December 2012

Local Wal-Mart Stores Hosts "Fill The Truck" Drive With Salvation Army

By Jim McCoy Fri 7th December NewsChristmas givingSalvation ArmyWal-Mart
Wal-Mart and Salvation Army are teaming up Saturday to “Fill The Truck” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wal-Mart’s Medford and Eagle Point stores. The public is invited to join in the campaign to fill trucks with toys and coats for needy kids in our local community. A list of suggested items will be provided shoppers.Read More »

Gillnet Fishing Ban Weighed By ODFW

By Jim McCoy Fri 7th December NewsfishingODFW
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal to ban commercial fishing with gillnets on the main stem of the lower Columbia River. The commission will hear public testimony before voting on Friday in Portland.Read More »

Elderly Medford Man Missing

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th December NewsmissingTruman Tollefson
The search is on for an 87-year old Medford man. The family of Truman Tollefson says he left home yesterday at 5 p.m. to run errands and never returned. His family says Tollefson has memory loss issues. He’s 5-foot-11, and 135 pounds with thinning grey hair and eyeglasses. His car is a heavily oxidized silver 1981 Buick Century. Please call Medford Police if you see him.

Police Looking For Grants Pass Shooting Suspect

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th December NewsEric Dextershooting
Police are looking for the shooter of a man in Grants Pass at 9 a.m. this morning. It occurred in a neighborhood near Northwest “C” Street. The victim, 25-year old Eric Dexter, is in Three Rivers Grants Pass Medical Center. There are no details on Dexter’s condition, nor a description of the shooting suspect.

Early Education Grant Headed For Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th December NewsEducationGov. John Kitzhaber
The Obama Administration has awarded Oregon a $20 million grant for the state's effort to improve early-childhood education. Gov. John Kitzhaber's office announced the grant on Thursday. It will be used to improve training for preschool teachers and to measure the effectiveness of programs that are supposed to prepare children for kindergarten.Read More »

Former Blazer, Now A Coach Has Team Off To Good Start

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th December SportsLionel HollinsMemphis GrizzliesNBA
Sitting atop the NBA standings is new territory for the Memphis Grizzlies. Just getting off to a fast start is unusual. The Grizzlies, who usually stumble out the gate, are a league-best 13-3. They've never had a better record after the first 16 games of the season. They were 11-5 in 2005-06 and 10-6 last season.Read More »

Mariners Sign Free Agent Outfielder

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th December SportsMajor League BaseballSeattle Mariner
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no announcement by the team. The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons wRead More »

Man Dumps Money While Attempting To Flee Police

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th December Newschase
A 22-year old Martin Derbigny is in police custody. He attempted to flee authorities at 2 a.m. today, after he crashed his car, running into a curb near 4th and Rose Streets. While running, Derbigny dumped a what police described as a “substantial” amount of cash. Police are seeing if he is linked to other crime.Read More »

Vitality Seen in Local Real Estate Market

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th December Newsreal estatesouthern Oregon economy
Real estate sales continue their upward trend in Jackson County. The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors finds that existing home sales have increased 21.1 percent from this time last year, and the median sales price has risen 19.1 percent to $179,900 over the same period last year. A big factor is the decreasing presence of bank-owned properties and short sales.Read More »

Storms Damage Southern Oregon Forest Roads

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th December NewsforestsRoadsstorms
Crews in southwest Oregon are clearing forest roads hit by a spate of storms.The Medford Mail Tribune reports small slides, downed trees and plugged culverts have closed a few roads.Read More »


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