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Renewed energy lifts St. Paul past Triangle Lake

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

When the St. Paul boys basketball team plays without energy and effort, it will have a hard time winning any games this season, which was evident in the opening game of its own holiday tournament Dec. 22, in which a lackluster performance resulted in a 47-35 loss to Neah-Kah-Nie. ...

Small team, big results

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

Gervais wrestling team packs a punch at Bill Haggerty Invitational at Nestucca High School

The Gervais wrestling team may be small this season, but pound-for-pound, it still has some of the top 3A wrestlers in the state.

“In terms of who we have out — we have some low numbers,” ...

Gervais boys head into tourney with improved defense

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

The Cougars are 6-3 so far this year, focusing on defense and rebounding to improve on last season

It’s been nearly three weeks since the Gervais boys basketball team suffered its worst loss of the young season — a 27-point defeat to the Kennedy Trojans on Dec. 9.

Since then, ...

Gervais girls improve to 3-6

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

The Gervais girls basketball team ended a two-week stretch of winless play Dec. 21 when the Cougars traveled to Waldport High School and dispatched the Irish 34-21.

The team was led by the junior combo of Ariana Rios and Jelayna Bastidas, who each finished the game with near-double doubles in ...

Huskies triumph in school-hosted tournament

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

The Huskies have posted impressive marks just before the dawn of the new year.

As of Dec. 28, they’re 5-1, having won the North Marion basketball tournament capped by a one-point victory over No. 10-ranked Gladstone, being one possession short of beating No. 4-ranked Scappoose and currently ranking No. ...

Bulldogs looking for first win

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

Damian Espinoza (pictured) and the Woodburn boys basketball team battled against another top-tier opponent when the Bulldogs traveled to No. 10 McNary on Dec. 22 in a 73-43 loss to the Celtics. Although Woodburn is winless, the team has gone up against one of the hardest schedules in the state. ...

Bucks triumph in holiday tourney

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:00

Two straight wins over Triangle Lake has team entered 2015 on a high note

It was an unusual week for the St. Paul girls basketball team, which ended up playing two games against the Triangle Lake Lakers at the annual St. Paul Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Buckaroos faced the Lakers ...

$676K grant on the table for fire district

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Funds would be used mainly to upgrade the district headquarters' dormitories

The overnight quarters at the Woodburn Fire District will soon get a much-needed overhaul, assuming a $676,000 grant receives the final approval of the city’s Urban Renewal Agency next month.

According to Paul Iverson, chief of the fire district, ...

Christmas story comes to life at Hoodview church

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

The biblical story behind the Christmas holiday was brought to life in a unique way last weekend at Hoodview Church of God in Woodburn.

An estimated 35 church members acted out scenes depicting events from the Christmas story and the life of Jesus, while at least as many volunteered to ...

Power plants

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Business owners fill up on green technology for new Chevron service station in Woodburn

In the realm of green energy and environmentally friendly products, the gas and oil industry is not normally thought of as at the forefront.

Bob Barman, who, with his wife, Katy, owns the Chevron gas station ...

Bond committee meeting reset for Jan. 8

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

A?bond committee meeting for the Woodburn School District has been rescheduled until next month.

Originally set for Dec. 11, the meeting to discuss the school board’s plans to seek voter approval of a new bond in May was canceled due to a storm-related power outage at French?Prairie Middle School.

The ...

$676K grant on the table for fire district

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Funds would be used mainly to upgrade the district headquarters' dormitories

The overnight quarters at the Woodburn Fire District will soon get a much-needed overhaul, assuming a $676,000 grant receives the final approval of the city’s Urban Renewal Agency next month.

According to Paul Iverson, chief of the fire district, ...

Youth group collecting Christmas trees, for a cause

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Woodburn Foursquare youth group again holding fundraiser for annual trip to conference in Portland

Woodburn Foursquare Church’s youth group, Refuge, will again be collecting Christmas trees in the local area this year as a fundraiser.

Ben “Bubu” Puente, the church’s youth pastor, said the goal of the pick-up is ...

To serve, with Love

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Love, Santa makes impact on recipients, volunteers alike

You might think that it would be almost impossible to get several hundred people out of bed early to volunteer on a soggy Saturday morning in December. And you’d be wrong.

In fact, such a feat happens every year in Woodburn, when ...

Ball in the family

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Athlete Profile: Lizzy and Andy Ellingson

Woodburn’s Lizzy Ellingson is a senior and veteran of six high school sports, but younger brother Andy is nipping at her heels to become the most-experienced Ellingson at Woodburn High School.

The multi-skilled sophomore athlete is coming off his first full season of ...

North Marion wrestlers knock off Woodburn

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

The Woodburn wrestling team made the short trip north to North Marion High School on Dec. 17 for a dual of the dogs.

It was a heated match in which the Bulldogs took an early advantage before the Huskies stormed back in the middle of the match to score a ...

Christmases of Woodburn's past

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

Christmas is a time of good cheer, and Woodburn has celebrated it in numerous ways.

In the 1930s, Woodburn firemen handed out oranges to the children. To families who were hit hard by the Depression, that was a wonderful thing because, unlike now, oranges were not available in stores year ...

Cookie baking contest draws 60 entries

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

The second annual Cookie Baking Contest at Garden Gallery Iron Works on Dec. 13 boasted 60 entries.

People came from as far as Portland and Estacada, owner Don Sprague said, to participate. Ages ranged to about 10 years old to mid-70s.

Judging was based on originality, appearance, texture and taste. ...

Coastal Farm & Ranch matching AWARE donations through December

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

People who want to donate to the AWARE Food Bank in Woodburn have a chance to double the impact of their contribution.

That’s thanks to Coastal Farm & Ranch stores, which will match donations to the food pantry through the end of the year.

“Our store in Woodburn is fortunate ...

Police reports

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 00:00

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 ...