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r 1 Wlllamina School Board reverses multi- purpose building vote By Dawn Hatchard Correspondent, The Sun In a special session meeting of the W'dlamina School District Board of Directors Wednesday night the recent decision to not go ahead with the multi-purpose facility was reversed, In the regular district board meet- SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 on Top Sheridan's Spartans beat Valley Catholic in state title rematch to tie for first in West Valley League. --SPORTS, 10 'Where the Wild Things Are' hits a theater near you, Is it worth the price of a ticket? --MOVIE REVIEW, 4 ing, owOct. 12, the proposed multi- purpose facility was rejected by a 3-2 vote with Craig Johnson and Dan Heidt voting in favor of the project and Loren Wasson, Walt Mendenhall and David Buswell voting against. This decision sparked disappoint- ment and emotional outbursts from the audience arid others who have contrib- Uted to the project so far. Two days after the initial vote a special session for the board was held where Walt Mendenhall and David Buswell chaaged their votes to "yes", while Loren Wasson, the third origi- nal "no" vote, was at work and not present. The multi-purpose facility to be located at the Oaken Hills elementary/ high school complex is unanimously approved to continue. While the outcome pleased the more than 30 audience members, the general tone of the meeting was som- ber. "You're making a mockery of the school district," said Craig Johnson of the special session votes~ Johnson also called out Mark BUILDING I Page 8 Buswell says he's had enough .with Willamina School Board W'dlamina School Board mem-because board member Craig ber Dave Buswell gave Board Chair Johnson asked him to. Dan Heidt his resignation letter be- "I had been considering what di- fore Monday's worksession, rection I should take the past few Buswell apologized to those who days, but I couldnot comply with Mr. elected him to the position this past Johnson's request for my resigna- May, but said, "I just do not have it tion," Buswell wrote. '"To have com- in me to continue." plied with it would have been admit- In a three-page letter he wrote tance to some kind of wrong doing about the frustrations of dealing with where there was none." thispast week's issue regarding the The board is expected to accept multi-purpose building proposal and Buswell's resignation at the next the ongoing facilities issues. He spe- regular meeting, Nov. 9, and likely cifiCally said that he did not resign make an appointment in December. i ed with Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Wlllamina man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl. Trinidad Dario Padilla, 40, of Northeast D Street was taken into custody without incident on Thurs- day, Oct. 15. He is being held in the Yamhill County Jail on $250,000 bail. 'q'he investigation began when a 14-year-old victim sought treat- ment at Willamette Valley Medical Center, said Yamhill County Sher- iff Jack Crabtree. "We were noti- fied of the incident by hospital staff as the child was being transferred to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Deputies beheve the girl was an acquaintance who was visiting the Padilla home at the time of the at- tack. Padilla was charged with first degree rape, first degree sexual abuse and fourth degree assault. Anyone with information is en- couraged to contact Det. Todd Steele at 503-434-7508. vs Dayton Calling all alumni: The Spar- tans will host Dayton in Friday night's Homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Sheridan, 1-2 in the West Valley I.eagne, could use a win over the 2-1 Pirates to stay in the fight for a playoff spot. Kick off for the main event is at 7 p.m., but the Homecom- ing festivities begin much ear- her. The SHS girls will battle it out on the grid iron Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the annual powderfuff football game. Friday's fun begins with a 1:30 p.m. noise parade through downtown Sheridan. Coronation of the Home- coming Court will take place before the football game at 6:30 p.m. That's when the king and queen will he crowned. Royal hopefuls are seniors, Kayleigh Whelchel, Patrick Mitchell, Amber Moser, Steven Grauer, Jessica Peters and Sebastian Fisher; juniors, Meghan Womeldorf and Jacob Boekhoff; sophomores, Bran- don Hall and Nicole Trujillo; and freshmen, Joey Hertel and Halle Mitchell. Photo by Clinton Vlning Willamina Elementary School third-grader Nikki Pratt gets a seasonal flushot from Jeanine Wearner at the Willamina School-based Health Center last week. With parents consent, students can receive both the seasonal flu shot as well as the HIN1 shot, which is scheduled to be administered this weak and next, but depends on the arrival of the vaccine. 