Starla Pointer

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Tim Roberts at Linfield

Tim Roberts first came to McMinnville as a Linfield College student in the mid-1960s. He lived in Hewitt Hall. He first studied education, then shifted to the sciences, figuring that would help him get ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retiring dentist Tim Roberts and his daughter, dentist Amy Wark, in the office where they ve worked together for 12 years. Wark is taking over her dad s practice.

Stopping By: All Smiles

Retiring dentist says improving patients' lives has made for a rewarding career

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A quilter herself, Anita Sommerfeld looks over some of the donated quilts CASA volunteers may give to the children with whom they work. A CASA’s job is to advocate
for what’s best for the kids involved in a court case.

Speaking up for kids

While attorneys, judges and social workers debate and argue about the adults involved in court cases, a special set of volunteers looks out for the best interests of the children. “It’s very ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Bonnie Leith, who will turn 100 on March 19, enjoys watching “Jeopardy” and
doing word search puzzles — especially if she has some chocolate-covered peanuts to snack on.

Looking at 100 years

Stopping By: McMinnville’s Bonnie Leith reflects on a good, long life.

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Tichenor’s career with the Army took him to bases around the world. He brought back this kimono after serving in Japan.

Cal Tichenor and the My Lai court martial

For Carroll “Cal” Tichenor, who retired from a military career as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps colonel, and from a subsequent civilian career as a Yamhill County Circuit Court judge, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Retired judge Cal Tichenor with his dogs, labradoodle Jesse and basset hound Mercy.

Justice and faith - Cal Tichenor’s many courtroom roles

Carroll “Cal” Tichenor has the upright posture of a career Army officer. The logic of an attorney. The fairness and compassion of a judge. The “quack, quack” ringtone of an Oregon ...

Submitted photoMcMinnville High science teacher Jared Larson standing on arctic tundra during the fellowship program trip.

Cold science

Jared Larson saw his first wild polar bears during a trip to the Arctic in 2012 — big males hunting for food and mothers shepherding their babies away from potential danger. One moved within a few ...

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterKory Knutz stands next to an eight-column Corinthian hearse used in the 1800s.

History buff

Kory Knutz studies Yamhill County’s past to learn how events and practices shaped what we do and say today

Rockne Roll/News-RegisterLucy Sepeda feeds a piece of wedding cake to Jesse Perez following the ceremony.

Pair tie the knot at care center

Care home residents find true love in Sheridan.

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterGlenn Smith describes his family as he stands in front of a giant rug featuring their portrait on it.  The rug was made for a family reunion a few years back.

Waves and wings

Glenn Smith has survived a plane crash, battled 12-foot waves on Lake Tahoe and posed as a drug runner, all in the name of helping others

Marcus LarsonYamhill-Carlton High senior stands outside his school. Daughters of the American Revolution named Bibb winner of its annual Good Citizenship contest.

Leadership and service

Serving others, community comes naturally for Yamhill-Carlton High School senior

Starla Pointer/News-RegisterOver tea and brownies, members of the McMinnville Public Library’s afternoon book club discuss what to read next. The group has read more than 130 novels and nonfiction books together since 2000.

Book clubs help readers branch out

Discussion groups give members a broader view of the written word

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterCarlton American Legion Memorial Post 173 Commander Renee Ohler sees her role as one of making sure other members can pursue their interests.

Camaraderie and service

American Legion commander strengthens veteran participation 

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterElectricians Karol Crowder, left, and her husband, Andy, enjoy working together. Here, they install a new lighted sign at The Block House Cafe in Dayton.

Current events

Electrician enjoys the variety of challenges she faces each day on the job

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