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Former Sunwest CEO's sentence commuted

Jon Herder, former owner of Salem-based Sunwest Management, which once owned six retirement and assisted living facilities in Yamhill County, including Hillside Retirement Community, had his 15 year sentence ...

 
Sip! canceled again; wine competition still on

Sip!, the McMinnville Food & Wine Classic popular with locals and visitors alike since 1994, has been canceled again because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Johnson, head of the volunteer ...

Former Mac soccer coach, prison Warden dies of COVID

Longtime McMinnville resident Joe Crabtree, who moved to Yamhill County to become warden of the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution and later coached a Grizzly soccer team to a state championship, ...

 
Latino communities hit hard by COVID

Patricia Arroyo Marquez had been struggling to breathe for months. She also experienced body aches, splitting headaches and pain behind the eyes. The symptoms never occurred simultaneously, and she was ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Friday, Jan. 22] Yamhill County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county to 3,269 cases to date. There have been 48 deaths in the county from the disease. *** [Thursday, Jan. 21] ...

Woman's remains found at Stuart Grenfell Park

 

Union, district agree to wait for vaccines before reopening schools

McMinnville’s teachers’ union and the McMinnville School District have reached an agreement to resume in-person learning only after teachers have the chance to  receive the full COVID-19 ...

 
Dream home becomes nightmare for McMinnville family

A residence in the back of a cul-de-sac on Kingwood Street in east McMinnville off Highway 18 is the third home where Brianne and Tyler Birman have lived. It’s where they’re raising their ...

7-Eleven disturbance results in jail sentence

A Sheridan man was sentenced to 30 days in the Yamhill County Jail for causing a disturbance in late November inside the downtown McMinnville 7-Eleven and fighting with police officers outside that resulted ...

With new metrics, schools continue planning for eventual return to classroom

With metrics for returning to in-person classes now “advisory,” according to Oregon officials, Yamhill County districts are reworking their plans for returning students into buildings. Districts ...

Jail inmate dies of apparent suicide

A Yamhill County Jail inmate died of an apparent suicide the night of Wednesday, Jan. 20, according to Sheriff Tim Svenson. The inmate's name was not released. While performing security checks, corrections ...

 
Native plant enthusiasts spruce up library garden

Members of the Oregon Native Plant Society spent some of their Saturday sprucing up the gardens around the McMinnville Public Library. The group planted native flora and made sure plants were labeled ...

 
Along the Street: Hagan Hamilton named a Top 100 employer - again

Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions has been named one of the Top 100 Employers in the state by Oregon Business Magazine for the 12th time in a row. The McMinnville company also received the award several ...

Newberg celebrates MLK Day

Dr. Carol Parker Walsh began her address with a simple request, directed at white people: “Raise your hand if you would be happy to be treated as this society in general treats people of color, marginalized ...

 
Boquist leaves GOP for IPO

State Sen. Brian Boquist has left the Republican Party and registered as a member of the Independent Party, Secretary of State records show. The news was first reported in a Jan. 15 tweet by Oregon Public ...

County reports two more COVID deaths

Yamhill County reported another death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 26 new cases. On Thursday, the county reported another death, and another 26 new cases, bringing the county to 48 deaths to ...

Willamina City Hall burglarized

A Grand Ronde man allegedly broke into Willamina City Hall early Tuesday morning, smashed windows, ransacked City Manager Kenna West’s office and other areas in the two-story building and lit paperwork ...

 
McMinnville man indicted twice, faces 20 charges

A pair of grand jury indictments has charged a McMinnville man with 20 counts alleging child sexual abuse and the assault of a female victim whom he knew to be pregnant at the time. Nicholas Ramon Santoya, ...

COVID-19 ramping up in county

Note: This story has been updated to correct a typo in the number of vaccinations administered in the county. It took nearly nine months, from the arrival of the pandemic in Oregon last February, ...

Federal Labor Relations Board issues complaint against hospital

The National Labor Relations Board, which oversees U.S. labor laws in relation with collective bargaining, has issued a complaint against Willamette Valley Medical Center alleging the hospital is not bargaining ...

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Joe Crabtree, who coached Mac to 2006 soccer title, dies at 77

In his first year as head coach of the McMinnville boys’ soccer team, Joe Crabtree led the Grizzlies to an incredible Class 6A state championship in 2006. Crabtree’s involvement with ...

Linfield soccer returns to action

Linfield athletes feel more than ready to begin competition again. Following nearly a year of postponed and canceled contests, Wildcat soccer players finally return to the pitch this weekend in ...

 
Linfield teams begin practicing, aim for February competitions

While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit the landscape of college athletics, Linfield University’s sports teams return to practice with the hope of beginning competition next month. After ...

Mac alum Gubrud signs pro football contract, joins CFL’s BC Lions

Gage Gubrud’s professional football career has begun. The former McMinnville player signed a contract with the BC Lions Football Club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The six-foot, two-inch ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Barnett’s calm guidance led tightknit Tigers to ‘92 title

Larry Barnett’s legacy in Yamhill County was born from a calm wisdom which played a tremendous role in Yamhill-Carlton’s 1992 boys’ basketball state championship. In his 17th ...

 
Culture is key to Linfield football success

There’s a quote on the desk belonging to Linfield head football coach Joseph Smith. It was given to him by his mother. It stares at him every day, a relentless reminder of the importance ...

 
2020 Sports in Review

Local sports hampered by pandemic, Governor’s orders Coronavirus concerns and subsequent decisions by Oregon lawmakers and health officials directly affected Yamhill County athletics in 2020. Linfield ...

 
Heroin user sentenced in building crash

A Corvallis man was under the influence of heroin when he drove into and heavily damaged Newberg’s ETS Laboratories building in early August, Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles said. Landre Andrews, ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Bulldog brotherhood captures 2009 state baseball title

In 2009, a brotherhood of Bulldogs orchestrated one of the most unexpected state baseball championships in Oregon’s history. According to head coach Cliff Toney, it’s categorized as ...

 
The gift of a lifetime: ‘One Goal’ Wildcats claim 2004 national championship

Four years of demoralizing playoff losses — games in which supremely talented Linfield football teams lost rather than being beaten. From their frustration, in the spring of 2004, a group ...

 
The wait is over: Linfield sports to resume after Jan. 1

Following a lengthy coronavirus-related layoff, Linfield athletics will return in 2021. The Division III Northwest Conference Presidents’ Council decided to resume all league competition and championships ...

 
'There can be only one': Penultimate contests create thrills and anguish for ‘Cat football

“There can be only one” – the tagline from the 1980s cult film Highlander could well be the motto for the NCAA Division III playoffs. Only one team finishes the season with a ...

OSAA adjusts 2021 sports schedule, practices begin February 8

The COVID-19 pandemic continues demolish plans for the local high school sports seasons, as announced Monday by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). As a result of increased coronavirus ...

 
An unlikely hero: Backup QB Knecht powers ‘Cats to 2015 victory over UMHB

Character counts! Sometimes integrity is all that keeps a team going. Even after your team has survived the first two rounds of the NCAA DIII playoffs, the slog to the championship game requires ...

 
Thanksgiving week: Turkey, dressing and Linfield football

During the final week in November, it’s normally about turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and, of course, pie unless you’ve won your first-round playoff game, then the spotlight ...

 
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 ...

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