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Family fled violence with the clothes on their backs
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Olsrud Family Playground is Officially Open
MEDFORD, OR -- The brand new Olsrud Family Community Playground is open. The playground is in Bear Creek Park in Medford. The park project was a rebuild of a popular wooden playground. This time with more accommodating features.
Bless a Vet serves those who served
Christmas came early for more than 40 residents at a White City care home Saturday. The halls were fully decked at Laurel Pines Retirement Lodge, a long-term care facility that largely serves veterans with disabilities, where members of a Gold Hill church brought them tidings of comfort and joy.
Doing good in the hood
Ryker Benzley has taken on the unsavory job of cleaning a rat-infested house on Columbus Avenue, stuffing garbage bags filled with contaminated insulation. “It was a rat’s nest,” he says. “All the insulation in the attic had to be taken out because the rats had taken over.”
Local military family finds future through VA loan
MEDFORD, Ore.– For 13 years, 33-year-old Chris Whiteley has been serving his country the best way he knows how – as a member of the United States military. But after being deployed overseas and coming back to a country still reeling from the 2008 housing crisis, he and his wife, Kristen, were unsure
The Village at Medford Center Finishing Construction
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Second drug sweep case heads for district court
A former Gardnerville resident who fled the county to avoid drug trafficking charges waived his preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday. Adam James Guenther, 28, of Medford, Ore., is one of a dozen people facing felony charges in connection with an undercover investigation into L
Local Instrument Drive Brings in More Than 60 Instruments for Paradise Band
MEDFORD -- Just over a month after the Camp Fire devastated Northern California, wiping away most of the town of Paradise, Southern Oregon did its part to help that community heal. Through an instrument drive, the region got more than 60 instruments to give the Paradise Adventist Academy, which lost
Oregon ranked worst for prevalence of mental illness
MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon ranks as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness. It’s why Oregon lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require students in grades 6 to 12 to take a mental health wellness check once every school year.
Olsrud Family Community Playground officially open
MEDFORD, Ore. — The newly-renovated Olsrud Family Community Playground at Bear Creek Park is officially open to the public. Families gathered Saturday afternoon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hundreds of volunteers have been working on the project since it began in October.
Dad who attacked sex offender in court won’t face charges
MEDFORD, Ore. – Charges have been dropped against the father who attacked a former pastor during a federal court proceeding. Kevin Smith was arrested in August after he attacked Donald Biggs in a federal courtroom.
Jackson County Jail is Overcrowded
MEDFORD, Ore.-The Jackson County is able to hold as many as 315 people overnight and about 300 people during the daytime. This number has to do with the jail design, staffing, and number of beds.
Medford man uses surveillance camera to boost security around home
MEDFORD, Ore. — While many thieves are targeting front porches and stealing packages delivered this holiday season, a Medford man claims he chased a would-be thief away. John Peterson has lived in Medford for the past three years and says crime in his neighborhood is pretty common. On Wednesday, Pet
Highway 140 crash claims life of woman
A crash on Highway 140 West, just over the Jackson and Klamath counties line, claimed a woman's life Thursday eventing, according to Oregon State Police. At approximately 5 p.m., a Jeep SUV traveling eastbound on Highway 140 near milepost 30 in Jackson County left the roadway, traveled down an emban
Best Bets: 5 picks for the weekend
After 13 years in the Art Wing at Briscoe Elementary School in Ashland, Lithia Artisans will move its holiday market to the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Look for about 70 artists and artisans showcasing a diverse range of gift items, from homemade soap and evergreen wreaths to sculpture
Hoax bomb threat reported locally, across the nation
MEDFORD, Ore. – Schools and city department in our region and throughout the nation were sent a hoax bomb threat Thursday. The Medford Police Department said the confirmed hoax has hit numerous states. MPD said to ignore the email.
LUNCHTIME STORM HITS DOUGLAS COUNTY
December 14, 2018 2:00 p.m. A lunchtime storm hit Douglas County hard on Friday, causing trees to fall and leading to numerous power outages. A forecaster at the National Weather Service in Medford said the peak wind gust at the Roseburg Regional Airport was 49 miles per hour and was recorded at 12:
Concerts: Friday, Dec. 14
Jeff Kloetzel: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Kloetzel will perform an acoustic mix of folk, pop and soul at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.
RV Fire Slows Traffic on I-5 Near Central Point
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — An RV on fire is slowing traffic on I-5 southbound near milepost 36 in Central Point. One lane is open, but traffic is backed up all the way to Exit 40 at present. Expect "stop-and-go" congestion.
Medford Man Sentenced for Killing the Mother of His Children
MEDFORD, Ore. — A man convicted of stabbing the mother of his children 40 times was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in a Jackson County court on Tuesday.