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Local Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger (New) Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger
Last year, the state legislature passed a law requiring children 7 and younger to undergo a vision screening before entering public school.

According to Joannah Vaughan, director of the preschool vision screening program at Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, this is critical. Approximately 15 percent of children have vision problems that can be corrected through early detection.
Local Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County (New) Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Gonorrhea rates have skyrocketed in Lane County.

"What we recognize is our population between 2010 and 2013 has only increased 1 percent," said Cindy Morgan with Lane County Public Health, "and yet the number of cases - the rate - has increased about 800 percent."

'Why is my plant not performing as I want it to?'

'Why is my plant not performing as I want it to?' »Play Video
Pete Peterson

In the dog days of summer, it's easy to sit back and wait for your plants to produce.
 
But this time of year, many of those plants need to be looked after, including regular watering.

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

Reedsport man dead after gunfight with police

Reedsport man dead after gunfight with police
Police at the scene of the shooting July 17, 2014.

The man shot in a gunfight with police last Thursday died three days later from his injuries, Oregon State Police said.

Glenn Ray Glancey, 71, of Reedsport died July 20. He was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police July 17.

'She wants nothing more than to have a daddy'

'She wants nothing more than to have a daddy' »Play Video
Chris Kilcullen's widow Kristie held up photos of her late husband, hoping to show the human side of her slain husband.

The family of a police motorcycle patrol officer shot dead by a mentally ill woman addressed a state board about the woman's future Wednesday.

The Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board met Wednesday to discuss the future of Cheryl Kidd.

Kidd shot and killed Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen on April 22, 2011.

She was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, and has since been held at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

The state board decided Kidd should undergo an evaluation to deem whether she should remain at the state hopsital - or qualifies to live in a secure residential treatment facility.

Farmer found murdered in ashes of home

Farmer found murdered in ashes of home »Play Video
Dennis Kelley. Photo courtesy Liz Washington

Neighbors saw a home at Kelley's Hog Farm go up in flames a week ago.

One of them sent Liz Washington a photo of the fire.

Sshe desperately tried to call Dennis Kelley, her neighbor of 25 years.

Her messages went unanswered.

"He was always sharing what he had, everything that he had: produce, food, meats, salmon, gouda cheese," Washington said Wednesday. "He was a sweet old man."

 

'There's something nostalgic about having a hot dog'

'There's something nostalgic about having a hot dog' »Play Video
Wow

If you don't have any lunch plans, you can eat what millions of Americans eat every single day: A hot dog.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has proclaimed July 23 National Hot Dog Day.

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

Lane County Fair opens Wednesday

Lane County Fair opens Wednesday »Play Video
Ready, set, go - to the fair

Rain or shine, the annual Lane County Fair kicks off Wednesday.

Crews were working to put the finishing touches on the midway before visitors arrive.

"There's always a lot of last-minute stuff that just can't get done until Tuesday," said Rachel Bivens with the fair, "but we're all used to it, and we all love it, and we thrive on it."

Oregon 14: 'This is something that's never been seen'

Oregon 14: 'This is something that's never been seen' »Play Video
The scene at Hayward Field this week

Living in Track Town USA, you've probably seen your fair share of track meets.

But don't be mistaken: the IAAF World Junior Championships is no ordinary competition.

Festival aims to fill Celebration void: 'All of the folks, they're all from Eugene'

Festival aims to fill Celebration void: 'All of the folks, they're all from Eugene' »Play Video
Eugene Celebration Parade 2013

After the decision to cancel the Eugene Celebration this year, business owners came together to produce an alternative event for the community.

This August 22 and 23 will be the first annual Festival of Eugene, a grassroots effort by businesses in the area of the Fifth Street Public Market.