EPFFA floriculture at Nationals

Eagle Point FFA Finishes Silver in National Floriculture Contest   At the 88th National FFA Convention, held in Louisville, Kentucky, the Eagle Point FFA represented the state of Oregon in the National Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE). Mr. David Kercheval with the Texas Department of Agriculture served as superintendent of this year’s event, and coordinated…

Fuel Your School

Fuel Your School By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Chevron U.S.A. Inc. is interested in education, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

My Summer hike (Part 7) by Dave Christian

My Summer hike (Part 7) The town of Sheffield had one mini-mart (cheap Chocolate Milk) and a highway leaving town. It had rained heavily the entire day. I managed a laundry and another long shower. Two other hikers and I spent the day pouring over maps and other information regarding the AT in Massachusetts and…

Stockmen October meeting

  By Ralph McKechnie Of the independent No stockmen’s meeting is complete without a report on wolves, and there is no exception to that rule in Jackson County.  

Upper Rogue Historical Society

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent At least one new Board member will be elected to the Upper rogue Historical Society during their annual meeting on September 13. Currently there are seven Board members serving and four of those positions will be up for election during the annual meeting. One of those four has stated…

I know it’s just a bug

I know it’s just a bug By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent Christy Pitto, whose column you see in the pages of this newspaper gets into a miniature world in a big way. Christy sees what most of us simply do not notice or do not care to investigate. But the world of bugs (she…

Silversmith Carrie Evans

Cutting out lettering

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent It all started ten years ago. Carrie Evans-Moxon, began pounding on silver and what started as a hobby, turned into a business that has expanded to the point that she is shipping belt buckles all over the country. Not only buckles, but also rings, pendants, money clips; anything that…

Hope Ranch ministry


By Suzie Kuhl For the Independent   On any given day at Hope Ranch, you will find a flurry of activity ranging from tractors hauling hay to horses, volunteers running hoses to water troughs, or young riders braving the renowned bucking barrel. Hope Ranch is an outreach ministry of Redrock Cowboy Church located in the…

Action at the livestock auction during the Jackson County Fair

It was a fair to remember. For the past few years, the Jackson County Fair was nothing to write home about. This year, however, there were positives to report, and for a number of reasons.      


EPHS Class of 2015 graduation

Salutatorian Sydney May

EPHS Class of 2015 graduation By F. C. Blake For the Independent   EPHS graduating class of 200 students emerged with four Valedictorians—three young women and one young man who’d achieved perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Each penned one of the approximately 2.5 minute speeches interspersed through a full program assembled by Senior Class Advisor,…

Eagle Point FFA Livestock judging team


CDE Days Livestock Judging College Classic   On May 5th, the Eagle Point FFA Advanced Livestock Judging team competed at the 2015 CDE Days College Classic of Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. The contest was made up of eight livestock classes consisting of sheep, goats, cattle and pigs that the contestants judged, placed,…