New Medford Superintendent Announced

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district.  He has 27 years of education experience. The previous two years have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30. Long served a … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said it does not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference Tuesday at … Continue reading »

Biz Expo Showcases Local Businesses

LEBANON, Ore. — More than 1,800 people came out for the annual Biz Expo in Lebanon on Tuesday. One hundred thirty vendors from Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home showcased their businesses. Community members went from booth to booth to learn more about what services are available in the area. The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce says … Continue reading »

SOU Awarded LEED Building Certification

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is continuing to strive to make its campus more environmentally friendly. SOU announced Monday that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for the construction of its new Raider Village Complex. The new development consists of two new residence halls and a dining facility that … Continue reading »

Former Deputy Facing Additional Charges

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.– A former Lake County deputy who turned himself in after being accused of having relations with a 17-year-old is back behind bars. Oregon State Police say 42-year-old Kenneth Turkle turned himself in Sunday, after being seen with 17-year-old Marriah Andrews on Friday. State police said her parents reported her missing and a … Continue reading »

Drought Could Help Save OSU Extension

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Supporters of the Jackson County OSU Extension say they hope the drought year will influence voters as they head to the ballot booths next month. A tax district for the extension will appear on the May ballot, giving voters the chance to weigh in on a levy of about a nickel per … Continue reading »

Proposed FDA Rule Impacts Breweries

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local breweries are arguing a proposed FDA rule that they say could hurt both them and local farmers. The rule applies to spent grains. Those by products of the brewing process are normally sold or given to local farmers to use as feed. But the FDA rule would put restrictions on how … Continue reading »

Foster Parent Arrested for Sex Abuse

MEDFORD, Ore. – A 77-year-old foster parent is in jail after police say he sexually abused a child in his care. James Eldon Mobley was arrested for two counts of first-degree sex abuse. He is accused of sexually abusing two foster children. His bail was set at $2 million. Medford Police began investigating Mobley last … Continue reading »

Superintendent Search Winding Down

MEDFORD, Ore. — There are just two candidates left in the search for a new superintendent for Medford School District. Last week, a firm out of Iowa presented the school board with 13 candidates from all over the country. The school board then chose six candidates to come back this week. After two days of … Continue reading »

Flashing Headlights Ruled Free Speech

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – A Southern Oregon judge ruled that flashing headlights at drivers to warn of an oncoming police car is protected as free speech. The ruling filed March 26th at the Jackson County Justice Court states that the act is covered under the Oregon Constitution. This stems from a case against truck driver, Christopher Hill, who … Continue reading »

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