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Construction accident takes life of Florence man

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Asa Hammon, a Florence native and former Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) battalion chief, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, in a construction site accident at 43rd Street and Nandina Drive.
According to SVFR Fire Marshall Sean Barrett, the 52 year-old Hammon died when a hydraulic line to an excavator broke, causing the bucket of the excavator to careen and strike Hammon.
Barrett said, "They were putting

Weese to help make ‘Vision’ plan a Florence reality

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
The Siuslaw Region Vision is entering a new phase in its 10-year plan: the hiring of Tim Weese as vision coordinator.
According to Vision Keeper co-chairs Susy Lacer and Jo Beaudreau, a grant from the Ford Family Foundation provided funding for the part-time position.
Lacer said, "We're calling Tim's position the vision coordinator -- I see that as a huge

New Dune City Council members get to work

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
Dunes City held its first City Council meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 12, with a full agenda of items to consider. The first item taken up was the swearing-in of the council with two new members taking the oath of office.
The council accepted the resignation of Ken Platt, due to family issues, entered into the record

MLK Day Monday, Jan. 16

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We have also come to

2017 Rhododendron Court always ready to rhody

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
2017 is the 110th annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence, celebrating a grand tradition of native rhododendrons and honoring local youth in the Grand Floral Parade and a yearly coronation. This year's "Always Ready to Rhody" theme honors U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River as the festival's grand marshalls.
This week, the Rhododendron Committee announced the selections for the 2017 Rhododendron

Roblan, McKeown hold Town Hall

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
State's looming $1.5 billion budget deficit will hit social services, schools .
State Sen. Arnie Roblan and State Rep. Caddy McKeown addressed a standing-room-only crown at the Siuslaw Public Library's Bromley Room for a town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Both talked about budget challenges and other issues to be addressed in the upcoming state congressional session, including international

Florence swears in mayor, councilors at meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
The City of Florence continued its motion into 2017 with a full agenda for the first Florence City Council meeting of the year.
During the Jan. 9 council meeting, Mayor Joe Henry and councilors Joshua Greene and Ron Preisler were sworn in for new terms of office. Greene and Preisler will continue as council president and vice president respectively.

Library introduces new language program with food, fanfare

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Siuslaw Public Library has added a new language learning system to its available patron database.
The Mango Language Program was unveiled last Saturday during a well-attended, hands-on workshop in the Bromley Room.
According to Library Director Meg Spencer, the addition of Mango to the libraries database was done in response to patron requests.
"This came about as part

Florence’s Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Florence's Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, Jan. 12, with the possibility of Friday, Jan. 13,
if weather conditions remain below freezing. The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter is at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Highway 101. Registration starts at 5 p.m.
For more information or ways to help, call Greg

Freshly driven snow Area receives first major snow storm in 5 years

Modified: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Agencies take precautions, show few emergencies

The Florence area received between four and eight inches of snow Jan. 4, causing schools and government offices to close or open late. Mapleton and Siuslaw school districts, Lane Community College and city hall were among the Wednesday closures.
This is the first major snow accumulation in Florence since March 2012.
Florence Public

SOS seeks new executive director

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Position requires an individual with a robust skillset, lots of energy.

The mission statement for Siuslaw Outreach Services (SOS) is simple yet profound. It is committed to providing compassionate, respectful and confidential support to those in need. A straightforward objective for the organization and its staff, but one that is difficult to accomplish. And unfortunately, a mission that is


Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017
Mapleton High School and Nor-Pac spent Wednesday and Thursday installing new bleachers in the school's gymnasium.
Mapleton School District Superintendent Jodi O'Mara said the installation is the latest step in the school's revitalization process that was funded with the recent passage of the bond measure, approved by voters in November.
"We have been able to complete three bond

Local couple receive statewide honor

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
The Oregon Tree Farm System has chosen Dave and Diane Rankin's 194-acre tree farm located south of Florence on South Slough Road as the 2017 Oregon Tree Farm of the Year.
The honor is the result of the Rankins' hard work, education and adherence to a well developed management plan.
Diane said, "There are four goals of the Oregon Tree

Town Hall Meeting Saturday brings Roblan, McKeown to Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay) will co-host a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 to 11:30 am. The town hall will take place in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 Ninth St.
"It's always a pleasure to connect with my constituents," said McKeown. "I'm looking forward to this

Dancing for the Stars of Tomorrow

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
Rotary Club of Florence premieres theme for upcoming auction on March 11.

We'll have a ball!" the planners of the 2017 Rotary Auction announced as they debuted this year's "Dancing for the Stars of Tomorrow" theme with a dazzling skit based on a TV dance show. "It's not about us," Kevin McMullen said. "It is about the stars of

Accidents, gunfire ring in the New Year

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 3rd, 2017
Western Lane Ambulance District, Florence Police Department and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue were all kept busy Dec. 31, starting with two serious accidents happening just moments apart at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
A two-vehicle collision at the 87000 block of Highway 101 required firemen to extract one female from a van so she could be transported to the

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