Retailers Hoping to Make Up Weak Sales

MEDFORD, Ore. — The holiday cheer carried over Wednesday as shoppers hit stores to snag some after Christmas day deals. Whether shoppers purchased gifts for someone else or for themselves, retailers want them to start spending. The MasterCard Advisors Spending Pulse reports that sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: “Poor Farms”

By Ron Brown TALENT, Ore. — For nearly 100 years, Jackson County had some system in place to care for local residents who were not able to care for themselves. In the days before welfare, Social Security, and private nursing homes, there was what was called the “poor farm.” It doesn’t sound very glamorous, and … Continue reading »