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,…

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….