BCSO Arrests 3 for DUII During Halloween

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement during Halloween weekend. Deputies arrested three people for DUII, cited three people for minor in possession-alcohol, two for possession of a controlled substance, and numerous citations for various violations. Deputies also responded four traffic crashes with two involving injuries. … Continue reading »

Local Stars Take Stage at Benton Co.Fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Benton County fair wrapped up day one on Wednesday – with some local names taking the stage. American Young headlined Wednesday’s show. Jon Stone, one of the two lead singers, is from the Eugene area. The band has performed on some pretty big stages – including an appearance on ABC’s “The … Continue reading »

Comments Close Aug. 8 for Bailey Branch

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County still needs your help deciding what to do with the Bailey Branch line. The county purchased the old rail corridor in October for almost a half-million dollars. Eventually the county wants to restore rail service to the area, but in the meantime is trying to figure out what to do … Continue reading »

Deputy Rescues Man Trapped in Car

NEAR ALSEA, Ore. — An elderly man is safe after spending the night, trapped in his crashed car which was hidden about 90-feet off of Highway 34. 80-year-old Jon Culton of Waldport was reported missing Wednesday. He didn’t show up for his Corvallis doctor’s appointment. On his way, something happened. His car ended up on … Continue reading »

Free Well Testing in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — Approximately 77 percent of Benton County’s wells have not been tested – posing huge health concerns – according to the Benton County Environmental Health Department. The Oregon Health Authority has granted Benton County funds to conduct free well testing that will check for nitrate, arsenic, and coliform bacteria. Bill Emminger, the Environmental Health … Continue reading »

Concerns About Bailey Branch Corridor

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Some Benton County residents are concerned about plans for the Bailey Branch Corridor after the county released its suggestions regarding the rail line’s future use. Benton County purchased 17.7 miles of an old rail line from Union Pacific for $486,000 in October. It runs south of Corvallis towards Monroe, then west towards Hull-Oakes Lumber. Ultimately, … Continue reading »

Benton County Jail Tours Start Saturday

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  The Benton County Sheriff is hosting an open house at the jail in Corvallis on Saturday for the public to tour the facility. Sheriff Scott Jackson says he hopes to have a bond measure option on November’s ballot, which would pay for a new jail. He says the current Benton County jail was … Continue reading »

County Seeks Input on Bailey Branch

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County purchased 17.7 miles of an unused rail line that runs from South Corvallis to the Monroe area, then west towards Hull-Oakes Lumber. The county’s goal in purchasing the corridor was to preserve the right-of-way for future public benefit, but it needs input from the community to determine what it should be … Continue reading »

Confirmed Case of Meningococcal Disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Officials with the Benton County Health Department have confirmed that one student at Corvallis High School has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a bacterial form of meningitis: a rare and sometimes deadly illness. The Corvallis School District is not releasing the name, age, or gender of the student, who has been hospitalized at … Continue reading »

Benton County Jail Concerns

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Benton County Jail has been operating since 1976 to house inmates, but it was only supposed to last ten years. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says the building is cramped, falling apart, and it is hoping to get a bond measure on a future ballot to replace the jail. “With a county … Continue reading »

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