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Rose Marie Caughran, 'force of nature' in Mac, dies at 92

Everybody, it seems, has memories of Rose Marie Caughran, McMinnville’s former library director and longtime city volunteer who cared for trees and kept the downtown area tidy almost until her death. Caughran ...

Federal Labor Relations Board issues complaint against hospital

The National Labor Relations Board, which oversees U.S. labor laws in relation with collective bargaining, has issued a complaint against Willamette Valley Medical Center alleging the hospital is not bargaining ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Wednesday, Jan. 20] Yamhill County reported one new death from COVID-19 and 26 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 63 new cases yesterday; the accumulation of cases from Saturday through Monday. The new ...

Planning commission holds winery, timber hearings open

Yamhill County planners took testimony on two applications Jan. 7, but held the record open for both to allow participants more time to submit written testimony. In Sheridan, applicant Craig Fanshier ...

 
McMinnville man indicted twice, faces 20 charges

A pair of grand jury indictments has charged a McMinnville man with 20 counts alleging child sexual abuse and the assault of a female victim whom he knew to be pregnant at the time. Nicholas Ramon Santoya, ...

 
Newberg drug dealer sentenced; buyer died of an overdose

Newberg drug dealer Jared Davis sold the oxycodone pills that resulted in the overdose death of a 29-year-old mother of an infant, yet he can’t be held directly responsible under Oregon law, said Yamhill ...

COVID-19 ramping up in county

Note: This story has been updated to correct a typo in the number of vaccinations administered in the county. It took nearly nine months, from the arrival of the pandemic in Oregon last February, ...

 
Gallery, LaCroute awarded'decade' honors

Gallery Theater and avid arts supporter Ronni LaCroute are among honorees in the Broadway World Regional 2020 Awards. Gallery was named “Community Theater of the Decade” and its December 2019 ...

 
Stopping by: Prioritizing prayer

Standing in a pew near the front of the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s sanctuary, Tina Chase lifted her hands high in the air as she began to pray. Raising her hands to God is “kind of a surrender,” ...

Trail's end or just a hiatus?

With opponents of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail now in the majority on the county board of commissioners, progress on the project is uncertain, but widely expected to be halted for at least two years. It’s ...

Possible rec center site raises questions

The executive committee of Linfield University’s board of trustees has drafted a memorandum of understanding about the potential partnership between it and the city of McMinnville for a future recreation ...

Mac officer saves man from flood

A determined McMinnville police sergeant saved a man from the raging Yamhill River at Joe Dancer Park early Thursday morning, after spending much of the night searching for him. In a press release, the ...

County to support suit against governor

The county board of commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to send a letter of support for a lawsuit filed by three state legislators challenging Gov. Kate Brown’s authority to issue executive orders during ...

Seven more COVID deaths announced by county

Yamhill County has announced seven new deaths from COVID-19 this week, as deaths surged statewide, going from 73 in the final week of December to 177 last week. However, reports are often delayed by several ...

Board: New school chief should live in McMinnville

McMinnville School Board members want their new superintendent to live in McMinnville, as retiring Superintendent Maryalice Russell does. They would, however, allow the person they hire some time to make ...

 
First Federal six months from moving into new headquarters

Work is continuing on the new First Federal headquarters, a nearly 32,000 square foot building at Third and Baker streets on the west end of downtown McMinnville. The three-story building will ...

McMinnville district mulls February school reopening

With the prospect of Oregon schools reopening for in-person classes, the McMinnville School District plans to survey parents next week about whether they feel comfortable sending students back into buildings ...

City council responds to Capitol attack

On the night McMinnville’s councilors and mayor were sworn in, Tynan Pierce pointed to the oath they had just recited to uphold the Constitution in taking them to task for failing to formally condemn ...

Along the Street: Corporate tax due

Corporate tax due Estimated fourth-quarter payments under Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax are due by Feb. 1 for businesses expecting to owe $10,000 or more. The state Department of Revenue ...

Nearman stripped of duties after opening capitol door; resignation sought

UPDATED: Tuesday, Jan. 12: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Monday stripped a Republican state representative of his responsibilities and called for his resignation after he let rioters into the state ...

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Linfield teams begin practicing, aim for February competitions

While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit the landscape of college athletics, Linfield University’s sports teams return to practice with the hope of beginning competition next month. After ...

