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,…

state floriculture contest winning team

State winning team

State Floriculture 2015 The Eagle Point FFA Chapter’s Floriculture Team hasn’t won the state contest since 2008, and for the last six years, they’ve placed second. However, on April 25th, the Floriculture Team reclaimed their title by placing first out of twelve teams in the Oregon State Floriculture Contest, held in McMinnville, Oregon. This win…

Popular musicians expanding venues

CarolHenderson and Chuck Dorgan

Popular musicians expanding venues. By F. C. Blake For the Independent Super-talented vocalist, Chuck Dorgan along with Fun Country trio members, Carol and Virgil have enjoyed a significant following throughout the Rogue Valley for years. Skilled on several instruments including standard and pedal steel guitars, Dorgan well-merits the popularity, as do his group’s other two…

Georganna Happel, wins competition

Vroom by  Georganna Happel,

Watercolor Paintings from 6 Southern Oregon Artists were juried into the Watercolor Society’s 51st Aqueous Media Show in Newport, Oregon:  Georganna Happel, Eagle Point; Linda Boutacoff, Medford; Lane Hall, Medford; Judi Johnston, Ashland; Charlotte Peterson, Central Point; Margaret Stermer-Cox, Talent;   The  juror for the show was internationally known Gale Web from Lubbock, TX. WSO Members from all…

Eagle Point FFA Floriculture

By Myra Rademacher for the Independent On April 3rd, the Eagle Point FFA Floriculture advanced team took nine students to the Elkton Invitational contest to compete. The contest featured nine different practicums: a general knowledge test, plant identification, problem solving, tool identification, pest and disease identification, media selling, centerpiece arranging, product display, and asexual propagation….

Organic produce

Organic produce has become increasingly popular in recent years, as consumers have grown more health conscious and environmentally aware.   Many stores and supermarkets now have large sections devoted to organic fruits and vegetables.   WHAT MAKES PRODUCE “ORGANIC”?   Contrary to what most people believe, “organic” does not automatically mean “pesticide-free” or “chemical-free”. In fact,…

Please quit calling us middle class

Please quit calling us middle class. By F. C. Blake For the Independent Hopefully, the last of the mud-slinging has subsided for another election season. Now, I wish our dear officials and candidates would reconsider an ingrained habit I find annoying.

Shady Cove puts out the welcome

flags in shady cove

Shady Cove puts out the welcome Beverly McKechnie for the Independent One of the most welcoming sites to visitors as they enter Shady Cove is the colorful flags that decorate the bridge and virtually all of the businesses. Approximately every two months a different flag announces the change of season or commemoration of a holiday….

Jack Walker memorialized at Air Tanker Base


Jack Walker memorialized at Air Tanker Base. By F. C. Blake For the Independent. Rogue Valley Airport Director Bern Case proved once again his skill at rising to unexpected contingencies. On September 24, he saw to it that strategically-placed signage would aid the hapless in locating the setting for now-departed Commissioner Jack Walker’s special tribute….

Jackson County Commissioner candidates for 2014

tonia moro

The question lingering on the minds of a number of voters in Jackson County is how we began the year with a primary election and a total of four candidates, and now we’re entering the general election with a total of six candidates for the two positions. It has definitely been an unusual year. In…