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Remembering Brandon

Posted: Friday, Dec 9th, 2016
More than 150 people gathered in the Mapleton High School gym Friday afternoon for a special memorial service in memory of Brandon Kimble, a Mapleton freshman who tragically took his own life the morning of Dec. 1. Organized by family members and school faculty, the service was as much a chance to honor the memory of the 15-year-old as it
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Peace Harbor holds 2nd town hall meeting

Posted: Friday, Dec 9th, 2016
During the second PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center town hall meeting, held Friday at the Florence Events Center, medical group representatives announced the addition of five new providers to the center's staff.
PeaceHealth Chief Administration Officer Rick Yecny said, "Since the last town hall meeting we have been really focusing on recruitment."
The new providers, including one family practice
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Time for toys and time for cheer

Posted: Friday, Dec 9th, 2016
magine you are a 10-year-old child. Now imagine waking up on Christmas morning and there are no presents for you or your brothers and sisters. You have no tree or lights, decorations or toys. And later that day you have a sandwich for dinner. No ham or mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce or pie.
This scenario is a very real possibility
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Bond measure secures WLAD services

Posted: Friday, Dec 9th, 2016
In November, voters overwhelmingly approved renewal of a five-year bond measure to supplement the funding of Western Lane Ambulance District's (WLAD) budgetary needs.
According to WLAD Board President Mike Webb, the district established its tax base on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements in the early 1990s.
"Now, more than 60 percent of our population is over 65 and most of our
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Military museum honors the past

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
ec. 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy," or so President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) declared 75 years ago after the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese planes targeted American naval forces, killing 2,403 and wounding 1,178 Americans and launching the United States into World War II.
Today, on its 75th anniversary, people across the
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Pearl Harbor vet remembers day

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
Alan Tait was 18 years old when, in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, the day he had been training for began with the sound of Japanses planes on the horizon near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Within minutes, the once quiet Naval harbor was transformed into one with thick smoke, fire and chaos as the unexpected attack played out
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Emergency Cold Weather Shelter opens

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
Freezing temperatures and inclement weather heralded the opening of the Florence area Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (ECWS) Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Highway 101.
On Monday, more than a dozen guests took advantage of the shelter's services. It was not known at press time how many guests used the facility Tuesday evening.
For
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Mudslide victimís family files wrongful death lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
It will have been a year ago next week since the tragic death of 70-year-old Delores Miller, who was killed Dec. 18, when a massive mud slide swept into her home on Mercer Lake Road.
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Community comes together in wake of studentís death

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Mapleton High School freshman Brandon Kimble died Thursday.

It's a sobering fact that, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between ages 10 and 34 in the state of Oregon.
It isn't a statistic limited to large cities, urban areas, the wealthy or poor. And early Thursday morning,
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Filling up Empty Bowls

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Annual event helps fill Florence Food Share pantry
More than 700 hand-crafted bowls and ceramic ware are for sale through Sunday at the Florence Events Center during the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Now in its 21st year, Empty Bowls dedicates all proceeds to Florence Food Share. Local artists and more than 75 Siuslaw High School students created the handmade bowls.
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Chamber adds fourth underwriter

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce now has a fourth corporate underwriter in Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center.
Chamber Executive Dir-
ector Bettina Hannigan began pursuing additional corporate sponsorship earlier this year during annual chamber membership renewals. TR Hunter Real Estate became a new underwriter in August and Korando Dental Group became one in September, joining longtime underwriter Three
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Oregon homeless student numbers increase

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
A newly released report from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides unsettling new data regarding the number of homeless K-12 students in local communities.
The new numbers, verified by Siuslaw School District Super-
intendent Andy Grzeskowiak, state that 61 students in the Siuslaw district currently self identify as homeless.
The study also shows that the Mapleton School
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Santa Claus ó heís coming to town!

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
A wet but enthusiastic crowd greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus in Florence's Old Town on Saturday, Nov. 26, to usher in the winter holiday season at the Florence Holiday Festival.
Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Nancy Pearson said the afternoon was well received by those in attendance.
"Other than the rain, the festival was a great success. There were tons
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International Paper sells Gardiner property

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Water rights agreement concerns Siltcoos, Tahkenitch lake residents.
In addition to purchasing 427 acres zoned heavy industrial from International Paper Company (IP) in Gardiner, Tacoma based Industrial Harbor USA, LLC. (IH) also acquired the rights to 15 million gallons of water per day as part of the $3.3 million deal that closed Monday, Nov. 21.
The Gardiner site is the
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Casino helps deliver holiday gifts to Florence youth

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Three Rivers Casino Resort Consumer Marketing Dir-ector Rich Colton wants the community to know about and participate in the casino's 13th annual Toy Drive, which is happening right now.
"It's amazing that we have been doing this for 13 years," Colton said. "Basically, you bring an unwrapped toy into the casino for donation and you will receive $5 of free
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