'Rice-ing' to the occasion

'Rice-ing' to the occasion

Community of Christ partners with AWARE Food Bank to meet targeted needs During his last trip...

Sen. Wyden visits Nellie Muir Elementary

Sen. Wyden visits Nellie Muir Elementary

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat who serves as Oregon’s senior senator, stopped by Nellie...

Cancer survivor sings a new tune

Cancer survivor sings a new tune

Singer Larry Smith recounts his battle with throat cancer A throat cancer diagnosis was almost...

Community of Donald is about to go (hazel)nuts

Community of Donald is about to go (hazel)nuts

The second annual Donald Hazelnut Festival to kick off Saturday with parade on Main Street The...

Linda Reeves appointed to Woodburn School Board

Linda Reeves appointed to Woodburn School Board

Former superintendent of North Marion School District brings 40 years of education experience...

St. Paul's 79th rodeo offers thrills and spills

St. Paul's 79th rodeo offers thrills and spills

Heat cools off to help draw near-record crowds of more than 47,000 visitors to St. Paul over five...

Serving up results: Barbecue cook-off continues to grow

Serving up results: Barbecue cook-off continues to grow

Since 2009, the St. Paul Rodeo’s Great Western BBQ Cook-Off has provided parade-watchers a...

One person hurt in crash near Mount Angel

One person hurt in crash near Mount Angel

One person was injured in an early morning single-vehicle crash on July 4 on Rambler Drive...

Throwback to traditions past

Throwback to traditions past

St. Paul Rodeo delights thousands, invokes nostalgia among its visitors As the sun rises each...

Families celebrate graduates at MacLaren

Families celebrate graduates at MacLaren

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility sees 13 graduate from high school, five from associate...

Woodburn woman celebrates 100th birthday

Woodburn woman celebrates 100th birthday

Cascade Park’s longest-running resident has another milestone to celebrate. Lill Nicholas...

Where there's a paintbrush, there's a way

Where there's a paintbrush, there's a way

Employees from Maps Credit Union volunteered to help give classrooms at Washington Elementary a...

Area leaders on board with Cascade Railway

Area leaders on board with Cascade Railway

Nonprofit seeking owner/operator for East Marion line in anticipation of abandonment filing...

Intersection upgrade planned at Young and 99E

Intersection upgrade planned at Young and 99E

The intersection of Highway 99E with Young Street/Highway 214 in Woodburn has been tabbed for an...

City seeks proposals for historic building

City seeks proposals for historic building

Woodburn urban renewal officials are keeping their options open with the Association Building The...

Carving out a legacy

Carving out a legacy

Steve Laue is retiring after 40 years of teaching in the North Marion School District Steve Laue...

Western Oregon University awards Gervais resident highest honor

Western Oregon University awards Gervais resident highest honor

Graduating at the top of his college class and setting his sights on attending Stanford, Anthony...

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July 09, 2014

Mount Angel hosts Ride to Defeat ALS Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
The Ride to Defeat ALS, a one-day cycling event will be Saturday in and around Mount Angel. The ride offers a Century Challenge (100 miles), 50 Mile Challenge, 25 Mile Challenge, Family Fun Ride…
July 09, 2014

Historic preservation reps to survey downtown

by Tyler Francke
Information could be used to apply for grants and promote Woodburn's historic buildings The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will conduct a survey of approximately 70 buildings…
July 09, 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…
July 09, 2014

Relay For Life schedule of events

by Woodburn Independent
Who: 46 teams and 347 individuals What: Fundraiser for American Cancer Society When: 5 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday Where: Centennial Park, Woodburn Why: To “Wave Goodbye to Cancer”…
July 09, 2014

Marion County Citizens Band to play concert in Mount Angel

by Woodburn Independent
Mount Angel Telephone is hosting a Root Beer Concert at the Mount Angel Gazebo, July 21 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the Marion County Citizens Band. The band is comprised of a variety of…
by: SUBMITTED - Craig Swanson has been hired to be John F. Kennedy High School's new principal.
July 09, 2014

