Image: portlandcrime.blogspot.com##The wreckage of Oliver Kermit Smith’s car after it was blown to pieces by explosives in the parking lot of the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Picture is from the files of Det. Walter Graven.

Offbeat Oregon: Sordid love triangle gone bad ended in deadly car explosion

Late on the evening of April 21, 1955, 35-year-old Portland attorney Oliver Kermit Smith left the Columbia Edgewater Country Club and walked to his car. He was probably a little tipsy; there had been a ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville’s Grant Stephens plays George Bailey and son Caden plays young George in Gallery Theater’s current production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” They were both already familiar with the story; it’s a tradition for the Stephens family to watch Frank Capra’s classic film every year.

Being George Bailey

Grant Stephens wanted to be George Bailey as soon as he saw “It’s a Wonderful Life” listed on Gallery Theater’s 2018 schedule. Caden Stephens wanted to be George Bailey, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Angel and Isabel Aguiar discuss the various homemade ornaments adorning their tree, including ones featuring childhood pictures of their kids.

Holiday traditions: Keeping the faith

Christmas ended in Cuba two years before Angel Aguiar was born. Officially, at least. But Christians quietly kept celebrating. Their belief in God led them to ignore the dictates of Fidel Castro, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Figures from the 1964 Christmas classic TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” set up in a guest bathroom at the home of Dave Anderson and Melinda Mathiesen.

Home tour: A very vintage Christmas

It could be Christmas in the mid-1960s, or even earlier, in the home of Melinda Mathiesen and Dave Anderson. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from the 1964 cartoon narrated by Burl Ives, illuminates the ...

Home tour: Five decorated homes, party featured

Melinda Mathiesen and Dave Anderson are among homeowners who’ve decorated for the 2018 Wine Country Holiday Tour of Homes. This is the 30th annual Christmas tour sponsored by Soroptimist International ...

Rohse: A tree tale

Perhaps it is time to put Arbor Day on our calendars in bigger type so we’ll take greater notice of it. Arbor Day is “Celebration of Trees Day,” and our trees need all the help they can ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Third Street Books employee stands in front of a large display of kids books in the store.

Pick of the literate

Librarians and booksellers offer their choices for gifts for bookish children

Carlson: Can your dog sense ghosts? Do you care?

I don’t know if I should be proud or worried that I’m starting to recognize an article by Dr. Stanley Coren as soon as I read the title. Granted, he is prolific. And his submissions to Modern ...

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Marti Crook is the second person from Soroptimist International of McMinnville to serve as regional governor. She’s also been president of the local club several times.

Stopping By: Leading with confidence

Marti Crook had always considered herself pretty quiet and not very outgoing. Yet there she was, standing in front of a room full of her peers at a Venture Club convention — an organization for ...

Susan Simmons photo##Octavio Solis, who has written more than 20 plays, will discuss his new book “Retablos,” a memoir of sorts that draws on his early years in El Paso, Texas.

Writing on the border: Award-winning playwright brings his voice to McMinnville

No one remembers the moment of birth — except, that is, award-winning playwright Octavio Solis. He was born at Riverside High School in El Paso, Texas, in 1972, during a read-through with fellow ...

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Christmas Cantata sets its 2018 schedule

Members of the 2018 Community Christmas Contata will present “Born is the King: It’s Christmas” during nine performances in December. The choral contata, now in its 32nd year, ...

Image: Ted Barber##Pioneer Central Oregon aviator Ted Barber in the pilot’s seat of his trusty Waco 9.

Offbeat Oregon: Pioneering aviators were undeterred by danger

Part of the problem with owning and operating the only flight school in town in the 1920s and 1930s was, every time one of your students slapped together some home-built piece of kit, you’d ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Humlie siblings, Bethany, Joshua and Manny, practice for their upcoming album release concert, which will be held Nov. 28 in the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Stopping By: We Three siblings stay in tune with one another

When he was a youngster, Joshua Humlie often told his younger sister and brother, Bethany and Manny, “Practice your instruments! You’ll thank me later!” He was parroting their parents, ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##George Bailey (Grant Stephens) encounters an angel (Adam Gray) at just the right time in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which opens Friday at Gallery Theater.

'It's a Wonderful Life': Gallery reprises holiday classic

By STARLA POINTER<br/>Of the News-Register ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ opens Friday in McMinnville Gallery Theater will bring to life a holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful ...

MJ New Quartet to perform at Linfield

The MJ New Quartet will bring its blend of classical and jazz to Linfield College Wednesday, Nov. 28. The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on campus. ...

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