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Auction arrives early for North Marion, set for Feb. 13

2 hours 33 min ago

The North Marion Auction, which has raised more than a quarter million dollars for the North Marion School District since 2008, is geared up to produce even more for the schools at the ninth annual event this Saturday.

Traditionally held in the spring, organizers decided to move the date to ...

Friday's top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Feb. 5

17 hours 35 min ago

The rain fell hard across the metropolitan area on Friday night, and so, too, did the three-pointers, ranked opponents and league foes.

Indeed, all that and more was on display Friday night as Oregon's best high school basketball teams continued league play and took yet another step forward in ...

High school basketball scores are here for Feb. 5

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 01:32

Closer, closer, closer — day-by-day and game-by-game, the race to the 2016 state playoffs is getting closer and more exciting.

Oregon's best high school basketball teams were back at it Friday night — big-time.

The scores flowed in like water following Friday's games, and in that current of results are ...

Check out a slideshow of our best photos from high school basketball on Feb. 5

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 01:32

The heat is building.

The intensity is growing.

The games re getting bigger.

Along with all that comes another week of great photos from the good folks at Community Newspapers.

The sports editors, reporters and photographers of Community Newspapers were out in force Friday night to record the night's heroic ...

Girls Basketball: Bulldogs survive tense game against Rebels

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:32

Woodburn wins 33-32 at the free throw line despite going the final eight minutes without a field goal

If there's one thing the Woodburn and South Albany girls basketball teams could take away from Friday night's Mid-Willamette Conference game , it's the importance of free throws.

The Bulldogs did just ...

High school basketball goes big in Feb. 5 games

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:32

We're going big.

For tonight's high school basketball games, the sports editors, reporters and photographers from Community Newspapers will be covering the biggest of the big games, including a killer top-20 doubleheader between Clackamas and Oregon City at Oregon City High School.

But wait — there's more big games on ...

Woodburn woman injured in Salem hit-and-run crash

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:32

A Woodburn woman was injured Thursday night from a hit-and-run crash in Salem.

According to witnesses, around 10 p.m. Feb. 4, a silver 2000 BMW caused a T-bone accident with a black 2007 Chrysler 300, driven by Valeria Garcia, 31, of Woodburn. The Chrysler was traveling southbound on Portland Road ...

Police seek help identifying suspect in Monitor vehicle theft

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:29

Marion County Sheriff's deputies are seeking help from the public to identify a suspect associated with a Jan. 20 theft of a truck in Monitor.

On that date around 10 p.m., a male jumped over a locked gate at Monitor Phone Company, 15265 Woodburn Monitor Road N.E., and entered an ...

Ethics commission returns to St. Paul

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:28

Government — Complaint by mayor alleges councilors held illegal executive session

Three St. Paul city councilors are the subject of an Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation following a preliminary review that found evidence the councilors violated Oregon public meetings law during the fall.

It began in November when the City ...

The search for Woodburn's Amazing Kid 2016 begins

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 13:28

The Woodburn Independent and its partner newspapers are seeking submissions to our 2016 Amazing Kids contest. The deadline for submission is Feb. 29.

This annual April special section will be distributed in Pamplin Media Group newspapers throughout the region. The Amazing Kids will be honored at a gala event hosted ...

Fighting forward: Student athlete Mireya Sanchez thrives while battling a rare seizure disorder

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:28

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Mireya Sanchez was expecting to go on a road trip to Hermiston.

The rest of her friends and classmates from Kennedy High School were making the five-hour drive to watch the football team make its fourth state title appearance in school history, and Sanchez wouldn’t miss ...

Woodburn Independent publisher recognized

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

The Woodburn Independent and the city of Woodburn bid farewell to a longtime member last week, as Nikki DeBuse, who had worked for the paper for over 27 years and been involved in many community organizations and events, stepped down to assume another position within Pamplin Media Group.

DeBuse was ...

Beaverton lawmaker offers compromise on gross receipts tax

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Looking to head off a nasty and costly ballot fight, a state senator has introduced a proposal to levy a new tax on corporations while cutting income taxes for many low- and middle-income Oregonians.

Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, pitched the concept as an alternative to a much-bigger corporate tax measure ...

Oregon heads for ballot brawl over tax increase

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Despite calls in Salem for a compromise, rivals say reaching a deal is unlikely

When a proposed statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage measure gave businesses heartburn, Gov. Kate Brown intervened to float a compromise plan last month.

In contrast, Brown has stayed squarely on the sideline when it comes to ...

Woodburn elementary students join international kindness challenge

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Heritage Elementary School kicked off The Great Kindness Challenge with an assembly Jan. 26. Washington Elementary School also participated in the challenge.

The Great Kindness Challenge was held internationally the week of Jan. 25-29. At Heritage, classes participated by having kindness spirit days. Tuesday was “I’m crazy for kindness” day, ...

Lenten meditation concert set for Feb. 12 in the Abbey Church

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Mount Angel Abbey will host a Lenten meditation concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Abbey Church.

Organist Marcia Hauff will perform Marcel Dupre’s “The Stations of the Cross,” accompanied by Lenten readings. “The Stations” are moving mystical compositions that depict Christ’s condemnation, suffering and death.

Hauff is the ...

Mount Angel Abbey series discusses repentance Feb. 13

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Mount Angel Abbey’s winter/spring lecture series continues Feb. 13 in the Mount Angel Abbey Library.

Shawn Keough, professor of church history and systematic theology at Mount Angel Seminary, will lead the topic of “Repentance and the Mercy of God in?St. Ambrose.”

Exploring the theme of repentance and mercy in this ...

Immanuel Lutheran opens doors for dinner Feb. 3 and 17

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:28

Woodburn Immanuel Lutheran Church is starting up free dinners for the community this Wednesday.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., all are invited to go to the church, 1036 E. Lincoln St., to eat dinner in the fellowship hall. The entrance is in the church’s back parking lot.

Community dinners are ...