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Reynolds accepts Florence city manager position

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
On Jan. 20, the Florence City Council unanimously voted to hire Finance Director Erin Reynolds as the new city manager.
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Starry Starry Night

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
OPB, Wobbe earn top honors at annual Siuslaw Awards

Both businesses and individuals received accolades from
members of the Florence
Area Chamber of Commerce at the Florence Events Center Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, during the eighth annual Siuslaw Awards banquet.
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Emergency department fundraiser nears completion

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
One of the largest fundraising efforts in the history of Florence is nearing completion. The $5 million goal to expand the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center emergency department (ED) is just $120,000 short of completion.
Michelle Douglas, the hospital's director of development released the updated figure Jan. 23, following the hospital foundation's Circle of Giving Celebration Dinner.
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Former SHS grads, now sheriff’s deputies, receive lifesaving awards

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
Two Douglas County sheriff's deputies, both Siuslaw High School alumni, received lifesaving awards last month during the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Conference at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center in Bend.
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Folks Flock to Fest

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
More than 1,100 people attended last weekend's Winter Folk Festival, which ran from Saturday, Jan. 17, to Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Florence Events Center. It was the 13th year of the popular annual event.
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Boys and Girls Club faces financial crisis

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Beginning Sunday, Feb. 1, the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County will implement a drastically increased fee structure. According to a letter sent to parents, the increase is needed to cover the cost of after-school care and enrichment programs.
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Police nab suspects in burglaries

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
An alarm triggered on Bay Street on Jan. 13 led to the Florence Police Department (FPD) arresting a suspect accused of breaking into two businesses.
This follows the Jan. 2 arrest of three suspects in connection with a burglary in December.
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McCornacks kick off folk festival

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
More than 900 students from area elementary schools were treated to a free concert at the Florence Events Center (FEC) Thursday, Jan. 15. Two concerts, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., featured the husband and wife guitar duo of Mike and Carleen McCornack, accompanied by Kevin McCornack on bassoon and concertina and Dale Bradley on bass and cello.
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Chamber business award finalists announced

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has released the nominees for the eighth annual Siuslaw Business Awards. This year's businesses are vying for recognition in five categories.
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New reporter joins Siuslaw News

Modified: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
This past summer, Chantelle Meyer took an intern position with the Siuslaw News editorial department.
At the time, Editor Theresa Baer said, "Chantelle is smart and focused. She started picking up news skills instantly."
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New year, new Florence city manager? Council offers position to current finance director

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
Florence's new city council has offered the position of city manager to Erin Reynolds, who has served as the city's finance director for 3-1/2 years. Pending negotiations with the contract, the new city manager could take office on March 1.
Filling the city manager position was a primary goal for the incoming city council.
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Woodbury to receive Distinguished Service Award

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Grocery Outlet owner Woody Woodbury to receive the Distinguished Service Award for 2014. The award will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 21, during the Siuslaw Business Awards at the Florence Events Center.
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Mapleton pool may get new lease on life

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
Members of the Siuslaw Regional Aquatic Center (SRAC) will propose that the Mapleton School District allow them to raise money to repair and reopen the pool located on school district property during tonight's Mapleton School Board meeting.
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Tom Paxton headlines Winter Folk Festival

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
Tom Paxton will headline the 2015 Winter Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. There also will be eight other performers during the day on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18, in addition to the annual Artisan Craft Fair and amateur pie-baking contest and sale.
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U.S. Attorney may take over pipe bomb case

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015
The Florence Police Department (FPD) has announced that the case concerning pipe bombs found in this area late last year may be turned over to federal authorities. The case is currently under investigation by the Portland Police Bureau and the FPD is cooperating in the effort.
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