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nmmmmmmmlll Log SPILL Photo by Susan Ragan A log truck hauling poles tipped over, spilling its load along the interchange at the junction of Highway 22 and 18 west of Willamina, disrupting traffic last Friday while crews worked to clear the scene. West Valley Habitat buys lot in Sheridan West Valley Habitat recently secured property in Sheridan for their fourth West Valley project. Habitat partners with families who yearn to be home owners but have not been able to secure conventional loans. Construction in Sheridan should begin in the spring. First, however, a qualified family must be chosen and the initial step of this process will be an applicant workshop this Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Sheridan Japanese School, 430 SW Monroe Street. The meeting will be held 6-7 p.m. for English speakers and 7-8 p.m. for Spanish speakers. Applications will be available at this meeting and all interested families should attend. In addition to the Habitat for Humanity staff, there will also be representatives attending from YCAP, Housing Authority of Yamhill County, Yamhill Re- gional Housing Resource Cen- ter, and the Yamhill Community Development Corp. In the event that a family does not qualify for a Habitat home at this time, these agencies may be able to offer other alternatives. Wednesday, January 13, 2010, The Sun 3 Willamina man's death ruled suicide The death of a Willamina man found unresponsive in his apartment on Sunday has been ruled a suicide. According to Sgt. Tim Swenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office there were no suspicious cir- cumstances related to the death of Walter Shepard Ash, 392 N.E. Main St., Apt. 6. An autopsy performed on Monday determined that Ash hung himself. Ash, 45, was found in the bedroom of his apartment on Sunday by his girlfriend, Swenson said. Auditor gives Sheridan schools OK By Kate Rowland Correspondent, The Sun The Sheridan School District's annual audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, was completed by Koontz and Perdue, Certified Public Accountants, and re- ported to the board of educa- tion during the Dec. 16 meet- ing. The audit turned up one de- ficiency that has already been resolved, said AJ Grauer, su- perintendent. "It was all good news," Grauer said. "We've corrected the problem, which had to do with people not tracking their time properly." The report gave kudos to the district's business man- ager, DeAnn O'Neil, for her professionalism. "Accounting records are of a high quality, showing a commitment to quality in all aspects of financial opera- tions of the district," stated Koontz and Purdue's opening letter. "Her knowledge and experience allow for an effi- cient and organized audit to be performed." The audit reviewed the previous year's budget and how it ended up in actual funds used. Budgeted state funding was cutby $423,000, but the district managed to cover the loss by aggressively seeking federal and state grants, Grauer said. Responsible spending and additional funding from atypi- cal sources allowed the district to accumulate additional funds close to $533,000, bringing the general fund balance to over $1.3 million. "The board is very good at utilizing funds," Grauer said. "In the past eight years, we've had carryovers of $1 to $1.2 million. The district is very fis- cally sound." Contact Kate Rowland at krowlandstayton@gmail.com. Merkley visits four counties Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Benton, Polk, Linn and Yamhill counties next week. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America. "Advocating for Oregonians is my number one responsibil- ity," Merkley said. "I invite all residents of Benton, Polk, Linn and Yamhill counties to meet me and discuss what we need to do to get Oregon working again and strengthen America." In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon's 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in 2009 and is quickly advancing it in 2010. The Senator wiU meet inPolk County on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 S.E. Jefferson St., in Dallas. He'll meet with constituents at the Chehalem Armory Cen- ter, 620 N. Mortaon St., in Newberg at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17. nmm WVFD hires three employees Three new employees have been hired by the West Valley Fire District, and the fire board will receive a report on the hiring pro- cess from Fire Chief Chuck Eddings when it meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday atthe Wtllamina fire station, 825 N.E. Main St. The fire district established a list of 38 eligfole candidates fol- lowing two days of testing in De- cember. Then the Civil Service Commission met to approve the hiring list. Last week the district held interviews and offered the po- sitions to three of the applicants. Kevin Clark has been hired as a division chiefftmining of- ricer while Lawrance Allise and Nicholas Wydra have accepted firefighter/pammedic positions. All three men started work for the fire district this week. The three new positions will be funded by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through an intergovernmental agree- ment between the fire district and the tribe. Three more posi- tions-also paid for by tribal funding--will open in March, around the time that the new fire station in Grand Ronde is expected to be completed. mmm Full-force city council to meet 00this week If all goes as planned the Willamina City Council will be back to full force on Thursday after the two newly appointed council members--Rita Bailer and Laurie Toney--take the oath of office. Turnover has been a big problem on the council. In the past three years G Connect with WIC. Investing in Oregon's future with nutrition education and hcalthv foods. Learn more about how the Oregon WIG Program helps families: www.wic.oregon.gov 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3628) WIC is an equal opportunity providerand employer. oregon NIC program )00DHS Oregon Department of Human Sen,ices 16 people have served on the six-member governing body. The council is also expected to fill the final vacancy on the planning commission this week. Last month the council filled three vacancies restoring the planning commission's ability to make decisions. With only three members on the seven-position commission late last year, meet- ings in October and November were cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Gary Hill, who had ap- plied to serve on the city coun- cil, has agreed to serve on the planning commission. The council will also ap- prove the 2010 officers for the Willamina Business Group. Since the city created the Eco- nomic Development and Im- provement District, the bylaws give the council the responsi- bility of approving the officers each year, explained City Man- ager Sam Sasaki. A council will also hold a pub- lie hearing on the 2010 Commu- nity Development Block Grant, a necessary step for the Yamhill County Housing Authority to apply for a $400,000 grant jointly with the city of Newberg. The grant would bring funding into the community for weathefiza- tion, housing repairs and up- grades for low and moderate-in- come households. The city has not received grant money through the housing authority since the 1980s. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Wfllamina City Hall. mmm Date changed due to MLK Day Due to the observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Sheridan City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in stead of at its regular date on Monday. Senior Lunch Menus: Jan. 18 - 22 Monday: Vegetable cheese strata or chicken pilaf, country trio veg- etables, marinated vegetable salad, herb roll, red poke 'n pour cake. Tuesday: Roast turkey w/gravy or  w/gravy, whipped pota- toes/gravy, herbed carrots, multigrain bread, Joy's applesauce cookie. Wednesday: Chicken salad w/lettuce or tuna salad w/lettuce, both on whole wheat roll, vegetarian vegetable soup, country cole- slaw, peach cobbler. Thursday: Beef tomato macaroni bake or chicken chow mein w/chow mein noodles, whole kernel corn, lime perfection salad, French roll, chocolate pudding. Friday: Veal cutlet/gravy or roast pork w/gravy, whipped pota- toes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, cornmeal bread, butterscotch bar. The Northwest Senior & Disabili/ Services Agency offers noon meals in Sheridan at the Sheridan Nazarene Church, 917S. Bridge SL Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone 60 or over and their spouse are welcome for fellowship and a ho nutritious meal. Home-delivered meals are available for home-bound seniors. A donation of $2.75 is suggested for the meals. Advance reserva- tions are required. For more information, call 503-843-2000. MORE entertainment options E II internet speeds BEI'I'EFI everyday value Plus! Coming Soon!