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Cruising McMinnville: no cruise, but two virtual car shows

Cars will not cruise down Third Street as originally planned, since the annual Cruising McMinnville event has been canceled. However, car lovers will get a chance to admire some of the unique and vintage ...

 
OHA releases mask guidelines

The Oregon Health Authority released new regulations this week on face coverings, which are now required statewide in indoor public spaces for everyone older than 12 unless they have a disability that ...

Oregon health officials: More COVID-19 cases; limit social gatherings to 10

Editor's Note: Oregon and Yamhill County continued reporting record numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. See below for updated numbers.------------------- Oregon health officials urged people Friday ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Updated 9:20 a.m. Monday, July 13] Yamhill County reported 12 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, 12 more on Sunday and two today. The county's total is 205. Oregon Health Authority reported ...

 
Riverbend landfill hearing extended

Opponents of the expansion of the Riverbend Landfill protested outside the Yamhill County Courthouse on Thursday as the board of county commissioners considered how to respond to a last-minute deluge of ...

 
Yamhill caucus chooses slate of candidates

About 40 Yamhill residents gathered in Beulah Park Wednesday night to choose a slate of candidates for the Nov. 3 election. Yamhill is one of only a few places that uses the caucus system to select candidates ...

McMinnville School district: two options for fall considered

The McMinnville School District is considering two options for education this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, one primarily in-person and the other virtual. While the district has been meeting with ...

 
Signs of encouragement: 'I just had to do something'

“Don’t Give Up!” a yard sign declares to passersby. “You are worthy of love,” says another. “Mistakes do not define you.” Witnessing signs such as these “keeps ...

 
Willamina guardsman who died in Kosovo remembered as 'whip smart and so funny'

Oregon Army National Guard soldier Pfc. Alexander Blake Klass of Willamina died Saturday, July 4, as the result of a non-combat incident while serving in Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, according ...

Twelve COVID-19 cases tallied in baseball team outbreak

Yamhill County reported another seven cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 171, including at least 12 people connected to a Newberg youth baseball team that traveled to Roseburg ...

 
Newberg student killed in Idaho plane crash

A Newberg High School soccer-playing sophomore was among eight people killed when two planes collided over Lake Coeur D’Alene in Idaho. Hayden Fredrickson, 16, was a passenger on a floatplane with ...

 
Taphouse set to open in old hardware space

As one beer-centric downtown McMinnville business prepares to open, another has announced it will soon be moving in just a couple doors up the block. Mac High grads Dave and Jami Queener will open the ...

Stolen fire district property recovered; suspects ID'd

Nearly all of the property stolen late last month from the West Valley Fire District main station in Willamina has been recovered and two 21-year-old Hillsboro men have been identified as the alleged burglars. The ...

School district offers summer explorations

The McMinnville School District is offering a summer enrichment program with online links to help students stay engaged with learning during their vacation. Students can find a list of weekly activities ...

Oregon smashes daily virus record with nearly 400 new cases

Oregon smashed its previous daily record for COVID-19 cases on Thursday with a 389 new diagnoses and six deaths. The number of cases was the highest seen in the state since the start of the pandemic, ...

 
Crash enables police to solve two Newberg stolen vehicle cases

A Sunday morning crash enabled Newberg-Dundee police to solve two stolen vehicle cases. Officers responded to a report of a suspect that had just stolen a Toyota Land Cruiser.  Officers located ...

 
Suspicious object located on hospital grounds

A suspicious object located Tuesday afternoon on the Willamette Valley Medical Center grounds was determined to be a 12-volt battery, according to McMinnville police. A hospital security officer called ...

Four McMinnville officers promoted

The McMinnville Police Department has promoted officers Josh Eckroth, Erik Newhouse, Greg Park and Matt Peters to the rank of corporal. “The four officers went through a very competitive promotional ...

Twelve COVID-19 cases associated with Newberg baseball team outbreak

Twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19 are associated with a Newberg youth baseball team that traveled to Roseburg for a tournament. Yamhill County Health and Human Services Director Lindsey Manfrin ...

 
Linfield trustees back Baca; Student petition demands he step down

Linfield University senior Hannah Waterman denounced a Board of Trustees vote to support embattled Chair David Baca after the faculty’s overwhelming “no confidence” vote, saying she is ...

