Early returns show Pat Malone with a 62-38 advantage over Helen Higgins for the Democratic nomination for the Benton County Board of Commissioners. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Primary election: Early results show Malone leading for commissioner nomination

Voters approving of Linn-Benton Community College bond measure by a 70-30 margin

Kings Valley tree farmer Pat Malone appears to be on his way to victory in Tuesday’s primary election with 61.91% of the vote in his race against Helen Higgins for the Democratic nomination for the Benton County Board of Commissioners. Early returns released just after 8 p.m. Tuesday showed Malone…

City councilors sitting around a table at City Hall

Streetscape project sees significant cost increase

Construction-related cost increases are hitting the Philomath Downtown Safety and Streetscape Improvements project hard to the tune of $1.7 million over the budget that had been established a year ago, City Manager Chris Workman said…

Philomath Fire & Rescue Station 201

Fire & Rescue board to meet on May 9

The Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors plans to meet at 3 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Station 201, with an agenda that includes discussion on a local option levy request. Other items on…

County Commissioner Nancy Wyse and Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall speak briefly to the School Boad

Paid lunches returning to Philomath schools this fall

Beginning this fall with the 2022-23 academic year, free meals for all students regardless of family income levels will no longer be available with the Philomath School District reverting back to pre-pandemic conditions, Superintendent of Schools Susan Halliday reported during…

Philomath School District office

Philomath School Board plans meeting for Thursday night

Plans for graduation and updates on the end of the school year are among the agenda items for the Philomath School Board during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Philomath School District office. Also on the agenda…

Philomath City Council

City Council OKs easement requests for streetscapes project

The Philomath City Council approved an ordinance to grant easements to the Oregon Department of Transportation during its Monday night meeting at City Hall but only after “emergency” status was removed and following a renewed, contentious discussion on the bioswale…

Philomath Fire & Rescue Station 201

Fire & Rescue board to meet on Monday

The Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors plans to meet at 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, for a public meeting at Station 201. The meeting agenda includes the review of applications for an open board position. Robyn Jones, who…

Philomath City Hall

City Council to meet in person on Monday at City Hall

The Philomath City Council plans to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at City Hall for its first in-person gathering since self-imposed public meeting restrictions were lifted last month. The agenda includes discussion and possible decision on an ordinance…

Philomath City Hall

Landmark Drive, Mount Union Avenue project bids up for approval

The Philomath City Council plans to convene for a second time this month with a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 28. The council’s business for the evening all relate to improvement projects on the horizon. Councilors will discuss…

Downtown Philomath

City’s downtown redesign to finally see movement in coming months

Philomath’s downtown redesign project received news of a delay that will impact the release of bid requests but City Manager Chris Workman anticipates no change with the project’s expected completion in 2023. The holdup relates to the Oregon Department of…

Middle school team talks to School Board about curriculum

School Board OKs language arts curriculum, new roof, new boilers

The Philomath School Board adopted new language arts curriculum for Philomath Middle School and moved forward two facilities projects through the approval of bids for a new roofing system at Clemens Primary School and new boilers at Philomath High School.…

Philomath City Park

City Council accepting applications to fill Park Advisory Board seat

The Philomath City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacant position on the Park Advisory Board, the city manager’s office announced. At its March 14 meeting, the council accepted the resignation of Izzie Elliott from the board. The council…

Philomath School District office

Philomath School Board sets meeting for Monday

The Philomath School Board will meet Monday, March 14 for an agenda that includes discussion of the Kings Valley Charter School agreement and a further look at how to proceed with placing a local option levy renewal on the ballot.…

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