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Roundup: Kennedy football shut out by No. 1 Rams

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:41

The Trojans suffered their first regular season shutout since 2007 after falling losing 19-0 to the No.1-ranked Regis Rams on Friday.

Regis scored 19 points in the second quarter, including two touchdowns in the final three minutes to hand Kennedy (6-1, 1-1 Tri-River) its first loss of the season.

Woodburn ...

Life in the fast lane

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:43

As the winner of many races at the Woodburn Dragstrip, Kacee Pitts isn't your typical teenage girl

Kacee Pitts has had her provisional driver’s license for less than a year, despite the fact that she’s been driving since grade school.

The 16-year-old is practically a seasoned veteran behind the wheel ...

Woodburn teen killed by train

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:23

One year and one month after 13-year-old Diego Rodriguez was killed on the train tracks, another 13-year-old life has been claimed.

Juan Robles, 13, was a seventh-grader at French Prairie Middle School who played on the soccer team and was in the special education program. He was walking alone on ...

Huskies stay in playoff race

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

North Marion's 32-6 victory over Newport puts football team in tie for third place

The Huskies are going to have to schedule more trips to the coast.

The North Marion football team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half on the road against Newport Friday night en route to ...

Woodburn selects JV coach to lead girls basketball team

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Rudy Loza plans to run up-tempo offense this season

Woodburn High School didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for former girls basketball coach Hank Vredenberg. His successor was sitting at the end of the bench.

The Bulldogs have tabbed Rudy Loza, the team’s 2013 junior varsity coach, ...

Community Thanksgiving dinner planned at Immanuel

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Event will be dedicated to memory of North Marion High School freshman Hanna Arendt, and is being organized by her family

Immanuel Lutheran Church will be hosting its first-ever community Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Like any such event, its goal will be to welcome community members who may not be ...

Independent hires new ad rep

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Advertising representative Deni Kvasnikoff is the newest member of the staff of the Woodburn Independent.

Actually, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Kvasnikoff, as she will also be splitting her time at The Newberg Graphic, where she previously worked for eight years. The Independent and the Graphic are both ...

Woodburn High grad named state chief deputy fire marshal

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

The woman recently named the state fire marshal’s chief deputy got her start in fire safety right here in Woodburn.

Mariana Ruiz-Temple was named chief deputy state fire marshal last month by new State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

She has served in the fire marshal’s office in a variety of ...

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

The Woodburn City Council unanimously approved a tax on marijuana sales at its Oct. 13 meeting.

The ordinance places a 5-percent tax on medical marijuana and a 10-percent tax on recreational marijuana, which is currently illegal under state law but the issue will appear before voters in the Nov. 4 ...

Derickson not selected for job as McMinnville city manager

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson was not chosen to be the next city manager of McMinnville, it was reported last week.

Derickson had previously been designated one of the five finalists to replace long-serving City Manager Kent Taylor, who is retiring next month after 30 years of service.

Derickson, along ...

The 'ultimate people job'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Marion-Polk Food Share, AWARE form important safety net for area, especially as winter nears

It’s a cold, gray, wet, windy mid-October morning in Woodburn.

The rain is pouring, and Mike Junger, a machinery operator for Marion-Polk Food Share, has been called in to replace a sick driver.

It’s just ...

Guilty plea entered in 2013 homicide

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Torres-Morales could receive 16 month prison sentence, pending judge's ruling

A Woodburn man suspected in an August 2013 stabbing death in a parking lot near the Victorian Apartments on James Street has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Originally charged with the murder of 23-year-old Pedro Bravo-Luna, Mateo Torres-Morales has ...

District settles fire claim for $9.7M

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Settlement money will be used to rebuild Woodburn High School

The Woodburn School District has reached a settlement with its insurer, Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE), in regard to an outstanding claim stemming from the May 2012 fire at Woodburn High School.

PACE, an insurance pool formed by ...

Trojans trounce St. Paul, reclaim No. 1 rank

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Kennedy volleyball team needs to win one of next two to claim first league title since 2006

The Kennedy volleyball team took a shot in the mouth from St. Paul and responded with three of its own in a match of top 10 teams on Oct. 17 that definitively proved ...

Woodburn keeps on rolling

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:06

Despite playing a man down, the Bulldogs hold on for a 2-2 draw against South Albany

The Woodburn boys soccer team fell slightly behind in its race for the Mid-Willamette Conference title, but still kept its streak of almost 40 league games without a loss intact after beating the Corvallis ...

Huskies score at will in rematch against Warriors

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:35

The first time the North Marion boys soccer team played Philomath this season, they barely eked out a 4-3 win over the hosting Warriors.

The Huskies made sure the rematch wasn’t nearly as close.

No. 6 North Marion built a 6-0 lead and dominated the ball throughout the contest on ...

No horsing around

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:18

Participating in the equestrian team may be a year-round commitment, but North Marion's returning sophomores — Alexis Knight and Sydney Walker — say its worth the effort

The North Marion equestrian team is a small and committed crew of riding enthusiasts, though they’d prefer not to stay small for ...

Huskies prepare to wrap cross country season

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:12

The 2014 fall cross country season is nearing its finish line, and the North Marion team has been encouraged over the past few weeks that they are beginning to peak at just the right time.

The Huskies traveled south to Veneta last Wednesday to compete in the annual Country Fair ...

Bulldogs strike quickly, knock off Corvallis

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:00

Woodburn boys soccer has won 35 straight conference games, dating back to the 2009 season.

The Woodburn boys soccer team maintained its share of the lead in the race for the Mid-Willamette Conference title. The Bulldogs beat the visiting Corvallis Spartans 2-0 at Woodburn High School Tuesday evening, marking the ...

LDS missionaries, motivated by love for God and people

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 01:00

Mormon missionaries based in Woodburn share some of the experiences from their two-year commitments to their church

With their uniforms and name tags, their rigorous work and study schedules, their two-year, full-time commitments to their church, the missionaries currently based at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in ...