Just for today, give Thanks for all we have

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the national holiday to give thanks and heal the wounds of the nation.


Words carry responsibility

This past week has been a reflection of what it means to live in the United States of America and to celebrate the freedoms that we treasure.

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Veterans need more services

This day, and for the whole year, consider thanking veterans with more than just a handshake.

No-Shave November brings awareness

No-Shave November is not just about giving a man — or woman, in fact — an excuse to skip a step in grooming. It is designed to raise awareness about cancer by highlighting people’s hair, something many cancer patients lose during treatment.


Volunteer numbers at an all-time low

West Valley Hospital’s staff of volunteers is at critically low numbers.


Working together for a better community

Want to find a place that knows how to respond to a need? Look no further than Falls City.


Make sure that the newspaper is part of the incident communication plan

We are encouraged to see local agencies and school districts preparing for an active shooter event like the one that so tragically took the lives of nine people at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.


Let’s stick with one system for a while

The results are in for the first round of testing using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is supposed to be a more difficult test using higher standards.


Are you ready for disaster?

It’s not too late, but don’t delay


Hops, heritage festival honors Independence

The Hops & Heritage Festival is one-of-a-kind.


Never too late to keep learning

With the kids back in school, and adults getting ready to start classes, it’s a good reminder that it’s never too late to continue your education.


Schools, cities: time to prepare

As we continue our coverage of the pending 9.0 Cascadia zone earthquake, we asked the cities and school districts, “How ready are we?”


It’s time to teach bullying a lesson

The air has gotten cooler — not much cooler, but cooler all the same — and kids are preparing to go back to school.


Come together for both towns

The joint work session between the cities of Independence and Monmouth councils is about four weeks away, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish by putting their heads together.


Play it safe while summer lasts

It’s nearly that time of year again, when students will be heading back to school.