Salem-Keizer assistant principal chosen to lead Kennedy High…

by Lindsay Keefer
Kennedy High School has hired its fourth principal in five years. Although Craig Swanson’s official start date is Aug. 4, he can already be seen around the Mount Angel high school campus,…
July 02, 2014

City looks to streamline development process

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council held a public hearing last week to review changes to its development ordinance, the last of four significant rewrites that have been drafted over the past five years.…
by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - One of the city's newest residential developments, Paradise Pointe, is seen Monday. A project of Icon Development, several homes in the subdivision are currently under construction.
July 02, 2014

Woodburn's supply of residential land running low

by Tyler Francke
The city of Woodburn could run out of available lots for the construction of new single-family homes by the end of next year. According to information from the Woodburn planning department, in…
by: PHOTO BY COLIN HENDERSON - Fun and fireworks shows will abound throughout the Woodburn area this July Fourth.
July 02, 2014

Have a blast on the Fourth of July

by Tyler Francke
Plenty of activities on tap in the Woodburn area as the nation celebrates its independence There will be no shortage of fun, food, fireworks and free entertainment on display Friday, as locals…
July 02, 2014

Two file for City Council position in Ward 3

by Tyler Francke
The race to replace Woodburn City Council President Pete McCallum in Ward 3 looks to be a contested one, as two potential candidates have filed to run and are petitioning for signatures to…

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Jul 02, 2014

Police conclude code enforcement campaign

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn Police Department and its code enforcement division undertook a “Good Neighbor” campaign last month, visiting with residents on weekend days and discussing local ordinances as they…
Jul 02, 2014

Aurora Fire District seeking short-term fixes

by Tyler Francke
In the wake of bond measure defeat, the fire board looks to lease new vehicles, secure grant funds After its last proposal was rejected by voters in May, the Aurora Rural Fire Protection…
by: SUBMITTED - Lawrence Bunning
Jul 02, 2014

St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame receives five more inductees

by Woodburn Independent
Five people were inducted into the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame Monday. Lawrence Bunning, Mel Hyland, Jean Manegre, Justin McKee and Flint Rasmussen make up the 2014 class. Bunning, who is…
Jul 02, 2014

Aurora's Sunday in the Park

by Woodburn Independent
Calvary Mennonite Church invites the public to Aurora City Park at 3 p.m. July 13 for an afternoon of food, music and games for the kids. The event will feature evangelist and gospel singer…
Jul 02, 2014

Entries open for Colony Day parade, 5K

by Woodburn Independent
The Aurora Colony Days committee is now accepting entries for the parade and the 1K/5K Run/Walk to be held as part of the annual celebration in early August. The third annual Aurora Colony Days…
by: SUBMITTED - Deputy Kelly Fredinburg
Jul 02, 2014

Fugitive responsible for deputy's death 7 years ago still missing

by Woodburn Independent
June 16 was the seventh anniversary of the death of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, who was killed in a late night traffic crash involving another vehicle on Highway 99E north of Gervais.…
by: SUBMITTED - Randall Kuschnick
Jun 26, 2014

Woodburn man arrested for stealing from cemetery

by Woodburn Independent
Police have arrested a Woodburn man for allegedly stealing metal flower pots and 300 feet of fencing from Belle Passi Cemetery. Randall Kuschnick, 42, of Woodburn, has been charged with theft I…
by: OREGON STATE POLICE - Police are investigating a head-on crash on Highway 211 Thursday night that sent five people to the hospital with injuries.
Jun 25, 2014

Five injured in head-on crash Thursday night

by Lindsay Keefer
Five people were transported to area hospitals with various injuries after a head-on collision on Highway 211 east of Woodburn Thursday night. Around 6:15 p.m., a Chevy pickup carrying five…
Jun 25, 2014

Citizens implore Gervais board to reverse decision on condoms

by Lindsay Keefer
Dozens fill room at Thursday's board meeting in protest of board decision to make condoms available to students in grades 6-12 next year About 40 people attended last Thursday’s Gervais School…
Jun 25, 2014

Hubbard man sentenced for sex abuse

by Tyler Francke
Earnest Shottenkirk to spend six years in prison; father Duane Shottenkirk's case still pending A Hubbard man accused of sex crimes involving a 6-year-old child has pleaded guilty to the charges…




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