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Two die in separate Saturday wrecks
Jackson County sheriff’s deputies today identified two men who were discovered dead at the scenes of separate one-car crashes Saturday near their prospective homes. Jacob Daniel Hayes, 38, of the 7300 block of Adams Road, Talent, was found dead at 9:17 a. m. and Scott Charles White, 33, of the 5400 block of West Griffin Creek Road, died in an 11:54 p. m. crash, deputies said....  more

"We're surely going miss him"
CENTRAL POINT — A cross section of the thousands of lives Leigh Johnson touched in his 75 years gathered to say farewell to the long-time Southern Oregon community leader Sunday afternoon at the Jackson County Expo. People from varied walks of life — bankers, attorneys, politicians, agency directors, farmers and ranchers, bed-and-breakfast operators, accountants, builders and philanthropists — reflected on Johnson’s life in the Rogue Valley....  more

Bell ringer blues
MEDFORD — Local Salvation Army officials are stressing thousands in lost funding due to an ongoing shortage of volunteers for their annual Kettle Bell Ringers campaign. Maj. Jason Koenig said the region usually has a shortage of bell ringers — to a degree — but this year had proven a record worst. With 34 available storefronts, some eight to 10 bell ringers are showing up most days. The work can be hard for folks who can’t stand for long periods of time, Koenig said....  more

Art helps teen recovering from abuse
Art has proven to be powerful therapy for this local teen who suffered sexual assault and physical abuse by an older man she knew and trusted. He coerced the girl to use drugs and threatened to harm her family and kill her beloved pets. To take back her life, the girl, 16 at the time of the abuse, went through drug treatment....  more

Trucker rear-ended vehicles stuck behind stopped car
Saturday night’s six -vehicle crash that clogged north-bound lanes on the Medford viaduct, sent eight people to the hospital and backed up freeway traffic for several hours. A vehicle in the right hand lane had stopped, causing four vehicles to slow behind it. A semi-truck, trailing the other vehicles failed to slow and crashed into the other vehicles, including one with two children. State police cited Javier Navarro Garcia, 54, of Salem....  more

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