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Local Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' Thurston Spirit Squad: 'Go out there and be brave, and just stand up for your school' (Photo Gallery)
When the Spirit Squad performs at Thurston High School, everyone is on their feet.

Students are singing along, clapping their hands. Labels dissapear, and the school becomes one.

The Spirit Squad started 4 years ago when a student, Heidi Brown, decided to put it together for her senior project.

The team is made up of special needs students coached by student leaders.

Meet the Spirit Squad #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, January 29, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m.
Prep Athlete 'It's my last year to make a difference, so that's what I'm going to try to do' (New) 'It's my last year to make a difference, so that's what I'm going to try to do'
While a lot of the spotlight at South Eugene High School is on Eli Lininger, Mason Green-Richards has been playing alongside Lininger for many years.

This season, the silent scorer has turned into a vocal leader on and off the court.

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

Photos: Super Bowl Media Day

Photos: Super Bowl Media Day
Before taking on each other, the Seahawks and Patriots go toe-to-toe with about 2,000 reporters in an annual interview-fest, the free-for-all known as Super Bowl Media Day, where no question is too inane to ask. What's more, fans can pay $28.50 to watch this spectacle unfold. (KOMO Photos: Josh Lewis)

Woman has to put ill puppy down a day after buying it off Craigslist

Woman has to put ill puppy down a day after buying it off Craigslist »Play Video

A Cedar Mill woman was sold a puppy that was sick with parvovirus, and she said she had to have the dog put down within a day because of the illness.

'This spirit squad right here is what changed my life forever'

'This spirit squad right here is what changed my life forever' »Play Video

When the Spirit Squad performs for the school, the 1,500 students at Thurston High School cheer and give the squad their full attention, said James Underwood, a peer group instructor for the squad.

Meet the Thurston Spirit Squad #LiveOnKMTR on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m.

Police: Masked man with gun tries to rob teen girls near UO campus

Police: Masked man with gun tries to rob teen girls near UO campus »Play Video
The neighborhood during the day. Police say that Sunday at 12:30 a.m., a masked man with a gun tried to rob three teens here.

A masked man with a gun tried to rob three teenagers near the University of Oregon campus early Sunday morning.

Cruise ship rescues pilot from ocean off Hawaii

Cruise ship rescues pilot from ocean off Hawaii

Holland America Line's cruise ship ms Veendam answered a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to rescue the pilot, who had ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after he experienced a mechanical issue with the fuel system.

Threat of 'bomb in the building' prompts Courthouse evacuation

Threat of 'bomb in the building' prompts Courthouse evacuation
The interior of the Linn County Courthouse in Albany features decorative polished stone on the floor. (Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives)

A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of the Linn County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.