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Florence woman dies in Highway 126 accident

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single-vehicle traffic crash that caused the death of an elderly female passenger.
The driver sustained minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital.
According to Sgt. Casey Codding, on Sept. 12, about 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup, driven by William L. Calhoun, 64, of Bend, was traveling
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Scorching hot at the dunes

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Thirty-five to 40 acres of brush were burned Thursday at the South Jetty. The prescribed burn focused on eradicating beach grass and Scotch broom. About 10 firefighters from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue participated, in support of the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Newport fire teams, which put about 30 people on scene. Crews worked Friday, too,
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Annual Night at the Drive-In tonight

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Celestial mystery and magic will come to Miller Park tonight with Coast Radio's nostalgic Night at the Drive-In.
Steven Spielberg's 1982 box office hit "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" will be this year's featured movie, which will begin at 8 p.m. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, "E.T." was the highest grossing movie of the decade.
Gates at the 15th Street
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Angal signs two-year contract with Siuslaw

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Siuslaw School District board of directors offered Ethel Angal a two-year district superintendent contract during its Sept. 10 meeting. Angal has been serving as interim superintendent on a month-to-month basis since June.
Her contract, which pays $107,000 a year, runs through June 30, 2016.
"I was nearing retirement and probably would have retired at the end of this year as
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District settles with former superintendent

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
During its Sept. 10 meeting, the Siuslaw School District board of directors voted to approve a settlement between former Superintendent Shawn Wiencek and the district for $50,000. PACE, the school district's property and casualty insurance carrier will pay the settlement amount. The school district will then pay $20,000 to PACE.
The motion, unanimously approved by the board members present, was
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Beethovenís opera to be performed at FEC this weekend

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Cascadia Concert Opera will conclude its 2014 season with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
The concert is sponsored by the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
"Fidelio" will be presented in English with piano accompaniment and chorus.
Beethoven's
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Exchange program seeks students, volunteers

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Even though there is a large display case in city hall containing 20 year's worth of gifts, many Florence residents may not know that the city maintains a Friendship City relationship with Yamagata City in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. A key element of this relationship has been an ongoing student exchange program.
Julia Tousley-Ritt, coordinator for international relations for the City
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CUSTOM & CLASSIC

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Jim and Kathy Schuette of Salem took home the prize for Best of Show in the Open Class with their 1958 Buick at the annual Rods Ďn' Rhodies Car Show last weekend. High-end Custom Hot Rod Class was won by Glen Jahnke of Gold Hill for his 1955 Nomad. For more photos, go to page B1, and coming soon, the
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Meet city manager candidates Friday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The City of Florence is hosting an informal "meet and greet" so residents can gather to talk with the final candidates being considered for the job of city manager.
Six people are traveling from as far as New Jersey to vie for the position.
The meet-and-greet is Friday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Florence Events Center
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BeachWalk means sandy paws for a good cause

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Canine pals are invited to participate in the annual Habitat for Humanity BeachWalk Saturday, Sept. 13.
Bandannas will be available to purchase so that dogs will be in style for the trek down the beach toward Driftwood Shores.
Each dog will receive a doggie litter bag and a biscuit. Participants can even create a team in a dog's name or
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New administrative team ready for school year

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Siuslaw High School welcomes three new members to the administrative team, Principal Kerri Tatum, Vice Principal Corky Franklin and Athletic Director Jeromy Graybill. Of the three, only Tatum has history with the district.
Tatum was Siuslaw High School's assistant principal last year and was chosen by the Siuslaw School Board to replace Matt Henry, who accepted the position of school
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Emergency Prep Expo at Greentrees Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Florence-area residents are invited to attend an Emergency Preparedness Expo, sponsored by the West Lane Emergency Operations Group, Greentrees Village Homeowners Association, Bi-Mart and True Value Hardware.
Speakers and exhibits will present user-friendly information on how to get ready to survive a disaster, whether it is a fire, flood, storm or earthquake.
Topics will include emergency water issues,
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Siuslaw foresters plan prescribed burns for dunes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Siuslaw National Forest prescribed burning for the South Jetty could happen as early as Thursday, Sept. 11, and the Dunes Overlook the week of Sept. 15. All burning depends on the weather and may not be done if the conditions change.
"We are doing the work this time of year to impact as little as possible the public who
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Prescribed burns planned for dunes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Siuslaw National Forest prescribed burning for the South Jetty could happen as early as Thursday, Sept. 11 and the Dunes Overlook the week of Sep.r 15. All burning depends on the weather and may not be done if the conditions change.
"We are doing the work this time of year to impact as little as possible the public
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DAV event honors contributors, supporters

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
The local Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 23 hosted its annual barbecue and award ceremonies Saturday at its meeting hall on 21st Street. According to Chapter Commander David "Skip" Stitt, 173 vets and visitors converged on the hall for a huge meal that included at least six different barbecued meats, shish kabob and yakatoris, plus all the fixings. People
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Rods íní Rhodies shine this weekend in Old Town

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
The seventh annual Rods 'n' Rhodies Invitational Car Show rolled into Florence last night and continues through today and tomorrow. More than 100 high-end hot rods from all over the western United States and Canada are expected to participate.
The show includes a new Open Class category this year to allow owners of muscle cars and restored classics
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Suspect arrested in Yachats assault

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
Deputies at the Lane County Sheriff's Office were tipped off to the location of Yachats' resident Buddy Valentine, who has been accused of attacking his housemate on Aug. 26.
Valentine, 62, was found Aug. 31 in a vacant house near Tenmile Creek Road, milepost 4, and was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree arson and second-degree burglary.
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Link program welcomes Siuslaw freshmen

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
Much national press has been given to the subject of bullying and hazing in schools, especially to new freshmen. This year, incoming Siuslaw High School freshmen were treated to a profoundly different experience on their first day, thanks to a mentoring program called Link adopted by the school.
Siuslaw High School chemistry teacher Jonathan Hornung thinks the program implemented by
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COOL CHALLENGE

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
There are much worse things than having a bucket of ice water dumped over your head.
On the other hand, it is not an experience that people normally find entertaining. (That is not to say that those who watch others being soaked don't find it amusing.)
When Clare Hawkins of St. Mary of the Dunes Catholic Church and
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Greentrees hosts council candidatesí first forum

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
Last week a number of Florence City Council candidates lined up to meet the public at a forum hosted by Greentrees homeowners' association. It was an opportunity to take a look at the unusually long slate of candidates, although four were no-shows. Invited were Alan Burns, Joseph Henry (both mayoral candidates), Shayne Burnem, Susy Lacer, George Lyddon, Clarence Lysdale, Ron
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Florence real estate market on the mend

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
The roller coaster ride of Florence-area residential real estate prices over the last several years appears to be leveling out, according to certified residential appraiser and real estate market analyst Tawfik Ahdab.
"Median sale prices have remained relatively stable for the last five quarters. That is an indicator of stability. The median sales price right now is about $162,000.
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Free meals for all Mapleton school students

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 2nd, 2014
Breakfast and lunch will be offered free to all Mapleton School District students because the district has been approved to participate in the Oregon Department of Education's child nutrition service.
The federally funded four-year program will run from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2018. All students in the Mapleton School District are eligible, and do not need to sign
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