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Please don’t stop the music

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.

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Mini race offers big time fun

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon has been a staple on the Fourth of July for more than four decades.

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Watson dies in swim accident

SPRAY — Cody Watson, 16, of Monmouth, died Sunday while swimming with friends at the John Day River near Spray.

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‘Special’ moments

Special Olympics trains, empowers its athletes to succeed

POLK COUNTY — If there’s one thing Shirley Wimer didn’t like it was sports.

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Getting the swing of it

It was my big moment.

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43rd MONMOUTH-INDEPENDENCE FOURTH OF JULY TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Tennis tourney set for July 2-3

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.”

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Williams eyes bigger role on the Chargers

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.

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Never down and out

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.”

Channeling my inner Roger Federer ... sort of

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.

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Joyful sound

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.

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