Commissioners approve raise for transit bus drivers

Among rider complaints about the county’s bus system, quality and number of drivers have repeatedly been discussed. First Transit, which contracts with the county for public tranisit services, has ...

Council delays action on smoking ban

Smokers have at least two more weeks to light up on Third Street before a proposed smoking ban could take effect June 26. McMinnville City Councilors were scheduled to pass the ban at their Tuesday meeting, ...

Library expands its hours

The McMinnville Public Library will remain open an hour later on Fridays, closing at 6 p.m. rather than 5 p.m. In addition, the library will open three hours earlier on Saturdays, at 10 a.m. rather than ...

Council lays down the law on parking structure

On Tuesday, the McMinnville City Council passed a code of conduct for the parking structure at Northeast Fifth and Evans streets, intended to eradicate overnight camping and other non-parking activities ...

History museum offers Father's Day activities

The Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, will host special activities for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Arm wrestling, a game of catch with an 1866 bat and ball, and other activities ...

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Columbus School third-grader Javi Becerra poses with Amber Nyssen of the Tillamook ice cream company. She responded to Javi s letter by providing an ice cream party for the hardworking students.

They all scream for ice cream

Francisco Javier “Javi” Becerra and his classmates in Columbus Elementary School’s Learning Resource Center have worked really, really hard this year, the third-grader said. They’ve ...

Newberg man arrested on sex-related charges

NEWBERG — A Newberg man has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sex acts with multiple juvenile females over several years. Andrew Lee Darby, 47, is charged with six counts of first-degree sodomy ...

Along the Street: First Federal awards grants

This is a case where volunteering pays, literally. McMinnville-based bank First Federal this week identified more than 60 local nonprofits that will receive a financial boost from $20,000 that some 400 ...

Willamina sewer/water hike angers residents

WILLAMINA — Residents wanted to flush away the news they received Tuesday night from the Willamina City Council, which unanimously approved immediate sewer and water rate hikes in addition to informing ...

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Mark McKinney of Yamhill-Carlton High School presents Francis  Tooter  Laughlin with his high school diploma in a ceremony held at Life Care Center of McMinnville Wednesday, June 13.

WWII vet receives YCHS diploma

Francis “Tooter” Laughlin has returned to his old school several times to tell his story of fighting on Iwo Jima during World War II. This year, when he spoke with students in Yamhill-Carlton ...

Driver has no recollection of Highway 99W crash

A multiple DUII offender told Oregon State Police trooper Brian Dunkin he consumed “a lot” of alcohol at a Corvallis party and doesn’t remember crashing his car south of Amity on Highway ...

Sex-related charges dismissed in case

Charges against a Gladstone resident that alleged he had sexual contact with a minor female have been dismissed in Yamhill County Circuit Court. Cesar Espinal-Mejia, 22, was facing two counts each of ...

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Samantha Moorhead, left, Lisa Hill, far right and other Wascher Elementary teachers write personalized letters to students for their summer reading program.

Writing to readers

LAFAYETTE — In late June or July, a little girl who loves cats will open a package mailed from Wascher Elementary School. In it, she’ll find several books, plus a handwritten note from her ...

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Two teens arrested for fatal fire; grandson of deceased faces murder charge

Willamina - Two teenagers have been arraigned on charges related to a Wednesday morning residence fire in rural Willamina in which one man died.

Submitted photo##Suey Linzmeier of Sheridan and Beth Dell of McMinnville protest federal immigration policies Sunday at the South Bridge Street overpass over Highway 18 near the federal prison in Sheridan.

Immigration detainees in Sheridan lead to protests

Local activists learned late Friday afternoon that 123 men from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were being transported to the federal prison in Sheridan after being arrested on immigration ...

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