Published: 12/4/2012 10:25:25 AM
WOODBURN — On the morning of May 11 three 15-year-old Woodburn High School students lit hand sanitizer on fire in a WHS classroom as a prank. Rather than having something to laugh about, however, the blaze quickly grew out of control.
Published: 12/4/2012 10:32:41 AM
WOODBURN — Bob Rhoades, a retirement and financial planning specialist at Legacy Financial Management in Woodburn, will be president of the Woodburn Area Chamber Board of Directors for 2013.
Published: 12/4/2012 10:52:45 AM
The Woodburn Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects who passed counterfeit money to several local businesses.
During the transactions the suspects can be seen smiling and laughing with employees.
Published: 12/4/2012 10:54:11 AM
On Nov. 27, officers from the Woodburn Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Subway restaurant located in Woodburn at 790 Lawson Ave.
Published: 12/4/2012 10:58:09 AM
SALEM — The wheels of justice are turning exceedingly slowly in the case of Rev. Angel A. Perez, who is being held in Marion County Jail on sexual abuse charges.
Published: 12/5/2012 2:29:19 PM
WOODBURN — It was a night to celebrate education and educators. The annual Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple awards presentations were filled with pride, tears, applause and laughter as approximately 200 guests came to honor the dedication shown by local professionals in the field of education.
Published: 12/6/2012 5:33:38 PM
WOODBURN — Johnnie Burt of Capstone Counseling in Woodburn has been certified to rewire the brain.
Using the Low Energy Neurofeedback System, or LENS, an FDA-approved device that can send electromagnetic pulses to 21 separate locations in the brain, Burt can help patients start to overcome all types of trauma, whether physical, emotional or psychological.
Published: 12/11/2012 10:18:40 AM
WOODBURN — Digital literacy and family literacy will be the topics of a parent night hosted by Woodburn School District on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Nellie Muir Elementary School.
Published: 12/11/2012 12:27:36 PM
MOUNT ANGEL — When the new year rolls around, Mount Angel will have a new mayor as well.
In November’s general election, Andrew Otte, who currently serves on the Mount Angel City Council, ran unopposed in his bid to take the place of Mayor Rick Schiedler.
Published: 12/11/2012 11:07:07 AM
WOODBURN — The Woodburn post office will collect and dispatch mail on two Sundays during the holiday season: Dec. 16 and Dec. 23.
Mail placed in the blue collection boxes or the inside post office lobby drop by 3:30 p.
Published: 12/11/2012 4:27:33 PM
SALEM — The two men arrested as suspects in the Sept. 18 shooting death of Woodburn resident Michael McGovern, 28, appeared in court for a status conference on Nov.
Published: 12/11/2012 4:30:09 PM
WOODBURN — Shannon Lee Walls, the owner of a pizza franchise in Woodburn who was arrested on Nov. 4 after being charged with sex abuse, will enter a plea in the case in early January.
Published: 12/11/2012 4:36:01 PM
WOODBURN — Oregon is officially known as “The Beaver State,” and the furry animals are like mascots to many residents — but only up to a point.
When trees started falling in an expensively landscaped greenway along the south edge of the Tukwila Homeowners Association property, local residents realized it was time to draw the line.
Published: 12/11/2012 4:41:23 PM
WOODBURN — The A.W.A.R.E. Food Bank’s supplies are rapidly diminishing as organizers head into the busiest time of the year.
“We need food,” said A.W.
Published: 12/12/2012 11:38:27 AM
WOODBURN — In the past couple of years, 17-year-old Jose Guerrero has turned his life around, from being immersed in the gang culture to setting goals of going to college.
Published: 12/17/2012 7:58:16 PM
WOODBURN — Love Santa’s annual distribution day was another success, according to President Robert Prinslow, who has led the organization for the past four years.
Published: 12/18/2012 1:23:11 PM
North Marion School District has decided to run buses one hour late on Wednesdays starting Jan. 2.
The decision came after a parent survey showed 80 percent of parents were willing to accommodate that move and almost all attendees of a community forum voted in favor of it.
