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Florence Woman Dies at Terwilliger Hot Springs; Walton Man Sentenced; Siuslaw Award Nominees; Oregon Urges Filing

Florence Woman Dies at Terwilliger Hot Springs

The Lane County Sheriff’s office is reporting that a 25 year old Florence woman has died at Terwilliger Hot Springs.  The cause and manner of her death is being investigated, but early reports say there is no evidence of foul play.  Sargeant Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was with two friends at the popular site when she experienced a medical event.  by-standers initiated lifesaving efforts which was taken over by personnel of the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District before being pronounced dead.  Carver says the name of the deceased would be released after family has had time to make notifications to relatives.  The incident occurred Sunday morning at approximately 9:50 am.

Walton Man Sentenced

A Walton man who pleaded guilty last week to stabbing his ex-girlfriend more than a dozen times will serve 15 years in prison.  David Lucius was arrested in October of 2018 for first degree assault, stalking, and unlawful use of a weapon for stabbing Adrienne Wurts.  Wurts says she went to the Walton Store to get the title of her car from Lucius when he began stabbing her.  She grabbed the knife by the blade and also suffered cuts to her hands.

Siuslaw Award Nominees

The Florence area Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the annual Siuslaw Awards.    Businesses were nominated in the areas of Curb Appeal, Community Caring, Excellence in Customer Service, Innovation in Business, Non-profit Achievement, and for the Stu Johnston Business of the Year Award.  There were four nominees for the Florence First Citizen Award.  Robert Orr with Siuslaw High School, Jerry Ward with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Mike Harklerode, Siuslaw Elementary School Principal and Dr. Brian Holmes with the Florence Dental Clinic.  Future First Citizen nominations will be out soon according to Chamber Executive Director Bettina Hannigan.  The Award Ceremony will be on February 12th at the Florence Events Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Curb Appeal
Florence Antiques and Coast Jewelers
Darlings RV & Marina
Darci Clark – Florence Keller Williams Realty

Community Caring
Three Rivers Casino
Shorewood Senior Living
The Archives
Jolly Egret / Periwinkles

Excellence in Customer Service
FTS Computer Repair
Coastal Fitness
Driftwood Shores Resort & Conference Center
Kaimana Bodyworx

Innovation in Business
Florence Hostel 101
Florence Regional Arts Alliance
Homegrown Public House & Brewery

Non- Profit Achievement
Siuslaw Watershed Council
Oregon Coast Humane Society
Florence Food Share
Friends of the Florence Event Center
Siuslaw Outreach Services

Stu Johnson Business of the Year
Coldwell Banker Coast Real Estate
Laurel Bay Gardens 

Oregon Urges Filing

The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Revenue are jointly encouraging Oregonians to file tax returns even if they are not required to file.  This year under new rules workers may be entitled to a larger refund because of the Earned Income Tax Credit. In 2019 Oregon paid out more than 524 million dollars to 245,000 people but more people are potentially eligible.  Refunds for qualifying residents can mean up to a $6500 dollar credit for households that earned less than $56,000 and have one qualifying child.