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Local 'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?' 'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?' (Video)
Steve Arbuckle walks his dog past the house at 4490 Jessen Drive near Golden Gardens City Park every day.

“The big thing I look at is, it’s not going to get better if it stays," he said of the vacant house covered in gang graffiti. "There’s a house next door for sale, a nice house - who’s going to want to buy it?”
Prep Athlete Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long (Video)
Ellie Pascoe-Long is a senior at Churchill High School and a level 10 gymnast for the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

She also signed her letter of intent with San Jose State last week and will be competing for the Spartans next year.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy'

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy'
Forrest Smelser is now 9 weeks seizure free after getting on medical cannabis oil.

A week after Forrest's 8th birthday, his mother Tanesha Smelser said doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him an anti-seizure drug.

She said the drug made him angry, violent and suicidal.

The Smelser family had reached a breaking point when Tanesha said they decided to ditch the pharmaceuticals in favor of medical marijuana.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high'

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' »Play Video
Used to treat seizures, the oil derived from the CBD straing of marijuana is low is THC - the compound that causes marijuana's "high" - and high in CBD, a compound believed to have therapeutic benefit.

The marijuana plant grown for seizure patients like 8-year-old Forrest Smelser is special, Jim Murphy with TJ's Organic Gardens said.

He said that unlike marijuana plants grown with a high THC level in mind - the psychoactive ingredient responsible for marijuana's "high" - Forrest's plant has less than 1 percent of THC.

"We're not getting children high. We're just giving them medicine, and that's what makes this plant special," he said. "It has a very low THC, and very high CBD."

Murphy said the plant has been given the name CBD, an acronym for another active cannabinoid in marijuana known as cannabidiol. CBD is the chemical believed to be treating seizure patients like Forrest.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?'

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?' »Play Video
The house at 4490 Jessen Drive, near Golden Gardens City Park

Steve Arbuckle walks his dog past the house at 4490 Jessen Drive near Golden Gardens City Park every day.

“The big thing I look at is, it’s not going to get better if it stays," he said of the vacant house covered in gang graffiti. "There’s a house next door for sale, a nice house - who’s going to want to buy it?”

Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long

Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long »Play Video
Ellie Pascoe-Long

Ellie Pascoe-Long is a senior at Churchill High School and a level 10 gymnast for the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

She also signed her letter of intent with San Jose State last week and will be competing for the Spartans next year.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week

Soccer team plants trees to commemorate goals

Soccer team plants trees to commemorate goals »Play Video
Brothers Jon and Dave Galas with Lane United Football Club are bringing a little more forest to Willamalane in Springfield.

Frost has already chilled the Willamette Valley this week.

But that doesn't mean the harsh winter is here to stay.

Right now is still a fine time to plant any trees or shrubs.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment'

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment' »Play Video

Parents may have a little more time to do the things they need to do before they pick up their kindergartener from school next year.

On Wednesday night, the Eugene 4J School Board approved the implementation of full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools.

"This is an exciting moment," Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman said Thursday. "This is a significant advantage for a student's growth and development."

A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving

A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving »Play Video
Yum

Right now, families are finalizing plans for their Thanksgiving feasts.

But cooking for an extended family can take all day, which is why you can save time by picking up your dessert ahead of time.

And there are three nearby bakeries where you can order up a warm pie in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene »Play Video
Police cited 9 people for illegal camping

Police issued citations Wednesday to people illegally camped at Sixth Avenue and Mill Street.

Shortly after the tents popped up at the Sixth and Mill location, police posted a sign that said "no camping."

It's been over a week, and not only have those campers not left - more have set up camp.