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Woodburn Fire District bike rodeo will be this Saturday

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The Woodburn Fire District will hold its annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This year's event will be held in the parking lot at Woodburn United Methodist Church, located at 700 N. Cascade Drive in Woodburn.

The event will teach bicycle safety and ...

Woodburn students awarded $4.2 million in scholarships

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

Woodburn graduates planning to continue their education have a lot of support, having been awarded $4,185,150 in scholarships so far.

Not all scholarships have been awarded yet.

Last year, Woodburn graduates were awarded $3,310,077 in scholarships, which was record-breaking then.

The $4.2 million in awards includes the three winners of ...

T.J. Maxx grand opening slated for Sunday

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

T.J.Maxx will open a new store on Sunday at the new Arney Retail Center in west Woodburn.

“We are pleased to expand our store base to Woodburn, delivering value and an exciting selection of merchandise to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, president of T.J.Maxx, in a press ...

WHS grad and EEOC exec visits campus last week

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

David Lopez, general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, visited Woodburn High School Campus on Tuesday, May 5. After a quick walk-through of the small school academy campus, Lopez visited a few student classrooms, including an International Baccalaureate class, met briefly with administrative staff and shared his story ...

Kennedy to launch college career readiness system

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The Mount Angel School District has announced that Kennedy High School will introduce a “readiness system” within the 2015-16 school year curriculum to prepare students better for their ongoing life goals.

The school will partner with Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the ...

MacLaren honored for service

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The staff and youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn are the recipients of Fences For Fido’s 2015 Chopper’s Heroes of the Year Award.

The award, named for the first dog unchained by the nonprofit organization, was presented to MacLaren Superintendent Dan Berger April 25 in Portland. The ...

Big 5 coming to Woodburn

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

Big 5 Sporting Goods is coming to Woodburn.

The national sporting goods retailer headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., was recently cleared by the city of Woodburn’s building division to begin interior renovations at the former Grocery Outlet location on 1575 Mount Hood Ave.

Records show the company filed permit ...

North Marion band heads to state competition this week

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

For the second year in a row — and the fourth time in school history — the North Marion High School concert band is going to the state competition.

The band, led by David Church, who directed the group that headed to state for its first time in 2005, is ...

Police reports

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

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 ...

Holocaust survivor shares his story in Woodburn

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

When he was 13 years old, Alter Wiener’s father was shot by the German invaders of Poland and left to die in a pit with 36 others.

The date was Sept. 11, 1939. Three months later, when the bodies were exhumed and made available to the victims’ families, Wiener’s stepmother ...

Woodburn man pleads guilty to numerous sex abuse charges

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

A Woodburn man accused of sexually abusing minors pleaded guilty to numerous charges last month and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

David Gonzalez-Elias, 30, was arrested in August 2014 on charges of second- and third-degree rape, attempted rape, first- and third-degree sex abuse and third-degree sodomy. ...

Man sentenced to life for 2014 fatal stabbing

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The man charged with the fatal stabbing of a Woodburn teen pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to life in prison.

Ramon Peña-Cornelio, 21, appeared before Judge Jamese Rhoades in Marion County Court Friday to withdraw his previous not guilty plea. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Ricardo ...

Softball: Bats fall silent for Trojans against Western Mennonite

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

After blitzing the Western Mennonite Pioneers in a 13-6 victory on April 29, the No. 9 Kennedy softball team got a dose of revenge on the part of the Pioneers last week.

The Trojans (15-5, 5-3 Special District 2) dropped a tough one to the Pioneers (5-13, 2-8) on May ...

Baseball: Bulldogs snap nine-game skid

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The Woodburn baseball team ended the week victorious with a 5-2 road victory over the Lebanon Warriors on Friday. The Bulldogs finish the season this week with a three-game series against the Crescent Valley Raiders.

Tennis: Bulldog girls win tennis rematch against Central Panthers

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

Woodburn, Central split eight matches, but Bulldogs claim victory on 11-9 set tiebreaker

The Woodburn girls tennis team picked up its first win of the season in emphatic fashion on May 6, winning a taut 4-4 match against the visiting Central Panthers.

The two clubs were evenly matched last week, ...

Baseball: Huskies sweep Yamhill-Carlton behind Beachy's shutout

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

It took five innings for the North Marion baseball team to get its offense going against Yamhill-Carlton, but once they started, the Huskies couldn't be stopped.

North Marion was guided by senior pitcher Hunter Beachy, who pitched a complete game shutout against the Tigers to help the Huskies score an ...

Woodburn boys golf going to state

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

The Bulldogs finish second at the regional tournament to qualify for state championships for the first time in 45 years

The last time the Woodburn boys golf team qualified for the state championship tournament, the Bulldogs’ home course was at Senior Estates.

But the Bulldogs shook off a 45-year drought ...

Basketball: Woodburn alumnus Andy Avgi named All-American

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

Former Woodburn boys basketball standout Andy Avgi was recently honored as an All-American for the Western Oregon University Wolves men’s basketball team, becoming the first WOU to achieve All-American status since the school joined the NCAA.

Avgi was selected to the Division II Bulletin All-American team on April 28, adding ...

Gervais High School throws emotional sendoff for retiring librarian

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

Friends, family and the Gervais High School student body gave Gervais assistant librarian Jalen Miller the surprise of a lifetime on Friday.

On Miller’s final day as a member of the Gervais School District staff, the school greeted Miller with a rousing celebration and a trip to Disneyland.

The gift ...

Back in the game

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 01:54

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 been full of unimaginable challenges.

This is the second in a five-part ...

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