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By the numbers: SFSD $138 million bond measure rejected by the voters

By Stephen Floyd More than 7,700 ballots were cast and $23,000 donated for Measure 24-486 on the ballot in the Nov. 7 election. Had it passed, the measure would have raised more than $138 million for facility improvements throughout the Silver Falls School District (SFSD). According to election results published Nov. 17, the measure was failing by 55.71% out of […]

Silverton hosts open house on park planning

Silverton residents will have an opportunity on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to chime in on a new parks and recreation master plan. The city is hosting an open house on the plan from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. A city advisory committee has been working on the new plan and will be taking feedback […]

Band funds – Silent auction raises money for trip

By James Day Main Street Bistro is spearheading a fundraising effort to assist the Silverton High band with its expenses for an upcoming tour in March in preparation for the League Band Festival. A silent auction begins on Friday, Dec. 1, in conjunction with festivities surrounding the tree lighting ceremony in Town Square Park. Auction sheets will be available for […]

Santa Cares set for Dec. 9

Karen Garst had one goal when she came up with the idea for Santa Cares in 2018 – to make sure everyone has a gift to give on Christmas. “[A]fter working with Sheltering Silverton and SACA I knew there were many in need,” Garst said. Inspired, Garst developed the Santa Cares event during which community members can donate gently used items – toys, children’s books, sports […]

Silverton United Methodist Church’s Snack Sack group completes the week’s batch with help from students of Silverton’s Community Transition Program, also housed at the church. Front row, CTP students Paulina Rubio Saavedra and Kiele Pahia; back row, Luana Foster, Tally Stoffey and Donna Eberle. Not pictured, Carole Hogue. Brenna Wiegand

Snack sacks: Collaborative effort – with hands-on volunteers – get treats to kids

By Brenna Wiegand Every Wednesday a small group of women at Silverton United Methodist Church meet to provide extra goodies for the kids of families served by Silverton Area Community Aid. The church’s Friends Helping Friends, also known as the Snack Sack People, have decorated, filled and delivered some 35,000 bags to SACA since its inception in 2011. “A group […]

Todd Ferrell, nominated as an Angel Among Us by neighbor and friend, Marianna Davis

Angels among us: Neighbor builds sense of community

By Melissa Wagoner In the eyes of Marianna Davis, Todd Ferrell is an absolute angel. “One definition of a person who is angelic is someone of exemplary conduct and virtue, someone with outstanding qualities and abilities,” Davis said, adding that, in her opinion, Ferrell fits the bill. Originally from Southern California, Ferrell moved to Silverton with his wife, Ann, in 2007 and […]

Shamila Salem, owner of Emerald Events Silverton, in the newly renovated space she has opened for public events along Silver Creek. Melissa Wagoner

Along the creek – New event space opens

By Melissa Wagoner In 2020, massage therapist Shamila Salem wanted to open a new studio and so she approached her dad – real estate developer, Mohsen (Mo) Salem, asking if he knew of an available space. He did, but it was a little more than she bargained for. “He just loves restoring old buildings,” Shamila said, recalling her dad’s suggestion that, rather […]

Hazelgreen – County discusses flood mitigation for road

By Stephen Floyd Marion County is nearing the construction phase of replacing the Pudding River Bridge on Hazelgreen Road NE and has begun discussing follow-up work to address road flooding. The project would replace the current wooden bridge, built in 1969, with a concrete structure above flood levels, as the Little Pudding River inundates the current bridge during heavy rain. […]

Emergency prep event set for Nov. 24 – 26

Sustainable Silverton is sponsoring an emergency preparedness pop-up “escape room” from Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 26.  It’s an hour-long interactive learning experience, taking place from noon to 8 p.m. on all three days at High Water Grill, 215 N. Water St. Side Quest Escape Games will bring in its mobile escape room that teaches players about emergency preparedness. Those […]

Tree lightings – A history

By Melissa Wagoner Silverton’s Christmas festivities are a tradition that goes back over 100 years, according to the information Silverton Country Historical Society member Chris Schwab found in back issues of The Silverton Appeal. “Some are blurry, some don’t have dates,” Schwab said of the articles, but all depict Christmas in Silverton as the most wonderful time of the year. […]

Legal Matters: January trial set in Joe Keeton death

By Stephen Floyd A January trial has been set for a Bend woman accused of negligently causing the fatal dog mauling of a former Silverton man over the summer. Jessica Rae McCleery, 38, was given a trial date of Jan. 9, 2024, during an appearance Nov. 7 in Deschutes County Circuit Court, with the trial expected to last eight days. […]

Legal Matters: Police chase ends with suspect in Silverton

An Aumsville man with a pending kidnapping charge was arrested in Silverton Oct. 25 after a high-speed chase that ended with the suspect hiding in a local resident’s basement. Steele James Davidson, 30, was pursued by police after allegedly contacting the victim of a domestic violence incident for which Davidson was arrested in March. He is charged with second-degree kidnapping […]

Matt and Mandy Jones, owners of The Merc.

