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Modified: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
History came alive for 32 of Gina Halpin's fourth-grade students, as they took on the Common Core project of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Each student chose one of nine expedition projects, including Fort Clatsop (the fort Lewis and Clark built at the mouth of the Columbia River), President Thomas Jefferson, Sacagawea and even Seaman, the dog that accompanied the
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From sheriff to chief

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Wednesday was a good day for Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, who officially signed the contract for Florence police chief. He begins his new role May 1 and will swear in to office the following Monday at the Florence City Council meeting.
Turner, 54, had been working with city staff to settle last-minute details, including an extensive background check, before
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Rotary auction exceeds $100K

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Rotarians apparently don't like to come up short.
After raising more than $94,000 last month from the annual Rotary Auction, the Florence club received a few last-minute donations that pushed the final fundraising amount beyond its 2015 goal of $100,000.
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Port fills vacancy

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
During the April 15 board meeting, Port of Siuslaw commissioners voted David Huntington to fill the remaining two months of commission position No. 4, which became vacant when Bill Fleenor submitted his resignation last month.
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NIKE awards Mapleton high $25K grant

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Mapleton High School Principal Brenda Moyer was recently informed that the Nike School Innovation Fund had approved a $25,877 grant to allow eight of Mapleton's nine high school teachers to attend the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) training session in Denver, Co., July 23 to 25.
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All for one

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Florence, along with their friends and family, spent their Saturday sprucing up the planting strip in front of Dunes Village Shopping Center on the corner of Highways 126 and 101.
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Community radio station celebrates first anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Florence community radio station KXCR's one-year anniversary of playing on air is Sunday, April 19. The station will celebrate with an open house from 12 to 7 p.m. at its Ninth Street location.
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Dunes City preps for triathlon, tsunami

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
DUNES CITY -- Dunes City Council worked to finalize loose ends last week during its final meeting before the third annual Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon set for Saturday, May 9.
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All Bets are OFF Dunes City vs. Florence

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
In February, Dunes City Council issued a challenge to Florence City Council to participate in the Oregon Dunes Duathlon on May 9. Florence mayor Joe Henry accepted the challenge and this week announced the team.
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Schools unhappy with state budget

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
Following on the heels of the Oregon House of Representa-tives, the state Senate passed the $7.255 billion K-12 education budget April 6, and Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the two-year school funding plan soon. Both Siuslaw and Mapleton school district superintendents, however, oppose the amount approved.
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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Posted: Friday, Apr 10th, 2015
Children's Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) can now live as "happily, happily, happily ever after" as the characters in their production of "Once Upon a Mattress," which opened at Florence Events Center last night.
Director Melanie Heard announced Friday that CROW acquired its new building at 3120 Highway 101.
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MAD DASH

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
Hundreds of children, between 1 and 10 years old, scrambled to
gather more than 3,000 plastic Easter eggs Saturday during the annual Rotary Club of Florence Easter Egg Hunt at Miller Park. Children were divided into six age groups to ensure fairness. Each egg had a prize inside. Special gold eggs had numbers corresponding with larger prizes for each
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Local country singer Amy Clawson named grand marshal

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that local recording artist Amy Clawson has been named grand marshal for this year's 108th Rhododendron Festival.
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rockiní Rhody Festival revs up

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
The 108th Rhododendron Festival will be held in Florence from May 15 to 17. The festivities will kick off the week before on Wednesday, May 6, with the Rhody Court Scholarship Showcase, continue with Dunes City's Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon on May 9 and culminate with a carnival, classic car show, vendor fair and parade the week of the
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City honors police chief, awaits replacement

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
Although the City of Florence and Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner have not officially signed contracts instating Turner as Florence chief of police, interim police chief Lynn Lamm is preparing to step down.
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Central Lincoln plans $6M upgrade

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2015
Central Lincoln People's Utility District (CLPUD) has started a $6 million project to upgrade electric utilities in the Florence area.
CLPUD representatives Bruce Lovelin, chief engineer, and Chris Chandler, communication and economic development manager, are excited about the project that has been in the works since the mid-1990s.
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