Scappoose cyclist dies after crash in Multnomah County

Portland Tribune - News
Scott Graser, a Scappoose resident, was killed while riding his bike in Multnomah County.

St. Helens health clinic relocating, staying in city

South County Spotlight - News
Officials announce move of Legacy Health services to new location near McBride Street later this year

Pedestrian sustains life-threatening injuries in Scappoose…

South County Spotlight - News
James Spencer of Scappoose hospitalized after being struck by vehicle on Scappoose Vernonia Highway

Warren man crashes stolen car, hides in nearby garage

South County Spotlight - News
Robert Paul Wilcox, 28, faces multiple counts after stealing car in St. Helens, crashing in Scappoose

Scappoose finalizes rules for food trucks

South County Spotlight - News
New ordinance will allow for permanent food carts and pods near airport and other commercial zones in city

Casey Wheeler takes office in Columbia City

South County Spotlight - News
New Columbia City mayor Casey Wheeler sworn in during first council meeting of 2019

Port considers purchase of $1M building at Scappoose airport

South County Spotlight - News
Port of Columbia County commissioners weigh benefits of buying Oregon Aero building with lease-back agreement

St. Helens man facing kidnapping, attempted murder charges…

South County Spotlight - News
Investigators say Chad Michael Haderly assaulted woman and kept her against her will for days

St. Helens mayor, councilors sworn in

South County Spotlight - News
Newcomer Steve Topaz sworn in while re-elected officials Doug Morten and Rick Scholl renew oaths of office

St. Helens examines police headquarters upgrade

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens City Council approves request to determine future needs of SHPD facilities

Cheryl Young honored for service with plaza dedication

South County Spotlight - News
Reception held for outgoing mayor of Columbia City who served 32 years earlier this week

New year, new utility rate talks in St. Helens

South County Spotlight - News
Presentation to be given in mid-January on possible water utility rate increases for city water users

Out with the old, in with the new year

South County Spotlight - News
Holiday decorations taken down from Columbia Courthouse Plaza on first work day of 2019

After fire, Grace Lutheran opens new rooms

South County Spotlight - News
Daycare, preschool children see first day in new digs at Christian church in Scappoose

Heimuller named chair of Columbia County board

South County Spotlight - News
County commissioners appoint chair and vice chair, meeting times to remain unchanged

CC Rider looking for new driver staffing agency

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County bus agency looks for replacement after early contract termination

There's a new sheriff in town

South County Spotlight - News
Brian Pixley among five Columbia County elected officials sworn in to office Jan. 2

Three people injured in crash at Highway 30 and Church Road

South County Spotlight - News
T-bone crash sends three people to Portland area hospital; Oregon State Police investigating

Invasive pests may be lurking in your Christmas tree

Clackamas Review - News
Oregon Department of Forestry: Don't throw old trees in yards or forests where elongate hemlock scale could hatch

YIR - St. Helens sells former Boise parcel for $3.48M

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Land sale to proposed cannabis cultivation park prompts complaints, lawsuit

RSVP names Donna Baker 'Volunteer of the Year'

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose Senior Center volunteer honored for helping prepare center each day

YIR: Scappoose school board continues search for super

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Scappoose School district school board carries process of hiring new leader into 2019

YIR: St. Helens police get new chief

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - St. Helens hires Brian Greenway to lead SHPD after Terry Moss retires earlier this year

YIR: Wildfire season prompts Columbia County response

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Firefighter task force dispatched to blazes in Oregon and California throughout the year

YIR: St. Helens teacher indicted on 32 counts of sex abuse

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Kyle Jarred Wroblewski facing charges after alleged relationship with teenage girl

YIR: Food bank purchases new building

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Columbia Pacific Food Bank looks to upgrade facilities, expand capacity with new building

YIR: Kimberly Brown returns for Spirit of Halloweentown

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Kimberly Brown returns for pumpkin lighting event, crowds for month-long event more evenly spread

Use of canine force leads to lawsuit, settlement, advocacy

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Case reviewed by Columbia County DA; federal lawsuit filed later alleging civil rights, ADA violations

YIR: OMIC acquires new partners

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - CC also has plans to start construction next year and open a new training center in 2020

YIR: Lichatowich resigns from port, leaves race for…

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Former port commissioner pulls out of county political arena, leaving county commissioner candidate unopposed

YIR: Problems cause major staffing shake-ups at Sheriff's…

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - 2018 was a year of major upheaval at the county's top law enforcement agency, CCSO

YIR: Judge rules Daniel Butts case should proceed

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Despite ruling, trial dates in the years-long murder case remain unsettled in 2018

YIR: Tyler Miller files federal civil rights, defamation…

South County Spotlight - News
YEAR IN REVIEW - Former volunteer with Sheriff's Office, Columbia 911 Communications says he was target of smear campaign, new report backs up claims

LUBA remands Port Westward rezone to Columbia County once…

South County Spotlight - News
Port of Columbia County says remand of Port Westward expansion is small hurdle that will easily be addressed

UPDATED: St. Helens man shot dead in Motel 6

South County Spotlight - News
Ian Olson, an 18-year-old resident of St. Helens, was discovered dead by a housekeeper on Dec. 21.

