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Literally opening doors to literacy with the North Marion Community Library

Literally opening doors to literacy with the North Marion Community Library

North Marion Community Library is now open, with a celebration set for Saturday After years of...

Food drive raises nearly $450K in Marion, Polk counties

Food drive raises nearly $450K in Marion, Polk counties

CenturyLink's matching grant contributes $270K of total; 330,000 pounds of food also collected...

Parking lot at vets memorial completed

Parking lot at vets memorial completed

Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee will meet next month to determine next project The Hubbard...

Something to chalk about

Something to chalk about

It has been five years since the city of Gervais started its summer chalk festival, and all...

Fiesta Mexicana 2014 went off without a hitch

Fiesta Mexicana 2014 went off without a hitch

Initial estimates suggest 13,000 in attendance at this year's festival; entertainment, food major...

Firehouse Fever

Firehouse Fever

Saturday's annual Firehouse Cook-off sets attendance record Despite temperatures reaching upwards...

Oktoberfest gears up for kickoff party

Oktoberfest gears up for kickoff party

The Oktoberfest Kick-off Party is on Sept. 6, in the Mount Angel Festhalle - Biergarten, 500 S....

Facelift in store for historic First Street properties

Facelift in store for historic First Street properties

City agrees to matching grant for investors to continue renovations and remodel of downtown...

$500,000 Legion Park project OK'd

$500,000 Legion Park project OK'd

City approves rehabilitation, despite higher-than-anticipated costs The Woodburn City Council has...

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Photo Credit: METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS - The Woodburn Independent is seeking amazing kids to represent the Woodburn area. Nominations are through the end of the month.
August 13, 2014

Independent seeks nominations for the area's most amazing kids

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Independent is calling for community nominations of boys and girls ranging in age from that of an elementary school student to a high school senior to be considered for the honor of…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The Woodburn School District's new, or returning, assistant principals include, from left, Mateo Courtney, Washington Elementary; Jeff Taylor, French Prairie; Karyn Bayer, Nellie Muir; Yolanda Lopez, Valor; and Josh Porter, Lincoln. The hires put the district's administrative staff back at the level it was before budget cuts necessitated by the great recession.
August 27, 2014

Five assistant principals bolster WSD administration

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn School District introduced its five new, or returning, assistant principals during the school board’s Aug. 21 meeting. Though Superintendent Chuck Ransom was reluctact to describe…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Kurt Schrader, Democratic representative for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, talks with GK Machine Inc. President Gary Grossen last week during a tour of the Donald company's recent expansion.
August 27, 2014

Schrader: GK Machine showcases 'American dream'

by Tyler Francke
Rep. Kurt Schrader visits GEM Equipment in Woodburn and GK Machine in Donald for 'Made in Oregon' tour Congressman Kurt Schrader spent several days in August visiting with locally owned and…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - After 37 years with the United States Postal Service, including 13 in Woodburn, Postmaster Kevin McGrory retires at the end of this week.
August 27, 2014

Outgoing mail man

by Tyler Francke
Retiring Woodburn Postmaster Kevin McGrory shares his memories and work philosophy after 37 years on the job During a restless evening last week, Woodburn Postmaster Kevin McGrory found he…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN in Woodburn, talks to a crowd of about 60 people about immigration reform and Yes on 88 at a rally earlier this month.
August 27, 2014

Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

by Tyler Francke
Supporters say measure would improve safety on Oregon streets; opponents worry it would make state vulnerable to fraud In the ongoing national debate about immigration reform, Oregon was one of…
August 27, 2014

Woodburn expects close to 5,750students

by Tyler Francke
Yes, parents and students, the rumors are true: It’s that time of year again, and the first day of school for the Woodburn School District is just around the corner. For most students, the day…
August 27, 2014

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
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…
August 27, 2014

