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From Amity to Yamhill: Here's how & when schools will start the fall semester

McMinnville schools will open Sept. 14, a week later than initially planned, with comprehensive distance learning rather than in-person classes. The district had been considering both distance learning ...

County commissioners prioritize project list amid pandemic woes

Expanding rural broadband and increasing county transit options, especially for Sunday service, were among items Yamhill County Commissioners added to a projects’ list they would like to fund if ...

 
County health officials shut down teen's corn stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amity flour mill hearing back on

A hearing on a proposed flour mill and farm stand outside Amity, postponed from June, is scheduled for Thursday before the Yamhill County Commissioners. The county had approved Bram Yoffie and Susan Stoller’s ...

 
Mac city council approves new construction code, announces plans for small business grants

An overhauled municipal code for buildings and construction received near-unanimous approval from the McMinnville City Council after a second review last week, and was quickly followed by adoption of a ...

 
Distinguished Service Awards announced in McMinnville

Harold Washington and Teresa Smith have been named man and woman of the year in the annual Distinguished Service Awards promoting the spirit of community volunteerism. The awards, a program hosted by ...

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Yamhill County

Two more people have died of COVID-19 in Yamhill County, bringing the county’s death toll to 12, and 49 new cases were reported on Monday, increasing the case total to 385. The Oregon Health Authority ...

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Wednesday, Aug. 5] Yamhill County reported 5 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 405. Two of the new cases are people in the 40s and three are in their 50s. Four of the new cases are ...

 
Uptick in local homeless encampments, but drop in county count

People are once again living in cars, RVs and tents in McMinnville’s Northeast Dustin Court/Marsh Lane area, albeit in smaller-than-previous numbers, prompting occasional complaints from neighboring ...

Yamhill County unemployment drops below 10%

Unemployment in Yamhill County dropped to 9.7% in June, down from 13.2% in May, buoyed by job gains across most industries, including many businesses offering personal services that had been shuttered ...

Oregon lawmakers return Aug. 10 for session to deal with deficit

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown will call lawmakers back to the Capitol beginning Aug. 10 to try to fill a billion-dollar budget hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This crisis ...

Yamhill County schools switch to distance learning for fall

Yamhill County school districts have been working feverishly on reopening plans throughout the summer, preparing to return students to school buildings in the fall, at least part of the time. But this ...

Carlton Council considers zoning change for subdivision

 

 
Family seeks answers as Sheridan man, 26, dies of COVID-19 related causes

A 26-year-old Sheridan man who became ill at work and died days later at home is the 10th person to die of COVID-19 in Yamhill County. Matthew Irvin, described by his family as a sportsman and “a ...

 
Baca says he won't resign as Linfield trustees chair

Portland attorney David Baca will not resign as chair of Linfield University’s Board of Trustees, saying Thursday he has the board’s support despite ongoing faculty and student criticism, ...

 
Good deed destroyed in flames

Dara Abell’s mother, Ann Coleman, expresses love through her cooking. “She’s been cooking as long as I can remember,” Abell said. “Ask anyone in Dayton. She’s amazing. ...

 
Future in flux for Sheridan Library

The Sheridan Public Library has a history dating to the 1940s, when the city bought the property on Northeast Yamhill Street for $250. But the question weighing heavily on the minds of city staff, the ...

 
Stopping By: Entrepreneur is all ears

Update: Miguel Lozano's elote sales are on hold. Miguel, a high school sophomore who already has a food service card, said he was notified that he needs to fill out paperwork, pay $1,415 and take classes ...

 
Mac Hub runs auction after spring pickups around McMinnville

MacHub, a program of Swedemom Center of Giving, will run an online, charitable furniture auction next week as an extension of its 2020 Earth Day project. Auction days are Tuesday through Friday, Aug. ...

 
Log truck topples over bridge into Willamina Creek, spills fuel

A log truck toppled over the side of the Willamina Creek bridge Monday morning, falling about 20 feet and spilling fuel and oil into the creek, officials said. The injured driver was transported to the ...

