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Legal Matters: Settled – Resort to pay Garden Foundation

By Stephen Floyd A lawsuit against the Oregon Garden Foundation by the owner of the Oregon Garden Resort has been settled after three years of litigation. Parties agreed to terms Aug. 29 during a settlement hearing in Marion County Circuit Court including a financial payout to the foundation and the return of online login credentials. The case was otherwise scheduled […]

New role, new faces – Mayor Freilinger, four new Silverton councilors

By James Day Silverton installed a new mayor and four new councilors on Monday, Jan. 9, signaling the beginning of a new political era in town. Jason Freilinger, who had served as council president, was sworn in as mayor, replacing Kyle Palmer, whose elected office experience dates to 2004. In addition, outgoing councilors Jim Sears, Dana Smith and Crystal Neideigh […]

End of an era: Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

By Stephen Floyd When The Silverton Appeal was established in 1880, the city was barely older than the paper’s founder, 25-year-old Henry Guild. The Appeal outlasted numerous competitors during its early decades and survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and the advent of the internet. But Silverton’s first and longest-running newspaper […]

Out of the running: Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer won’t seek re-election

By James Day Kyle Palmer, who has been a fixture in Silverton community affairs for most of this century, is retiring from the political arena. Palmer, who is midway through his second full term as mayor, announced Jan. 30 via social media that he is retiring from elected office at the end of this term. Palmer also answered questions from […]

Rarely retired – Stadeli receives Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award

By Brenna Wiegand Otto Stadeli said you could have “knocked him over with a feather” when the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce crashed his pinochle game to name him recipient of this year’s Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award. Stadeli, 93, says doing good business and volunteering are just part of being in a community. Born and raised in Silverton, Stadeli […]

Three in a row: Silverton restaurateurs add bistro, receive service award

By Melissa Wagoner It’s only been two years since Josh Echo-Hawk and his wife Paige opened their first restaurant, Graystone Lounge in Silverton, but a lot has happened since then.  “We were doing the (purchase) closing and getting the keys, wondering if we were ever going to open,” Echo-Hawk said, recalling those initial weeks, in March 2020 when, with the […]

Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to 3. Melissa is devoted to all children, especially those who may be disadvantaged or at risk. The depth and breadth […]

Filling fines: Oregon State Elections Division says Save Old Schools violated rules

By Kristine Thomas The Oregon Elections Division has determined Silverton resident Gene Pfeifer, treasurer of Save Old Schools, has violated election laws. The Save Old Schools committee members opposed the $36.9 million bond measure by the Silver Falls School District on the May 21 ballot. The bond was defeated 58 to 42 percent. If the bond had been approved, it […]

Reasons to run: Silverton candidates put demeanor, fiscal issues at top of list

Editor’s note: Our Town reporter Don Murtha interviewed the seven candidates competing on the Nov. 6 ballot for three seats on the Silverton City Council. This contains more information than the Oct. 15 print edition. By Don Murtha Ron Butcher  If elected, Ron Butcher said he would address citizens’ concerns including establishing a balanced budget, keeping the swimming pool open and […]

Mayor’s Ball raises more than $50,000

The 2008 Mayor’s Ball is expected to have raised more than $50,000. Hosted by Mayor Ken Hector and his wife, Darby, the event has raised more than $300,000 through its 16-year history.  Hector was not ready to disclose exactly how this year’s proceeds will be distributed, but hinted that “the usual suspects will probably benefit, including the Silverton Senior Center, […]

Mayor’s contest: Two challenge incumbent

By Linda Whitmore Three men are competing in Silverton’s 2008 mayoral election – City Councilor Stu Rasmussen, small business owner Jim Squires and incumbent Ken Hector, who is running for a ninth term. Each candidate was sent questions regarding their thoughts on Silverton’s governance. Their responses are in their own words. JIM SQUIRES Jim Squires is a general contractor involved […]