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Relay team hopes to just beat the odds

Relay team hopes to just beat the odds

Fundraising season for “Just Beat It” begins in March and spans four months through the...

Woodburn man gets 34 months for stabbing

Woodburn man gets 34 months for stabbing

A Woodburn man was sentenced to 34 months in prison after pleading guilty to his involvement with...

Interchange project to finish one year early

Interchange project to finish one year early

Oregon Department of Transportation officials confirmed last week that, barring any drastic and...

Phase 1 of Legion Park makeover complete

Phase 1 of Legion Park makeover complete

The completion of the first phase of a planned multimillion-dollar makeover at Legion Park was...

MacLaren youths awarded diplomas, certificates

MacLaren youths awarded diplomas, certificates

Annual graduation ceremony smaller than usual due to OYA shifts in facility use It was a smaller...

Shoot for the moon: Rich's Gun Shop doubles its size with new expansion

Shoot for the moon: Rich's Gun Shop doubles its size with new expansion

Walking into Rich’s Gun Shop in Donald, with its rustic motif and throwback cowboy decor,...

Saturday fire displaces 16

Saturday fire displaces 16

Blaze breaks out in hedge between Nuevo Amanecer, Stonehedge Apartments A fire that broke out...

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...

Mural project turns into city-school collaboration

Mural project turns into city-school collaboration

What started out as a project to give students service hours is developing into a community-wide...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

July 01, 2015

Options for area residents abound on July Fourth

by Tyler Francke
There will be plenty of opportunities for fun, food and fireworks this weekend, as communities throughout north Marion County invite residents out to celebrate the nation’s independence on the…
July 01, 2015

Woodburn Estates will not renew GM's contract

by Tyler Francke
Decision to not rehire Sharon Schaub as manager of planned community was made in closed session Sharon Schaub’s contract as general manger of Woodburn Estates & Golf will not be renewed by the…
July 01, 2015

County to host local forum on new health assessment

by Tyler Francke
Future efforts will focus on four key health indicators: obesity, depression, tobacco, prenatal care The Marion County Health Department has completed the countywide health assessment it…
July 01, 2015

State plans expansion of biliteracy seal program

by Tyler Francke
Academy of International Studies was among eight districts or schools to pilot the program The state of Oregon is moving forward with plans to expand a new bilingual recognition program that was…
SUBMITTED - Dogs were found crowded in crates stacked on top of each other at Willamette Animal Rescue in January 2013.
July 01, 2015

Trio in Brooks animal neglect case sentenced

by Woodburn Independent
Three leaders of Willamette Animal Rescue have pleaded guilty to charges of animal neglect nearly 30 months after authorities seized 149 neglected and malnourished dogs from a warehouse in…
MCSO - Nicholas Stadeli, of Salem, has been missing since Saturday and is believed to have been driving a vehicle similar to the one pictured.
June 30, 2015

Police seek public's help in finding missing Salem man

by Woodburn Independent
Police are asking for the public's help in finding Nicholas Stadeli, 50, of Salem. Stadeli reportedly left his house on Silverton Road Northeast Saturday, after an argument with his wife. He has…
June 30, 2015

Motorcyclists injured in accident near Woodburn

by Woodburn Independent
A Marion County man and woman were injured when the motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by another vehicle on Highway 99E about one mile south of Woodburn Saturday. According to…
June 30, 2015

Woodburn family unharmed in Sunday fatal crash near Reedsport

by Woodburn Independent
A California woman was killed in a crash near the coast in southwestern Oregon Sunday that had ties to Woodburn. At approximately 3 p.m. June 28, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency…
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…
June 30, 2015

St. Paul question draws state help

by Colin Staub
Government — Ethics commission offers advice on issue where council member is related to city worker City councilors who are related to city employees has been a recurring situation in St. Paul…

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INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - French Prairie Middle School seventh-grader Juan Robles, 13, was killed by a train Oct. 21 after leaving soccer practice unaccompanied. In a lawsuit filed June 12, his family alleges the school and its staff were negligent and contributed to his death.
Jun 24, 2015

Family of teen killed by train suing Woodburn School District,…

by Tyler Francke
A $1.3 million lawsuit was filed against the Woodburn School District earlier this month by the mother of a special needs middle school student, who was killed by a train last year after leaving…
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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…
Jun 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.
Jun 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
Jun 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…
LINDSAY KEEFER - Daroll and Gloria Nicholson, of Donald, have both battled cancer, a trial that has not only helped them appreciate life, but also each other.
Jun 24, 2015

Embracing a new lease on life

by Lindsay Keefer
Daroll and Gloria Nicholson share how they survived cancer — together “Beauty is only skin deep” is a phrase that has taken on a new meaning for Daroll and Gloria Nicholson since their…
Jun 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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