The Merc – Environmentally-friendly, refillable cleaning products now available in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner  Matt Jones knows a lot about cleaning products. President of Griffin Chem Solutions in Albany – a developer of industrial cleaning solutions – Matt is well versed in the market and the many ways it can be misleading. “The problem is, there’s no standards on labels and marketing,” he said, describing the ways consumers are often led to believe […]

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Successful return – Barnes leads Foxes volleyball within one win of state

Kirsten Barnes’ return to the coaching reins of Silverton volleyball was a highly successful one. Barnes previously coached in the program from 1996 to 2010 and won eight league titles during an 11-year run as head coach. This year’s Foxes were 12-8 overall, hovered around the top 10 in Class 5A most of the year, finished fourth in the brutally […]

Entries from the Silverton Grange's Pie Contest and Auction held in 2019

Best pie in town? Enter Silverton Grange’s contest to find out

By Melissa Wagoner “Who doesn’t like tasting pie?” Silverton Grange member Cindy Gyurgyik said when asked about the upcoming Pie Contest and Auction being held in the Grange Hall at 201 Division St. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 to 4 p.m. “We will have two categories of pies – fruit and custard,” Gyurgyik said. “We will have three judges for each category…familiar faces of our […]

Distribution day set for coats contributed in drive

The Elizabeth Ashley Hoke Memorial Trust sponsored the  collection of new and gently used coats for kids and families during October. Coats were dropped off at Friends of Abiqua Heights, Willamette Valley Bank, Silver Creek Fellowship Church, Adventist Community Services, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Silverton Senior Center, Hi-School Pharmacy, Gear-Up, Sunflower Farms, First Christian Church, St. Paul’s, Les Schwab Tires, Robert […]

Tree of Giving season opens

The annual Tree of Giving program sponsored by the Silverton Zenith Women’s Club starts Nov. 1. Community members can help families during the holiday season by purchasing new clothes for children. Families wishing to sign up for the gifts can do so at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N.  Church St. on Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.; Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m.; Nov. […]

The crew of Wurdinger Manufacturing's onsite Ag Supply Store - Gerhard Greeve, Jon Kamrath, Jakobie Bloedorn and owner Sid Wurdinger

One stop shop – Helping farmers by stocking agricultural parts

By Melissa Wagoner When the owners of Wurdinger Manufacturing in Silverton added a parts store to their well-established fabrication business in 2019, the goal was to cut down on the number of trips their fabricators were making to Salem by stocking the pieces they needed most often. It wasn’t long before the company’s customers got wind of the new addition […]

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 […]

Legal Matters: Dog owner arrested in Joe Keeton’s death

By Stephen Floyd A Bend woman accused of negligently causing the death of a former Silverton man during a dog attack in July has been taken into custody despite recent efforts to quash her warrant. Jessica Ray Charity, 38, who uses the last name McCleery, was booked into the Deschutes County Jail Oct. 16 for her alleged role in the […]

Legal Matters: Davis facing 16 years for luring minors

By Stephen Floyd A Silverton man has pleaded guilty to attempting to lure minors into sexual acts and similar charges and could face nearly 16 years in prison. Jaiden Ethan Davis, 24, pleaded guilty Sept. 25 in Marion County Circuit Court to attempted first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree encouraging child sex abuse and four counts of luring a minor. He […]

Aumsville man arrested after chase ends in Silverton

An Aumsville man with a pending kidnapping charge was arrested in Silverton late Wednesday after a high-speed chase that ended with the suspect allegedly hiding in a local resident’s basement. Steele James Davidson, 30, was pursued by police after he was allegedly seen together with the victim of a domestic violence incident for which Davidson was arrested in March. He […]

Tony and Marianna Davis -- submitted photo

Be(ing) the match: Finding common ground, starting a campaign

By Melissa Wagoner When Marianna and Tony Davis moved to Silverton from Roseville, California they were excited to start their new life.  “We were retired, and we had family all throughout Oregon…” Marianna said of the impetus for the move. “Then our daughter graduated from high school and went to college up here.” Only 18 months into their new residency, […]

Gervais schools talk dissolution into neighboring districts

By Stephen Floyd School officials in Gervais have discussed possibly dissolving their district if a facilities bond fails next year, which could lead to schools in Silverton and Mt. Angel absorbing Gervais students. Bond proposals for the Gervais School District suffered landslide defeats in 2022 and 2023, and the district’s board is considering a third attempt for May of 2024. […]

BINGO! Four causes served by annual game night

By Melissa Wagoner For as long as Barbara Fischer-Chase has been a part of the Silverton Zenith Women’s Club there have been two annual fundraisers, a Bunco competition in the spring and a family BINGO night in the fall. “We have BINGO coming up at the end of October – on Oct. 28,” Fischer-Chase said of the upcoming fundraiser, which will take […]