Methodist church hosts September Fest Sept. 7

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn United Methodist Church invites the public to its September Fest Celebration and Community BBQ on Sept. 7. The event is in honor of the start of a new season of church and Sunday school…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Misael Delgado Nunez
August 21, 2014

Homicide victim found in Aurora field identified

by Woodburn Independent
Police have identified the victim as Misael "Gallo" Delgado Nunez, 45, of Aloha. He was last seen in the Beaverton area on Aug. 9. Delgado Nunez's body was found Aug. 11 in a field near…
Photo Credit: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Toddi Bork
August 20, 2014

Lawn-spraying husband allegedly burned by wife

by KOIN 6
Toddi Bork in jail after husband received burns over 15 percent of his body When a Mount Angel police officer went to the home of Toddi and Tim Bork on Aug. 15, he saw Tim Bork standing in the…

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Photo Credit: NIKKI DEBUSE - Mike Bergeron, a volunteer with Woodburn Downtown Association, installs lights in one of the trees along Front Street in Woodburn.
Aug 26, 2014

Downtown Woodburn gets temporary tree lighting

by Woodburn Independent
Volunteers with the Woodburn Downtown Association installed lights in trees in downtown Woodburn Saturday to get an idea of how the city’s downtown could look lit up at night. Anyone can visit…
Aug 26, 2014

NMSD has 20 new teachers, three new admins

by Lindsay Keefer
When students return to school in the North Marion School District Sept. 3, they will see quite a few new faces. Not only does the district have 20 new teachers this year — seven were added to…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Lockers stand in an open air hallway of Mount Angel Middle School, awaiting placement in the future seventh- and eighth-grade commons area, which won't be ready for the start of school Sept. 2.
Aug 26, 2014

Mount Angel schools get facelift over summer

by Lindsay Keefer
This summer, the Mount Angel community has seen its bond money at work on the campuses of two schools, so the start of a new school year will bring a wealth of changes for students. Changes will…
Aug 20, 2014

Bruce Warner won't run for re-election

by Lindsay Keefer
Hubbard City Council President Bruce Warner has announced he will not run for re-election this November. Warner has been on the city council since August 2003, and announced his intentions at…
Aug 20, 2014

Woodburn Proud hosting luau at Settlemier House Saturday

by Tyler Francke
Dig out your grass skirts, leis and Hawaiian T-shirts, Woodburn, because the Settlemier House is about to host a luau. The fundraising event is being put on by Woodburn Proud, with all proceeds…
Aug 22, 2014

Aurora church celebrating 70 years

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Calvary Mennonite Church in Aurora will celebrate its 70th anniversary Sunday at 3 p.m. The church is at 6711 S. Lone Elder Road and its celebration will include an afternoon of pictures, music,…
Aug 26, 2014

St. Paul School District starts Sept. 2

by Lindsay Keefer
District plans new hall of fame, technology upgrades for the upcoming 2014-15 school year By Lindsay Keefer Woodburn Independent St. Paul School District will open its doors the day after Labor…
Aug 26, 2014

More sought for school seismic work

by Peter Wong
Senate president: Lawmakers should OK $200 million. Senate President Peter Courtney says he will call for $200 million in bonds to help make Oregon schools more resistant to earthquakes. More…
Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Police say a man found shot to death in a field outside Wilsonville was wearing this necklace when he was found. Investigators are still seeking to identify the man, who was carrying no identification.
Aug 19, 2014

Police still seeking ID on homicide victim

by Josh Kulla
Investigation continues in gunshot death of man found in field near Wilsonville Police investigators are making progress in the investigation of the Aug. 11 shooting death of a man whose body…
Photo Credit: MARION COUNTY JAIL - David Gonzalez-Elias
Aug 14, 2014

Woodburn man arrested for alleged sex abuse of three minors

by Woodburn Independent
Police believe David Gonzalez-Elias may have had more victims Woodburn police officers arrested a Woodburn man Wednesday night for a number of alleged sex crimes. Police arrested David…




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