12th Annual Rods N Rhodies; Beachwalk For Habitat; Caution on 101; Mounce Sentenced

12th Annual Rods N Rhodies

Today begins the 12th annual Rods and Rhodies Car Show.  Over 125 cars are expected to arrive in Florence today and set up at the Port of Siuslaw Parking Lot beginning at noon.  Early morning precipitation is expected to be gone by 11 am.  Travelers and residents can expect traffic delays in the Old Town area.  Today’s event is from noon until 6 pm and continues tomorrow morning at 9 am.  Tomorrow’s event will coincide with the closing of Bay Street from Nopal to the Siuslaw River Bridge.  Walking traffic only will be allowed until 4pm.  Following that the Rods and Rhodies Car Cruise will begin.

Beachwalk For Habitat

Habitat for Humanity is having their annual beach walk tomorrow.  The event is from 9 to 1 pm and walkers will meet at the North Jetty Parking lot and proceed up to Driftwood Shores.  Proceeds from the event go to help build Habitat homes in our area.  Later this month Habitat will turn its most recent build over to new owners.  The house on the northwest corner of 7th and Kingwood is in its final stages and is slated to be delivered on September 27th.

Caution on 101

An accident on Highway 101 at 8th street yesterday slowed traffic in both directions.  It serves as a reminder of the increased congestion in the area due to the ReVision Florence project underway.  No word of injuries.  Oregon State police responded to the accident and is investigating.  Florence Police assisted OSP with traffic diversion.  Once again drivers are asked to use extreme caution in construction areas and avoid using the section of 101 from 126 to the bridge and use alternate routes to access the businesses along that corridor.  Crews are putting the final touches on that section of roadway, but still have to finish erecting lights and removing power poles.  Paving by Oregon Department of Transportation could happen as early as next week.

Mounce Sentenced

Missing Dallas woman who pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated first degree theft and 12 counts of identity theft has been sentenced to 75 months in prison.  Heather Mounce was remanded to Polk County jail immediately after sentencing the judge citing Mounce as a potential flight risk.