WHS class of 2015 sets new scholarship record

WHS class of 2015 sets new scholarship record

Final total tops $4.3M; latest major award is Ford scholarship to WAAST senior Yasmine Robles...

Defying Expectations

Defying Expectations

Eighteen-year-old Alex Snegirev is set to graduate from John F. Kennedy High School this weekend...

Woodburn area plagued with vehicle crashes

Woodburn area plagued with vehicle crashes

Last week was extremely busy for first responders in the Woodburn area, with multiple reports of...

A new tune

A new tune

Senior Tyee Russell inspired to turn life around through music, motivational speakers...

Woodburn SD passes bond on second try

Woodburn SD passes bond on second try

Cheers, hugs and a jubilant atmosphere characterized the crowd of about 50 people who gathered at...

ReStore officially open

ReStore officially open

The newly relocated North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore officially opened to the...

California man sustains minor injuries in I-5 crash

California man sustains minor injuries in I-5 crash

A California man was hurt in a single-vehicle roll-over crash that occurred on Interstate 5 near...

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Woodburn Area's Latest News

June 03, 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…
June 03, 2015

West Woodburn home to two new businesses

by Woodburn Independent
The city of Woodburn has announced that Panera Bread will open its new Woodburn location Saturday. Panera Bread is located at 3000 Sprague Lane, in the Arney Retail Center across from Woodburn…
SUBMITTED - Keith Cobb started Hiddenbed of Oregon four years ago. The company sells a unit that converts a desk space into a bed, as illustrated in the photo.
June 03, 2015

Hiddenbed of Oregon sets up shop in Mount Angel

by Woodburn Independent
Hiddenbed of Oregon, which specializes in the production of a system that converts a bed to work station in seconds, opens its new production facility and showroom in Mount Angel this Saturday.…
PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais Fourth of July celebration is combining with the annual Gervais Chalk Festival this year. This year will again feature sidewalk chalk art, but organizers say they have enough leftovers from previous years to provide the chalk for free this time around.
June 03, 2015

Fourth of July in Gervais will feature parade, chalk art

by Phil Hawkins
Sign up to volunteer for the event, which combines with the annual Gervais Chalk Festival, or to be in the parade by June 12 The annual Gervais Chalk Festival will be combining forces this year…
SUBMITTED - The St. Paul Rodeo Trail Ride will be June 7.
June 03, 2015

Calling all trail riders: Rodeo kickoff set for Sunday

by Woodburn Independent
Just as it has every year, this weekend’s annual trail ride will mark the official kickoff of the St. Paul Rodeo. The annual event has its origins in the early days of the rodeo, when prior to…
June 03, 2015

Deadlines in police lawsuit pushed back again

by Tyler Francke
Pretrial deadlines have been extended in a $3 million federal lawsuit filed against the city of Woodburn by three of its police officers. The complaint was filed last year in the U.S. district…
OREGON STATE POLICE - A crash on I-5- Wednesday sent one driver to the hospital with minor injuries.
May 28, 2015

Wednesday night I-5 closure caused by two-truck crash

by Woodburn Independent
Northbound Interstate 5 seven miles south of Woodburn was blocked for hours Wednesday evening thanks to a two-vehicle crash involving commercial trucks. According to police, at 6:10 p.m., a…
CITY OF WOODBURN - Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell
May 28, 2015

Chief Russell to retire July 1

by Lindsay Keefer
After 27 years with the department, 13 of which have been as chief, Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell has announced he will retire at the end of the month. A number of factors influenced his…
OSP - A Ford Ranger, driven by a Woodburn man, rolled on its top after being struck in the side by a Toyota Prius Wednesday morning.
May 27, 2015

Rollover crash sends Woodburn man to hospital

by Woodburn Independent
Other driver cited for reckless driving A Woodburn man has minor injuries after a roll-over crash in Linn County May 27. At 7:55 a.m., police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on…
Manners
June 02, 2015

Manners ethics investigation closed

by Colin Staub
Government — The former St. Paul mayor signs a 'letter of education,' not assessed financial penalty Nine months after receiving a complaint regarding former St. Paul Mayor Steve Manners and the…

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May 27, 2015

Unofficial election results

by Woodburn Independent
Election results are not official until June 8 Gervais School Board Position 1: Jose de Jesus Ayala - 92.6% Position 5: Steve Rush - 29.49%; Dina Miller - 47.92%; Lenthal Kaup - 22.28% Mount…
May 27, 2015

Bonds in Hubbard, St. Paul approved by voters

by Lindsay Keefer
Last Tuesday was a big day for the Woodburn School District, but it also produced positive news for two other local districts and two newcomers to local school boards. Hubbard Rural Fire…
FILE PHOTO - Tony Smith
May 27, 2015

Athletic director named St. Paul principal

by Lindsay Keefer
Instead of bringing someone new into the school district, St. Paul School Board has approved moving Tony Smith, athletic director, into the principal position at St. Paul Middle/High School.…
COURTESY PHOTO: TURLOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT - Amado Mickey Gonzalez.
May 26, 2015

Woodburn police arrest man wanted for shooting in California

by Pamplin Media Group
Woodburn police officers arrested a California man wanted for attempted murder on Sunday at 7 Mares Restaurant, which is located on Highway 99E. According to a press release, officers received…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Holli Thomas is the new executive director of the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce.
May 20, 2015

New chamber director feels at home in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
Meet Holli Thomas, new executive director of the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce. She comes to Woodburn from central Oregon, where she spent five years at the helm of the Madras-Jefferson…
May 20, 2015

New department, urban forestry program eyed for city budget

by Tyler Francke
During the worst years of the recession, the annual budget process was a stressful time for officials in the city of Woodburn, as in most local governments across the country. But now, with…
May 20, 2015

Sheriff cites 120 truck drivers on Boones Ferry

by Tyler Francke
The news is spreading that enforcement is being stepped up for truckers attempting to use Boones Ferry Road to dodge the scales on Interstate 5, according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers.…
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May 20, 2015

Memorial Day in Mount Angel

by Woodburn Independent
American Legion Post 89 is hosting the annual Memorial Day Service at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel starting at 9:30 a.m. May 25. The program includes a patriotic music concert by the Marion…
LINDSAY KEEFER - First Street's makeover is the next priority for Woodburn City Council.
May 20, 2015

City mulls options for First Street project

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council and development staff kicked around a number of conceptual ideas for a major urban renewal project on First Street last week. Several proposals included a one-way…
METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS - A variety of products will be available at this year's Woodburn Farmers Market, which starts May 26.
May 20, 2015

Downtown farmers market starts Tuesday

by Tyler Francke
Event will feature fresh produce, prepared foods, live entertainment and activities for children The return of the Woodburn downtown farmers market is just around the corner. The city-sponsored…




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