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Pinewood Derby races into Tum-A-Lum
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Pinewood Derby races into Tum-A-Lum

Children enjoyed chills, spills and thrills while racing cars in Pendleton on Aug. 19 at Tum-A-Lum Lumber.

Pinewood Derby cars were making high-speed dashes to the finish line at the local lumber yard, who sponsored the car races. Tum-A-Lum...

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Tasty fundraiser benefits EOCI education program
Tasty fundraiser benefits EOCI education program

A fundraiser conducted by 343 inmates at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution brought in $2,616.50 for the Blue Mountain Community College EOCI Education Department.

The inmates participated in ordering 514 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The...

First-time donor shines during blood drive

The Aug. 21 American Red Cross blood drive held at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston included first-time donor Maria Lourdes Garcia.

Volunteer Patti Perkins said the drive competed with the solar eclipse, which resulted in many missed...

Echo recognizes good neighbor

Sue Winter was recognized with the Good Neighbor Award during Echo’s National Night Out event.

This is the first year the award was presented. Organizers plan to continue the yearly award to recognize the ongoing efforts of Echo residents...

Local man delivers slice of Hermiston to veterans home

World War II veteran Bill Runion of Hermiston recently made his annual pilgrimage to deliver watermelons to the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles.

The 90-year-old said since his wife died in 1998, he keeps busy by giving back to the community.

Pendleton seniors thankful for roof repairs

A big thanks to Wildhorse Foundation from the “grandmas and grandpas” at the Pendleton Senior Center for the $4,000 donation to help repair our wind-damaged roof at 510 S.W. 10th St., Pendleton.

Maxine Haines

Pendleton

PHS Class of 1962
PHS Class of 1962

Inland musicians keep beat with U.S. Bank grant
Inland musicians keep beat with U.S. Bank grant

The U.S. Bancorp Foundation recently presented the Inland Northwest Musicians with a $1,000 grant to help sustain the organization’s music programs.

The presentation was made Aug. 17 in Hermiston. Those present included R. Lee Friese,...

The Arc swears in new officers
The Arc swears in new officers

Michele Kietzke was sworn in as president of The Arc Umatilla County during its Aug. 22 annual meeting in Hermiston.

Other officers installed were Kristi Smalley, vice president; Joyce Beemer, secretary; Bonnie James, treasurer; Heidi Leroue,...

Ag calendar features student artwork
Ag calendar features student artwork

Drawings by three local students were winners in the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Calendar Art Contest.

With more than 2,000 submissions, the work of Briseida Mendoza, Madison Orem and Erick Orellana-Amaya were among the 13 chosen for the...

Volunteers celebrate fence removal in Steens
Volunteers celebrate fence removal in Steens

A group of dedicated volunteers with the Oregon Natural Desert Association recently removed remaining obsolete barbed wire fence in the Steens Mountain Wilderness Area.

After hiking into the remote location, the 10 volunteers began the strenuous...

Senior center blooms with garden club donation
Senior center blooms with garden club donation

Foursome spruces up golf course
Foursome spruces up golf course

Craig Engbretson, Don Obrist, Craig Lockwood and Randy Henderson recently pitched in to help with a beatification project at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla.

The foursome installed railroad ties along the first and ninth holes. Megan Olsen,...

McKay Creek residents enjoy celestial show
McKay Creek residents enjoy celestial show

Residents, staff and guests at McKay Creek Estates enjoyed stepping outside into the sunshine to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in Pendleton.

Executive director Noemi Wiseman said the group was particularly excited to have East Oregonian...

Texas residents appreciates Round-Up City kindness

Dear Kind Oregonians, I am in Sugar Land, Texas, a city suburb of Houston, surrounded by catastrophic flooding in all directions.

My sister and brother-in-law just ate dinner in Pendleton, Oregon, on their way back to Sugar Land from an Alaskan...

Wildhorse announces second quarter grants

A pair of Morrow County nonprofit organizations each received $20,000 grants recently from the Wildhorse Foundation.

A.C. Houghton Elementary School in Irrigon will use its grant to replace an unsafe playground structure, which will include...

Gina Wilson to graduate from safety academy

A parole and probation officer with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office is set to graduate in a ceremony for the 75th Basic Parole & Probation Officer Class.

Gina Wilson is among the members of the class that will be honored Friday,...

Oregon hospitality shines for eclipse travelers
Oregon hospitality shines for eclipse travelers

A Canadian father and his three children recently enjoyed kind hospitality from people in Eastern Oregon.

Three days before the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, Kirk Furniss said he decided to hit the road with his kids Jake, 10, and 5-year-old...

Elizabethan Manor wrangles in royalty
Elizabethan Manor wrangles in royalty

Members of the Pendleton Round-Up court and the Happy Canyon princesses were given the royal treatment recently while visiting Elizabethan Manor.

The Pendleton assisted living facility hosted a barbecue in the women’s honor as the...

Theatre project heats up with cultural grant

Athena’s Gem Theatre project recently got a boost from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The nonprofit organization received $39,120 for its new HVAC system. A community group formed about a dozen years ago to renovate the vintage theater. The...

McKay Creek residents enjoy celestial show
McKay Creek residents enjoy celestial show

Residents, staff and guests at McKay Creek Estates enjoyed stepping outside into the sunshine to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse in Pendleton.

Executive director Noemi Wiseman said the group was particularly excited to have East Oregonian...

Pendleton resident cashes in at Community Bank
Pendleton resident cashes in at Community Bank

The luck of the draw made Mark Jaeger a little richer recently.

Community Bank announced the Pendleton man, who won a $100 monthly drawing in May, also won in July. Jaeger, who cashed in through the bank’s Win-Win Certificate of Deposit,...

Backyard pool provides cool drink in summer heat
Backyard pool provides cool drink in summer heat

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