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Local law enforcement looks to public for voluntary compliance

While some Oregonians decry the possibility of arrests related to Gov. Kate Brown’s “two week freeze” Executive Order, local law enforcement said they will continue to focus on education. McMinnville ...

 
County adds 112 new cases over three days

Yamhill County added 112 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to Monday, breaking its previous records, as Oregon also experienced three consecutive one-day records. The county does not update its numbers ...

 
Thankful, even in 2020

Remember back in January, as many breathed a sigh of relief that 2019 was over and they could start anew? Little did we know. In 2020, we’ve fought over toilet paper and mask wearing, taken sides ...

Killing of elk in watershed under investigation

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in the McMinnville Watershed ...

‘Willabucks’ being well spent

The Willamina Money Project, “Willabucks,” has proven an overwhelming success during the coronavirus pandemic. The project provided $100 in “Willabucks” on a first-come, first-served ...

New report ranks YCCO among top five in Oregon

Of the about 50 metrics evaluated in a new state report, the Yamhill Community Care Organization said the most notable ones are related to health services impacting families and children.  One measure, ...

 
Dallas woman arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run

A Dallas woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the Saturday, Nov. 7, hit-and-run crash that killed a Salem man.

Kari Lin Smith, 47, initially told investigators she hit a deer. She eventually turned herself in to deputies in Amity, telling detectives Will Lavish and Jacob Herr she was “90 percent” certain she had hit someone.

 
Stopping by: Delivering meals, smiles

John Davis, 80, has always loved driving. John Davis drove trucks and tractor-trailer rigs for the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired after 41 years. He still enjoys driving, particularly ...

County sees 60 new COVID-19 cases in new one-day record

Oregon saw yet another one-day record in new COVID-19 cases, with 1,509 new cases, eclipsing the previous record of 1,306, set yesterday.  Yamhill County also set a massive new record, according ...

Carlton OKs garbage rate increase, plans for new

Carlton residents and businesses will see a 4% increase on their garbage collection bills starting Jan. 1. They also can expect another rate increase in mid-2021, as the city negotiates a new franchise ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Tuesday, Nov. 24] Yamhill County reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county total to 1,604. The Oregon Health Authority reported 21 deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday, ...

 
Local educator co-authors book

A new book features Kourtney Ferrua, former Wascher Elementary School principal and now director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the McMinnville School District. “Principaled: ...

 
McMinnville novelist gets prison for assaulting wife

Peter Malae’s wife told the court her husband physically and psychologically abused her for more than 12 years. To this day, she can feel the fingermarks he left inside her mouth during an assault, ...

 
Wineries once again adapt to restrictions

Vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley have been forced into a series of adjustments in 2020, from responding to the decline of wine sales due to restaurant closures, to a harvest with complications ...

 
A dream lost in litigation: Pair’s plans for bakery, flour mill fall apart

Two entrepreneurs who hoped to open a local flour mill and bakery outside of Amity have neither the time, patience nor money to battle an opponent who appealed county approval of the plan to the state ...

 
Group asks Starrett to mask up

County Commissioner Mary Starrett’s refusal to wear a mask during meetings and other public venues has drawn ire from local progessives.  The group Progressive Yamhill launched a campaign, ...

 
Lafayette man arrested for the 56th time

Lafayette man arrested for the 56th time Lafayette resident Ronald Gordon Griffin Jr. was on arrest cycle No. 56 when he was taken into custody early Thursday morning. A deputy stopped a vehicle driven ...

 
County health director warns of 'skyrocketing' case counts as 16th death reported

In an update to county commissioners on Thursday, Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin said it is up to individual actions to take control of the current surge in COVID-19 cases. “The ...

McMinnville seeks applicants for new diversity committee

The City of McMinnville is seeking applicants for its new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) advisory committee. Applications are due by November 30, and the seven members will begin their work in January ...

 
Along the Street: New brewing venture takes over Allegory site

The inagural run of ForeLand Beer moved through the canning line this week as the new McMinnville brewery announced its launch. ForeLand will operate from the former location of Allegory Brewing, near ...

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The joy and sorrow of playoffs

Playoff football remains simple: win or go home. Qualifying for the playoffs is somewhat more difficult. In recent history, winning the Northwest Conference earned the champion an automatic bid ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Spartans cap magical ‘08 season with championship conquest

“We wanted to win it – and we thought we had a chance.” Former Sheridan head coach Matt Leichty believed his previous program had all the intangibles to write a storybook season ...

