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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,

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Helping the beat go on

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
New Boys and Girls Club Drum Corps "The Tsunami" seeks uniforms.
he Boys and Girls club of Western Lane County celebrated the success of its fledgling Drum Corps at an award banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Drum Corps is a recent addition to the club's programs -- added to offer alternatives from more traditional sports-oriented activities, according to Teen

Grateful community gathers together

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Local organizations gather to provide food and fellowship to
hundreds of community members over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Volunteers from local Kiwanis and Elks Clubs served meals to hundreds of community members during a free Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday.

Helping Hands volunteers cooked and served an early Thanksgiving dinner, including homemade pies, to approximately 60 guests Wednesday at

Florence moves forward into second half of fiscal year

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Florence City Council approved more than $125,000 in expenditures during the Nov. 21 meeting.
The council approved an $87,422 contract proposal from RH2 Engineering Inc., with Oregon offices in Portland and Medford, to do engineering and design services for water and wastewater improvements along recently annexed city property along Highway 126.
Ray Wells, Inc., was awarded a $39,050 contract

Florence joins Amazon Sunday deliveries

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
An agreement between Amazon.com, Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service means Florence area residents may now receive Sunday Amazon package deliveries.
The service, which began Nov. 6, will run through Jan. 9, 2017.
Amazon started the Sunday delivery program with the postal service in metropolitan areas across the country in 2013. The expansion into smaller towns, like Florence,

Talking turkey

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Florence Food Share hands out nearly 200 community-sponsored Thanksgiving meals.
Nearly 100 individuals were in line outside Florence Food Share early Tuesday morning, in chilly weather, in the hopes of receiving one of a limited number of boxes containing a complete turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.
Food Share Executive Director Norma Barton said the clients her organization serves often face

Shop for gifts འaround townཡ this Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
First there was Black Friday, a huge shopping day the day after Thanksgiving, then there was Cyber Monday, when online retailers offer specials on electronics and online purchases, and now there is Small Business Saturday, coming this weekend to Florence area businesses.
Although initially started by American Express, businesses supporting Small Business Saturday do not have to accept the

Peace Harbor clinic offers free HIV testing

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
In response to a recent significant increase in HIV positive test results in Florence, the HIV Alliance and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center have initiated free HIV and hepatitis C testing at the walk in clinic at 310 Ninth St., every Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
ཞWe are ramping up our prevention services in the region and encouraging

Verizon to build new cell tower

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
In October, Verizon Wireless received approval from Lane County to build a 140-foot tall telecommunications tower near Spindrift Way, two miles north of Florence.
According to the approval notification, dated Oct.14, the anticipated benefits from the proposed tower are improved 911 emergency calls, support for emergency services, a backup system to landline telephone service in the event of power outage

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