Local Briefs

A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering a 15-year-old Southern Oregon girl who disappeared while walking to church in 1996.

Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston said Friday that William Frank Simmons will go on trial Sept. 6 in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford.

Simmons had been scheduled for trial in February. But that was pushed back to give defense attorneys time to go over new evidence.

Kaelin Rose Glazier was a sophomore at South Medford High School when she disappeared in Ruch in November 1996. Her body was discovered in 2008 in a field near where Simmons lived at that time.

He was a person of interest in the case for years before his arrest last April.

Elastic Mind Book Group will discuss "What It Means to Be an Autistic Person" on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The discussion will be led by Joanna Fenn. For more information, call the library at 541-774-6996.

Two Walgreens stores in Medford — at 210 Barnett Road and 2280 W. Main St. — are collecting food for the needy through February.

Food-donation barrels are set up at each Walgreens' entrance with the DVD titled "The Faces of Hunger" playing next to the barrel.

All food donated will go to feed the hungry in Jackson County through the ACCESS Food Pantry Network of 23 pantries. Walgreens stores throughout Oregon are involved.

Foods rich in protein are needed, including peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meat and beans. However, donations of any nonperishable food items, such as rice, pasta, cold and hot cereals, are also helpful, officials said.

Central Point is looking for citizens to serve on various committees, including the Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Foundation and Committee, Multicultural Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee.

Those interested should call City Recorder Deanna Casey at 541-423-1026.

From wire and staff reports

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