Published: 12/18/2012 1:36:53 PM
The following are Christmas services and programs at Woodburn area churches:
St. Luke Catholic Church
Dec. 20, 7 p.m. — St. Luke School Christmas program
Published: 12/18/2012 4:52:13 PM
HUBBARD — Oregon’s first modular self-serve dog wash, Dirty Dawgs, is now open in Hubbard, located next to Touch Less Car Wash on Highway 99E.
Owner Erik Berkey has been trying to open the facility since early summer, but he said dealing with three government agencies has been “challenging.
Published: 12/18/2012 6:51:59 PM
WOODBURN — On the evening of Dec. 10, there was a significant changing of the guard on the six-member Woodburn City Council. Two council members — Dick Pugh and Mel Schmidt — decided earlier in the year not to seek another term in office, and their time on the council had come to an end.
Published: 12/18/2012 6:52:47 PM
WOODBURN — The 10 new modulars on the Woodburn High School campus will be opening for classes when school is back in session Jan. 9.
“What that means is, at any given time, as many as 400 staff and students could be crossing North Bulldog Drive,” said Geri Federico, principal of Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology and Academy of International Studies.
Published: 12/19/2012 5:35:19 PM
HUBBARD — Tom McCain, elected by the city’s voters three times to serve as Hubbard’s mayor, officially wielded the mayor’s gavel for the last time on the evening of Dec.
Published: 12/18/2012 6:57:14 PM
WOODBURN — In light of Friday’s shooting tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school, Woodburn School District officials have been quick to remind parents that there are safety precautions in place.
Published: 12/19/2012 3:13:47 PM
HUBBARD — Hubbard Chevrolet recently landed its largest Caprice order when the Portland Police Bureau purchased 47 new 2013 vehicles.
“It’s the first big order, yes,” said John Boyer, commercial fleet manager for Hubbard Chevrolet.
Published: 12/19/2012 3:27:55 PM
WOODBURN — No more big trees have been taken down by a beaver living in Goose Creek adjacent to the Tukwila Homeowners Association neighborhood, but everyone is keeping a watchful eye for signs of further trouble.
Published: 12/19/2012 5:40:05 PM
AURORA — It looks like the North Marion High School class of 2013 may be starting a new tradition.
After months of consideration, the school administration has decided to move its June 7, 2013 graduation from the school’s athletic field to Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin due to a series of unfortunate experiences in recent graduations.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:02:10 PM
WOODBURN — Winter break had a sweet kickoff for some local students.
On Wednesday, Lime Berry treated 25 migrant and homeless students from French Prairie Middle School to free frozen yogurt.
Published: 12/21/2012 3:53:32 PM
WOODBURN — The Woodburn School Board recognized multiple organizations and individuals at a reception Dec. 13, thanking them for their contributions in the aftermath of the May 11 fire at Woodburn High School.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:04:21 PM
Thanks to a reality show competition, Eleazar Puente is able to realize his dream.
Through A&E’s reality show “Be the Boss,” the Woodburn resident went head to head for a chance at a promotion through his company, Auntie Anne’s, and walked away with the keys to his own franchise.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:04:34 PM
WOODBURN — MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is one of 10 close-custody facilities in Oregon that took part in holiday-oriented community service projects.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:04:43 PM
WOODBURN — Two new members of the Woodburn City Council, fresh off their election wins in November, were sworn in to serve on the council on Dec. 10.
Mel Schmidt and Dick Pugh decided not to run again, and newcomers Lisa Ellsworth and Horst Raustein took their places on the six-member council.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:04:55 PM
By Janis Brentano
For the Independent
ST. PAUL — After 10 years guiding city politics, St. Paul Mayor Kathy Connor lost her bid for re-election and will hand over the reins to political newcomer Steve Manners.
Published: 12/21/2012 4:12:00 PM
Woodburn Foursquare youth group is doing a Christmas tree pickup fundraiser by donation to help send students to Generation Unleashed, a youth conference in Portland, which runs Jan.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:05:06 PM
North Marion School District will run buses one hour late on the first day back to school, Jan. 2.
The late bus run will be permanent and is in place to accommodate professional development teams, which are held every Wednesday morning.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:05:18 PM
The Woodburn School District is updating its Strategic Plan for the years 2013-2018. Fifty-four people from the community and school district spent one weekend in November meeting to develop a document that will lead Woodburn public schools over the next five years.
