Benton County Early Burn Ban

  BENTON COUNTY, Ore.– An early burn ban is in effect in Benton County due to dry conditions. This year has seen an active and early fire season. “Over the weekend, the state of Oregon had over 36 grass fires that were related to burning,” said Corvallis Fire Marshall Jeff Prechel. The Forest Service has deemed … Continue reading »

Girl Scout Troop Leader Accused of Theft

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A former Girl Scout troop leader is facing first-degree theft charges for stealing more than $8,000 from her troop’s bank account.  Investigators say she stole money from cookie sales. Benton County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sheila Cowart on Saturday. “I’m sorry and give me a chance to make it right and I will,” Cowart … Continue reading »

Benton County Touts Lowest Unemployment

SALEM, Ore. — One Western Oregon county can tout the lowest unemployment rate in the state while others still struggle. In March, Benton County reports 6.1 percent unemployment–that’s the best in Oregon. The rate is 10.5 percent in Coos County and 11.1 percent in Douglas County. Lane County’s rate dropped a tad to 8.2 percent. … Continue reading »

DA Seeking Special Prosecutor

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The district attorney of Benton County is proposing a new idea to stop crimes before they happen. John Haroldson wants to create a specialized prosecutor position to focus on juvenile and mental health cases. “What I really want to avoid is finding ourselves in that situation where something terrible happens and after the … Continue reading »

Philomath Fire Approves Rural Annexation

PHILOMATH, Ore. — An annexation recommended Monday could provide fire protection for rural Benton County families. The Philomath Fire and Rescue Board approved a recommendation to annex a small part of an area known as the Greenberry Gap. The area hasn’t belonged to a fire district in five decades. There are about 500 buildings, including … Continue reading »

Benton County Unemployment Rises

ALBANY, Ore. — Benton County’s unemployment rate is traditionally the lowest among Oregon’s 36 counties. But new numbers showed an increase this year. According to the Oregon Employment Department, 6.2 percent of Benton County’s population was unemployed in February–that’s up from 6 percent last February. Amy McClaws is a single mother with two kids to … Continue reading »

Benton County: 2nd Healthiest County

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County was ranked Oregon’s second healthiest county in a state-by-state effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote public health. Rain or shine, people in Corvallis make time to fit exercise into their day. “If it was raining, I’d still be working out. As soon as the sun breaks through, … Continue reading »

BCSO Searching for Robbery Suspect

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding a man deputies say robbed the Country Market and Deli Wednesday afternoon. They say he walked into the store a little before 5:30 p.m. and showed the clerk a gun. He then left with an undisclosed amount of money. Deputies describe the suspect as … Continue reading »

Woman Dies After Being Struck By Car

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — An elderly woman died after being hit by a car south of Corvallis. The crash occurred at Fern Road and Southwest Airport Road a little before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Investigators say it appears 89 year-old Hannelore Zimmerman was outside her residence getting her mail when she was struck by a … Continue reading »

Another Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Another bat found in Benton County has tested positive for rabies; this is the third bat in Benton County and the 13th in the state this year. The bat was found in a watering trough at a horse arena near Philomath. A woman was working at the arena when she found two … Continue reading »

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