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Joe Morelock

Morelock tapped to ‘stabilize’ SFSD as interim super

Former Newberg Superintendent Joe Morelock has been hired as interim superintendent for the Silver Falls School District (SFSD), with the goal of “stabilizing” its finances and administration. On Monday night, the SFSD Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Willamette Education Service District (WESD), where Morelock currently serves as superintendent. The agreement goes into effect April 3 through June 30, during […]

Former Silverton High School principal Sione Thompson

Thompson departs SHS for struggling NV school

Silverton High School (SHS) Principal Sione Thompson has resigned from his position as of today to take the helm of a struggling charter school in Nevada. In a media release Tuesday, the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) confirmed Thompson resigned effective April 2 and Assistant Principal Patrick Mulligan has become interim principal. Mulligan is expected to serve through the remainder […]

Money woes – Revenue shortfalls, expense overages put SFSD in turmoil

By Stephen Floyd Officials with the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) believe workforce reductions are necessary as they learn a projected budget deficit may be greater than initially estimated. On March 21 during a special meeting of the board, Director of Finance Kim Doud said they were learning about revenue shortfalls that could deepen an original deficit projection of $825,000. […]

Scott Drue resigns as superintendent

Scott Drue has resigned as superintendent of the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) amid a deficit projection of more than $825,000 and concerns from teachers of “toxic” leadership. Drue’s resignation was accepted by the SFSD Board during a special meeting March 13, effective immediately. The board then named Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch as acting superintendent. In a prepared statement, Drue […]

Silver Falls School District

Forging ahead – SFSD interim positions focus on trust

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) is preparing a two-pronged approach to temporarily fill the vacant superintendent’s position. The board plans to appoint both an interim superintendent and a goodwill ambassador. During a March 21 workshop, the SFSD board members said they face the distinct challenges of repairing a growing budget deficit and restoring trust in district […]

SFSD Board pulls $73M bond off May ballot

The Silver Fall School District Board has unanimously voted to remove a $73 million bond measure Silver Fall School District Boardfrom the May 21 ballot amid broader financial and administrative challenges. The decision was made during a special meeting held virtually the afternoon of March 21, as the district had a deadline of 5 p.m. that day to pull the […]

City of Silverton

Land use: Council hears from experts as comprehensive plan project looms

By James Day Housing continues to be a major concern statewide, with the Legislature passing another major housing bill in its recently completed short session. The City of Silverton decided to bone up on housing and land use issues in a March 18 joint session involving city staff, the City Council and the Planning Commission. The special meeting heard from […]

Sustainable Silverton hosts adaptation event

By James Day Thriving in Times of Change is the theme for the Sustainable Silverton event set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at The Oregon Garden. Admission is $12 and includes refreshments. Registration is available at  https://www.simpletix.com/e/thriving-in-times-of-change-tools-for-adap-tickets-163552/. The conference begins inside the Garden’s education center, which is the building on the right as you enter […]

Submissions open for 10th annual art show

Submissions are open for the 10th annual Community Art Show at Oak St. Church and local artists are invited to share their talent, skill and creativity. The show is Saturday, May 4, 3 – 8 p.m. at 502 Oak St., Silverton. Art submissions are due April 24. To enter, artists can email [email protected] with a well-lit, in-focus photo of their […]

Legacy Silverton Medical Center President Joe Yoder, left, and James Berokoff, Legacy Health Senior Construction Manager, give a tour of the newly expanded Emergency Department.

Hospital expansion – New spaces bring in light, nature, calm

By Brenna Wiegand A visit to the emergency room is never fun, but having swifter care, greater privacy and up-to-the-minute amenities doesn’t hurt. March 18, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened its brand-new entrance doors upon an expansion/remodel project that includes a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED). The 21,000-square-foot expansion brings visitors through a covered entrance into a spacious lobby and […]

Marlene Ruef

In Memoriam: Marlene Ruef (Sept. 22, 1938 – Feb. 28, 2024)

Marlene Marie Kahut Ruef passed away at the age of 85 on Feb. 28, 2024 at her home in Mount Angel, Oregon. She was born on Sept. 22, 1938 in Woodburn, Oregon to Frank and Rose Kahut. Marlene was raised on a farm in Woodburn. She graduated from Mt. Angel Academy in June 1956. On July 14, 1956 she married […]

Francis Joseph Piatz

In Memoriam: Francis Joseph Piatz (June 7, 1934 – Feb. 27, 2024)

Francis Joseph Piatz of Mount Angel, Oregon, died Feb. 27, 2024 at the age of 89. He was born at home in the small town of Napoleon, North Dakota on June 7, 1934, to Joseph and Rose (Gross) Piatz. Francis was the middle child in between two sisters. The family moved to Mount Angel when he was two years old. […]