 
Team fortitude plays pivotal role during Linfield regular season finales

Mental toughness – the glue that sustains championship teams. Nowhere is team fortitude more important than when the winds of November blow rain through practice sessions, disrupting dreams ...

 
PAINFUL losses drive ‘Cats to future wins

There are losses, as the coaches say, you must flush out of your mind, and simply move on.  Some, however, stick like a hangover from a weekend beach party, purged solely after an appropriate period ...

 
A Hire calling: From Linfield to the NFL and back

If football’s your game, statistics indicate a narrow path to the heights of NFL fame. Those numbers indicate it’s a 1000 to one shot to make an NFL team out of high school. From an ...

 
Smith family rooted in ‘Cats’ football success

By the sixth week of the season, starting 11s are set, team routines established and the ‘Cats are rolling toward another conference title. However, at the halfway point of the 1989 season, ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Amity bests Dayton 20-12 in ‘99 championship

Under the direction of head coach Jeff Flood, Amity won four consecutive Class 2A state football championships from 1998 to 2001. The run of excellence included an exhilarating 45-game unbeaten ...

 
Mueller, Rutschman and the Seahawks: How the former Linfield QB saved Seattle’s football franchise

Who actually saved the Seattle Seahawks from moving to Los Angles nearly a quarter century ago? To answer that question, we have to visit a Sheraton Hotel in Spokane one Friday night in the spring ...

 
Breaking ground: ‘Cats celebrate $1.55M soccer/lacrosse renovation

Fresh off changing its name to Linfield University, the Division III McMinnville school has broken ground on a $1.55 million renovation of its soccer and lacrosse field. While the Wildcat men’s ...

 
Never say die and the best comebacks in Linfield football history

If you’ve watched a Linfield football game, you know the Wildcat tradition of raising four fingers at the start of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t always the case. This custom dates back ...

 
Yamhill County’s Greatest Games: ‘Coach' claims his final state title

The stakes couldn’t have been higher. In 2002, the Oregon Class 2A state football championship featured longtime rivals Dayton and Amity. On one side, the Pirates lined up with state coaching ...

 
Linfield football: Bye weeks and extending ‘The Streak’

Fans think bye weeks are a bore. Coaches, however, have a different perspective. Wildcat head coach Joseph Smith notes, “Over the years I’ve really enjoyed the bye week. After four ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: An All-American, a faithful community and the '79 Mac title

Over 41 years ago, head coach Nick Robertson, All-American Charlie Sitton and the McMinnville boys basketball team etched their names into the history books with an undefeated 27-0 season. The ...

 
Early improvements spur Linfield success against rival Raiders

Week two games for any football coach concern improvement. After teams have played their first game, coaches now glimpse their squad’s potential. Retired hall of fame head coach Ad Rutschman ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Scott Nelson transformed Warriors into contenders

AMITY – Scott Nelson’s coaching career began in his backyard. His four sons – Cody, Kyle, Lance and Jaycen – would engage in hearty competitions at the family’s Amity ...

 
Remembrance of games past: Adversity spurs Wildcats’ run of dominance in 2010s

In Linfield’s first game of the 2008 football season, the Wildcats traveled to Abilene, Texas, opening head coach Joseph Smith’s third season, and arriving with high hopes for a play-off ...

 
Coaching conversations: Rosenberg's odyssey in men's basketball

Fully embracing the Japanese term “kaizen,” Linfield head men’s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg continuously seeks to improve himself. The term, which means “change for ...

Linfield football earns three preseason All-Americans

Three Linfield football players were named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America team. Senior quarterback Wyatt Smith, junior offensive guard Matt Metcalf and junior defensive tackle Chase Lydig ...

 
Y-C family moves to Idaho for fall sports

YAMHILL  -- In early August, Quinten Ramsey and his stepsister, Ali Barnett, anxiously awaited the Oregon School Activities Association’s (OSAA) decision on the upcoming 2020/21 sports ...

 
Y-C’s ‘Father of the Final Four’ deserves Oregon Hall

For the past three years, former Yamhill-Carlton baseball coach Larry Hermo fought tirelessly for his ex-player Tom Jernstedt’s inclusion in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Jernstedt, one ...

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