Feedback Split at Second VA Town Hall

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday the White City VA facility held it’s second town hall. Just over two months ago, the first town hall left some veterans frustrated. Many say they felt silenced when they were told they could not speak to the media without the proper signed forms. After the first meeting we asked the … Continue reading »

Mother Murdered in Front of Kids

NEAR CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Wade Phillips, is now charged with murder in death of his wife Cynthia Michelle Phillips. The  husband and father is accused of killing his wife in front of their three children.  He was found hiding in the attic of his house on Truax Road where the murder happened. Neighbors said … Continue reading »

Neighbors Address Fertilizer Controversy

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Sams Valley Elementary parents and neighbors are voicing their concerns about a plan to fertilize farmland with human waste nearby. Surrounding neighbors of the property are requesting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hold a public hearing before issuing a permit for Clearwater Technology to spread sewage on the property. Neighbors … Continue reading »

White City Responds To Veteran Concerns

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The VA Domiciliary’s director in White City finally responded to NewsWatch 12’s request for an interview Tuesday. Veterans are getting a chance to say what they want about the care they are receiving at the White City Dom. NewsWatch 12 was at the town hall meeting last Friday where veterans say … Continue reading »

Veterans Feel Silenced After VA Meeting

WHITE CITY, Ore. —  Veterans are dissatisfied after the White City VA promised an open public forum Friday night, but restricted their ability to speak. Residents at the facility were prevented from talking to media or even home videographers unless they signed a waiver. However, waivers were not brought to the meeting in the first … Continue reading »

White City VA Holds ‘Stand Down’ Event

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Wednesday morning veterans from all over Southern Oregon will be “standing down” at the veterans facility in White City. The event is designed to provide help for veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life, but this year’s event will be different from years past. Cutbacks at the VA mean the agency will … Continue reading »

Boy Scout Makes Archery Range Targets

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Ten new targets now line the Jackson County Sports Park’s archery range. A local boy scout is behind the project range officials said was much needed. Collin Neilson said he’s lost count on the number of hours he’s spent during the last two summers planning, fund raising, and building the targets. … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Inspect Fireworks Tents

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire District 3 was out inspecting firework vendors tents on the first day fireworks can be legally sold in Oregon. The first day of sales may be Monday, but manager Jim Ford said opening takes days of perpetration. “The larger tents take a long time to set up and get all … Continue reading »

Upper Table Rock Fire Being Contained

WHITE CITY, Ore. —  Fire crews worked through the night as they continue to fight the last hot spots of the fire on the Upper Table Rock. The fire broke out after a Straus Ranches worker was mowing a hay field and hit a rock. That sparked the quick-moving flame that would eventually take out 35 … Continue reading »

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