Warm sendoff starts walk

Before officially beginning his cross-country walk in 2013, Joe Bell embraces his wife, Lola, beside the tiled palm print of their late son Jadin in a display made several years ago at Riverside Park.

LA GRANDE — The compelling and tragic story of Jadin Bell and his father, Joe Bell, will soon hit the silver screen.

“Joe Bell” is set to open in theaters July 23. The announcement has been made on the Twitter site of Mark Wahlberg, an American actor, producer and songwriter, who plays Joe Bell in the film.

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Dick Mason is a reporter with The Observer primarily covering the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union,  education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.

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