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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 Rivalry Week Top Teacher Spartans square off with Bulldogs I VFW names Kimberly Butt  : on the hardwood. Sheridan boys Teacher of the Year. - _3 and Willamina girls victorious. . "" --NEWS, 3 -,,O.T,,..=. un Bad spot another car crash 1Two injured in Christensen Rd., Highway 18 wreck It happened again on Mon- day--Waffle on Highway 18 near Roadcameto astand- still while medics and firefighters assisted injured motorists, the re- sult of a motor vehicle crash. The two-car crash occurred just east of the notorious inter- section just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 14. Both vehicles were headed west. One car had stopped for traffic and was rear- ended by another vehicle. The Oregon State Police gave the following report oftbe crash: Christina Marie Deboff, 39, of Sheridan, had stopped for Waffle in a 2008 Chevy Malibu sedan on Highway 18 near milepost 36 when the vehicle was struck from behind by a 2000 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Elijah Ben Keithley, 31, of Willamina. Deboff and Keithley were transported by Sheridan Fire District ambulances to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. The highway iemaified dosed for safety until both drivers were transported from the scene. Keithley was cited for care- less driving. Sberidan Mayor ValAdamson has served en the Mid-Wdlamette Valley Area Commission on Tramportalion for 15 years. Im- proving safety on Highway 18has been one of his concerns. The commission met again this week to discuss funding for various road projects. Unfortu- nately, there are far more projects that need to be done than funds to complete them, Adamson explained. Widening the highway and pulling in a full-fledged turn lane at Christensen Road was one of the projects that is slated to be- gin next year, but it's recently been put on hold. The funding is there, Adamson said. The state is working on the right-of-ways and procuring the needed prop- erty. "Everything's ready to go," he said. There's just one problem. "It's just not important enough," Adamson said. Contributed PhotoSheridan Fire DIMrlct Flames leap from the back of a home on Jefferson Street in Sheridan last Thursday. Firefighters suspect the blaze started in the Alverado home near a refrigerator on the back porch. House fire displaces Sheridan family of six By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun A residential  fire that erupted just before 4:30 p.m. in Sheridan on Thursday, Jan. 10 has displaced a family of six. Cecillia Alverado was at home with her family at the time of the fire. According to Alverado, the fire appeared to have started on the back porch of their house on Southeast Jefferson Street. It spread rapidly, she said. The smctt was fully in- volved when firefighters arrived. Sheridan Fire District personnel were joined by firefighters from West Valley Fire District to ex- tinguish t blaze. Damage to the 1,500- square-foot house was exten- sive. According to SFD spokes- person Wes Rolfson, the house, built in 1996, was a complete loss. Damage to the building and its contents was estimated at $130,000 to $140,000. The family has insurance. One occupant of the house was evaluated and treated for minor bums. He did not re- quire transport to the hospital. Closed streets did not stop fi'iends ofthe family from walk- hag in with blankets and snacks to offer the family as they stood across from the charred and smoking house in the cold, wet rain. Alverado expressed appre- cialion for all the people who came to check on the family and show their concem. As Alverado encouraged her children to get out of the rain and into a car, she ex- pressed relief and gratitude that her family was safe. Life is what we have to worry about, she said, not the howe. The family--Alverado, her husband, mother and three children---were put in contact with Red Cross. The family has a place to stay, Alverado said. Her brother lives nearby, she explained. An investigation deter- mined that the fire started out- side on the back porch, Rolfson said. The cause of the fire was undetermined. Adams sworn in as Willamina mayor By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The council chambers at Willamina City Hall was filled to capacity as the city said goodbye to former Mayor Veto Mosser and wel- comed new Mayor Corey Adams at the Jan. I0 meet- ing. Mosser served as mayor for nearly four years. He was appointed to the position in April of 2009 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Curtis Grubbs. He ran unop- posed for a two-year term in Nov. 2010. The former mayor and long-time com- munity volunteer stayed for the swear- ing in of Adams and part of the city coun- cil meeting before giving his final fare- well to the council and staff and vacating an open chair at the end of the council table. Adams assumed the role as leader of the city council with seeming ease. He was appointed to a vacancy on the council in March of 2011 after serving briefly on the Plan- ning Commission. Don't let the mayor's youthful appearance