Roger Lawrence Willey

In Memoriam: Roger Lawrence Willey (Jan. 1, 1952 – March 2, 2024)

Roger Lawrence Willey, 72, of Silverton, Oregon passed away peacefully at home in his favorite chair Saturday on March 2, 2024. He was surrounded by his wife of 48 years, his three grown children, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Roger was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Macomb, Illinois to Russell L. and Elizabeth F. (Peterson) Willey. After he turned […]

Betty Lehrman

In Memoriam: Betty Lehrman (June 2, 1947 – March 1, 2024)

On March 1, 2024, beloved mother and grandmother, Betty Lehrman passed away unexpectedly in Silverton, Oregon. She was 76 years old.   She was born Betty Ann Sandifer on June 2, 1947 to Helen Alice Ceccacci and Dewitt Talmadge Sandifer in Portland, Oregon – where she was raised. She completed grade school at Menlo Park and graduated from David Douglas High […]

Letter to the Editor: School district leadership in question

On the Silver Falls School District financial situation: Where was (Assistant Superintendent) Dan Busch during the last 12 months? … Where was the School Board? The School Board absence and neglect during the past 12 month is completely unacceptable. The “thank you note” delivered to Mr. Drue at the March 13 public meeting is totally incomprehensible.  I invite you to visit […]

Legal Matters

Fraud charges filed for hardware store scheme A Silverton man has been implicated in an alleged large-scale and sophisticated fraud scheme targeting hardware stores throughout Oregon, including new local charges. Elton Bud Ralston, 40, has been charged in four separate cases in Marion, Linn, Yamhill and Washington counties for alleged thefts involving tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise. According […]

Your Garden: Flocking to Phlox – Perennial gardeners select Plant of the Year

By Melissa Wagoner Every year the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) – a non-profit organization of growers, retailers, landscape designers and educators – singles out a Perennial Plant of the Year. This year’s plant – Garden phlox. “Garden phlox is a staple in any cottage garden, with a vibrant firework of pinks, white, purples and reds,” Heather Desmarteau-Fast – a horticulturist […]

September sweet peas direct-sown in late April. Renee Shepherd

Your Garden: Strew sweet peas now for summer bouquets

The graceful beauty of annual sweet peas with their ruffled blossoms, soft texture and glowing colors makes them one of the most irresistible and nostalgic of all flowers. Their scent is an exquisite perfume of orange blossoms and honey, surely one of the most seductive of all flower fragrances. A generous handful of their long-stemmed, winged blossoms make a beautiful […]

Broccoli green starts ready to plant. © irrinn0215/123rf.com

Your Garden: OSU Gardener’s April Chores

Planning Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. Prepare garden soil for spring planting. Incorporate generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. Prepare raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem. Incorporate generous amounts (at least 2 inches) of organic materials. […]

Your Garden: Containers – The Ins and Outs

By Linda Whitmore Planter boxes add pizzazz to a patio or porch, fit nicely on an apartment balcony and give flair to store fronts and downtown businesses. In driving through the communities of the Willamette Valley one can see amazing examples of pots, planters and baskets of trailing fuchsias and petunias, cheery daisies and brightly colored geraniums. To learn how […]

Silverton Country Museum in the Ames-Warnock house on Water Street. File Photo

50 years – Silverton Country Historical Society celebrates anniversary

By Melissa Wagoner The Silverton Country Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024 with banners, exhibits, promotional materials and events throughout the year including a Homer Davenport Community Festival parade float and a celebration in the fall. “We especially want to honor and thank our members, donors, supporters, and volunteers who have helped along the way,” Director Jeff […]

Silverton First Baptist’s new lead pastor, JD Winters, his wife Crystal, and their children. Submitted Photo

Called to lead – Silverton First Baptist welcomes new lead pastor

By Bruce Kingwell Silverton First Baptist church is welcoming its new lead pastor, JD Winters.  The congregation has gathered at its current location on Westfield Street, between Safeway and Robert Frost Elementary School, for more than 70 years. While in that time much has changed, a congregation of seven decades learns to recognize joyful change when it comes. Such was […]

Datebook: April 2024

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Weekly Events Monday Low Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center members free. Non-members […]

Baldwin receiving recognition from the Asphalt Pavement Association and ODOT in Abby Shetler’s graphic design class at SHS. Submitted photo

Symbol of life – SHS student has billboard design chosen for safety program

By Melissa Wagoner Every time a member of the Asphalt Pavement Association (APA) of Oregon is killed in a work zone related accident, executive director John Hickey hand-delivers a check for $5,000 to the deceased person’s family. “The idea is that most of the time the worker is the primary breadwinner,” Hickey explained. “Very often these people are just getting […]