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The Roseburg Public Schools Board of Directors passed a motion to put Superintendent Gerry Washburn on administrative leave Wednesday and to authorize its legal counsel to negotiate a separation agreement pursuant to his contract, which includes payment of severance.

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The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation Monday into allegations the Roseburg School District is discriminating against disabled students by pulling them out of class early and loading them on buses earlier than their non-disabled peers.

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We know the summer is coming close to an end when the Douglas County Fair is in sight. It is a bittersweet combination of great joy and sadness co-mingling at our county fair.

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When the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon called Nancy Anderson to see if the Sutherlin library would be interested in hosting a presentation, she jumped at the opportunity.

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SUTHERLIN — The 30th annual Sutherlin Blackberry Festival coincides with the ripening of the delicious and plentiful blackberries throughout central Douglas County. This year’s event is Aug. 17-19 featuring dozens of events in and around downtown Sutherlin.

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Labor Day weekend in the Umpqua will be a party this year as new events and annual events will all come together for a full weekend of outdoor fun for first Great Umpqua Outdoor Days, organized by the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership.

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WINSTON — The Winston-Dillard Melon Festival, put on by the Melon Festival Committee, will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary Sept. 14-16 at Riverbend Park in Winston with the theme “Now and Then — 50 years of Fun.”

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Mechanical bull rides, live music, fry bread and bed races. It’s all part of the 52nd annual Canyonville Pioneer Days at Pioneer Park in Canyonville.

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I moved to Roseburg and didn’t know a soul except for my husband. I was pregnant with our first child and lonely. Months later, I sat at a large table surrounded by other mothers of all seasons. I was intimidated and scared, but so excited. What happened at the mom’s group changed everything.