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Roseburg man cited for hit-and-run at drive-thru

May 26, 2015 — 

A Roseburg man was cited for a hit-and-run after running into another vehicle in the Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru.

At about 1 a.m. Monday, a man identified as Brighton William Hall, 26, of Roseburg was driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma when he struck a Pontiac Grand-Am twice before leaving the area in the 1400 block of N.E. Stephens Street.

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Roseburg man arrested for assaulting, strangling ex-girlfriend

May 26, 2015 — 

A Roseburg man was arrested Tuesday morning after he reportedly tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend.

At about 1 a.m., officers from the Roseburg Police Department responded to a residence on N.E. Rifle Range Road, Roseburg. A man, identified as Jonathan Richard Sparks, 31, had attacked his ex-girlfriend by putting his hands around her neck and throwing her into the bathroom wall several times, chipping the woman’s tooth.

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Roseburg man arrested in motel-room break-in

May 26, 2015 — 

A Roseburg man was jailed on Saturday after he allegedly broke into a motel room, fled outside and then fought with the occupants.

The man, identified as Timothy William McKee, 53, of Roseburg, reportedly entered a room at the Travel Inn at 1627 S.E. Stephens St. through the front window, according to Roseburg police. He soon left the room but was confronted outside by the occupants.

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Douglas County Library Board needs two new members

May 26, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Library Board has two vacancies.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will accept applications through 5 p.m. June 12 for two new library board members.

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Forest Service seeks campground hosts at Diamond Lake

May 26, 2015 — 

The Umpqua National Forest is looking for campground hosts at several campgrounds at Diamond Lake this summer. Campground hosts are needed at Horseshoe Bend, Broken Arrow, Thielsen View and Diamond Lake campgrounds.

Campground hosts typically start in May and volunteer until the campground closes, usually by October.

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Distinguished Young Women of Greater Douglas County honors students

May 21, 2015 — 

The Distinguished Young Women of Greater Douglas County will hold its 2016 scholarship program 6 p.m. May 30. The program will be held at the Rose Theater at Roseburg High School. The theme is “A Night of 80’s Fun.”

Tickets cost $15 per person, which includes a program book. Tickets are available at the door, Leap of Faith Dance Studio, While Away Books and Makena Beach.

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Winston-Dillard students earn superintendent award

May 21, 2015 — 

The following students in the Winston-Dillard School District received the Superintendent Academic Award for May 2015.

Darek Pulver, senior, Douglas Alternative High School

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Fremont Middle School honors students of the month

May 20, 2015 — 

John C. Fremont Middle School selected June Students of the Month.

Sixth grade — Dilynn Hall, Ephraim Mullins, Jayda Pieske, Hadyn Wheeler, Tiana Hegdahl

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RHS senior receives scholarship

May 20, 2015 — 

The Roseburg Class of 1957 Scholarship program awarded Roseburg High School senior Kristin Spielman with a $2,000 scholarship.

Spielman is headed to Oregon State University to study pediatrics.

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Canyonville Christian Academy students head to D.C.

May 20, 2015 — 

Five Canyonville Christian Academy students won first place in the Capitol Hill Challenge, a national stock market investing competition.

The team will travel to Washington, D.C. June 16 through 18 to represent CCA at events. The competition is sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which funds the all-expenses-paid trip for the top 10 teams in the United States.

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George Fox University announces Douglas County students on Dean's List

May 20, 2015 — 

The following Douglas County students earned Dean’s List recognition at George Fox University in Newberg. Students must have a 3.5 or higher GPA to be on the list.

Natty Burmeister of Winchester, a sophomore majoring in cinema and media communication

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Hike planned to Cliff, Buckeye Lakes east of Tiller Saturday

May 19, 2015 — 

A hike to Cliff and Buckeye Lakes on the Acker Divide, 30 miles east of Tiller, is planned by the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club this Saturday.

The easy, 3.4-mile out-and-back hike will offer beautiful views of the lakes. Hikers may swim if the weather is good. The drive to the trail head takes about two hours.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold Sutherlin town hall

May 19, 2015 — 

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Sutherlin High School library, 500 E. 4th Ave.

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. His Tuesday visit is part of a tour of southwestern counties.

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Construction to reduce Oak Avenue lanes next week

May 18, 2015 — 

The stretch of Oak Avenue between Spruce Street and Pine Street will be narrowed to one lane for five days next week, the city announced on Monday.

Starting at 7 p.m. May 26, workers from Cradar Enterprises Inc. are expected to install a water main under the railroad tracks. The construction will keep just one lane of traffic open all day for approximately five days.

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Saving Grace announces summer youth program

May 18, 2015 — 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Summer Youth Program at Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the daily activities associated with companion-animal care are encouraged to apply.

Participants of the program are provided a unique, hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of shelter care. The program features presentations by local animal-welfare professionals.

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Yoncalla and Douglas High School bands place in state championships

May 18, 2015 — 

Yoncalla and Douglas High School bands both placed in the Oregon School Activities Association state championship May 16.

Yoncalla placed third in the 2A/1A competition, following Logos Christian in first and Triad School in second. Bandon also earned third place, scoring the same number of points as Yoncalla.

