Mapleton on the Mend

MAPLETON, Ore. — Friday was another somber day in Mapleton. Residents are still trying to wrap their heads around the loss of two of their own–Abby Boydston and Weston Bowman. Both were athletes, good students, and very much loved by their friends and family. Five teenagers were on their way to breakfast at Pop’s Gingerbread … Continue reading »

ODOT to Underwrite Extra Patrols

EUGENE, Ore. — Due to a dramatic jump in deadly crashes on Highway 126 between Florence and Eugene, ODOT is planning extra safety precautions. Ten people have died on the roadway this year alone, including Thursday’s fatalities in Mapleton. In the last six years, there has been an average of one crash every three and … Continue reading »

Two Students Die in Highway 126 Crash

MAPLETON, Ore. — The town of Mapleton is grieving the loss of two high school students who died in a car crash Thursday morning. ODOT is already responding, saying they will increase the safety on Highway 126 as the deaths bring the number of fatalities on the highway up to 10 just this year. Oregon … Continue reading »

Veneta Mother Remembers Daughter

VENETA, Ore. — A Veneta family dealing with the untimely death of a daughter, sister, and fiancee is determined to keep her memory alive. Aimee Thomas, 26, was killed in a crash along Highway 126 Monday morning. Aimee’s mother, Lori Thomas, says she still can’t believe her daughter is gone. When Aimee Thomas didn’t show … Continue reading »

ODOT Addresses Highway 126 Concerns

VENETA, Ore. — A fatal crash Monday morning has people wanting answers on what can be done for a dangerous stretch of Highway 126 between Veneta and Eugene. People familiar with the intersection say it’s long overdue for improvements. Aimee Thomas, 26, was killed when her car collided with a truck at the intersection of … Continue reading »

Fatal Vehicle Crash Near Veneta

VENETA, Ore. — A 26-year-old woman from Veneta is dead after a crash Monday morning on Highway 126. Oregon State Police say the accident happened two miles east of Veneta Monday morning about 7:15 a.m. Police say a semi-truck, pulling two trailers loaded with powder cement, smashed into the car. The collision pushed the car across … Continue reading »