Third generation: George Smith follows in family’s footsteps

January 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Third generation: George Smith follows in family’s footsteps

[caption id="attachment_2533" align="alignright" width="212"] George Smith[/caption] By Mary Owen NORPAC President/CEO George Smith was “so to speak, born” into the food business. “My grandfather was the first manager of Stayton Canning Co. when it was founded in 1924, my uncle, Fernando Smith, was ...

Simple gifts: Small items create great joy

December 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Simple gifts: Small items create great joy

[caption id="attachment_2466" align="alignright" width="250"] Patricia Dol[/caption] By Mary Owen Patricia Dol loves serving others, a task she has undertaken for more than two decades. A full-time missionary with The Institute for World Evangelization-ICPE, evangelizing for the Catholic Church, Dol’s most recent trip was ...

Rickman retires: 33 years with food bank

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Rickman retires: 33 years with food bank

By Mary Owen After 33 years of managing the Stayton Community Food Bank, Edna Rickman is saying good-bye. “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” said Rickman, 83, whose last day was Oct. 15. “We started out very small, but ...

It’s about love: Maryann Hills celebrates 20 years serving Aumsville

September 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on It’s about love: Maryann Hills celebrates 20 years serving Aumsville

[caption id="attachment_2355" align="alignright" width="224"] Maryann Hills at a youth ministries gathering.[/caption] By Mary Owen Maryann Hills has done something rare for a city administrator or a city manager. Most only stay a short time before moving on to a larger city. The city ...

Hall of fame shooter: Westerns inspired interest in competitions

August 2015 Posted in People, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Hall of fame shooter: Westerns inspired interest in competitions

[caption id="attachment_2320" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom Rickman with his Hall of Fame trophy. Photo by James Day[/caption] By James Day Tom Rickman of Sublimity has been inducted into the Single Action Shooting Society Hall of Fame for his nearly 25 years of service ...

Scout project: Track storage

July 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Scout project: Track storage

By James Day A dedicated Eagle Scout helped add another brick to the foundation of improvements at Regis High School’s track and field facility. Rams senior Jacob Adams, a member of Troop 50, led the fundraising and project coordination for a new ...

Courage: The Mintens introduce a new world to their new son

July 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Courage: The Mintens introduce a new world to their new son

[caption id="attachment_2307" align="alignright" width="265"] Kim and Russ Minten with their adopted son, Courage, at Wizard Falls Hatchery earlier this year..[/caption] By Mary Owen After leaving his native Ghana, West Africa, Courage Minten is loving life in Sublimity. “I think he’s doing amazingly well ...

World War II memories: Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on World War II memories: Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

[caption id="attachment_2223" align="alignright" width="224"] Stayton resident Vern Staley – then and now. Vern served with the 2nd Battalion, 274th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division during World War II. In April he was taken on an Honor Flight to the World War ...

More than music: Students learn valuable jobs skills at KYAC

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on More than music: Students learn valuable jobs skills at KYAC

[caption id="attachment_2225" align="alignright" width="214"] Derek Connor hosts “The Dark Side of the Radio with Derek” from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays.[/caption] By Mary Owen Local teens are on the air at KYAC. “Our goal is to put young people on the air ...

A delicate balance: Parker family celebrates community support

May 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on A delicate balance: Parker family celebrates community support

[caption id="attachment_2219" align="alignright" width="300"] Finley Parker, 4, enjoying his swimming lesson with Billie Maurer.[/caption] By Mary Owen Swimming at the Stayton Family Pool is helping Finley Parker meet life with a difficult disease head on. “We knew being in the pool would be ...