Locals Buying Tickets for Powerball

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — There was no winner of the Powerball jackpot drawing Wednesday evening, and now the prize for matching all of the winning numbers is projected to top $600 million. Rogue Valley residents were already buying tickets for Saturday’s drawing. Store officials at Ray’s Food Place in Jacksonville say their store in particular sees … Continue reading »

Britt 2013 Classical Festival

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Tickets are now on sale for the Britt Classical Festival. The three week schedule will begin August 2. What makes this year different is that the Classical Festival will serve as an audition for the three finalists for Britt’s next music director and conductor. In Britt’s 50-year history, there have been just … Continue reading »

Former Britt Music Directer Dies

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The former director of the Oregon Symphony and a music director for the Britt Festival has died. James DePriest passed away Friday at the age of 76. He led the Britt Music Festival from 1988 to 1992, and was one of the few black conductors to achieve international fame. He directed many … Continue reading »

Historical Society Financially Well

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The Southern Oregon Historical Society say they are in good financial shape for the first time since Jackson County pulled funding. The group says they lost that funding in 2007, but this year they will be able to expand. The city of Jacksonville helped out, by taking over four buildings that needed … Continue reading »

CATS Gets Shelter Repairs

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The Committed Alliance To Strays, or CATS, shelter will be closed while repairs are made to their building. Officials with the organization say they operate on a shoe string budget and many maintenance issues have piled up on their 190-year-old building and need to be fixed. The cats will continue to be … Continue reading »

Music Director Candidates For Britt Fest

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Britt Festival announced there are three finalists for the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Classical Festival. Each candidate will spend a week in residence with Britt next August, and conduct two concerts with the Britt Orchestra. The finalists are Mei-Ann Chen, Teddy Abrams and David Danzmayr. Mei-Ann Chen … Continue reading »

Rabid Fox Found Near Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – A rabid fox has been found near a home in Jacksonville. Health officials said it’s the first they’ve found in the Jackson County since 1994. The fox was found dead near the home next to a house cat who showed bite mark wounds. That cat has been vaccinated for rabies and will … Continue reading »

Britt Festival Buys Property

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The Britt Festival has announced it will buy two new properties in Jacksonville. The festival has been hoping to buy the properties if they ever became available. Plans are to use the space to add parking for music-going patrons. Right now, the properties are zoned as residential. The Britt Fest will have … Continue reading »

Project Trio Visits School

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – An innovative trio is putting a new twist on chamber music. It’s where Beethoven meets beat-box. Greg Pattillo, Eric Stephenson and Peter Seymour are “Project Trio”. Three classically trained musicians who now play a high-energy mix of classical, jazz, hip-hop and rock. The group is here as part of the Britt … Continue reading »

Powdered Soap Delays Post Office

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Firefighters shut down the Jacksonville post office for a short time this morning to investigate a suspicious white powder. Firefighters say there was never any real threat, and the substance ended up being a powdered soap. They say a post office employee was handling a box around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday when … Continue reading »

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