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The homeless, hungry and historic score big with CEP grants

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School board renews superintendent contract for a year

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Students come up with a novel idea

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Forest Grove's Latest News

May 24, 2017

Cornelius Sears store to close June 5

by Stephanie Haugen
Sears property sold, store owner told to get out by June 5
May 24, 2017

Four Forest Grove business employees sell alcohol to minors

by Stephanie Haugen
In a decoy operation, four local establishments sell to minors while two do not
May 24, 2017

Flag bandana earns suspension for Forest Grove High student

by Nancy Townsley
School officials disciplined a pupil who wore a complete USA-themed outfit to campus and flouted the district dress code by wearing…


TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Tualatin Public Library and others in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services system will stop charging overdue fines for children's materials beginning next month.
May 24, 2017

Libraries halt fines for overdue children's books

by News-Times
Washington County librarians don't want fines to hinder children's access to books
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Saturday, May 20, marked the anniversary of last years walkout, when more than 600 of Forest Grove High Schools 2,000 students left the campus in protest over racial and political tensions.
May 23, 2017

Saturday marked one-year anniversary of walkout

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Students, teachers Forest Grove High School have learned and changed since then
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Voters showed strong support for continuing police and fire services at their current level in Forest Grove.
May 23, 2017

Levy increase appears doomed, renewal more hopeful

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Polling firm tallies every yes, no, don't-know for Forest Grove levy chances in 2017
COURTESY PHOTO - More than 150 people attended the open house Saturday, May 20, at Sonrise Churchs new location, the former First Baptist Church of Forest Grove.
May 23, 2017

Sonrise opens church doors for public to explore

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Members check out the former First Baptist Church of Forest Grove, whose leaders handed it over to Sonrise last December
COURTESY PHOTO: JOLYNN BECKER - (Left to right) Community room project manager Rick McMurry, Banks Mayor Pete Edison, Don Moore, Banks City Councilor and President of the Friends of the Banks Public Library Stephanie Jones and Banks Public Library Director Denise Holmes participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for the librarys new community room.
May 23, 2017

Banks library starts work on new community room

by Stephanie Haugen
Sunny Saturday groundbreaking ceremony draws small but excited, supportive crowd
The Gaston Feed building was for sale for a while before Leonard Jones wanted to start a marijuana grow operation.
May 23, 2017

Gaston Feed back up for lease after pot ban blocks grow site

by Stephanie Haugen
Former Gaston Feed store was almost host to a marijuana grow operation before ban voted through
May 22, 2017

Forest Grove police log

by News-Times
Forest Grove Police Department activities from May 14 to May 20
May 22, 2017

Juvenile who grabbed woman on jogging path charged with third-degree sex abuse

by Pamplin Media Group
Suspect in Sunday incident in Forest Grove turns himself in to police, who say they'll be stepping up patrols near Highway 47 and…
Yvonne Curtis
May 19, 2017

Forest Grove School Board considers superintendent raise Monday

by Stephanie Haugen
Rumors around town and on social media say Curtis's proposed pay hike is higher than it actually is.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Washington County will survey roads this summer to assess damage from winter storms.
May 19, 2017

Washington County will survey roads for damage

by Peter Wong
Official says harsh winter prompts inspections that normally occur every four years; pavement conditions exceed targets in some areas,…
May 18, 2017

Washington County budget a step closer to final approval

by Peter Wong
Citizen panel OKs $1.2 billion spending plan for coming year, forwards it to county commissioners for adoption June 20.
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - FGHS students got to play around with musical instruments and recording equipment Wednesday morning as part of a High School Nation arts festival.
May 17, 2017

FGHS students enjoy arts festival, $30K recording studio

by Stephanie Haugen
High School Nation visits high school with bands, donates recording studio
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - A mom and her two children help clean up the railroad corridor running through Cornelius during a previous Take Care of Cornelius Day cleanup drive.
May 17, 2017

Residents to form cleanup crews for Cornelius

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Volunteers who spruce up town Saturday, May 20, will get free donuts, coffee, hot dogs
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - One way Dawn Nelson builds community is to let students create their own classroom agreements about how to interact respectfully and how to discipline classmates who don't. Under this form of restorative justice,  higher authorities never have to be involved.
May 17, 2017

Classroom comfort key to better educational climate

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Forest Grove High School teachers work at building community, equity, voices
COURTESY PHOTO: WCCLS - There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday at the Banks Public Library for the new community room.
May 17, 2017

Banks breaks ground on library community room

by Stephanie Haugen
Public invited to ceremony May 20 for community room groundbreaking
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Rob Drake became city manager of Cornelius in February 2012.
May 17, 2017

Drake starts PERS benefits but keeps Cornelius job

by Art Heerwagen
City manager will retain his current annual salary of $137,568
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The Gaston display at the WashCo Museum in Hillsboro includes interesting stories of local people as well as artifacts from the Kalapuya tribes that originally lived there and the once-thriving commercial district.
May 17, 2017

