National Newspaper Week: Why community newspapers matter

The chosen theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week is “Power of the Press,” and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.

‘Hearts with Umpqua’: Flags lowered for victims of killings in Roseburg

A gunman murdered 10 people at Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College Thursday, the worst school shooting in Oregon since the 1999 Thurston High School shootings in which four people died.

Fire Watch: Thank the firefighters, but realize that fire season continues

Helicopters flying over school zones — a necessary step — is not an everyday occurrence, but it serves as a reminder that fire danger goes on.

True Center: Johnisee pool honor shows the power of working for community

Some might call it a modest history.

Celebrate Pears: As easy as A … B … C

Ah …it is au-tumn.

Give blood: Three chances next week

Flags lowered: Remembering Sept. 11

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month this September.

Pull Together: Cranmer clean-up day is a time to remember, and to act

We all know which way the wind blows.

Labor Day: Drive with care, and take a moment to honor workers who can’t take a break

The good news for Labor Day 2015: according to AAA, gas prices nation-wide will be the lowest in the past 11 Labor Day weekends. More on the holiday in a moment.

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Big Art: This ‘Swan Song’ serves as a start, not a finish

Sometimes art contradicts its own truth, or at least the art work’s title does.

Soccer Assist: Kudos for thoughtful behind-scenes work

Talk about tending to the goal.

Editor's Notebook: Roanoke tragedy asks, ‘are we slaves to our technology?’

How does one respond to the murders on camera of Allison Parker and Alan Ward Wednesday in Roanoke, Va.?

Fire Time

Clouds regaled us in Friday’s post-dawn sky show, with banks, blankets and streaks of impressive collected vapor ranging from a puffy upright mitten to a fist-shaped thunderhead just over Fir Mountain.