About an hour before the start of Saturday afternoon’s Willamina High School drive-through graduation ceremony, a pickup pulled to the curb at the bottom of Oaken Hills Drive, where the job of decorating ...

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End of an era as McMinnville 'Penney's' set to close

For the first time in over a century, McMinnville will soon be without a JCPenney store. J. C. Penney Company, Inc., doing business as JCPenney, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 15. Today it announced ...

 
Sheridan names Vickery superintendent

The Sheridan School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Dorie Vickery as superintendent during a special Zoom meeting Tuesday night. Vickery is an educational consultant for the Philomath School ...

 
Linfield will reopen campus, with in-person classes this fall

Students will return to in-person classes this fall at Linfield University, President Miles Davis said today. "We are going to comply with the best scientific data, as well as make sure you have a good, ...

 
Commissioners ask for county to move to Phase 2 reopening

UPDATE: Thursday afternoon Yamhill County received approval from the state to move to Phase 2 Reopening on Saturday, June 6.   -------   Yamhill County Commissioners Wednesday morning voted ...

Sheridan spaces out graduation

Sheridan High School is spacing graduation over four days, culminating with a Saturday, June 6, event for the 48 seniors. The 2020 graduating class: Brandon Ashlock, Alyssa Asuncion, Emilia Ayala, Michael ...

Mayors, council seats up for election in November

Voters in cities around Yamhill County will elect council members and, in most cases, mayors in the Nov. 3 general election. Candidates can start filing in McMinnville, Newberg and most other cities this ...

Yamhill County considers next step in reopening economy

Yamhill County is reviewing the criteria necessary to enter the next phase of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, one that may allow for increased work in offices, outdoor gatherings of up ...

 
Signs of grad times

Teachers, standing a few feet apart, waved as a steady line of student cars snaked through McMinnville High School’s parking lot Friday. “This is awesome,” Matt Saltmarsh said, clapping ...

Local law enforcement agencies react to Floyd death

McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales said he felt disgust when he saw the video of a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, even as he gasped “I can’t ...

 
Parks departments work to balance services, safety

Local parks and recreation departments have been battling health issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak from multiple angles. While parks have remained open to the public, most facilities and ...

COVID-19 case confirmed in Sheridan

After dropping to fewer than 20 new cases a day recently, Oregon reported more than 70 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 49 on Thursday, with three new deaths reported Thursday, bringing the state’s ...

Bargaining continues between McMinnville teachers, district

Teams from McMinnville’s teacher union and the McMinnville School District are discussing safety issues and employee assignments, as well as finances, as they negotiate a new contract. The ...

 
Yamhelas trail moves forward on split vote

Supporters of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail took a turn rallying in front of the county courthouse on Thursday, an hour before commissioners began deliberations on whether an initial segment of the trail ...

Census: It's not too late to be counted

More than 60% of U.S. residents have completed the 2020 Census, but nearly 40% still need to fill it out. They still can, and still should, according the Census Bureau. “Everyone living in the United ...

 
Newberg woman charged with beating boyfriend

A Newberg woman faces charges accusing her of hitting her boyfriend over the head with a frying pan, breaking a wine bottle over his head and attacking him with a running weed whacker, leaving bruises ...

 
Sheridan standoff suspect receives 2-year prison term

A 48-year-old man involved in a seven-hour standoff at the Sheridan home of his disabled father has been sentenced to two years in prison. Kenneth Sundrud was accused of threatening people at the home ...

 
Legion Riders give scholarships

The American Legion Riders from McMinnville Post 21 have chosen four graduating seniors to receive scholarships. The motorcycle group presented $1,000 scholarships to Paul Morris of Willamina ...

No one is tampering with party affiliation, clerk says

Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen has a plea for county residents — and all voters, really: If you have questions about your ballot, or your party affiliation, please, call your local ...