Latest Sports

OSAA adopts new 2020/21 athletic plan; Fall sports postponed to March

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved Wednesday by the association’s ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Tom Anderson teaches hoops and fosters relationships

WILLAMINA – Entering his 15th season as the Willamina head girls basketball coach, Tom Anderson is as equally comfortable deploying defensive strategies on the court as he is fostering bonds ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Henry serves as coach, mentor for Dayton wrestlers

DAYTON – In his 13 years of coaching at Dayton High School, Rob Henry discovered his calling: Mentoring athletes, and not only in wrestling, but in life. He found each of his wrestlers ...

 
Dingers, Stingers and Ringors: Local softball stars win national title

WARSAW, IN – Yamhill County’s Dingers, Stingers and Ringors left their mark on the inaugural National Softball Association’s Odd Age 13U World Series two weeks ago in Warsaw, ...

Linfield postpones fall sports

Linfield University is postponing its football season until spring, along with soccer, rowing and volleyball, and moving golf and tennis to fall along with cross country. Linfield and eight other schools ...

OSAA pushes back start of fall sports

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board decided Wednesday to delay the first contest date for cross country, volleyball and soccer, changing the start of fall sports from August ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Hartmann leaves legacy of success at Y-C soccer

Brittany Hartmann leaves an impressive legacy of success with the Yamhill-Carlton girls soccer program. As head coach for the past five years, she proved instrumental in transforming the Tigers ...

 
Coaching Conversations: Jason Hafner teaches the value of hard word, dedication

Over 20 district titles. A dozen combined individual and relay state championships. Since 1999, Jason Hafner has proven himself one of McMinnville High School’s most accomplished head coaches. ...

Dayton opens head football position, former coach Todd Shirley asked to re-apply

Dayton High School has begun searching for a new head football coach. Last year’s head coach, Todd Shirley, was told by the Dayton administration they were opening the position, and he was welcome ...

 
Fires, broken bones and COVID-19: Local rodeo family finds a way

Life on the rodeo tour is always demanding. Families face rigorous schedules, physical wear and expensive travel and boarding – all daunting challenges of their favorite sport and pastime. The ...

 
Rich helps bring distance track program to Whitman

McMinnville High School alum Whitney Rich achieved an impressive volume of success during her running career at Whitman College. During her senior season, she earned both the Northwest Conference Runner ...

 
Megan Sandmann completes triathlon in Dayton

DAYTON – When tackling an obstacle as formidable as the Ironman Triathlon, athletes often arrive equipped with a hefty dose of motivation. As she trained for last Saturday’s personal ...

 
Heading to the South Side

With the 112th pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft, the Chicago White Sox select . . . . . . Kade Mechals! After his tremendous journey led him through McMinnville High School and three ...

 
Mac High alum Kade Mechals drafted by White Sox

McMinnville High School alum Kade Mechals, who pitched for the Grizzlies in 2016, was selected Thursday night by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Picked 112th ...

 
Parker Moore’s legacy inspires current and past football players

Parker Moore’s spirit of leadership endures at Linfield College. The former football player was murdered during a late-night trip to 7-Eleven nearly six years ago, but his legacy at the McMinnville ...

 
Smith named Ad Rutschman Award winner

Wyatt Smith joined an impressive list of former Wildcat football players Friday during the 68th annual Oregon Sports Awards. The junior quarterback and son of head coach, Joseph Smith, was named ...

 
Mac swim coach urges state to reopen pools

Local swimmers feel left out. Phase One of Oregon’s reopening of the economy included restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms and malls. And yet, public swimming pools didn’t ...

 
Senior bowlers feel lost without favorite pastime

Wanda Nelson grows tired of feeling cooped up. The 90-year old secretary of the Senior Citizens Bowling League can’t wait for her favorite pastime to re-enter her weekly schedule. A longtime ...

 
All-state girls basketball: Arzner, five others recognized

Six local high school girls basketball players were honored with all-state recognition by Oregon head coaches. McMinnville’s Kylee Arzner, Willamina’s Kaya McLean, Kira Rankin and Piper Shrabel, ...

OSAA offers guidelines for Phase One of school athletic activities

The Oregon School Activities Association’s Executive Board continues searching for solutions to the state’s absence of sports. Wednesday morning, the Executive Board met in a closed work session ...

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