'Stopping By' to hear about sights, sounds and tastes of various Christmas celebrations
Not everyone says “Merry Christmas.” Not everyone decorates an evergreen tree, whispers their wishes to a Santa in red fur, or shops for piles of presents in December.
I find that fascinating.
Each year, I seek out people who came to Yamhill County from another country or culture and ask them about their holiday traditions. What did they look forward to as children? Which traditions do they continue today?
Video of Linfield punt return goes viral
(News-Register Sports Dept.) Linfield erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Maxwell Field Saturday to defeat second round opponent Hampden-Sydney College, 31-21.
The momentum swung in the Wildcat's favor following a punt return by Mac High graduate Spencer Payne that featured three decleating blocks. The video of the play posted to YouTube has gone viral, with the Seattle sports radio station KJR and the national sports website Deadspin first linking to it, followed by ESPN's The Dan Patrick Show and myriad other sports media outlets.
Multiple gunshots ring out
(News-Register staff) Multiple gunshots were fired at a McMinnville duplex early this morning, according to McMinnville police. No one was struck by any of the rounds.
Capt. Dennis Marks identified the primary target as 1612 S.W. Shirley Ann Drive. It was occupied when the incident was reported shortly after midnight.
Marks said more than 10 rounds were fired from a small caliber weapon. There were bullet entries into the west side of the residence and in the front door.
'Hard News' highlights from the last week of November
(News-Register Staff) A few of last week's news stories from the pages of the News-Register are digested here. Newspaper subscribers can comment on the website. Non- subscribers, if logged onto Facebook, can post Facebook comments that will appear on this article.
(David Bates / News-Register) When it comes to the Christmas holiday ritual of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I’m a Scrooge. In case nobody noticed, that wildly overpraised 1946 classic is a horror film — and I don’t feel like digesting doom and gloom during the holidays, even if the ending approaches the outer limits of saccharinity.
That’s not to say it isn’t well-made, but when Christmas approaches, I prefer some of the other classics: “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “White Christmas,” the latter of which is required viewing in our house as the big day approaches.
But once you’ve seen all those and “The Polar Express” a dozen times or more, what’s left?
Turkey, football, shopping, wine-tasting and more
(Jeb Bladine / News-Register) Thanksgiving needs no introduction. Turkey and gravy; potatoes and beans; cranberries and pumpkin pie; family with kids and animals. Maybe a little football, and an old, late-night movie.
It never gets old.
It's a win for Oregon, J.W. Millegan claims
WILLAMINA — Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Center founder J.W. Millegan's appeal to the National Appeals Division has been upheld by Hearings Officer Julie Reading, it was announced Friday.
There is a conservation easement on portions of the property Millegan hopes to develop, located near the intersection of highways 18 and 22 outside Willamina.
Mac man faces DUII, other charges
DAYTON — A Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Dayton at the intersection of Fletcher Road and Lafayette Highway.
A McMinnville man faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, as a result of the crash.
At the request of the sheriff's office, the Oregon State Police is investigating the incident. It gave this account of the 1:42 p.m. crash:
A marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Deputy Josh Eckroth, 29, was northbound on Lafayette Highway traveling 55 mph and approaching the Fletcher Road intersection.
Locals discuss memories of the day Kennedy died in today's News-Regiser
(Starla Pointer / News-Register) I don’t. Not quite, anyway. But I do remember, vividly, seeing President John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession on our black and white console television three days later.
I remember the flag-draped coffin on its caisson, rolling down the wide avenues of Washington, D.C. I especially remember the riderless horse with boots turned backward in the stirrups of its saddle. The horse, named Black Jack, is probably what transfixed me, as I was 3 1/2.
Almost everyone my age and older has some vivid memory from the assassination of the president. Many remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news — ironing shirts, leaving a college history class, having lunch. Others remember their feelings on that awful day — shock, disbelief, fear for our country.
State group responds to pending layoffs
(News-Register staff) Evergreen Agriculture Enterprises has sold hundreds of acres of Yamhill County farmland for $11.6 million over the course of the past six months, as reported today in the News-Register.
The land sell-off comes comes against the backdrop of a Nov. 7 announcement by Evergreen International Airlines, Evergreen International Aviation’s principal remaining holding following the May sale of its helicopter division for $250 million, that it planned to lay off its 131 remaining employees and shut the doors at the end of the month.