Eagle Eye Droneography##City of McMinnville will continue studying two potential recreation/aquatic facility sites in the coming by months: land on Keck Avenue, seen above in aerial view looking north, located on the south end of Linfield University campus, and the McMinnville Water & Light parcel, at Riverside Drive and Marsh Lane, shown below.

MacPAC presents final report on recreation center to city council

Two open fields and plenty of open questions stand before McMinnville City Council. Two sites remain under consideration for the city’s combined recreation center and aquatics facility, after two ...

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Jesse McFerran’s wife, Victoria Ward, right, and Melanie Lowe, the mother of his son, back, honor the McMinnville tattoo artist from Lafayette with his children, Theodore McFerran, Isaiah McFerran and stepdaughter Zenna Larsen, during a remembrance service Sunday night in front of The Fancy Rabbit Art Collective on Northeast Third Street.

‘Tragedy of the pandemic’: Hope for safe return turns to anguish

McMinnville tattoo artist Jesse McFerran went missing Oct. 23, and for 77 days, family members and so many others who knew him searched throughout the Willamette Valley and beyond for the husband and father. They ...

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The Yamhill County Historical Society has sold an 1890s church in Lafayette. It housed exhibits that have now been moved to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center near McMinnville.

Along the Street: Historical Society sells Lafayette church

The Yamhill County Historical Society has sold the historic church that served as the original home of its museum exhibits. New owners took over the Poling Memorial Church in Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. ...

Willamina, other schools alter class schedules

Dealing with both coronavirus-related absences and a shortage of substitutes, Willamina School District canceled classes this week, Jan. 18-21. The district also will remain closed on Monday, Jan. 24, ...

Parks and Rec facilities to reopen

McMinnville Parks and Recreation facilities will reopen Monday, Jan. 24, after a two-week COVID-related closure. The aquatic center and senior center will open at 9 a.m. Monday. The community center, ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##It takes teamwork to put a new electrical pole into position. Located at Baker Creek Road and Meadows Drive, the new pole will service the substation across Baker Creek Road. Working the project are superintendent Brian Moody of Wilson Construction in orange, at the left, journeyman lineman Jonathan Sickler, holding one of the ropes guiding the pole into position. On the crane is one of Brian’s sons, Garrett Moody, while son Collin Moody in the brown coveralls holds a second rope.  Power line connections will be handled by McMinnville Water and Light.

Northwest McMinnville gets utility upgrades

The busy work zone on Northwest Baker Creek Road near Hill Road extended last week into grassy, tree-lined Roma Sitton Memorial Park. New homes are quickly filling the North Baker subdivision, and the ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Construction began Friday of the south-end dogleg on Three Mile Lane onto the temporary bridge across South Yamhill River bridge. Demolition of the existing bridge will start later this year.

ODOT bridge project brings Three Mile Lane disruption

The ramped-up Northeast Three Mile Lane construction project at South Yamhill River bridge involves temporary, but long-term, changes to vehicle traffic as well as relocating a section of sewer main. Scheduled ...

County commissioners OK water, sewer grants

Yamhill County Commissioners have approved grants to cities for water and sewer infrastructure, and authorized the county administrator to begin advertising for consultants to create a plan for the county ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Hair stylist Braxton Starr gives a tour of his studio, Parlor, to guests during an open house event Friday night. Parlor is located upstairs in the 400 block of Third Street.

Along the Street: Salon opening celebration helps Homeward Bound

Colorful McCaw, a locally owned and operated hair salon for people of all ages, will celebrate its new location with an event Saturday, Jan. 15. The grand opening will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at 525 N.E. ...

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Blood supply at crisis level; several local drives planned

Several local blood drives are planned in the next few weeks as the American Red Cross tries to restock its supplies during what it calls “a national blood crisis.” McMinnville, Amity and ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Columbus Elementary Skill Builder Danielle Vironen helps kindergartner Eli Godoi with a writing assignment. Vironen, a classified employee who is working on her master s degree, sometimes fills in for teachers at her school when other substitutes are not available.

Classified worker turned sub enjoys teaching duties

Danielle Vironen is planning to become a teacher when she finishes her master’s degree in 2023. She’s had a chance to get started early, though, substituting for absent teachers in the school ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Columbus Elementary Skill Builder Danielle Vironen helps kindergartner Eli Godoi with a writing assignment. Vironen, a classified employee who is working on her master s degree, sometimes fills in for teachers at her school when other substitutes are not available.

Substitute shortage puts squeeze on local schools

With slightly higher than usual staff absentee rates and a smaller than usual pool of substitutes, McMinnville schools are scrambling this month to make sure all teaching positions are filled so in-person ...

Burns Supper honors poet with haggis and bagpipes

A few tickets are still available for the 2022 Burns Supper, hosted by the Celtic Heritage Alliance in McMinnville. The evening, a celebration of the poetry of Robert Burns, will include haggis and other ...

Police find wanted subject dead

McMinnville Police, who attempted to establish contact with a wanted subject at his residence in the southwest part of the city Friday afternoon, found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The ...

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Missing tattoo artist found dead in Tigard

The body of Jesse Michael McFerran, a Lafayette resident who owns the Fancy Rabbit Art Collective tattoo business, 413 N.E. Third St., in McMinnville, was found Saturday in what Tigard Police described ...

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