Fireworks: We the People, fly the flag

July 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

Mill City

Mill City’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July theme this year is “Fourth with the Family.”

“Fourth of July is always a time when I see folks who come home to be with their family,” said Susann Heller, parade chair. “The theme is perfect!”

A craft fair with food vendors, displays, a cake walk, pie eating and baking contests, and much more will kick off the weekend’s festivities starting late afternoon on Thursday, July 3 at the Kimmel Park Festival Grounds. The Wooden Nickel will provide eats and a beer garden, and a street dance is 7 to 10 p.m. at the city hall parking lot. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Children must be with an adult.

In session: New municipal court opens

July 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off
Stayton Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Clark

Stayton Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Clark

By Mary Owen

If you tend to seek the positive in every situation, here’s a new one to add to your list.

The upside of getting a traffic ticket within Stayton city limits as of July 1 is that these traffic cases will be heard at the city’s new municipal court.

“The goal was to best meet the needs of the community and the needs of our police department,” Stayton City Administrator Keith Campbell said of the city council’s decision to open its own court. “A municipal court will best meet both of these needs.”

Time to file: City council elections

July 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

Have you ever grumbled about a decision made by your city council?  Do you have the leadership skills to bring people together and find common ground to solve problems?

If you have considered running for city council, now is the time to get your paperwork in order and start campaigning. Here are positions on the Nov. 4 ballot:


The city of Aumsville terms for mayor and three city councilor seats expire in 2014.

The mayoral term of office is for two years and the city councilor terms are for four years, both beginning on Jan. 1. The council generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m..

Eager to lead: New principal and assistant principal for Stayton Middle School

July 2014 Posted in People, School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The North Santiam School District has named Mike Proctor principal of Stayton Intermediate/Middle School. Matt Olsen will step in as the new assistant principal/athletic director.

”I want to continue and build upon the momentum that has been generated on this campus the past three years,” said Proctor, who replaces outgoing principal Jamie McCarty, moving on to serve as principal for Silver Crest and Victor Point schools in the Silver Falls School District.

Proctor graduated in 1990 from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He received his master’s degree in teaching in 2002 from Grand Canyon University and completed his administrative license in 2005 from Portland State.

Food focus: Fresh to You focuses on what’s edible

July 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off

This summer, Fresh to You Produce is celebrating 16 years in Stayton. Throughout that time, the farm store has carried everything from fresh produce to landscaping supplies.

However, after updating their business strategy at the beginning of the year, Fresh to You owners have decided to return to the farm’s original role: local supplier of fresh fruits, vegetables, free-range eggs and all things edible.

“As a business grows, it further refines its purpose, its focus and its real niche. At Fresh to You Produce, we have discovered that our strength is all things edible,” co-owner Nancy Hendricks saID. “Our customers come to us for fresh, local produce; garden starts and seeds; gardening tips and expertise.”

Appetite for art: Group forms to explore public art options

July 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off
The mural association
The newly formed group in the Stayton/Sublimity area
is looking for input. Visit the group’s booth during
SummerFest Saturday, July 25. It will be by the
Jensen-Kreitzer Building on Third Avenue.

For information on the association and
future projects, call Mike Reding, 503-769-8807.

By Mary Owen

Although nothing has been formalized, the newly formed Mural Association is rolling right along with its efforts to formulate where to best create a mural in the Stayton/Sublimity area.

New to the team: Veteran coach Darren Shyrock joins SHS as AD

July 2014 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Stayton High School didn’t have to look too far to find a new athletic director.

Principal Alan Kirby has hired a Stayton resident, former Silverton High teacher and boys basketball coach Darren Shryock to replace Evan Brown, who resigned earlier this year.

A Grin at the End: The pressure is over and off

July 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I just had another birthday last month. Yep, I’m 16, and other than a touch of dyslexia I feel pretty good.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s not much of a joke, but what do you expect from an old duffer like me?

According to society at large, once you’ve marked your sixth decade on this planet, you not only disappear, but people think you don’t know anything.

And the worst part: Some other people older than 60 seem to believe that, too. We’ve all sat in meetings and everyone at the table is asked his opinion, except the people with gray hair, who actually may know something about the subject.

Cancer free!: 3-year-old Carter Funrue gets a clean bill of health; parents encourage others to help, hope

June 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Carter Funrue, 3, looks ready for some fun.

Carter Funrue, 3, looks ready for some fun.

By Mary Owen

Stayton toddler Carter Funrue is officially cancer free.

“There are no words to describe the feeling,” his dad, Chuck, said. “It’s like getting a gift from God. It is so humbling!”

It’s also a release from all the pain and fear that has plagued Chuck and his wife, Jennifer, for years.

“It’s like the world has been lifted off our shoulders,” Chuck said.

Ready for the next step: High schools prepare to send off graduates

June 2014 Posted in School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

June is the month where many students complete one milestone, ready to advance to the next. With high school graduations happening this month, the seniors are gearing up for the next big step in their lives.

“This is a very exciting time in a young person’s life,” said Graham Hughes, principal of Stayton High School. “The doors are open for them to walk through and start their journey. I wish them well in their new adventures.”

Hughes credited this year’s Stayton senior class with hard work in the classroom and on the athletic fields.