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Local Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' (Photo Gallery)
The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.
Local Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs
The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.

Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.

The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.
Local Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up
The Eugene Sudbury School, a K-12 alternative school, reported that someone had stolen nearly $5,000 worth of art supplies, computer equipment, and other educational equipment from their location in west Eugene.

School director Demian Schwartz noticed the school had been burglarized Sunday morning when she arrived to set up an open house before school starts up next week.

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Fire crews doused a small brush fire between Highway 126 W and the rail road track Sunday evening, briefly stopping traffic between Eugene and Veneta to handle the blaze.

Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us'

Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us'

About 40 students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School filled a backpack with free school supplies Saturday. Afterward each student went shopping at Valley River Center with a mentor for a $150 school clothes shopping spree.

Parents like Sarah Curry, who has a daughter going into 3rd grade, said the generous donation from the Eugene Active 20-30 Club will prepare her child for the school year.

JR Laing, a member of theActive  20-30 Club, says she wants every student to feel proud and stand tall each day they walk through the classroom door. 

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs
A neighborhood watch sign in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. August 24, 2014.
More than $10,000 in heroin was found in the Green Lake neighborhood on Saturday, the Seattle Police Department said.

Marion Co. Sheriff: Woman fights off attacker, man arrested for sexual assault

Armando Cervantez, 19

SALEM, Ore. -- A woman said she fought off a man that broke into her house early Sunday morning and tried to sexually assault her, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Marion County deputies responded the 4000 block of State St. after a woman called saying a man, later identified as Armando Cervantez, 19, broke into her house while she was sleeping.

The woman said Cervantez entered the home, placed a rag over her mouth and tried to sexually assault her, but the victim was able to escape and run away.

She told deputies he was wearing a pair of gloves and boxer shorts. A short time later deputies determined the suspect lives on the same property, but in a different residence.

Stuff The School Bus: 'it's very important they... have the tools needed for success'

Stuff The School Bus: 'it's very important they... have the tools needed for success'

The Eugene Education Foundation is asking you to stuff a school bus with school supply donations to help limited-income students in the Eugene area.

“It’s very expensive for many families, and when students arrive to class it's very important that they have their backpacks, the supplies needed for their classes so that they have the tools needed for success,” said Molly Lajoie, foundation executive director of the Stuff The School Bus promotion.

Deaf man missing from Gresham found safe in Veneta

Deaf man missing from Gresham found safe in Veneta
Scott Allen.

A deaf man with severe short-term memory loss walked away from a Gresham-area care facility Thursday. He was found safe at a gas station in Veneta, Ore. on Sunday, Lane County Sheriff's deputies said.

Eugene Police: Man shot at high school reunion party

Brandon Nielson, 22

Officers arrested a man for shooting someone early Saturday morning during a fight at a party, Eugene Police said.

The male victim is at the hospital with one gunshot wound and is expected to survive, Eugene Police Sergeant Ron Tinseth said.

Officers were called out to a high school reunion party at a house near Roosevelt and Fergus Ave. at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on reports that a man had been shot, police officials said.

Witnesses identified the suspected shooter as Brandon Nielson, 22, of Eugene. He was arrested at his home around 8 a.m. Saturday and charged with assault 1.

Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster'

Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster' »Play Video

In spite of numerous challenges, the Festival of Eugene is officially on for a weekend of entertainment at Skinner Butte Park.

“It's been a fantastic rollercoaster, with highs and lows and we hope to bring all those highs to all those people that come here,” said Anand Holtham-Keathley, a community liaison for the festival.

The event was scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Event producer Krista Albert said the free show is an embodiment of the city’s spirit.