Burglary suspect faces more charges

Charges are mounting against a Carlton resident while he remains out of custody. Brock Keinonen, 32, faces two counts of first-degree theft and one count each of aggravated first-degree theft, second-degree ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##St. James Catholic Church parishioner Elizabeth Gutierrez decorates a wreath in the sanctuary for the Christmas Eve and Christmas day services. Several in-person Masses will be offered, including those in both English and Spanish.

Mix of online and in-person Christmas services planned

Capacity limits for faith institutions in Oregon were changed last Friday to “recommended only,” but many local denominations had already planned for either in-person or online Christmas services. The ...

Mac board accelerates superintendent search

McMinnville School District will move quickly in its search of a replacement for superintendent Maryalice Russell, who plans to retire at the end of the 2021 or 2022 school years. The job is currently ...

After deaths, state imposes requirements on care home

The state of Oregon has ordered a local care home for dementia patients to stop taking in any new patients until further notice, and to maintain minimum staffing levels. Eleven patients at Marjorie House ...

Linfield hires advancement VP

Linfield University has hired Joseph Hunter as vice president for university advancement. Hunter, who most recently worked for Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, will be responsible ...

Image courtesy Kathleen s Hallmark

Along the Street: Hallmark shop searching for new storefront

Customers of Kathleen’s Hallmark, a longtime McMinnville business, reacted with sympathy and outrage last week after learning the store had been given 30 days to vacate its location in the Town Center ...

News-Register file photo#Twin sisters Laura and Mary Denney and exchange student Sara Garcia Lacueva wave during the Mac High 2020 graduation parade.

Grad rates up, dropouts down

McMinnville High School’s graduation rate was 92% in 2019-20, almost a point higher than the previous year, when it was 91.14%. The Class of 2020 was the third in a row with a rate above 90%, starting ...

News-Register file photo#Twin sisters Laura and Mary Denney and exchange student Sara Garcia Lacueva wave during the Mac High 2020 graduation parade.

Reaching every student key to rising graduation rates

Kelly Robins’ title at McMinnville High School was originally “dropout prevention specialist.” She changed the title to “school engagement coordinator” because positive thinking ...

Mac city budget in relatively good shape

Budget estimates place McMinnville within regular projections for revenues and expenditures despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city should exercise caution as it further refines its estimates and designs ...

Rusty Rae/ News-Register ## It takes a community to light a Christmas tree this tall -- and 16 members of the local neighborhood chipped in to make this one shine in Irene Freuler s yard at the corner of Waggoner and Coburn drives in McMinnville. Among them, front left, were Tammy Aase, Shane Aase, Irene Freuler, Peggy Clark, Nancy Curl, Harry Curl and Linda Donaldson.

Neighbors pitch in to light tree

Neighbors on Coburn and Waggoner drives in northeast McMinnville banded together to make their area festive for Christmas.The effort started with the large Noble fir in Irene Freuler’s front yard.  “We ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register ## Special education teacher Jerod Harney hosts his Friday afternoon class at Patton Middle School. The class meets via the internet, making it easy for students to watch performances by professional musicians.

Music to their ears and eyes: Middle school teacher mixes learning with concert

As Patton Middle School eighth-graders watch, classically trained pianist Maryellen Barks appears on their computer screens. Barks, an instructional assistant at Columbus Elementary School, plays several ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Land located on Linfield’s campus bordered by Keck Drive, Booth Bend Road and Highway 99W is being discussed as a possible site of a future city recreation facility. The property is surrounded by a walking track with a number of student art installations on one end; the field is leased for farming. Albertsons can be seen in the distance.

Recreation location? Linfield, city explore partnership for future facility

The city of McMinnville and Linfield University have agreed to explore siting the city’s future recreation facility on Linfield-owned land adjacent to its campus. Linfield President Miles Davis ...

Champion Team secures some short-term funding

Champion Team has received enough funding in community donations to remain open through the beginning of February, with hopes of securing enough to operate at least through April. Champion Team is a nonprofit ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Laughing Bean Bistro server Heather McKinzie brings customer Justin Lechner a French dip and soup to be enjoyed in the restaurant’s outdoor seating area. Lechner said he doesn’t particularly like the cold outdoor dining, but feels it’s important to support local businesses in hard times.

Outdoor spaces help local restaurants keep serving

Numerous restaurants around Yamhill County have set up tents, awnings or other types of outdoor arrangements in order to keep serving customers during the latest round of coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Under ...

Gallery Theater offers free Christmas programs online

Performers from Gallery Theater will offer not one, not two, but a dozen Christmas programs this year, all online and free to view. Gallery’s “12 Days of Christmas” includes a new video ...

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