Latest Sports

 
Coaching Conversations: Jason Hafner teaches the value of hard word, dedication

Over 20 district titles. A dozen combined individual and relay state championships. Since 1999, Jason Hafner has proven himself one of McMinnville High School’s most accomplished head coaches. ...

Dayton opens head football position, former coach Todd Shirley asked to re-apply

Dayton High School has begun searching for a new head football coach. Last year’s head coach, Todd Shirley, was told by the Dayton administration they were opening the position, and he was welcome ...

 
Fires, broken bones and COVID-19: Local rodeo family finds a way

Life on the rodeo tour is always demanding. Families face rigorous schedules, physical wear and expensive travel and boarding – all daunting challenges of their favorite sport and pastime. The ...

 
Rich helps bring distance track program to Whitman

McMinnville High School alum Whitney Rich achieved an impressive volume of success during her running career at Whitman College. During her senior season, she earned both the Northwest Conference Runner ...

 
Megan Sandmann completes triathlon in Dayton

DAYTON – When tackling an obstacle as formidable as the Ironman Triathlon, athletes often arrive equipped with a hefty dose of motivation. As she trained for last Saturday’s personal ...

 
Heading to the South Side

With the 112th pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft, the Chicago White Sox select . . . . . . Kade Mechals! After his tremendous journey led him through McMinnville High School and three ...

 
Mac High alum Kade Mechals drafted by White Sox

McMinnville High School alum Kade Mechals, who pitched for the Grizzlies in 2016, was selected Thursday night by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Picked 112th ...

 
Parker Moore’s legacy inspires current and past football players

Parker Moore’s spirit of leadership endures at Linfield College. The former football player was murdered during a late-night trip to 7-Eleven nearly six years ago, but his legacy at the McMinnville ...

 
Smith named Ad Rutschman Award winner

Wyatt Smith joined an impressive list of former Wildcat football players Friday during the 68th annual Oregon Sports Awards. The junior quarterback and son of head coach, Joseph Smith, was named ...

 
Mac swim coach urges state to reopen pools

Local swimmers feel left out. Phase One of Oregon’s reopening of the economy included restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms and malls. And yet, public swimming pools didn’t ...

 
Senior bowlers feel lost without favorite pastime

Wanda Nelson grows tired of feeling cooped up. The 90-year old secretary of the Senior Citizens Bowling League can’t wait for her favorite pastime to re-enter her weekly schedule. A longtime ...

 
All-state girls basketball: Arzner, five others recognized

Six local high school girls basketball players were honored with all-state recognition by Oregon head coaches. McMinnville’s Kylee Arzner, Willamina’s Kaya McLean, Kira Rankin and Piper Shrabel, ...

OSAA offers guidelines for Phase One of school athletic activities

The Oregon School Activities Association’s Executive Board continues searching for solutions to the state’s absence of sports. Wednesday morning, the Executive Board met in a closed work session ...

 
Hurl conquers Yamhill County one street at a time

Jeremy Hurl has a mission. In March, the McMinnville resident and Mac Track cross country coach found himself experiencing a rare dissatisfaction with his favorite sport. “I was at a point ...

 
Schools vary when compensating spring coaches

When the COVID-19 crisis led to a swath of spring sports cancellations, local athletic administrations were placed in a unique situation. In the initial days of sport-related fallout, athletic ...

 
One step closer: Mac grad eyes pro baseball career

PHOENIX – Kade Mechals remains on the verge of a professional baseball career. The question is will his opportunity to join a big league club arrive via the upcoming MLB draft in July, or ...

 
Bates calls an audible

Kassidee Bates called an audible. A longtime varsity starter at catcher for McMinnville High School’s softball team, Bates was long thought to be a lock for college softball. After earning ...

 
Four Dayton athletes sign letters of intent

DAYTON – Four Dayton High School student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Pirate seniors Kody Fuller, Payton Garrison, Blake Larsen ...

 
What next? Linfield softball players walk different paths

“I will come back.” Kelsey Wilkinson isn’t ready to conclude her Linfield softball career. The senior outfielder played parts of four seasons for the Wildcats, including 14 games ...

 
Showing Love for 2020 Student-Athletes

McMinnville High School principal Amy Fast flashes the heart symbol to cars as they pass by Wortman Stadium on McDonald Lane last Friday. School officials turned on all athletic facility lights to celebrate ...

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