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Police seek public's help in identifying burglary suspect

7 hours 53 min ago

The Woodburn Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a burglary suspect.

On Aug. 27, a male subject reportedly broke into a vehicle outside of the victim's house on Championship Drive in Woodburn and stole items from the vehicle. The suspect attempted to steal the victim's vehicle but ...

It's go time for Oregon high school football

10 hours 59 min ago

Community Newspapers has long been a leader in covering local high school sports, and on Friday night, we're going to take another important step in that direction.

On Friday, beginning with Week One of the 2015 high school football season, Community Newspapers will now present its football coverage even more ...

Volleyball: Kennedy retools after losing a strong senior class

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:40

The 2015 volleyball season will be one of transition for the Kennedy Trojans, as the team seeks to continue the success of last season while simultaneously expanding the roles of its younger players under the tutelage of a new head coach.

Kennedy graduated five players from last year’s fifth-place team ...

Aug. 27 prep results

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37



(2A) Kennedy 3, (3A) Salem Academy 2

Kennedy (1-0)

Salem Academy (0-1)


(5A) The Dalles 3, (4A) North Marion 0

27-25; 25-17; 25-22

The Dalles (1-0)

North Marion (0-1)

Mount Angel clean-up day Sept. 12

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

The city of Mount Angel is sprucing up in anticipation of the 50th Oktoberfest next month.

The annual Clean Up Mount Angel Day will be Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Republic Services will be on hand to assist. There will be boxes (yard debris, metal, wood and ...

'When life hands you zucchini, make cakes'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for what to do with zucchini. Besides making the usual bread/muffins/stir fry/grill solutions, I’ve experimented with many other uses.

Zucchini is one of those fabulous foods that can take on pretty much any other flavor when cooked the right way.

My mom used ...

Mount Angel students return to significantly changed school

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Summer has been abuzz with activity in the Mount Angel School District, and students, especially those in high school, can expect some tremendous changes.

Construction crews have been making major renovations to John F. Kennedy High School, the most noticeable of which is the school’s new entrance. The floor to ...

Woodburn Farmers Market ends Sept. 8

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

The season for the Woodburn Farmers Market ends Sept. 8, so be sure to stop by the market for fresh, homemade Russian food, local fresh produce, eggs, honey, hummus and more.

The Woodburn Farmers Market is provided by the city of Woodburn’s Recreation and Parks Department and sponsored by ...

Mayor's ball is Oct. 24

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

The public is invited to join Mayor Kathy Figley at the first Mayor’s Charity Ball benefiting local charities, Woodburn Proud and the Woodburn Boys & Girls Club.

This black tie event features live music, dinner, cocktails and dancing. Register by Oct. 9 at www.woodburnparks.org, at the Woodburn Aquatic Center, located ...

Police reports

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

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 newspaper does not normally publish the names of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Police ...

Dance Dance Dance features mother-daughter act

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Recently named to All-State dance team, Nicole Finch brings talents to local theatrical arts program

Dance Dance Dance will feature a mother-daughter act this year, as 19-year-old Nicole Finch joins her mother, program founder and director Ann Finch, as a new instructor.

Nicole Finch, a recent graduate of Silverton High ...

City accepting applications for police chief

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Ideal candidate a strong leader who engages community, has experience with diverse demographics

The city of Woodburn has begun accepting applications for police chief, a position officials are seeking to fill after the long-serving Scott Russell announced his retirement earlier this year.

To assist with the search, the city has ...

Woodburn Independent hires new circulation assistant

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

The Woodburn Independent has hired Will Robertson, pastor of Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene, to serve as its new circulation assistant.

Robertson replaces Kandi Parkinson, who had been with the paper since August of the previous year.

As circulation assistant, Robertson’s duties will include servicing newspaper racks and dealer ...

Interchange ribbon cutting ceremony set for Sept. 14

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Kurt Schrader will speak at event in Woodburn

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader will speak in Woodburn later this month, at an event commemorating the completion of the Woodburn Interstate 5 Interchange Project.

Billed as a ribbon cutting, that portion of the ...

New children's clinic hopes to blow sickness out of the water

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

A nonprofit health care agency is currently at work on a new pediatric facility that, though it will be located in Woodburn, might look more at home 20,000 leagues under the sea.

That’s because the clinic, dubbed Pacific Pediatrics, will feature a whimsical ocean theme inside and out.

The clinic ...

Back to school

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Woodburn School District begins 2015-16 academic year, with major bond construction projects on not-so-distant horizon

This Monday saw the beginning of another academic year for the Woodburn School District. But though such an occasion is a regular occurrence, there seemed to be something different in the air this year.

That ...

Boys soccer: Championship aspirations

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

After reaching the finals four times in five years, the Bulldogs once again have a state title as the ultimate goal for this season

It’s been nine long months since the Woodburn boys soccer team was denied its fourth title in five years, and despite losing a wealth of ...

Girls soccer: Woodburn ready for bounce-back year

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

The story of this year’s Woodburn girls soccer team began last November after the Bulldogs played their final game of the 2014 regular season.

Woodburn went 3-9-1 last fall, finishing out of the playoffs in seventh place in the Mid-Willamette Conference.

Rather than hanging up their cleats for the season, ...

Kennedy runners poised for repeat success at state

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

Coach: Steve Ritchie

Graduated seniors: Lauren Stokley, Jerome Gillain

Returning impact athletes: Kaylin Cantu, Adrian Parra, Noe Jines

2014 recap: One couldn’t ask for much more from the Kennedy cross country team last year. The Trojans fielded both boys and girls district champions in veteran Adrian Parra and newcomer ...

Volleyball: Senior strong Buckaroos ready to make playoff push

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:37

With seven seniors, St. Paul features one of the most experienced volleyball teams in the Tri-River

From the moment you walk into the gymnasium at St. Paul High School during volleyball practice, you can hear the chatter echoing out the doors and through the halls.

It’s a team where ...