All hail Gaston, city of the month at the Washington County Museum

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Gaston residents get in free Saturday, May 20, and can hear a talk on Hill Cemetery

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COURTESY PHOTO - Harvey Clarke first-graders powered down their electronic devices last year and got creative with history and homebuilding.
May 16, 2017

House in a Box: Local First Grade Class Gets Creative With History

by Larissa Whalen Garfias
Historic Landmarks Board member will reprise kit-house activity this Saturday at library
COURTESY PHOTO - The fundraising effort for the Cornelius library development has reached far and wide, with local children turning in the change from their piggy banks.
May 16, 2017

Cornelius library project takes another step

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
$100,000 in grants pushes fundraising over $4 million, with $1.2 million left
May 16, 2017

Washington County passes sheriff's levy

by Peter Wong
Measure 34-272 extends patrols, investigations and other services in urban unincorporated areas through 2023; five-year rate is…
COURTESY GRAPHIC - This map shows a preferred water level that would range between zero and three feet deep.
May 16, 2017

Shallow-water option is favored for Wapato Lake

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff aim for more diversity of plants and wildlife
Forest grove officers have been busy this week.
May 16, 2017

Police log: Officers help with mentally ill, neighborhood chickens cause problems

by Pamplin Media Group
What have Forest Grove police officers been up to so far this month?
May 16, 2017

Challengers win Forest Grove School Board races

by Pamplin Media Group
In unofficial returns Wednesday morning, Brad Bafaro, Valyrie Ingram and Mark Everett are winning seats.
May 17, 2017

Voters support enhanced sheriff's levy

by Pamplin Media Group
The Washington County Elections office reports more 'yes' votes than 'no' for a levy that covers unincorporated communities with…
Ron Frame
May 16, 2017

Frame beats Forest in Banks School Board race

by Stephanie Haugen
Unofficial returns are showing a victory for Ron Frame in Position 4.
May 16, 2017

All three incumbents fall in Forest Grove School Board race

by Jill Rehkopf Smith and Stephanie Haugen
Returns show three challengers will replace current school board members next month.
Michael Alexander
May 16, 2017

Former deputy gets probation

by Geoff Pursinger
Teen lied about his age, claimed to be 18, prosecutors say
COURTESY PHOTO - Hungrytown will play at the Forest Grove City Library Wednesday night to kick of adult Summer Reading.
May 16, 2017

Summer Reading, Hungrytown, TED talk coming to Forest Grove library this week

by Stephanie Haugen
The Forest Grove City Library kicks off Summer Reading Wednesday, May 17
Tom Forest
May 17, 2017

Ron Frame leading Tom Forest in Banks School Board race

by Pamplin Media Group
In initial returns Tuesday evening, Ron Frame is defeating Tom Forest for Position 4 on the Banks School District directors' panel.
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reveal its habitat restoration ideas for Wapato Lake at an open house Monday night.
May 15, 2017

Environmental assessment for Wapato Lake is focus of open house

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will talk to the public in Gaston Monday evening
COURTESY PHOTO - Gaston resident Jacob McDowell, 17, holds two copies of journalist John Stossels book, which hes won in an essay contest two years in a row.
May 14, 2017

Joseph McDowell finalist for essay contest

by Stephanie Haugen
Stossel in the Classroom awards students each year for writing
Ken and Kris Bilderback
May 13, 2017

Forest Grove slow to get fired up for firefighters

by Ken and Kris Bilderback
House fires were very common in early Forest Grove, which isn't surprising given that buildings were made of wood and all cooking,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Ballot drop-off sites are available across Washington County. Voters can mail in their ballots until Thursday, May 11.
May 12, 2017

Here's where you can drop off your ballot for the May election

by Pamplin Media Group
You can drop your ballot off at various locations in Washington County
Jacob Pence
May 11, 2017

Banks' Jacob Pence named athletic director of the year

by Stephanie Haugen
Annual Oregon Athletic Directors Association recognizes Banks athletic director with two awards
May 11, 2017

Banks police log

by Stephanie Haugen
What have Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies been up to in April?
COURTESY PHOTO - The green, wooded area outlined in white, just north of the city of Cornelius would be the site of a new Metro-owned and operated nature park.
May 10, 2017

Metro open house to introduce new natural area in Cornelius

by Art Heerwagen
Site between Hobbs and Susbauer roads offers forest, wetlands, creek
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Michael Garcia-Ixtacua, 13, and his nephew Jeremy Scholl, 3, drowned at Hagg Lake in August 2014, along with Jeremys mother, Gabriela Ixtacua-Castano, 25, and grandmother, Jova Garcia-Ixtcua, 42.
May 10, 2017

Drowning trial dismissal hinges on question of entrance fee intent

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
Attorneys for both sides debate: parking fee or usage fee?