Mac alum Gubrud signs pro football contract, joins CFL’s BC Lions

Gage Gubrud’s professional football career has begun. The former McMinnville player signed a contract with the BC Lions Football Club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The six-foot, two-inch ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Barnett’s calm guidance led tightknit Tigers to ‘92 title

Larry Barnett’s legacy in Yamhill County was born from a calm wisdom which played a tremendous role in Yamhill-Carlton’s 1992 boys’ basketball state championship. In his 17th ...

 
Culture is key to Linfield football success

There’s a quote on the desk belonging to Linfield head football coach Joseph Smith. It was given to him by his mother. It stares at him every day, a relentless reminder of the importance ...

 
2020 Sports in Review

Local sports hampered by pandemic, Governor’s orders Coronavirus concerns and subsequent decisions by Oregon lawmakers and health officials directly affected Yamhill County athletics in 2020. Linfield ...

 
Heroin user sentenced in building crash

A Corvallis man was under the influence of heroin when he drove into and heavily damaged Newberg’s ETS Laboratories building in early August, Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles said. Landre Andrews, ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Bulldog brotherhood captures 2009 state baseball title

In 2009, a brotherhood of Bulldogs orchestrated one of the most unexpected state baseball championships in Oregon’s history. According to head coach Cliff Toney, it’s categorized as ...

 
The gift of a lifetime: ‘One Goal’ Wildcats claim 2004 national championship

Four years of demoralizing playoff losses — games in which supremely talented Linfield football teams lost rather than being beaten. From their frustration, in the spring of 2004, a group ...

 
The wait is over: Linfield sports to resume after Jan. 1

Following a lengthy coronavirus-related layoff, Linfield athletics will return in 2021. The Division III Northwest Conference Presidents’ Council decided to resume all league competition and championships ...

 
'There can be only one': Penultimate contests create thrills and anguish for ‘Cat football

“There can be only one” – the tagline from the 1980s cult film Highlander could well be the motto for the NCAA Division III playoffs. Only one team finishes the season with a ...

OSAA adjusts 2021 sports schedule, practices begin February 8

The COVID-19 pandemic continues demolish plans for the local high school sports seasons, as announced Monday by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). As a result of increased coronavirus ...

 
An unlikely hero: Backup QB Knecht powers ‘Cats to 2015 victory over UMHB

Character counts! Sometimes integrity is all that keeps a team going. Even after your team has survived the first two rounds of the NCAA DIII playoffs, the slog to the championship game requires ...

 
Thanksgiving week: Turkey, dressing and Linfield football

During the final week in November, it’s normally about turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and, of course, pie unless you’ve won your first-round playoff game, then the spotlight ...

 
The joy and sorrow of playoffs

Playoff football remains simple: win or go home. Qualifying for the playoffs is somewhat more difficult. In recent history, winning the Northwest Conference earned the champion an automatic bid ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Spartans cap magical ‘08 season with championship conquest

“We wanted to win it – and we thought we had a chance.” Former Sheridan head coach Matt Leichty believed his previous program had all the intangibles to write a storybook season ...

 
Team fortitude plays pivotal role during Linfield regular season finales

Mental toughness – the glue that sustains championship teams. Nowhere is team fortitude more important than when the winds of November blow rain through practice sessions, disrupting dreams ...

 
PAINFUL losses drive ‘Cats to future wins

There are losses, as the coaches say, you must flush out of your mind, and simply move on.  Some, however, stick like a hangover from a weekend beach party, purged solely after an appropriate period ...

 
A Hire calling: From Linfield to the NFL and back

If football’s your game, statistics indicate a narrow path to the heights of NFL fame. Those numbers indicate it’s a 1000 to one shot to make an NFL team out of high school. From an ...

 
Smith family rooted in ‘Cats’ football success

By the sixth week of the season, starting 11s are set, team routines established and the ‘Cats are rolling toward another conference title. However, at the halfway point of the 1989 season, ...

 
Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Amity bests Dayton 20-12 in ‘99 championship

Under the direction of head coach Jeff Flood, Amity won four consecutive Class 2A state football championships from 1998 to 2001. The run of excellence included an exhilarating 45-game unbeaten ...

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