Hubbard church welcomes new pastor, invites community to discussions

Hubbard church welcomes new pastor, invites community to discussions

Hubbard United Church of Christ’s new pastor isn’t just a new face to the congregation,...

Woodburn middle school students participate in honor band

Woodburn middle school students participate in honor band

Twenty-one seventh-grade and 20 eighth-grade Woodburn band students were nominated by their...

After giving back to industry, local barber returns home

After giving back to industry, local barber returns home

After two and a half years teaching at the Paul Mitchell School in Portland, barber Xavier Parra...

Shooting for the stars

Shooting for the stars

Woodburn man gaining traction with dream of launching high-tech satellite into Earth's orbit One...

Exploring the history of a vacant building downtown

Exploring the history of a vacant building downtown

Do you have a wool suit that you need cleaned? It used to be that you could take it down to...

NM culinary team cooks up two wins at state contest

NM culinary team cooks up two wins at state contest

Wins were in knife skills and poultry categories at Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association...

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DAN PRED - The classic Italian dish arancini takes a little bit of time and effort, but it's well worth it.
March 25, 2015

Arancini is well worth the extra time and effort

by Kristy Kummer-Pred
A few years ago, I met a friend for happy hour at a Portland restaurant that served arancini. I had never had it or even heard of it, but I immediately fell in love with those little fried balls…
NORTH MARION SCHOOL DISTRICT - Justin Hanson performed his Eagle Scout project by working on the landscaping outside his school district's main office.
March 25, 2015

Eagle Scout earns badge by beautifying NM

by Lindsay Keefer
Justin Hanson, a student at North Marion High School, completed his Eagle Scout project by performing a beautification project outside the district office. Superintendent Boyd Keyser said Hanson…
LINDSAY KEEFER - Kylie Kahut takes part in one of the work stations.
March 18, 2015

No 'stemming' the tide of learning at Woodburn STEM Festival

by Lindsay Keefer
Event celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics The Woodburn School District’s annual STEM Festival was Thursday night at Heritage Elementary School. The event was complete…
March 18, 2015

Love INC launches project with free meal March 24

by Woodburn Independent
Project 1000 will enable Love In the Name of Christ, a local social services organization, to share their story with 1000 people in the greater Woodburn area through dozens of free breakfast and…
SUBMITTED - The Heritage Elementary team is (from left) fifth-graders Markel Piatkoff, Fivaya Chernishoff, Domnika Kusnetsov, Vasilie Zarkoff and David Tymko.
March 18, 2015

Lincoln hosts 73 teams at regional Battle of the Books event

by Lindsay Keefer
Teams from Lincoln and Heritage elementary schools represented Woodburn at regional tournament Seventy-three schools from six counties were represented at the regional Oregon Battle of the Books…
March 11, 2015

Film series offered at Mount Angel Abbey

by Woodburn Independent
History comes alive in two free films at Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary. The movies will be shown this month in the Mount Angel Abbey Library auditorium. “The Mission” will be shown at 6:30 p.m.…
March 11, 2015

Abbey lecture series continues Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
Mount Angel Abbey’s winter/spring lecture series continues March 14 in the Mount Angel Abbey Library with “Christian Anthropology:?The?Human Condition.” Sister Gertrud Feick, Order of St.…
LINDSAY KEEFER - Actress Connie Lewis (right), played by Veronica Simmons, shows her disgust for co-stars Stacy Travers and Charlie Groves, played respectively by Isabel Hanberg and Scott Steele, during a rehearsal of 'Hit and Misdemeanor.'
March 11, 2015

Hit and Misdemeanor: North Marion presents mystery production

by Lindsay Keefer
The comedic mystery will be performed at North Marion High School at 7:30 p.m. March 13-14 The North Marion High School stage looks like the set of a crime TV show in preparations for the North…
SUBMITTED - Gianna Schnurbusch and Jacoby Torres work on a class auction project with first- and second-grade teacher Lucia Ries.
March 11, 2015

Sacred Heart to host 25th annual auction April 11

by Woodburn Independent
Sacred Heart Catholic School in Gervais will be holding its 25th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on April 11. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. There will be both a silent auction and oral auction.…
INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Brittany McConahay performs with Woodburn High School students Emmanuel Oropeza, left, and Julio Olmos, during the Mr. Bulldog competition Feb. 26.
March 11, 2015