Published: 12/26/2012 2:05:36 PM
AURORA — The Aurora City Council is dismantling its former police department.
The Aurora Police Department ceased operation Nov. 30 and the city’s law contract with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office began Dec.
Published: 12/26/2012 4:39:36 PM
AURORA — Mayor Gregory M. Taylor wanted to do a ride-around through the community on Nov. 21.
Instead of using his pickup truck as he often does, he thought he would do it by bicycle and borrowed one of the police department’s two bicycles.
Published: 12/21/2012 4:21:47 PM
WOODBURN — One of two defendants in the murder case of a Woodburn teen has pleaded no contest.
Erasmo Emilio Lopez Jr., 20, of Salem, entered the plea Dec.
Published: 12/24/2012 10:31:57 AM
Two people are homeless following a Saturday night blaze
that destroyed a Woodburn home.
Firefighters were summoned to 1665 Tomlin Ave. at about 11
Published: 12/24/2012 10:50:05 AM
An Aurora man was arrested Sunday night after a brief standoff with a sheriff's deputy outside his home.
Kerry F. Zacher, 64, called 911 at about 8:23 p.
Published: 12/28/2012 4:33:24 PM
WOODBURN — Woodburn Police detectives, in cooperation with several other agencies, are investigating multiple thefts from Walmart and have identified one person of interest.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:22:23 PM
WOODBURN — In a brief ceremony on the evening of Dec. 10, the city of Woodburn paid tribute to the Woodburn High School Bulldogs boys soccer team.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:23:20 PM
CANBY — The North Marion Community Library Association will hold a winter dance party fundraiser Jan. 26, at the Antonia Ballroom in Canby.
The event is to help support a future library that will serve the Hubbard, Broadacres, Butteville, Donald and Aurora areas.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:24:10 PM
AURORA — The city of Aurora wants the grease out.
Grease from downtown restaurants and eateries are clogging the city’s wastewater disposal system. If the situation goes uncorrected, it could cause an overflow or damage the equipment.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:24:50 PM
Woodburn Public Works Department and Allied Waste Services are teaming up to provide local residents with Christmas tree recycling.
All holiday trees must be free of decorations before being recycled.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:34:49 PM
MOUNT ANGEL – The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2012 First Citizen Awards.
The annual event honors the First Citizen of the Year, Junior First Citizen, Business of the Year and other community awards.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:36:03 PM
The investigation is continuing in the wake of a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that took place on Dec. 21, on Highway 99E south of Woodburn. The crash resulted in the death of a Newberg man and injuries to three other people.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:37:06 PM
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s single vehicle serious injury crash that occurred along Highway 99E south of Woodburn.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:38:04 PM
An elderly couple from Redding, Calif., are home after being found Christmas morning near Woodburn.
At about 6:30 a.m., Oregon State Police Sgt. Craig Ball responded to a report of a 2002 Ford Taurus stalled in the far right northbound lane of Interstate 5 near Woodburn.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:39:05 PM
WOODBURN — The Woodburn Art Center has received a $2,500 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
The money came as a surprise to those at the art center, a nonprofit which is currently run entirely by volunteers, since it had been nearly a year since the application was put in for it.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:48:33 PM
A number of dramatic news events shaped the year 2012 in Woodburn and surrounding communities. In this issue, as the year comes to a close, we take a brief look back at the top news stories we covered during the past 12 months.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:52:24 PM
AURORA — A plea hearing for an Aurora man arrested after a brief standoff with a deputy outside his home has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:53:08 PM
WOODBURN — Two Woodburn residents were left homeless after a blaze Dec. 22 that destroyed a home.
Firefighters responded to an emergency call reporting a fire at 1665 Tomlin Ave.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:53:46 PM
WOODBURN — The city of Woodburn is planning to revise the city’s development ordinance in the new year, and property owners are being invited to a series of public events to help planners find the best way forward.
Published: 12/31/2012 12:54:50 PM
WOODBURN — With the holiday season dying down, Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is in critical need of donations.
The nonprofit connects people in need to nine churches in the area that fill in various gaps.