Woodburn Independent

Subscribe to  Woodburn Independent feed  Woodburn Independent
Woodburn Independent. The most comprehensive coverage of local news, Sports News, Business, People, Politics and entertainment. View hourly Oregon weather updates. Follow Events, check the calendar of events. Also watch our photo gallery and videos. Research our archives. Find local classifieds. Publisher of special editions and magazines.
Updated: 28 min 43 sec ago

Woodburn Proud hosting luau at Settlemier House Saturday

6 hours 37 min ago

Dig out your grass skirts, leis and Hawaiian T-shirts, Woodburn, because the Settlemier House is about to host a luau.

The fundraising event is being put on by Woodburn Proud, with all proceeds going toward the nonprofit’s youth programs, which include academic enrichment and support, mentoring, recreational activities, and career ...

Food drive raises nearly $450K in Marion, Polk counties

6 hours 37 min ago

CenturyLink's matching grant contributes $270K of total; 330,000 pounds of food also collected for local families

The communities of Marion and Polk counties made history last month, leading the charge during the CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive, which collected food and cash donations June 2-13.

According to ...

A random act of pet kindness

6 hours 37 min ago

It’s amazing how little random acts of kindness can make a big difference in our lives and sometimes even the lives of our pets. Maybe it’s a treat given to your dog by the teller in the bank drive-thru, a pat on their head by the pet store employee or ...

Variations of German fruit cake can delight any time of year

6 hours 37 min ago

As the farmers markets flood with fresh summer fruit, you’ll want to keep this recipe handy!

“Kuchen” is German for “cake.” I also found out that it became South Dakota’s official state dessert in 2000. No wonder I love it so much! My father’s family is German and my husband ...

Woodburn author publishes third novel

6 hours 37 min ago

Woodburn resident Suzanne Lewallen has published her third novel and will be doing a book signing in Aurora next month.

“Doctored Truffles” by Suzanne Grant, Lewallen’s pen name, takes place on the Oregon Coast and is a mystery novel laced with romance and a peek at Portland’s tawdry early days. ...

Bruce Warner won't run for re-election

6 hours 37 min ago

Hubbard City Council President Bruce Warner has announced he will not run for re-election this November.

Warner has been on the city council since August 2003, and announced his intentions at the Aug. 12 City Council meeting, stating that his work schedule has made it difficult to attend meetings.

“But ...

Parking lot at vets memorial completed

6 hours 37 min ago

Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee will meet next month to determine next project

The Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee has completed the Marion E. Carl Veterans Memorial project as of last month.

The veterans memorial, named in memory of former Hubbard resident and World War II flying ace Marion Carl, was dedicated ...

Literally opening doors to literacy with the North Marion Community Library

6 hours 37 min ago

North Marion Community Library is now open, with a celebration set for Saturday

After years of meeting, fundraising and trying to find a location, the North Marion Community Library is finally open to all residents of North Marion County.

The concept of the library, which is housed in the basement ...

Woodburn runners prepared to hit the ground running

6 hours 37 min ago

New coach Carlos Menezes seeks to build cross country program by recruiting new athletes to the team

When Carlos Menezes first signed up to be coach of the Woodburn girls soccer team in 1999, the team had just 25 players and was barely able to field two teams. Fourteen years ...

Something to chalk about

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:15

It has been five years since the city of Gervais started its summer chalk festival, and all accounts point to this year’s event being the best yet.

The annual event, which kicks off just after the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, invites children, adults and everyone in between from ...

Police still seeking ID on homicide victim

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:12

Investigation continues in gunshot death of man found in field near Wilsonville

Police investigators are making progress in the investigation of the Aug. 11 shooting death of a man whose body was found in a field outside Wilsonville.

But they still are having trouble formally identifying the victim in ...

Bucks retool for another tournament run

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:47

Don’t look now, but the Bucks are moving on up.

The St. Paul volleyball team has long been the scourge of the Casco League, but with the Buckaroos bumping up to the 2A classification this year, the team is in relatively unknown waters.

“I think that the competition will definitely ...

Thunder and lightning

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:37

Woodburn's offensive playmakers have football coach Nick Federico excited for fall

After a breakout season in 2011 in which the Bulldogs won three league games and finished 5-5 overall, Woodburn went winless last year and finished a second consecutive year at the bottom of the Mid-Willamette Conference.

Although the Bulldogs ...

New horizons for Husky volleyball team

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:11

It’s a new dawn for the North Marion volleyball program.

Since the end of the 2013 season where the Huskies finished at the bottom of the Tri-Valley Conference, North Marion has welcomed new athletic director in Brandon Fricke and a new head coach in Doyle Tracy, and the team made ...

North Marion boys looking for further success

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:32

Huskies seek to capitalize on last year's run to the state tournament


Coach: Rafael Pelaez

Last season: 9-3-4 (5-2-3 Tri-Valley), lost 2-1 in first round of 4A playoffs

Key returners: Rodrigo Gonzalez, Aaron Caballero, Kris Huapeo, Oscar Ruiz, Dennis Zapata, Ismael Carrillo

Key Losses: ...

Bulldog Foundation helmet raffle

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:22

The Woodburn High School Booster Club is raffling off a University of Oregon football helmet with all proceeds benefiting the Bulldogs football team.

Raffle tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting the Bulldog Foundation Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Christina Williamson at ...

Gervais 3-on-3 streetball tournament

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:17

Registration is open for the annual 3-on-3 street basketball tournament hosted by Latino Educational and Recreational Network on Sept. 6 in downtown Gervais, coinciding with the Sidewalk Chalk Festival.

The tournament is open for boys and girls in various competitive divisions from grades 3 through 12.

Registration fees are $25 ...

North Marion football jamboree

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:05

North Marion High School will host the Woodburn, St. Paul and Colton football teams for a jamboree at the North Marion football stadium at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. The event will be pre-empted by a barbecue at 6 p.m.

Organizers are asking fans to bring a donation for the Jubilee ...

Woodburn street soccer tournament

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:04

The inaugural Woodburn Street Kings soccer tournament is accepting registration from teams that wish to compete in four-on-four futbol in September.

The tournament will close off streets near the Downtown Plaza on Sept. 13-14 for three street courts, a live DJ?and food while hosting teams for three different brackets: ages ...

Trojans can contend for league title

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:01

Coach: Staci Sprauer

Last season: 22-5, (14-2 Mountain View), fourth place in 2A state tournament

Key returners: Loghan Sprauer; Lakin Susee

Key Losses: KC Boen, Madison Sprauer, Carlie Grosjacques, Emily Schmidt

Outlook: While the Trojans lost four very good seniors, the Kennedy volleyball team returns its top two players ...