Election Filing Begins Today; Life Jacket Exchange Planned for Eugene This Weekend; Newport Police Seeking Information; Memorial Day Remembrances

Election Filing Begins Today

Today is the day for residents of Florence to throw their hat in the ring if they are interested in serving on the city council or have a desire to be Mayor of Florence.  Currently there are three positions that will be coming up for the November election including the Mayor’s seat and the positions currently held by Susy Lacer and Woody Woodbury.  Woodbury was appointed to finish out the term of former council member George Lyddon.  Mayor Henry has already expressed a desire to continue as Florence’s Mayor and has said that he welcomes the challenge of other interested parties.  Residents must be a registered voter and lived within the city limits for at least a year in order to be eligible to run.  Documents pertaining to the election, including an application packet can be found on the city’s website at ci.florence.or.us

Life Jacket Exchange Planned for Eugene This Weekend

The Lane County Sheriff’s Department will be exchanging life jackets in Eugene this weekend.  With the beginning of the summer recreation season the Sheriff’s department wants all boaters to be safe and especially the youth.  You can turn in your child’s outgrown or slightly used life jacket at Cabela’s on June 2nd or third and get a proper fitting one.  You can also donate used life jackets to the Lane County Sheriff’s office at 125 East 8th Avenue or at the event.  Hours for the exchange are 10-2 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday at Cabela’s in Springfield.

Newport Police Seeking Information

Newport police are asking for help in finding a vehicle that was used in an armed kidnapping.  On May 26th at approximately 2:57 a.m., an employee at a Newport area hotel was kidnapped at gunpoint by an unknown male. The victim was handcuffed and forced into the suspect’s car.  The suspect then drove to various locations around the Newport area.  After being held for over 1 ½ hours, the victim was released unharmed about one mile from where she was taken.  The suspect is described as a white male adult, mid to late 20’s with brown hair. He was approximately 5’10” and had a thin build. He had no accent or distinguishing features. He was driving a light colored (possibly silver/gray) 4-door hatchback. The vehicle was very clean inside and had a manual transmission.  Investigators are working to identify the suspect and suspect vehicle.  Anyone with information about the vehicle or suspect are encouraged to call the Newport Police 541-574-3348

Memorial Day Remembrances

It was a solemn remembrance of those  who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Monday.  VFW Post 3232 Commander Paul Gargis spoke before a crowd of former military, spouses, children and friends at the Florence Elks Club.

“Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran’s Day.  Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving our country.”

Gargis also added a quote from General George S. Patton on the way he viewed the sacrifice of our soldiers:

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men that died, rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

The Elks service was followed by a gathering at the Veteran’s Memorial Park where the U.S. Coast Guard commemorated the fallen by the traditional placing of the wreath.  Local servicemember Brice Scott who was killed in Action in Afghanistan was also remembered.