Monmouth and Independence offer variety, fun during summer concerts
It’s summertime again, and that means weekly lineups of free concerts and movies in Independence and Monmouth.
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon has been a staple on the Fourth of July for more than four decades.
SPRAY — Cody Watson, 16, of Monmouth, died Sunday while swimming with friends at the John Day River near Spray.
Special Olympics trains, empowers its athletes to succeed
POLK COUNTY — If there’s one thing Shirley Wimer didn’t like it was sports.
It was my big moment.
Registration due by noon on June 29
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Patty Youngren has been a part of an annual tradition for more than three decades — the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament. “I moved here in 1985. I played against Mary Christensen in my first competition,” Youngren said. “She and Phil Schroeder, who ran the tournament at the time, crushed my partner and I. Mary has become a lifelong friend.”
SAN DIEGO — Western Oregon alumni Tyrell Williams made sure his first NFL catch was a memorable one — hauling in an 80-yard touchdown for the San Diego Chargers against the Denver Broncos in the Chargers’ final regular season game.
Nichols out to prove doubters wrong
MONMOUTH — Turning professional in any sport is difficult. Former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Julian Nichols knows all the numbers and the odds. He’s not worried. “My whole life, I’ve had people say you can’t play this position or you can’t play there,” Nichols said. “You hear those types of things and it motivates you. To be where I’m at now, I’m grateful and I’m blessed, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.”
As I stepped onto the tennis court, staring down my arch enemy, I paused and took a deep breath before I hit my first serve.
African Children’s Choir benefits Music for Life program
When Tina Sipp attended a concert featuring the African Children’s Choir in 1989, she hoped to be entertained.