1 Influenza update: taliftheyhaveseveredifficultybreath- a fever has gone. ing, are unable to eat or drink, or are At Sheridan's school district Absenteeism up 27 s rtmg to turn blue, Bates said. office,"rheabsentee rate is normal for Numbers were changing almost this time of year," Pam Wertz said. percent in Willamina, hourly at Wlllamina, where Superin- "It's two percent to three percent normal in Sheridan tendent Mark Jeffery said 111 out of today, and that is comparable to last 421 WlllaminaElementary School stu- year at this time in October." With a By Jo Mclntyre dents were out sick. That number in- total of about 1,048 students enrolled Correspondent, The Sun creased to 113 as he was speaking to in the district, that would be 20 to 31 The Sun on the phone Monday after- students absent on Monday. Flu vaccines have been slow to ar- noon. At Faulconer-Chapman, Sheridan's rive in Oregon, but fortunately, so has At Willamina Middle School, 74 elementary and middle schools, the the swine flu, also known as HIN1 flu students out of a total student body of attendance monitor said last week that virus. 204 were out sick. At the high school, 35 students were absent on Friday in Seasonal flu season starts later, in 53 out of a total student body of 263 a total student body of 675, and many either event, so the incidence of either were absent on Monday. Thus, Wd- of those absences were pre-arranged kind is very low at this time, especially lamina had a total of 237 students out by parents. in Polk and Yamhill counties, which of a student enrollment of 888, or 27 Sheridan's high school enrollment have reported hospitalizations due to percent of the students out sick. is currently 255, Opportunity House fluofonecaseinPolkcountyandthree Jeffery said the district does not is 33 and the Japanese school is 85. cases in Yamhill county, know which absent students have the Their absentee numbers are "ex- Sarah Bates, community health flu, or are just staying home because a tremely" low, Wertz said. educator with the Yamhill County pub- family member is sick, because pub- Officials don't know whether vac- hc health department, says those num- hc health officials are urging every- cines will arrive for,scheduled vacci- bers are likely to change as seasonal one to stay home once flu hits a fam- nations, which in Wdlamina will be flu cases develop later in the year, but ily. this Friday, Oct. 23, at the elementary "medical treatments are the same for "There is one confirmed case of and high school and on the 26th at the both," she said. swine flu within a family," in the dis- middle school. 'qhat's up in air until Serious cases go to the hospitals on trict, Jeffery said. People are calm, we f'md out more," Jeffery said. doctors orders. Those are usually because the illness is following the Sheridan has already had their sea- higher risk people with asthma, preg- normal pattern, "it hits hard and fast sonal flu vaccination clinic, and the nancy, or compromised immune sys- and will leave just as quickly," he said. swine flu clinic is currently set for tems. Persons should go to the hospi- Students may return 24 hours after FLU I Page 8 Sheridan 129 years old Oct. 26 The City of Sheridan celebrates 129 years of cityhood on Monday, Oct. 26. To celebrate, Sheridan Museum of History members will dress in 1880 clothing, decorate the city and visit local schools. The group will offer free cupcakes and beverages at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by. WMS locked down while police pursue teen suspect A Willamina teen wanted in connection to an assault and tire slashing incident that occurred in Pioneer Heights on Oct. 11 was spotted in Grand Ronde several days later, but the 17-year-old got away and is still on the run. The latest pursuit put the Willamina Middle School in Grand Ronde in lockdown while deputies and a ca- nine attempted to locate the youth. On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 14, Willamina School Re- source Officer Derrick Trombla was o~l his way to a meeting at the tribal offices in Grand Ronde when he came across the teen. The deputy approached him, but the young man gave a false name. He resisted and fled on foot. During the pur- suit ~e deputy fell and was injured. Additional law enforcement per- sonnel were called to the scene. Deputies from Polk County and a ca- nine unit from the McMinnville Po- lice Department joined the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office in the search for the teen. The search lasted for one and a half hours as deputies went to the residences of known family members who live in the area. Since the incident occurred on Grand Ronde Road in the vicinity of the middle school, deputies no- tiffed the Wdlamina School'District and the school was placed in lockdown. It remained locked for nearly three hours. Although he is a resident of Wtl- lamina, the wanted youth was last known to be enrolled in the Sheri- dan schools. He is one of two teen- agers identified in a fire slashing incident that led to an assault at 1045 Pioneer St. on the night of Oct. 11. A 15-year-old male from Salem was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mis- chief, third-degree assault, menac- ing and first-degree intimidation. Gaff Moldovan-Trujillo Life is equally fragile. 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Sunday, Oct. 25, leav- ing Sheridan High School parking lot at 12:30 p.m. to the Portland Convention Center. Room for 40, 1st come, 1st serve. Permission forms available at SHS, Sheridan City Hall, Sheridan and Willamina Public Libraries. Table Rentals for VFW Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar: Nov, 20-21. Tables are $10, call Vickie at 503-843-7444 or Jean at 503-876-3784. Q First Federal ~tM.z,, rmcwww.FlrstFedWeb.com I II I I [