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First Christian Church pageant to depict 125th anniversary

May 15, 2015 — 

First Christian Church in Roseburg will celebrate its 125th anniversary Sunday with a historical pageant written by a longtime member. Bruce Russell, who served as the church’s senior minister from 1988 to 2013, will preach at the morning worship hour at 10:40 a.m. at the church, 432 S.E. Kane St.

A lunch will be provided at noon, along with a pageant depicting the church’s history. The pageant was written by retired Roseburg High School speech forensics teacher Daphne Sturtz.

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Tri City Elementary holds pre-kindergarten registration

May 15, 2015 — 

Tri City Elementary will hold its Pre-K roundup at 12:30 p.m. May 26. Students must be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2015 to register for Pre-K this coming school year.

Parents are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization records to the school at 546 S.W. Chadwick Lane, Myrtle Creek.

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Elementary camp registration open at Phoenix Charter School

May 15, 2015 — 

Children entering first through sixth grades can register for Youth Earth Connect Camp, which will run for six weeks beginning June 22 at Phoenix Charter School.

Planned activities explore hands-on science, nature-based art and outdoor group activities.

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RE/MAX balloon rides to support children

May 15, 2015 — 

RE/MAX Professional Reality is offering rides in its 70-foot-tall red, white and blue hot air balloon to support Costco’s Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23.

The tethered flights cost $5 for children under 12 and $10 for adults and will be held at the Roseburg Costco, 4141 N.E. Stephens St., weather permitting.

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Umpqua Community College delays president evaluation

May 15, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday for a two hour executive session to evaluate President Joe Olson.

However, the board delayed making a decision about the evaluation, deferring to another executive meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21.

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Restore Oregon's Preservation Pub supports Mildred Kanipe Park

May 14, 2015 — 

Restore Oregon is hosting a Preservation Pub from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Triple Oak Wine Vault at 137 Locust St., Oakland.

The event is meant to educate Oregonians about the restoration of the Mildred Kanipe House, listed on Restore Oregon’s 2015 Most Endangered Places. Attendees will also learn about the restoration and reuse of pioneer-era properties and can find answers to historic preservation questions.

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Northwest Christian University announces Douglas County grads

May 14, 2015 — 

The following Douglas County students graduated from Northwest Christian University May 9 at the Morse Event Center in Eugene.

Gerri Baughman, Glide

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Canyonville Middle School announces third-quarter honor roll

May 14, 2015 — 

The following students at Canyonville Middle School made the third-quarter honor roll for the 2014-15 school year:

Sixth grade

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Roseburg senior receives Barbara Weaver Godsey Scholarship

May 14, 2015 — 

Roseburg High School senior Alyssa Johnson received the 2015 Barbara Weaver Godsey Scholarship Award of $500.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a Douglas County high school senior who plans to pursue a career in education.

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Winston-Dillard teacher resigns while being investigated for misconduct

May 14, 2015 — 

Winston-Dillard School District band teacher Robert Carwithen resigned May 12, Superintendent Kevin Miller announced in a press release.

Carwithen requested a waiver of the 60-day Teacher Standards and Practices resignation notice requirements, making his resignation immediate.

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4-H camps open for registration

May 13, 2015 — 

Cloverbud day camp:

Youths in grades K-3 are invited to register for Douglas County Cloverbud Day Camp.

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Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Roseburg area

May 13, 2015 — 

The American Red Cross and Roseburg Fire Department are working to make homes fire-prepared with free smoke-alarm installations June 13 for neighborhoods in the 97470 zip code.

Trained Red Cross volunteers will visit neighborhoods from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to inquire if there is a working smoke alarm in the home so that they can install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire-safety and home-hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan.

Residents in the 97470 zip code can also schedule an appointment by calling 503-528-5783.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents had to find a place to stay, purchase food and clothing, replace lost possessions, notify loved ones and navigate insurance claims.

More than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

Volunteers are needed for this outreach effort. Training will be provided at 10 a.m. on June 13. Individuals, faith-based groups and local business and organizations are welcome to participate. For additional information or to register to volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

This is part of a national campaign by the American Red Cross to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. In Oregon, this campaign is in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Dannenhoffer takes helm at Umpqua Community Health Center

May 13, 2015 — 

Roseburg pediatrician and health care reformer Bob Dannenhoffer has been named interim CEO of the nonprofit Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg.

Dannenhoffer was fired by Architrave Health, an organization he helped establish, in February. He said he will be able to talk about what happened there in the future, but he can’t yet “because of where it is in the process.”

However, he was optimistic Tuesday about working with UCHC.

Dannenhoffer started at his new post Monday and will serve a few months until the center finds a permanent replacement for Linda Mullins, who retired.

He said the center is already “doing good work and doing it well,” and he hopes to keep the organization on a steady course until a permanent CEO is selected.

UCAN letter carrier food drive a success

May 11, 2015 — 

United Community Action Network’s food drive in conjunction with Roseburg-area letter carriers was a success, bringing in 20,413 pounds of food last weekend.

That is a 22 percent increase over last year, UCAN reports.

UCAN’s Food Bank helps stock 17 emergency food pantries in Douglas County.

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