fool Corey Adams you. Twice during last week's meeting his pointed questions appeared to catch the speaker offguard. Known for surfing the Yamhill River during high wa- ter and riding his skateboard to city council meetings, Adams, 27, is a small business owner, a licensed contractor and a seasoned world traveler and humanitarian. The 2004 McMinnville High School graduate has lived in Willamina six years. Adams, who ran unop- posed for mayor in November, was not the only person sworn in last week after winning bids MAYOR IPage 3 WSD to prepare facilities bond lBond expected to include sports fields; meeting 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22 By Meredith Lawrence Correspondent, The Sun The Willamina School Board will try and pass a bond measure, again. To prepare for the measure, which would finance the completion of the new Oaken Hills campus, the Willamina School Board has scheduled a work session for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Willamina Elementary Library. The meeting will be open to the public. At the meeting the board members will be working with the most current map of what the district hopes the final cam- pus will look like. The board will also have access to esti- mates on the costs of potential buildings. As a reference point, willamina Superintendent Gus Forster told the board that the recently-completed multipur- pose building cost around $500,000 to build. But, Forster said, he is apply- ing for a facilities grant from the state which would return to the district between five and seven percent of the building cost. The multipurpose building includes space for middle and high school physical education classes, middle school athletics space, a weight room and a wrestling room. The wrestling room is also available for com- munity use. One of the major unfinished pieces of the Oaken Hills Cam- pus, and something that is likely to be included in a bond measu(e, is sports fields. Cur- rently, the district still uses the sports fields at the old high school campus, which is being converted to the West Valley Community Campus by Dick Paay, who purchased the prop- erty from the district in 2011. The last time the district suc- cessfully passed a bond mea- sure was in May of 1991. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? q Ghost hunters visit Wildwood By Marguerite Alexander Crews from the Paranormal Researchers of the Evidence of Correspondent, The Sun Yesteryear (PREY) of Albany checked in on Dec. 26 to begin sl" f . Photo by Clinton Vlnlng The sign On the front of the histodc Wildwood Hotel could take on new meaning after a paranormal visit. Some people may not believe in ghosts, but a significant num- ber of people who have stayed at the Wildwood Hotel in Willamina are convinced there are unregistered guests roaming the halls of the historic building. In fact, one guest went so far as to contact a paranormal research group. Owner Meredith Kendall Schaefer isn't ready to weigh in one way or the other about the presence of spirit beings at the hotel, but she saw no harm in having the research crew book all the rooms for a two-night stay. their investigation. Their research produced some unexpected results. The building; that houses the hotel has a colorful past. Built sometime in the 1890s, it was used as a brothel. Because of its history as a house of ill repute, information on the building was kept hush-hush and is somewhat limited. The Willamina Museum of Local History does have a little informatiom--but not much---about a bad fire that destroyed the top floor of the structure in the 1920's Kendall Schaefer said. GHOSTS I Page 3 Get your message i out there! SPECIAL. EVENTS ''B'' Pl at '-I-'1 ,- .. O . 1/1 503-843-2312 I ne00,0000un ext. 202 il ...... lilt .......... J-:L ,,, advertising@sheridansun.com Gather photos spanning the lifetime of your loved one t1 we will provide you I oompllmentary VIDEO HISTORY dudng your Memort=l Servka with us, I DIRECT CREMATION SERVICES to b TRADITIONAL FUNERALS Support . .l}' f. i WEST" VLI. COMING EVE1NTs S14S Senior Grad Party Parent Mtlng: 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19, Shoridan Pizza Co. to discuss party details and tundraising. For more information, contact Diane Rishel, 503-843-2177. Ksraoke for The Eberhart: 7-11 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19, Sheridan Rebekah Hall, 143 SW Monroe. $3 adults; $1.50 kids 12 & under. Michael Markee speaks at Sheddan Public Ubrary: 12-2 p.m. Jan. 26 - Photographer, writer, documentary film maker, SHS grad. Sheddan Community Awards Banquet: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26, West Valley Community Campus. Live band and sock hop. Advance tick- ets $20, available at The Sun and Slow Train Coffee. Bingo 2 p.m. every Sunday: Doors open 1 p.m. American Legion Post 75, 125 N. Bndge, Sheridan. Food, snacks, beverages avail. Afraid of Public Speaking? Toastmasters can help. Local group meets 6:30-8 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Coyote Joe's. Guests 18 and older are welcome. First Federal ,,..... ,ore www.FlrstFedWeb.com iii i i [i iii iiiiiiii IRII