Volume 3, Number 101

Good Morning. It’s Thursday, August 11, 2022

Congrats to Christopher McMorran for his appointment to the School Board. I’ve come to know him pretty well over the years despite his young age. My wife, when she worked for the Corvallis Gazette-Times, wrote a story about Christopher’s filmmaking back when he was a freshman and I interviewed him several times for stories in the following years with the Philomath Express. He’s 23 years old now and a pretty smart guy to have in Philomath’s corner. Having four applicants up for the School Board seat was neat to see with each of the others also bringing strengths to the table.

Thanks for reading!
Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor

The Latest …

All five seats once again filled on the Philomath School Board

Christopher McMorran, a PHS Class of 2017 graduate, earned the appointment from among 4 candidates to serve out the final year of a term that had been vacated

The Philomath School Board filled a vacant seat on Tuesday night by choosing and swearing in 23-year-old Christopher McMorran, a local graduate who attended the University of Southern California and now works as a staff member in the Oregon State Legislature. The four members of the board interviewed four candidates for the position with Ryan […]

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Miniseries with Philomath scene set for Aug. 18 premiere at OMSI

‘Dearest Eva’ described as a Victorian family drama centering on Black characters and love

A six-episode miniseries that filmed a pivotal scene at Mount Union Cemetery in Philomath will be featured at a premiere event on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The film project’s events coordinator issued an invitation to Philomath residents to attend the special event, which begins at 6 p.m. in […]

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Brad’s Blog: Fire & Rescue responds to record number of calls in July

For the first time, local firefighters and EMTs exceed 100 calls for service in a single month and could be on a pace to break the annual record

For those who read the list of fire calls each week or have noticed more sirens in town this summer, you probably realize that local firefighters and emergency medical technicians have been busier than usual. Yes, it’s true that the number of responses has been increasing and in fact, Philomath Fire & Rescue broke its […]

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County commissioners vote moves forward the new courthouse project

The Benton County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted last month to proceed with the construction of a new courthouse with a 50% state matching grant […]

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Oregon schools lean heavily on emergency teachers, including untrained ones

Struggling with staffing shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, Oregon schools leaned heavily last year on teachers who received emergency licenses from the state.  During the […]

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Highest and lowest paying health care jobs in Corvallis

Anybody who has taken a course in marketing, psychology or sociology is likely familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. First detailed by psychologist Andrew Maslow […]

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Philomath in Photos

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2022: An evening view from Neabeack Hill. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

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Council OKs plan to start ordering key materials now for upcoming project

Seconds after the Philomath City Council unanimously approved a plan Monday night to purchase materials in advance for the upcoming water treatment plant and reservoir […]

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Frolic & Rodeo hosting Casino Night on Saturday

The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo will be hosting Casino Night on Saturday evening as a follow-up fun event for the community after last month’s traditional […]

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Community Calendar


• Thursday, Aug. 11: Park Advisory Board Meeting, 5 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 12: Cardwell Hill Cellars Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 13: Philomath Frolic & Rodeo Presents Casino Night, 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 14: Philomath Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 15: Philomath Planning Commission Meeting, 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 16: Benton County Board of Commissioners Meeting, 9 a.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 16: Philomath Rotary Club Meeting, noon
• Tuesday, Aug. 16: Philomath Finance and Administration Committee, 3 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 17: Storytime at Philomath Community Library, 10:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 17: Brown Bag Book Club, noon