Dual Enrollment Challenges, Opportunities for Local Students Students who started college while still in high school are making adjustments now from being in the dual enrollment program to being in college full time. Dual enrollment is a program that allows any high school student to earn credit for several college classes while still in high school. It can help students get on a fast track to being more prepared for college and getting a degree faster. Being a full time college student can be just as confusing for dual credit students as for new college students. It’s especially different in the world everyone is livingRead More →

Modified learning: UCC COVID PLAN Kelley Plueard, UCC’s director of Human Resources, working with a UCC committee with assistance from the Douglas County Public Health Authority, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control, developed a UCC plan for dealing with COVID-19. “UCC recognizes that health and safety precautions that are due to COVID-19 are necessary until the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the governor’s office determine otherwise,” Plueard said. UCC’s President Debra Thatcher said that the goals for the school’s COVID plan are to make sure students’ needs are met first and foremost. “During COVID-19, our goals includeRead More →

Halloween is not canceled because of community trick-or-treat drive-thru NOTE: An error with the original version portrayed U.S. Cellular as the company hosting the event with a chance to win $1000. They are the title sponsor of the event, offering the chance to win $1000 in a nationwide event. The News Review and Brooke Communications are also sponsors of the event. Halloween is not canceled even though most members of the community remain skeptical about partying or trick-or-treating. Brooke Communications and The News Review, along with other sponsors, are putting on a Halloween trick-or-treat drive-thru and drive-in movie theatre at the Douglas County fairgrounds onRead More →

Christmas Craft Fair

Santa isn’t coming to this years Christmas Craft Fair In spite of pandemic scares, the popular Douglas County Christmas Craft Fair at the fairgrounds is happening December 4 through 6, but on a much smaller scale with a lot of restrictions, fewer booths and more inconvenience. “The fairground staff thought they could do it in a safe manner and give it a shot with big enough buildings, cutting vendors back and continuing with positive thinking, thinking safety first,” Daniel Hults, the fairgrounds director for the past 21 years, said. For safety, the fairground staff is requiring facial masks and that guests sanitize or wash handsRead More →

Chalk the Walk

Students connect during Chalk the Walk domestic violence awareness campaign Douglas County’s Peace at Home organization with UCC’s student Government ASUCC is encouraging students with a virtual Chalk the Walk to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) during October. All month, students can write positive messages drawn in chalk and post photos of these messages on ASUCC’s Chalk the Walk Facebook post for a chance to win a back-to-school themed prize. “It can be really easy to be negative and to really just get stuck in like a gloomy mindset,” Erin Ritchie of Peace at Home said, noting that this is especially true for domesticRead More →

New UCC Memorial. Photo provided by UCC

UCC remembers Oct. 1, 2015 with new memorial UCC’s Oct. 1, 2015 memorial site is nearly completed with the installation of memorial globes, a platform, stones, benches, a border and a couple of walkways. The memorial is located on the UCC campus, behind Jackson Hall overlooking the North Umpqua river.  After 5 years of planning, UCC staff, a Memorial Committee, welding students, family members of 10/1 victims, community members, the Board of Education, and others have finally come to the concluding steps of finishing the memorial.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the dangerous air quality from the wildfires, UCC had to put a haltRead More →