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Family of teen killed by train suing Woodburn School District, soccer coach

Family of teen killed by train suing Woodburn School District, soccer coach

A $1.3 million lawsuit was filed against the Woodburn School District earlier this month by the...

Sharing stories: Pilot program matches local teens with seniors

Sharing stories: Pilot program matches local teens with seniors

A group of local teens affiliated with the Woodburn Youth Advisory Board celebrated Father’s...

Embracing a new lease on life

Embracing a new lease on life

Daroll and Gloria Nicholson share how they survived cancer — together “Beauty is only...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

OSP - Interstate 5 was backed up north of Woodburn Wednesday afternoon when police apprehended an alleged speeding driver near the Donald Road overpass.
June 24, 2015

I-5 pursuit ends with two arrests near Woodburn

by Woodburn Independent
Police have arrested two Salem residents after a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 Wednesday ended north of Woodburn. At about 1:30 p.m. an Oregon State Police trooper spotted a reckless driver…
CRIMESTOPPERS - Frankie Collins (left) and Anthony Parsons are wanted for a robbery in Stayton. The stolen vehicle they were last driving is pictured right.
June 24, 2015

Public help needed in finding robbery suspects

by Woodburn Independent
Two robbery suspects are on the loose after an early Monday morning robbery of an Arco AM/PM in Stayton. Stayton police have identified the suspects as Anthony Parsons, 25, and Frankie Collins,…
June 24, 2015

Council approves Woodburn city budget for 2015-16

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council earlier this month unanimously approved the city’s budget for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins July 1. The budget was considered following a public hearing at the June…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Kate Otto, right, a global health consultant and newly published author, was in Woodburn last week to host a workshop with Eureka! Girls Inc.
June 24, 2015

Global health consultant hosts workshop in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
Kate Otto, a global health consultant and newly published author, visited the Chemeketa Community College campus in Woodburn last week to host a workshop with a group from Eureka! Girls Inc.…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Hairdresser Janet Lujano takes a little off the top for resident Ines Martinez.
June 24, 2015

Fostering Hope hosts health fair at Washington school

by Tyler Francke
The Fostering Hope Initiative, a program of Catholic Community Services in Salem, hosted a free health fair at Washington Elementary School Friday. It included free hair cuts, books, dental…
FILE PHOTO - Last year's Fiesta Mexicana Queen Amelia Robles is crowned.
June 24, 2015

Fiesta Mexicana Court program gets revamped for 2015

by Tyler Francke
The annual crowning of a queen has long been one of the central components to the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, and that looks to be no different in 2015. However, since the city of Woodburn…
June 24, 2015

Gervais: School board member resigns before term starts

by Phil Hawkins
The Gervais School District Board of Directors is seeking a new member less than one month after the results of the May general election. Dina Miller, who was elected to the board, effective…
PHIL HAWKINS - Norma Guzman serves a free summer lunch to a student at Gervais Elementary School, which kicked off its summer lunch program last week.
June 24, 2015

Free summer lunches available for ages 1-18

by Phil Hawkins
Woodburn, North Marion and Gervais school districts are hosting a summer lunch program that provides free lunches for ages 1 through 18. Adults, age 19 or older, may purchase lunch for $3, as…
GERVAIS SCHOOL DISTRICT - Michele Paton
June 24, 2015

Gervais administrator takes job in Newberg

by Phil Hawkins
As the 2014-15 year wraps up, the Gervais School District will be parting ways with one of its longtime administrators, Michele Paton. The current assistant principal at Gervais High School and…
June 24, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
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…

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MCCF - Wesley Hastings
Jun 23, 2015

Victim identified, driver arraigned in fatal Friday night crash

by Lindsay Keefer
A Salem man has been arraigned for manslaughter charges stemming from an alleged drunken crash near Woodburn that turned deadly. Wesley Hastings, 41, of Salem, was arrested Friday night after…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Nicholas Boatwright, a youth offender, demonstrates a computer modeling program to six delegates from the African nation of Botswana during their visit to MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn last week.
Jun 17, 2015

Crossing borders: African delegation visits MacLaren

by Tyler Francke
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn regularly hosts visitors and even tours of its campus and its nationally recognized programs, like Project POOCH. However, it’s not often that a…
Jun 17, 2015

Woodburn's red-light cameras generated over $230,000 in fine…

by Tyler Francke
In their first full year of implementation, the red-light traffic cameras at the intersection of highways 99E and 211 generated more than $180,000 for the state, county and city of Woodburn,…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Big 5 Sporting Goods in Woodburn, as seen on the night of its grand opening Thursday. The store is located in the Mid Valley Plaza at 1575 Mount Hood Ave.
Jun 17, 2015

Game on: Big 5 opens new location in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
City has 'always kind of been on the radar' for sporting goods retail chain Big 5 Sporting Goods, a national retail chain headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., opened its new location in Woodburn…
PHIL HAWKINS - Clare Columbus, food services director for Gervais School District, is retiring after 36 years in the district.
Jun 17, 2015

Reflecting on the fruits of our labor

by Phil Hawkins
Gervais food services director retires after 36 years When Clare Columbus first began working for the Gervais School District, Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and gas prices were…
JOHN BAKER - The B-24 Liberator from the World War II era stopped at Aurora State Airport last week.
Jun 17, 2015

Wings of Freedom visit in Aurora gets personal for one woman

by John Baker
Standing silently, eyes probing every inch of a flying piece of history, Gladys Frede admitted she was having a moment of remembrance and reflection. Standing sentinel-like against the warming…
INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Former WAAST teacher Tom Gazzola, pictured here with student Fatima Chacon in 2013, died last week after being struck by an alleged drunken driver on June 3.
Jun 17, 2015

Colleagues, students mourn former WAAST teacher Tom Gazzola,…

by Tyler Francke
Principal: 'He was probably one of the most brilliant minds I've ever met' Tom Gazzola, a beloved Woodburn High School teacher who retired in 2013, died in a Portland hospital last week after…
Jun 17, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
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…
Jun 17, 2015

Summer meal program begins this week

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn, North Marion and Gervais school districts are hosting a summer lunch program that provides free lunches for ages 1 through 18. Adults, age 19 or older, may purchase lunch for $3, as…
SUBMITTED - Scott Mills
Jun 17, 2015

NM School Board approves write-in candidate, budget

by Lindsay Keefer
Scott Mills, of Aurora, was approved as the newest member of the North Marion School Board at last week’s regular meeting. Mills received 15 write-in votes in the May 19 election after no one…




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