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Down on the Farm

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
More than 100 Siuslaw Elementary School first-grade students experienced a day
on the farm last week, continuing a half-century tradition of being immersed in farm life, compliments of members of the Elliott family and their friends.
Current Elliott family field trip coordinator Loni Schofield's grandparents, George and Leona Elliott, started a dairy farm along Canary Road, south of Florence,
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Chief Deputy Byron Trapp named sheriff

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously selected Chief Deputy Byron Trapp as the county's new sheriff this week.
"Byron has spent his career in Lane County, and he knows and has the trust of our community," said Lane County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jay Bozievich. "I look forward to working with Sheriff Trapp as we move forward rebuilding our public
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Volunteers honored for work

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Florence Area Community Coalition (FACC) honored volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition Event at Florence Events Center Wednesday, April 15.
The FACC presents this event each year to recognize the many volunteers who provide invaluable service to a long list of non-profit organizations in the area, including Siuslaw Outreach Services, Florence Food Share, Siuslaw School District, Florence Community PTA, Habitat
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Safe water on cityís agenda

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Florence City Council president Joshua Greene promised area residents that the city is drafting a letter to address pesticide spraying within the Florence aquifer, the area's sole source of drinking water.
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A Century of Memories

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Maxine Marringer was born 100 years ago today in Dundee, Ore. The Florence resident celebrates this special day with her son Larry Marringer, close family friends Jane and Gary Georgeson and family members.
Larry, 67, has been a big support in her life.
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letís get healthy Hundreds turn out for 5th annual Community Health Fair

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
A crowd of nearly 250 people visited 30 different exhibitors Friday afternoon as part of the weekend's Community Health Fair festivities. This year marked the fifth anniversary of the event that culminated with the 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday (see today's Sports section).
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Support needed for public pool

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
MAPLETON -- There used to be a public swimming pool in western Lane County and there may be again if the board of Siuslaw Wellness in Mapleton (SWIM), formerly Siuslaw Regional Aquatic Center, can muster enough community support and funding to repair and reopen the six-lane pool, located on the Mapleton School District grounds.
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classroom expedition

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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