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SFS served eviction papers

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Shelter From the Storm was served with eviction papers Friday.

The nonprofit and Union County will be back in court at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 for eviction proceedings.

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New software provides better access to info

Written by Cherise Kaechele, The Observer September 12, 2014 11:57 am
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A new software system is being used by local law enforcement agencies that is saving money and giving officers more information than ever before.
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Kids back at Stella following bomb threat

Written by Trish Yerges, For The Observer September 12, 2014 11:51 am
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Students from Stella Mayfield Elementary School were evacuated Wednesday in an emergency response to a threat made to the school. (Trish Yerges/For The Observer)
ELGIN — Students at Stella Mayfield School returned to school Thursday and Friday after they were evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of a bomb threat.
Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call and roped off the entrance of the school building on Division Street.
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Common concern: Some worried about new Common Core-related assessment testing

Written by Dick Mason, The Observer September 12, 2014 11:47 am
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Math teacher Chris Wagner helps a student with a problem on Thursday during class at La Grande Middle School. Concerns are being raised about the impending Smarter Balanced test, which is part of Common Core, that is being implemented in public schools in all 43 states that have adopted Common Core State Standards. Oregon is one of the states that has adopted Common Core standards. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
The daunting specter of a new student assessment tool, the Smarter Balanced test, is looming large over parents, students and teachers in the La Grande School District and throughout Oregon.
The Smarter Balanced test, which all students, beginning in third grade, must take starting next spring in Oregon public schools, is regarded as far more difficult than the state’s previous assessment test.
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OUR VIEW: School scenarios startling

Written by Observer editorial September 12, 2014 11:26 am
It’s hard to imagine our children in danger, especially in a place that is intended to prepare them for the challenges and reality of adulthood.
Sometimes, though, unspeakable realities occur in schools, as we’ve seen in the media over the past decades. 

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