Singing a new tune

by Tyler Francke
Local woman's performance in viral online video helps her regain confidence in her voice When local youth pastor T.J. McConahay first fell for his wife, Brittany, she was singing. She was 16 at…

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Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Program mentor Jacqueline Gaytan, right, helps Valor Middle School seventh-graders Valentina Chubenko, center, and Anna Toran, left, with an essay assignment last week.
Mar 04, 2015

Building bridges

by Tyler Francke
New mentoring program pairs middle schoolers with college role models Adviser, tutor, role model — there are many hats a mentor might be called on to wear. But to Gianluigi Benvenutto, who…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Mr. Bulldog winners Emmanuel Oropeza, left, and Julio Olmos crack up at the conclusion of their cover of 'Riptide,' accompanied by Brittany McConahay
Mar 04, 2015

Success students crowned in 2015 Mr. Bulldog competition

by Tyler Francke
The 2015 Mr. Bulldog pageant was held at Woodburn High School Thursday night, with Julio Olmos and Emmanuel Oropeza, of Success High School, taking home the title. All 10 participants raised the…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Sisters (from left) Agatha Meissner, Antoinette Traeger and Regina Rausch of the Queen of Angels Monastery recently celebrated their 75th, 70th and 60th anniversaries, respectively, of joining the Benedictine Sisters.
Mar 04, 2015

Mount Angel sisters celebrate 60th, 70th and 75th anniversaries

by Woodburn Independent
Sister Regina Rausch, Sister Antoinette Traeger and Sister Agatha Meissner celebrated anniversaries of their monastic professions on Feb. 8 at Queen of Angels Monastery. Rausch celebrated her…
Mar 04, 2015

Old Aurora Colony Museum hosts spinning wheel showcase

by Woodburn Independent
The 33rd Annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase at the Old Aurora Colony Museum will be March 14-15. This regional favorite proves that handspinning is alive and well. People of all ages will…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Brothers Michael and Noah Te were recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout during a court of honor ceremony last week at the Woodburn Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Feb 25, 2015

Two brothers, two Eagle Scouts for Woodburn family

by Tyler Francke
Michael and Noah Te organize and head up community service projects en route to Eagle Scout badges The Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program. Over the years, it…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - The Case Automotive team, from left to right, Chris Walker, Rob Bennett, Mario Hernandez, Nick Regele, Brett Hartenberger and Karen Landers.
Feb 25, 2015

Rob Bennett new owner of Case Automotive in downtown Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
Rob Bennett, new owner of Case Automotive in downtown Woodburn, is looking to update the full-service mechanic shop, while keeping its more than 60-year history in view. “This place really has…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Recipients of the 2015 Aurora Fire District awards include (from left) firefighter Nate Smith, firefighter Jordan Kuenzi, Capt. Jon Montgomery, Battalion Chief Bobby Meyer, support member Jon Benson and EMT Jen Smith.
Mar 03, 2015

Aurora Fire honors volunteers

by Woodburn Independent
The Aurora Fire District and District #63 Firefighters Association showed appreciate for their volunteers on Feb. 21. Recognized for five years of dedicated service are firefighter Nate Smith,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY ZION MENNONITE CHURCH - Quilts adorn Zion Mennonite Church during the three-day quilting workshop.
Feb 11, 2015

Zion Mennonite Church gears up for quilting workshop

by Woodburn Independent
The congregation of Zion Mennonite Church is hosting the 43rd annual Quilting Workshop at the church three miles east of Hubbard Feb. 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The three-day…
Photo Credit: DAN PRED - The mix of tart lemon with sweet cream cheese makes this ginger lemon cheesecake next to irresistible and the perfect treat for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Feb 11, 2015

Make something sweet this Valentine's Day

by Kristy Kummer-Pred
I was trying to think of a delicious chocolate dessert to feature for Valentine’s Day, and remembered a “light” chocolate cheesecake recipe I and my roommate made many years ago that was so…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Roberto Castaneda will now represent Marion and Polk counties at state level in March.
Feb 11, 2015

Youth of the year

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn teen Roberto Castaneda honored by Boys & Girls Club When he was a second-grader in Salem, Roberto “Bobby” Castaneda was bullied by some of the other kids at his school for one reason:…




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