Scappoose's Belle Erhardt to compete for dairy princess…

South County Spotlight - News
Erhardt will face six other county ambassadors in two-day January competition

St. Helens workers help rescue teens gone overboard

South County Spotlight - News
Curt LeMont and Ethan Stirling recognized for helping get three teens out of Clatskanie River in early December

Auto-tech fundraiser benefits NHS, community

South County Spotlight - News
Auto-tech students repair and sell used car, donate proceeds to St. Helens High School NHS as a fundraiser

Reception planned to honor Cheryl Young

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia City hosts public event to honor longtime outgoing mayor as she retires

Artists head outdoors to 'Save the Trees'

South County Spotlight - News
Plein air painting session aims to observe trees in Scappoose that could be lost to future development

Turning the hands of time

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens clock tower is beloved, historic burden that requires constant winding by hand

St. Helens library receives $20K grant for STEM…

South County Spotlight - News
Youth Librarian Gretchen Kolderup to help write curriculum for other programs

Man shot dead in Motel 6 in Portland identified

Portland Tribune - News
Ian Olson, an 18-year-old resident of St. Helens, was discovered dead by a housekeeper on Dec. 21.

St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission shifts focus

South County Spotlight - News
Commission has plans to help revive McCormick Park skate park for 20th anniversary, hoping to recruit members through involvement

St. Helens schools, city explore emotional support…

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens City Council takes cue from school district to help combat youth suicide, drug abuse, violence

Columbia City students awarded in VFW essay contest

South County Spotlight - News
Local post winners awarded by St. Helens veterans in Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contest

Crash due to failure to stop for school bus

South County Spotlight - News
Law enforcement officers reminds drivers about requirements to stop for school buses

Christmas cookie cheer

South County Spotlight - News
Kids gather at Scappoose Public Library to decorate and devour cookies for Teen Scene session

Grant funds will help CCSO crack down on distracted…

South County Spotlight - News
Funding allocated to help Sheriff's Office enforce seat belt laws and hands-free laws

Columbia County posts 1 percent growth in…

South County Spotlight - News
Estimates show Scappoose accounts for largest influx of new residents in county

PUD approves $40 million budget for next year

South County Spotlight - News
Electric provider braces for higher power and transmission costs, capital projects in 2019

Santa's secret helpers

South County Spotlight - News
Be a Santa to a Senior relies on community donations, volunteers to make holidays brighter

Build-a-bike for Christmas

South County Spotlight - News
Build-a-bike event sees nearly 140 bikes assembled for children just in time for holidays

Hillsboro man pleads guilty to federal charges…

South County Spotlight - News
Burgess admitted to abusing his position to convert to personal use more than $32,000 in union funds while failing to keep or disclose receipts…

Taylor Dow named St. Helens Elks Teen

South County Spotlight - News
Dow selected for award for month of November as St. Helens Elks Teen of the Month

St. Helens author reads at Columbia City library

South County Spotlight - News
Caitie Dunnington reads children's book, 'Benson the Happy Pappy' at open house event

Report: St. Helens needs 1,400 housing units over…

South County Spotlight - News
Consultants present information about St. Helens housing needs as work begins on anaylsis report

St. Helens not selected for crucial $15 million…

South County Spotlight - News
Funding was pitched as catalyst for developer to invest in waterfront redevelopment projects

Port touts taxiway relocation at Scappoose airport

South County Spotlight - News
$4.2 million project to move and reconstruct airplane taxiway completed early and under budget

Making a difference at St. Helens High School

South County Spotlight - News
St. Helens band director Noelle Freshner recognized for commitment to music education, influencing students lives

Lawsuit says mentally ill inmates punished in jail

South County Spotlight - News
Legal complaint from woman targets Columbia County Jail practices as 'cruel and unusual punishment'

Scappoose schools to resume search for permanent…

South County Spotlight - News
School board votes to continue with search in January, approved calendar of key dates

County approves standards for accessory dwelling…

South County Spotlight - News
Commissioners opt to keep ADUs in urban growth boundaries of incorporated cities

Gifts galore at Scappoose Middle School

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose Middle School students trade 'feathers' for gifts during annual bazaar

CC Rider pitches bus line cuts to make up budget…

South County Spotlight - News
Bus agency says $250K needs to be removed from annual expenses as quickly as possible

Scappoose officer honored for actions during house…

South County Spotlight - News
Travis Killens given award and recognized by Scappoose police chief for getting residents out of house fire

Port OKs heavier oil shipments through county

South County Spotlight - News
Lease amendment with Global Partners drew scrutiny from residents and elected leaders over safety

