Polk County public safety levy passing

DALLAS — A crucial Polk County public safety tax evy passed handily Tuesday night. The unofficial count was 9,059 to 7,013, or 56.4 percent to 43.6. The Willamina City Council and Confederated Tribes ...

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Willamina teacher faces 3 felony counts

A Yamhill County grand jury has indicted Willamina coach and teacher Heather Hughes in connection with an alleged assault on her 6-year-old daughter, on one count each of first-degree criminal mistreatment, ...

Events to mark Memorial Day

Yamhill Valley residents will mark Memorial Day with numerous ceremonies and special events Monday. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was first celebrated in 1868 as a way of honoring ...

Willamina to graduate 40

WILLAMINA — Forty Willamina High School seniors will graduate at 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Valley Community Campus. Mariah Woodward is the class valedictorian. Alexander Ellis is the salutatorian. English ...

Horse slaying solved; owner cited

The owner of a horse found shot to death April 22, about 14 miles northwest of Sheridan on Bald Mountain, has been cited by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. Mark D. Ellis, 53, of Whiteson, identified ...

Submitted photo##Firefighters from the West Valley Fire District fight a blaze at a vacant house on Main Street in Willamina.

Fire damages Willamina structure

WILLAMINA — A vacant two-story structure at 390 W. Main St. sustained between $10,000 and $15,000 in damage as the result of a fire Monday afternoon. West Valley Fire District personnel responded ...

Flag supporters challenge Willamina board

WILLAMINA — Reyn Leno, who chairs the governing council of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, told the Willamina School Board he was disappointed and more than a little angry over the board’s ...

DUII suspect clocked at 102

WILLAMINA — The Oregon State police charged a Willamina man for driving under the influence of intoxicants Saturday, after he was clocked at 102 in a 55 mph zone on Highway 18. He was identified ...

Sheridan considers tobacco ordinance

SHERIDAN — An ordinance augmenting regulations on the sale and use of tobacco, and extending them to cover electronic smoking devices under Chapter 9 of the municipal code, is up for consideration ...

Highway 22 work scheduled

A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation has begun repair work on Highway 22 at milepost 7.5, east of Buell. The project, designed to stabilize a slide area, should be completed ...

Submitted photo##100 volunteers helped clean Bald Mountain.

Bald Mountain scrubbed by volunteers

SHERIDAN — The Bald Mountain/Sheridan Peak area, about 14 miles northwest of Sheridan, is looking noticeably cleaner. Thanks goes out to work put in last Saturday by more than 100 citizen volunteers, ...

Pair win Gates scholarships

Juan Cortes Perez of McMinnville High and Shane Thomas of Willamina High have been awarded full-ride Gates Millennium Scholarships. They are among 28 Oregon winners in this year’s round of scholarships, ...

Willamina schedules kindergarten roundup

WILLAMINA — Willamina Elementary School will hold kindergarten roundup from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school library. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Parents must present their child’s ...

Mayor cool to manager hiring in Willamina

WILLAMINA — City Attorney Paul Elsner thinks Willamina should seriously consider employing a city manager, at least in a part-time role if not full time. However, Mayor Ila Skyberg wants to give ...

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Willamina teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting her daughter

This article was updated on Friday, May 5. WILLAMINA — Heather McDonald Hughes, who teaches at Willamina Middle School and coaches track at Willamina High School, was arrested by Yamhill County ...

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