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District seeks to hire School Resource Officer

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
During the May 11 Siuslaw School Board meeting, members voted to pursue hiring a School Resource Officer (SRO) in collaboration with the City of Florence and the Florence Police Department.
The SRO will be a uniformed Florence police officer working full time at the three Siuslaw schools.
Siuslaw School District Superintendent Ethel Angal said, "The right person can really
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CATCHING WAVES

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Florence's 109th annual Rhododendron Festival splashed through the weekend of May 20 to 22 with a theme of "Catch the Wave!" Luckily, Saturday's rainy conditions subsided for the majority of Sunday's Grand Floral Parade.

The weekend featured the return of Davis Show Northwest's Amusement Carnival at the Port of Siuslaw parking lot and many events in and around Old
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Voters pass Mapleton bond, defeat Siuslaw’s

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Mapleton School District voters approved a $4 million bond measure for school improvements, while Siuslaw School District voters rejected a proposed $36.9 million new high school in the May 17 Primary Election.
Lane County voters also approved measure 20-239 to support 4-H and Oregon State University Extension Service programs. The five-year levy will increase property taxes by 1.5 cents
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Candidates move on to November race

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
The May 17 Primary Election preliminary results are in, and Lane County and the State of Oregon have made known their choices on candidates locally, statewide and for the U.S. presidential primaries.
Lane County voters cast 118,200 ballots. This is 53.6 percent of the registered 220,725 voters in the county. In Oregon, 1,166,353 ballots were cast, or 50.9 percent of
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Boys and Girls Club to launch new drum corps program

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Musical venue added to Teen Center's list of outreach programs.
Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County Teen Center Director Tracy Aaron recently announced the launch of the club's new drum corps program.
The new program, open to students in grades 5 through 12, kicks off Tuesday with two demonstration drum performances at the Teen Center by professional
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Rhody Fest makes ‘waves’

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Late-blooming rhodies welcome residents and tourists alike to the city's 109th annual Rhododendron Festival, which continues this weekend. With the theme "Catch the Wave," be sure to catch all the activities taking place around town today and the Grand Floral Parade tomorrow at noon. See page 7A for a complete schedule of festival events.
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109th annual rhododendron festival Ride the wave

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Davis Amusement Carnival prepares to "Catch the Wave!" at the Port of Siuslaw with the 109th annual Rhododendron Festival, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, May 22. The carnival's rides and treats will be open to the public today at 4 p.m. and throughout the rest of Rhody Days. For more information, look in today's paper for a special
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Bay Street open for business

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) promised that no lane closures will take place on Bay Street in Old Town after 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, through the end of the Rhododendron Festival on Sunday, May 22.
Assistant Project Manager Mike Stennett said ODOT crews will most likely still be working, but will work within the containment system rather than block
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FAHS now known as Oregon Coast Humane Society

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Florence Area Humane Society announced Monday that it is officially changing its name to Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS). The humane society board of directors has been pondering the name change since earlier this year.
"The name change reflects the organization's focus on network and outreach programs with myriad animal welfare facilities across the state," the announcement said.
The name
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Triathlon nets $4K thanks to sponsors

Modified: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Event turns a profit for the first time in its 4-year history.
Dunes City Mayor Rebecca Ruede announced during the May 12 city council meeting that the Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon event, held earlier this month, turned a profit for the first time in its four-year history.
The event netted approximately $4,000 after expenses, according to Ruede. She attributed
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‘Coast Guard City’ could be on Florence’s horizon

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
National designation recognizes communities that support their
local Coast Guard stations.
Newly sworn in U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist Deborah Heldt Cordone and Florence Mayor Joe Henry are looking into what it will take to have Florence designated a "Coast Guard City." The designation recognizes communities across the nation for supporting "Team Coast Guard."
U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River
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Crowning moment

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
"This would be the perfect moment for my Polaroid!" Queen Rhododendra Hanna Anderson said right after being crowned queen Wednesday night at the 2016 Rhododendron Court Scholarship Showcase at the Florence Events Center.
Anderson, a Siuslaw High School junior, and Princesses Taylor Coolidge, a junior, and Lyndsey Keppol, a senior, led 10 Junior Court princes and princesses in the May 11
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Drop off votes by Tuesday for primary

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Ballots are due Tuesday for the May 17 Primary Election in Oregon. All ballots must be received by 8 p.m., and postmarks do not count.
Drop boxes will remain open until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
In Florence, the drop box is at the Florence Justice Center, 900 Greenwood St., which is accessed by Ninth Street.
The ballot includes
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