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City receives financial reporting award; First Federal gets new branch manager; burn ban rescinded

City receives financial reporting award

For the sixth time since 2012, the city of Newberg has received the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award is meted to city governments that "go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive financial reports that show evidence of a spirit of transparency and full disclosure," according to a release from the city.

The award was given to the city of Newberg for the fiscal year ending in July 2019. The city also received the award for 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The certificate, according to the release, is the highest form of recognition in financial reporting.

"To receive an award, the City's CAFR is judged by an impartial panel through the Government Finance Officers Association that determines if the CAFR meets the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR," the release said.

"The City of Newberg has received the Certificate of Achievement 26 of the last 28 years. This year, and for many years prior, the City has received the desired goal of scoring 'proficient' in all scoring categories. The preparation of the CAFR consists of the efforts of many individuals inside the City of Newberg and particularly, the Finance Department, who authors and edits the CAFR."

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Bowlby named First Federal branch manager

Newberg native Amanda Bowlby recently was named the new branch manager at First Federal Savings & Loan in Newberg, taking over the duties from former branch manager Angel Anguiar, who will become a mortgage manager for the company.

Bowlby, an Oregon State University graduate, is responsible for directing all operations at the Hancock and Howard streets facility, according to a release from the organization.

An active part of the community, she has been involved in Newberg Youth Baseball, A Family Place's diaper bank and also is a board member of the Newberg Mat Club and Newberg Youth Football.

She has more than 14 years of banking experience, most recently serving as branch relationship manager at Heritage Bank NW, where she was responsible for overseeing commercial relationships with clients in the Newberg market, the release said.

Burn ban rescinded

The fire chiefs of Yamhill County have rescinded a burn ban begun in July, officials announced, after rains and cooler temperatures descended on the region.

Yamhill County residents must still call the burn line at 503-472-3344 on a daily basis to determine if the Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Forestry are allowing burning as well. However, Dundee and TVF&R have their own lines to call at 503-538-4182 and 503-259-1789, respectively.

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