northbound lanes June 4, as interchange construction continues

Parts of Interstate 5 will be closed to traffic in some of the late evening and early morning hours of next week to facilitate the continued construction on the Woodburn Interchange Project.

Specifically, ...

State Track Meet: Woodburn's Hernandez places sixth in 400

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 01:00

Bulldogs place 30th at state meet

Woodburn High School's lone representative at the 5A OSAA Track and Field State Championships made sure the Bulldogs came home with a medal.

Sprinter Rodolfo Hernandez placed sixth in the 400-meter finals Saturday, giving the Woodburn senior a top-eight finish in his only trip ...

State Track Meet: Gervais boys finish 12th

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:55

Pieter Top and Jordan Milkovich lead Cougars with top-three finishes

The Gervais boys track and field team had its best showing in years at the 3A OSAA Track and Field State Championships.

Seven Cougar boys placed in the top eight at state, including sophomore Pieter Top, who finished second in ...

State Track Meet: Trojan girls win 2A state championship

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:41

Loghan, Madison Sprauer combine for four state titles.

Kennedy junior Loghan Sprauer couldn't match her spectacular performance in the 2013 high jump finals, but in the end it didn't matter.

The Trojans' do-it-all athlete surpassed all expectations Friday at the 2A OSAA Track and Field State Championships, winning individual titles ...