 
In Willamina, a drive-through graduation

About an hour before the start of Saturday afternoon’s Willamina High School drive-through graduation ceremony, a pickup pulled to the curb at the bottom of Oaken Hills Drive, where the job of decorating ...

More storage needed for MacHub project

Organizers for MacHub’s curbside collection project are searching for more storage space to hold the “stuff” collected so far in May from more than 300 area residences. Private businesses ...

State & Region

Portland won't use police in school following protests

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest school district said Thursday it will discontinue the use of school resource officers in its schools in the aftermath ...

Sixth night of protest in Portland attracts thousands

Thousands of protesters who gathered for the sixth consecutive night of protests in Portland, Oregon remained peaceful. The Portland Police Bureau said Thursday that a crowd estimated at 10,000 or more ...

Top Oregon health official: No virus surge since state reopening

Oregon hasn’t seen a coronavirus resurgence in the weeks since most counties began to slowly reopen businesses, the state’s top health official said. Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick ...

Oregon loosening virus restrictions for restaurants, pools for counties in Phase 2

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan will begin Friday and includes opening pools, zoos, museums and movie ...

Oregon governor resists using National Guard in active role

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she won’t send National Guard troops to actively help quell violent protests in Portland over the killing of ...

More arrests in Portland as George Floyd protests continue

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested 12 adults during protests Sunday and early Monday morning after authorities said projectiles – including aerial mortars – were thrown at officers as demonstrations ...

Oregon's Employment Deparment head ousted over unemployment delays

Gov. Kate Brown has fired the head of the Oregon Employment Department after long delays in delivering benefits to people who have lost jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. Brown said Sunday she had ...

Social media companies alerted about elections content in Oregon

Oregon's Republican Secretary of State Bev Clarno alerted Twitter and Facebook to what she said were falsehoods being shared on their platforms and the social media companies say they’ll take steps ...

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme ...

Two more churches sue Brown over virus gathering restrictions

Two additional churches are suing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, saying her social gathering restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic violate their constitutional right to the freedom of religion and ...

Baker County judge won't dismiss order tossing out governor's virus restrictions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rural Oregon judge says he won’t dismiss his ruling which tossed out Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The ...

No one is tampering with party affiliation, clerk says

Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen has a plea for county residents — and all voters, really: If you have questions about your ballot, or your party affiliation, please, call your local ...

Oregon election: Secretary of state race close, backhoe grabs attention

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former state senator swept to a surprise victory in the GOP primary Oregon's lone Republican congressional seat. But the most curious election issue involved a backhoe. Meanwhile, ...

Bentz wins GOP 2nd District primary; Biden wins Oregon Democratic presidential primary

SALEM — Republican voters in Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former state senator to be their candidate to replace Rep. Greg Walden, who didn’t run for a ...

Oregon unemployment soars to 14% for April, highest ever

Numbers released Tuesday show Oregon’s unemployment rate soared to a “catastrophic” 14.2% in April, marking the deepest recession the state has experienced since it began keeping records ...

Waiting week woes: Jobless wonder when government computers will be fixed

Four weeks after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced plans to eliminate the unemployment “waiting week,” her office this week confirmed to the News-Register that the state is still “preparing ...

Brown: Large part of the state to reopen under Phase 1

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday allowed the vast majority of counties in the state to reopen in a first phase affecting restaurants, bars, hair salons and many other businesses, though just under half ...

Oregon sees 1st case of childhood disease linked to virus

Oregon has confirmed its first confirmed case of a rare inflammatory disease in children that has been linked to COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority announced the case of pediatric multi-system inflammatory ...

Governor tells Oregon agencies to prepare for 17% budget cut

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has directed state agencies to prepare for a 17% budget cut due to cratering tax revenues because of the coronavirus outbreak. “Whether the state ...

Oregon State Fair canceled

The Oregon State Fair, an end-of-summer ritual that typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, has been canceled. Scheduled to run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, the fair was canceled to ...

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