St. Helens woman wins $25K in Oregon Lottery

South County Spotlight - News
Amber Lahey wins big money in 2nd Chance Lottery game; another woman from Eugene also won

St. Helens hosts annual tree lighting, Christmas…

South County Spotlight - News
Crowds gather for annual event which also featured a fireworks display this year

St. Helens approves contract for survey of city…

South County Spotlight - News
Contractor to survey portions of city-owned site to locate wetlands on industrial site

Backpack Program benefits from record peanut butter…

South County Spotlight - News
Employees from NuStar Energy donate 1,650 jars to St. Helens nonprofit program

Holiday magic around every corner at Watts House

South County Spotlight - News
Historical Scappoose home with artist designed seasonal decor will offer public tours each weekend in December

Mark Reed honored for service to Scappoose

South County Spotlight - News
Outgoing Scappoose city councilor honored with plaque to commemorate two terms

Welcome to Wesco

South County Spotlight - News
Scappoose boot maker hosts open house to celebrate 100th business anniversary

County votes to approve zone change for Warren…

South County Spotlight - News
Columbia County Christian School plans to build new school near current site on church property

County treasurer resigning to take position with…

South County Spotlight - News
Jennifer Cuellar, county's elected treasurer, will leave for position in Washington County

St. Helens council approves mayor's street vacation…

South County Spotlight - News
City Council votes 4 to 0 to approve request, which provides greater right of way on Wyeth Street and 9th Street properties

St. Helens Jazz Band takes first at competition

South County Spotlight - News
Ensemble also earned first in sight-reading, helping to break a tie during Dec. 1 competition

St. Helens council OKs study of Riverfront District…

South County Spotlight - News
City Council approves contract to study intersection of St. Helens and 1st streets for improvement

Columbia County target of wrongful death lawsuit

South County Spotlight - News
Federal civil rights suit says elderly woman died after improper DHS investigation and caretaker arrests

Silver medals are icing on the cake for Scappoose…

South County Spotlight - News
Megan Bamford places second with Team USA in Luxembourg for Culinary World Cup competition

Police investigate robbery inside Scappoose grocery…

South County Spotlight - News
Investigators say suspect got away with cash after brandishing weapon at Chase bank inside Fred Meyer

Hoax 911 call prompts multi-agency response in…

South County Spotlight - News
Call appeared to come from Scappoose cell phone on SW Meadow Drive, officers determine no public threat

Spotlight launches e-edition, moving to website…

South County Spotlight - News
But the full access online users have enjoyed for the past decade is easy to obtain. Subscribers to our print edition are provided free and total…

St. Helens reserve academy ramps up for new session

South County Spotlight - News
Applications now being accepted for 2019 St. Helens Police Department reserve program

St. Helens police to get new vehicles

South County Spotlight - News
Police department will benefit from leasing program to get new patrol cars next year

St. Helens solicits feedback on housing needs

South County Spotlight - News
City and consultants to draft housing needs anaylysis; hosting a public kickoff meeting in December

Light up the night

South County Spotlight - News
Public gathers in Heritage Park as holiday lights turn on and Santa pays a visit

Scappoose, St. Helens businesses reflect on holiday…

South County Spotlight - News
Local retailers, businesses note mixed results for biggest shopping weekend of the year

St. Helens tree-lighting to also honor volunteers

South County Spotlight - News
Fireworks display to be added to tree-lighting, Christmas Ships event in St. Helens on Dec. 8 to honor Ed Lokken, other supporters

Community partners celebrate Dolly Parton…

South County Spotlight - News
Donations exceed $31,000 for program that provides free books to children to promote childhood literacy

Port delays vote on changes to oil restrictions

South County Spotlight - News
Citing concern from community and key stakeholders, Port of Columbia County says workshop needed

Topaz secures St. Helens council seat

South County Spotlight - News
Certified vote totals released this week settle tight St. Helens race absent recount

School used student hypnosis without consent,…

South County Spotlight - News
Student initially suspended after walking out of workshop with meditation and hypnosis techniques

SHPD officers arrest kidnapping suspect Tristin…

South County Spotlight - News
Officers arrest suspect who allegedly held woman captive with knife, threatened to sexually assault her

PUD bolsters program budget for economic development

South County Spotlight - News
Nonprofit groups can now apply for grant awards up to $7,500 for qualified projects

Rainier man killed on Highway 30 north of Goble

South County Spotlight - News
James Gotcher, 73, died Nov. 24 after being struck by vehicle while he tried to recover lost items on road

Man struck and killed while picking up items from…

South County Spotlight - News
State police say man was hit by pickup truck on highway 30 while trying to retrieve items that fell out of truck

Gun rights law leaves legal ambiguity

South County Spotlight - News
District Attorney says ordinance will inform future prosecution of firearms cases in Columbia County

Scappoose police respond to school bus incident

South County Spotlight - News
Bus driver reacted quickly when unidentified person was following school bus, district says

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